So you produce high quality stock photos and you want to make some money out from shooting digital stock photography. Well, that’s not impossible at all. In fact, many photographers and internet marketers have considered and jumped into the bandwagon of stock photography business. We reckon, it must have been a tough jump since such business venture isn’t easy–you have to specialize on niche markets and advertise yourself well. But don’t get discouraged yet. There are multitudes of people out there who need exceptional quality stock photos to use for their blogs, websites, sales page and more.
Generally, all you need is a good camera, an eye for the fascinating and a flair for lighting and creation. With those on hand, you could find yourself a successful new business. But prior to kicking off the dealing, you have to know the deal behind the industry such as knowing legal issues that you might have to face.
If you decide to pursue into the stock photography business, there are certain legal issue that you highly need to be aware of. It’s best to do your own research on the legalities of photographing certain subjects that you are interested in photographing. You have to know who has the rights to the photos or the images and what exactly can you photograph and sell without the need to get permission? Here is some basic information that can help you get started:
If you’re wandering around the park and taking photographs of the nature like the trees, flowers, clouds, bugs, and birds that you see, you are safe from any copyright issues. However, photo shoots on public property may need to ask the permission of the governing authority that supervises that property, especially if security reasons are implemented. But if you’re simply taking photos from nature, seeking permission may not be necessary anymore. On private properties, it’s really important to seek permission first to the owner before taking photos.
Taking photos without permission can lead to sanctions. You are allowed to photograph buildings that are in a public place or visible from a public place. Work of arts like paintings, sculptures, statues and other are usually restricted if you’re planning to photograph them for an income. But you can ask permission from the copyright owner, which is usually the artist and not the owner of the piece of art.
On taking pictures of celebrities to use on your own site or to sell, you’ll need to have that person sign a release. On the other hand, for non-celebrities, they are protected from having a photo of them sold or used without their articulated permission. Be aware of the consequences if you are intending to use picture of people in your stock photo site.
Those are just some of the things that you need to know before starting up your stock photography business. For other information, you need to research on it. You don’t want to put your photography skills to waste just because you didn’t know the laws. Put your skill to use as it is an outstanding way to generate another torrent of income. You also need to have procedures and services developed for your clients. Build up a vast stock of digital photos to offer. Then display them in your website and make sure to optimize it so that you can bring in traffic.
Lastly, don’t forget to advertise your new business site. Make some noise for your stock photography business by joining in discussions and forums or presenting on adding photos to enhance impact to a website, sales page or blog.