Money Making Photography Niches

A niche as defined in business terms is a profitable segment in a market that is specifically created by identifying the needs and wants of a particular consumer. A niche can also be used to identify a specialization in the field of photography, such as commercial photography, event photography, landscape photography, portrait photography and pet photography. However, you can narrow the field even further since a niche can be a market within a market. For example, in the specialized field of pet photography, there can also be a niche specifically for pet portraiture. The challenge lies in identifying what your clients need from you.

niche3 Money Making Photography NichesPhotography is a highly competitive trade, and it helps to be original and to create your own specialty. In having the opportunity to have more than just one niche, you can tap into more sources for prospective clients. Here are some niches you can consider including in your portfolio:

1. Your neighborhood – who would not be proud of their own neighborhood. If you’re lucky enough to be living in a quaint small town, this is a perfect way to build up your community. There is always a market for images for postcards, calendars and coffee table books. There is no better way to get great images than by knowing first hand about the place you’re shooting, and since you live in the area, you know the ideal spots to capture the perfect scene.

2. Parks – there is a lot of activity you can see in parks such as children playing in the jungle gym, Frisbees being thrown around and even squirrels or cats going about their business. There are a lot of buyers for such images and it is a great alternative to the common street scene.

3. Construction – a niche should be small with only a handful of competitors but big enough to have a large number of buyers. This way the demand for your images is constant. Construction is one niche that can tap into multiple demands. It can be used to depict the needs of the building industry with regard to growth and development. Having a specialty with many different clients is one sure way to keep a steady stream of income going your way.

niche2 Money Making Photography Niches4. Cakes – food photography is a vast field considering the many types of food out there. Specializing in shooting just one type of food will help you master the techniques to get the perfect image each time. The dessert industry relies on the visual senses more often than taste, it’s the first thing that captures the viewers’ attention, and a large portion of their budget is placed on advertising and can be a profitable niche to get yourself into.

5. Technology – with so many new gadgets coming out in the market almost everyday, there is a demand for images of all the newly released ones, from cellular phones to cameras to kitchen appliances. By establishing yourself as a reliable source for such images, you can easily capture a regular client base.

6. Church groups – this may be a very profitable niche to tap into. What’s more is it comes with a referral network that can provide you with a sustainable income. Get connected with members who will hire you to be the designated photographer for gatherings and occasions.

niche1 Money Making Photography Niches7. Insects – the market is already saturated with the typical cute domesticated animals such as cats and dogs. Insects and bugs can be just as interesting, although not as cute. Macro or close up shots of spiders, beetles, butterflies and the like are very popular. Establish yourself as a specialist in images of insects and you can make a name for yourself in this field whenever there is a need for it.

8. Sand – by applying your own special technique to photographing images that include sand, this will get you that much needed edge in creating your very own niche. Use your imagination in developing new ways to make sand special. Sand dunes, sand sculptures, beaches, aquariums, you can cover a wide range of scenes and subjects that have the presence of sand. Buyers who are looking for nature images or images with texture will look for your shots.  


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4 Sound Ways to Get Organized with your New Photography Business

When business is paired with photography, it can be both a pleasurable experience and a challenge as well. You will no longer be taking pictures just for the pure fun of it, you now have to also think and plan how to earn from your photos and services as a photographer. A business mindset is important since without it, your sales will surely suffer no matter how good a photographer you are. Here are 4 suggestions to help you make a smooth transition from hobbyist to pro: 

working at desk by szeileng 4 Sound Ways to Get Organized with your New Photography Business1. Put your business strategy in writing- this will work as your guide to beginning, organizing and making your business grow. It will contribute in evaluating how feasible your business will be in the current market. Planning your business strategies and jotting them down will also aid in achieving your goals. This will also assist you in identifying the important economic factors of your business, it will help you recognize the financial necessities of your business, evaluate your resources, and give you the initiative to balance your means to obtain your venture capital for the business, This will lead you to You can then begin to determine the financial restrictions and status of your business. Once establishing business strategy, you can begin to identify your possible customers, establish a step by step schedule and determine reasonable fees or costs and map out your advertising and promotional campaigns. 

commercebooks by gabetarian 4 Sound Ways to Get Organized with your New Photography Business2. Determine your legal business characteristics in legal terms – every continent, country, state and city have specific rules when it comes to businesses. Depending on your locale, check the laws and bylaws of your area in relation to your business through your local county clerk. If you are not too well versed about legalities and legal jargon, you can ask for help from a lawyer or a friend or relative who can help you go over any legal issues.

