How to make money on photos on the Internet
The technique that you will use is a camera, even an ordinary digital one with a pixel count of 5 or more is fine. But if you have a professional or semi-professional camera, then your chances of success, of course, increase.
You do not need to graduate from a school of photographers or photo courses But if you have not previously engaged in photography, we advise you to sit a couple of weeks on the forums and blogs of experienced photographers and study their craft. At the very least, you should master the skills of how to build a composition in a photo correctly, choose successful angles and make minimal processing of photos in graphic editors.
In order to start your photo business, you need to take at least 100-200 photos. And if you like this business, and you make 1000 good frames, it will be excellent at all.
To begin, take photos on different subjects – the city, nature, animals, people, professions, beauty. The more they will be, the more chances that they will be downloaded and you will receive your payment. However, it often happens that one and the same successful photo is downloaded a large number of times, and only this photo brings a good profit.
To successfully sell a photo on the stock, it must carry a certain semantic load. The meaning of photography can be negative (themes of sadness, sadness, rage, etc.), however, it should still cause a positive feeling in relation to its quality. The photo should be bright, clearly focused. Size – the maximum possible format – JPG. Most of the photos for stocks are pre-processed in graphic editors to make them look more presentable. In addition, competent processing will be able to hide some flaws in quality. However, do not overdo it with special effects. Too “overloaded” photo will no longer be so attractive, and moderators can prevent it from being sold on the stock. If you are photographing different objects, then watch what background they are on. Sometimes a suitable background is chosen longer than the object of photography. It is important that the background is “in the subject” and complements the subject.
There are a lot of photo stock and photobanks. And everyone has their own requirements for uploading photos. Some, the most advanced and popular, even have special exams that must be passed by phototocks in order to be able to upload and sell their images. There are no such tests for participants on less popular photobanks, therefore it is better for beginners to start with them. For example, the photo stock of Fotolia.com is intended for beginners and not yet experienced photographers-stockers. The requirements for thespecial effects and the photos themselves are minimal. The only condition is that the photographer must confirm his copyright on the photos he uploads. However, the cost of one downloading photos on Fotolia.com is also low — about 0.14–5 dollars.
Steeper photobanks put forward their demands, sometimes quite tough. For example, the popular photo stock of Istockphoto.com will require three photos from you, which will become your exam. They will be carefully checked on various parameters, in particular, quality, professional approach, originality, choice of topics. After that, the administration decides whether to allow you to be a seller or not. It is not easy to pass this exam from the first time, however, you can retake it an unlimited number of times with a periodicity of one month.
Sutterstock.com is one of the most popular and sought-after photo stock. Because of such high positions, naturally, it’s not easy for a photo seller to get to this resource. Again, you have to pass a certain exam, having already sent 10 photos. Therefore, choose your only best pictures. If they are approved, you can already freely upload your photos for sale.
Another good photo stock is Dreamstime.com. Although it is slightly lower in level than the previous two, you can earn money on it too. Photos are checked by moderators, but as photographers say, most of the pictures are approved.
To access photo uploads, some photobanks will require you to verify your identity. Usually, all you need to do is send a scanned copy of any of your photo documents. This is also necessary so that the photo bank can transfer your earnings from downloads to your name, in some payment systems it is the only way.
Take care also about search engine optimization of your photos. For people to download them, they must find them. This will help fill in such fields as title (title), description (description) and keywords (keywords). They will open when you upload photos.