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Make Money Traveling With Stock Photography

There are several Stock Photography websites that want your pictures. These sites will pay you a percentage for every one of your pictures that gets downloaded, each time it is downloaded. Your pictures can be downloaded an unlimited number of times.

Many individuals, businesses, organizations, websites and print publications are in constant need of a wide variety of quality photographs for their websites, sales letters, brochures, magazines, videos and newspapers. These entities regularly turn to stock photography websites to buy the photographs that they need.

You can submit your digital photographs to websites like iStock and Shutterstock. You don’t need to be a professional photographer. You just need a digital camera (with extra memory cards) and internet access. Signing up for these websites is free. Each time one of your pictures is downloaded you’ll get paid a percentage of the cost of the photograph, which generally comes to twenty-five cents to several dollars.

Stock PhotographyJust about any type of digital picture is accepted as long as it is of high quality. Your pictures need to be in JPG/JPEG and for most stock websites they should be 1600 x 1200 pixels or larger. New photographers for Shutterstock need to submit photographs that are 4.0 Megapixels or Million Pixels (MP).

You can calculate the number of pixels in a photograph by multiplying the width by the height. A picture that is 1600×1200 is 1.92 million pixels.

In photographs that depict a minor, or where an identifiable human face is visible, you will need to send a model release with the picture to the website. You need to submit original work and make sure that you do not include copyrighted material or logos in your images. Do not submit photographs that have been increased in size from their original file size. You should read the submission guidelines from each website before you start posting your pictures.

Once you have uploaded a picture to a stock photography website, it stays there for as long as you like (even for years). Every time it gets downloaded you earn money. You can upload your pictures to several different websites as long as the websites allow the submission of non-exclusive photographs.

For example: let’s say that you have accumulated 1,000 high quality photographs for stock photography websites. You upload each image to ten different websites Design Training. So each site now has 1,000 different pictures. You have a total of 10,000 images uploaded on the various sites. If each of your pictures get downloaded just twice every thirty days, and your commission is only $0.25 cents for each download, you’ll be making $5,000 a month!

You can take ten pictures a day and upload each one to ten different Stock Photography websites. In just three months you’ll have about 900 photographs uploaded 9,000 times.

What is really cool about this is that once your pictures are uploaded they continue to make money for you with no additional work on your part. If you continuously upload pictures to the stock websites you can earn even more. There are several people that do this full-time and make $5,000, even $8,000 a month.

Most of the stock websites pay you once a month through PayPal, MoneyBookers, paper check or direct deposit.

You can start by taking pictures in your area, or travel anywhere and make a very healthy living by taking stock photographs. The more pictures you upload, the more earning potential you have. You can make great money from this “job” from just about anywhere in the world.

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July 8, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Using Funny Pictures for Stock Photography

It took me a long time to first delve into the creation of funny pictures.  Almost fifteen years into my career, to be exact.  A big part of that evolution was the advent of the digital world and Photoshop Brushes.  As a matter of fact, Photoshop came along at a perfect time for me and opened up a whole new world.

It was early 1990 and my business had hit the wall.  It was like someone turned off the faucet.  1989 was, at that point, the best year I had ever had.  I could barely keep up with the assignments!  But our economy took a dive and my business went along with it.  One of my clients went from a staff of 24 to only five people in a six-month span of time.

Who was going to hire me, and why?

Stock PhotographyWith all that time on my hands I took a hard look at my business.  Who was going to hire me and why?  My answer was that not too many would hire me.  My book wasn’t even interesting to me.  But one thing did interest me, combining images.  I began to combine images using in-camera duping.

The difficulties of that process got me looking at this new development in the pre-press world, digital compositing. When I checked into that, the proprietary systems were prohibitively expensive.  And then came this new program called Photoshop.

I didn’t have any money, but I traded some Stock photography to Adobe for a copy of their new program, and used my income tax money to pay for an apple computer.  The rest, as they say, was history.

Pics of flying pigs and heads buried in the sand

It wasn’t long before humor began to creep into my Photoshop work.  A funny picture of flying pigs came within months of my starting to work with Photoshop.  Shortly after that came a fun image of raining cats and dogs.

The humor showed up not just in funny animal pictures, but also in humorous people pictures as well.  In one such shot I created an image of myself, times three, and in each case, with my head buried in the sand and my butt in the air (what was I thinking?).

