Gone are the days of perfectly-staged model photos. Photo buyers don’t want stuffy and fake, anymore. In are the days where photos of real people doing real things, having real emotions sell best. Look at these top-selling photos from some of our members… photos of real people rsz_bigstock-oil-field-worker-32160638 rsz_bigstock-two-girls-looking-at-a-cell-ph-424286891 Bull Mastiff enjoying massage Young Couple Hugging Little Girl Lying in Autumn Leaves Handsome Man and Solar Panels Photos of people sell best. But they also have to be good-quality photos to make it into an agency. When you shoot, keep these things in mind: 1.  The lighting must be right. If it’s nice outside, head out early or stay out late and avoid those hard sun hours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. If it’s raining or overcast, you have a little more freedom. 2.  Your images must be clean and clutter-free. In a lot of cases, it’s not what you put into your photo that makes you a great photographer. It’s what you get out of it. Hold the camera to your eye and scan from top to bottom. Say out loud what you see. When you say it out loud, you’ll find you notice more. 3.  If you’re shooting for stock, you cannot have any visible logos or trademarks. 4.  Your models must sign releases if you’re shooting for stock 5.  Quantity is your goal this week. Quality is important, of course. But when you’re first starting out, shoot for quantity, so you can learn from your mistakes. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to experiment and try different things. Sometimes, when your goal is just to learn from your mistakes, what you actually come home with is a new skill… and a beautiful photo you didn’t even know you could take. Share on Facebook

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