I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll continue saying it – I love photography. Being out and about without a camera nearby just feels wrong. I take a lot of pictures – probably far too many. Some of my best I make available for sale as limited edition prints at Photo Intrigue. Others I have decided to make available through cooperative on-line Stock Photography partnerships.
What is stock photography? Basically, it’s making photographs available for use under specific licensing agreements. If someone (book/magazine publishers, marketing/advertising agencies, web/graphic designers, etc.) needs a specific photo for a project, they could take it themselves if they have access to the equipment and the subject, hire a photographer to acquire the image for you (can be VERY expensive and results may not be what was desired), or use a stock agency and license (typically very affordable) an existing image for their use. Many agencies also offer stock vector illustrations and video clips.
Stock agencies typically have fairly strict application process whereby prospective contributors must submit a sample collection of images for detailed review. If the batch meets the agencies minimum requirements for quality, size, content, composition, etc., the contributor may begin submitted images. Each image is keyworded and reviewed by agency reviewers before being accepted.
Interested in becoming a Stock (Photography / Illustration / Video) contributor? See my post on Becoming a Stock Contributor.
I have partnered with some of the web’s best Stock agencies. Use the links below to visit the sites and review my portfolios.