Passive Income Selling Your Photographs Online

2016-08-21

Melbourne Webb Bridge Passive Income

Receive a passive income by selling your digital photographs online of your travels, hobbies, family, or anything else using various website resources. It has never been easier today, and with a bit of patience you can stand out from the crowd and be noticed.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself

I have been taking photographs for a while now. Actually, I have been fortunate enough to travelled a fair amount and live in several countries – mostly because of work. And I always took photographs of my new locations and of different subjects – covering as many as I could. This allowed me to over time quickly build up a wide variety of photographs and subjects, learning at the same time to improve my talents and above all having fun while collecting memories.

So how do you get a passive income from your photographs?

Let’s start simple – go through your photos and select the best 30 photos you believe a good friend would like to purchase. Then thin it down further to the best 15 photos covering a range of subjects. I cover subject like animals, architecture, food, landmarks, backgrounds and editorial (famous icons, people or events). The sky is literally the limit.

Most (if not all) digital photos needs to be edited with software (using Google Picasa to other professional software like Adobe Lightroom), by doing the basics like removing spot marks on the image, brightness, saturation, etc. Make sure it is not over expose and keep at least 80% of the original image the same. Remember – you can’t make a bad image perfect.

After editing your photos, upload them to various sites (more later). Keep a record of which site you have uploaded the image to and record the basics (accepted, if sold, for how much, how many times). I even keep a record of the reference number assigned to the image (for example the filename or site number given). This is only for my own record to help make better decisions in the future. Then you receive a passive income from these sites even while you are sleeping.

And how do I get started selling my images?

There are many places you can use to sell your images, from micro-stock sites (also called image libraries), to photography websites, even your own website. And if you believe you are really gifted, why not approach a local gallery. Another great source of passive income.

What is a micro-stock or image library?

Well, these are online websites that collect images from people around the world, photographers like you and me. Imagine how many photos are uploaded there daily, and each image gets approved or rejected making it a big challenge for them and us. The more your uploaded photographs are accepted on the first upload, the better your chances in the future to go through quickly. This is important – BE CAREFUL when you first start and only upload your very best whilst you are forming a relationship with them.

Here are some of the sites I have been using for over 5 years. Sometimes I even buy images here for my clients.

Sites accepting only exceptional (quality and subject) images:

  1. Shutterstock
  2. Photodune
  3. Dreamstime
  4. Fotolia

Site accepting high quality images:

  1. Depositphotos
  2. GL Stock Images (fair trade – determine your own price)
  3. Bigstock
  4. 123RF
  5. Pond5
  6. 500PX
  7. Canstockphotos

Lastly, sites accepting most decent quality images (good for beginners):

  1. Mostphotos
  2. Signelement

All these sites require you to join and open an account with no need to pay anything – only if you want to buy. But there is always a catch – a non exclusive contributor allows you to distribute your images to more sites, but you get a lower commission. Each site is designed differently, targeting a different audience – only experience will show which one fits your style the best.

How much passive income can I expect to start earning?

Your passive income will typically get between 30% to 40% of the sales price and the site will take the rest managing the images, sales and clients. You get payed a royalty that is often paid out into a Paypal or a bank account.

There are other more profitable sites that I have joined that pay out more than the library sites, so in the comment please leave me a message if interested. Get involve, dust off those old beautiful travel photographs and make some money from them. I promise that eventually the cash will start to trickle in if you persevere and improve your photographic skills and style.

Don’t forget to share and comment on my post so more people can learn and get involve by learning from our experiences.

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