How to Make Money From Photos?

@sdas86 (6076)
Malaysia
July 21, 2008 6:52am CST
Hi, Anyone knows how to make money from photos online? I read from some websites that a lot of photographers are making a lot of money every month from their photos. Anyone knows how to get started? Which websites are good to make money from photos?
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@rabi9634 (420)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I signed up with a lot of the microstock agencies before I knew any better. After like a year's worth of letting a decent size (a few hundred) images sit and sell, it only made a few hundred dollars. A good friend redirected me to Alamy. It takes longer to sell images, but the sales are incredible in terms of profit. My first three sales have all been for over $100. One sale at Alamy was more than 400 typical sales at Shutterstock or iStock or any of the like, and took the same amount of work to get the shots submitted. Funny enough, rather than having an image that sold 400 times (and is now flooding the market), you only sold it once, so it's still 'fresh' for other uses. I'm also now expanding my collection into PhotoShelter. Some other stock agencies are MyLoupe and Photographer's Direct, but they wouldn't touch me bc I was tainted with microstocks. Give the big agencies a shot before you devalue your work at a micro.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
21 Jul 08
Hi, I am confused. Is MicroStock a website to submit photos to make money or it is a collection of sites to submit photos? What are Alamy, MyLoupe, PhotoShelter and Photographer's Direct? Which site is the best to make money from photos? I know that some sites have low traffic and less buyers. So, we make less money. I hope you could explain some ways to make money and which site is the best. Sorry to ask so many questions because I am truly a beginner. I hope to learn more from you.
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@rabi9634 (420)
• United States
21 Jul 08
No problem. I was in the same boat when I first started. Microstock should be more aptly named micropayment. Shutterstock, Dreamstime, Bigstock, iStock, FeaturePics, Fotolia, 123 Royalty Free, the list goes on. These are 'microstocks'. These operate much in the same way that the traditional stock agencies like Alamy, MyLoupe, Photographers Direct, and Photoshelter do. The main difference is the pricing. Microstock offers their photographers the potential for massive numbers of sales. The catch is that you only get a fraction of a dollar per sale. Traditional stock is the opposite. You don't get a constant drip drip drip of sales going to your account balance. BUT, a single sale with a traditional agency is monumentally big compared to a microstock sale. There have been some pretty big debates about which is better. Can you make money with a micro, sure. I did. But, can you make more? Consider this: if it sold with micro, then it could have sold with traditional. If you're happy with more frequent sales at pennies on the dollar, try micro. If you're patient and can tolerate waiting a while between sales, try a traditional stock agency. My first three sales at Alamy added up to almost $400. THREE SALES. Now, those images are only going to be seen one time each. They still have value. It's not like someone else who might consider using them is going to see it used elsewhere and decide against using it again. Compare that to a microstock, where you'd need 1600 sales to get $400. 1600 different usages. The odds of having a buyer notice the image in use elsewhere is MUCH higher, making it far more likely that they're not going to use that image. Traditional stock just seemed the better route to go for me. I want a long term earning potential out of my images, and having them used hundreds of times at the microstock pricing scheme doesn't at all fit that philosophy.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Hi, Thanks for the great response but I am still blur about Alamy. I think I will try to search in Yahoo and then join it to learn more.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
21 Jul 08
hello,so many online you can join photo contest.i even joined it few months ago and they selected me i´m one of the best but the problem is if you join the finals you fill up form and they ask money!its sucks right?
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
21 Jul 08
Hi, I think they are trying to cheat money. I am trying to find great sites to make some money using my photos. I hope to find some. I know iStockPhotos, ShutterStock and Fotolia. I am not sure which one is the best and how to sign up to upload photos. The sites are quite confusing.
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@kianli (546)
• China
22 Jul 08
I know a site called shareapic where you can upload your pics and post them in a forum or your own webpage you'll be paid if your pics are viewed. Good Luck!
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Hi Kianli, Thanks for the response. I know about Share a pic but we need a lot of views to make money.
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I'm currently making thousands of dollars from selling my photos as stock. I have more information and resources listed on my website http://www.lindsaydean.com/sellstock.html if you're interested! I would also highly recommend entering online photo contests. It's a great way to gain experience, get your photos noticed, and possibly win some money!
@rabi9634 (420)
• United States
22 Jul 08
That's awesome trickiwoo. Congrats on your success. All I'd ask is that people consider a simple notion. If the images are selling that well on microstock agencies, what's to say they wouldn't sell with traditional stock agencies? Now, on that line of thinking, why would you settle for 25 cent sales when you could be getting three to four digit figures per sale?
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Hi, Thanks for the response. I visited your site, it is great.
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@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
22 Jul 08
Dear sdad86... My best suggestion would be TV news or newspaper websites. Your chances might be better there. Mind you, one thing....your photos a going to have to be damn good! commanderxo
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Hi, Thanks. I will try your suggestions.
• Canada
22 Jul 08
You might want to try magazines sites as well. cdrxo
@aprilten (1966)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
i'm glad i came across your discussion. i'm also looking for opportunity like this one. i'm going to check out the sites mentioned here.
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 08
Hi, Yeah, personally I feel that this discussion is great because I have learn a lot from mylotters. I hope you can make use of some of the suggested sites in this discussion to get started.
@DOMBIZ (3)
• Nigeria
24 Jul 08
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
24 Jul 08
Hi, Could you give me your email? I really hope to learn and get started fast.