Should I sell my photos online for as low as $1?
If you are a professional photographer, you are well aware of how the stock photography market works. If you've taken pictures for lots of clients for many years, you probably have thousands of shots that are not being used.
Should you try to sell them online? And, if you do, should you make them available for as low as $1 to $40 each? The answer is, maybe. The stock photography market is literally exploding, allowing more photographers to sell more photos to more potential clients than ever before. Low-cost and royalty free sites are popping up everywhere. Perhaps you think your work is too valuable to be sold so cheaply and that is a valid point. But consider these facts as well:
*Some stock photographers earn considerable residual income on their '"leftover" stock shots. That means, while you are out in the field shooting photos, you're making money online as people download your lower-cost stock shots, available to the world 24/7.
*The market for buying stock photography has grown by leaps and bounds and will continue to do so. That means your shots have the potential to be purchased by a seemingly infinite number of buyers for a multitude of purposes.
*Low-cost stock photography can still be protected under certain copyright laws and field of use rules, so you are not "giving your creative work away" just because you sell photos cheaply online.
*Someone who buys your photo online might like it so much they are willing to pay more money for another shot you have in your collection. Stock photography sites get you noticed.
Stock Photography Frequently Asked Questions
What is stock photography?
How do I buy stock photos online?
How do I choose the right photo for my use?
How much will I pay to buy a stock photo?
What type of photos are the best to buy?
Are there any stock photos I can find by image category versus key words?
What happens to image resolution when a photo is enlarged?
What constitutes a high resolution image?
Are internet images suitable for printed material?
Are photos in lower resolution always usuable in print?
Does compression of a photo change its resolution?
What is a JPEG photo file?
Are JPEG files the same as the original photo?
Are there any other types of photo files besides JPEG?
Are there disadvantages to royalty free stock photography?
What is the main advantage of royalty free stock photography?
How do I access royalty free photos?
Can I buy royalty free video clips just like I buy stock photography?
Do royalty free images come with any licensing parameters?
Should I buy a royalty free stock photo subscription?
How can I make my vector graphics better?
What is vector art?
How can I make my vector files more compatible?
What is a stock photography portfolio
What type of stock shots sell?
Should I have someone else represent me as a stock photographer?
As a stock photographer, can I deduct the expenses of working from home?
Is the site that wants to sell your stock photos legitimate?
How do I choose a good presentation photo?
Are there other types of image available on stock photography sites besides photos?
What makes a photo have impact in a presentation?
What kind of photos make the best presentation?
Can I use any photo on the web for my presentation?
Can amateur photographers earn income selling stock photos?
Is it always best to search for stock photos yourself?
How do I get started using stock photography sites?
What kind of photos can I sell online?
How are key words used on stock photo sites?
How do stock photo key word searches work?
What is rights-managed photography
What does a rights-managed stock photo cost?
What are the advantages of a rights managed photo?
What can happen if I use a stock photo illegally?
What is a derivative photo?
What types of copyright protection can photographers get?
How do I find a free blog photo?
Is it always legal to use a celebrity stock photo in my blog?
What are some creative ways to use blog photos?
Are professional graphic designers the only ones who can alter or stylize photos?
How can I make my newsletters and other reports more interesting?
How do I find free stock photos?
How do I search for free photos?
Are the stock shots offered online for free just a lower quality?
Why does my free stock photo look blurry?
How does public domain apply to free stock photos?
How do I know which free photo to choose?
Do photos of famous people and places violate copyright rules?
how to I choose the right free photo?
Can I sell my web graphic online?
Where do I get a stock photo on a tight deadline?
What is a stock photography subscription?
What are photo licensing agreements?
Should I sell my photos online for as low as $1?
How much do stock photos cost?
Why pay money for a professional stock shot over an amateur one?
How do I take better flash images
What is a flash movie?
What is flash animation?
How do I take better flash images with my camera?
How is flash technology being used in education?
How do I use flash files to build a slideshow?
How do I find culturally-diverse people pictures
What type of people images have the most impact on an audience?
Do black and white shots make good stock photography?
How should I choose the best nature stock photo?
What kind of photo motivates an audience?
Why does the stock photo I bought not look the same once I use it?
Why is animal stock photography so popular?
What is royalty free?
What are the copyright issues with stock photos?
What is a derivative?
Should I use props in stock photography?