Eventually I created a stock image of a cat with a huge grin and a canary feather protruding from his mouth.  That fun little picture got me a contract with a greeting card company and my own line of greeting cards “John Lund’s Animal Antics”.  Soon we were selling over a million greeting cards a year!

At first I was uncomfortable getting complements on the funny animal pictures.  I wanted to be known for serious work.  But it began to dawn on me that people were truly appreciating what I was doing.  I get e-mails from all over the world from people thanking me for bringing humor into their lives.

A week after 9/11 happened a United Airlines flight attendant sent me a letter thanking me for giving her fist smile since the twin towers tragedy.

Appreciation on a weekly basis

After twenty years of photography I don’t ever remember anybody thanking me for creating images…and here I am suddenly getting appreciation on a weekly basis.  How bad can that be?  Now, of course, I have come to terms with it.  As a matter of fact, few things make me feel as good as seeing a smile spread across someone’s face when they first look at one of my images.  As a matter of fact, when someone chuckles at one of my images I know I have a winner.

Even today, I created a funny image and sent e-mail the image to my brother while I had him on the phone.  When I heard him laugh I knew the image was successful.

It took me fifteen years of shooting before I found my stride, a combination of  Stock photography, Photoshop and humor.  I create funny images of pets, funny photographs of business concepts, and, yes, the occasional serious shot too. And I’m laughing all the way to the bank!

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stock Photography Allow both Amateur and Professional Photographers to Profit

Today the two major types of photography sold on the market include assignment photography and stock photography. Photographs taken of a predetermined subject are called assignment photography, while stock photography is when one takes photos with the desire to find a future buyer.

Both Amateur and Professional photographers generally can sell both types, and while assignment photography typically takes care of their base costs they find it to be self-limiting in profit potential. Stock photos, however, while generally commanding a lower price, sell more often and to a wider market. A good site to sell your stock photos is http://www.PhotoDaisy.com

If you think you might want to try your hand at making money with Stock Photography, it’s a good idea to know what kind of photography interests you and in what aspect of photography you have talent. As you hone your skill, you can start to amass a stockpile of photos. That beautiful landscape pictures you took of the setting sun during last months trip to the beach, the pictures of your garden, or the pottery your spouse made, or with a written model release, even the pictures you shot of someone using a cell phone, or typing on a laptop can all be potential stock photos.

Stock PhotographyA magazine may be doing an article on gardens or on the dangers of driving while using a cell phone. A newspaper might need pictures of the local coastline. Take pictures of everything. Photos you have about police actions can be quite profitable. Other highly popular stock photo subjects also include certain types of plants, food, cars, and boats. Amass a photo library with varied photos. With your good stock photos, the possibilities are endless.

Often, however, photograph editors in magazines and newspapers often don’t have the time or the inclination to expand much effort when buying Stock Photography. So basically you need to find someone who will market and sell your pictures for you. Think about this – the larger the website, the less time a photo editor will have to spend looking for the right photo and the greater chance your stock photo will be viewed and possibly purchased.

In picking out a service to sell your stock photos you are looking for functionality and affordability. You will need to be able to sell your stock photos and the interface of the website must be one that is not only easy for you to upload your stock photos, but is also easy for those who wish to buy stock photos.

With the advent of the Internet, the business of buying stock photos and selling stock photos has greatly increased. Whether you are an amateur stock photographer or a professional stock photographer, the potential for making a profit from selling stock photos is substantial enough to warrant your attention.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Based Stock Photography Business – How To Get Paid Taking Pictures

Stock PhotographyHome Based Stock Photography Business can be a lucrative business. You can earn as much as $40,000 per year or even more. The best thing is you don’t need fancy stuffs to get started. All you need is just a simple digital camera preferably 8 megapixels and above, adobe Photoshop Brushes, computer and an internet connection.

1. Start Taking Pictures

The first thing you need to of course start taking pictures. You can take any picture but make sure the picture that you take is professionally looking. That’s why you will need adobe Photoshop, to polish your picture a little bit.

2. Identify Your Business Model

There are two types of business model for home based photography business. Those who take order for special events such as wedding or sweet 17, and those that sells their pictures for royalty income.

