Results for photography sites

Article #

Hey guys Ryan here at Signature Edits and today we are going to look at 10 photography websites that you should copy. Are you ready? Let's do it. All right so perhaps you are just starting your photography business and you're trying to figure out what I should put on my website or maybe you have already had a photography business for a while and you're looking to do a website redesign. Well today's video is exactly right for you because we're gonna look at some great examples of what to do and also what not to do. I'm gonna go through each website here and we're gonna talk about the things that I love, the things that are great, and that you should apply to your website both for SEO and for user experience - and then we're gonna go through and talk about the things that are not so great, the things that I would tweak. Whether that's to show up better on Google search or whether I think that would just create a better end experience for your clients. So the two essential main factors to a great website design are SEO and user experience SEO is search engine optimization that's everything you do on your website that helps Google find you and helps Google know what your website is about. What kind of services you offer and whether or not they should show you in these search results, and showing up in Google search is something we probably all want to do, so it's very important. The second piece of website design is user experience and it's essentially what it sounds like. When a visitor actually finds your site and goes onto your site can they find everything they want to? Do they enjoy the process of looking through your photos or is it a nightmare trying to find your information trying to navigate, trying to contact you etc. So we want to balance both of these as well as we can across our site and sometimes doing things for SEO makes it a little bit worse for user experience and vice-versa. Sometimes making something very beautiful and minimal in our website design winds up kind of hurting us in the SEO department so we're gonna look at some examples and show you how we can do this well and this one so let's hop over into website number one which is Silas Chow calm now there's a few things I love about Silas's site and a few things that I probably would do differently so what would I absolutely copy if I were you I would copy what he has right here at the top which is his location you can find it easily he's a wedding photographer based in Melbourne Australia and why does this matter it's not so much for user experience it's for Google so Google looks at this and says Oh Silas his site is all about wedding photography and he's based in Melbourne Australia therefore when someone searches melbourne wedding photographer google knows okay he is one of the people we can search including our search results what I don't love about Silas's site is it's pretty darn busy when you open it up it's not exactly user focused what what are these are these images are they blog posts I don't really know we've got so many options to choose from ideally in user experience you want the path for your visitor to be pretty clear go here go here go here go here not 15,000 different options to choose from another thing that I do love however is he has testimonials right up here and the ability to check availability right on his site as we scroll down it's a pretty simple page we've got all of his different posts and then we have a contact info bar right here personally I'm like why would you choose this particular image I would have gone with you know something a little bit more impressive for his contact image or just gotten rid of the image altogether and then we see again that we have his contact information right at the very bottom as well as his Australian business number I'm not sure why this is there maybe that's necessary in Australia but definitely not doing anything for his SEO I would however if I were him add my business address down here at the bottom of my website that's very important if you want to rank for a location it helps you a lot the other feature that I really like about Silas's site that I think you should consider including is his let's chat bar so this is really really cool if I'm a bride and I don't feel like going through and contacting a million different photographers it is definitely an advantage to be able to just type in and say hey can you send me rates or ask a question this is definitely a great feature the one thing that I would change is I would have the actual branding and color line up with the colors of his site because it's kind of conflicting okay so that is Silas Chows website let's move on to our next example jcore photography right at the very top this is my favorite part about this site accepting seven more couples and two more students so right away we've created something called urgency when a bride is actually on this website the first thing they see is oh my gosh I have to act fast or I might not be able to book Jake or photography it shows he's in demand and therefore a bride is much more likely to contact him sooner essentially so it's a very simple site on the home page we just have scrolling images here and then up here we have weddings reviews destinations about and a right me section so let's take a quick look at a few things that I love bride reviews if you don't have reviews on your website you are missing out in a huge way having this is just a form of social proof it basically allows brides to see that other people have been happy with your services and creates trust another thing that I really love is with we go to about Jake or photography let's look at his about page and what is so cool about this is it's not really about him when you read it what if you had wedding photos you regret that is his main call to action what if you actually booked the wrong wedding photographer and then he shares about how when he got