Besides stock photography, how do you profit from your photos?

@tammytwo (4302)
United States
December 31, 2008 7:40am CST
I have started selling images on stock photography websites such as fotolia (I am tamdesigns on there). But I am looking for other ways to sell my images. I have worked in newspaper and still take a few photos for a small town newspaper. Please tell us how you profit from your photography.
6 responses
• Australia
31 Dec 08
I have no trouble selling local event photos. Just take them and arrange to have largish thumbnail sheets displayed at the venue or distributed by the organisers. A variation on this can establish a regular income: try going to dog, horse or cat clubs and photographing the pets and their owners, especially at gymkhana days. Offer a set of photos to the club (I never charge for these) and get them displayed at the club. I have become the official photographer for clubs in this way, and the income streams are good\, both for the events and from indicidual owners wanting pet portraoits and portfolios for State and Nationals shows. Then their is product work on line. CafePress, Imagekind and others will print your work on demand and handle sales, delivery (and returns!) - I have tried a few and like Zazzle best for its range and quality. Visit my gallery at www.zazzle.com/Practicaps and tell me what you think.
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@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Great idea. I have signed up for Zazzle but haven't found time to experiment with it. It seems like it may take a bit of work to get things going on the site. Will look at your work. Thanks for the suggestion.
@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Great work......
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I make the most money from stock. But I do make money other ways. I make money from selling prints of my photos on RedBubble, deviantART, CafePress and Zazzle. I also submit my photos on websites that pay for pageviews. And I enter my photos in photo competitions and earn money that way. If you're interested in different ways to make money with your photographs, I have some sites and information on my blog http://funonlinemoney.blogspot.com/
@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Thank you for your response. I will look into some of the sites you listed. Do you have a large portfolio built up with stock images? I only have 83 on fotolia but am hoping to build it a little more in recent weeks. Do you make regular sales or are they sporadic?
• Singapore
1 Jan 09
Well there is this site shareapic.net that allows you to upload unlimited photos and you will get paid like $0.22 every 1000 views. Actually if you are interested message me and I can send you my referal link. Thanks. :)
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@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
1 Jan 09
Thank you. I am definitely interested and will check it out.
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Have you been happy with selling your stock photography? I have been thinking about trying that. I have seen suggestions online about taking pictures for parties or other events. Not as official as a wedding necessarily, just helping to document an event and then sell your prints? I'm not sure exactly how to set that up or how successful it would be now that everyone and their brother has a digital camera, but that might be an idea. Best of luck to you. I am always interested in finding new ways to make money too!
@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Thank you. I have thought about it. Most recently I took high school football photos and put them onto a disk for the parents to purchase for only $2. I thought if I could get them interested I will have many return customers. Everyone around me knows I take photos and they are always asking about them. Thanks for the suggestion.
@yhtan74 (97)
• Malaysia
31 Dec 08
I'm not too sure how you can sell your photo on line, may be you can try ebay or photo auction. BTW how's the sales on fotolia ? manage to fetch good price ?
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@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Fotolia has a set pay scale. The sales are good if you have a nice size portfolio, which I haven't built as of yet. I have less than 100 images there. Their approval process seems to be pretty strict but I guess it keeps only high quality images on the site. Thanks for your response.
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
1 Jan 09
I just found out about this type of work a few days ago and thought it would be a good way to combine doing something that I love with making money. I signed up with three sites, fotolia being one of them but I haven't had a chance to take any photos for them. I started a discussion a couple of days ago to ask for advise and did get some very good advice. I am following up on the advise given now and hope to put a plan in action after the first of the year.
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