Month: August 2017

Layover in London, England: How to spend your time wisely

Layover in London, England: How to spend your time wisely

This post was inspired by my quick layover in London, England. I was happy to spend my time in the city but learned that I could have done a few things differently to make it more enjoyable. 8 hours in London, England London England was […]

The Canadian National Exhibition in Downtown Toronto

The Canadian National Exhibition in Downtown Toronto

  What is the CNE? The Canadian National Exhibition otherwise known as the EX is a must do event in the city. It has been around since 1879! It was set up to promote and develop Canadian agriculture, industry and arts. It has been growing, […]

Introduction to Stock Photography

Introduction to Stock Photography

Stock photography for beginners from a beginner

Stock photography is the first source of  income I have pursued. It’s a simple way to begin making money online. It’s not in direct contact with a client but rather a middle man handles that for you. This takes away a lot of work, that’s a win for me, but the down side is that it takes away a lot of income, not so good. From what I have read it takes a few hundred photos before you begin to make a return on your investment. So far the learning curve is definitely the most stressful and time consuming in the stock photography world.
Self Portrait Reflection in Abandoned Building
Self Portrait Reflection in Abandoned Building
 For the most part the steps are the same for getting your pictures online. Of course each stock website is unique in there own way. Here is a breakdown of the general steps and insights required to selling your photography on stock photography websites.

Step One: Take Pictures

  • I am assuming that you already know how to use a camera and take pictures.
    • Right now I am shooting with a Sony a6000 in a RAW format which gives me great photos.
  • Take as many photos as you can of one scene.
  • If you shoot a photo of a recognizable person or building you must get a signed release forum. Ultimately this is a permission forum so you can sell the photos that the person or building is photographed in.
  • Videos and vector illustrations can also be sold through most sites.
  • Flowers are photographed most therefore it is suggest to avoid them.
Photo approved on Adobe Stock
One of the photos approved on Adobe Stock. Sunset behind tree silhouettes.

Step Two: Edit Pictures

  • Remove any imperfections and dark corners.
  • Bach Edit: edit multiple photos at a time to make for a quicker processing time.

Step Two: Register yourself on one or a few stock photography sites.

  • Shutter Stock, Fotolia/Adobe Stock, Dreamstime, Alamy123rf
    • The only differences seem to be in usability and the interface of each website. Alamy was my favourite to sign up with. Shutterstock and Adobe stock are also easy to use. Dreamstime was my least favourite, it seems the most outdated.
  • Some require photo ID depending on the site.
  • Read over the terms of use for each website, although the information seems to be standard across all platforms.
    • The most variance is with the percent of payout and amount that must be earned before you can get a payout.

Step Three: Upload Photos

  • Upload using the website uploader or an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) uploader.
    • FTP uploader allows you to upload large qualities of files at the same time.
    • The most common FTP is FileZilla.
    • Each stock website will provide you with the link for the host, username and password.
    • Once connected you drag and drop the file which you want to upload from the left (your computers files) to the right (your account on the stock website).
FileZilla main screen
FileZilla main screen
  • Each photo requires a Title, Description and Tags
    • Don’t write words which are irrelevant, this will make your photos less valuable as they won’t correspond to the search field correctly
    • Keep the most relevant tags first, usually these are what are used to categorize your photo.
    • Some stock sites decrease the value of each tag the more you have.
    • Quality over quantity works best in tagging.

Payouts

  • Each stock site has a different percent of payout for each photo sale.
  • Each stock site has a different amount of income that must be reached before you get paid.

Photo Releases

  • For identifiable persons, buildings and products a release forum must be signed and uploaded with the photo
    • Photographs where you can clearly see a face or even recognizable tattoos and scars
    • Crowds of people are an exception
    • Multiple recognizable buildings in a skyline will not require a release.

Helpful Articles

Check out my Stock Photography Pinterest Board

How I Make Money as a Travel Photographer 2015

30+ Images from One Styled Stock Image

How to Sell Your Photos Online for More Cash with Less Work 

Adobe Stock Contributor Help

Approved on Adobe Stock

Stock Site Reviews

Shutterstock

  • Website easy to navigate, easier to read and engage in
  • Setting up the portfolio was fairly easy
  • Twitted about learning on shutter shock and was replied to instantly
  • Uploading photos I find more

Adobe Stock*

  • My favourite stock site so far.
  • Home page was overwhelming but lots of relevant information.
  • Really easy to upload and quickly add a title, description and tags.
  • Recommends tags, which leads to a quick upload.

Dreamstime

  • Very basic.
  • Poor interface.
  • Awkward tagging function.
  • Glitches.

My Experience

The first bulk of research was most frustrating. At first, I wanted to upload to as many sites asap, which was confusing to learn on so many separate platforms. Therefore I would recommend becoming a contributor on one stock website. I would recommend Adobe Stock. Check out my account here.