3. Start a business account with your local bank – always keep business and personal finances separate. This would include debit and credit cards as well as PayPal accounts if you have any. Use a separate credit card for your personal use and for your business use. For ledger page by morrhigan 4 Sound Ways to Get Organized with your New Photography Businessusing the start-up capital for your business as the initial deposit for your business bank account, keep track of whatever the incomings and outgoings are pertaining to the business. Aside from the regular bank statements that are sent to you, it’s also advisable to keep a ledger to record your business finances.

4. Check zoning restrictions in your area – before starting your business full blast, make sure you check on the zoning restrictions in your vicinity especially if you have a home-based setup. You will be having clients over at your home for a photo session and this may be something your neighbors may consider a disturbance. 

Coming soon are more tips to help you with your new photography business. Stay on the lookout for it!


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Various Image Ownership Rights Terms Explained

There are many opportunities for selling your photographs and it’s best to always be clear with buyers regarding ownership rights. Your photos can be used by a worldwide circulated magazine or by excited newlyweds, and for every time you sell your work, you might want to specify in your contract the extent of the buyer’s privileges in using your images. Here are various definitions of ownership rights that you can familiarize yourself with:

3 Various Image Ownership Rights Terms Explained1. Exclusive Photo Rights – this means the buyer has sole privileges to your image and no one else can benefit from it. The degree of this exclusivity can be further differentiated in a particular target market and depending on the agreement, arrangements can be made to allow you to have more control over how the image is used. For instance, a wildlife magazine purchases exclusive rights to your image and you may not be permitted to sell it to magazines with a similar target readership. However, you may still be able to promote the photograph to a different, non-related niche.

2. One Time/Lease Rights – in this scenario, you image may be used only within a certain time period, or for an agreed amount of exposure.

3. Electronic or Online Media Rights – Your images can be integrated in digital format such as in a CD or DVD, or be viewed in a media website. You might find it beneficial to insert digital metadata in your images. 

4. Transfer Rights – you can turn over your image’s copyright to another person.  Be wary of the fine print in some buyer contracts, some of them may have hidden clauses that you are not initially aware of. Also be aware of copyright renewals. 

fine print by kajrdj Various Image Ownership Rights Terms Explained5. First Rights – the buyer has rights to your photograph for only one time and often pays extra to obtain the privilege to having first dibs to presenting your image.

6. Print Rights – Your pictures may be accessible by way of conventional print media.

7. All Rights – You permanently give up all rights or semblance of ownership to your photographs, or for a certain amount of time.

8. Work for Hire – this means the images you capture in relation to the job description are owned by your employer, either automatically, or as specified in the terms of agreement. If you consent to Work for Hire, try to reach a deal with the buyer to compensate for surrendering your photography ownership rights.

 


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5 Fabulous Fashion Photography Tips

The objective of fashion photography is to present clothing and fashion accessories in an enticing way to gain the interest of the potential buyer. These images are mostly used for advertising and fashion magazines and the setup styles vary from studio shots to exotic location shoots. Here is a compilation of useful tips to help you gain a foothold in the genre of fashion photography:

fashion1 bernat 5 Fabulous Fashion Photography Tips1. Explore what camera angles will work best to show off the garment or accessories – try moving around the scene instead of just staying in front of the model with the camera at eye level. A low camera viewpoint with an upward angle can have a different impression compared to a shot taken from a high angle.  This may call for crawling on the floor, stepping on a stool, moving closer to your subject or working at slanted angles to achieve a certain effect. Ponder on what the intent of the piece is and emphasize it with the use of perspective.

