Introduction to Stock Photography
Above: Stock image © Michael Reese (article author)
Below: Image used on a book cover
The other vital part of stock photography is having your models sign official and legitimate model releases. A model release is a legal form that states you have permission to use the models image for your stock portfolio, which protects you and the agency legally. There are also times when you will need a property release if you have photographed a recognizable private building (the rules differ at certain agencies).
The first step is to find the stock agency that suits you best. Read the guidelines, submit your work for consideration, and hopefully it’s the beginning of a wonderful partnership!
A great book to get if your entering into the stock photography world is: Microstock Money Shots: Turning Downloads Into Dollars by Ellen Boughn, Andres Rodriguez.
There's a ton of stock agencies and websites, but here's a few to get you started:
* iStock Photo
* Getty Images
* Corbis Images
* Shutter Stock
- Michael Reese