Getting Started with Stock Photography

A Fond Farewell

By James Good | November 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Today is bittersweet as it’s my last e-letter to the Snap & Sell Photo Club. Although I am sad to say goodbye, I want to end by celebrating this wonderful community. For over a decade Snap & Sell Photo Club (formerly Breakfast Stock Club) has provided a space to learn, ask questions, encourage each other, […]

Start editing your photos while on the road!

By James Good | October 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many of us here are travelers and photographers, and it’s only natural to go on a trip and end up capturing thousands of photos that need to be culled and edited. I personally like to start my editing process while on the road in my downtime. And over the years, I have learned to use […]

What Lens Should You Use?

By James Good | October 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Do you ever look into your camera bag and wonder what lens to pull out? From a creative standpoint, the lens you pick should be a very intentional decision. Think of a lens as your camera’s eye. It’s how your camera sees the world. For example, wide-angle lenses see the world very differently from telephoto […]

How many words are there for light?

By James Good | October 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

We talk a lot about the importance of keywording your photos for stock. After all, keywords are how most buyers will find your images. If you aren’t sure how this process works, this post will get you up to speed. When adding keywords, have you ever considered the lighting in your scene? Light often adds […]

It’s storytime!

By James Good | September 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Photography is made for telling stories. As humans we love a good story. It’s the best way to capture someone’s attention and convey emotion. For this reason some of the best-selling stock photos are also those that tell a compelling story. So how do you make a photo that tells a story? Here are some […]

Expect the unexpected

By James Good | September 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sometimes you know exactly what you want to photograph. You can picture the image in your mind, so you plan it out and make it happen. You get the shot. Awesome! But what if you didn’t put your camera away after getting the photo you were after? What if you just kept on shooting for […]

Don’t be afraid of the dark!

By James Good | August 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

A lot of us photographers feel more than capable of taking good outdoor photos in bright sunlight. However, there are many scenarios when we can also find ourselves working in less-than-ideal lighting situations such as inside churches and temples, during candlelit ceremonies, or even simple portraits in a dark room. This can result in a […]

Best selling photos anyone can take

By James Good | August 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

What’s the secret to creating a successful stock photo? Let’s take a look at some current best-sellers to find out! Here are a few of iStock’s most popular images: Anytime you can capture a genuine interaction between people, you’ll have a winner for stock photography. This is the type of moment that people can relate […]

What buyers are searching for right now

By James Good | August 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Do you need some fresh ideas for your stock photography? Are you wondering what buyers are looking for? Keywords to the rescue! Keywords are the main way buyers find images to purchase on stock sites. So if you know what keywords buyers are searching for, you know what photos are most likely to sell and […]

Cull and rate your photos like a pro in Lightroom

By James Good | August 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

We take thousands of images nowadays with our digital cameras and, regardless of your skill level, not every photo taken will be a keeper. Your portfolio will inevitably need to be narrowed down to only your best and strongest images. However, culling a massive amount of photos can seem like an overwhelming task, which is […]