How to Make Money with Stock Photography

If you are looking for a way to make some extra cash for your photographs, look no further than microstock websites. Microstock websites charge customers for the use of stock imagery and these payments are then passed on to the photographers who took the pictures.

Typically, the agency that runs the website is the mediator between the photographer and the client. The website offers a huge library of images and users can search for keyword or even a specific color scheme in order to find the photo that they would like to use.

It may seem like only professional photographers can shoot these types of photos, but with a little bit of persistence and the right equipment almost any photographer will be able to turn their hobby into a profitable business.

If you want to try to earn an extra income by selling stock photographs, here are a few tips and articles to help getting started.

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Find the Popular Shot

Stock photography will never be the cool aspect of photography. It is common to see many photos that quickly become cliche because they are used so often as new photographers try to replicate the feel and look of the best selling images.

In order to find a popular image that you can sell well you will need to find an image that consumers relate to. It is also important to make sure that you convey messages in a way that is realistic. A positive message will generally also help improve an image’s popularity among buyers.

Building a Portfolio

If you want to make money with stock photography it is essential to build a robust and diverse portfolio. It is a good idea to set a goal of how many photographs you want to upload on a microstock website. Choose a weekly or monthly goal and make sure that you meet it. A lofty, but recommended goal is about 150 to 200 images each month. The more photos that you can upload when you are getting started, the better.

Keep it Generic

Remember, when selling stock photos there cannot be any brands in your photograph. In addition, if you are using people or a property in your photo you will need to have a model or property release signed before the photo can be sold. The best thing to remember when taking stock photos is to keep it simple.

Other Selling Options

In addition to using microstock websites to sell stock photos, it is also possible to sell your stock photos directly from your website. This will require more work on your part as you will need to advertise your work and your website on your own as opposed to having it readily available on a larger website where people are searching for particular images.

Overall, purchasing a decent camera and taking decent quality photographs and uploading them to microstock websites offers photographers of all levels a good way to earn an extra income from their hobby or profession.