2. Be in control of the photo shoot – fashion images give the impression of authority and confidence and to show this, you must have a firm grasp of what you want from the models so you can direct them with confidence. Signs of stress and hesitation from you can negatively affect the models’ performance. Keep them comfortable and assured that you are a capable photographer. When preparing for a shoot, organize a list of what you want to shoot beforehand and practice the compositions that you have envisioned. Plan the materials and clothing needed for the shoot, make sure the location is ready for you to use, and make sure you advise your assistant and models of what you want to achieve in terms of poses in a manner that would make everyone involved aware of the direction you want to take.

fashion2 by ljweb lars 5 Fabulous Fashion Photography Tips3. Use lighting to enhance visual impact- lighting is essential in properly presenting the garment. You can go for straightforward, well lit scenes that show each and every detail of the fabric and cut and you can also use lighting creatively to create drama or mood. You will have more control with studio lights but ambient lighting (such as sunlight) in a location shoot can also be effectively used to illuminate the scene. 

4. Be familiar with model poses – be aware of the fashion3 by mikebernat 5 Fabulous Fashion Photography Tipsposes used in some of the more current issues of magazines to help keep you abreast of what’s relevant in the field. It may also inspire you to think of ideas you can use for your own work. Posing your models can be a difficult aspect to grasp and master but it’s always fun to experiment and try different poses. Body poses contorted in angles can add edginess to your image, not to mention emphasize the length of your model’s body.

5. Choose the ideal location – Studio shoots offer complete control since you can decide where everything should be positioned and how all it all comes together. On the other hand, location shoots can really add to the image such as by providing spectacular backgrounds or by including physical elements which the model can use to his or her advantage. For instance, if the garment is swimwear, you might prefer a location shoot at the nearby beach over a studio setup.


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Getting Into the Business of Photography

Just about anybody with a sharp eye for unique images, the right equipment and film and outstanding technical skills can create great photos. Making photography your main source of livelihood will take more than just knowing certain techniques and skills, you must have the proper mindset to make any business to work. For your business to be profitable and lucrative, it is also helpful to familiarize yourself with the legal, financial, administrative and marketing aspects of venturing into putting up your own photography business.

lens by manumohan1 Getting Into the Business of PhotographyPhotography is a broad and extensive professional field that can, more often than not, be very competitive. The competition spans from part-timers that freelance for the daily local newspaper to big wig photographers that command astronomical fees. One way to stand out in the crowd is to find your niche and be good at it. For example, by specializing in pet portraiture or wedding photography, there is a bigger chance potential clients will contact you since they know you are good in that particular area.

wedding by arki1 Getting Into the Business of PhotographyWorking at home has its advantages. This enables you to work on a wider spectrum of subject matter such as fashion, portraiture, underwater, product and event photography. You can also do freelance work as a photo journalist for local or national or internationally syndicated newspapers and magazines. Working in a studio also has its perks. Your equipment will not take up your home space, customers can visit your studio and you can maintain your privacy, and there is a clear delineation between life at work and life at home.

Professional photography can be generally divided into two types: assignment photography and stock photography. Assignment photography can be any form or genre of photography whether it be portrait, product, food, advertising or event photography as long as it is a project given by the client. Most of the professional photographers work on assignment because it ensures that you will get paid either before or after the shoot. This, in a way, offers more financial security.

orange11 Getting Into the Business of PhotographyAlternatively, stock photography is taking photographs on the chance the image may be sold in the future. Usually when taking the perfect picture, you take several, if not dozens, of shots of any subject. These are called surplus photos, and they can be used in a number of other things, such as for newspapers, brochures, posters, calendars, web sites and many more. To save on expenses, a lot of clients opt to use stock photos instead of hiring a photographer for just this purpose. Since stock photos are often taken in a studio, you will be working in a controlled environment compared to assignment photography and there is more time for you to get your shots just right.

Whatever type of professional photography you plan on doing, just remember that the business aspect can be consuming and hectic, and you will have to work hard at it, as much as you have been doing in trying to capture those perfect shots. 


