Stock-worthy Photos: Which Ones Make the Cut?
Last week, I asked you to upload three photos that showed me what kind of photographer you are and what kinds of photos you wanted to learn to sell. Then I asked art director Alicia Noack which ones she thought could be saleable as editorial — in glossy magazines, on websites, and in newspapers. If you missed that interview, be sure to check out her favorite reader pics. Today, I asked professional stock photographer Shelly Perry to do the same — pick out her favorite reader photos that are stock-worthy photos, meaning they would likely sell as stock. Shelly used to be a photo inspector at iStockphoto.com so she’s highly qualified to make the cut. Take a look at her favorites. Stock photography is a fun and simple way to sell your photos — and it’s virtually recession-proof. Just last month Shelly told me: “I just had my best month ever — and nearly doubled last year’s best. My overall portfolio performance has shifted from the top few photos carrying the bulk of sales to many photos getting some sales throughout the month, so it’s more evenly spread with less “superstar” images. “There have also been a lot of changes with the company and with the site recently. For one, iStock launched Vetta (a new, premium collection) where contributors get higher royalties. This has been very good for my sales. “Though I am a year behind in processing and uploading, I continue to increase my portfolio size in the belief (and so far proven experience) that I can basically count on an overall portfolio performance of $1.00 plus per image, per month now.” The best part is, if your photos are saleable, they’ll sell all the time — even while you’re out doing other things like vacationing with your spouse, playing with your kids in the snow, even sleeping. (Shelly makes enough money in her sleep to more than cover her rent every month.) Attendees coming to our Ultimate Money-Making Photography event in Nashville this April will not only learn how to set themselves up as a stock photographer like Shelly but they’ll also get personalized feedback about their photography – what they’re doing well, what they need to improve, and how they can edit their photos so that they look like a pro and sell better online. We’ll talk a little bit about processing your photos for sale at a stock photo agency tomorrow so stay tuned. And don’t forget to check out Shelly’s favorite reader photographs. — Lori Lori Allen Director, Great Escape Publishing [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.]