Making Money From Your Photo Stock
We live in the age of visual culture where everyone owns a form of a camera these days and we all love to take a snap or several to capture our special moments and random interesting things.
Given the continued increase in demand for great photos for varied business and entertainment reasons, because as we all know, images enhance, illuminates work and drives engagement there is no better time than now to monetize those great images of yours.
Yes, the market overflows with other aspiring and professional photographers who are equally keen on selling their own work, but this shouldn’t discourage you, rather, you should see it as a challenge to excel in your art. Even if you never become a World acclaimed Pulitzer-winning photographer, the opportunities are endless and you shouldn’t give up.
There are personal steps and some renowned websites that you could look into to start with.
From day one, start treating your photo interest as a business and create a marketing plan. Create a portfolio of your work both online and offline. No, it is not a dumping ground for every click and shot you’ve taken but a curated portfolio of great shots that makes a statement about your work and regularly showcase your work on social media like Instagram, Pinterest.
Existing opportunities by creating your own market
Keep working on your skills and developing your eye as a photographer. Always look at the work of other professional photographers and continue to educate yourself through reading about the latest trends being discussed in this field.
- Put your best work online in your photo gallery with an e-store option to sell. There are lots of plugins on WordPress such as Gallery e-commerce that provides such options.
- Print a large format of a number of your best images, frame them and approach coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores in your area to display them for sale for some weeks. Make sure your contact details are within reach.
- Turn those great shots of yours into greeting cards for sale. You could make and sell loads of greeting cards with special messages on them, like ‘happy mother’s day, Merry Christmas, Bon Voyage… Approach shops around you that would accept such cards to sell at a commission.
- Consider participating in art gallery exhibitions or art fairs. You can share the cost of renting space by teaming up with other vendors at the art fair.
Existing opportunities to sell online through other websites
There are lots of websites that specialize in buying and selling stock photographs online. Stock photographs could be used in website design, blog posts, book covers, magazines, posters, newsletters, ads, and so much more and because of the high demand for high-quality photographs, this can become a decent income revenue for a photographer with a large stock of great photographs for sale.
The first step is to build a collection of photographs that would sell profitably as stock photos. Take a bit of time and research photos people download often on these sites to gain an insight on where the demand lies.
These websites offer free registration but have specific guidelines on what they want and willing to take, how to upload and tag your photos. Each of these sites has their specific commission rates and payments terms, so you should make it a point to read their fine prints and choose that which works best for you.
- iStock by Getty images
- Can Stock Photo
- Thinkstock by Getty images
- Flickr by Getty images
- Photos.com by Getty images
Some of these companies are big and popular thus might be more difficult to get noticed, others are smaller and might offer a better choice for a beginner to start with. Either way, these are all great options to sell your photos online and earn extra income. Now get snapping happily and do share your experience with us.