How To Get The Shot- And Increase Your Stock Photography Portfolios


Our first round of Snap & Sell Photo Club’s Summer Sprints Photography Challenge has finished up. Get ready – Round 2 starts this week!

I really enjoyed seeing the images that were submitted for the group photo review! Several of them really captured some interesting and powerful moments.

This month’s Challenge theme is “Active Lifestyle,” so it’s the perfect time to practice capturing moments with movement.

Whenever your subject is in motion, it can be tricky to freeze that movement at just the right point. However, if you can nail the timing, you’ll come away with some fantastic shots for your stock photo portfolios!

These images, submitted by Snap & Sell Photo Club Premium Members, all stood out for their dynamic, “in the moment” feeling.

Of course there is also an art to capturing moments of stillness, and these types of photos can also make a strong impact on the viewer, as in these images:

Whether you’re going for action sports or showing quieter, more contemplative activities through your lens, here are some tips for capturing the moment that you can use for round 2 in the week ahead…

  • Observe and Anticipate. If you’re dealing with a busy scene, it’s always a good idea to take a bit of time to watch and wait for the action to unfold, being ready to click the shutter button when it does. Figure out which way your subjects are moving and where the best vantage point is likely to be.
  • Use Burst Mode. Check and see if your camera has a “continuous drive” or “burst” shooting mode in which it will fire off multiple shots in a row while you hold down the shutter button. This can increase your odds of getting the perfect shot.
  • Use a Telephoto Lens. Sometimes isolating your subject with a longer lens can really help to simplify your composition. Remember, simple sells when it comes to stock photography!
  • Show Up. I can’t stress enough the importance of getting out there with your camera. Even if you don’t feel entirely confident in your photography skills yet, the most important thing is to dig out your camera and shoot anyway!

Round 2 of our Active Lifestyle Summer Sprint starts now, so put these tips to use and get out there to shoot another 100 photos for this theme!


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