Editing Stock Photography Images

Stock Photography Editing – Be Fast & Accurate

Editing stock photography images is an essential part of your workflow. After you shoot photos, you need to edit them. If you’re not careful, this is the part where the assembly line process starts to slow down.

If your plan is to upload six images a day, think about time you will spend editing each photo. Six photos at 10 minutes each is an hour of time editing. Six photos at five minutes each is just a half hour of editing time.

Now your photography editing time is much more manageable! How much time can you spend each day editing?

Start With Editing Your Exposure And Color Balance

Exposure and Color Balance are two things that your customers will notice first. When you’re editing stock photographs, get these things right, and you’re on your way!

Use the histogram to judge how you’re doing on exposure. Use your eyes and a calibrated monitor to judge how you’re doing with color balance.

Make corrections to both using image editing software.

Remove Logos & Trademarks

An image may be exposed great and have amazing color balance. However, if it includes copyrighted material, it will be rejected by your stock photography agency.

When you’re editing stock photo, explore your image at 100% magnification. Look for copyrighted and trademarked material. Your agency curators will!

If you find some, decide whether or not to clone it out. If it’s going to take twenty minutes to remove, it may not be worth your time.

Don’t Over Crop

You need to be careful while cropping during your stock editing.

If you didn’t get close enough and fill the frame while shooting, you may crop away so much of your photo that it no longer meets the minimum pixels needed for your agency.

Keep as many pixels as you can and submit large images.

Editing Stock Photography Images Means Leaving Artistic License

The trick here is to leave artistic license for whoever is going to license your image. You need to think like an editor or advertiser that is licensing the image. Try to imagine how the image MAY BE used.

A Book Cover Example

Authors & publishers use stock images for book covers. They’re looking for images with headroom for a titles and author names.

Leaving some headroom (open space) may not be the perfect composition for you as an artist. However, it’s exactly what the publisher is looking for. Leave this artistic license for them.

Leaving artistic license when editing stock photography images is important. Learning this skill will result in more sales of stock photos.

It is all about leaving options for potential customers.

Watch John’s Video On Editing Images For Stock Photography: