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Stock Photography for Beginners | Sell your Images Online

teacher avatar Rishi Tyagi, Photographer

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5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. What is stock Photography ?

    • 3. What to Shoot ?

    • 4. Editing Stock Images

    • 5. Selling your Stock Images

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About This Class

In this class, I'll teach you about Stock Photography. What, How, and where you can sell your Images. This class is for beginners and you don't need any previous knowledge about photography and editing. 

I am doing stock photography for almost 3 years now and have earned some good passive income.

This class aims to teach you all the basics of stock photography and to tell you about the websites that I use to sell my photographs.

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Rishi Tyagi



Hello, I'm Rishi Tyagi and I am Travel Photographer. 

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1. Intro: We want to earn money by selling photographs that you have in your mobile phone. Hi, my name is Kelly and our photographer. In this class, I'll teach you what, how, and where you can sell your photographs. This class is for vividness. And you don't need to have any previous knowledge of photography or editing. I'll be sharing my personal experience and also tell you the website where I sell my stock images. So without wasting any time, let's get started. 2. What is stock Photography ?: Let's talk about what is stock photography. When you open a website or an app, you see these images. Most of the company by these images from a stock photography website. A stock photography website has a collection of different photographs that photographers submit to be sold online. Company by these images and the photographer cases, the Commission on each sale. Stock images can be used for all kind of business purposes, whether it's a website or social media or any product almost everywhere. Most people recommend to buy stock images instead of hiring a photographer, cause it saves a lot of their money and time as well. And you don't really need to be a professional photographer to sales documents is all you need is a camera. And it could be a mobile camera as when I was a complete beginner in photography, when I first started selling my photos. And the first foretold that are sold was taken with my mobile phone. So that's what stock photography is all about. I'll see you in the next video. 3. What to Shoot ?: Now, let's talk about what kind of images you can sell on stock photography websites. Well, you can sell pretty much everything, whether it's in landscape shot or portray, or even if it's any household item, you can say anything. But there are some type of images that generates more revenue than the other types, like the corporate shorts or candid portraits. These kinds of images are and will always be in demand. Because most customers buy stock images for their corporate websites or the person blog. Some people also use these images in advertising as well, and they required random portraiture. The demand of stock images also changes with the changing of the season. For example, during the windows, most people buy stock images related to the festivals like Christmas or New Year. So you have to follow the train of stock images if you want to generate more sales. Now, let's talk about what not to shoot. First. Don't shoot anything that has any branding or a logo of any company. Most stock photography websites reject those images. Has any branding or a logo of a company to keep them away from any legal trouble. So try avoiding any logo in your photographs if you don't want to face any rejections. Second, Don't shoot portraits of random p. This is the most annoying thing in the stock business. Whenever you submit your photos for review on any stock photography website, they check whether there is any recognizable person or not. If there is anyone, then you need to get a released paper signed by that person. The release papers are there to inform that person who's portrayed you are using to earn money. And he or she has no problem in that. If that person is someone you know, then it's very easy to get to release papers. But if there is any random person who you don't know and is present in the photo, then it's very high or even impossible to get the release papers. And without the papers you can't upload that image. And nowadays, these face tracking technology has become very advanced. And it even retakes any person whose face is blurred. So you have to be very careful. Also try not to upload pictures of any famous architecture or property like Taj Mahal or Eiffel Tower. Because then you need to get the release paper on that property as well. So try avoiding shooting any famous are recognizable property or a building. So these are the points that you need to keep in mind before submitting a photograph to any stock website. That's it for this video, and I'll see you in the next one. 4. Editing Stock Images: Let's talk about the editing process of stock images. Most of the time, you need to keep it simple and just make some minor adjustments to make sure that your photo is not under our overexposed. Also, the quality of the image matters. Some stock photography websites also mentioned the minimum size of the photo before you upload. And the size of your photograph is less than the minimum required size, then your photo will be rejected immediately. So make sure that you export your photographs in the highest available resolution. And also don't upload grainy or noisy images or our greens to give you a photo of and taste touch. Because if you do, then the review system of these website, we'll consider it as a bad quality image and we'll rejected. Another thing that you need to keep in mind is that don't over edit your photos. Do more saturation or clarity can make your image look back. And the chances of selling of your photographs will be low. You can play with the colors or apply your own presets, so give it your own touch, but you have to understand where to stop editing. Just make sure you don't lose the originality of the image. Use good software and apps to edit your images like Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed. If you're shooting with your phone, try to avoid third party camera apps like Snapchat. And try shooting with your default camera. I shoot wrong. If your phone allows you to have some images with me. I begin with my lawn plus. So this is the first image. So first I'm going to click on this auto button and this will automatically adjust the highlights, shadows, and exposure. This is a very good feature if you want to update your stock images. So there's the before and this is the after. And it looks fine for me, but I'm going to pick some colors. So have been just some basic adjustment on this image. And it looks fine. It's a raw image by the way. So most of the time this auto edges button will work fine for you. And as you can see the results, now I'm going to crop this image. I keep the aspect ratio of my portrait images in a forced to five ratio. And the landscapes in 16 is 2, 9. And it looks fine. This is the before. This is the after. Let's move on to the next image. Now, let's edit this image by applying one of my preset. Good. It looks good. Again, I'm going to crop it up. And I think it's looking really good. We reduce the ATO. And in this case, this auto adjust button doesn't work. So I'm going to adjust the exposure lighting manually. It's looking good. This is the before. This is the after. That's it for this video and see you in the next one. 5. Selling your Stock Images: Now let's talk about where you can sell your photos. I'm going to tell you the websites and apps that I use to sales documents. I've been doing this work for almost three years now. And these are some of my favorite sites. First one is IM. It's not just an app to sell stock images, but also a social media platform. They're photographers can share their work and you can also submit your photographs for sale. This app interface is just like any other social media app. And submitting your photograph was sale is just like uploading an image on Instagram. You can also add tags and location. If there is any debug, miserable person or property and in your image, you will get a notification about that. If you want to get the release papers sign, then you can send the papers link to the person. This app is you white paper. And there is no minimum payout limit. You can withdraw any amount even when dollar since the platform Whereas or my first documents. The other website is Adobe Stock. This website is owned by Adobe and is one of the fastest-growing stock image website in the market. Here, you can upload your photographs in bulk. And once you've uploaded your photos, it takes two to three days to get approval or rejection. And they reuse system is better than the previous app. So the chances of your photos getting rejected is high. So make sure you upload your best photograph. This app pays you why PayPal? And there is a minimum payout limit of 25 dollars. Once you have earned $25, then you can request for a payout. If you ask me out of these two, which of them is packing? I would say both of them has some pros and cons. The IMF base you an average of around two to $5, where the Adobe stock pays you around one to $2 for each sale. But the Adobe Stock has poor customer than iron. So the chances of selling your photograph is higher. It's up to you whether you want to make more money or get a consistent Save. Now, we've learned about selling your images. But what if you want to buy stock images and don't have money? Don't worry. There is a website called Unsplash where you can get free stock images and you can even use them commercially. All thanks to those amazing photographers that post their work on this website for free. I also use Unsplash to get free stock images. And you can also submit your photographs to be used by others for free. So that's it for this class. I hope you have learned something about stock photography. And now it's your turn to sell your images online. After watching this class, if you guys are able to sell any image, then let me know. This is my Instagram. I am Richie, 13.