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Book Recommendations on Stock Photography Agencies and Stock Sales

Stock photography is the business of selling the use of your images to agencies which market your work to buyers. They are also known as “photo libraries” and come in many sizes, shapes, and forms. You may most commonly know some of them as the buyers of images to load up onto CDs and sites that sell thousands of images for PhotoShop and Corel. Some photo stock agencies specialize in nature and nature photography, travel, or more specific fields like only educational market images for textbooks.

Selling your images to a stock agency can be a complicated business as they have their own rules, contracts, and ways of working. Your rights to your images might change from agency to agency, with some requiring exclusive rights to your images and other having less restrictions. With all there is to learn, we’ve included a few books we recommend to help you learn more about how the stock photography business works and how to sell your images to stock.

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Negotiating Stock Photo Prices, Jim Pickerell, Pickerell Marketing, Diamond Bar, California
Extensive information on contract negotiations and pricing for a variety of markets and uses. Includes information on maintaining copyright protection and use restrictions.
Stock Photography: The Complete Guide, Ann and Carl Purcell, Writer’s Digest Books
An excellent and extensive handbook on working in stock photography. Tips on negotiating, pricing, contracts and rights.
How to Shoot Stock Photos that Sell, Michael Heron, Writer’s Digest Books/Allworth Press
For freelance and commercial photographers, this book includes excellent tips and advice on photographing for stock and working with stock agencies.
Shooting for Stock, George Schaub, Amphoto
The path to success in stock photography is one paved with obstacles. This book outlines the tips, techniques and advice for walking without much stumbling.
Stock Photography Business Forms, Michal Heron, Writer’s Digest Books
All the forms needed to shoot and sell stock photography and includes a good list of resources and related books and organizations.
Stock Photography Handbook, ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), 419 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016, (212) 889-9144
A technical and expert commentary on stock photography, this book covers all aspects of the industry from pricing and negotiating to contracts and copyrights. Includes a listing of stock agencies and samples of their “want lists”.
Pricing Photography: The Complete Guide to Assignment and Stock Prices, Michael Heron and David MacTavish, Allworth Press
Explains how to price and negotiate both assignment and stock photography prices. Includes detailed pricing charts and a pricing guideline section.
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