Now that you have a camera and you?re ready to publish them online so that you can make some money, it?s time to find some microstock sites to add your photos to.
You?ll find that some sites pay more than others, and you?ll also find a variation in the pay terms as well as methods of payment. Hopefully, this guide will help you choose one that?s right for your needs.
This microstock site can be extremely lucrative, but first you have to be accepted. The main complaint you may hear about Shutterstock is that they?re picky about who they accept for their site. To get accepted, you must send in ten photos and have at least seven of them accepted by a review team.
It?s important to understand how stock photography works, and you also must have good equipment. It?s not uncommon to have to try a few times before getting accepted on this site. But if you can get in, the income potential is quite high.
This microstock site has a proven track record and it gets many visitors per day, as well as many sales. When you submit your photos to Dreamstime, you stand to make 50% commission on each sale you make. The best part is that you don?t have to send any test photos in order to get accepted. So this might be a good site to start with until you get a little more experience.
It must be stated that even though they accept unknown photographers, they do check all of the images they receive and they will reject any photos that they deem are of a lower quality.
Fotolia is sort of new on the microstock scene. They are quickly gaining popularity, however, and they have customers that span the globe. Fotolia isn?t known for its high commissions but your prices can go up once you gain through the ranks and get more sales.
The single most heard complaint about Fotolia, besides their long upload time, is the fact that they have a blacklist which includes all photos they no longer need. If you shoot a lot of horse photos, for instance, you may find that the site is saturated with them and that horses are now on that list.
Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Fotolia are the main microstock sites that most people use to successfully sell their photos. However, new sites are popping up all the time.
When choosing a site, make sure you?re dealing with a legitimate site. Whenever something becomes popular on the Internet, such as making money by taking digital photos, it seems that crooks and scam artists can?t wait to capitalize on poor, unwitting individuals who just want to make a few bucks using their passion and talent.
So check out all the sites you?re considering before you register. Check user reviews, really look at the site?s operations and make sure you will be paid when your photos do indeed sell.
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