Not only is photography a lot of fun, but it can earn you a few extra dollars if you think about it. Photos are high in demand, since not everyone has the time or interest to take excellent shots. And to be honest, not even the best photos make the highest amount of cash. No, I am not really talking about random pictures that you hear paparazzi making thousands of dollars, but I am thinking more about the possibility of selling your graphics as stock photos. Print magazines and digital sites are always on the lookout for something new and definitely a photo that meets their readers’ needs. You can be the one to supply that picture and earn a little cash in the process.
As I mentioned, unique photos are hard to come by. You can search online, but typically, many sites offer the same images. Website owners continually demand more, so that their sites do not look run of the mill. Hundreds of agencies or venues exist with the sole purpose to offer stock photographs for sale. You read the site’s policies to see how much you will earn for the sale of the picture and how you get paid, then you can register and upload your collection. The better sites have categories for the photos and if you can legitimately add your pic to more than one category, then the more exposure you have, the better for sales.
Remember, though, that website and magazine owners are not going to choose poor quality, so make sure you put up your good work. The best thing about these types of photo selling sites is you don’t have to find the customers or process the transactions. Of course, the site will take a cut of the sale, but it is worth it if you can earn a few extra dollars on photos that would have sat on your computer or camera doing nothing.
Here are five other ways to earn cash from your hobby with stock photography.
#1 – Create a Book
So many people love and buy coffee table books. Generally, these are volumes with pictures of a specific topic. The two reasons they are so popular is they are beautiful to look at and you don’t have to think to view them. There might be a small caption to read, but users can just peruse the photos and imagine they are somewhere else.
#2 – Turn Photos Into Prints or Posters
If your pictures are interesting enough, or depict a thought-provoking idea, others would love to have them in the form of prints or posters that they can frame and use as artwork. Look through your collection and see what you can find that is outstanding and different from the rest.
#3 – Enter Contests
If you look around the internet, you will see that many photo contests exist. Large companies like contests because they can get unique submissions that might be good enough to use in their promotions. Baby product companies and pet related businesses love to engage their customers. Start entering your relevant work into the contests and you might just take home first prize.
#4 – Begin a Video Channel
If you like talking and explaining your photographs, plus you enjoy making videos, you might start a You Tube channel where you can put together collages of your images or use them as examples for a tutorial series. If you gather a big enough fan base, you can earn money from the number of views your videos receive.
#5 – Solicit Professional Projects
A more difficult and time consuming way to make money with your stock images is by soliciting catalog companies or other businesses that use pamphlets and brochures. You might make a lot more money by doing this, but it is a hard job pitching your idea and getting the business to agree and pay you. Again, though, if you have the time and you like talking to people, this might be the perfect road for you to take.
This video explains why stock photography is so popular and how you can earn money from your photo taking hobby.