Making Money from Your Photography

Micro Stock Photography Course

taught by
David Taylor
4 weeks
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"Would you like to make money from your images?   Learn all you need to know in order to translate your passion in to profit from best selling stock photography author, David Taylor.

This course will teach you how to

  • choose the right microstock or stock photoagency for the type of work you want to produce;

  • shoot work that will sell and sell again - make money while you sleep!;

  • navigate the strict technical requirements and avoid those dreaded rejection notes;

  • Equipment requirements and how to set up a small studio at home

  • understand the likely financial returns;

  • Tips and tricks that will save time and improve productivity.

  • review licensing models and understand copyright issues, model releases, privacy etc.

The course is richly illustrated with examples of successful stock images along with guidance on how they were shot and why they sell.  The course is suitable for all levels of photographer, from beginner through to advanced - in fact anyone with a camera and a desire to make money while having fun.  It is an essential course in the My photo school portfolio for any one seeking to monetize their photographic skills.


Lesson One
The Stock Market: Selling your work through an image library

We live in a visual culture in which photographic images are everywhere. The market for photos is immense. Companies, big and small, publishers and public organisations worldwide need a constant flow of images for their promotional and printing needs. This first lecture covers the basics principles of selling your photos through image libraries. I talk about what image libraries actually do for photographers, how to decide which image library is for you and what terms are acceptable. I also discuss how a potential buyer will find your images using the keywords you’ve added to your images. The lecture is illustrated with a variety of photos that have successfully sold and been used commercially.
 Lesson Two
The Stock Market: Which Images sell?

There’s more to selling your work through an image library that supplying them with everything you’ve ever shot. It’s a brutal fact that image libraries are awash with images. In this lesson I talk about the types of images that buyers are looking for. And, perhaps more importantly, images that just won’t make the grade. I discus the different genres of photography buyers are looking for: from lifestyle shots to travel images. I also cover the principles behind the microstock phenomenon and whether this is a viable option rather than placing your work with a traditional image library. During the lecture I use a wide variety of my own images to illustrate these points.
Lesson Three
Working to Commission: The freelance life

Who wouldn’t want to throw off the shackles of a nine-to-five job in order to be a freelance photographer? Being your own boss, doing something that you enjoy and being paid to do it too. Unfortunately life is never that simple! This lesson covers some of the pleasures and pains of being a freelance photographer. I talk about how to market yourself as a freelance photographer and how this is an important part of finding your clients. I also discuss the correct way to deal with clients, what your rights as a freelance photographer are and how you can make money even after the end of a commission. The lecture is accompanied by images that I’ve shot for clients as a freelance photographer.
Lesson Four
Making an exhibition of yourself: Print sales

It’s all very well making images and viewing them on a screen. However, there’s something special about seeing an image as a print, particularly when that print is mounted and framed. Creating prints to sell can be a hit and miss affair. In this lesson I discuss the issues you’ll face when preparing to host an exhibition and the types of people who buy prints. I also talk about selling prints online, and other ways to maximise your income during an exhibition. The lecture is illustrated with images that have successfully sold as prints at exhibitions that I’ve held.


DSLR camera and lens

Photoshop, Lightroom or other post processing software

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Lesson Plan

Each lesson starts with a video from your expert tutor, which you can watch whenever you like. When you’re ready, you can practice what you’ve learned with an assignment which unlocks the next lesson.

  1. 1 Week 1: The Stock Market: Selling your work through an image library ~30 mins 2 hours

  2. 2 Week 2: The Stock Market: Which Images sell? ~30 mins 2 hours

  3. 3 Week 3: Working to Commission: The freelance life ~30 mins 2 hours

  4. 4 Week 4: Making an exhibition of yourself: Print sales ~30 mins 2 hours

Total course length — 4 weeks

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