Is Photography Art?


Is Photography art? Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, photography art is also. What are the things you enjoy looking at on your walls at home? Is it photography? Is it paintings? Maybe it’s sports memorabilia. No matter what your preference is, everyone has their own decision on what they prefer.

Photography covers a multitude of subjects. Wildlife, landscapes, objects, family, pets, travel, and much more. You can decorate with a favorite theme or a favorite color and photography can be used to focus on those ideas.

There are many sites to buy photographs. These “Stock Photo” sites are used by magazines, blogs, and ordinary people every day to find specific kinds of photography. Here are some links to several sites where you can find my photography that is for sale as stock photos.

Although I have more sites that I sell on, you can get the gist of what photo’s I sell. I also try to make available to my clients the option of choosing a picture and have it printed and mailed directly to them. You can do that by contacting me through the comments.

Art makes wonderful gifts and inspirational viewing to most people. It can bring memories back and make new memories. When looking for art, consider photography.

How to Keyword your Photos

howtokeywordphotosheaderIf you want your photos to be searchable, you need to keyword or tag your photos. Think about what words someone might use to find your photo. Consider these options when keywording;

  • List everything you see in your photo. If you see grass, list it.
  • Be specific. List proper names of places that are in your photo, like Eiffel Tower.
  • Consider what is happening in the photo. What are people doing?
  • List the places that may be recognized in the photo. Where was it taken?
  • List categories in keywording. Travel might be good for a beach scene.

Most sites allow you to go back and add tags later but I find that tagging them with every keyword you can when you list it helps get it to the top quicker.

Here are some words you may see in your photo and other words that could compliment them…

  • Grass: grass, green, environment, environmental, blades, photosynthesis, nature, carpet, earthy, plant, seasonal, Kentucky bluegrass.
  • Horse: horse, livestock, farm, riding, rider, animal, mammal, friend, legs, mane, tail, bridle, saddle, hooves, hoof, horseshoe, beautiful, equestrian.
  • Shoes: shoes, sandals, high heels, running, jogging, walking, soles, shoestrings, feet, sports, jumping, athletic, warmth, comfort, worn, new, old.
  • Beach: beach, sand, white, black, ocean, lake, pond, water, waves, sun, sunbathing, tanning, vacation, travel, stormy, footprints, sand castles, lifeguard, sharks, beautiful, beauty, sunset, sunrise, horizon, Jamaica, Barbados, Florida, Daytona Beach, warmth.

Also remember that some of these words may not be pertinent to the photograph so don’t use those words.

Many of the stock photo sites have keywording assistance. Check out their site and find what works for you before uploading all your photos. Keyword your photos in photoshop or some other program so that you don’t have to keyword each time you upload them. Most sites will auto populate the keywords you have put with the picture.

Coupon ?NP160716?$20 OFF $200

How To Sell Your Photo’s Online


Photo Credit:  Tammy Venable Photography

You may have heard about stock photography.  It is a great way to sell your photograph’s online.  There are tons of stock photo sites out there.  Some are better than others.  Each person may find they prefer one agency over another, myself included.

In 2008, I started selling my photo’s online.  It started slow but has steadily increased.  Even when I’m not uploading pictures to the sites, I still make money because once your pictures are accepted, they can continually sell.

Many people won’t start selling their photo’s on stock photo sites because they see that they are only going to make maybe .25 cents per sale.  That may be true but a lot of quarter sales add up to hundreds of dollars in a short period of time, especially when you have a picture that is in high demand.

I, personally, get the most money from an agency called, Shutterstock.  I started selling my pictures there in 2008 and received .25 cents for each picture sold.  Once you sell $500 worth of photo’s, you get a raise.  I am now making .33 cents per photo and will be getting another raise soon.

Another way to make more money at the same agency is to sell to a magazine or someone that will purchase many of the same photo at one time.  You could earn $120 for 1 picture if a magazine decides to use it in one of their issues.  The magazine has to purchase 1 photo for each magazine they print.  This is how you make the big money.

Each site has a different pay scale.  You’ll find that some pay more but in the end you may make more from the ones that pay less.

Here is a list of the stock agencies that I use without a cost to the photographer…

If you use the above links to sign up, I will also receive a referral bonus.  You can do the same thing after you sign up too!

Stock Photos from 123RF

Selling stock photo’s can be a great way to have steady income coming in from various places all the time.  It does not come without some work though.  The key to selling a lot of stock photo’s is keywording or tagging.  Keywords are an important part of making your photo’s stand out.  When a company is looking for a photo to use in their project, they will search for it using keywords.  If you have all the keywords they inserted in the search box, your photo has better odds of showing up closer to the top.  The closer you can get your photo to them, the faster they will find you.  To keyword or tag your photo’s using Photoshop Elements, go here for directions.

Years ago, when I first started, I used a free program called ProStock Master that suggested keywords for me and then automatically tagged the photo’s with the keywords I picked from their list.  Once they started doing automatic uploads to all the top stock sites, they started charging.  It’s a great program if you want to pay a monthly charge of $9.99 or more.  I’m not one to pay for things I can do myself, even if it is more time consuming.

There is also a website call that is made specifically for Lightroom users.  I haven’t played around with it enough to actually utilize it but it seems to find keywords that you may have not considered.


Many professional photographer’s use Zenfolio.  It’s a great place to have your own website where customers can purchase your photo’s and also have them sent away to get printed right from your page.  Much less work if you are willing to pay a monthly price to do it.  It’s worth a try to see if you can get sales right away from your efforts.  They offer a free trial period so you can familiarize yourself with their product.

Continue checking my blog in the future as I will be adding more stock photo tips.