Make Money Selling Stock Photography

My previous post was a bit of tutorial type post and I must admit that it was a pretty simple one. Well, my blog is for the beginners only and for that reason I'm consistently trying to write about things that will be helpful for newbies like me. Though I hope that experts or advanced users will find my posts helpful as well.

Today, I'm going to share a simple and free way to make money online. Is it going to make you rich? I don't think so but this will definitely help you pay some of your bills. I hope you'll like this simple but interesting way of making money online.

Every one these days own a smartphone which is by the way comes with a pretty strong built in digital camera and other useful gadgets as well. No room for debate that mobile technology has changed the way we live. It has made our life a bit more comfortable and made us a bit more productive in ways that no one ever thought was possible.

Modern Smart Phones

Modern smartphones are more like a bundle of gadgets in a single box. Digital camera, mp3 player, mini video camera, flash light, digital alarm clock and much much more.

Now, these smartphones gave birth of a new click happy generation that tends to click and shoot anything and everything around them. Resulting a huge collection of digital photographs that they don’t even need to print. They just store it on their SD Cards, Hard Drives or on Cloud Storage services (free and premium both counts) like the dropbox, Copy, Google Drive, SkyDrive etc.

Well, what if I tell you that you can make some money with those pictures that are sitting idle on your SD cards or whatever storage device or service you use. Yap, you're right and no, I'm not kidding at all. You can make some real hard cash right at the moment and the best part is, you don’t need to spend a dime to make that money.

Yes, you heard me right! You can, right at this moment. I know by now you must be excited yet there is a bit of doubt on your mind. I don’t blame you and I’ll also like to remind you that you’re not going to get rich today or tomorrow by just doing this as I’ve already mentioned it. So, without any more BS...let’s roll it in.

You can easily sell your stored photos as stock photography and surely you don’t have to be a pro photographer to sell stock photos. I can vouch for the statement I’ve just made.

“Stock Photography”; let's you sell your photos to people who need them. Simple, easy and mostly free. There are plenty of agencies online that lets you sell your photos and pay you for your hard work, over and over as long as your photos are in demand.

Just imagine yourself as an owner of a viral photograph that you've just shot by accident. You’ll be able to pay many unpaid bills with the money you’ll be getting for that picture.

Now, I’m not a pro photographer and I suck at amateur photography as well. Still, I have managed to make a few bucks every month from stock photography alone. So, if I can do it, you can do it too(I’m kind of hoping that you’re a better photographer than I’m).

By now your head must be spinning and you’re already planning to sell some of your photos online. Nothing wrong with that but if I were you, I should finish the whole blog post first and then get to work. You know there is a saying,
“A little learning is a dangerous thing”
I hope you get my point. Now, lets look at the facts on how to start selling stock photos to make some real cash.

A Sample Stock Photo Image
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The Process of Selling Stock Photography

The process is pretty simple, all you've got to is to take some high resolution pictures by yourself or sort them out from your previous stock(most of the agencies don't allow pictures less than 4 mega pixels in resolutions).

Here are the steps to start your own online stock photography selling business.
  • Create an account with the top agencies (there are both free and paid agency services).
  • Upload your photos to your account.
  • Name it carefully, use the most appropriate tags so that clients and people could easily find your listings.
  • Sit back and relax.
  • Money should start to flow in to your account.
Not making you rich, I guess but making you a bit more happier for sure.

Where to Sell Stock Photography

Well, there are numerous places online that you can start selling your photos right today. I'm listing the top agencies for selling photography.

I should warn you that you’re not alone in the market and you’re going to face some serious competition for sure. But from my point of view,a little competition is always better as it gives me the message that there’s money to be made. It also indicates that the product I’m trying to sell is still in demand.

Another Word of Caution:

Every online stock photography agencies has their own set of rules, read them carefully and make sure you understand them. This will ensure your safety as we’re talking about selling digital photos that you own.

I would also love to add that every platform is different and to obtain the maximum paycheck, you’ll have to master these platforms first.

This post has already became longer than I’ve planned and I’m certain that I need to talk a lot more about selling stock photo. But that’s not possible right now, so I’ll be making another in depth post on the tips of tricks of selling stock photos online.

In the next post I’ll show you how you can easily make more money by selling stock photography. Till then feel free to explore those agencies listed above and I’ll back with the next post on “How to make more money selling stock photos online”. Take care.

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