Editing the a lot more photos is also required. This can be time consuming. I recommend editing the photos the same day they have been taken. Also set an amount per day or time in the week to get your editing and uploading done.

Learning how to use the FTP uploader was difficult. I used FileZilla when uploading on 123rf. Once connected, the uploading the photos took awhile and I couldn’t add the title, description or tags until they were all uploaded. Furthermore, I wasn’t able to connect on some sites and gave up. I would recommend  this method when uploading 50 plus photos at a time and do something else wait for them to upload.

The most frustrating part is adding the title, description and tags. So far I haven’t had a bulk of similar pictures to upload. This will definitely be easier if the photos share a similarity when uploading.

Signup and understanding the process was the most stressful and overall it is time-consuming. I have now decided to focus on Adobe Stock and build that portfolio before building a portfolio on additional profile.

Starting Katherine On The Road I wanted to include resources towards becoming a digital nomad, location independence and how to gain an income online. Creating posts such as this allows me to be honest about my experience and be in the exact same position as you are right now. I can share relevant feelings and frustrations that I experience and what I would do differently. If this article was of any help comment below or tell me about your experience with stock photography.
To learn more about Katherine on The Road check out the About Me page and follow me on social media, my favourite is Instagram. To contact me through email head to the Contact page.
Much Love,
Katherine xx

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Caught By A Con Artist: Bangkok, Thailand

Caught By A Con Artist: Bangkok, Thailand

This is a good story to say the least! Please laugh at my silliness. It is ridiculous. I have no idea what I was thinking, at the same time, it is completely me. Enjoy! I can be quite strange, I a lot of my characteristics […]

Amsterdam Backpacking Guide : Things To See and Do

Amsterdam Backpacking Guide : Things To See and Do

Where to stay Hostelworld is my go to for booking hostels, its convenient and easy to compare. I booked one nights stay at Geneorator Amsterdam. The bar/hangout area was unique, it was set up like a lecture style class room and had additional balconies with […]

One Year Travel Anniversary

One Year Travel Anniversary

First day and Last day of backpacking trip, Toronto Pearson Airport
First day and Last day of backpacking trip, Toronto Pearson Airport

My travel anniversary has come and gone for when I left on my solo backpacking trip around the world. I took off on July 13th, 2016! Wow, I can’t believe it has been over a year. Looking back I had been planning my escape for years. Backpacking has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. To know that my dream was fulfilled is amazing, I made a dream come true.

My original plan was to leave July 13th and return home September 15th of 2016. As soon as I had a glimpse of living abroad and working around the world, I didn’t want to leave. I did finally return home on November 26th, 2016.
Me and the Dalija Crew, Croatia

 

My journey started off in Amsterdam, then I went to Tomorrowland, did a week long cruise in Croatia, worked in Bulgaria, partied in Ibiza, surfed in Portugal, fell in and out of love, played with elephants in Thailand, climbed lookouts in Hawaii and Swam in warm Australian waters. It was hard and exhausting yet also a few of the best months of my life! As soon as the end of my trip was insight, I was planning to hop on the next plane once I could afford it, but “reality” set in.

I was broke and in debt on my credit cards. I was depressed, lonely and felt misunderstood. It seemed that I had to work a full-time sophisticated position. I started to apply for jobs, so I wouldn’t have to work bartending or another minimum wage position again. I applied to at least 100 plus

positions, I worked hard preparing for interviews, yet none of them came through. In the mean time I worked at my old bar job, then as a PSW and finally as a cashier. Finally getting out of debt and was starting to save again.I now see not getting those jobs was really a blessing. I was always secretly hoping that I wouldn’t get each position. They all terrified me. I didn’t want to feel trapped somewhere not knowing what I was working towards except a bigger day check. I wanted to be travelling around the world and find a way to make that my lifestyle.

I had such a desire to travel and explore. I wanted to create and make art. I wanted to explore different cities in the world to be inspired. I wanted to see how others live. I wanted to get out of my city and have the freedom that I dreamed of.
That is  what brought me to start writing for Katherine On The Road.  This is my new travel dream. Living and working around the world having new places to explore, create and be inspired. Striving for this is what gets me excited and passionate and I am not going to settle for anything less. No matter what obstacles I am going to face, this is the path I am choosing to pursue in my life.
Surf Lessons in Portugal
Surf Lessons in Portugal

On this blog you will find Travel, Lifestyle and Artistic guidance. I shall share my passions for different countries, cities, people, food, art, culture and scenery around the world. I am going to share my travel experiences to show you how to and how not to travel, with all the places to go and things to do. I am going to share stories of growth and change through this experience. I am going to share guides as I learn how to become a digital nomad. I hope through this blog I can connect with people who like myself have a million reasons not to follow their dreams but do so anyway.

To learn more about Katherine on The Road check out the About Me page and follow me on social media my favourite is Instagram of course. To learn more about connecting with me check the Contact page.
Much Love,
Katherine xx

 

 

 

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