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The Business of Stock Photography & Signing Up with Your 1st Stock Agency

PART 1 - OVERVIEW OF THE BUSINESS OF STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

•  Do you want to make money with your photography?

• Do you want to create a home based business that you do almost anywhere?

• Have you ever thought about getting into selling stock images, but don’t have a clue how to get started?

• Have you ever wondered what it takes to sell your images with stock agencies?

• Did you know your iPhone and Android phone images can be sold on stock agencies?

The 1st part of the session we will discuss the business of stock photography, what exactly is a stock image, who are the buyers of stock images, how you can take your images and make a home based business. The business of stock photography continues to change, as technology changes. Many agencies now accept iPhone and Android phone images, through app based portals from mobile phones.

Don’t be fooled, like any other business, the business of stock photography in NOT a get rich quick endeavor. So if you are thinking that uploading 100 images, is going to pad your bank account, then this business is not for you!  This business will require time shooting, shooting images in a different way. processing, titling, keywording and uploading your images to agencies you have been accepted as a Photographer Contributor. Like any business, you get out of it what you put into it, AND YES, it is possible to make money in stock photography!

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PART 2 - SIGNING UP WITH YOUR 1ST STOCK AGENCY
We are going to spend the 2nd half of the session getting you up and running on an actual Stock Photography agency.  I will walk you through:

• Getting registered as a Photographer Contributor

• Setting up your payment options

• Tour of important pages/screens

• Tips and tricks to help make you more successful

By the end of this session you will have submitted your images into the approval queue to become a Photographer Contributor on your 1st agency! I want you to jump right in and get moving selling your images. Future stock classes and outings I teach will help you build on this first experience, so as I share with you information you can apply your new knowledge to a "real world" scenario!

GET READY!...Time to take all those beautiful images you have and MAKE SOME MONEY!

YOU WILL NEED YOUR LAPTOP COMPUTER AND 20 IMAGES to upload during this session! Images must meet the following criteria:

•  IMAGES 300 dpi

• Images must be photographed with a minimum 6 Megapixels camera

• Images must ONLY be in JPEG file and in minimum 80% quality compression

• Saved in sRGB color space

• Images must NOT contain any company names, product names, date or trademarked designs

• Images must NOT contain recognizable brand named products

• JPEG images must NOT be bigger than 20MB

• Do not put copyrighted keywords into description or keywords field, not even name or brand of camera used to take the photos

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A LAPTOP COMPUTER:  I will be providing detailed handouts, so you can follow along and take notes, so you can do this when you get home!

SPECIAL NOTE: To be successful in this class you need to have BASIC COMPUTER and IMAGE PROCESSING SKILLS! We are making the assumption that you know and shoot in CAMERA RAW, how to get your images from your camera to your computer and apply edits!

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ABOUT TERI VIRBICKIS & TAKING STOCK IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY
I have lived in Colorado for about 21 years now, I am proud to make it my home. I am a Marketing/Graphic Design professional who has worked my entire career helping individuals and corporations create impact with their marketing campaigns. I am very passionate about helping people and companies learn how to generate buzz about their products and services, especially these days when budgets and economic resources are always under fire. When people ask me what I do, I often chuckle and tell them I am an Impactologist! Naturally they ask “what the heck is an Impactologist”? It’s simple, as I stated above, I practice IMPACTOLOGY: The Art of Creating Impact!

My entire career, I have always been on the buying end of the stock photography world. I have vast knowledge and many years of experience, in the purchasing of images, for a wide range of usages in marketing campaigns, collateral and various other photographic scenarios. I have come to know, that the purchase and usage of photographic images is not only big business, but also a very misunderstood business by most people. It wasn’t until I began to sell my own images, and learned the struggles photographers have when embarking on making a living with their photography. THERE IS SOOOOO MUCH TO KNOW, about the licensing/purchasing of photographic images. This is one of the reason why Taking Stock Images Photography was created, to assist photographers in learning about the in’s and out’s of the business of selling your work.

As of April 2014, I have 18,309 images on line, across 6 different stock agencies. I continue to learn more and more about the world of photography, and my stock photography portfolio continues to grow in size and income! I continue to make Taking Stock Images Photography a community of photographers who are not only passionate about their work, but assist them in learning about how to create a home-based business, that will serve them now and down the road when their full time employment ceases. It seems these days, our world is in a constant state of change, and creating your very own home-based business can become the one thing you control and create into your very own empire. This business is not an easy one, and it will require time, effort and “sweatequity” on your part. But the sky’s the limit, you CAN create a business with something you love and are very passionate about. Looking forward to meeting you soon, and helping you learn about the world and business of stock photography!

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  • Kerry S.

    Thank you, Teri, for a very informative class that included step by step help on uploading photos into a stock photography site. Please have additional classes on keywording and workflow and maybe even a Lightroom class? Most of my weekends in the summer are booked so an after-work class would be great.

    May 29, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Thanks Kerry! I am working on it!

      May 29, 2014

  • Suzanne S.

    I've been accepted as a contributor level 1, and *finally* got the last of my first ten photos successfully uploaded today. It will be interesting to see what they accept/reject out of that first batch. I'm preparing more photos for submission.

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Congratulations! You are off to the races!

      1 · May 27, 2014

    • Suzanne S.

