These Are the Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Stock Photography

Here’s an infographic that peers into the preference of stock photographers… at least, for one stock photography site. 

Ever been curious about getting into stock photography? It remains a major industry with a lot of photographers finding themselves dabbling in these projects on top of their main work. If you want to get an idea about the gear and settings typically involved in stock photography work, we have just the infographic for you.

What cameras do photographers use to take stock photos? Which focal length is most commonly used? What are their settings? Stock photo platform, and technical solutions provider Depositphotos recently shared with us the findings of the serious data analysis they did to answer these questions — all neatly presented in a clear and concise infographic. Take a look:

We have some pretty interesting results here — at least for Depositphotos photographers. Canon models dominate the top 15 most popular cameras, with Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 topping the line-up. As for the most used focal length, 100mm is the most popular, followed by 50mm and 70mm. Most photographers also shoot with an f8 aperture, 1/125 shutter speed, and without flash. Springtime was also found to be the perfect season for photographers.

How did they arrive at these conclusions? The team used the Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) data from a whopping 60 million files uploaded to their system by thousands of photographers. As we all know, the EXIF data contains some pertinent information about how photos were taken, such as the shutter speed, ISO, aperture, camera model, date and time, lens type, and focal length. Through this data, we can get an idea about the techniques and technicalities that are typically involved stock photography.

Beginners and enthusiasts who are thinking of getting started with stock photography will surely find the data gathered by Depositphotos useful. The infographic should come in handy for those who want to start practicing with tried and tested cameras and settings used to shoot the most successfully sold stock photos out there.

Since there are many websites and commercial platforms out there that are offering stock photo services, this could very well be a scratch on the industry’s surface. It would be interesting to see other companies do their own data analysis to give us another peek into stock photography!