Author: Peter Sawyer
As a photographer, I’m asked one question over and over again. How do I make money from photography? I would say almost everyone I know owns a camera in one form or another, but only very few of them have found a way to turn a profit from their photos. Today we’re going to suggest a few quick ideas you might not have tried before!
Shoot and Sell Stock Photography
Taking stock photos has never been easier. The principal being simply go out and shoot high-quality photos, upload them to a stock website and then wait for people to buy them (for use in magazines, websites, design – you name it).
People are after all different types of stock images – from textures to fashion models. My advice would be to shoot one particular style of stock and become good at what you do. Trying to sell a random mix is often difficult, as my fellow friends have found. When people view your images, they often look for a collection of the same kind.
If you are thinking about selling stock as a complete beginner, you might be frustrated at first. Many stock photo websites have a high standard, and you may need to brush up on various aspects of your photography before you start seeing success!
Good sites to sell stock photography include:
- iStockPhoto – One of the best known stock websites, although you have to reach certain criteria to be accepted
- Getty Images – Sells a high range of different styles of stocks – very pro!
- Jupiter images – One of the leading stock sites at the current time.
- Fotolia – Very popular, but with thousands of images, yours can easily be hidden.
Market Your Images as Prints
Putting your prints up for sale can be really easy. The hard part is getting people to purchase them!
To begin with you could try and upload your images to a printing website, and then just hope someone will stop by and purchase one. If this happens, the website you upload them to will often take a chunk of the profit. In return, they deal with all the printing and posting of the end product. It’s easy to do, but the returns can be minimal.
A few sites to explore for this are:
- Red Bubble – An attractive website with growing popularity
- Imagekind.com – One of the biggest print websites online
- Picasso Mio – Showcase to 200,000 monthly visitors with free unlimited uploading
Secondly, you could print your own images and then attempt to sell them straight to the customer (or get a local gallery to sell your images on your behalf). This takes more time, but is likely to have a higher success rate. Remember to sell prints which people would want in their houses – a photo of your cat or dog probably isn’t the way to go!