Stock Images – Find the Right Site to Sell Your Work!

Would you would like to earn money by submitting your images to online stock image sites? If so, it is important to know a few key tips before preparing your work for sale on these sites.

First, it is important to look over the website you are interested in. Be a picture hunter and research the most downloaded images in a particular category. By doing so, you will learn what types of images are most likely to sell.

For instance, before spending time in a studio taking pictures of puppies, find out if in studio pictures are a more popular seller then those taken in real life. Find out what breed of dogs are the best selling. Observe whether puppies are more often photographed alone or in groups. Are they filmed with models? If so, what kind of model? An attractive woman, kids, a whole family?

Creating pictures of animals, like puppies and kittens, can be entertaining, but they can be frustrating as well. Puppies and kittens are like toddlers. They don’t always listen to your input, they get distracted easily, and sometimes you have to clean up after them.

Inanimate objects are easier to work with. They are quiet, they stay where they are placed, and they never give unsolicited advice. Besides, they often sell well on stock image sites. This type of art is called product photography. Product photography is pictures of items for sale, which are often bought by those in the commercial world, including media outlets and advertisers. For instance, you’ll find a variety of product pictures, from photo printers and water bottles to fruit baskets and chocolate. The number of products available for you to create images of is almost unlimited.

Out of curiosity, I researched the 40 most downloaded product pictures on one online site with stock images and found some interesting results. The most popular images had to do with shopping, such as grocery shopping and clothes shopping. They were all photographs, and each was colorful and eye catching.

The second most popular were pictures having to do with transportation, like warehouses, a Mack truck, and a cargo ship. These were not colorful, and you did not need to search the picture to absorb their nuances. Each picture told a story succinctly, getting straight to the point. For instance, the majority of the pictures were of warehouses with shelves stacked high with cardboard boxes.

Interestingly, there was only one illustration in the top 40 pictures.

So, if I were to submit images to that online site, I would submit a photo instead of an image. I would submit photos with a transportation and shopping theme with an object that may be underrepresented, like a bike courier or some other mode of transportation.

Each online website is different from the other. Some offer pictures that have not been enhanced, while other companies only offer photos that have been touched up. Some sites offer high end images, taken by the most skilled professionals, whereas on other sites you will find average looking photos on sale for a buck.

Enjoy researching the right site for you!