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How to Make Money with Stock Photography

There are a lot of demands for stock photos in both online and offline. If you can take decent pictures, why not sell it as stock photos to businesses. Stock photography is a perfect addition to whatever type of photography you’re doing.

To get involved in stock photography, you will need a decent DSLR camera to give you more control over the picture. With a DSLR, you can shoot a fast moving subject in good light by increasing the exposure, or still object in low light condition by lowering the exposure.

DSLR allows you to set the aperture and shutter speed for highest quality photos. You can use bracketing by taking several pictures right after each other and then choose the image of higher quality. You can also try high dynamic range by taking three images at different exposures by pressing the button only once. You can also use different lenses or two zoom lenses in the range of 24-70mm and 70-200mm for most of your stock photography.

Having great DSLR camera cannot guarantee you high-quality photos. You’ll need to read the manual and learn photography. The images you take today can become a major part of your income in the future. It takes time to build up a library of images.

The key to successful stock photography is to specialize in one or just a few topics, rather than shoot everything that seems interesting or popular. Your topic could be animals, sports, automobiles, old buildings, people in office settings, and so on. Whatever you enjoy to photograph, there is a stock photo company that specializes in that type of image.

You need to keep shooting as many quality photos as you can. If you only add 100 quality images a month you will have 600 photos in six months and 1,200 in a year that are bringing in extra income.

If you have 1,000 images and only 20% of them are earning anywhere from $20 to $100 monthly, 200 of your images out of 1,000 images are making money in the range of $4,000 to $20,000. The agency that accepts your images will split the revenue.

You can keep adding as many stock photos as fast as you want. The more quality images you add, the more money you’ll make.

There are many stock photo sites to put your pictures on for sale. Each company review images and either accept or reject images. You can search the Internet for stock photo companies, or start with some of the following:

  • Bigstock.com
  • Dreamstime.com
  • istock.com

You can also check out Stock Index Online (stockindoxonline.com) for a list of agencies by subject and contact information. It is a good idea to start with one agency and then try to learn the whole process.

Images of people are popular. If you photograph people, you’ll need a model release as long as the images are recognizable.

Agencies mention the list of photos they need. Once your images are approved, they will be included on your database and you’re paid for each downloaded image.

By Robert Stevens – 2019
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For additional articles written by Robert Stevens, see alliedpublishing.com/freelance-photography. Robert Stevens is the author of How to Make Money With Your Camera published in 2019.