married they got their photos and they were disappointed and wow what a disappointment that was what if you made the same mistake is the essential message that Jake or photography is sending and so brides are much more likely to say oh okay maybe it's worth investing in my photographer and being a little more careful in my approach to who I choose rather than just going by budget another thing that's great is he's included his publications right here at the very bottom and again he has his location information at the bottom here and I believe it's on his home page as well if you can put your location address in the bottom of every single page of your site so that's really great and there's one more thing that I wanted to show you that I thought was really cool he's got an estimated wedding budget in his contact form which kind of helps him engaging his pricing as well as who was financing the wedding I'm assuming that he probably can then cater his exact messages to Brides depending on who's paying for it if he knows that mom and dad are paying for it well then he might need to think about his messaging and what he says to cater to mom and dad a little bit more and this is a really great question to ask your couples how important is photography to you in your wedding day okay so that's really really great now there are a couple of things that I personally would change about Jordan's website here's here's what I would change the first is on this particular right new page I don't think this image lends a lot to his page the second is overall the website design I think is a little bit I'm not wowed by it it's a little bit too basic I don't really like his fonts that said he's booking himself out solid if it were me and I were trying to rank this website there's a couple big changes I would the first is if you look up here in Google Chrome you can see this little info not secure that's because he hasn't registered his website with HTTPS it doesn't have a security certificate so it shows up as not secure that can make a big difference in your ranking so that's a quick thing to change the second is I would add some more information to his homepage he has this growing bar however I personally don't like scrolling bars they're a little bit hard to figure out they get buggy sometimes they don't work so I would have his images and a little bit of information about him and where his business is located other than just saying in Chattanooga Tennessee on his homepage because if you want your homepage to show up in Google search having some information there can really help having some keywords throughout his website can also really help and I'm not seeing a lot of that going on so from an SEO perspective this is not a super great site from a user experience perspective there are some really really great things ok let's hop into website number three which is summer rain photography first we're gonna go through the things I love about summer site and then we'll talk about a few things I would tweak so let's scroll down here and as you can see we've got a big image and this is what I absolutely love right at the top of her website on the home page we have a write-up on who summer is what she's all about what her story is and she really starts to build connection with you if you are considering her for your photography so this is what differentiates her from every other photographer out there in her area it's her it's her personality it's what she loves it's what she does it's her passions it's her a unique personality so if you are not highlighting this in your website you are missing out on a huge opportunity to build connections so this is a huge UX component of a great website she's building connection you want to have connection you want to have trust you want to have rapport so brides are going through and they say either um summer sounds like a weird person or wow this is my girl I love this girl I want to be friends with her and ideally your ideal client wants to be friends with you they're the kind of person who is like you because those people will be most drawn to your personality and so that's a great thing and right here at the top underneath we have her publications being listed so if you've been published make sure you put those bad boys right front and center on your website I personally would even include them on every page of your website because the thing is not everybody lands on your homepage they might land on a blog they might land on an about page so you want to make sure that they see this because that says oh wow her work is good it's being featured on blogs and magazines okay alright so we scroll down here and I've actually need to refresh this because what you normally see when you load her homepage is we've got a boudoir wedding or engagement so depending on poor portrait so depending on what I actually select it will bring me to a gallery for that particular thing we'll talk about this in a second I don't think that's really a good move for SEO but what I love after that is she has her testimonials right here on the home page with some great images okay I did not want to see that image so that is something that I would possibly change if I were hurt but that's her personality so maybe that's part of her whole thing so then we scroll down we've got investment right on the home page and a beautiful contact form which is really unique I like this it's different it's not the same as every other contact form okay alright so a couple of things that I would change about summers website the first is you look up here and it says not secure I would change that because that will help your rankings a lot by just getting an HTTPS certificate the second thing is I would probably go to a plain text logo here that would also speed up the page load time a tiny little bit and it would match better with whatever photo is currently showing up in her gallery so depending on what photo is showing up these