An inside-out stock agency
Woo-hoo! There’s a new way to sell your photos that’s kind of like a stock agency, but inside-out. For stock, you can take photos of whatever you like and upload them to your agencies… then you go do other things while they sell to whoever needs them. Well, for this newer agency, photo buyers put in requests. Then you can shoot photos that match those requests. If they pick yours, you could make anywhere from a few hundred… to a few thousand dollars. And if they don’t pick yours… you can still submit them to your regular stock agencies. This newer agency is called Image Brief. Here’s how it works: When you sign up (which is free), you’ll receive “briefs” from buyers. This will include specifics about the type of photo they are looking for, the price they are willing to pay, and the usage terms. If you have a photo that is a good match for the brief, you submit it. If it’s selected by the buyer, then you work out the terms and sell the image. Just like that. All of a sudden a photo that used to sit on your hard drive unseen could end up on the cover of a magazine, a book, or as part of an advertising campaign. It’s definitely worth checking out to see if it’s a good fit for you. Note that many buyers want first rights to the images, so you won’t use photos you already have in your agencies. But you might have photos on your computer that could work… or you could go out and shoot new ones for the brief, too. Like an assignment. I’ve tried it a few times, and haven’t sold anything, yet, but definitely added photos to my own portfolio that I like and can possibly use for stock. Check it out and let me know how it goes for you! — Bonnie Bonnie Caton Creator, Breakfast Stock Club P.S. If you like getting these weekly tips in your inbox, you would probably love a Breakfast Stock Club Premium Membership. As a member, you’ll get access to a vast library of resources designed to help you improve your photography in addition to monthly Challenges and photo reviews by a professional photographer. Check it out here.