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Passive Income: Make Money Selling Your Photos Online

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM


Do you think you have what it takes as a digital photographer to sell photos online? Do you think you can make money from your photography hobby? Most digital photographer hobbyists are now making money by selling photos to stock photography websites online. You can even earn more when you sell photos online to media outfits.

What is stock photography? It is the supply of high quality digital photos that can be used legally by media outfits and businesses to suit any purpose such as advertising collaterals. Nowadays, it is very common for businesses to use stock photo websites to find digital photos for their advertising. Some use it for magazines to complement articles with good quality stock images. Even graphic artists use it for their web design needs. This means a lot of savings as compared to hiring and paying the fees for professional photo services by a digital photographer.

What one needs is to become a member of this stock photography websites and upload stock photos that you think will sell online. Every time a buyer purchases one of your stock images, you get paid for commissions which are usually 50%-80% of the amount paid by the buyer. The commission varies and depends which stock photography website you sell your stock photos.

The usual fee is between 1 to 10 dollars for every sold stock photo or image. The selling price of each stock photo starts from a dollar to about 10 dollars and if there is a need for a special stock photo and there are less supply than the demand then the price per stock photo increases. When you think of the commission you get from each sale you feel that when you sell photos online it makes your images amount to nothing. But if you add up all the sales you get when you sell photos online each month, it can become a source of profit for your photography hobby and even become your full time income online.

Follow these tips if you want to sell photos online and make a profit from your photography hobby online:


1. Do research on these stock photography websites.

Try to register with the best and know stock photography websites to maximize your potential to earn if you sell photos online. The more stock photography websites you register the higher your chances for buyers to see your photos online. Be careful with choosing the category to submit your stock photo online, it may end up being rejected by the stock photography website.

Always make sure that you have full copyright of all the photos you sell online. It is to avoid claims and legal problems if another photographer make a claim on your stock photo.


2. Choosing the subject that sells.

Remember most of these images are used for advertising. Don't use your family as your subject. A good tip is to choose generic subjects such as common objects and places of travel which is a popular subject among buyers of stock images online. By doing research online, you will see which stock photos actually sell online. You can now recreate images based on a particularly popular subject.


3. A good digital camera.

It can be the difference of actually earning form selling photos online and being rejected by the stock photo website for not being able to produce high quality stock images to sell online. If you think you can earn from selling photos online invest on a good and high end digital camera. In the end the digital camera will pay for itself.

 Take thousands and thousands of frames to get the best possible stock photo from a particular subject. This will help you start making money and earn some profit from your photography hobby.


It comes natural to a digital photographer who loves photography to take a lot of frames anyways it is part of the whole experience.


Hope you learn something about making money selling photos online. Last tip to successfully sell photos online, you need to start shooting! Don't wait get started selling your photos to make money online now!

Do you sell your photos online too stock photography websites? Please tell us about your experience in the comment section below.





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