King Ludwig II’s Bavarian castle, Neuschwanstein, Germany
Gordon McGregor recently wrote about his fleeting experiences with selling some of his photographs on alamy.com, a stock photographic agency. We have continued this dicussion off line, but I thought I would like to share my previous experiences, and perhaps obtain some recommendations for a course of action.
First, I apprecaite Gordon’s point about finding the right stock photo partner, and think well enough of yourself and your work to avoid the micro-stock agencies. Thus, the first goal is to find the best stock agency partner, so besides alamy.com, any recommendations?
Second, I have to understand 1) how much time do I want to spend on this? 2) what existing images that I have that might be attactive in this market?
Okay, I don’t want to “shoot stock”, that is, specifically spending the time to go looking for images that might be excellent stock photographs. But in the course of photographing things that interest me, and I do make a pretty good image, leverage those photographs to eek out a little income for the time spent to get them to the stock agency. As an example, the photograph above of Neuschwanstein that I made while working on an assignement in Southern Germany. Right place at the right time, eh?
So this may be like maintaining a blog. Spend a little time each week to upload a couple of potential images, and over the course of a year or two, have a nice quanitity of stock images that generate a nice little cash flow. Or so the reasoning goes.
And one of the things that I have noted with this blog, is that I get a fair number of Google image searches for a small group of specific photographs, thus good candidates to start with, eh?
But the trade-off for me, is that the time I have for photography or anything creative is at a premium, just not enough time in the day to do all that you would like to do.
So if I do start this venture, I’d like to partner with the best stock photography option that I can. As Gordon told me, he tried this as a trial and has not spent any time beyond the initial upload of his 11 images, but yet the checks still keep dribbling in. nice.
Best regards, Doug