If you are very good at taking photos and you are looking for a way to earn money from your photography skills, shooting stock images should in your priority list.
I know that free stock photos are already on the surface, making it quite difficult for most people to sell their photographs. But you can still make lots of cash amidst the rise of free stock photos.
Before we start talking about how to earn money from stock photography, you have to make sure you have the right equipment. If you want to earn income from stock photographs, you can’t rely on your iPhone. You should invest in a good, high-quality camera.
I think it is better to get a camera like a digital SLR where you can control the settings. You should also get a camera that can shoot sharp images.
So let’s check how to make money from stock photo
- Build your portfolio. You should make sure that you build a robust and diverse portfolio. When it comes to stock photography, quantity rules. It is best to set a goal of how many photos you will photos you will upload per week, month or year. You should also consider all the commercial uses for your images and take advantage of all the connections you have to different industries.
- Never forget that when it comes to stock photography, generic is the best. You have to make sure that there aren’t any recognizable brands or person in your photos. And if you are using an individual or property in your photo, you will have to sign a model or property release before selling the photo.
- Use the right keyword. Think of your stock photos as your website. You surely want to make your site appear on the first page of search engines. So how do you make your site appear on the first page of search engines? You use keywords. So you should always use the right keywords in your photos. Adding the right keywords in your photos would increase your chance of selling your images.
- Microstock is not the only way to go. Most people as if Microstock is the only way to go, actually it depends on you and how hard you want to work. You can work less by using Microstock websites, or you can work harder and have more control of your income and images by selling directly from your site.
If you are a beginner, it is advised that you shoot something that you love. As long as you do your marketing well, there is always a market for anything. So have fun shooting and make money.