Advances in technology have ushered in a new era of photography. Before these developments, only a select few expert photographers could make a decent living off stock photography, as the craft required extraordinary specialized training, top of the range equipment and ability to forge valuable and timely networks. Digital photography is the new era of photography, and it has almost wiped out the traditional stock photography from the market. Pretty much anyone with a decently good digital camera and some basic photography and editing skills can make money with stock photo websites right now. However, the photography and editing skills are not enough to guarantee sales. You must know and do the following things:
- Choose a lucrative niche to be able to make sales through photography websites
Competition in the stock photography world is so stiff that you’ll need to be at your best regarding taking quality and creative pictures to make substantial sales. You must also choose a lucrative niche. Top selling niches right now are technology, medicine, food, travel, nature, and business. Choose one niche that you have experience and expertise in and perfect it.
- Invest in a digital camera to snap high-resolution images for commercial use.
High quality is the greatest currency in photography. You can only achieve this level of quality with a high-end digital camera. So buy a top quality camera, or rent out one if you don’t have that kind of cash. If you’re not savvy enough to use digital cameras and take quality photos, consider taking a crash course on the same.
- Evaluate your stock photos at full size to alleviate the possibility of rejection by photography websites
Note that the top photography sites have strict submission and evaluation guidelines. So you must evaluate your photos at full size before submitting to these sites. Most images tend to be perfect when viewed at a small resolution, but manifest a lot of defects when viewed at 100% resolution. Ensure to inspect your images at 100% resolution before submission.
- Accompany your photos with brief yet in-depth descriptions and include keywords when submitting to photography websites.
Descriptions will educate buyers about your image and keywords will help with your image SEO efforts. For most photography websites, this is included in their submission guideline.
- Focus on getting accepted on established popular photography websites
Popular photography websites such as Getty Images, Shutterstock, and iStockPhotos offer the greatest possibilities for selling your photos online. Make an effort to get accepted on these sites. If you’re accepted, take time to build your portfolio. Choose your very best photos for your image portfolio. Also, consider submitting images for free to the free section. The free section tends to get tons of traffic, and that could increase your odds of selling photos.
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