Become a Stock Photographer

Becoming a stock photographer is easier than you might think. The global stock photography market allows for your photos to be featured on websites, in magazine articles, newspapers, blogs and advertising. If you have a good understanding of  how ISO, aperture and shutter speed works, you will most likely have a good chance at being accepted to sites like iStockShutterstock, Adobe, People ImagesDreamstime and 123IRF.

Having a good eye for composition and white balance is also important. A good stock photo should always have good lighting, composition, correct focusing and no visible noise. It is also important to keep an eye on visible trademarks within the photo. Recognizable people must always sign a model release, unless it is a photo of a news event.

1. Register your account

Start by registering your contributor account.

2. Understand the requirements

Before uploading any images, it is important to read the guidelines and recommendations by the agency. This is a helpful basic introduction to stock photography.

3. Have fun learning

Don’t be discouraged if you are rejected. Some of the most successful stock photographers also got their photos rejected in the beginning. It is important to keep in mind that you are not being judged on being a good photographer, but rather judged if you have understood the the industry requirements.