This is one of my favorite shots from last week’s Thailand Photo Expedition:
It’s not fit for stock because I don’t have model releases for the people in it. It might also be too dark for stock. But that’s ok — I wouldn’t want to spend an entire trip to Thailand concentrating on nothing but stock. I also like to take journalistic photos for portfolio building and editorial, photos for memories, and shots for the pure joy of shooting.
My stock photo shoot list helped me do that. With my list, I could mentally check off the stock photos I was taking, which allowed me to relax and shoot other things — like these three young people lighting a floating lantern for the Thai king’s birthday celebration.
It also succeeded in helping me take 10-15 stock photos that I’ll submit to multiple agencies next week. Here are a few I’m considering for stock:
Since I’m submitting to five different agencies — iStock, Shutterstock, Bigstock, Fotolia, and Dreamstime — I’m using the special uploading program that stock photographer Kevin Lohka recommended during the Ultimate Stock Photo Workshop. It’s called ProStockMaster. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it makes the whole process go faster by uploading for you while you do other things. In fact, it lets you literally upload your photos in your sleep.
More on how to do that with ProStockMaster next week.
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