In order to get your photos to sell, what you need to know is where to sell them and how to make them look good enough to be sold. For a photograph to be worth buying it has to be top quality, not only in terms of technicalities but also in terms of creativity. Therefore, here are five tips for creating photos that are actually going to sell well.
The number one thing affecting the quality of the photo is the lighting. The light during the photo session does not only affect the technical quality of the shot but also the creative side. Firstly, for your camera to develop the best results which are sharp and focused images, it must have a good light source. The best lighting has always been the natural lighting because it makes photos look professional and high quality. To get these results, pay attention to the time of day you are shooting your photos. Shoot n the morning to get the best out of natural light. Studio and artificial lights are a good alternative but make sure you know how to position the light source in order to create nice shadows. For more creativity, play around with highlights and shadows to give the photo an interesting touch.
#2 Tell a story with a photograph
Photos that tell a story always sell well. That means your photos should be able to make the viewer think about what they’re seeing for longer than two seconds. Choose interesting subjects to capture the viewer’s attention and make sure there is no clutter in the shot. Distractions in the frame take the spotlight away from the subject, which immediately lowers the quality of the shot. Try to keep the background of the shot less distracting to bring focus onto the subject.
#3 Experiment with perspective
A plain eye-level perspective is not going to get every photo sold. Try playing around by positioning your camera at different angles. Shoot from down low looking up or from the side looking diagonally. Different perspectives can make the same subject look much more interesting and artistic while your shot is going to be a unique one.
#4 Find a niche
Find what you like to photograph the most and stick to it. Consistency is a great thing when making your portfolio. A portfolio instantly looks much better if it has a certain type of a theme to it, whereas, a portfolio with ten completely opposite images just looks cluttered and messy. For example, if you are into portrait photography, don’t stuff your portfolio with shots of nature and the sunset.
Last but not the least, post-editing is going to add the final touches to your photos and make them more appealing to potential buyers. Use your favorite photo editing program to make your photos look more interesting and artistic. However, don’t go overboard with the filters, as you don’t want the photos to look unnatural. The most recommended program for this use is Lightroom.