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Wedding Portraiture Tips

Wedding portraiture begins as early as when the bride and groom are just getting dressed up. It is ideal to take the series of portrait shots at the beginning of the wedding before the ceremony begins so everything from the make-up, hair, clothing and emotions are all fresh. This will also prevent any delays in the ceremony and it’s easier to round up members of the family for family portraits.

weddingkiss Wedding Portraiture TipsOrchestrating the perfect wedding portraits entail dealing with a client base that comes in all shapes and sizes. This also goes for the venue and the weather. It would take a lot of lighting skills and different poses to achieve fantastic shots. Make sure you’re familiar with the types of lighting you can use in different types of weather and a variety of traditional and not so traditional poses for your subjects in any given situation.

Although candid shots can make the poses appear natural and sweet, it would be important that you include static and formal shots such as the bride and groom looking straight at the camera. These are the more typical shots families would like to have. One such pose is the classic portrait of the bride and groom in solo shots, as well as shots where they are together. Typical sizes included in this type of portrait shots are full length, 3/4 and close-up forms of all the portrait shots.

weddingsign Wedding Portraiture TipsOnce the traditional yet important portraiture portion is completed, the fun part of showing your creative side now comes into play. Start by taking a succession of informal and relaxed portraits of the bride and groom. Try to make it fun for the couple and treat the next sessions as part of their own collection of their memories.

When doing group portraits, include the families of both the bride and groom as well as the wedding entourage. Make sure that you are familiar with the guests and the important members of the family as well as friends that the couple would like to include in the group portraits. It would be handy to have a list of names and their relationship to the bride and groom to keep you up to date on such a busy day.

Pay particular attention to being equal in terms of covering both sides of the couple’s family. Make sure that whatever portrait shots the bride has from her side of the family, the groom also has on his side.

Most times, individual shots of key figures are also essential. Don’t miss out on having enough portraits with parents, grandparents, siblings, and key members of the wedding such as the best man and bridesmaid.

weddingnew3 Wedding Portraiture TipsThe venue plays a major role in a wedding shoot. It’s important that the full glory of the place is captured in the photographs. Place emphasis on the beautiful areas in the location so you can position the bride and groom here for a few poses.

Wedding portraits are mementos that the bride and groom and family members will display and share with everyone else. This would be the time when your shots have to shine since your clients depend on you to record their most special day. You can let the photographs speak for themselves and satisfied customers will want to refer you to others. 


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The Advantages of Watermarking Your Photos

If you post your photos in the internet or email them to others, these images are at the risk of being copied without your permission. One deterrent to scare people away from stealing your shots is to place a watermark on your image. It can also provide information that would benefit the people you want to share your image with.

A watermark is an obvious text or logo that has been superimposed on an image. There are many types of watermarks and here are a few:

Generic text – this kind of watermark does not give any detailed information about you. For example, it can simply say ‘Do not copy’ or ‘Sample’.

Specific text – your watermark can also be used to identify you or the photograph in some way, such as your name or your website name.

Image – instead of text, an icon or logo may be used as a watermark for your image. This looks a bit more complex than a simple text but you just need to make the image watermark once and then apply it to all your photos. It is a great watermark if you have a business logo.

Copyright © – this is very often used because it tells everyone that you have placed copyright protection over the image. Although some will try to get a way around it by cropping out the watermark, or by removing it with a photo editing program, it does raise a red flag that you’re on the lookout to make sure your images are not stolen.

Embedded – this type of watermark is found in the image file data, rather than being displayed on the image itself. The advantage of this is that there is no visible watermark that may detract the viewer from fully appreciating the shot. However, embedded watermarking is not free and you would need to purchase a software or program if you prefer to use that method.

Many photographers do not like to add a visible watermark to their image because it covers a portion of the shot, even if it is transparent, and it can disrupt the concentration of the viewer. However, having a watermark is good practice especially if you are into online commercial photography. If you would notice, all photo stock sites have their or the photographer’s watermark shown very obviously and covering most of the frame in the images that have been uploaded to the site. These images are often in full resolution and what the customer would get once the watermark is removed. By stamping the image with a huge and blatant watermark, it will be difficult for an online thief to get rid off it.

