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Should You Sell Your Pictures As Stock Photography?

por Doug Watkin (2021-01-14)


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Thinking it's time you started selling your images free as stock? Stock photography is in big demand and everybody looks to be doing it, unfortunately though, most photographers are going about it the wrong way.

The very first thing you must do is get clear on where you want to end up ...

Do you want a full time business? Do you dream about throwing in the day job and becoming a career photographer? Or do you simply need some more cash from your photography? Perhaps you'd be content to buy a new lens every now and then from your profits?

If you need the former, you're looking at joining a competitive business and that's going to take significant time, effort and you're going to have to invest real money to make it happen.

For stock photography you need to think about every aspect of your photography the quality of your work, the commercial potential of the subjects you shoot, how many pictures you have on file and how frequently you add to them. Quality, Content & Volume to be successful in stock photography you have to have each of those aspects absolutely covered.

If you happen to feel you may need to work on any of those areas, I'd counsel you take your time to work on them first. Take a short course to improve your photography technique, buy some stock photography books to find more commercial subjects, and then shoot constantly to build your catalogue.

Stock is competitive and sure to suck the joy right out of your photography if you try to start sell stock photos before you're prepared.

If you aren't out for a major life-change though, you really have more options.

Many serious amateur photographers place their photos with the subscription libraries and hope to make a bit of loose change every year but I honestly believe this is about the least likely to succeed of your options.

A number of these stock photo sites are selling photos for a greenback or less each, royalty free, so the photographers gets a few pennies for the sale, and the purchaser gets free usage of the image, for evermore. This doesn't worry lots of amateurs, but it has a huge impact on the industry. If that does not concern you, it probably should.

If things change and you decide one day to sell your photos seriously, every $1 sale you make is going to make it that much harder for you to earn a living. And to make things worse, you won't be able to sell and of those photos to high-end photo buyers, because you will not have any idea where they have been published before or where they might turn up next.

Generally you will find a better option for the hobbyist is to use your photosphotos as content rather than product, and free stock photo publish them on your own easy photography internet sites promoting affiliate products. For most photographers this will lead on to much better returns without giving your photos away for peanuts, free stock photo and if you one day decide to get serious about selling your photos, they are still exclusively yours to sell. Matt Brading is a photographer, writer and webmaster. Matt prefers to sell stock photos through the direct contact libraries: GlobalEye Stock Photo Agency and OzImages Stock Photography Library.

Matt recently published over-the-shoulder videos that show you how to make your own profitable photo web sites in a weekend!







Matt Brading is a photographer, writer and webmaster. Matt prefers to through the direct contact libraries: GlobalEye Stock Photo Agency and OzImages Stock Photography Library.
Matt recently published over-the-shoulder videos that show you how to make your own profitable
in a weekend!











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