Sell Your Travel Photography

Travel photography is not about taking nice snaps that you show to your family and friend. It’s about capturing the character and charm of a location. The following are tips that will help improve your travel photography. If your travel images are good there is no reason why you won’t be able to sell them.

Every year thousands of travel images are destroyed mainly due to the fact that they were not carefully planned and the skills required to take good photography were not used. Sometimes when we are on holidays we may get careless and leave our skills at home. If care and planning is put into your travel shots there is certainly a great chance that they will sell.

To sell your images you need to expose them correctly, and also have good colour and composition. Good colour is always important with travel images.

Every new city or country we travel to will produce a different test. This is mainly due to the strength of light that will differ from region to region. Light will differ from your home and exposure may in some cases be difficult to calculate. Try to get your hands on a grey card. This will help calculate tough exposures and will not cost you much. You place the grey card in front of the subject that you are taking and then take your exposure reading from it.

There are many different things that you can shoot. The following are the main subjects that you should take.

Cityscape portraits and landscape shots are the most popular topic, but this means getting up early in the morning. You need to plan carefully and arrive at your destination before most tourists do. Other important subjects are local people, food and drink, buildings and stores and road signs. Portraits of local people in national dress will also sell well.

There are many places to sell your images once you return from your trip. If you have a large amount of images it may be better to get a stock photography agency to sell them for you. This will save you a lot of time but the agency will take up to fifty percent of the sale price.

Regardless of what percentage they take, stock agencies are the best way. The will have a list of paying customers on their books. They will know which market best suits your images. They will also know the correct prices to charge.

There are thousands of agencies out there – be careful with your choice. If possible try and pick one of the bigger agencies. Your images will get a lot more exposure and make your travel photography more profitable.

There are many great photographers who make their living from travel photography. They travel from place to place capturing the character of each location they visit. There is no reason why you can’t do the same. Every year image publishers are always on the lookout for unique imagery. They will pay good money to secure rights for the image – so it is worthwhile giving it a go.

Stock Photography Agency

For any photographer starting out, one of the hardest elements is to try and sell his images. If you spend all day by the phone promoting the business, the chances are that you will spend less time doing the thing that you love most, taking pictures.

This is a problem facing many aspiring young photographers. If you fall into this category then it is time to have a rethink about your photography and contact one of the many stock photography agencies.

One of the main reasons for letting an agency handle your entire sales is their customer reach. A large stock company will have thousands of clients on their books, and are always on the lookout for new talent. You have the pleasure of taking images and leaving all the sales to the agency.

The following is a synopsis on how photography agencies work.

Submitting your images to a picture library or agency should be looked at as a long-term investment. You could have to wait for six months before you receive any payments. When an agency accepts the work of a new photographer they will have a lot of scanning and filing to do and all of this takes time. They will then have to market your images.

An agency will ask for a contract to be signed, licensing them to the right to market and sell your images for a standard length of time. The standard term is normally five years with some of them looking for up to seven years.

Agencies normally sell the reproduction rights of an image, which means that the image is being licensed to a buyer for a specified purpose. They will not normally sell outright rights without the photographers consent.

Photography agencies work on a commission basis. Usually when they sell an image to a publisher the photographer receives a percentage of the price agreed. The percentage is normally fifty percent of the sale price. Most image libraries will require a minimum submission. This could be anywhere between fifty to five hundred images.

Before you submit your photographs do your research. Find out what sort of images are accepted by image libraries. All agencies will have their own set of guidelines; do follow these or your images will be rejected. Check out their website to see what images they are using. You will also see the quality of the images they accept. Make sure that you add a detailed caption with each image – this will help to sell it.

So, do you think you have what it takes to be successful with a stock photography company? If you are a well-published photographer you should have no trouble. If magazines and publishing companies have rejected you in the past, the chances are that your imagery is not up to par. If you do feel that your pictures are good enough, create a portfolio on a CD and submit it.

You do not need to submit all your images to the stock agency; you can always keep some images to sell yourself. Don’t be afraid to get a rejection slip through the door. Some of the world’s greatest photographers have received them.