If you simply want to share your photos online without the intent to sell them, you can upload a low resolution copy with a watermark at the bottom corner. Low res images can still look great online but will be small in size if they were printed. Also, it will be harder for an online thief to just crop out the watermark at the edge of the shot because they might also crop out an important element in the image.

Watermarking an image is a matter of personal preference and is not a fool-proof method to protect your images but it will certainly make others think twice before attempting to download and use your image without your consent.

There are many ways to add a watermark, from adding it through photo editing, to purchasing watermarking software that can watermark batches of photos all at once. In this article, we will be using Adobe Photoshop CS2 to add a text watermark to an image.

There are a few important things to remember before placing a watermark:

Keep the original images. Store them in a secure folder so there is no chance they will accidentally be saved over once your start photo editing.

Make copies for watermarking. Save them in a separate folder so they will be easy to find and access.

Decide whether you want to watermark your images as a batch or one at a time. If you have loads of photos, it would be more convenient to batch watermark them. However, you will not have complete control over the watermark’s exact placement compared to if you were doing them individually.

Decide on what your watermark will look like. Experiment with its size, opacity, and its location in the image. The more obvious and bigger the watermark, the better it is for security reasons. But the downside is it could cover much of the shot and also spoil the impact of the image.  Try to find a balance by making the watermark visible but not intrusive.

watermark The Advantages of Watermarking Your Photos

Adding a watermark in Photoshop is quick and easy and it won’t take up much of your time at all.

Here are the basic steps:

1. Open your image, make a copy layer and then click on the Type tool. Type in your copyright symbol © (keyboard shortcut is Alt + 0169 if you’re using Windows and Option-G if you’re using Mac) and your desired text.

 2. While still using the Type tool, you can highlight the entire text and choose the desired color, font and size.

 3.  The text will appear as a solid color so if you want to make it blend more with the image, it has to look less opaque. Click on Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options and drag the slider of the opacity bar to make the text more transparent (see screenshot).

 4. Once you’re satisfied with its opacity, click on the Move tool and drag the watermark to the desired spot in your image.

 5. Save the watermarked copy image.

 


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7 Useful Suggestions to Boost Interest in Your Stock Photographs

tailstock 7 Useful Suggestions to Boost Interest in Your Stock PhotographsStock photography can be a lucrative business, and it is always an unexpected and a pleasant surprise whenever you make a sale. Every image you take is unique and may at the same time have its good points and flaws. To generate a greater demand for your stock photos, here are a few general tips to get you started:

Edit your submissions – don’t just upload everything you’ve taken pictures of in a whole shoot. Edit and choose the best shots and upload only the ones you think are good enough to use. However, do not overdo it with the post processing since there might be the tendency that it looks unreal or too edited. Do not oversharpen your images and upload the highest resolution your camera can handle. Go over every pixel of your image since stock agency reviewers will certainly be doing that and the slightest appearance of pixelation or sensor dust can be a reason for rejection of your shot.

snailstock 7 Useful Suggestions to Boost Interest in Your Stock PhotographsCommunicate – don’t be afraid to get feedback from the many people who see your work.  Most of the time, you will get valuable input that you can use in your next photo shoot. Remember that any comment is not personal so use other people’s opinions to your advantage.

Observe – learn from other stock photography sites and other photographers on what images attract buyers the most. Notice the foreground and background of print advertisements and consider the material used. A lot of times print media uses stock images for their ads. Knowing what stock photography clients are looking for in quality stock imagery is an advantage. More importantly, always learn to think like a client and know what images are in demand to best cater to the market.

Be inspired – look for inspiration in your work. Study what other material is available so you can familiarize yourself. Notice what a certain image looks like and re-tell the story using your own version or interpretation. Use this to draw inspiration from and start from there. There are thousands of images of paperclips but if you can give it your own creative touch, this can be the extra factor that can set it apart from the rest.

Direct less – when working with models, it’s best to keep them relaxed. You capture the true essence of a person or image when they are at ease and not overly conscious of how they are posing. Explain what you want and need from them and let the story unfold by itself.

doughnutstock 7 Useful Suggestions to Boost Interest in Your Stock PhotographsRead design and photography magazines – use what you see in these magazines as inspiration rather than mimicking styles or other photographers’ work. Learn to develop new styles and techniques that you can use for your own images. This is the best way to learn what other photographers are doing to create business concepts that you can use to your advantage.

