At first he just wanted it to pay for his gas. Then it paid for his camera equipment. Finally, stock photographer Danny Warren realized that his stock photo sales would pay for most of grad school, too. Bonnie Caton here, writing to you from our Ultimate Money-Making Photography Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s the first day and our brains — and notepads — are already filling up with ideas and inspiration to go get our photos published in magazines and sell them as stock. Attendee Colleen Cowles told me, “Danny’s sharing that his success is based on about 400 photos was incredibly helpful, and inspired me to focus on quality as well as quantity in uploads.” That really struck me, too. Danny said that ONE high-quality stock photo will out-sell 25 mediocre photos. It just makes sense to me. Why spend extra time taking, editing, and uploading 25 mediocre photos when you could reduce your time and energy down to one really good photo, and make the same amount of sales? If you want to sell your photos as stock, make sure that you: ** 1. Focus on quality over quantity. Pick out only your very best images to submit. ** 2. Take the time to shoot your photos with care — making sure you get exactly the photo you want before you walk away. ** 3. Work the shot. Take lots of photos of the same thing, trying different angles and compositions. Who knows – it may be the photo you least expect that you end up liking the most. That’s the one you’ll submit to a stock agency. I’m presenting on getting started in stock here in a minute, so I’ve got to go, but I’ll keep you updated with more tips tomorrow. Stay tuned… [Editor’s Note: Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel. Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]
What would you pay off first?
by Bonnie Caton | Apr 27, 2012