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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (13 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321713079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321713070
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The ultimate insider guide to creating stock shots that sell from a veteran iStockphoto inspector

An iStockphoto inspector since 2002, author Rob Sylvan has spent nearly a decade as part of the team that decides which photos get sold on one of the largest, most popular microstock sites in existence. He’s also made tens of thousands of dollars off of his own microstock photography. As a result, no one knows better than he does what it takes to get your photos accepted to stock sites—and what to do to make those photos sell. In Taking Stock, Rob shares his hard-earned insider knowledge on how to shoot, edit, and tag photos so you can earn while you learn, regardless of which microstock agency you’re using.
 
In this book, you’ll learn how to look at the world through the eyes of designers, photo editors, and stock photographers. You’ll also learn the importance of focusing your energy on creating stock content that resonates with your passion for photography. But we all know time is money, which is why Rob explains how to set up an effective digital workflow—the real key to making money in the high-volume, low-cost microstock market. By the end of this book, you’ll look at your work with new eyes, enabling you to make more money doing exactly what you love: shooting photos that sell.
 
You will learn:
  • How to license photos as stock
  • What photos are in demand
  • The components of a successful digital workflow
  • How to use titles, descriptions, and keywords to give yourself an edge
  • Specific tips for shooting food, people, places, nature, objects, animals, and more
  • Editing techniques that will make your shots sell

About the Author

Rob Sylvan started contributing photos to iStockphoto in 2002. In December 2002, he became the sixth photo inspector (the people who review all new submissions to the site) to be hired. Over the last seven years he has inspected thousands upon thousands of photos and is in the process of re-writing iStock's photo contributor manual. Beyond his experience with iStockphoto, Rob has been one of three people serving on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) Help Desk answering Photoshop and Lightroom questions for all NAPP members. He is also the author of Lightroom 2 for Dummies.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GC on 1 July 2011
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I have been looking at this idea of selling my photos for a while now (years in fact) and whenever I have dipped my toe into the water I have had it bitten - rejected, rejected, rejected ...
This book seems to have corrected that; it is clear and concise and makes every aspect of this (to me) confusing subject, with so many variables and subjective decisions, crystal clear.
The step by step walk through of the way a photo is treated in Lightroom is brilliant and worth the price of the book alone; it is clearer than the dedicated Lightroom books I have piled through.
Cannot recommend this volume highly enough - wish it had been around years ago!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kelvinjay on 6 Feb. 2011
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I've spent the last 5 years selling stock images and I still found I learned a lot from this book. From simple tips on composition to technical details about the advantages of particular colour spaces, the book is interesting and useful to a wide range of readers. The many real world examples from other photographers also help to impart and condense many years of stock photo experience into a small space. From lighting techniques to learning to be your own worst critic, there is little this book doesn't cover. I think it's a rare find, in that it manages to be relevant and useful to beginners and experienced photographers alike. Thoroughly useful and definitely recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Carroll on 23 Oct. 2010
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On the whole I think this is a very good book. My only concern is the constant referral to using Lightroom and Photoshop. Although I know Photoshop is the industry standard and that Lightroom is very good I think the constant reference to it is a little irksome. I use Aperture 3 and have found this to be excellent and if no one wants to buy my photos then it's my fault, not Apple or Adobe. Although buying Lightroom may help with noise reduction a little it won't turn one of my sows ears into a silk purse and the thought of learning yet another new software package makes me shudder.

The book does stress the importance of not rushing out and trying to buy your way to success because it won't. It would help a little maybe. But it's not the whole story. Buying the latest camera gear is about as likely to turn you into a good photographer as buying a set of scalpels would turn you into a surgeon. You obviously need camera gear but not £10,000 worth. In fact, perhaps practising, buying and reading more books is a better way of spending resources to improve your skills.

Overall I would recommend this book. Plenty of good tips and nicely written. I am sure if you make the effort and are determined you will get the results.

The cost of books today is better than they have ever been and well worth the investment. There is always something to learn from any book and this is good example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Photomad on 26 May 2012
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This is a good book and it really teaches you how to get the best out of Adobe Lightroom for the purpose of uploading to a stock site to minimise rejection. It does inspire you to photograph even the simplest of items, as the examples show, these images sell well too. I was hoping for a little more on the business element and a little less on the saturated debate on lightroom. You really need lightroom open alongside this book to get the benefits. I would recommend this book as a useful resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tasos Savva on 7 Jan. 2012
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I am newby at stock images, but this book is making the entrance to the world of selling stock images to seem very comfort. It is direct to the subject. The experience of Rob Sylvan is passed to me via this book without many great words, just the right things of stock images world. Starting with a description of what is stock images, how it came to life, and who are the contributors and the clients, it gives you a great idea about what this book is going to be about. After that it describes what to look for and what to avoid in order to make your photos good in quality, useful for the clients, and legally acceptable. Finally let you be the one who will critic your images first and the one who will reject the ones not acceptable is just the best part, let it you know about compositions and techniques to use.

Definitely useful and for sure recommended.
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By -EFox- VINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2012
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If your thinking about making money from stock imagery, then this is a great book to start. However, it's not a case of "read this, upload a photo, recieve payment" type of thing - if there's one thing i've learnt from this book, its that a lot of research and hard work needs to be done before the inspectors will even consider a photograph for stock.

The book is very thorough, including everything from case studies from established stock photographers to the technical details of an image - those pages can get a bit laborious to read, but there's a lot to know, and all of the photoshop and lightroom work is all done step by step and written with a lot of detail.

Overall, a very good starting book - but it's a long and challenging process to getting your images accepted, so if you tend to give up easily, don't even start unless you're absolutely serious!
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There are a lot of ways to sell you photos, even if you are only a hobbyist or part time photographer - microstock is one of them. But it is not an easy path, even for an experienced photographer, as the demands of microstock market are very specific. I decided to try and frankly, I don't know what would I do without this book. It is clear, easy to understand and - most importantly - written in an encouraging way which kept me going through my first rejections (and believe me, there were lots!). I read it about a hundred times and I am sure that because of this book my photography improved and as a result I eventually got accepted as a contributor to some major microstock sites. Five stars!
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