Selling Stock Photos – Tips to Succeed

If you are one of the many individuals looking to earn some money by selling stock photos, there are some steps you can take to make your stock photo submissions as successful as possible. Although every stock photo agency has its own submissions and quality standards, these basics tips should help you promote your photos in the best way possible.

First, keep in mind that the better quality the photo you are submitting, the more potential uses it will have and the more sales you will make. Although for online uses, the quality does not need to be high, by offering higher resolution photos (5 megapixels or higher) you will make the photos accessible for many other potential uses as well (such as for print publications).

Next, keep in mind that using photo editing software will diminish the overall quality of the photograph (even though it may enhance individual portions of it), so you should try to keep you photo editing to the minimum amount possible. It is better to spend the time taking a quality photograph than trying to fix a photograph down the road using photo editing software.

Also, when starting with a new stock photo agency, you should go slow at first with your photo submissions. While you might have a portfolio of hundreds of photos you want to submit to an agency, keep in mind that each photograph will need to be reviewed by a real person and that they are likely to reject more of your photos if they are overwhelmed by your submissions or feel like you are “spamming” the photograph submission system.

Finally, attaching the proper keywords to your photographs is crucial to help people to be able to find your photos when they are doing a search online. This in many ways may be as important of a step as actually submitting the photographs, since if no one can find your photographs when doing online searches, you will find making a sale very difficult indeed.