If you’re an amateur or professional
photographer and you’re interested in selling your photos online,
I have good news and bad news. The bad news: Thanks to the popularity
of digital cameras, photo websites, and social networking, pretty much
everyone takes pictures now. According to one estimate, there are several
100s of millions of photographs uploaded to the internet each day.
That’s crazy, but here’s
the good news: As you may have noticed, 99.9% of the photos posted online
are clearly taken by non-professional photographers. They’re not well-taken
pictures, and they’re certainly not worth selling. So in the end,
if you’re a real photographer, the sheer number of pictures online
is no threat to you. You can still make money with your craft. The key is to step up your
game. You know how to take high-quality, professional photographs, so
it’s time to get to work.
A great place to start if you are not a professional photographer is Camera Career. They can teach you all you need to know to start your freelance photography career.
1. Camera upgrade:
As we all know, the craft of photography is generally more important
than the equipment used. But that doesn’t mean that having a high-quality
camera doesn’t help. In fact, since the photos you’re going to be
selling will have to be at the highest possible resolution, you want
to have a really nice camera. People are only going to want photographs
that show no pixilation whatsoever, so get a camera that lets you take
2. Get out there and take
pictures: There are two categories of pictures that people want:
- pictures that are
unique and beautiful;
- pictures that serve
When you take your photographs,
keep both of these things in mind. For the desktop wallpaper and photo
print markets, take pictures of interesting places and things. Go further
than anyone else, and get more angles. Use all your training and creativity.
It will pay off.
And for the online/web-design
market, take practical photos that companies will want to use. For example,
there are always going to be companies out there that want nice stock
pictures of the Sydney Opera House for their websites or marketing materials.
You can provide this service.
3. Sign up for sites:
When you have a substantial portfolio to put online, it’s time to
start signing up for sites. There are a few different kinds of sites
that will help you sell your photographs:
- Royalty-free stock
photography sites: These sites will allow customers to pay you for usage
of your photos, but you’ll retain the copyrights. On most sites, customers
pay a one-time fee and get to use the picture as much as they want,
but they don’t have exclusive access. Thousands of people could have
equal rights to the same picture.
- Rights-managed photography
sites: There are some sites that will allow you to flat-out sell photographs
to individuals or companies for unlimited use. The policies vary, but
in most cases, you’ll lose the copyright.
- Print photograph
sites: Finally, there are other sites that allow customers to purchase
hard-copy prints of your photos. All you have to do is upload your pictures,
and the company will take care of the rest.