colors don't match so I'd probably stick with just plain text next I would look at this gallery and I would say okay what are my best two or three images max that would minimize my page load time because page reload time makes a big difference in SEO so you want to keep your site beautiful but you also want to keep it as fast to load as possible both from a user experience you don't want to wait on a website to load and from an SEO perspective because Google definitely effects rankings that way I also think it's very hard to navigate around the slideshow so that would be one other thing either having arrows or maybe just one static image would be great and one last thing I would make sure to change to our site is adding her address and location information where she's servicing which cities are nearby in the very bottom of her website that would definitely help with Google rankings alright let's check out website number four which is Caitlin Blake photography so you're going to see a trend here this one is also not secure so if you want to be a photographer who stands out and gets extra points from Google add security to your website and you will instantly be ahead of many other photographers and as we scroll down here this website definitely has a more light and airy vibe but Caitlin is doing the exact same thing as summer rain we have an about section right here at the very top with a beautiful picture of her as a smiling happy nice to be with the kind of person and that's great because if I'm considering Caitlyn for my big day or for my family session I want to know that she's going to be fun and nice to work with so definitely have a photo that is not businessí or cheesy you want to have something that's more kin and more lifestyle that definitely helps you now as we scroll down hey I'm Kaitlin lover of all things food lovely couples and thrifting and we've got a more section and perfect up pop some other texts now it looks like she's still in the process of designing her website so eventually this will have more info on her which is pretty cool so scroll down here and how would I describe my style she's got info on her and again we're doing the same thing as summer rain which is really really awesome we're building that connection with our audience whoever's visiting this page knows who Caitlin is what she's about and starts to feel whether or not it's a great fit and that's really what you want before people contact you what you want them to be able to determine for themselves whether or not they're going to be a good fit for you okay so then we scroll down here we have our different investment levels where we're starting you don't have to every price is on your website but I don't think it's a bad thing either because again your clients will pre select themselves and say okay that's reasonable that's in my budget or they'll say oh that's out of my budget so whatever works for you so what would I change about Caitlin's website well the first thing is I would change the security certificate the second is I would add specific locations that she's serving in North Carolina she has the rough location at the bottom of her banner however adding specific cities such as Charlotte or Raleigh or different places that she services would definitely help her in ranking on Google it's a brand new site so she doesn't have everything figured out at this point but I think it's a beautiful beautiful site and a great start let's hop over here to our next which is Henry to or cheer I'm not really sure how you say it but he has beautiful beautiful work I love his logo it's minimal it's just one color which is great because it matches any photos that pop up and as we scroll down here this one is a great website it's a very beautifully laid out and you will see at the bottom here what I love the most is he has all of his publications shown at the very bottom here he also has some different information about what he does wedding photography in Seattle Washington available for travel and his contact information at the bottom here too for a lot of people they don't actually like filling out the contact form or they just want to ask you a different question rather than a wedding booking and you have a wedding booking form it's just easier to have your email if possible and even your phone number listed at the bottom of your website on every page and then that way you have that information for them you make it easy it's a user experience win so we can scroll down here we can look at his about me page I'm like a sushi chef I like things raw but hella flavorful Wow so what's really really great about Henry's website is obviously he is just not afraid to show who he is and showcase his personality a lot of websites when you go to them it's you know Britney Blake is a wedding photographer based in Seattle and she loves to be with her pet bunny and take photos and she's so passionate about photography and she hopes you will trust her with her day now that's great but it doesn't really create a connection you want to put yourself out there have a unique personality so that people say wow I love this guy's work or wow I love this girl's work or maybe they say wow this person is not for me either way it's a win for you you don't want to work with people who don't fit you right so that's really great henry does a great job with that he's also got all of his featured posts down here which is really really fantastic building social proof and a beautiful Instagram feed and it doesn't hurt that his photography is absolutely gorgeous of course so we can scroll down here see his approach and you can check out more of his website later on but you can see he's also got HTTP up here which is really going to help him with ranking compared to those who don't have it and a lot of text so text is good a it builds relationship because people can read more about your unique voice and what you're about but second text is good because Google