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    I am skeptical but Lisa said to ask

    http://www.istockphoto.com/

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    do you mean in terms of supplying them with photos?

    Basically it can work out very well indeed! there are photographers who earn a really nice living having supplied these places with photos, other people buy them online and they get a cut. Works great.

    I'd tend to say that for most people though, they get an occasional few quid back from doing it.

    A guy I know who DOES do well from it says that the key is to look at whats selling well and then a) take a huge very well directed portfolio of images. Each image makes a little, adds up to a lot b) keep it up to date with current trends in advertising and imagery
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    Cheers mate - I had a feeling that most of the things I take shots of would not really be viable.

    Lisas trainer made a packet out of 'medical photography' and interestingly the ones that made him the most were of really snotty kids etc as they were used over and again in the media when there was a flu outbreak etc

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    It's a matter of a) getting them accepted to a really good catalogue b) tagging them really well so people can find them

    I havent done it myself but I understand that often it's a simple photo that you wouldnt think much of but that encapsulates an idea perfectly that sells and sells.

    So you never know! Can't lose by sticking a few up there to try? Given your really great wildlife shots I could see you building up a great portfolio there
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    OK, If I'm honest i wasn't really expecting that sort of reply but I might give it a go - really hard to see what I have thats viable -especially as google images is replete with choice and there is so so much better out there.

    I'll let you know how it goes and how long it will be before I can afford to take all my secrets friends to WDW :D

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    Actually, back in 2009, ABC News over here did a story on just that. You can read it here (I hope).

    Oddly enough, there's also a couple of books on the subject. One I've always heard good things about despite its rather campy title is Big Bucks Selling Your Photography.

    I've never tried it but hey, if you got it, flaunt it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 275806
    OK, If I'm honest i wasn't really expecting that sort of reply but I might give it a go - really hard to see what I have thats viable -especially as google images is replete with choice and there is so so much better out there.
    Ah well firstly youre too modest ;-) and secondly google images doesnt give you copyright to use etc. I know when our marketing dept goes out to get photos they go to places like that istock place because they know the copyright is all taken care of

    They always try and look for photos they havent seen elsewhere too so new ones get a look in

    I'll let you know how it goes and how long it will be before I can afford to take all my secrets friends to WDW :D
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    okay well maybe I'll fill out the form and send off a couple of shots for them to look at, can't hurt can it ?

    Pretty soon they will eb flooded by 64 billion photos of a baby at various stages in his development anyway

    And muppets

    I still think you are too free with your compliments but my Mum doesn't consider anything worthwhile unless you get paid for it so...

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    I think a lot of the ones that sell, are like Keith says something that covers an idea or a genre and how easily they can be edited too- quite often I've bought a stock image so that I can cut the background easily
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    Very interesting. Cheers josh.

    Lisa found the idea apparently in a pregnancy magazine looking at ways you can make money when not so mobile.

    I'm sure there is a massive market for blurry lemurs and kissing angelfish

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