Use keywording – choose the correct keywords when labeling your work. Accuracy is an important factor as well as matching as many of the correct keywords to fit your image to get the largest possible audience. Avoid using keywords that have no relevance to your image even if these are the most often used, with the thought of adding traffic to your portfolio. It will only irk prospective buyers and will do nothing good for your chances of getting your images sold. 


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How to Make Money with Your Christmas Photos

Christmastime is just around the corner and it is the most expensive time of the year when you have to drain your pockets to get all those Christmas presents for family and friends. With your digital camera on hand, why not put it to good use by earning some extra money to help fill those pockets. With just keen observation, a little foresight and some careful planning, you may just have the best Christmas ever.

xmas1 How to Make Money with Your Christmas PhotosYou always take photographs on every occasion, including Christmas, so why not consider making a profit from all those holiday images. Here are some ideas how to earn:

Know what Christmas images sell in most of the stock photography sites. 

Almost anyone who owns a digital camera would like to share their images with the world and is probably already a member of at least one stock photography site. If you haven’t joined yet, it’s about time you did. You might not even think of making money when you share your photos online, and you might not yet be aware that selling your images as stock photos can be really lucrative and can make you earn some extra money without any trouble at all.

Remember though, that not all Christmas stock photos sell. Even frequent buyers who look for images in stock sites have already chosen their favorite photographer from the many people who upload. Make sure that you upload quality images. It’s not the quantity of images that you have in a site but rather the quality of images. By choosing the great shots that you’ve taken and uploading these, you’re sure to xmas2 How to Make Money with Your Christmas Photoshave a steady stream of clients that will recognize your work and would periodically check on your images each time they need one.

It’s good to know right from the very start what type of images are popular. The kinds of holiday images that particularly sell are the traditional people photos. People enjoying the spirit of the season.  These are typically a family seated enjoying a holiday meal, the gift giving scene, children opening their presents, a fire place with Santa’s cookies laid out, people walking on a snowy street lit with Christmas lights, etc. All these images bring about the festive holiday season and are always a sure fire seller.

Portray the theme of Christmas in different ways.

Try experimenting with composition and lighting. Use various angles to capture your subjects. Get close to them, notice the details of the Christmas ornaments, and if your street is decorated with Christmas lighting use the panoramic feature to capture the whole scene. Take a few candlelight images, get some shots xmas3 How to Make Money with Your Christmas Photosof the festive mood such as people shopping in malls, carolers singing, etc. Try to tell a story or make use of techniques such as silhouette or motion blur to spice up your shots. It’s always easy to spot a great scene this time of the year so be prepared and don’t let it pass you by. 

Use your Christmas photos as part of merchandise.

Aside from uploading your images in stock photography sites, you can always use your images for Christmas postcards, greeting cards, t-shirts, coffee mugs and so much more. You can sell these to your family and friends or aim bigger and sell them in local fairs or even online. All it takes is some initiative and great images. Everyone gets into the spirit of the holiday season and there will always be an opportunity to put those great holiday shots to good use to make you extra money all year round.


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What Buyers Are Looking For in Stock Photos

When you upload your images in stock photo sites, you will soon notice that you will have to place each image in a specific category so it is more convenient for the buyers to find the shots they are looking for. A little bit of browsing through these categories will give you a fair idea of your competition and also what buyers are looking for. Here is a list of popular categories and how your images can hook the interest of the buyer:

People – what better way to reach an audience than by depicting ethnic diversity. stock1 What Buyers Are Looking For in Stock PhotosThere is a high demand in photographs of different cultures, races, genders and creed, young or old, happy or sad. There is a consolidated universal need for such images. Clients prefer candid images to show the more authentic side of everyday life all over the world. Remember that candid does not mean ‘snapshot-ish’ but rather an unposed and more natural feel. When photographing people with recognizable faces, make sure you get model releases to be able to use the images commercially. Being in a natural setting would be ideal, but if you will be working in a studio with models, pay particular attention to details. Make sure that clothing, make-up and hairstyle complement each other and drive home the message you want to convey.

