7. Do Multiple Takes
Coming up with interesting concepts for your stock photos is great, but some of the most successful photographers are those who show off their creativity using various props. Likewise, executing some of your ideas will require more than just your camera and the subject. Sometimes you will need to create a particular kind of background, mimic movement, capture subjects at odd angles, or even stage a scene.
A picture might paint a thousand words, but the same photo taken several times can tell vastly different stories by just changing the angle or shifting the focus. In the same breath, different users may have different needs for the same image, shot in a slightly different way.
If, for instance, you capture photos of a laptop and a mouse on an oak desk, a particular shot could be appealing to a blogger who is writing an article about remote work.
At the same time, a different angle showing bright light coming from the screen of the laptop could appeal to a company that wants to promote laptop screen protectors. Yet another shot could put the focus on the rich oak finish of the desk, and cause the photo to become appealing to a brand that deals in office furniture.
When doing multiple takes, it is often helpful to create a shot list. This is a list of different shots of the same subject or scene that you want to take. For example, your shot list could include front view, side view, overhead shot, together, apart, grouped, etc.
Most photographers come up with their shot lists when working out the main concept of the shoot. Sometimes the list is the entirety of the concept. Whatever the case, doing several takes of the same image might allow you to meet the needs of multiple buyers instead of just one.