If you’re trying to make your mark in writing, it doesn’t take long to learn that being able to offer high-quality digital images with your article packages will increases your chances of a sale dramatically.
While it’s a great idea to have photographs taken on site, there are other ways you can build your library of stock images with which to market your writing. It will help establish you as a quality photographer and grow your professional portfolio in case you want to branch out into stock photography. Here are a few for your consideration.
If you happen to live near a world-class theme park, consider a year-long resident’s pass and heading over on clear days to grab shots of folk dancers, movie characters, restaurant entrees and more. You might be surprised at what you end up with.
Historic and Tourist Districts
Any part of a city known for its historic atmosphere and tourist traffic is fair game for the budding photographer. If you live in New Orleans, then grab your camera gear and hit the French Quarter. Here in the Tampa Bay area, the picturesque historic beats are Ybor City with its “Cigar Capital of the World” status, Tarpon Springs with its Greek vibe and sponge docks and Largo’s Heritage Village. Other picturesque areas include Quito, Ecuador, and the quaint atmosphere of places like historic Harrisonburg, Virginia or the popular wine and ski destination of Bolzano, Italy.
Picturesque Parts of Town
Any place with a great skyline, beautiful park or even stylish sports venues can provide great photo fodder. As long as you have a good eye, you’re basically all set. Statues, landscaping features, live sports shots and cityscapes will all serve you well.
Keep it Real
Stock imagery is always a hot commodity and you never know when you’ll get assigned a piece on the best shoes for walking tours, or a business piece on heavy equipment. Try going to more industrial and pedestrian areas of town for casual real-life shots of things that might not make the tourist cut but will have marketability elsewhere. For example, I grabbed a beachside Portapotty shot and an image of a large piece of construction equipment on a tour of the Kennedy Space Center.
These aren’t the only money-saving strategies for building your photography portfolio, but they are some of the most powerful and simple to implement. DSLR cameras don’t cost as much as they used to. So if you’ve been looking for an excuse to indulge in the technology, marketing your writing might be just what the doctor ordered.
Photo Credit: This image was photographed during a TrekHound.com project.