How to shoot your landscape photos to sell on Microstock sites?
Most everyone will agree that “making a living by working from home” is good. But “making a living by ‘not always working’ from home” is great!”.
This is called “Passive Income”
Let’s look at both types of home business.
There are businesses that do not require your active involvement all the time (Passive Income), and then there are the business that needs your physical involvement whenever you get a business.
A business that does not need your active involvement.
Writing an ebook, creating an online course or selling photos on Microstock sites are a few that fall in this category. Once you create your digital product and submit it to the respective online sites, your work is completed. Now your product has got the potential to earn you income without your further involvement. Sales can happen anytime; while you are out shopping, watching TV, on vacation or even while you are sleeping.
A business that requires your physical involvement.
If you are offering web or graphic design or copywriting service, every time you get an order you should work on that project. And you will not be able to take another order until you finish the current project – unless of course, you employ some staff.
Here we are going to talk about Business that does not need active involvement.
We are going to look at submitting photos to Microstock sites for generating passive income.
Where to start with shooting photos for submitting to Microstock agency
Most people feel comfortable with shooting landscapes and travel photos. And this is far easier to get started with Microstock Photography than shooting with models, although, model shots sells more on Microstock sites.
Before we start shooting landscapes, let us see how to shoot a landscape photo that people will be interested in buying? For this, there are some basic rules in photography that you should be aware of.
Please also note that rules are meant to break. And breaking the rule does not mean that your photo will always be unbalanced. However, if you intend to break rules then you should be aware of the rules.
We will look at few of the rules here.
Rule of thirds
The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well-known ‘rule’ of photographic composition.
The rule of thirds in photography is to break the photo into 3 sections and place the subject in the first or third section. By following this rule, your photo becomes balanced and will help your viewer to interact with your photo more naturally.
Use of Leading Lines
The leading line can give your photo depth. It also serves the purpose of directing the viewer to the field you want them to look at. Leading lines can be in any form, straight, curved or diagonal. See how different leading lines are used in each photo below.
Look for leading lines when you are out for shooting landscapes. If there is a possibility of including leading lines, then that will make your photos much more interesting
The Focal point
When you walk into a room, the first thing that catches your attention is the “Focal Point”. It could be anything; a picture, a painting on the wall, a sculpture or whatever that grabs your attention.
The same rule applies to photos too.
When you are shooting a landscape, look for a focal point. That focal point could be an interesting tree, a rock, a dune formation, river or something that can grab the viewer’s attention. In the photos below, the waterfall, boat, and the girl are focal points.
Also look at how the photos 1 and 2 placed the “focal point” based on the “rule of third”. In the third photo, the focal point is placed in the center to blend it nicely with the Leading Line, that is the village path.
Capturing and adding an interesting Focal Point in your landscape photo will prevent boredom from viewing your landscape.￼
Depending on the landscape you are shooting, you can lower the camera to give emphasize to the foreground. In the picture below, the camera was lowered to bring the lake into the visual field. The lake is part of the scenery that is closer to the photographer while taking the picture by lowering the camera, the lake was brought closest to the viewer.
Most often we refer the horizon as the line between the sky and the land or sea. But these are not the only possibilities for horizon; a break in the scenery can also be the horizon.
Usually, it is not a good practice to place the horizon in the dead center of the picture. Most often the horizon that placed above or below the center section gives moe appeal to the photo.
But there are exceptions. For perfect symmetry, when there is a reflection in the image, the horizon can also be in the dead center. Check the photo here
The time of the day.
The time of the day plays a big role when it comes to landscape photography. Usually, dust or dawn give the photographer the greatest opportunity to be artistic and bring the colors of nature to its best.
Other times, when the sun shines the brightest, you can capture a clear picture. A neutral density filter will be handy if you want to open the aperture to make use of the depth of field.
Most people when they see an interesting landscape, they start clicking. Photography is an art, and like any other form of art, photography cannot be rushed.
Take your time to study the landscape, look for your focal point, find a perfect spot to shoot the picture. Then take a number of photos with different compositions and framing. When you are back at home at your computer for post processing, you can select the best ones.
Once again I want to remind you, as a photographer always shoot in RAW only. Preferably use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to bring life to the picture.
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