In today’s economic climate, finding unexpected ways to make money from home can make a big difference for many families. One of the easiest ways to make money with the equipment and tools you probably already own is learning how to sell photos online. To successfully sell your photos online, you need a decent digital camera and a computer with internet access and initiative. If you’re interested in selling your photos online, here are some tips to get you started.
1) Find a good stock photography site agency. There are literally dozens of reputable companies known as “stock photo agencies” and “microstock photo agencies” willing to sell your photos. All you need to do is create a free account with them and upload high-quality photos that you can sell to potential buyers.Different companies pay different commissions and royalties for your photos. So you should compare some of the best agencies before deciding which one to work with.
2) Build a diversified and broad portfolio. The more photos you own and the more topics your photos have, the more successful you will be in making money selling your stock photos. However, if you want to be successful, these photos should also be high quality photos. Your online photo portfolio should not have blurry or poorly placed shots.
3) Think like a Photoshopper. If you are looking to buy photos online, what quality do you want in those photos? Your stock photo business will be more successful if you can discern the characteristics of the photos that sell. Often times, the type of photos that buyers are most interested in are focused shots of fairly ordinary household items.
4) Do keyword research. Find out what kind of photos people are looking for online, then respond to this request.
5) Do not use human subjects unless you are prepared to do the paperwork. Human subjects require a model release, so you may find it easier to stick to photos without people at first.
6) Don’t give up. It may take some time for your stock photos to be properly indexed and found by potential buyers. However, with an established portfolio, regular photo sales should begin soon.