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Stock Photography: A General Background

Offering Wider Choices

Stock photos are available to anyone who might not have access to good equipment to shoot professional quality photos. Many of us have used stock photos at one time or another in our lives. Some people more than others rely on stock photography. Stock photography has opened up the market for cheap stock pictures that anybody can easily avail of.

Different professions need to access stock photos almost always. There is a big market for stock photography in ad agencies who consistently are in need of new stock images considering the stiff competition. Individuals who work part time regularly search the internet for stock photos to use in their personal projects.
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There has been a growing interest in stock photography over the past 30 years.
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Stock Photographs Cheaper

Doing photography as an assignment is not the same as doing photography for stock photos. When a photographer shoots for an assignment he is usually paid for that job by the client.

The client may use the images only once, or he/she may use it over and over again for his/her own purpose. Normally, stock photographs are paid for when a client uses a stock photo.

Architecture stock photos can be used over and over in various publications. It is easier, for instance, to look for photos for web designs than hire a professional to do the job.

Images Can Sell More Than Once

One stock image on file can sell over and over, for as long as there are people who need the image. Publishers may need stock photos for illustrations, authors may need art photographs instead of sketches on their book covers, and designers may opt for new stock images for their projects.

Life-span of Stock Images Depends on How Often Used

The greater the need for the stock image, the longer will be its life span.

Uniqueness, relevance, and excellent quality are three things that regular users of stock photography look for. Significant news events often stay long as stock images because of their uniqueness and relevance. Many other stock images simply become irrelevant as time passes by.

The need for smaller file sizes is an ongoing challenge to stock photographers to update their equipment to shoot photos with excellent resolution but small files sizes.

Making Money out of Stock Photography

The possibility of making an income out of stock photography increases when it is posted online. The more you stock, the greater the possibility that people will use your stock photos. In order then for you to derive a supplemental income from stock photography, it is necessary to increase the size of your stock library.