sees it so from an SEO perspective Google can't look at a image like this and say ok this is taken on a log at this Park in Seattle no Google is going to look at the text underneath that says ok this image was taken at this wedding venue in this city at this time by Henry to the wedding photographer based in Seattle does that make sense ok so let's hop over to our next website now that we've taken a look at what I love about Henry's website honestly what would I change probably not much he has a beautiful beautiful site design and I think it is fantastic it loads really quickly which is great for rankings it's got HTTP he's got his location information down here if you wanted to he can maybe say also servicing and have a few different suburbs with the in Seattle I don't know if he's ranking for Seattle but this is definitely a very competitive keyword so if he is not ranking he could look at different nearby cities such as Bellingham or something like that smaller subsets of Seattle will help him rank for those areas as well okay let's hop over to website number what are we on one two three four five six which is Nichkhun guy photo comm so this is Nicholas and he has a beautiful website we'll just scroll down let you have your own first impression okay so what do I love about Nick's website first it's a beautiful design and it is HTTP which definitely wins he's got a great full page photo on the front I don't think that's necessary to a great design but it definitely is a nice first impression the thing that I don't really like about it is I can tell you just by looking at it that it is a wordpress template it doesn't really have a unique feel however many brides might not know that I might only know that because I have looked at a lot of these templates in the past and using this plug-in here I can tell you it is the Osaka theme great theme works really well however it does look like a theme if you have seen other websites like this so that may or may not happen I don't know he's got his testimonials right here on the front which is very beautiful and then he has all of his keywords targeted right here in his frequent question so he's awesome Austin Austin Texas Austin Texas photographers that travel photographers in Austin Texas so he's definitely keyword stuffing a little bit here that may or may not work and back in the day the reason he's doing this is back in the day Google would look and say okay how many times does the word Austin Texas appear on this website and if it appeared a hundred times they would say okay this one appears a hundred times on this side but only twice on this side this site must definitely be 50 times better that was back in the day when Google was really not as refine it as is today so now they look at a lot of different factors and it doesn't necessarily work in your favor sometimes Google will say this looks suspicious he's mentioning Austin in ways that it just doesn't work and so they might actually penalize him or they might not so that may or may not work for him but definitely having your keywords somewhere on your website make a big difference he's going to do better than if he never mentioned Austin Texas one area he could add is Austin Texas is not even located in his footer and neither is his location his email or his phone number so I would definitely consider adding that if I were Nick scrolling over to his different pages we've got a blog for different left stories and this is a really really cool feature he's got a tips for your day okay a website load time is not so good here there we go nope perfect and then let's look at tips for your day so this is one really great thing you can add to your site is giving Brides something other than just photos so for instance he has this article here on should you elope with a list of different things for Lomond so he might actually wind up ranking for this term elopement in Austin Texas whereas if he didn't have any information on this then he probably wouldn't so he might get brides just from that it also helps build his rapport and authority with brides because they say okay he's an expert on this topic he's helping me I feel grateful for that Thank You Nick so you are definitely in a better place by giving your clients extra service rather than none okay so that's a nice feature on there that I really like he's got a client area say hello let's take a look at his contact page now one other thing that isn't so great his sites not seem to be loading very well across his other pages so I would take a look at how large his images are or maybe his code can be compressed a little bit so he's got his information here if you're looking to hire someone were probably not the best fit so he's doing the same thing he's got his personality and he's really playing on it which is great view is pricing let's get started enter your information great one other thing that I would note about all of these websites that I haven't talked about yet you see how these tabs have labels at the top some say the person's name some say just home some say the website domain well that's actually an opportunity this is your site title and in Google Chrome it shows up in the top of the tab Google SEO actually looks at that and so when I hover you see it's Henry to photography Seattle wedding and adventurer elopement photographer whereas here with Caitlin's website it just says home and when I hover over there it just says home so when Google looks at that there unable to determine what that website is actually about in the same way as if you had your information listed there so make sure that your website title is listing your areas and the keywords that you want to rank for so you can see some of these website do it some some of them really haven't all right let's keep moving so we had this guy and you'll also notice there's this little it's called a favicon and that's the icon that pops up on your website this is just the stock favicon