      Well, cool. By late yesterday I had uploaded a total of 16 photos. I've been busy today and just now checked the site. They accepted 14 and rejected 2 which they did accept as "editorial." It's an encouraging, and very small, start. But you have to start somewhere.

      1 · May 28, 2014

  • Dianne G.

    In my 123RF account, I show up as a Level 1 Contributor, but my images are all still in pending mode.

    1 · May 28, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Dianne, on your history page, go into "View Images" and check to see if there are anything flagged with red, that you might be missing, that's holding up the pending que.

      May 28, 2014

    • Dianne G.

      Nope. Nothing red. All 10 are still pending, though it shows that I'm a Level 1 Contributor.

      May 28, 2014

  • Dianne G.

    Are you going to offer Keywording and Workflow meetups sometime soon, Teri?

    May 28, 2014

    • Dianne G.

      That would be great.

      May 28, 2014

    • Dianne G.

      Sounds like fun summer company!

      May 28, 2014

  • Teri V.

    Guys, Yuri Acuris (the creator of the tool Keith refers to in his message), who is often referred to as Mr. Stock Photography, has a great free keywording tool. HOWEVER...be very careful with something that you are allowing to generate something about your image, and has never set eyes on your image! My best advice for keywording is "THINK LIKE A BUYER"! How would someone searching for an image like mine, search for it! Don't over think this!

    May 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI for all. A few of us were talking during the class about the challenge of compiling a comprehensive list of "keywords" to accommodate each new image upload to the site. As Teri had mentioned, this is a very important step. Well, I located a very useful and FREE tool online to aid in this process. Go to: http://www.arcurs.com/keywording/ , type in the "subject" of your photo, choose images that are similar to your image, and it will populate an entire list of keywords to use. Check the ones you like and click "show a list" which places all of the keywords in a formate that you can copy and paste. Hope this helps.

    May 27, 2014

  • Hans B.

    Hi all, just found out that I've been accepted and am officially level 1 with the stock agency. Thanks Teri for making this possible.

    2 · May 27, 2014

    • Teri V.

      AWESOMEEEEEE!!! Love it and congratulations!!!

      May 27, 2014

  • Dianne G.

    Well, I did get the "your membership is approved" email from 123RF. :-)

    1 · May 25, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Yes, it typically takes 48 to 72 hrs, and has taken as long as a week. Depend how busy they are.

      May 26, 2014

    • Dianne G.

      Okay, that's what I thought. Will keep you posted.

      May 26, 2014

  • Shelley W.

    Very informative, professional presented.

    May 25, 2014

  • Hans B.

    Filled with information and tips. Worthwhile for every photographer.

    May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great class Teri. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us

    May 25, 2014

  • Suzanne S.

    Teri's class was a great way to spend Sunday afternoon. She's so generous with her knowledge, and I learned a lot!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Dianne G.

    Great meetup! Teri shared so much wonderful information. Looking forward to more classes (hint, hint!) on this - keywords, workflow, etc. Thank you so much, Teri, I really enjoyed this and am excited to jump into the stock photography arena!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Alison W.

    Really informative and useful- it's do great of Teri to share her hard earned knowledge.

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Teri V.

    Thanks to everyone who came out this afternoon for the Business of Stock Photography class! A few familiar faces, and lots of new faces, it was a pleasure to hang out with all of you and teach you about one of my favorite subjects Stock Photography! Please be sure to let me know when you get have been accepted and are now a stock photographer contributor on your 1st agency! Great group of people!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Linda

    Hi Teri, So I've been shooting for years and have hundreds of pictures BUT I haven't been shooting in RAW. So my images aren't going to work for stock sites? I don't know the pros and cons of shooting in RAW but I will get on line and find out. I don't have a laptop either :-(

    May 21, 2014

    • Linda

      Thanks Teri, I only mention shooting in RAW because it is says this in your special note section: "We are making the assumption that you know and shoot in CAMERA RAW". What's the deadline for signing up for the workshop? I am WAY north of you so I have to decide if I want to make the drive. At least Sundays are better than a week night. Thanks again.

      May 21, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Shooting in RAW is always optimal to achieve the best possible image. HOWEVER, iPhone and Android phone images that aren't capable of shooting in RAW, are being accepted by stock agencies. The reason I put that statement in the class description is because I had a lady show up to a class, who had no idea how to get her images off her camera, and no idea how to process her photos. You need to at least know those 2 things to be successful in this business.

      May 21, 2014

  • Liz

    Although I'd love to come this Sunday, I will be in MOAB taking pictures.

    1 · May 19, 2014

    • Teri V.

      How fun! Have a blast and take lots of pictures!

      May 19, 2014

  • Dianne G.

    Looking forward to this. Is there anything else we should know regarding the photos we bring?

    May 12, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Dianne, I just sent you an email with your "homework" for before class. It has all the details for the images. Let me know if you have any questions.

      May 13, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Karen, check your email! I just sent you the class homework. Let me know if you have any questions.

      May 16, 2014

  • Hans B.

    Teri, I'm wondering if we should submit pictures of a certain genre or type, or diversify them.

    May 13, 2014

    • Teri V.

      Hans, I would diversify as much as possible.

      May 13, 2014

  • Patrick

    Will this class be offered another time? I really want to attend, but will be out of town that weekend

    May 10, 2014

    • Teri V.

      If there is enough interest, we can repeat it. But right now, nothing on the schedule.

      May 10, 2014

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