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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been traveling a lot and taking tons of photos. Hopefully, I can sell some of them as stock.

One thing that’s helped a lot is finding inspiration in travel stock photos that sell well. Our photo expedition in Thailand just ended, and I wanted to share this last travel stock photo I found for inspiration: This simple water lily photo has been downloaded over 200 times. Here’s what I like about this shot:

  • The composition is balanced. Look at how the flower petals are cropped off on the left side and the right side. Normally, I would try to avoid cropping the tips off of something, but in this case, since it’s intentionally done on both sides, it looks balanced.
  • The subject is clear. It’s just two pink water lilies with water and lily pads between them. Nothing like the edge of a planter, people in the background, reflections, harsh light, or shadows comes in to distract from the subject.
  • The subject is simple and generic. Water lilies say Asia, Thailand, Buddhism… but they also say peace, beauty, tranquility… or garden, nature, botanism, ecology… there are so many ways you could use this photo in design or advertising.
We visited a botanical garden in Thailand, so I used this photo as inspiration to find shots that I can use as stock.

Stock agencies tell you they don’t want flower photos. But what they REALLY don’t want is flower photos that look like they could be taken by anyone. After all, there’s more to making a good photo than pointing your camera at something that’s pretty. You want your flower and nature photos to stand out from the rest as professional-looking and useful to designers. If you like to photograph flowers and nature, you CAN sell those shots as stock. Before you shoot, take a look at a few best-sellers to get an idea how to compose your shots in a way that makes them saleable. Next week, I’ll share some of the photos I took at our expeditions in Bali and Thailand, based on the photos I’ve been looking to for inspiration. Until then, happy holidays!! Your Weekly Breakfast Dish The latest from your Breakfast StockClub Facebook Page From Dana Evanger: Finally got an e-mail that I was accepted to Shutterstock. By the time I got home, I already had 3 sales 🙂

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