it's not Nicks so I would consider putting up a in here or something like that so you add your own logo but that's really a small detail that not too many people look for and really is that going to make a difference for bookings I don't think so all right our next wedding photography website is lapel of photography comm is HTTPS which is great we've got some beautiful images right here and a nice logo in the center it's all one color that's great everything looks great as we go down here we've got wedding life style stories which I guess are different blog posts which is great it's a little bit much I would consider from a user experience I don't know where to click so I might make these bigger that might help with your design layout scrolling down here we have some more information on who are we it looks like they offer services in two different languages so they've just got that doubled up here you've got two wedding photographers and this is cool one thing that I would consider though is maybe capitalizing on some fun facts a little bit more personality because there's a lot of text here and it's a little bit less relational it's more informational and so we want to really create relationship with our customers that will help them decide if we're the right fit for them so I would consider updating that a little bit contact information we have a nice map here through Google which is going to help them a little bit with their location ranking and as we scroll down we've got Instagram and at the bottom we've got featured on looks like film so they've got featured on it'll be nice if they had a few more features but maybe they're just getting started so that's great adding their location information would really help down here and as we scroll down we've got a one-page website so everything is on the front here looks like the one thing that I'm not a huge fan of scrolling down is all of these banners they take up a lot of room in your actual page load time they're going to be large images that they're loading and so it would actually be better just to have wedding portfolio with a small image if you could or maybe even divide this in half so I have weddings on the side lifestyle on that side that way you have half of the image space being taken up so your load time is a little bit faster and again from user experience maybe make that a little bit smaller let's go to our contact page that's all there and blog perfect so it looks like things aren't quite optimized to load right here and I can't select post it looks like everything is in one it just long continuous feed which may or may not work for them but I do know that as I scroll up I wish that I had access to the menu it looks like I have to scroll to the very top to have access to the menu so if I wanted to contact them or switch pages I'd have to scroll a long way especially if I was way down here all right let's move on we've got the light and love so this is a great great image that we've got in the front here however it's very hard to see this little inter-site button as well as this logo the logo doesn't do anything and the inter-site is sometimes hidden depending on what image is showing up once we actually open it up this is a really simple website design and I like that um right at the very top here about Britt well hello babe she's got a beautiful write-up of who she is what she's about and then we scroll over here to our portfolio and we've just got a simple image slider I think if we click here and this is why I don't like sliders sometimes they just don't work okay so I have to click on the far right and I'm assuming if I on mobile I would just touch it so if you don't have a ton of weddings you can just put together a portfolio slider like this um this is an website that I actually selected because I like how simple it is and if you're just getting started this could be an easy one to create she's also got her publications wow that is that is something else I didn't not want to see you had so one thing that I would personally change is if I were a photographer on this particular website I would keep it to weddings or maternity or boudoir or whatever so that I don't actually have to see that if I'm not looking for it that might throw me off however that's her personality so maybe that's exactly what she wants only the people who like that kind of stuff are going to contact Brett I think it's Britt is that her name maybe ok wedding inquiry is we've got this beautiful contact form pretty simple basic contact me interesting so she has a separate one for wedding inquiries in contact I don't really think that that's super necessary but I guess it's because she's asking extra questions that she doesn't want to ask otherwise so that's one way to do it and investment we've got some information here on where she starts and I would personally add a button down here to contacts so I don't have to scroll up that's just a user experience kind of thing and reviews that's one thing that is missing on Britt's website is she doesn't have client reviews being featured prominently so I would add that to the menu bar I would probably also have those on the home page you could have them on top of her beautiful images so you can see again we can't find this enter site button on a dark image so that's great that's her website and not secure I would change that for sure as well as add her location information so she does say here born in Las Vegas however it's not really featured prominently on the bottom of her pages so it's not going to help her for SEO as much great we've got just two more websites to look at this second last one is the Wayfarers code I think this is a beautifully designed website it's a really great nice branding here I'll scroll down let you have a look so we've got some beautiful posts laid out so they've got lots of posts but because of the way they're laid out they're definitely more appealing than if we have a ton just in a