Discover These Tips For Selling Stock Photos Online Through A
You can make money selling stock photos online by selling the license
to use your photography.
Stock photography is basically any image that someone else such as a
magazine, book publisher, advertising agency, greeting card company or
other entity might want to purchase to use in or create their own end
For instance, greeting card companies need images to put on their
cards. Advertising agencies need photographs or elements they can
incorporate in print and online media and magazine and book publishers
use photographs for editorial use.
So if you are able to take good quality photographs of subjects or
scenes, these entities can typically use, you have a good chance of
selling some of them. You can also sell the rights to use them in a
particular capacity and you can do this online working from your home
Stage 1 - Selling Stock Photos - Taking The Photos
The first criterion is that stock photos must be high quality
photography. The lighting needs to be good, the image free from clutter
and unnecessary elements and generally the simpler the concept, the
better the chance that the photograph will be used or purchased more
frequently. For instance, you could create a collection of stock photos
You might have an image of a baby being bathed in a baby bathtub with a
rubber ducky to start out. That image will be more popular and sell
more frequently if it is isolated from any background elements or
photographed on a plain well-lit white background versus if the
photograph were simply taken in someone's kitchen.
You will also increase the likelihood that you'll sell this type of
stock photo if you also offer images of related items photographed
individually, such as a rubber ducky, the baby, the soap bubbles, the
baby powder container, the towel, etc. But again, quality is key when
selling stock photos. Other options include royalty free agencies to
increase your profile.
Photos must be clear, crisp, free from noise and other distractions and
of high resolution. Some of the most commonly purchased stock photos
are photos of everyday
people doing everyday things.
But take note that in order to successfully sell photographs that
contain a living subject as a stock photo, such as a person or a pet,
you need to obtain a model release or property release from the adult
subject, the parent or guardian of the minor subject or the owner of
You may also need a property release if you want to use an image of a
particular person's property such as an automobile, building or
business prior to offering it for sale as stock photography.
Also, don't use any logo'd or recognizable brand name items or
copyrighted materials in your photos. This could open up all kinds of
legal problems and implications and
agencies won't accept them. And don't submit family snapshots, vacation
pictures or tourist type photos.
Only high quality images that are saleable to a broad market will have
high earning potential.
Stage 2 - Selling Stock Photos - Collecting The Photos
As mentioned, stock photographs often sell most successfully when they
focus on a particular theme and you have a collection of related
photographs. But again, only if they are of high quality.
You will need to group your photos and index them with photo names or
numbers and also meta data containing key words someone might enter to
search for each photograph. This makes it easier to organize and to
promote your photos.
You'll need to be meticulous about organizing your photos and labeling
them with the proper key words if you want to succeed at selling stock
photos, because you can only sell photos people can find when they are
You will also need a large quantity of photos to start earning money
with stock photography. Think in the thousands. Of course, each photo
does not have to be of
something entirely different, they can be based on themes and
variations of themes as outlined above.
But every photo does need to have superior quality, resolution,
lighting, and composition.
Stage 3 - Selling Stock Photos Online
Your photos will be evaluated by each agency for salability, potential
for lots of sales and accepted or rejected based on their individual
You'll need to upload them to the client's site according to their
specifications and then wait for them to be reviewed by the powers that
be. If accepted, the stock agency will notify you and you'll need to
an agreement as to the agencies terms.
The agency will usually set the prices for the photos and then display
your images, along with all the other images they represent, on their
website for clients to view and purchase.
When a client purchases the license to use one of your images, you will
receive a commission on that sale.
There are many stock photography agencies popping up online as well as
some that have been established for quite some time.
Each agency works a little differently and you will need to read their
specific terms, conditions and requirements for selling stock photos. A
few you should check out include: Fotolia, IstockPhoto, 123RF,
BigStockPhoto, Shutterstock and DreamsTime. Try doing a search on stock
photography online to find others.
Look at each of these sites and determine whether your images are of
similar quality and content, read the forums on the site, take a look
at the fine print including rights and commissions or fees, and select
one or two sites you like best to get started.
Submit a sampling of your photos to each of these agencies for review
to see if they will be approved and accepted. Some agencies may
specialize in a certain types or sizes of photographs
and you will need to determine which agencies are the best fit for your
Once you establish yourself with a few agencies, continue to upload
lots of high quality photos on a regular basis if you want to keep
earning money by selling stock photos.
Look at the trends to see what kinds of photos are selling and take a
clue from that. Then create your own photo shoots or opportunities to
create similar style or quality photos.
Stage 5 - Selling Stock Photos - Making Money
There is a great deal of money to be made selling stock photos online,
because many advertising agencies, publishers, and companies and
organizations purchase stock photography in lieu of hiring their own
photographer to develop a concept, which is usually much more expensive.
But it will take a lot of time, effort, organization and imagination to
set yourself up to the point where you can realize a steady income from
selling stock photography. I must mention again that the quality of
your photos must be first rate. Still, if you love to take photographs,
it's a great way to make money doing what you love!