Make Money Online Just by Selling Photos!
If you’re looking for a simple but fun way to make money online, consider selling photos over the Internet! You don’t have to be a pro and it can even give you a valid excuse to travel. Here are a few tips to get you started with your future source of online income.
A film camera, whether it’s a point-and-shoot one or an impressive looking SLR, is many a beginner’s choice for creating photos they wish to sell online. But there are certain drawbacks to these.
Firstly, a film camera requires you to shoulder the extra expense of having it printed. And then you’ll have to make the extra effort of scanning the photos before you can upload it online. A film camera also limits the number of shots you have to take and require you to purchase extra rolls of film. A digital camera, on the other hand, lets you transfer your shots to another storage device and then you can resume taking photos once more.
In time, with enough skills and practice, you might indeed find a film camera more adequate for your work. But for now, a digital camera is the better choice.
Don’t make it complicated.
As a beginner, what you should concentrate on most is acquiring practice and that literally means pointing and shooting your camera as often as you can.
Aim for simplicity. Find the most essential or attractive elements in a vast and busy background. Better yet, scan your surroundings with your camera and you’ll find something to focus on more easily.
Consider composition and lighting as well. Both factors can make a huge difference with your photos.
Tips for Selling Photos Online
Exposure is the most important factor for selling your photos online. No matter how beautiful your photos are, they won’t be sold if no one knows about them.
Make your photos accessible.
Having your own website or online photo journal is all well and good, but you’ll gain more exposure if you also upload photos in other photo hosting websites like iStockphoto, Dreamstime, ShutterStock, and Fotolia.
When a person is looking for a certain photo, they don’t browse images but rely on keyword-based searches. Thus, you need to think of all possible keywords for your photos and when we say ALL, we really do mean ALL.
Never discard a photo you’ve taken just because you think nobody would like them. You’d be surprised at the kind of photos individuals or companies would be interested in.
If you have an online photo journal, be sure that your photos are organized for easy browsing. Customers could lose interest when they have a hard time searching for the photo they need.
Make payment processes convenient.
It must be easy for your customers to purchase your photos. If you can’t arrange for a safe and secure payment handler for your website then maybe you’re better off using the services of an established photo hosting website.
Advertise, advertise, advertise!
A picture may speak a thousand words, but that doesn’t mean your photos should do your job for you. Promote your photos. Talk about them online. Join forums to increase exposure for your online photo journal. Create a blog. Write articles and redirect readers to your website. Do everything you can to gain exposure for your photos and your photos will do the rest.