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Taking Stock: Make Money in Microstock Creating Photos That Sell

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ISBN13: 9780321713070
ISBN10: 0321713079
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The ultimate insider guide to creating stock shots that sell from a veteran iStockphoto inspector

An iStockphoto inspector since 2002, author Rob Sylvan has spent nearly a decade as part of the team that decides which photos get sold on one of the largest, most popular microstock sites in existence. He’s also made tens of thousands of dollars off of his own microstock photography. As a result, no one knows better than he does what it takes to get your photos accepted to stock sites—and what to do to make those photos sell. In Taking Stock, Rob shares his hard-earned insider knowledge on how to shoot, edit, and tag photos so you can earn while you learn, regardless of which microstock agency you’re using.

 

In this book, you’ll learn how to look at the world through the eyes of designers, photo editors, and stock photographers. You’ll also learn the importance of focusing your energy on creating stock content that resonates with your passion for photography. But we all know time is money, which is why Rob explains how to set up an effective digital workflow—the real key to making money in the high-volume, low-cost microstock market. By the end of this book, you’ll look at your work with new eyes, enabling you to make more money doing exactly what you love: shooting photos that sell.

 

You will learn:

  • How to license photos as stock
  • What photos are in demand
  • The components of a successful digital workflow
  • How to use titles, descriptions, and keywords to give yourself an edge
  • Specific tips for shooting food, people, places, nature, objects, animals, and more
  • Editing techniques that will make your shots sell

Synopsis:

As low-cost, royalty-free microstock agencies like iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and Fotolia continue to attract attention, more photographers of all stripes are looking at how to make money online selling more for less.

Enter Rob Sylvan, who has worked as an iStockphoto photo inspector for the last seven years. In his new book, Sylvan shares insider tips on how to shoot, edit, and tag photos so that they sell well, regardless of which microstock agency you're using. Sylvan discusses using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw, and Lightroom to process and prepare photos for submission to stock agencies (readers need some form of software for editing). Sylvan starts by explaining what subjects are in demand and then shows readers how to get those shots with specific tips for shooting and editing food, people, nature, objects, animals, and more. He also outlines how to set up an effective digital workflow, which is key to making money in the high-volume, low-cost microstock market.

As further proof that making money in microstock can be done, Sylvan features interviews with the most successful microstock photographers in the industry, who share their best inspirational and practical tips. By the end of this book, readers will look at their photos with new eyes, seeing shots from the viewpoint of prospective buyers, and shooting photos that sell.

About the Author

Rob Sylvan started contributing photos to iStockphoto in 2002. In December 2002, he became the sixth photo inspector (the people who review all new submissions to the site) to be hired. Over the last seven years he has inspected thousands upon thousands of photos and is in the process of re-writing iStock's photo contributor manual. Beyond his experience with iStockphoto, Rob has been one of three people serving on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) Help Desk answering Photoshop and Lightroom questions for all NAPP members. He is also the author of Lightroom 2 for Dummies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Shooting what you love

Is this book for you?

The story of the $11,000 tree

How I got started

History of "microstock"

Quality vs quantity

Establishing a name for yourself

 

Part 2: What is stock photography?

Understanding the royalty free license

Understanding how images are sold

When are model releases required?

When are property releases required?

The importance of titles, descriptions and keywords

Using a controlled vocabulary

Finding what subjects are in demand

Being inspired by others (but not too much)

Part 3: Getting it right in-camera

Point and shoot vs DSLR

Raw vs JPG

Choosing the settings on your camera

Gear you want to add to your list

Pre-production tips

Signs of a snapshot

Let there be light

Shooting food

Shooting people

Shooting nature

Shooting architecture

Shooting objects

Shooting animals

Shooting locations

Shooting panoramas and HDR

 

Part 4: Getting it right on your computer

Setting up your digital darkroom

Calibrating your monitor

Choosing your image editing software

Choosing a color space

Adjusting white balance

Make your photos pop

Dealing with noise

How to sharpen for stock

Removing distracting elements

Cropping for stronger composition

Resizing to fix minor problems

Avoiding artifacts

Reducing chromatic aberration

Brightening eyes and teeth

Combining multiple photos into one

 

Part 5: Putting it all together

Organizing your photos

Going through the application process

Uploading your photos

Dealing with rejection

Finding out how your work is used

Promoting yourself

Staying fresh

Getting involved in the community

Using social media

Reaching milestones

Managing expectations

Registering your copyright

Resources

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also an istock contributor, February 10, 2011 (view all comments by also an istock contributor)
As a fairly new iStock contributor I one was hoping to learn something but instead found it very weak on how to specifics.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780321713070
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Subject:
Techniques - Digital
Author:
Sylvan, Rob
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 2010
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.46x7.56x.42 in. 1.05 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , As low-cost, royalty-free microstock agencies like iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and Fotolia continue to attract attention, more photographers of all stripes are looking at how to make money online selling more for less.

Enter Rob Sylvan, who has worked as an iStockphoto photo inspector for the last seven years. In his new book, Sylvan shares insider tips on how to shoot, edit, and tag photos so that they sell well, regardless of which microstock agency you're using. Sylvan discusses using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw, and Lightroom to process and prepare photos for submission to stock agencies (readers need some form of software for editing). Sylvan starts by explaining what subjects are in demand and then shows readers how to get those shots with specific tips for shooting and editing food, people, nature, objects, animals, and more. He also outlines how to set up an effective digital workflow, which is key to making money in the high-volume, low-cost microstock market.

As further proof that making money in microstock can be done, Sylvan features interviews with the most successful microstock photographers in the industry, who share their best inspirational and practical tips. By the end of this book, readers will look at their photos with new eyes, seeing shots from the viewpoint of prospective buyers, and shooting photos that sell.

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