Make Extra Money Selling Stock Photography

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make-extra-money-selling-stock-photographyPhotography can be a great way to bring in some extra money if you’re handy with a camera! Companies and individuals use stock photography (photos that are sold to multiple people) for brochures, books, websites, and more. The best part about it is that you can build up your potential income by taking more and more photos! I personally have made a little income, and continue to do so selling stock photography on Dreamstime.

If this sounds like an opportunity for you, keep these tips in mind.

Look At What’s Selling
Not sure what to photograph? There are millions and millions of stock images on the web, so it can be hard to figure out where to start! You may want to go to major stock photography sites and see which photos have sold the most in the last day, week, month, or year.

Also read: 4 Smart Strategies for Selling on eBay (to Make the Most Money)

Use the Best Equipment You Have
You will not be able to sell stock photography if you’re using your phone camera! However, good photography has more to do with skill than with the equipment you use. Don’t spend money you don’t have on a fancy camera. Use what you have and take the best photos you can and practice until you can save up for a nice SLRIt doesn’t need to be the most expensive, but high quality images mean images that are more likely to be accepted

Choose the Right Site for Selling
There are many stock photo sites, and you may only be able to contract with one. Don’t just choose the one with the highest commission rate. Look at one that does well in your niche, that has targeted buyers, and that has a long track record of success. Some sites will want exclusivity, while others are fine with you selling through multiple sites.  One thing to keep in mind is that it is a lot of work tagging and uploading images.  Personally, I would start with one company and go from there if you are successful.

Also read: Ways to Earn Money While Working At Home

Work on Your Craft
Photography is just like any other field. You need to keep working to stay current and relevant! Watch online videos on photography, take local courses, read photography books or network with other photographers to stay on top of your skills.

Choose a Theme
You may think that the way to riches is to take as many pictures in as many different fields as possible. But really, if you get well-known in one specific niche, you’ll have buyers coming back to you again and again. Find a subject that sells well and that you like to photograph,  buckle down and practice!

Have you ever sold stock photography?  What was your experience?

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