Stock photography is not for everyone, but it really can be a financially viable option for some of those photos you have just sitting on a hard drive at home. Realistically, unless you are already making thousands upon thousands of dollars from the images you've been creating, stock photography might just be the thing for you.
I know, we are all protective about our images, because we know how much work and time we put into creating each and every shot. Most of you who have a hard drive full of print-ready images, just itching to crack into the sales market and start making money, can probably relate to many of the points made in this video. The cold, hard truth is that there are so many photographers out there who are all shooting the same or similar subjects. There is some pretty intense competition for those of us who want to sell our images, whether in the form of digital products or printed works.
Stock photography might just be the right choice for some of these images. Personally, my portfolio is fairly split between categories. There are some images that I hold pretty close to the chest, because I simply can't bear the thought of them being used as a stock photo. However, there are plenty others that are great images, but either suffer from an oversaturated market (think images of the Golden Gate Bridge; everybody has a quality picture of that icon) and are more likely to make a profit by being available as a stock photo.
This video, by James Wheeler, goes straight to the point by showing what has worked for him in the past and why he has set up the systems he uses for selling his artwork. He gives some fantastic advice and might just answer some of those questions you have about delving into the world of stock photography.