I look at images. Seeing what kinds of images are being used is one part, the next is shooting images that have your own unique viewpoint.
Distribution is Key
You can have the best and most needed images in existence and if no one sees them, the images won't sell. Even ordinary images, if they get a wide enough audience, will sell. How do you distribute your stock photos?
You have several models to choose from: Rights Managed, Royalty Free, and Micro Stock. You can Google "stock photo forums" and "stock photo blogs" and find a bunch of them.
Getting a Rights Managed contract with an agency has become very difficult. In my experience, agency representation, combined with hard work and creativity, is definitely a recipe for success.
My Stock Photo Provider
Stockpiggie.com is a part of Templatepiggie.com. Stockpiggie.com is a marketplace that allows users to offer, sell and buy digital items ( photos, graphics, video, and audio) a variety of pricing formats and locations. The actual contract for sale is directly between the sellers and buyers.
New content is continually added to the Templatepiggie.com archive, so there is always something new!
All graphics and files provided on Stockpiggie.com come with the right to use them in all types of projects. There are absolutely no additional fees beyond the price which you pay in our market.