Ten tips to make money with photography

Many people are looking for ways to earn money online. However, we are always afraid of some get-rich-quick-scams that populate itself in the www. Of course, getting rich is not as easy as growing some money-tree which make you rich overnight. Nonetheless, there are other means of clever techniques with a little bit of hard work to build up a passive income.

You can do stock photography! What is it you ask?

"Stock photography is photography or other imagery of common landmarks, objects, concepts, people, and events that can be used and reused for a variety of commercial purposes. Stock photography can be searched by keyword and remains catalogued until purchased by a customer."

It is all about selling the photos you take with your digital camera to agencies online. I know, you might be putting off this idea just because you don’t have good professional camera right? But, if you visit a few sites I am listing down later, you might change your mind. Why? Some of the photos sent by the registered users are taken with camera with the minimum of 5 mega pixels with 3 zooming specs.

How much can you earn? I think roughly it varies from 30% to 80% commission, depending on the website you’ve registered. It has something like if people downloaded your photo, then if the photo you make is $1/photo, so 20 people equal $20! But, if you sold your photos, you may lose all your rights on it.

How do you get started? Get a Digital Camera (minimum of 4 megapixels) and a Light box.

Ten tips to make money with photography

1. Look at the best selling stock images Fotolia,Dreamstime,Getty Images and Corbis Image. Note down the kind of images that you can easily re-shoot and use your creativity to shoot better photos.

2. Look which season or festival is coming next? For example, just before the Christmas Holidays, images and photos that signify Christmas / Santa / holidays / Gifts are sought over by every publisher. So, submit such images two months in advance. Now, is the best time to submit Easter images.

3. Describe your photos with relevant keywords. Again, look at some of the successful photographers on keyword suggestions.

4. Submit your images to more than one stock agency site. In this way, you could earn money with same photographs using different stock agencies. Refer to the Terms and Conditions of stock agencies before you do this.

5. Use bright lights, but avoid harsh shadows. If you use the light box, the light is diffused so you can shoot high-quality, professional photos.

6. Invite your friends and ask them to pose for your photos. People photographs are the highest selling stock photos. You need a signed, no-objection certificate from them (a model release) for using those photos comemrcially. You can learn about model release at fotolia.

7. Read your camera manual and understand the different modes to use it more effectively. Many professional photographers use simple Point and Click cameras because, they are the best to shoot close-up , macro photos.

8. Set your camera to shoot highest quality and largest size picture.

9. For every weekend, shoot at least 50 images and upload them to stock agencies. Always, always upload only the best images.

10. Prepare for rejections. In your early days, many of your images may get rejections for poor quality, blur, not having commercial value. Prepare for it, and always look at some winning photos.


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