You can also sell your photos to online Stock Photography sites where you can get paid on a recurring commission each time someone buys your photos.

What is your strength and weakness? Are you a single mom or college student? Can you afford to travel for days?

Answering those questions will help you uncover your business model.

3. Promote Your Business

No matter how well your product, you need to spread the words about it. Your product will not promote itself. You, as the creator of the product, that will need to promote the product.

After you identified your business model, now you can choose how you would like to market your service.

If you choose to take order for special events, you might want to create simple website and put advertising at your local newspaper or through pay-per-click search engine such as Google Ad words.

Because you offer your service directly, you can afford to charge higher price even though the job will make you feel more tired.

Another alternative is to sell your pictures for royalty income to websites such as Istockphoto.com or Fotolia.com and Yourdesignneed.com Through these websites; you can earn passive income for selling your photos for royalty income.

June 23, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Power Of Positive Thinking – Implemented Stock Photographer Style

Stock PhotographyI’ve heard it said that if you believe you will succeed, or if you believe you will fail, you are right.  There is a lot of truth in that.  I have also heard it said that as photographers, it is our responsibility to lead society.

As I write this we are in what is described as the worst recession since the great depression.  It feels as if all the news is doom and gloom.  I find myself being more careful in my spending, pulling back and even taking on a bit of a siege mentality.  Now the more we all do that, the worse our economy is going to get.  What can we, as Stock Photography, do to help?  We can stay positive and we can make positive images.

The bright side

One way I am approaching my stock photography that allows me to create positive conceptual images and still feel like I am being fiscally responsible is to create images that cost little to nothing.

A great example of that is a picture I created just a couple of days ago.  The image illustrates the idea that no matter how dark things are, there is always a bright side.  That even when you are in a raging storm, on the other side of those clouds the sun is always shining.  The image shows a rainstorm of dark clouds, but above those storm clouds are light fluffy clouds and a shining sun.

Pictures of clouds, rain and sun

The storm clouds and rain were photographed on a road trip through Colorado.  The transition was created using clouds I shot on a vacation in Hawaii.  The light fluffy clouds were shot here in Marin County and the sun was added using the Lens Flare filter in Photoshop.

Shooting weather, pictures of clouds, rain, and sun are free.  Photographs of beautiful landscapes are also free.  I say pretty much because I have accumulated a lot of my weather and landscape files while on trips.  I am also fortunate to live in the Bay Area where we have an abundance of scenic vistas ranging from mountains to the ocean, to draw upon.

In another case, again drawing upon my archives of clouds, I used Photoshop Tutorials to create a smiley face in the sky.  Total cost, a few hours of digital work.  It isn’t the best selling image I have ever made, but pretty much every penny it does earn is profit.  Some images I undertake require enormous expense, and I certainly do my share of them.  But it always feels good to create an image with a high probability of selling that costs little to nothing to make.

Creativity and a positive attitude

In my final example, I have an image of a man’s hand holding a light bulb in front of the sun.  I found a friend who modeled for me for no charge.  Again, a positive image, about solar power, conservation, and even creativity, at minimal to no cost.

Powerful conceptual ideas that cost little to nothing are all around us; Ideas that are needed in the market, and that we can feel good about on several levels.  I know that it helps me stay positive when I make images I am proud of, and it certainly helps my wallet when they sell.  As a business owner it also feels good to stretch my dollars.  As with so much else in life, all it requires from us is creativity and a positive attitude.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Editorial Stock Photography Collection, a Hidden Wealth

The first fifty years of editorial Stock Photography were lean years for photographers.

Few photographers imagined their photos were worth much more than the immediate compensation they received from a magazine, book publisher or assignment client.

In addition, to save filing space, many photographers threw out extra “baggage” of “outdated” images. Little did they realize they were tossing away a gold mine?

In the early days, some photographers had special agreements with their publishers or newspaper and magazine editors that ownership of the photos bought, could revert back to them (the photographers) after three years. In some cases it was a shorter period of time. (This was in the days before the revision of the Copyright Law decreed that copyright ownership now stays with the photographer. In its original form the Copyright Law transferred copyright to whoever bought a “use” right to a photo.)