Abstract ideas – it is important that you know the types of abstract concepts that are being used in the market. You can use these as a basis for your creative ideas and add twists of your own. Images depicting concepts that are valued in the market are joy, fear, health, success, and tranquility. It is not easy to present an abstract idea in a visual and clear manner, which is why there is a big market for it. Abstract ideas can also cover a wide range of possible usage, which would mean a big client potential. 

buyerswant3 What Buyers Are Looking For in Stock PhotosFood and drink – simplicity in food and drink photography is important. Keeping things as simple as possible and avoiding clutter in the shot will allow the viewer to focus on the actual subject. The other props in the photograph should merely support and enhance the dish rather than overwhelm it. Freshness is also a key element. Make sure that if you’re photographing fruits, vegetables or meat that they are absolutely fresh. Images of food that are usually served hot often look better with the inclusion of steam. It is difficult to capture real steam wafting from a hot dish since the dish itself might not be hot after hours of food styling. Fake food steam from a steamer works well as a substitute. 

stock3 What Buyers Are Looking For in Stock PhotosAbstract – these images are often used as backgrounds for magazine covers, or as pc wallpapers. Texture, shapes, patterns and colors play a big part in abstract images so utilize your composition techniques to show them off in an attractive way. 

Technology and industry – with the steady growth of e-commerce and the internet being more popular than ever, images related to computers and online connections are a constant need in stock photography. Industrial shots are also popular, especially since the world is now very attuned to the effects of technology and industry to the environment. Avoid cliché shots such as computer sockets and wires since these have been done to death. Unless your image is presented in a more creative way, in which case cliché subject or not, it can still entice a buyer. 

Business and commerce – with today’s society focused on work and making money, images of professionals talking on cellular phones and wearing Bluetooth earpieces, images of bills and coins, briefcases, office equipment, board meetings, and the like are very much in demand. Again, it is easy to fall into the trap of cliché shots here such as the businessman carrying a briefcase or a close up of a handshake. These images could be technically perfect but if the visual is too common, it can border on being boring. Try composing the shot in more unique way, maybe change your camera angle or add a prop to make it your own. 

stock5 What Buyers Are Looking For in Stock PhotosTravel – many travel photographs are used to illustrate many of the travel destinations and leisure spots and there is a never ending demand for new and unique images. You do not have to travel to far-off places to upload great shots. Your own environment will do since what is ordinary and a part of your own geography can be exotic to buyers who live in the other parts of the world. Images of your historical landmarks, of local culture and customs can be a hit so be sure to take photos for stock next time you go around your city or countryside.

Sports and action – sports are a big part of a people’s culture. Images of an athlete’s triumph and defeat bring out a sense of empathy in the viewer. Photographs depicting sports activities fill a need in the niche based market. If you have sports that are popular only in your country, take advantage of this fact by taking a lot of stock photos. There will not be much supply for it and you can be the photographer who can dominate that particular segment. 

Holidays and celebrations – Every year there is a greater demand in images for the holidays such as Valentine’s, Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Clients have a never-ending need for a fresh source to illustrate every event for different purposes. The great thing about these events is that it is very visual, with all the décor and cheerful atmosphere that seems to envelop everyone. It wouldn’t be hard for you to take photos that are visually appealing and vibrant during holiday season. 

stock6 What Buyers Are Looking For in Stock PhotosOlder adults and kids – Not many photographers like working with young children or seniors. As a result, there is an increase in the demand for clients to use stock photos for images of this kind. When taking stock photos of children and the elderly, make sure they are relaxed and comfortable with having their picture taken. 

Health care – Any image in relation to the field of health care such as doctors, nurses, medicine, and the like are saleable since the market is still wide open for these kinds of images. 

Nature – although extremely popular and with this category near to bursting with images, buyers cannot seem to get enough of nature shots. From insect shots to sunset shots over the ocean, this category is rife with images that appear very similar to each other. Creative composition and lighting are essential in this category if you want to be noticed.


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