Stoddard needed to sell his photographs. His livelihood depended on sales at a time when photographs were difficult to produce and still very much a novelty, hardly the ubiquitous medium of today. Those very practical considerations had to influence how he photographed the Adirondacks. However, his unique vision did much to create the market for these Adirondack views, doing much to instill an awareness of the Adirondacks that encouraged greater appreciation. He captured the sublime beauty of the Adirondack landscapes, often combining it with a human presence.