Having your photographs published in books and magazines anywhere in the world can surely be a reward in itself.
But, wouldn’t you also wish to sell your pictures and earn some real money out of your photo efforts?
Well, I have good news for all of you looking for a way to get rewards for their photographs.
Sure! You can sell your photographs!
Digital photography, when coupled with a proper use of the internet, can help you attain one of the most common dreams of many photographers: selling pictures.
Finding customers, dealing with them, providing them with the right images, having them to pay the bill, they are all tough tasks. Ok, in case you wonder if and when specific prices fit or not some of your photographic work, you might want to register and take part to the Shakodo free photographic community devoted to the photo pricing matter. But again there are so many issues involved in actually selling photographs, that my personal advice is to concentrate into shooting good and creative pictures and leave the rest to people and agencies specialized in the commercial side of the business.
The (micro)stock market
Basically, all you do is shooting and uploading your best photographs to a stock or microstock agency website.
Once they sell your picture, you get your share.
Easy and straightforward.
Images can sell years after you upload them, and often will sell more than once. Sort of a flywheel: you’ll get revenues even when you stop making photographs.
Let’s make it clear, though: real stock photography is still a closed market, entering into which requires commitment, high visual attitudes and consistent photographic skills.
So, if you wish to start making some money with your photos, microstock photography companies (accepting images from amateurs and hobbyists) could be a better chance. Do not dream to earn significant revenues licensing images as microstock: this is unlikely.
Instead, think of it as a way to morally reward you, make your photography profitable, and perhaps let your hobby pay for itself.
Start now by giving a through look at my tips and tricks for better selling your pictures to the stock.
Place your images in photo archives
While not comprehensive (and in no specific order), this stock and microstock photo agencies list offers some of the best names in the market.
- Age Fotostock
- Getty Images
- Jupiter Images
- Stock Illustration Source
- Tips Images
Give them a through look and feel free to leave your comments here below.
But then again, if your are out to shoot images for the stock market, I suggest you read my page devoted to the best tips for shooting stock photos that sell.