Selling Stock Photography

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Many photographers make a living by selling stock images, and there are several online stock photo stores that offer the public thousands upon thousands of unique photographs. Discover the business of selling stock pictures with information from a professional photographer in this free video on the the photography industry.

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You know, you can go the standard stock photography wherein a lot of the photographers do that. Westlight, Getty is doing a lot of stuff now where they have collected photography collections and poster collections and a lot of different things. So you could buy a stock photograph of the Mona Lisa if you want, things like that. And, you know, that's a reasonable idea but you have to have a lot of images in order to make that work. And they have to be good. I mean, you know, you got people out there, they're grading images and if you're images don't match up, they're not going to take 'em. Nobody's going to buy 'em for any price. The other way to go about it is there's a lot of independent photographers setting up their own, their own sites, to put their photos on line and with a key words and with aperture, and with light room. You can actually do that and so, you know, you can just go in and Google images, you can hook up to Google images and there's a lot of people that are. And so, you're looking for a particular image type in a bunch of key words and, bang, this is the image. Go to the photographer, make a deal with him. How much for this? How much for that? There are, marketplace I think is opening up. The prices are going down. What they're actually paying for photographs is less but there's more photographs out there.


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