If you like photography then a great way to earn some extra money is by selling stock photos. Whether you are a professional or an amateur this is a great choice to supplement your income.
Making money by selling stock photos is something that I am fairly new to. I never knew that people would want to purchase stock photos until I started blogging. There is definitely money that can be made by selling pictures. Selling stock photos is very common online, and I am frequently on these websites purchasing pictures.
What are stock photos? Basically, stock photos are pictures that can be used by websites, blogs, graphic designers and many other people who require particular images for a post, or to complete a job. So, for example, say you took a beautiful landscape photo that you know you will not be using for anything. You can sell that photo online and make money for allowing someone else to use it for their website or work.
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As a blogger, I am constantly looking for stock images that fit within my content. I do not have the time to take my own pictures for every single post that I do, so it is imperative that I can find a stock image to purchase online. Stock photo websites are sites that actually host a myriad of high-quality images from people. These websites sell these pictures for a small amount or royalty to the site owners. Depending on the license it can be sold over and over to numerous people.
How to Make Money Selling Stock Photos:
Getting started selling stock photos is very simple. All you need to do is sign-up with a FREE stock photo website and become a contributor. Some sites may ask to see samples of your work before approving your account, or have you take a written exam to make sure you understand their policies. You must be 18 years or older to have an account. Before signing-up make sure you have taken high-quality photos. Stock photo websites will sell your photo in different sizes so you want to make sure that the photo is clear and an ideal image. There are a TON of stock photo websites, here are a few you can check out to start selling stock photos.
iStock – They will pay a contributor a base royalty of 15% for each file downloaded with iStock. As an exclusive contributor you can earn up to 45%.
Bigstock – This site will pay based upon the customer’s selection of payment plan and the size of the file downloaded. You can potentially earn 30% of the amount received per partner sale.
Deposit Photos – Depending on the level of contributor you are on this site your income per photo will vary.
Be sure to read through each site’s terms and policies before getting started. They offer different types of royalties and subscriptions to their buyers so you need to make sure you understand how your image will be sold.
Taking unique photos could really effect your earnings potential. If you scan through the images on these websites you will see which ones are being sold more often than others. Take note of what sells and what does not sell. You do not want to waste time taking pictures that will not earn you the money you are expecting.
Selling stock photos is a fun way to earn extra income especially if you love photography. If you do not already have a DSLR camera I would not recommend going out to purchase one just or the sake of selling stock photos. You do not want to invest a lot of money to get started. This is a nice side job that you can do if you already have the equipment.
Have you ever tried to make money selling stock photos, please share your experience in the comments below.