By any chance, do you happen to be someone who is into photography? Maybe it’s just a hobby or something that you do on the side, but if you really wanted to, you can turn that hobby into earning an extra income. How do you do that, you might ask? It’s easy – sell stock photos. When you get a chance head over to Google and type in anything – it could be Penguins or just something random and look at images of Penguins. Some images will have watermarks on them and that means that they have been taken, and branded by a photographer that now has them for sale. And when someone purchases the rights to that photo, they get paid. How awesome would it be to have people putting money in your pocket just to buy the rights of photos you’ve taken? Pretty awesome, right?! Well, there is a way on how you can go about getting into that and here are the steps.
Build A Website
Although this step is mainly for any photographers who want to go the independent route and sell their own photos and advertise their own services, it is still a great idea to get a website up and running. Establish an online presence, get business cards and carry your photography business like it is a REAL business. Regardless if you have any material for personal sale, people still need to know who you are and be able to connect with you. If you already have some work that you’d like to list for sale on your website, awesome! List it for sale and you will want to get familiar with an online payment processor such as PayPal or Stripe and learn how to make checkout buttons so that you can receive payment and keep track and full fill orders.
Harness The Power of Social Media
There is a myth that comes with building a website and it goes as follows: “build it and they will come.” If you follow this advice, surely you will be in a losing battle. Just because you get a website up doesn’t mean that everything else will take care of itself. You’ve got to put yourself out there and the best way to distribute your content, brand yourself and to get people to know you is to harness the power and leverage of Social Media.
Utilize Third-Party Microstock Websites
If you’re not just ready to go independent yet with your own website and just want somewhere to start out the gate, it would be a great idea for you to utilize third-party microstock websites such as iStockPhoto, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, 123RF, or Getty Images via Flickr. You want to sign up for these resources, make accounts and post your content on them regularly. It should be of no surprise that you will need to come with some very, unique content if you are going to come with any at all. There is a ton of competition on these sites and you’re not the only photographer who is attempting to sell stock photos. However, if you truly take pride in your work and focus on producing the utmost quality photos, then it will naturally show in your work and you should have no problems with your creative and unique ability.
Conclusion: Into Photography? Sell Stock Photos To Earn Extra Income!
As a photographer, if your goal is either to independently sell or sell stock photos with a third-party, you will surely succeed if you follow these steps. The best advice that we can give is always make sure you put the utmost creativity in your photos as this will make you unique and it is the unique photos that always leave a lasting impression on people and earn the most money.