You have the liberty of creating a personal website where you can sell your photos or go to popular photo trading sites to trade your photos.Sites such as iSTOCKphoto, SmugMug, Alamy and shutterstock offer you an ample opportunity to make some cool dollars.
Though selling your photos on these sites may prove a bit difficult if you don't know how to go about it, but that's why I came up with this post. Pay attention to this guide as it will increase your chances of selling your photos online:
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LEARN THE BASICS
To be able to sell your photos on these sites online, you must have an understanding of photography. You need basic photography courses to help you understand the concept of light and exposure. You can learn these courses for free online (check Youtube).
The truth is your chances of making more sales is tied to the quality of your photos. so learn before you think of earning.
BE ERROR FREE
Sites where you sell your photos take their time to manually review your photo after submission to ensure they meet standards. Be sure to check for errors before submitting, dont submit photos with poor resolutions and ensure you select accurate aperture and shutter speed. When taking your photos make use of a Tripod to avoid resolution problems.
KEYWORDS AND DESCRIPTION
Do you still have nameless photos? If you do this while trying to make sales with your photos I am afraid you may wait till eternity without making a dime. Ensure you give detailed description of your photos with proper keywords so that users can search and find your photos.
But dont overstock your photos with keywords just to appear on search else you may get banned.
You must have noticed there are some top sellers on these stock sites, but dont forget these persons where once like you. Just study what these persons are doing to make sales and put them to practice.
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KNOW WHERE YOU BELONG
Dont try to be the jack of all trades, master of none." Find a niche for yourself by deciding what kind of photos you wish to sell online. You may decide to sell photos of Nature (Rain forest, Animals etc).
In conclusion, try to offer some free photos and ensure you study successful sellers and most downloaded images.