Recently, an avid follower of the Brutally Honest blog wrote to me asking for my opinion on some of her stock footage, in particular why they weren’t selling regularly.
As you have probably gathered by now, I come from a photography background and footage is only something I’ve started to pursue in the past two years. Therefore, I kindly asked Doug Jensen if he would mind getting involved, which he agreed. They have both consented to having the exchange published, so thank you both. Here’s a link to Sandra Potere’s mainly nature portfolio on Pond5.
All Doug from now on…
Doug’s my main tips on shooting stock footage that sells:
- Focus your efforts on subject that is actually in demand.
- Think about who would buy this clip and how would they use it?
- Use a tripod.
- Never shoot stationary handheld shots.
- Get closer to the subject.
- Shoot at times of day when the light is more interesting.
- Choose subject matter that customer are looking for.
- Learn to expose better.
- Does the setup look fake?
- If you’re going to do indoor tabletop shooting of food or other objects, get some lights and learn about lighting.
- Use a video camcorder.”
Doug Jensen, from Vortex Media is a professional in the television and video production with over 35-years of experience working with major corporate clients. More recently, he has translated his extensive broadcasting experience towards achieving financial success as a stock footage contributor.
Numbers don’t lie, Doug earns on average $2,700 a month ($279/hour) by working part-time and submitting his mainly wildlife/nature clips to a handful of agencies, including Shutterstock (he has agreed for me to provide a link to his SS port) and Adobe Stock.
Doug has recently published a comprehensive 5-hour / 26-chapter Master e-Class, entitled “How to Make Money Shooting Stock Footage” on the Vimeo platform.
If you would like to take your stock footage to the next level, we’re nearly there…take advantage of an exclusive offer by the Brutally Honest Blog. When paying for the course, use the code “BRUTALLYHONEST” to receive a 20% discount.
$158.37 $126.96 (20% off)
Would one-to-one coaching be something you’d be interested?
On top of his comprehensive course, if you’re interested in taking your stock footage business to the next level, Doug is trialing an one-to-one comprehensive coaching for stock footage enthusiasts.
If you’re interested, please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will provide you with all the information needed to setup the review session(s).
I’m an eccentric guy on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images & footage. I’ve devoted six years to making it as a travel photographer / videographer and freelance writer (however, had recently go back into full-time office work to make ends meet!). I hope to inspire others by showing an unique insight into a fascinating business model.
I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography