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How to Maximize Earnings

The ideal move for anyone who is serious about making money through selling their digital photos is to submit your photos to any sites you come across. That way you stand to get much more exposure, and it also allows you to test different photos to see which ones people like the most across several different platforms.

Before you register for these sites and begin posting your photos, you need to know how to market your photos, how to make them attractive for buyers, and you need to know what photos to take.

Once you learn the process of selecting the right photos, and marketing them so that buyers can?t turn them down, you?ll be able to experience the joy that comes from selling the photos that you took with your vision, your passion and your own hard work.

So, what process should you follow? How can you make sure that your photos sell the most? It?s a tricky process, but it?s not hard once you get the hang of it. It?s all about viewing your photos through the customer?s eyes.

Next in this series is “Posting Your Photos Online”


Sites that Pay for Your Photos

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.

The next article is “Maximize Earnings”



What is Microstock Photography

You may have heard of stock photography. This is where an image is licensed to be used by a specific person for a specific reason. For instance, a webmaster may need a certain type of photo for a website. Instead of risking taking one off the Internet and getting into copyright issues once the site becomes successful, the webmaster decides to buy the image so that he can use it legally.

Stock agencies are typically very picky about who they accept as photographers. So if you don?t have that much experience, but you?re still excited with the concept of making money with your photos, you?ll be happy to know that an offshoot of stock photography exists on the Internet. This is known as microstock photography.

Microstock photography sites encourage professionals, amateurs and hobbyists alike to submit their photos for sale. These sites get almost all of their photos from individuals just like you, and they?re also known for their low prices. That?s both good and bad news for you.

The good news is that the low prices mean that customers are likely to keep coming back for more. You could form a long relationship with a client who loves your work and can only afford to pay the nominal fee the site charges for your photos. Now, consider if the same client had to pay hundreds of dollars for a photo. You may not see that client again after that, unless your reputation preceded you.

These microstock sites typically charge anywhere from $.20 to $10.00. While that may not seem like much money, it adds up if you?re a good enough photographer and you?re able to sell a lot of photos.

Selling your photos on these sites sounds great, doesn?t it? All you have to do is take the photo and the site does the selling for you. Believe me, this is much better than taking your photos and trying to sell them yourself. While you can make more money doing your own marketing and selling, you?re likely going to put in a whole lot more time than you make in dollars. It would be best to use one of these sites until you?re good enough to venture out on your own.
Now, let?s take a look at some of these microstock photography sites so that you can decide which one(s) to use.

Next in the series is “Sites that Pay for Your Photos”


Having The Perfect Photograph Like Winning the Lottery

Although it?s unlikely, you can always hold out for the hope that you?ll get that one winning photograph that takes the world by storm. You know the photos I?m talking about. These are the ones that either touch people deeply, or they?re so funny that people can?t wait to share them with others. These are the photos that end up making the most amounts of money. But taking a photograph like this is akin to winning the lottery. It?s not a safe bet, in other words.

The photos that make the most money include those taken of celebrities, funny candid photos and even heart wrenching photos like the one of the fireman holding the injured child right after the Oklahoma City Bombings.
While it is possible to take a photo that could potentially make you hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, it?s best not to focus on photographs like those.

Instead, focus on the photos that you think are good. Take enough of them and you?ll build a reputation. Get enough people to buy your photos and your sale record will begin to speak for itself. But all of this takes time to build. As long as you?re consistent, and you put in the required effort, you?ll be able to sell as many photos as you want, and you?ll make some good money in the process.

You aren?t going to get rich, at least not right away. You have to get good if you hope to make enough money so that you never have to work again, which, for paid photography, is very possible.

Now that we have that settled, and now that you?ve set some realistic goals, let?s find out how to sell the photos you?ve taken so that you can start on your photo selling journey.

The next article in this series is “Microstock Photography”


Get the Get Rich Quick Out of Your Head

It doesn?t matter what the subject is, someone?s figured out a way for you to get rich quick. They explain it to you in detail and they may even sell you an eBook or a report, or even a video, and you buy it, only to find out that the tactics don?t work. Do you know how many people have actually gotten rich quick from all of the get rich quick programs out there? Less than 2%!

And the ones that do make it have a lot of free time and a lot of luck. Now don?t get me wrong. You can make money selling your digital photos online. You just have to remain realistic about your goals.

Making money in anything takes time. You may have to start at the bottom, but soon, after enough hard work, you can make it to the middle. Then, if you?re really ambitious, you can climb all the way to the top.

Nothing is going to be handed to you and you?re going to get rejected (a lot) and you?re likely not going to make much when you first start out. You?re going to have to build a solid foundation, which is learning as much as you can about the trade, and then build on that foundation with more education and hard work. Eventually you?ll become proficient enough that you?ll be able to spot those winning photographs and that?s when you?ll start making good money.
It could take six weeks, it could take six months and it could even take a couple of years. But if this is something you really want to do, you?ll do whatever it takes to become as good at it as possible.

Of course, there are exceptions.

The next article in this series is “Having the Perfect  Photograph is Like Winning the Lottery”