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Already producing video content? Then think about about selling stock footage with Microstock agencies.

Article by Simon Sharp

If you’re involved in making videos of any kind, then you might have heard about stock footage. Places like Getty images are known for selling clips of exotic subjects and charging several hundred, or even several thousand dollars for the rights to use the footage. aerial stock footage, shots of polar bears, the kind of stuff shot by experienced wildlife photographers with somewhat obscure laws about where the footage can be used. What you may not have caught onto yet is that the little man can now get in on the stock footage industry. Appropriately enough the arena where this happens is called the ‘micro-stock’ industry and, like so many others things in life these days, it has become possible through the internet. There are now dozens of stock footage companies that accept submissions from…well pretty much anyone. With video for internet becoming ever more present, the need for low-cost footage is only going to grow.

Put simply, you shoot some footage with your camcorder/camera, you edit it on your computer using either a programme like Final Cut Pro or any of the free editing applications that are appearing. You want to keep it simple and not spend too much time editing it and once you’re happy you make your clip into a Quicktime movie and submit it to one or more of the micro-stock agency websites. All being well they approve it and every time someone downloads the clip you get a percentage of the sale price (it varies quite a bit between the various sites). once someone has brought the clip it is on a ‘royalty free’ basis. In other words they can usually make use of the clip in whatever way they wish.

In theory this all sounds reasonably simple but in practice it can take a while to set this up: You may find some sites will reject your clip or ask for you to submit several clips to them before they even allow you to start regularly submitting. You have to decide what to film and you also have to make sure your clips are properly ‘key-worded’: If you have a clip of, say, a fairground, then people need to find it by typing ‘fairground’ into a search box. Again- simple in theory but takes a little bit of practice to actually get right. And figuring out what actually sells is another art. Its best to start by simply looking at what is already selling well.

All that said, if you already do and kind video production work then selling stock footage is a very worthwhile means of generating some extra income. Every time you’re on a shoot or out and about simply remember to take some shots of anything that catches you eye and you’ll be building up a library of clips. The best part is that, once once your stock footage clips are up on the site, they stay there and can be earning you income for years to come. When I started I looked at various sites and found some of the entry requirements a bit confusing. The simplest was Pond5: most importantly you can start uploading clips as soon as you have created your account. They are fairly relaxed on submission quality so, as long as your clip is stable and clear they will most likely accept it (your clip want to be clear but it is not always the most beautiful that gets the most sales. Compared to other sites the uploading procedure for your clips is easier. Another thing I prefer about Pond5 is that you can set your own price for a clip, which means that if you feel you have something really valuable that IS worth several hundred dollars then you can charge that. This is something few other sites allow.

In the long run you want to submit to several sites to maximise your income. Sites like istockhoto offer increased commissions for exclusivity but this will never compete with having your clips distributed as widely as possible. There are programmes such as I-Syndica which allow you to submit to several sites at once. However, when you are starting out and testing the water Pond5 most definitely makes life more straightforward.

You can find out more about selling stock footage at:Pond5 Stock Footage

Simon Sharp is an experienced editor and cameraman of over 7 years. He has been producing and selling stock video for over a year.

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Important Terms To Know About Raising Chickens

Article by John Locke

Raising chickens is incredibly fun and very rewarding. They are amazing pets and are unfortunately underrated and not thought of as first options by people looking to buy pets. They are very friendly, deliver fresh eggs and also make great gardeners. Your chickens will fertilize your plants and kill pest and bugs in your yard for you. I have put together a list of common words used when talking about chickens that will be important to know if you are getting into the wonderful world of chicken raising.

Bantam – A small chicken that is roughly half the size of normal chicken breeds. These are often raised for ornamental reasons.

Bedding – The main reason for bedding in your chicken coop is to absorb the chicken droppings and their smell. You will also want something soft enough that will cushion the eggs as they are laid by your chickens. You can use wood shavings, newspaper, hay or other soft and absorbent materials.

Brood – Hens incubating their chicks or a flock of baby chicks.

Candling – The process of using a candle or light bulb to shine through an eggs to find out if it is fertilized or not. If you don

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Learn All About Stock Photography

Stock photography, groups of photographs that people take, grouped and licensed for selling purposes. Instead of taking new pictures every time they need pictures, many people use the stock photography method. People that work for magazines, as graphic artists, and advertising agencies sometimes use public pictures instead of hiring photographers for individual projects.

Alternate names for stock photography is picture libraries, photo archives or image banks. Typically, in order to use these pictures, although publicly available, there is a small fee or a purchasing of usage rights that comes with a fee in order to use the pictures. Sometimes a membership purchase allows you to have access to a particular group of stock photography.

Saving time and money, stock photography is a great way to enhance newsletters, blogs, advertisements, company brochures and more. It is obviously less expensive than putting a full time photographer on staff and takes less time if you need images of something specific. Many times, it is as easy as using a search engine or checking an email.

Sometimes full rights and usage is available for purchase. Other times, full rights are limited. In those cases, photographers might be requiring that they receive a certain percentage of sales and or royalties of usage. Agencies usually hold the images on files and negotiate fees. With the technology and easy access that the internet provides, negotiations are quicker and easier.

The cost of using stock photos depends on how long the pictures will be used, what location the images will be used, if the original photographer wants royalties and how many people the photo will be distributed to or seen by. Prices for stock photography can be anywhere from one dollar to two hundred dollars.

There are several different pricing arrangements. Royalty free stock photography allows the buyer to use photographs multiple times in multiple ways. When you buy royalty free pictures, there is only a one-time charge for unlimited usage. When the images you purchase have a royalty free section, the agency is able to resell the image to others. If an image is rights managed, there is a negotiated price for each time that it is used.

Sometimes a buyer of stock photography might desire to have exclusive rights to the images. In that case, no one else will be able to use the pictures once exclusive rights have been purchased. It may cost thousands of dollars to purchase exclusive rights because agencies who handle the sales have to make sure that they are making a profitable sale. If a photograph would make more money staying in circulation, they would lose out selling exclusive rights.

Stock photographers sometimes work with agencies producing images for them alone. Different subjects and categories might need multiple varieties of images. Sometimes contributors work for multiple agencies selling their photographs for a fee. They work out arrangements for royalties or they sell their shots for full rights. This has proved to be a big business for photographers around the world.

Stock photography started in the early 1920s. It especially grew as its own specialty by the 1980s. Galleries hold hundreds, thousands and even millions of pictures available for purchase. Stock houses sprung up in many different places. By 2000, online stock photography became microstock photography, which we call photo archives online. Companies like istock photo and bigstock photo offer you the opportunity to purchase so many pictures and when you use them up you can add more credits for another fee. Photos that are distributed online are typically less expensive than those that are sold hard copy.

Websites like Shutterpoint and Fotolibra allow stock photographers to upload and sell their images. It is a great way to market pictures and earn money with photography. You can also purchase images at those websites as well. With all the stock photography sites available, one may find pictures you never even heard of before.

Brian Scott is a full-time self-employed entrepreneur. Visit Brian’s free website, and learn about making money as a photographer and receiving free digital photography help.

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