The value of a picture is determined by the price potential buyers are willing to pay. In order to get the best possible price you should always bear in mind following question: Is it newsworthy?
We Sell News
At sellnews.com, we are looking for news photos and videos from professionals as well as amateurs. This sets us apart from traditional stock agencies, who sell photos which are commonly used for commercial purposes.
However, the definition of the term “news” is very wide-ranging and covers everything from pictures of a flooded street, the film premiere of a blockbuster movie, politicians shaking hands, or, in some cases, just cute animals. To get a real understanding of what news agencies want and need it is advisable to watch and read the news.
Here Are the 5 Essentials for A “Big Hit”
News implies new – Time is the most important factor when it comes to news. No one wants a photo of an event that happened over 24 hours ago, especially now that nearly everybody is reading news in real time via mobile devices. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Sometimes footage of a past event can shed a different light on a current issue, and often the demand for photos of a certain celebrity grows rapidly after a scandal.
Exclusivity – Being the only person who was there when XYZ happened puts you in a strong position. Contrary to the previous statement, in this case, it probably does not matter whether the image was taken 1 minute or 1 week ago. Kudos to you for having it easy!
More is more – A picture is worth a thousand words? Yes! Still, we recommend taking more than just one. Not only do you (and your buyers) then have a larger selection to choose from, but news organisations usually ask for all the shots taken from the scene since it helps to verify their authenticity.
Keep still – Whether it is a DSLR, a smartphone or an actioncam that you are using to take photos and videos: Move as little as possible in order to get a clear shot. Since you won’t be always carrying a tripod around, look for things you can use for stabilization such as a branch, a table, a wall, a post, your knees, etc. Anything can be a tripod if you’re clever enough.
Be close – The great thing about having a smartphone camera is that you don’t necessarily need to keep a camera in your bag just in case you eyewitness something newsworthy. The bad news is that, while convenient, smartphone cameras have their fair share of limitations. Besides being terrible friends at night (flash only works for short distances), smartphone cameras do typically have, if anything, digital zoom. Use your feet instead to get closer to your subject, but be sure to not hurt yourself or anybody else!