How and Where to Earn a Living from Your Photos Portland OR
How and Where to Earn a Living from Your Photos
Making Money with Your Photos
These are certainly the times where more than ever before our personal skills and talents are proving absolutely vital in the quest to earn a living. As people continue to lose their conventional jobs to the economic grind-down, many are now embracing their talents to make decent incomes – photography is one such talent through which thousands, if not millions around the world are earning very respectable incomes. Selling your photos may just be the thing for you regardless of whether you are a professional photographer or not. Provided that you are armed with a camera and knowledge of where to trade-in your work profitably, you may never have to think about a conventional 9 to 5 job anymore.
The photography industry is not new – it has however grown in leaps and bounds over the years, a fact that has necessitated the evolution of novel ways through which the selling of photos is done. Before we explore some of these new avenues, it is fitting that we begin by highlighting the ones that are currently in more use. The best starting point will however be an introduction of photography selling as a career.
1 The Basics About Selling Your Photos
You should not be in any doubt as to whether you can make a decent living from selling photos. Some full time stock photographers make as much as $9000 monthly, and that is by selling their work to a single agency. You will be glad to know that you can sell the same photo to multiple websites/agencies provided that you are not in an exclusivity agreement with any of them. The right industry term to use for such a photo selling approach is ‘Royalty Free’.
The most profitable photos to deal in are generally those that have commercial demand/appeal – regardless of the subject. Tourist-like photos and snapshots have no place here – what you shoot must appeal to highly critical persons including designers and art directors. If you are unsure about this description, you may want to gloss over the images available at sites like Comstock , Corbis , and Getty Images .
Some of the other prerequisites that you must always adhere to include, producing photos that are completely without digital noise, and photos that don’t bear third-party brands and images or company trademarks and logos. If you intend to use recognizable persons, especially models, as your subjects then you must always ensure that the model signs a model release form.
A career in stock photography certainly requires that your work is top-notch. To produce such photos you need some equipment including a small but effective home studio, a two minute reflector, a DIY light tent, and a flash diffuser. More reading on these can be done at DIYPhotography.
2 About Selecting an Appropriate Photo Agency
Choosing the right agency to which you can sell your photos will involve some research on your part. Visit different websites and while doing so make an honest comparison of your work and what has ...