We are excited to announce our new contest partnership with Adobe Stock.  This partnership with Adobe Stock holds a special meaning for us as we strive to continue providing the community members with the best tools and opportunities to grow as photographers.

If you were thinking to take the plunge into the exciting world of stock photography, this is great news! Now let’s help you find what to upload to Adobe Stock and prepare your content for success. Stock photography is a great way to make extra revenue from personal projects and get exposure for your work.

1. Create a contributor account on Adobe Stock. You just need an Adobe ID, which, if you're on Creative Cloud, you already have, or if you don't, you can create one for free.

2. Look in your archive
Adobe Stock services the world’s largest creative community, including graphic and communication designers, advertising agencies, design studios, publishers, small businesses and more. So you can imagine how diverse their needs can be. As such, we’re always looking for fresh, original content from diverse locations. If it’s your very first time submitting to a stock agency, it may seem a bit daunting to have to create something brand new to submit. But chances are, your archives are full of eligible submissions. It could be photos from your family vacation or shots of your local farmer’s market.

2. Plan ahead
If you are orchestrating a shoot specifically for your stock portfolio, a little planning goes a long way. Make sure you have a good idea of the location, compositions and shots you want to take. If you’re setting up lighting and backgrounds, get multiple variations of the same set up and model so you can make the most of the shoot. Because most of the use cases of stock assets are commercial, it’s often helpful leave white space where the buyer can add text or other graphic elements without disturbing the image.

3. Read up on legal guidelines
Before you submit an image to Adobe Stock or any other stock agency, make sure that you have all the necessary legal documentation, learn more by visiting Adobe's Contributor learn page. If your image features a person, property or place that is recognizable, you will need a model or property release. This release gives you permission to sell your photos for commercial use.

4. Become a keywording guru
Keywords help customers find the image that their looking for. So the more accurate your keywords are, the higher your chances of your images getting found and licensed.

Adobe Stock's new contributor portal makes it easier than ever to upload and submit your files for sale. The autotagging feature will take even more work off your hands by visually analyzing your image, comparing it to our database, and generating the top five keywords based on similar submissions. It’s a valuable tool to understanding what terms are popular and sell well.

Sign up to become an Adobe Stock Contributor today!

Our new contributor portal makes it easier than ever to upload and submit your files for sale.