Make Money Selling Stock Photography Online

by WorkFromHome on December 18, 2011

Using the internet to make money is not a difficult thing to do. Because of the internet, it is easier now to earn a living from home than ever before. The internet has also made the demand for certain skills skyrocket! Photography is one of those in-demand skills.

The internet is an exchange of information. Lots of information. That information must constantly be kept current, and images are part of that current information. If you are a photographer, you can earn money with your skills by satisfying some of that demand for visual information.

Stock Photography

Beautiful photographs will always have a market, but the market for stock photography is even bigger. A stock photo is an image of an every day item or event, an image that someone will want to use for advertising a product or service, or to accompany an informative article. Stock photography is also used to print packaging.

To be a good stock photographer, you will need a good quality camera that captures images at a high resolution. Simply use your existing photographic skills to photograph an item or event in an attractive, unusual way. Use lighting and photographic angles to bring out the best of the item. It will also be very helpful to learn some photographic editing software, such as Photoshop, if you do not already have those skills. A photographic editing program can fine tune your work, and turn it into the best that it can be.

Take lots of photographs and choose only your best work to put into an online portfolio. Once you have your portfolio ready, you can sell your photographs. Do a web search for sites that buy stock photography and read all of their rules on how they conduct business. Once you have decided on a few different places that you would like to work with, you will usually just need to upload the images to them. Be certain to familiarize yourself with the rules of the company. You would not want to have your account canceled by using the same image on different sites, if that is against their policy.

There are several different types of websites that will sell stock photography for you:

Royalty Free Images

Sites that deal in royalty free stock images will find customers who will pay to use your photograph, yet you retain all copyrights to the image. You could easily sell the same photograph over and over, earning money, while keeping all the rights to the image.

Print Photography

A website that deals in print photography will display your photographs, and when a customer orders a copy of one of your images, the company will print it and ship it to them. This works out well, as you get paid for your image, the company gets paid for printing and shipping, and the customer gets a print of the chosen image.

Rights-Managed Photography

A rights-managed photography site will display your images so that customers can purchase it. Of course, the website gets a cut of the purchase price, for advertising your work, and you will get paid for your image, when it sells. All rights to the image are usually lost once it takes new ownership.

If you love to take photographs, you can easily earn money with your hobby. There are many places on the internet that will be interested in displaying your work for customers. You can easily enjoy your photographic pursuits and earn money from home too.

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