Getting into stock photography is a big decision. On this video Photographer Steve Neidorf (from UltimatePhotoGuide) along side Professional stock photographers Alvis Upitis and Peter Beck go into some of the things you should consider before you commit time (and possibly money) in order to try and become a professional stock photographer.
As you will see in the video, there are many things you should consider including finding your own niche or specialty to focus on, determining how invested you want to be in stock and do some real research into stock photography as a profession as well as the specific field of stock photography you are considering (and there are many options to choose from as there are things to shoot), before you take the dive. Eventually, if you decide that you want to commit, you will have to create a solid body of work made up of images that you’ve shot and own and that you can use for stock photography.
Finally, if you want to see how the professionals are working take a look at a guided tour of Yuri Arcurs’ (most well known stock photographer in the world) photo studio – and no – you don’t need to have his kind of studio to start working as a stock photographer…
We have a full section devoted to becoming a professional photographer called “photography as a business” here on LensVid.