MAKING A LIVING FROM SELLING PICTURES ONLINE

If photography is your pastime, and you have become an expert at it, then here is goodnews: You can make money online with those beautiful pictures of yours.

If you want to make some extra money, or you even fancy a change of career, then try selling photos online. It has become very easy for anyone to join a site such as Big Stock Photo, IStock Photo, Dreamstime and Fotolia (there are many more) and upload your photos for people to buy. Once your photos have been uploaded to a site, they can be viewed by anyone visiting the site and if they like it they can buy it. You receive a payment every time somebody decides to buy one of your pictures for cash.

Now this is become a very popular way for people to acquire stock pictures, and at the moment the demand is outweighing the supply. It is a very real prospect now for anyone with a bit of photography and computer knowledge to start making money selling photos online. It has a great deal of flexibility involved with it also, in such that you can really dictate that amount of time you want to spend doing this. It is very realistic to start by just doing a couple of hours a week, and can easily be done in your spare time. Many people soon move on to doing this full time once they fully understand how to sell photos online effectively.

The actually process of joining a site and uploading your photos is easy enough, but there are many more fine details and intricacies that need to be learned in order for you to make a successful business out of this and to start maximizing your profits. The sites that you upload your photos to must be chosen carefully, as there are so many around and they differ so much from each other. Things like payment structures (how you get paid by them), royalty fees and photo submission process all need to be looked at carefully before you decide who you are going to use.

You also need to research what pictures are selling the most at the time and how much you can expect to get for different types of photos. Some sites will only accept certain genres, so you need to find all of this out before you join and start to sell photos online. But really there isn't a limit as to what people want to buy. There are always people and companies that need all types of pictures so it is a good idea for you to be flexible as to what you take your photos of.

There are resources and training methods available that can give you all the direction you need in this field. It is highly recommended that you study one of these first so you can avoid all of the mistakes that have been made by the people who didn't take this step before diving head first into a business they didn't understand that well. Selling your pictures for cash can be very easy when you have the know-how and learn from those that have the experience.

One of the most complete training courses available in this industry is called the camera Dollar System. This course will give you all the information you need to know about selling your pictures online, how to best advertise and choosing the best keywords when submitting your photos.

The Camera Dollar System is currently making a full time income for over 18,000 people worldwide. It is easy to understand when you see how comprehensive this training program is, and the beauty is that it can be learned from the novice newbie, right up to the most experienced of photographers.


SOME SECRETS OF SELLING PICTURES ONLINE
If you're selling photos online, it's important that your photos stand out from the competition. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make sure that your photos are original. This isn't difficult, but it does require some thought and effort on the part of the photographer. If you know these simple secrets, you will find that you will make more sales.

Secret 1 Shop for Ideas Online

You will be selling your photos online for websites and other sales media. Take a general topic that you might be interested in. For example: making money online. Look at some of the websites that are about making money online. Pictures of money are obvious, but how are they making money? If they're making money with a camera, then you want a picture of a camera. Begin a list of items. Write fast. Write every idea as it occurs to you, whether it's a single word or a phrase.

Secret 2  Play with the Composition

Composition is important in any photograph, but when you are selling photos online, a unique composition will help you sell more photos. Try putting unusual items together. Start with a group of two objects. Then add a third. For instance, you can start with a guitar and place a pair of maracas in front of it. A guitar with a pair of maracas in front of it is a totally different picture than one with just a guitar.

You can also use a different angle or point of view. A photograph of an airplane flying has a different use than a photo of a plane sitting at the airport.
You can change the background. A cup of coffee on a coffee table with a newspaper is different than a squashed coffee cup on a road.

Secret 3 Think about the Theme

Think about the message of your photo. If your photo has a message, it will be more appealing to buyers. What would you think of when you saw this photo? If I see a child sitting at a piano, I might think of piano lessons. If I see a piano with the pages of a concerto spread out on it, I would think of a concert pianist. If you add a box of tissues to the picture, you might think of the death of a concert pianist.

