How To Make Money With Photography

There are many ways to make money online with photography, but a popular and fairly new way is through Micro Stock Photography websites.

Micro stock is simply photography that’s sold at deep discounts. Clients are able to license stock photos for just $1 or $2, and photographers earn money each time a client chooses one of their photos.

Micro stock is considered to be still in it’s infancy, and some people feel it’s wrong to sell photography at such low prices. Particularly since many professional photographers invest a lot of time and money on equipment, learning, and photo shoots.

For the beginning photographer though, micro stock photo agencies can be ideal places to start. Since entry requirements are not overly restrictive, many hobby photographers with inexpensive cameras have already started making a nice second income from their pictures.

How Does It Work?

The process of making money from your photography through micro stock agencies is fairly simple.

1. Research popular micro stock photography agencies online. There are quite a few of them, but you’ll want to start with just one or two until you get the hang of things.

2. Choose your absolute best pictures to submit. Some agencies require you to submit 10 pictures for review when you apply for an account with them, while others only require three the first time. Most don’t have minimum requirements though, and you can start by submitting just one.

3. Your pictures will be reviewed by humans, and accepted or rejected into the micro stock photography site. If they’re accepted, they’ll be available for clients to “buy”.

Technically they’re not fully buying your pictures though. They’re simply licensing the pictures for specific use. Usually micro stock photography is used in websites, though sometimes it’s used in advertisements, brochures and other marketing materials. The photographer always retains full copyrights to their photos though, and is normally able to sell the same photos over and over again to additional clients.

And this is the beauty of stock photography. Once you’ve taken a great picture and had it accepted into a stock photography portfolio, that one picture can continue earning you money month after month… sometimes year after year.

Most micro stock photography agencies pay $0.20 – $0.50 per picture license, or download. This may not seem like much, however a good photographer with several hundred pictures for sale could make a nice second income over time, because it all adds up!

There’s a lot more to the stock photography business, which we don’t have room to cover in just one article. You’ll find expanded details about making money with stock photos in the books noted below.

How To Make Money Online By Selling Stock Photography

Who wouldn’t want to make extra cash these days? If you have the passion for photography burning in you, a career in photography would be a great idea! This can be a lucrative service business for many people. There are a lot of digital cameras in the market to choose from that can suit your type. But that was not what I wanted to talk about today…

First, let’s talk business

Starting a photography home service business can be profitable if you’re passionate about photography and if you know how to market your photos. There are many businesses who need photos that are significant to their projects but do not have much time to take these pictures due to their hectic schedules. They choose to buy stock photos rather than hiring a professional photographer, not only to save money but time as well because these photos are ready to use.

What is stock photography?

Stock photography refers to a collection of high quality images that are used for creative and business purposes. Stock photos are not photographed for a specific client or use but depict a more general concept. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved in stock photography. The buyers get the desired photo, the stock photography agencies get a percentage of every photo sold on their website, and the photographer gets the remaining percentage.

What do I need to start selling stock photography?

You need a high-quality digital SLR camera and lenses. There are a lot of cameras in the market with great features but you need a bigger budget for DSLRs. They are ideal but are expensive. Fortunately, when you’re in a tight budget, there are some stock photo agencies that will accept micro-stock photos from digital cameras of at least two to three pixels.

You will also need some kind of software for making adjustments to your stock photos. You need it to remove imperfections in your photos and to adjust the colors and contrasts in your photos. The well-known software used for editing is Adobe Photoshop. There are a lot of tutorials you can search that will help you improve your editing skills.

What are the guidelines in stock photography?

There are strict guidelines you need to follow when taking pictures for a stock photography business. In order for your photos to be considered stock photo quality, they need to be modest, properly taken, skilfully exposed and with high resolution.

These photos must be what your customers are looking for. You must be able to have an in-depth understanding of the markets and how and what to shoot. You must also know what images are regularly required but in short supply.

You need your photos to be of its highest quality. You need to make certain that there are no visible noises or grains in your stock photos. They need to be clear of smudges, and unnecessary background items.Where can I sell my stock photos?

There are a lot of stock photography agencies where your photos can be sold. These websites have guidelines on what you should acquire in order to make a successful photo submission.