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Getting Started in Stock Photography Rich Legg Exclusive Contributor, iStockphoto www.LeggNet.com - www.RichLegg.com My Background Trained as a portrait photographer in 80’s Did no serious photography between 1993-2003 Discovered Flickr and Blogging Joined iStock in December 2005

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getting started in stock photography

Getting StartedinStock Photography

Rich Legg

Exclusive Contributor, iStockphoto

www.LeggNet.com - www.RichLegg.com

my background
My Background
  • Trained as a portrait photographer in 80’s
  • Did no serious photography between 1993-2003
  • Discovered Flickr and Blogging
  • Joined iStock in December 2005
growing with istock
Growing with iStock
  • Didn’t take seriously until March ‘07
  • Signed Exclusive with 500 Images Sold
  • Went Full-Time in January 2008
  • Currently over 63,000 images sold
what is needed to begin
What is Needed to Begin
  • Digital SLR (recommended)
  • Image Editing Software
  • Basic knowledge of exposure, composition and post-processing
  • Patience and a thick skin
steps to becoming an istockphoto contributor
Steps to Becoming aniStockphoto Contributor
  • Sign up for free account
  • Fill out application
  • Take a basic quiz
  • Submit three sample images
steps to becoming an istockphoto contributor7
Steps to Becoming aniStockphoto Contributor
  • Upon acceptance, contributor can begin submitting images for consideration
  • Every image is personally inspected by a paid iStock inspector to ensure it meets the required standards
inspection criteria
Inspection Criteria
  • Lack of Artifacting
  • Clear Focus Point
  • Good lighting
  • Lack of Chromatic Aberration (Fringing)
  • Not Over-Processed
  • Suitable for Stock
my steps in editing
My Steps in Editing
  • Shoot in RAW
  • Make Exposure Adjustments in ACR
  • Remove Logos, Clean Skin, etc in PS
  • Make Isolated Adjustments in PS
  • High Pass Filter Sharpening
  • Save as Highest Quality JPG
subjects that sell
Subjects that Sell
  • Good Looking People
  • Portraying a Theme
  • Everyday Events
  • Unique Scenes
subjects to avoid
Subjects to Avoid
  • Landscapes
  • Sunsets
  • Grab Shots
  • Your Cat (Sorry Ann)
shooting models
Shooting Models
  • I use real people and I pay them
  • Everyone signs a model release
  • Attractive
  • Don’t look like “Models”
the financial side
The Financial Side
  • Base royalty is 20% of image price
  • Exclusives earn up to 40%
  • Gross image price varies by size
  • My average gross this year: $5.75
  • Paid up to weekly (min. $100)
thank you
Thank You!
  • Blog: leggnet.com
  • E-Mail: rich@leggnet.com
  • Telephone: 801.259.3500
  • Twitter: twitter.com/leggnet
  • Stock Portfolio: richlegg.com