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How to Take Stock Photos for Selling

Ideally, you realize the benefit of the intellectual property of stock photos early on so that you can reap the benefits later, earning each year because the intellectual property has been used and enhanced by others. A common way to earn passive income from intellectual property is to take photos and sell them online at as stock images. You don’t even need a DSLR camera to get started. More and more cell phones are equipped to do an excellent job of creating stock photos with your camera. The good thing about having a cell phone as your camera will be that you will have it for yourself, and you will never miss the opportunity to have a stunning photo when you see it.

Photographers sometimes create photos on demand. A client will ask a photographer to take pictures in a union or other occasions or perhaps to earn a portrait. Stock photography began when photographers printed the images. After the custom work was done, some prints were left behind that were not used by the client because they were not relevant. Today you can advertise your images online with various brokers. Keep in mind that the photographer will always retain the copyright. But through these brokers, you are likely to market the privilege of using your images to others. Here are some tips to get the best results:

Use Pleasing Compositions

Humans have a specific preference for how things should look. The rule of thirds is just one of the rules that everyone automatically looks for. Some camera applications allow you to do this while shooting. The rule of thirds states that the best part of your image should be at one of these four points where the lines cross. This tip usually results in a balanced picture.

Use Natural Lighting


This lighting can be used as an artistic effect, but generally, images look better in natural light. Of course, if there is no light at all, you should try to use the flash. There is usually enough light during the day, even if the light is not excessive. Remember that a camera with a lens can work well with optimal lighting.

Utilize Manual Focus

Most cameras or all cell phone cameras have autofocus. Some of them are outstanding. However, if you want to make sure the image is sharp where it needs to be; then use manual focus as it is always more accurate. Take it easy.

Clean Camera Lens

clean lensDo you carry your phone everywhere, usually in your pocket? As you use your phone throughout the day, any dirt, dust, or smudges can end up on your camera lens. So always wash the lens before you start taking pictures to ensure the incredible image is not ruined accidentally by dust spots. Use direct focus whenever possible.

Learn to Shoot Steadily

Cell phones are much smaller and lighter than DSLR cameras, which makes them more prone to hand-shaking. And especially in low light, it’s probably better for image quality to secure the camera. Lean on something or not. Use natural light as much as possible: don’t use a flash.