3 Ways to Sell Your Photos Online Which one suits you?
There are basically 3 ways you can sell your photos online:
1) Subscribe to a photo portfolio service online, such as iStockPhoto.
2) Use a stock photo library. Simply upload photos and just get paid when your photos sell. You will have a link to your photos, but you won't be able to set your own prices.
3) Buy some software, install it on your own domain/host and manage it all yourself. You have total control and responsibility and can price your photos how you like
1) How to Sell Your Photos by Subscribing to an online photo portfolio service
- Sign up for the service. There will usually be a monthly fee.
- Sort out and upload about a dozen photos. Only a dozen as you need to concentrate on what you are doing, look around the system, read all the options carefully so you can think about what is going on
- Look at what you've achieved after you've uploaded your first 12. Could you have done something different? Better? If so, change those 12 about until you are happy you know what you are uploading, what items you are selling and at what price
- Set yourself a daily or weekly goal of uploading new images and stick to it.
Don't expect overnight results. You can't upload 12 photos and at the end of it check your Inbox to see if any have sold yet ... then look the next morning to see and be disappointed that nothing happened! That is unrealistic. If that is all it took to make money then we'd all be doing it!
Photographers who make a good living from selling their photos have at least a thousand in their portfolio. That sounds a lot now, but if you were uploading just 10 a day you'd have that within 3 months. That's probably a very realistic target for most keen photographers. You've not only got piles of old photos you're sitting on, but think about all the new ones you will take now you have a way to sell them!
If this appeals to you and you want to get you started straight away, I've found what looks like a nice professional service. Try out PhotostockPlus, you can click on their advert on the right and gat a free 30 day trial, during which time you could have a look around, upload your first photos and really start to see how it all works. Having worked for a photographer running a photo library before - and currently working for one, I'd say that it is unlikely you would sell anything in that first three months, your portfolio won't have had time to get noticed or to have built into something large enough. But set yourself a target of 1000 photos minimum in the first three months and you'll be surprised at the results! You should by then be turning in quite a few sales a month. Although I know some good photographers who are literally selling a photo almost every hour!
In the next couple of weeks I will look at option 2 from the list above, selling your photos through a stock agency.