Want to Make Money in Stock Photography?

It’s well known in the business of stock photography, that photographs of news worthy subjects sell and sometimes very well. It’s important for outdoor photographers to create images the markets will want.

Paparazzi’s for example, have been known to make a fortune capturing images of celebrities in ‘news making’ situations. With some foresight and good ideas, so can nature photographers.

Many Outdoor photographers shoot a variety of subjects that have to do with the outdoors, nature, and how humans interact with the outdoors, but often they lack that news making ingredient. Many of those images often languish waiting for a buyer, if there ever is one. There is already a huge glut in superb imagery of most outdoor subjects.

Taking note of what’s in the news related to anything outdoors such as nature, the environment, and even the politics surrounding all of it, can be quite profitable. So if you are wondering what to shoot here is one idea that I believe would do well in todays markets: Global Warming and I am going to show one image I created in just a moment.

There is really nothing new here when shooting stock photos of concepts. It’s just the times have changed some. My stock agents suggested 25 years ago that we shoot ‘pollution’ and ‘green’ and the ‘environment’ so as I ventured across the lower 48 in my pickup camper for two years where I photographed the parks and scenery, I also captured the smokestacks, river pollution, livestock feed lots, and anything I could put in front of the camera that said ‘pollution’ and ‘environment.’

Today however, the hot keyword is Global Warming and if you wonder whether there is a market for images that deal with that topic, just do an online search. You can find articles covering all angles of the topic on news site like CNN and if you look at sites like Getty Images you will find a vast array of images captured on location across the globe as well as conceptual images that were be created on the computer.

Images of real icebergs melting to digital composites showing a lawn turning to cracked mud, it all boils down to the same idea or concept. You certainly can be out chasing tornadoes, heading to the Arctic for melting icebergs, or be the first camera on scene after the next devastating hurricane. But you can create images with a strong chance of selling by generating an idea and then executing it on the computer. Then once you get the images captured or created, get them online quickly and for sale.

Charlie Borland has been a professional photographer for over to 30 years. Based in Oregon, he shoots both locally and nationally for a wide range of corporate, advertising, and editorial clients. He has won numerous awards for his photography and for 7 years in a row he received recognition and awards for annual reports he has photographed.

Charlie has also been actively involved in shooting and selling stock photography throughout his career and operated a stock photo agency for 8 years before merging with Definitive/FPG and later Getty Images.

His stock, nature, and adventure imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide, including over 1000 calendar credits: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women’s Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, CIO, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, and many more. Charlie shares his knowledge through various editorial articles in Outdoor Photographer, Pro Nature Photographer, Currents Magazine, Digital Photography School, and more. He teaches workshops and classes where he is an enthusiastic instructor and leader whose passion and experience for outdoor and stock photography leave many inspired and highly motivated.

-Charlie Borland

Charlie Teaches:

How to be a Professional Outdoor & Nature Photographer

Wireless Flash Techniques for Outdoor & Nature Photographers

The Ultimate Guide to Landscape & Nature Photography

Mastering Photography for Architecture & Real Estate

 

 

 

Freaky Photography with Bryan Peterson

 

Looking for a fun & spooky project to do with your kids this Halloween?!? Bryan has just the trick for you! Watch closely as Bryan reveals the ghost in the graveyard…

You Keep Shooting,

-BPSOP Founder – Bryan F Peterson

Bryan Teaches:

Understanding Exposure & Your DSLR

Understanding Color, Seeing Color & Composing Color

Understanding Close-Up Photography

Mastering Nikon Flash Photography

The Art of Seeing

Fall Photo Tips

Nikon D500, Nikkor 18-300, F18@ 1/80 sec, with polarizing filter, tripod, 400 ISO

Nikon D500, Nikkor 18-300, F18@ 1/80 sec, with polarizing filter, tripod, 400 ISO

Shooting under a bright overcast midday sky IS another great reason to call upon the polarizing filter as it will reduce the dull, yet bright glare from the surface of the autumn leaves. With the filter in place, and while looking through the camera viewfinder turn the outer ring of the polarizer and notice that the ‘glare’ on the surface of the leaves fades away, returns, fades away, returns, as you turn the filter a full 360 degrees. Yes, you can stop turning the filter when the glare has been reduced substantially if not eliminated all together. (If it were raining on this day, that same glare is still present but instead of a dull glare it is a glossy glare due to the wet surface that now is present on the leaves.)

Wishing everyone a most colorful shoot over these next few weeks of fall color!

You Keep Shooting,

-BPSOP Founder – Bryan F Peterson

Bryan Teaches:

Understanding Exposure & Your DSLR

Understanding Color, Seeing Color & Composing Color

Understanding Close-Up Photography

Mastering Nikon Flash Photography

The Art of Seeing

You Can Photograph The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Learn how to shoot two amazing types of photographs of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse with NO filter needed, PROVIDED you’re (a) in the path of totality and (b) you’re shooting ONLY during the period of totality. What, when and where is totality? Watch this tutorial to see how to get you and your camera in the path of totality AND what lenses, camera settings, timing, equipment and other information you need to bring home your once-in-a-lifetime trophy shot of the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse!

– BPSOP Instructor: Dr. Mike Shaw
Mike teaches: Star Trails & Night Photography 

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@MikeShawPhotography (Facebook, Instagram)

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