Best practices: Culling photos from your commercial shoot
In the early days of stock photography, commercial photographers used 4×5 cameras and film—and every frame cost money to produce. As a result, they had to be highly selective about what they chose to shoot and submit to stock libraries. A century ago, the bigger libraries had only around 20,000 well-curated photos available.
Today’s stock photographers, on the other hand, use DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even mobile devices to capture marketable images. In theory, that means they can shoot and submit a virtually unlimited number of images, but we still find that the most successful Licensing Contributors only submit a fraction of the photos they shoot.
Top distributors these days might house millions of images, but customers continue to…
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