Stock PhotographyUnfortunately, some photographers didn’t take advantage of this kind of agreement provision. They were busy with their other projects and went on to other things, as the photo industry matured. Their original photographs, lying dormant in files at book companies, newspapers, and magazines, were sometimes ushered out by a junior assistant or inexperienced clerk, to make room for contemporary work. What could have been an annuity for a photographer disappeared into the dumpster?

Of course, some organizations had the foresight, manpower, and funds to catalog and save everything. One example is TIME-LIFE. Their files of photos chronicle the life and times of America since 1936.

Several years ago, the then-director of the TIME-LIFE library, Beth Zarcone, gave me a tour of their collection. The count of images totals more than 21,000,000, and before Getty Images bought their archives, TIME-LIFE kept these photos in their climate-controlled library at the base of Rockefeller Center in New York. I saw youthful pictures of Muhammad Ali (13 books have been written about him in the last decade), Frank Sinatra, astronaut John Glenn, Eleanor Roosevelt, and countless others. These were pictures taken by long-gone photographers who never thought about the legacy they were creating.

Not long ago, I had a talk with Flip Schulke, famed photographer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. era, and the subsequent years of political unrest.

He said, “As a young photographer in the 60’s, I didn’t throw anything away. After all, I thought of my pictures as my kids. Who gives their kids away?” As a result, Flip has a deep selection of outtakes from his assignments and self-assignments.

“Stock photographers should realize that their editorial photos serve as a pension, an annuity, as you get older. When you’re an editorial Stock Photography, everything becomes history

Flip pointed out that many photographers might not have the funds to produce their own CD-ROM. One way of getting around this is to donate your collection (with limited copyright) to a university, college or museum that has the budget to edit and make the selection process, catalog the pictures, produce the CD-ROM and promote it. The institution and the photographer then share in the profits.

“Some schools, however, don’t always have the funds to follow through on the complete process. If they don’t, the pictures will sit around in a box, the same way they did at your studio. Choose carefully.”

For present-day photographers, Flip warns that despite the convenience digital cameras offer to photographers and publishers, the process can backfire. For example, a city desk editor will take a card from a digital camera, choose only one or two shots from the photos on the card, say of a fire scene, and then hand the card back to the photographer. To utilize the disk space, the photographer may be inclined to erase the remaining pictures to start on a new assignment. This may save disk space, but it destroys the outtakes that might prove valuable to the photographer’s historical collection.

June 19, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Make Money From Stock Photography

Stock PhotographyThis article will look at some important aspects of how to make money from Stock Photography. Learning to make money with a camera and becoming a professional photographer, whether full time or part time, is both personally rewarding and lucrative. There are freelance photographers pulling in big bucks for doing something they love. What better a way to make a living than at something you love and are good at?

The days of needing a darkroom and loads of equipment are gone, today’s digital cameras don’t need darkrooms at all, you will however need a home office or suitable place to work with a PC and some good graphics software like say Photoshop Brushes, which is pretty much the industry standard. Knowing how to use Photoshop effectively can greatly add to the range of services you can provide. Techniques such as altering color balance can make for some really striking imagery that could be used in local firms advertising materials. Black & white pictures with just one color can make for stunning shots and of course there are myriad effects that can be achieved.

Other things you will need are patience and a desire to learn. Photographers must take their business seriously if they want to succeed. They all want to stand out as being a little different in style from each other; you too will need to develop your own style to set yourself apart. Part of this will come from the decision you’ll make as to what niche areas to specialize in. Do you want to be a portrait photographer or one who specializes in pets for instance?

The skills you need to be successful are constantly changing as both the technology and the market itself continues to evolve. You will certainly need to stay aware of the changes and continually educate yourself in new techniques and equipment developments. In some ways the value of photos has dropped as more Stock Photography became available online however numerous specialty areas have opened up and niche always spells opportunity. Niches from specialized sports photography to pet photography have boomed in recent years. If you think for a moment how people spend ridiculous amounts of money on pets you will see the potential income opportunity in that niche area of photography.

Having organized your office and thought about your specialty areas to focus on you really should now crystallize your business idea into a business plan. A business plan may sound a little scary but really it’s just a document to set us what your business is all about, who its customers are and how the profit is made. The plan should also incorporate your pricing model as well as set out some key milestones to target for your business. By having these targets you will be able to review your progress and work out which aspects of your business need to change.

