If you’re just starting out in the world of professional photography, or if you’re more seasoned and looking for a lucrative outlet for your work, sell stock photos for publication use. Or, for less pay but more opportunity, look into producing microstock images that could be used anywhere.
What Buyers Want: Attention to Detail
Stock photographs online through services such as Getty, Jupiter or Corbis, tend to be high-end work for equally high prices. While an amateur or hobbyist has little chance of breaking into traditional stock photo services, microstock agencies like Dreamstime, Fotolia, Shutterstock and iStockphoto provide a market for specific niche photography that meets the following technical requirements:
With Microstock, More is More
Microstock agencies provide an excellent opportunity for burgeoning photographers to sell their work, but the flat fees they pay in commission are tiny compared to those of the bigger companies. Find your niche, take great, high-quality photos, and submit lots of them. You may earn a dollar or less for each photo, so volume is important to realize some profit.
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