grid format and again as should we elope section so if they're targeting elopements having a should we elope definitely shows that they are exports experts and provides people with some information and they can show off some of their little mints that they've actually captured so let's go take a look at some other things we've got Journal that's their blog about page meet your new adventure buddy so right front and center they're showing off exactly what they're about what they're passionate about who they are so that's really really great and we've got a nice say hey contact link right here some fun facts that's a great thing that you can always add to your website and at the bottom here just links to more work which is great and again I love that they are featuring where they have been featured right here front and center on most of their pages you can find it okay what would I change about the Wayfarers website honestly I think this is an incredible website and I probably wouldn't change much I think it was really it fits their style fits their approach and has personality as well as from an SEO perspective Oh here we go we're not secure so I would change that and I would add some location information we've got beautiful Asheville North Carolina I would probably add maybe a few subsets of that so different areas around Asheville and then add but available for destinations around the world so that's what I would do and last but not least we have Erica Brooke comm and Erica's website is actually probably my favorite out of all of these I'm not sure why it might just be my personal taste but when you first load it up you have this beautiful image and again we don't have a scrolling slideshow so it is a big image it's taking up a lot of file size when you're loading your website but because it's just one image it's going to be faster and as we scroll down here the first thing you see my priority is a photographer first and foremost is to capture moments that truly matter so you're starting to win me over from the very GetGo at the very top here because you're telling me what you're about so that's great and we've got just a showcase of some beautiful images here the best of her best and I kind of like that I don't have to scroll to find big nice images but it's also not so many that I'm overwhelmed so some websites when you open them up they've got 15,000 pages of images and I don't really have any other information her she keeps it simple she has probably ten here and then at the bottom we've got some separate posts that she's promoting her Instagram what would I change well she's secure which is great but she doesn't have location information on here as we scroll up and we go to meet Erica I think this is a really fantastic page yo it's me Erica just a nerdy girl with a camera so this is really fantastic again she's playing on her personality she's not afraid of being who she is and at the bottom here it says let's be friends and that links to her contact page so that's great people don't necessarily want to book you for photos services that there's no relationship there they want to work with somebody who is essentially a friend who makes them feel comfortable who they want to be around so that's really important so she plays on that again she's some more information on my approach I'm sold let's hang so think of ways to actually not just contact me but I'm sold let's hang how much better is that and how much more personality does that have okay moving on we have her blog which she's got some catered post she doesn't have 1500 different posts these are probably just her very best the ones that she really wants people to see so I would encourage you definitely quality over quantity if you have a ton of okay images and a handful of really amazing images show off the amazing images you'll do better every time so she has just a few great posts and then we have book let's get the star to make sure you meet the meet Erica page to make sure that it fits and again what I love is she's winning me over here if you're considering me to capture your story I don't take it lightly if you haven't read the meet Erica page where I talk about myself so she's winning my trust by saying you know what I want to work with you if we're a good fit so make sure that you actually read about me Anna I'm just more likely to trust her simply by the fact that she's looking out for me she's not just trying to get my business and that's it and we have here we've got what you're looking for different types of photography where is it happening when budget and I like that she has a suggested number here so this is probably where she starts normally which is a great way of saying okay this is where I normally start without necessarily having to list all her prices and scare people away so they can still enter in twelve hundred bucks if they want to that's just a suggestion I think that's really great where do you meet I want the details so that helps develop relationship and we've got Instagram how do you hear about me and tell me a fun fact so that's just one thing that makes it nice and quirky and her Instagram is on point so that's Erica's website what would I do differently well if she's trying to rank which I don't really think she is because for Instagram has you know 14 thousand followers I'm pretty sure she's booked pretty solid however if she was trying to rank for a specific location I would say she needs to add some information in the bottom of her pages I also think she doesn't really capitalize on showing where she's been featured so I don't have any publication's listed here no testimonials so if I were a bride just trying to check out this work and see what other Brides experience have been there isn't a lot of information there so adding those things in would probably do a big help to Erica even though her websites already amazing just having a few testimonials scattered would really help making sure you had some location information and some publications would be great so there you have it ten awesome photography websites that you can borrow from in your next website design whether it's the first website that you are working on or it is a redesign hopefully this gives you some great ideas of what to do what not to do and how you can work on your website to rank in Google and also for better user experience so I hope this video was helpful for you and you learned something if you did please hit that like button don't forget to subscribe and leave me a comment below I want to hear about it and listen if you are looking for more in-depth coverage of photography SEO what's involved in how to rank your website make sure to check out our full-length SEO workshop alright I will catch you in the next one peace you

