Tips & Advices for selling the photos online
- Be patient!
- It is better to make good shot than work on it in Photoshop
- Use EXIF/XMP/META data for describing the photos
- Title, description and keywords write in english
- The most important are keywords, not categories
- Be very precise when adding keywords
Be prepared that as a biginner you'll need some time till the system beginn to "count with you", till other people start to evaluate your photos ... generally sait till the community of the photobank notices you. Don't sway yourself and keep uploading. You should keep in mind that once the photos are uploaded they just wait to be downloaded. No more work with them, you just pick the fruit of your work :-))
My personall experience is that first two months were poor, but step by step it became to be better. My photos (and you can see the photos can shot EVERYBODY) started to generate 100 USD per month after some 4-5 months. It is not too much, but it is growing, and imagine this in 4-5 different photobanks ...
Most of the photobanks are sensitive to rotouching, upsizing, overfiltering or other touches to your photo. So I'd say that it's better to spend more time while shooting than later modify it in comp.
Many cameras already embed data in your photos, using the EXIF portion of the JPEG header. The big benefit of EXIF is that the data stays with the photo – link the photo to a web page and it’s there, email the photo to me and the EXIF data gets emailed too.
By far the most common and most standardized embedded image information is EXIF, short for Exchangeable Image File format. Today nearly all digital cameras embed EXIF information in each image. This information usually includes dozens of parameters that describe the shot such as the shutter speed (1/250 for example), the aperture (f/2.8 for example), date/time of the shot, flash on/off, ISO equivalent film speed, and many more. In addition to shot-specific information, there are also many fields that get repeated from shot to shot such as the camera manufacturer, camera model, lens type, firmware version, etc. Information such as shutter speed and aperture can help in diagnosing problems such as motion blur, depth of field issues, etc. If you are not familiar with these terms and you tend to point-and-shoot most of the time, these fields may be less useful to you. Some information, however, such as the date and time of the shot can be useful to everyone since file dates get changed and almost never indicate the date and time that the actual picture was taken.
So if you add keywords, title and description to your photos the photo will be read with each photobank's system and will fill the data online automatically. That saves you a lot of work, because you don't need to add it manually for each photo. There are many software to do it, I prefer to use Adobe Stock Photos.
Usually the photobanks translate the keywords to all other languages the photobank uses, so there is no need to use the same word in different languages.
Keep in mind that most of the designers look for photos using keywords. Most of the photobanks force you to add the photo to categories, but don't spend too much time with this - select one. It is not that important than keywords.
Keywords are the most important information you can provide to help users find your images. While people often know the specific subject they are looking for, concept keywords may help to inspire the end-user to choose your images to represent the idea. Keywords are usually closely reviewed in the inspection process.