Photographers need an outlet to display their products so potential buyers can see them. There are many ways to market stock photos online and there are websites whose services are focused entirely on selling them. There are many stock photography websites that sell photos without royalty, which is the preferred method for many picture-takers as well as the companies or individuals that would be buying them. Royalty free photos are cost effective for the buyers because they are much cheaper and they can choose to pay different rates for a photo for different qualities, and also beneficial for the photographer himself because you can sell the pictures again and again.
You will earn a lot by selling stock photos but it is more of a sideline than a main job. Still, the residual income that you will get is definitely not something to ignore, plus if photography is already your hobby, then you can also turn it into a successful career. Of course, there are many factors that will affect your sales and you must take note of them and improve upon your previous works to increase the money that you are earning with this kind of job. You have to know what pictures other people would want to buy. Personal pictures of you and your family are great for capturing moments and reminiscing at a later date but they may not fare well if you are going to sell them online. Stock photos tend to have niche like sports, animals, nature, and more, and you should label your pictures and add tags that could increase the chances of it being found in search engines. If you want to know what kind of pictures are in demand at the moment, you can visit stock photography websites and see which ones are downloaded the most.
There are many websites available where you can sign up and work as a contributor where you can upload the images for other people to view. Be sure to read the guidelines to know the rules for having your photos accepted in their sites. You might first be asked to submit sample images before you are accepted as a contributor so you might want to submit your photos with the best quality in highest resolution. A contract is formed when you are already working for a stock photography website so you have to be aware of who own the copyrights to the pictures. You still own your photos even after you sell them but sometimes, the pictures that you have already submitted to a site cannot be used in another. Also, be in the know of how long the pictures stay in the website before they are taken away, and how much will you get paid for each photo that is bought. Earnings for a picture could range from a few cents to a few dollars depending on the numbers sold and the image sizes acquired by the buyer. While these numbers may sound small, be reminded that you can resell your photos over and over again so over time, you are sure to get a appreciable amount.
You can’t be sure that your photos are going to be accepted though because there is chance for rejection. Your photo may not be accepted for reasons like; bad quality, too many similar images that are already available on the website, and many other factors. But don’t worry because as you progress with your photography skills, websites will be more accepting of your work. To make your pictures more accessible, you can also add keywords into your photos so they will turn up in the search results but you have to keep them broad and definitive as well as related to the picture or moderators might just remove them later.