Article #

Hey guys, what's up? Today we are going to talk about best selling stock photography agencies. So in other words, we are going to talk about money. So after the last episode, we received a lot of questions from you guys like: What are the best selling stock agencies? Where should I start uploading my photos? What is the best way to start? Today, shortly and sweetly we want to answer this question. So we did some math. Actually, my wife did some math, because I'm terrible in math. Really, horrible. So she did some math and we prepared a chart for you. What stock agencies have the biggest percentage and what stock agencies have the lowest percentage in our total stock photography income. So before we get into details, there's a very important disclaimer here, that we used data from last year to calculate what are the best selling stock agencies and we believe this will continue in 2020. We upload in total to 11 stock agencies and there are two surprises. One thing was obvious to us from the very beginning, but there are two surprises on the chart, that surprised us and we didn't know that, because we didn't monitor that for a long time. First let's take a look on the graph And as you see Shutterstock is a clear winner here having around 45% of income, of share in our income in last year. And this wasn't surprised to us. Shutterstock is by far the best stock agency out there and if you are asking us what stock agency is the best to start with, answer is clear. It's Shutterstock. But on position number two, there's a first surprise. First surprise is Adobe Stock. It used to be Fotolia before. Honestly, I thought that iSstock would be second one, because it used to be. But Adobe grew its sales a lot and now it's like 20% of our stock income per year, so it's a very, very, very good stock agency and definitely we encourage you to upload your photos there too. Position number three is iStock. It's owned by Getty Images. It's a huge, huge company. You know, Getty Images - we don't have to introduce them, but somehow sales there dropped a little bit. It's still very ,very good selling agency. But this is number three. Rest of the numbers you can pretty much read, so I don't need to do any talking here, but I want to mention one surprise here, which is Image Brokers. Why is it a surprise? Because it started to earn pretty nicely and this is a small stock agency from Germany and it's like a little bit of family business or something like it. We have a really small portfolio there. We joined them like two or three years ago, so it's relatively young portfolio to us and still it makes pretty nice, stable income every, every month. And you may be asking: eleven stock agencies, man! How do you do that? Do you have to put every picture separately and do taging eleven times and keywording eleven times? The answer is No. And we are already working on next episode in which we want to explain our full keyboarding and tagging workflow. How we do it not to repeat some of the things and how to do it so that you can really upload to many agencies and not do the same work over and over again. So, clearly, to recap: clear winner is Shutterstock. Definitely, we recommend to upload to the Big Three as we call them. So it's Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and iStock . Please stay tuned, so we can share all the workflow we have, how to upload, how to keyword and how to save on work and how to upload to multiple stock agencies to increase your income. This is Jack Sputnik from Jackson Photography and see you in next episode.

Article #

Hey guys, Ryan here at Signature Edits and today I'm gonna be sharing my top 10 photography locations with you. You got it. Because when it comes to planning a photo shoot, finding a great location can be the trickiest part. Especially if you've kind of used up all the spots around your town. I mean if you're in a small town it can be even trickier. If you're in a big city maybe have some more advantages, but there's also disadvantages. For instance, there's no nature near you. We're gonna look at ten spots that almost every single town will have that are my go-to is when it comes to planning a portrait or fashion editorial, or even an engagement or wedding shoot. Let's dive in and I'll show you how. Alright, so photoshoot location number one is textured walls. Honestly a boring old wall can be the perfect background because it doesn't draw attention away from your subject plus walls reflect and bounce lights, so your subject will likely get some backlight or wrap around light reflected on the wall. So whether it's a plain wall or a colored wall to add more interest just keep an eye open when you pass buildings and you look for interesting textures or colors or even a plain texture of color or an interesting light. For instance this wall would actually be pretty ugly by itself but because of the angle of the light coming down here it looks really great. Photoshoot location number two: industrial parks. So this is kind of going off of where do I find walls in the first place industrial parks is a perfect place to find interesting textures and colors and geometry and