Tips to Sell Stock Digital Photography

by Benjamin Lehman

For many photography hobbyists, the next step is using their photography to make money. With the continuing advancement of digital technology, you can sell your photos offline as well as online. This is a list of options.

Digital photography images come in a variety of formats. For instance, remember when you used to visit the amusement park and they took those old-fashioned looking photos of people? The pictures looked faded but that was simply a sepia tone. With digital photography, you can do the same effect with your digital camera.

Stock photography is the easiest method to enter the photography business and be successful right away. The growth of the information economy demands photo images to complement all of the information that go in to media as magazines, websites, newsletters, etc.

Surf the internet and it becomes obvious very quickly. Most of the photographs looks exactly alike. This simply demonstrates that there is so much room for fresh photography styles. And, of course, you’ve got to practice and practice to get better and consistently produce quality photography.

First, understand how the business of stock photography works. On stock photo sites, customers can purchase pictures or licensing them for specified criteria. On some sites, photos are free to use when signing an agreement of use and including a link back to the site.

As a photographer, you will make more money if your photos are licensed as opposed to being sold. The one time sale may net you some cash but licensing will provide a continuous source of income off of that one photograph. And, many people can pay to license the photograph at one time. Through the licensing process, your photography work will be viewed by a larger audience.

Start by researching current stock photography sites. Find those that offer the licensing option to customers and also has an easy-to-navigate site. Begin there and test the waters with your work. In the stock photography niche there are smaller niches sometimes referred to as micro-stock photography

All you really need to do is produce some quality work. Look at other stock photography. What do they have in common? Are the pictures clear? Can you make out all of the features of the photo? At the least, your photographs need to be clear with the subjects in the foreground.

Your stock photo research should give you a pretty good knowledge of what is selling and what isn’t. Too often, in most photography, ‘sameness’ has taken over. Of course, stock photo companies know to sell what photo buyers are buying. And much of it fits within the ‘sameness’ category.

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