Street stock photography

isphoto Avatar
isphoto 18 34 Ireland
14 Jan 2021 8:02AM
Hi all, I am interested to hear if anyone has any success with selling street images on stock sites (Alamy etc). Thanks to Covid I've had the time to put some street shots and other onto Instagram (user motorfeatures ). Would it be worth the time in key wording etc.

Many thanks
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 88 Norway
14 Jan 2021 8:19AM
I am not sure of the law regarding this, but I would assume that if you want to sell street images featuring recognisable people, then you would need to have their permission.
The photographer's right to take images of people in public only applies to "for private use" as far as I remember.
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isphoto 18 34 Ireland
14 Jan 2021 8:35AM
Many thanks for your swift response Saltireblue. I know that they could only be used for editorial purposes i.e Buskers on a busy street for a tourism piece. More interested to know if anyone has similar images in a stock library and if the sales make the investment in time for keywording etc worthwhile
Stevetheroofer Avatar
14 Jan 2021 4:32PM
Its always worth trying, I can hardly believe some of the random photos I have managed to sell on Alamy, its not always your best pictures that sell either, it doesn't cost anything to have them marketed for you just a little bit of time

isphoto Avatar
isphoto 18 34 Ireland
14 Jan 2021 4:34PM
Thank you Steve
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clicknimagine Plus
13 1.3k 105 India
14 Jan 2021 4:49PM
If you are serious enough to make photography as business, open a personal website and market it, like, participate in various social photo sharing sites, take part in various competitions etc.

I agree with Malc above about model release and property release, commercial photography is different, you have to keep in mind your probable customers and to satisfy them, so street photography is not the best option to sell through the micro stock agencies, IMO...

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RoyChilds 15 117 England
14 Jan 2021 7:08PM
Its a numbers game a long and slow one at that there are literally millions of images on the site if you think it's a quick and easy way to make money forget it . On the positive side if you have fresh unique content preferably with release's (model or property) you can make good money . Your work has to stand out from the crowd and good keywording is essential. For me it's a hobby,somewhere to put my photos if i sell great if i don't no worries. Try it and see how it goes just don't give up the day job.
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RoyChilds 15 117 England
14 Jan 2021 7:17PM
So photography is your day job GrinGrin checked out your website you would have no problems
isphoto Avatar
isphoto 18 34 Ireland
15 Jan 2021 8:23AM
Thanks everyone. Photography is not my day job, just a side gig. I already have general images on stock sites. It was more a specific around street content that I have never tried to market before. I'll select a few images and see how i get on over the next year.

On the sell via my own website, this is an ongoing challenge for many content creators, setting the website up is easy, it's driving enough regular users and buyers to it that is the challenge.

Thanks all


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