leading lines. All sorts of things. Because there's so much going on in industrial parks and because they're not kept up to look perfect and pretty. So here we've got... I don't even know, it might be a trash bin or it might just be a aluminum sided door. Whatever it is it's very interesting for photos and lends itself greatly. So you can find different lighting, different textures especially if you can get a big warehouse you've got some nice depth there to work with. Or even finding equipment (Obviously without breaking any laws or rules) You want to be careful about this but it can be a perfect place to find interesting photo shoot locations. Photo shoot location number three is greenhouses. So if you're in a small town maybe you don't instantly have a greenhouse in mind that you have access to, but almost every town I know of has some kind of a grower or a nursery for plants. Chances are there is one near you you just might not know about it yet most of these places have public access or if they don't you can ask and they will gladly let you in their name in exchange for sending a few photos. You'd be amazed what you can ask get just by asking! And why are greenhouses great? Because they have so many different colors textures and the lighting is fantastic because you've got really soft light coming from all angles because there's so many windows in a greenhouse. Photoshoot location number four is graffiti. So finding spots with graffiti. If you're struggling the local skateboard park is pretty much a sure bet. And again it's just all about color and texture and interest in your photos. Here I really love this guy because it's color-coordinated so you have that background assisting in the photo - it's not just random. In the same way these two are wearing kind of punk s clothing so it really blends with the background of the graffiti. Number five for photoshoot locations that are my go-to s is water. Pretty much anywhere with water. If you're by the ocean go to the ocean, if you're by lake go to the lake, if you're by a river you got it go to the river because you've got so many reflections coming off the water you've got different puddles going on you've got textures and there's something about water that is just vibey so find water and you're pretty much going for a sure thing if you have an ocean near you maybe you've got a harbor you can go to or a marina those are fantastic places both for interesting buildings and also for textures going on in colors with different boats and leading lines because you've got the symmetry of the docks same thing if you're even inland and you don't have access to the ocean go to a little marina somewhere you've got all the boats lined up and perhaps vistas of the city in the background you don't necessarily even need a lake or a river just keep your eye open maybe there's a puddle near the spot you're already shooting and you can get some interesting reflections off of there photoshoot location number five is rooftops rooftops are pretty much the sweetest thing ever why well maybe it's just because we weren't allowed but to get up on them when we were kids but even though access can sometimes be a little difficult once you find a spot they're pretty much quiet and private to the extreme you also get a view from above so it doesn't have to be a rooftop necessarily you can maybe even just use a Ledge or a high sidewalk whatever it is but basically you just want to get high and no I don't mean in like the recreational sense I mean high elevation wise photoshoot location number seven my go-to is find a staircase staircases are absolutely fantastic spots for portraits because they give lots of natural leading lines and often have interesting angles and textures going on so sitting standing walking up walking down it really doesn't matter you have so many different angles as well as action shots that you can get when you're on a stairway photos location number eight is parking lots so pretty much every town in the world has a park if not a parking garage to work with and those are fantastic places why because they're dry because they tend to be pretty private and because you have those interesting textures and angles and an architecture to work with so they combine multiple locations in one really you're getting a rooftop staircases an industrial setting interesting textures lots of depth and geometry and as a bonus parking lots are pretty much the perfect spot if the light outside is terrible because the light inside a parking lot is most of the time pretty soft photoshoot location number nine is any place that is broken down pretty much look for old stuff there's something cool about old stuff that's just cool so hipsters have already nailed that one as we know old junk shops or even pawn shops are fantastic places to just find old stuff and go around their photo shoot location number 10 head on in to nature you don't necessarily have to have a cool vibe a spot to take amazing photos you can head out into what God has already created for us awesome trees rivers tint bushes whatever you name it head out into a field and get creative alright so that does it for our top 10 photography locations that are easily accessible to pretty much everybody on this planet I hope this was helpful for you and it helps to spark some ideas when it comes to finding locations of your own just looking for interesting textures colors locations geometry places that are gonna have great light and just adding something interesting to tie in your photos and tell a story whether it's a textured wall industrial parks greenhouses graffiti water rooftops staircases parking lots pretty much anything old or broken down or a good old fashioned mother nature you never have to run out of photoshoot locations again alright if you have a location that I've missed please leave it in the comments below don't forget to Like and subscribe if this was helpful and check out our next video take care you