Got stock photo questions?


When you’re just getting started with stock photography, you’ll inevitably run up against a ton of questions. That’s totally normal, of course!

Every week here at Snap & Sell Photo Club, we try to deliver friendly, simple tips to get you going in the right direction… and since we’ve been at it for nearly 10 years, we’ve got a lot of answers!

Since you can’t go back and read everything we’ve ever written…

This week, we’ve pulled together articles that answer the most commonly asked stock photography questions.

Happy reading!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best stock photo agencies for beginners?

I like Bigstock, Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime. Read why here.

Do I need a model release photo photos with people in them?

The short answer is YES. Any photo that includes recognizable people will need a signed release in order to be sold as commercial stock. Learn more here.

If I don’t have a model release for a photo, can I submit it as editorial?

Yes, you most likely can, but here are some important things to know about editorial stock.

What image size should I submit?

You’ll want to upload a full-size jpeg image to your stock agencies. (Make sure your camera is set to shoot the highest quality and largest file size possible.) Here are some tips on sending photos to your stock agencies. 

Can I shoot stock photos on my phone?

You bet! Here’s an article that will walk you through the process. And here’s another article with advice for creating better phone photos!

How do I keyword my images?

Keywording is the most important thing you can do to help buyers find your photos. Read more about this important topic here.

Why was my photo rejected?

There are some common reasons why a photo might get rejected including focus issues, poor lighting, and low image quality to name just a few. Here’s a video that delved into many of these issues.

How can I double check my image before submitting?

It’s essential to check your image at 100% before submitting to your stock agencies. It’s the only way to catch certain technical errors that could lead to rejections. Not sure what that means? Learn more here.

How can I make more sales?

Stock photography is a numbers game. The more images you upload, the more you will sell. But it’s also about having the right photos to sell. Here’s how to do that.

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