The internet continues to grow and change at a fast rate, and the demand for stock photography increases as more people build websites and blogs. Professional photographers who wish to increase their income seek out websites that specialize in selling photos. Anyone with a quality camera, an eye for photography and access to the internet can start making money selling their photos today.
Can you just whip out your 3 megapixel digital camera you got 2 years ago, start snapping away and make lots of money? No. Take some time to research what sells, invest in quality equipment and practice and you can though.
Photos that are sold on the internet are called stock photography. These stock photos are purchased by business owners, website managers and media outlets every day. Advertisers, graphic designers and authors use them too. There are many options when it comes to selling stock photos online and the market keeps increasing.
Can anyone make money with stock photography? Yes, if they are willing to do what it takes to become successful. If you can take quality pictures and upload them, you will probably make money. Each time one of your stock photos is purchased, you will earn a commission on the sale based on the particular website’s rate. This is usually between 50-80%. Stock photos can sell from $1.00 to $20 on average. Some may go for more, but these are specialty shots professional photographers would take. Although each sale may not get you a large chunk of money, it all adds up. As you get better and more prolific, you can earn more and more.
Does this sound like something you’d like to try? Read the following tips and see how easy it can be to get started.
Invest in a Quality Camera and Equipment
A quality digital camera is necessary if you want to take the types of photos people are looking for. Without good equipment your pictures will not be accepted by the sites and no one will want to buy them. Check out camera reviews online and ask questions on photography message boards for ideas.
Research the Most Popular Purchases from Stock Photo Sites
You can take a picture of anything, from a close up photo or a rose to a city at night, but even the best picture won’t generate any sales if it isn’t what the stock photo site and the buying public are interested in. Some photos are so commonplace, which creates too much competition. Study different site’s sales lists to see what actually sells.
Consider the following ideas:
- Business and industry
- Finance, credit and banking
- Medical images
- Weight loss, fitness and health
- Dating, marriage and relationships
Take Great Photographs
With knowledge of the most popular types of pictures and good-quality equipment, you are ready to start taking pictures. Take a lot so you can weed out the ones that just aren’t good enough.
Choose a Site to Sell Your Photos Online
To increase your chances of making more money, sign up at multiple stock photography sites. There are plenty out there to choose from, but it is a good idea to pick the top results from Google or another search engine. Those are the ones the customers will find first too.
Check out these stock photo sites:
- iStock Photo
Offer Your Photos for Sale
Review all the rules and guidelines for submitting photos on whatever site or sites you choose and then submit. Once your photos are approved for sale, you can start making money.
Don’t delay! Start making money with your photos today.