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How to Make Money Selling Stock Photos

“Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow” an old (and I mean OLD) friend once told me”.  His nickname was Yoda, since he was short, fat, had a little stubby ponytail thingy on the back of his head and did in fact have a face that resembled Yoda.  I loved the idea that I could just work hard at something enjoyable and make money, but I only half-assed believed it could be true.  I’ve since discovered that it is most definitely true, but that it does require focus and dedication, which were pretty absent in my younger years.

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Tips for Holiday Photo Marketing

The holidays mean more than just family and friends. For business it is also a season for increasing marketing and sales. For photographers this is also true. With the Christmas spirit up and the popularity of searching the internet for recipes, gift ideas, and decorating tips, marketing your images is easy. From major retailers to small blogs, holiday photographs are needed. If you have an archive of festive photos, now may be the time to market them. Here are a few tips on getting your images seen and purchased.

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Digital Photography and Microstock – Sell Photos

Digital photography has made it possible for amateur photographers to take professional quality photos.  With the advent of microstock, this means that scores of people who would have never progressed beyond photography as a hobby are now able to make money with their photos.  Sometimes pretty good money. Read More

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Sell Photos

When I first found out about microstock, I was very excited about the prospect that I might be able to sell photos.  While I am a relative newcomer to microstock, I’ve learned a lot in my year of contributing and selling my photos.

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Nature and Wildlife Stock Photography

Nature and wildlife photography is one of the most popular stock image site categories.  It is also one of the most competitive, since most stock image sites are already very saturated with these types of images.  In order to get your nature photographs accepted, they  truly must be unique and exceptional.  Also, since customers of stock sites already have literally millions of images to choose from, your images will likely not be noticed or purchased unless your work is truly exceptional. Read More

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Shutterstock – Submit Photos For Money

When I first began to submit my photos to Shutterstock, I wasn’t sure that I was going to make any money.  I must admit that it took more than one try to be accepted there as a contributor, and my current portfolio is very small, but it was more than worth the effort.  I consistently make sales at Shutterstock on a portfolio of less than one hundred images.  In fact, only iStockphoto earns me more, and the difference in earnings between the two sites is pretty small. Read More

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