Making Money at Home – Selling Photos on Stock Photography Sites

Luckily for those who have digital cameras, there is now a way to make money out of selling pictures.

What do you mean by Stock Photography? These refer to images which have no particular use to the photographer, but when uploaded to Stock Photography sites, they can be viewed and selected by people looking for a photo you might have that they have use for.

Businesses look for stock photos because these are affordable and it saves them from hiring a photographer who may charge a big amount. What you do is upload your photos for free to the stock photography website of your choice. When any of your photos is purchased, you will get a commission. A photo is not limited to only one purchase; this means one photo can bring you multiple commissions.

Here are examples of photographs that are most likely to sell:

· Famous landmarks. If you live near famous buildings, bridges or monuments, snap away at them, especially when the weather adds to their beauty. A good sunrise/sunset background will add wonders to your photos.
· Special events. Photos of fireworks during the New Year or other holidays are very highly likely to sell. You can arrange your photo submissions according to the season, like when it’s Christmas, you can upload Christmas-themed photos.
· Nature photos. Many businesses look for nature photos for either online or offline use. Some use these to design their websites, or as background for their advertisements. A bunch of nature photos always does well to the eyes, especially to those who fight so hard for the preservation of nature.
· Wildlife. You can turn to wildlife photos if you don’t live anywhere in a famous city or near famous landmarks. An animal photo with the perfect composition will attract people, too. They can be used for advertisements or promotions for human societies. Wildlife photos will be highly demanded by activists or environmentalists.
· Portraits. For this, you need to ask permission from your models first, since portrait pictures may be purchased for the purpose of promoting a product or some such things. There are many uses for portrait photos, to be sure. So explore your portrait photography skills and see if they don’t sell.

By now, you would have a clear idea on what Stock Photography is about. Grab your camera and start clicking away at any of the subjects mentioned above. You can research on good Stock Photography websites, like iStockPhoto and StockExpert to name a few.

Great Nature Photos – Select the Right Bird Photography Lens For Your DSLR

Getting just the right lens for each type of photography may not be in your budget, so you will want to choose the lenses that you do buy wisely. There are many different types of lenses that may qualify as a bird photography lens for your digital camera, and there are many that may “seem” to fit the bill but will fail to meet your expectations.

If price is no object for you, then just go ahead and get that $5,000-$8,000 super telephoto lens. But if you are restricted by budget, please read on before making your bird photography lens decision. And know that your choice of lens, because you want to get the best one possible, is going to cost you from several hundred up to fifteen hundred dollars.

There are 3 things to consider when you are buying a bird photography lens.

  1. Get the birds close. This means getting a long enough focal length to be able to fill the picture frame with the bird. Usually a minimum of 300mm, but 400mm would be much better.
  2. The lens must focus quickly. You don’t want to miss bunches of shots while your camera lens searches for the right focus.
  3. Image quality must be great. (This is a necessary qualification for any lens you purchase).

The best way to know whether the lens you wish to purchase is the right one for bird photography is to ask those who are already satisfied with their lens setup. Check the camera forums at or dpreview. There are lots of bird photographers who hang out at those two places.

Using Nature Photography to Deal With Grief

One day about a year after my husband’s death, I was sitting by a river watching my son play with his cousins. I glanced down and saw a red leaf lying on the stones. Radiant it lay dying against the sharp angles of the stones. I couldn’t take my eyes from it. Somehow it spoke to emotions that were buried deep within my soul. Using my compact, digital camera, I took a photo that became the first in a long series of nature photos that helped me deal with my grief.

Once or twice a month I was able to take time to be in nature and notice images that somehow spoke to the varying emotions I was experiencing in my grief. Much of regular photography is quick. It’s about getting the great shot at the right moment. Using photography to help deal with grief is a slow process. It includes notice the details of the image you see and taking the time to really notice what is happening within you as you view the image. Notice the emotions that are being stirred. This noticing will help be an intuitive guide to focus and frame as you make your photo.

These little trips into nature to take the photos were a healing and calming time in and of themselves. But the real benefit came with having the photos to use on a daily basis in the ups and downs of the journey. The photo-taking resulted in file upon files of photos on my computer. During the days and weeks that I could not get outside, I would scroll through the photos to find an image that touched the emotions I was experiencing on a particular day. When I found a photo that I wanted to spend time reflecting on, I would upload it into my digital scrapbook software. (I like to use My Memories Suite for ease of use, no need to be online, and allowing printing from your home printer.)

Once I had the photo uploaded I would journal about my reflection with three simple questions:

1) What do I see? (details of light, colors, objects)
2) What do I feel? (emotions that are stirred as I reflect on the image)
3) What do I receive or learn? (analysis and interpretation of my interaction and response to the image)

Time and again I was surprised to find how calmed and centered I would become as I went through this three-step process. No matter how many emotions ranged within before I started the process, I always seemed to find my way to a much better place by taking 10 to 15 minutes to journal my reflection with a photo from nature.