Your plan should also set out how you intend marketing your service, that is how you will get clients to use you and not the competition, this may involve some element of price structures as well as advertising methods. The plan should be written as if persuading someone else to invest in the business as indeed you might someday wish to get a business loan or persuade a venture partner to join you.

June 18, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Easy Steps for Marketing Your Stock Photography Online

As a serious amateur or aspiring professional photographer, you’re probably aware of the many ways you can make money with your photos. You can sell your photos to magazines, newspapers, and other publications. You can market your fine art photography through a gallery, or even through coffee shops, libraries, and other spaces. You might explore fairs and markets — this is particularly effective at tourist spots if your photos capture the beauty and feel of the local scene. You can offer your photography services for hire, covering weddings, bar mitzvahs, company parties, and other events. And that’s just the beginning.

Stock PhotographyYou also know that the biggest key to success with any of these ventures is creating publicity, name recognition, and demand for your work.

The web is a great place to do that. Here’s your basic guide for creating publicity and marketing your photographic work online.

1. Set up a website.

You need a well-organized, visually attractive website where you can host your best photos, share your story, and establish a presence. Your website should be easy to navigate and easy on the eyes, with a professional approach. It should contain pieces from your portfolio, a short biography that highlights your experience and past work, and easily-found contact information.

Of course, now that you have a website, you’ll want to send traffic there! The next two steps will help you achieve this goal.

2. Write articles on the subject of Stock Photography.

Position yourself as an expert on the subject by writing interesting, informative, and engaging articles for others to learn from and enjoy. There are a number of sites on the web where you can publish your articles, both more general sites and photography-specific sites. Most will be happy to publish your article with a short byline and link leading back to your site.

3. Share & publicize your work through stock photography sites.

As a photographer, the most effective way for you to communicate with your audience is through the language of images. With photos, you can directly demonstrate your interests, talents, and abilities as a photographer. Be creative.

There are many sites online which allow you to share and publicize your work. Some royalty-free sites allow you to sell copies of your photos directly to designers and publishers, making a small commission each time your photo is downloaded. Other sites provide the means for you to market your work to the public, using your Stock Photography as an advertisement. If you use your photography as an advertisement, you’ll want to make sure there is a way for viewers to contact you; a hyperlinked byline or credit is ideal. To find out more, explore sites such as Shutterstock.com, Fotolia.com, iStockPhoto.com, PhotoBox.co.uk, and Plinkme.com.

June 17, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Into The World of Style And Stock Photography

Stock PhotographyFashion Stock Photography is ALWAYS in fashion. Although it is mainly dependent on commerce, fashion photography is now considered as an art. Unlike before where fashion photographers see the craft as a source of income, modern fashion photographers see themselves as artists who can invent and reinvent different photo shoot techniques and style.

BECOMING A FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

If you are a budding photographer and has always been fascinated with fashion and photography, you may want to make fashion photography as an option.

Imagine yourself traveling the world and setting foot on exotic islands and historical sites, working and hanging out with famous, most creative, and talented people in the fashion industry, taking the photos of international super models to have them published in various fashion magazines, having your named renowned internationally, and to top it all, you are paid a huge sum of amount while enjoying these perks.

Today, where almost everybody can become a fashion photographer through the use of reliable digital cameras, soft ware’s, and other photo editing gadgets, more and more people photo and fashion enthusiasts are into the lucrative business of fashion Stock Photography.

But, how do you break in? Here are some of the things you may want to consider:

– Make up your mind and decide if you really want to be in the business.

– Don’t hesitate about potential clients and income because fashion photographers are always in demand.

– Choose where would you want to land on the business—either freelance, ones without an agent; freelance with an agent, employed by a retailer, employed by a publication either a magazine, a book publisher, a newspaper, and the like; employed by an established fashion house, employed by an advertising company, employed by a fashion or clothes manufacturer, employed by a direct-mail company or you would want to open up your own studio and get clients on your own.

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY CHECKLIST

So, you really want to become a fashion designer? After deciding what you really want to do and where would you want to land in the gigantic world of fashion industry, you should make a short reassessment of your skills, you work ethics and etiquette to become successful in the path you have chosen to take.

There is more to fashion, photography, and fashion photography than meets the eye. Bear in mind that the craft and the business are beyond the realms of taking good photos, models, clothes, and products. Also remember that being a fashion photographer is more than an average person who takes good pictures. Technical and artistic skills in photography are required. Additional skills in styling, natural knack for clothes, and great artistic inclination in modeling and composition, and entrepreneurship spirit are also a must.

