100 Days of Christmas Savings: Day 78, Sell Stock Photography

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100daysphotographyHaving special skills really pays off when it comes to earning some extra Christmas money. If you have an eye for design and photography skills, you can make some pretty consistent money doing stock photography.

Stock photographs are used in brochures, on websites, in books, and anywhere else that photos are needed. They’re listed at sites like iStockPhoto, Getty Images, and Dreamstime (I actually sell images on Dreamstime). After signing up for the site, you can list your photos. People who want to use them pay a small fee to use the photo.

If you want to do stock photography without having to deal with contracts and license for models, stick to taking pictures of scenery, animals, and items. It’s all about volume when it comes to stock photography. The more pictures you have listed, the more money you can earn. If someone likes one of your photos, they may look for and buy the rest of your work.

Not sure what to photograph? Look at stock photo sites and look at what sells. If you branch out into taking pictures of people, just make sure that you have the proper contracts and releases signed.

I will admit, it is not easy getting photos accepted. But if you get a few you will probably be hooked!

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