Put Your Photography Skill To Good Use By Making Money Online Selling Stock Photos

by Sushant Risodkar · 35 comments

Did you know that your skill in photography can be used to make money online? The photos you have taken can be licensed and be submitted on websites that sell stock photos.

The birth of digital photography and many of its innovations have made it possible for photographers in all levels to earn extra income and increase their experience in digital photography by marketing their photos through stock photography websites. This is a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts to fan their hobbies while earning from it at the same time. It is not just about buying and collecting high-end equipment but also making money and gaining exposure for their work.

Stock photos are pictures that are registered to be used by artists, ad agencies, designers and just about any individual who might be in need of unique photographs online.

Here in India, there is a good demand of stock photos. Let me give you an example. Recently, I saw an advertising campaign of MyFm 94.3 (radio station) published in the newspaper. After some days, I came to know about the fact that the image used for that advertising campaign was actually taken from an Online Stock Photos website because the company didn’t wanted to throw money for ad-shooting, hiring a model etc. and hence they opted for a smart way.

Have a look at that image:

The reality behind the above image is that it was taken by some office worker of his office pune for fun. Later on the so called photographer a.k.a office worker got an idea and sold it to the stock photo website i.e he earned money online!

Photographers usually receive a one-time fee for each photo sold. You as a photographer will remain the sole owner of your work so you earn more than once for one photo. In effect, the clients are only renting the images they have paid for in a stock photography website.

There are many subjects you can use for your photography which you can sell online. It can be anything that can be found in your house or pictures of unusual animals you have encountered in one of your travels.

The most popular subjects are varied and they include travel, beauty, nature, entertainment and many other categories you can think of. What is becoming a steady trend is that a lot of stock photographers choose to have a niche and specialize in a certain kind of subject. Photo enhancements and editing can be incorporated in your stock photography to create cutting-edge images that are popular among many independent artists online. Aside from stock images and illustrations, stock photos and stock audios can also be sold through stock photography websites.

So how do you get started as a stock photographer?

First, you must get approved by a certain stock photography website. Once you are accepted, you can start submitting your work according to their requirements. Some sites offer a flat rate for every photo while others let the photographers decide on the pricing. The payment scheme for every stock photography website is different from each other. There are sites where payment is raised once a photographer reaches a certain amount of money. These websites are the most popular among clients and photographers because of their cheap photos and attractive payment scheme for stock photographers.

Some of the popular stock photography websites are:

Before you sign up in a stock photography website, you should at least own a collection of stock photos that you can showcase to the website. The most popular websites have their own standards and only accept quality digital images. Before you apply, take a look at their featured images so you can decide if you work can compare to these. Abiding by the website’s standards will help you choose photos from your collection that you think are of high quality. This will spare you from rejection and heartache.

Final Words

Getting in is probably one of the hardest parts, but once you are approved, you can submit your work so you can start earning money. You should choose a website that you think offers the best payment structure and has a large customer base. This way, your photos have a huge potential of earning money and gaining exposure.

So have you ever tried making money online through this way? Do you keep taking pictures from your camera often? Then do you think this can be a great income source for you? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below…

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Aica June 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

This is a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts to fan their hobbies while earning from it at the same time

Carol July 23, 2010 at 8:55 am

As this posts title’s says, Put Your Photography Skill To Good Use By Making Money Online Selling Stock Photos, this is very true.

If you’re a talented photographer or even just an ordinary one, put all your talent and photos online, and sell it or all you’ve had as a photographer would be useless.

Thanks for sharing this great content..

James West February 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

I have always had an interest in photography, but never really took it serious.
But i have taken thousands of photos. I always have my camera with me, and oftern take photos of some thing i likes, or a beautiful scene.

I have never thought about selling them, but looking at this article has given me idea to do so now.

I myself have paid for photos of sites to use on a site of my own as its much cheaper than organising a photo shoot yourself.

Thanks for some great ideas. 🙂

Rias April 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

My nephew love photography, and I think this may be a good way for him to make some extra money.

Typhoon April 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Great to know that. Let me know what your nephew first said about this after listening from you.

Chamunda April 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

Typhoon April 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Great to know that chamunda. Can I know, what you liked about this post? do you also like photography?

Sammy April 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Though technically it is a great idea, but it is very difficult for a layman to earn money through this method. If you are a professional photographer or you are passionate about photography then it is a different story.

Otherwise the really money making images are of very high resolution, and every niche does not command equal money. Moreover if you are taking the photo of any human, there is a form to be filled up for getting their no objection for using their photo, etc.

Without all these formalities, it is really difficult to pursue this avenue of making money.

George Suarez July 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Photography is fun and a good way to earn as well. Businesses buy these photos to sell their product and services. If I was good at photography I’d certainly become either a freelance photographer if not sell it online but though I love photography its nothing more than just a hobby. However, it is also important to copyright your photos to prevent unpleasant situations.

Jawed@make money online September 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Hey Sushant, I agree with you that selling stock photos can be a great way of making money online with having some fun. This is true that the competition level is high but if you have the skills they will find you. I would also like to suggest online photograph sellers to read Digital Photography School by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net, they provide very useful information there.

Duy November 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Very nice tip Sushant 🙂

In fact, I know many people who have passions on photography. They have tons of wonderful pictures but don’t know how to put them to good use. Making a little money sounds interesting. And it can be a good jump start as well.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a nice day man!


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