Secret 4 Look at Sales Sites

Spend some time looking at the sales sites that are buying photos. Ask yourself what's missing. Perhaps there's a picture of a stack of books. Do you see a picture with a stack of books and an apple and ruler? If the answer is no, then you just found a photo idea. Selling your photos online will be easier if you can fill in some of the gaps.

These four little secrets will help you sell photos online. The more you practice these secrets, the easier it will become. Soon you'll be able to make a lot of money selling photos online.

I am not over yet, do you know that  literally thousands of people per day are wondering how to sell my photos online and this is one of the problems. There is an absolute mountain of competition with a lot of people in the same niche attempting to do the same thing. Those that are succeeding are not willing to open up their personal methods to success. Why should they? They have more than likely worked very hard to build up an online presence and effective marketing methods.

The typical ways that people look to sell their work are often lucrative but can be time consuming and often quite difficult. These could be:

·  eBay.
·  Personal website.
·  Blogs.
·  Selling directly to companies online. 

However:
For a lot of people the benefits and profit that they see from these methods are too little compared to the amount of work they out in to achieve sales.

So what are the effective methods to selling your photographs? Where and how do you do it?
The internet and all that comes with it is growing at an exponential rate and more rapidly than ever before. If you look deep enough there are endless amounts of ways to make money online and some cutting edge methods to sell your work.

·  Take a moment to think about the amount of websites and blogs that are being created everyday. Its simply staggering!
The webmasters creating these sites need images, logos and graphics and they all have to be available legally to use. You simply cannot copy and paste a picture from another website. So there's a starving market right?

Well several websites are springing up that are feeding this market and positioning you right in front of it. These websites act like an agent
 
·  They allow you to upload your photographs onto their site.
·  They then market these pictures to hungry webmasters.
·  Webmasters purchase the picture as a download for say $1. You get $0.50.
But here is what I love. You do not lose your copyrights. So the picture remains on the website and more people can download the same image time and time again.

·  The more pictures that you upload to these type of sites, the more sales and profit you will make.
If you are thinking how can I sell my photos online then start to think about using the latest trends, markets and needs of the internet and its users. The possibilities are endless if you do the right research and find the best sites that offer these types of services and opportunities. Please start now and don't postpone till tomorrow. See you at the top.

WHAT OF MARKETING
There are a myriad of people who feel they have excellent photography talent. Many of them are right. Yet talent in photography is only one of the major assets for a successful photography business. The other is effective marketing. This article offers tips on how a photography business can market effectively.

1. Create a compelling web page. This page does not have to be the best in the world but just the best on the first page of the key search engine search terms where you expect your future clients to find you. Those on the first page are your competition. People rarely book with anyone who was not on the first page of a search. This leads me to the second suggestion.

2. If you are going to market through the web (good idea for photography business where the web can allow potential clients to experience your product), you must be on the first page of at least one relevant search with decent traffic. Clients seldom book with a photographer who was not on the first page (see suggestion 1).

3. Market using email. Most of your clients will give you an email address. Don't lose these addresses. They are the key to enhancing your repeat business. By mailing out monthly newsletters, you will be able to stay in contact with people who liked your work enough to pay you for it. Remember out-of-sight equals out-of-mind. When your former clients are talking with a friend who needs a photographer, you don't want to be out-of-mind.

4. Partner with local businesses. Offer to hang your fine art images in coffee shops, hair salons, etc., in exchange for a cardholder with your contact information at the establishment. This is a win-win. The business gets a facelift and the photographer gets increased exposure for his work and an implicit endorsement from the establishment.

5. Offer Specials. Offer a family holiday card special during the summer months. This will appeal to those who like to get things done early and it will help you with workflow. Most photographers are far busier at the end of the year than they are during the summer. By booking your regulars during the summer you will be free to accept more business during the holiday season.

6. Utilize a Facebook Account. Each time a client with a Facebook account books a session, offer to past one of the best image for free to their account (of course you will want a requirement that your contact information be on the picture). This will allow all of their friends to be exposed to your work.
The photography industry is competitive. Those who succeed must have artistic talent and market effectively (or partner with someone who knows how to market effectively).

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