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Can you really make money selling photos online?



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Can you really make money selling photos online?

I've been thinking about all the different ways I can make money online and I want to know what everyone here thinks of selling photos online to make money.

Has anyone here ever sold photos online and made money? Where did you sell your photos and how much can you earn per photo or does the amount vary greatly per site?

I know I will have to get a good camera and spend quite a bit of effort taking really good quality photos. Getting into photography has always been something I have been interested in, so it would be more like pursuing a hobby and monetizing it.

Can you really make money selling photos online?

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procoder

I've never tried to sell photos online, but yeah I'm pretty sure that you can earn money from selling photos as people love original pictures, and specially if you have passion to do it. The most important thing is to find the right place to sell them, I know that there a lot of websites where you can sell stock photos but I'm not sure if you need to pay to list your photos there. However, you can also sell them directly from your website, or even more better you can list them to pixelclerks since it's a site dedicated to graphics, so in that way you don't have to pay or to install any payment gateway to your website.




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Lynne

Yes I am thinking of that Procoder, I know I can get some really lovely images since I live in a really beautiful part of the world. My hubby just came back from a trip to the Kruger National Park and OMG if he had a good camera there we would have some amazing shots to sell. He got one beautiful image of an elephant and her baby... but it is not great quality because he took it with his phone.




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augusta

Sure,people are making money selling photos on Amazon kindle,Shuttetstock and foap.

All you need do is to sign up with the site and start uploading your photos.




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Cristian

I actually made a topic on this subject Lynne, I believe it was on Listing Docks, anyway for a long time now I contemplating into buying a good DSLR camera and try my luck in the photo industry, especially stock photography but I would also like to do wedding photography or other ceremonial related photography.

The only problem is: Good cameras are expensive and the additional equipment you need are even more expensive and they get devalued FAST because the technology is wildly evolving.




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Lynne

Yes good cameras are expensive, but surely you could start off with a middle of the range camera to start and then when you start making some money upgrade to something much better?




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Cristian

Well yes, but think about it, you are going to compete with professionals that already know their way around and have high-quality equipment. I would buy a mid range camera just to learn but I have doubts I will ever recover that money by selling photos online.




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Lynne

True, but I need a good camera soon anyway for some things I want to get done for my mommy blog. I will have so many uses for a great camera! Plus my hubby wants to take pictures that means he will get out of the house a bit and out from under my feet LOL




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idealmike

Yes! Absolutely you can! And many people do! Both on a small scale and on a larger scale too. And in many different ways! And for a long time too people have been making money selling photos and images online. Mostly stock photo sites. They've been around a long time and in order for them to get people to pay to use them they need fresh high quality photos, images and pictures of things of manner of different things that you can take a photo of from road signs to trees, from pigs to penguins, from doorknobs to dandelions, sunsets, sunrises and everything else under the sun!

I think we had this discussion a little while back when Cristian asked about Becoming a professional freelance photographer which was largely inspired by another thread on 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses. Some of those stock photograph sites have programs you can join up to and sell your photography to them. You can find more by Googling around for stock photo sites to sell photos to for cash. Which will also pull up some other lists of places to sell your photos to.

Actually this is a great topic! I have this one friend called Bill who's been traveling a lot and has a lot of photos he took of all the places he's been to and got up to and stuff. Like amazing waterfalls, caves, landmarks and places, beaches and sunsets. Many many sunsets. He has them all stored and locked away on his USB key. I keep telling him mate they are some amazing photos you've got there. You can sell those online to stock photography sites and make a killing from them. That way you'd be doing the world a favor and letting them see what you've seen that they've never seen before. And they'd do you a favor and give you cash for them too.

Not just that, but you can also sell your photos offline as well. There's a shop not too far from me that buys photos from you. Enlarges them then prints them and frames them for you in the shop. When it sells, they keep a cut of it and you get the rest. Of course, you'd have to declare that and pay tax on it, but some of them can go for up to £200 depending on the photo and that. The great thing about this is, if it sells, when it sells, all they have to do is print another one and sell it again. That means you'll get paid again for each one they sell. Not all shops and places do that though some only pay you once or just for the photos you sell them.

All stock photograph sites you sell them to online will only ever pay you for them once as well though. No matter how many times they sell those same photos to their users. But that's okay as there is more than one stock photo site you can sell them too. However some stock sites require that you have not sold them to any other stock site before. You have to know which.

I guess that's another post to do for which stock photograph sites to sell your photos too and other places you can sell your photos online! Can you really make money selling photos online? Of course, you could even sell them at Listing Dock or Pixel Clerks as well. That way, you can put a small watermarked version in the post and then sell the original. You could add extras for each photo and sell unlimited photos in just one service.

I'm still really keen on getting my drone aerial photography and videography business off the ground! There is a great growing demand for aerial photography and video. Especially by those in the events industry like wedding planners and the like. Or just anyone that needs it for some reason. But that can lead to other things and one in particular taking amazing aerial photos of sunsets and other famous landmarks and things and doing all the above with the photos. Can you really make money selling photos online?

One thing I'll say about this though, if you're going to do it. Make sure to use Blockai first to register your images to the block chain. That way you can prove you was the original owner of them as sometimes some people try to rip you off! Can you really make money selling photos online?

That's just some food for thought for ya! Can you really make money selling photos online?




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Lynne

Wow Mike, thank you for all these tips and information on selling photos online. I am really interested to do this, I never even thought of pixelclerks for selling photos. That is another excellent option.

I could do a batch of a few photos for $1 and that would be really great value for the buyers and a nice little side income for me!

Yes I would want to mainly target websites that allow me to sell my photos on multiple platforms, not just be exclusive to them. Although maybe the websites that require exclusivity will pay a better rate for photos making it more worthwhile to focus on just them that on other websites.

Thanks for the Blockai suggestion, I have seen that mentioned a few times already in posts here.




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amitkokiladitya

Selling photos is definitely a way to earn. There are many sites that are based on the photo exchange programs . They are interaction based sites where people like and comment on each others photographs. Though the earnings are dependant on the time spent on the site some people are able to make multiple payouts every month.




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Krisleen

I heard about an android app named, Foap. I checked a review about it. Photos sold there cost $10. It's fixed. They give you $5 for each picture you sold. The other $5 goes to the company. It's legit but not reliable for a regular source of income. It has been said that you have to upload thousands of high quality pictures for more chances of increasing sales. Competition is also tough there. I think the app will most likely be a good source of extra income for passionate photographers.




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Barida

There are sites that I heard about that are all about selling photos online but I did not have some time with them to see how it really works there. Will let you know my findings later.




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vinaya

I am a hobbyist photographer, however, until now I have not been able to sell a single photo. My photo stories published online have made money for me, but my photos do not have buyers yet. However, I have friends who are earning quite well-selling photographs online. They are selling photographs in two different marketplaces:
stock photography website
Digital marketplace
On these websites, the photographer will earn when someone downloads the picture. Good thing is you can set your own price.
The site I can refer is Fine Art America. Here you can sell your photos in various formats.




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