Making money with your camera

@savak03 (6690)
United States
December 27, 2008 11:06pm CST
Someone on mylot referenced an article about real ways to make money using your computer. One of the things it mentioned was stock photo sites. Now I have been taking photos a lot this past year. I have learned how to create pretty good photos because as a mystery shopper a lot of the assignments I accept are audits that require photographic proof. Because of this I have also had to learn how to upload them. So anyway, I got excited about maybe selling my work and signed up with each of the sites mentioned in the article. Now, however, since I've had time to think, I wonder if my work will be good enough. I guess I am having a case of self doubt. So I thought who better to ask about this than my friends here on mylot who may be selling their pictures on some stock photo sites. Is there anything special that I need to know to get started? Do I need an expensive camera? Do I need to know a lot about cropping and all the things that go with that? I would really appreciate any advise anyone can give me.
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
28 Dec 08
I haven't heard of this earning option just yet, but it sounds like a fun way to make some money online. I know I would be interested, but I surely haven't a 10 megapixel camera, so I would have to look for website that has some less steep requirements for the camera. I do have photoshop so if that's allowed I could edit them and make them prettier . Thanks for bringing the idea to mind, I will have a look into it.
@savak03 (6690)
• United States
29 Dec 08
My camera is no where near a 10 megapixel but I hope it will do until I can afford better. Is photoshop easy to use?
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@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
29 Dec 08
I'm sure you'll do fine even if your camera is not on the 10 megapixel level. I've read somewhere that there's this guy who uses his Sony Ericsson K800i phone to take pictures. He even made an exhibit of photos he took from his phone and that phone is just around 3 megapixels. So i'm sure with your real camera with higher than 3 megapixels, will do just fine.
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
29 Dec 08
If you are using photoshop for basic things it's quite easy to use. For the more advanced stuff you can look up online tutorials that will take you through certain features step by step. I hope that helps!
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@agihcam (1916)
• Philippines
28 Dec 08
This is great. I have my own camera too and it has a megapixel of 7.5 so I guess it is not bad. I really don't know that I can make money from the camera itself. Thanks for sharing this and let me know if you got successful with this field. From now on, I will try to visit the above suggestions from other responder and explore more for this field of interest.
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@savak03 (6690)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Yes they seemed very knowledgeable. I plan to follow up on all they said.
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• Philippines
28 Dec 08
Very interesting way to earn money , I'm sure you'll do great. There's no harm in trying and there are a lot of way to improve quality of photos (if the website permits - as mentioned by a previous comment)
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@savak03 (6690)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I appreciate those words of encouragement. I am definitely going to give it a try. I used to live in a small town who's major claim to fame was all the trains that came through there each day. Everyday people from all over the country would come there to take pictures of the trains. I always wondered what was so special about old dirty trains and then someone told me that these people were selling their photographs. So now I might turn into one of those people taking pictures of old dirty trains.
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@my2boys (821)
• United States
28 Dec 08
I wish that I had some advice to give you but I have not heard of this before. I have a camera and I love to tske pictures. Let me know how it works out for you and maybe I will give it a try. Thanks!
@savak03 (6690)
• United States
29 Dec 08
A couple of the comments prior to yours had some good tips for getting started. I plan to follow their advice and check all the things they said out.
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@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
28 Dec 08
If the stock photo sites allow edited photos, then i suggest you install Adobe Photoshop on your computer. You can try ACDSee too so you can manage your photos well in your computer. ACDSee's got a lot of cool features (..the includes cropping). I'm not sure if you really need an expensive camera since you're just starting. A decent camera will do. There are some guides really on how to take pictures like for example, you don't need to position your human subject at the center. You need to place your subject somewhere on the side so the background will be complemented and will make your picture fuller.
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@savak03 (6690)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I'm not sure if they will allow editing or not. I think I read on at least one of them that they did not. I am going to print out the TOS for each site so I can read them over until I am thoroughly familiar with them. I had read somewhere about framing your subject to the side but I had forgotten that. Thank you for the reminder. I wonder if I can remember where I read that? The camera I am using for my mystery shopping is a fairly cheap digital camera but it takes pretty good pictures, at least to my eyes, and none of the clients I take pictures for has complained. I hope it will be good enough to at least start with until I can afford a better one. I am going to check out those sites you mentioned for editing and managing my photos. Thanks for the help.
@sixclix (677)
• Philippines
28 Dec 08
You're discussion is very interesting. I'm also interested in photography and this info is really nice for extra income. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays.
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
28 Dec 08
I wish you good luck in your quest. Unfortunately I am totally ignorant in this sphere. I am eager to read what other mylotters have to say about this subject.
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@savak03 (6690)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Thanks for coming to my discussion. There have been a couple of people who responded that know quite a bit about this field. I am going to follow their advice and try this opportunity.
• Australia
28 Dec 08
Stock sites vary a lot in their requirements. If the sites have accepted your pictures, then your camera is "good enough" ~ what they want apart from quality images is file size. That best translates to megapixels: if you have a 10 megapixel camera or better, that will be fine. Each site also has conditions and suggestions for the kind of images they prefer: read through those, and while you at it, make sure you know how they treat ownership and licensing of your photos, as well as commissions. Micro-stock sites are volume sites selling your photos for cents per download. If your pictures are popular, they can generate a reasonable income eventually. Other sites provide a larger commission per image based on the end-use of the picture, while others simply link you with potential buyers, leaving the business side to you. You =may have better luck with a site like ImageKind or RedBubble, or better yet, Zazzle.com where your images are either printed and framed or made into various articles (T-Shirts, mugs, badges, skateboards, mouse mats, shoes, etc. etc.) and sold on your behalf. Have a look at my gallery on Zazzle and explore the sort of things you can do: www.zazzle.com/practicaps
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@savak03 (6690)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I haven't actually submitted any pictures yet. I just found out about the opportunity and signed up to some sites. I did notice a lot of differences in terms from site to site and I am going to make sure I understand each one before I submit any. I'm not sure I would want to use a site that left the business end to me, at least not yet. I don't know enough about it to know what my pictures would be worth. I am going to check out the sites you suggested as well as look at your gallery. Seeing what others have done will help me know where to start. Thanks for the information.
@rusty2rusty (6751)
• Defiance, Ohio
1 Jan 09
I would love to know about some of thsoe sites you are talking about to make money with your camera. I knwo about zazzle. But haven't figured that one out yet. Please feel free to send me link through private message here or names of the sites for me to look up.
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