Thursday, September 07, 2017

How to earn money from your photography.

At some point or other, if you are keen photographer, you may have thought about making some money from what can be a very expensive hobby. One of the ways to do this is to get into stock photography. Now, in case you wonder what all this is about, here is the Wikipedia entry on the subject:

Stock photography is the supply of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses.[1] The stock photo industry, which began to gain hold in the 1920s,[1] has established models including traditional macrostock photography,[2] midstock photography,[3] and microstock photography.[4] Conventional stock agencies charge from several hundred to several thousand American dollars per image, while microstock photography may sell for around USD 25 cents.[4] Professional stock photographers traditionally place their images with one or more stock agencies on a contractual basis,[1] while stock agencies may accept the high-quality photos of amateur photographers through online submission.[5]

If you think that your photographs are good enough, this can be a way to recoup some of the money you have spent on your hobby. Not many people get rich this way, but you can make an income that may or may not cover all your costs but could help to some degree in paying for your equipment, travel costs and internet connection.

One of the many ways to get into stock photography is via an app on your smartphone. In fact, some photographers only submit photos taken on their smartphones and that is perfectly acceptable to some stock libraries. One of these is EyeEm and I myself have over 1,000 images on their site (see image above). You can also upload images from your computer as well as from your smartphone.

As well as EyeEm there is also Foap and I am sure there others. You can also join Adobe Stock to sell not just photos but graphics, video, type and other graphic related items. Adobe Stock has the advantage that you can upload directly from within Lightroom etc.

Check out my premium images on EyeEm here.

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