If you didn’t make it in the fashion photography scene yet, consider some options and career paths like working periodicals, ad agencies, department stores, fashion houses, modeling agencies, retailers, catalogues, galleries and in Stock Photography agencies while waiting for that big break. Experiences in these fields can hone your innate skills and may open up doors to greater opportunities.

More tips in becoming a fashion photographer, breaking into and succeeding as fashion photographer, starting a fashion photography business, starting a fashion photo studio, starting a glamour photo studio and even getting paid to take beautiful fashion pictures and travel the world in the internet. These sites also provide information and pieces of advice and tips for those who are interested in entering the industry as well as for those who would want to enhance their knowledge in the craft.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Optimize Your Stock Photography Website for Google

Stock PhotographyOptimize your Stock Photography website with these simple tips.

Optimizing your website for Google can seem like a daunting task, but if you take your time to put your site together and always think of how Google is going to look at your new window to the world, you’ll soon be on your way to a high Page Rank. First and foremost, you want to determine what your theme is going to be for your website. Are you going to share with the world all there is on how to take photos of cats? Maybe you want to have broader appeal and include all animals. Just remember, the more focused you are, the better you are able to bring your website to the forefront of the search results. David Hobby and his Strobist.com website is a great example of focusing on one particular aspect of photography, lighting with small portable flash. As of this writing, Hobby now has 200,000 mostly amateur photographers as devoted readers. His site attracts 1.6 million page views a month. His reported income is close to six figures, after only a mere 8 months.

So in thinking about your theme, it should always express the particular niche you have chosen for your website. One example is to have your title description describe your site. An example would be if you live in Cleveland and are promoting stock photography, you might want your title to not only have your website name, but the the following, “Stock photographer in Cleveland, Ohio”. Now that’s just a simple example, but you get the idea

Next, you have to have unique, relevant content. If you don’t have unique content, Google will likely never find it or rank it so low that you’ll never get eyeballs to your page. Just ripping content from the pages of others, will probably not be a big help to your ranking either. Admittedly, when first starting out, you’ll need to have something on your site or no one will show up. ArticlesBase.com is a good source for content and it’s free to use provided you follow their simple rules. Once you start adding your own content, you can also submit your articles to ArticlesBase.com to generate traffic back to your own site from other sites with similar interests.

Some ideas for adding content:

Create top 10 lists – I.E. The top 10 best celebrity photographers

Tips and Tricks

A Blog

Educate users on a particular aspect of photography, like Photoshop Tutorials or using a program like Aperture.

Next you want to think about how keywords will be used throughout the article. If you are sharing information on how to shoot fourth of July fireworks, you would want to have keywords relevant to this type of shooting. Don’t forget to add a title and a heading (Using the tag) to the page, such as “How to Photograph Firework Displays” This will help Google determine the topic of your article. The Page Title is the most important tag you can use for search ranking. Meta tags used to be the big “Must have” for your page, but people abused this to the point of being less useful for your pages.

When publishing images within your articles, it is extremely important to use alt tags , example (alt=”Serengeti Plain”) This gives the viewer a description of your image as well as allows your image to come up in image search results on Google. If you’re bored, you can play Google’s Image Labeler Game. Many gallery programs you use will have the option to add a description to your image, along with the name. Make sure you do this along with making the file name relevant to the image. I know I’m really bad about having images on my gallery with a name like DSC_1234. It’s easier to start on the right foot, rather than try to change names and descriptions later.

You can also think about adding a forum, which will also be populated with unique content. Just be careful to not populate forums with content from RSS feeds as it really discourages people from participating.

Next you want to have other sites linking into you, but it’s not just a matter of having them throw up a link, it’s what they say about your links that’s important. Here on PiQFire.com, we love to link to others, but we prefer to do it in the context of a story or feature as this helps both sites. Us with content and the others get a link back that has content specific to their site. What others say about your site is really important.

These are basics and hopefully this will give you a starting point on your way to getting your Stock Photography noticed on the web. For more info check out the book, “Getting Noticed on Google in Easy Steps”

June 15, 2009 Posted by | Stock Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment