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818: take hundreds of pictures and post the best pics on a stock photo site for money.  RSS feed

 
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Paul wrote

818: take hundreds of pictures and post the best pics on a stock photo site for money. Then post low res versions all over the internet, complete with a link to your stock photo stuff.



Sounds fun.

Anyone know where I start so I can learn how to do this?  I take decent, print-ready photos.

 
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I am using twenty20, because they'll take the small 1-2MB amateur photos I take with my smartphone. Also, this is my photo feed with them.

If you have an actual digital camera that can capture more detail, you can use other websites, which have higher quality standards.

For an actual digital camera, this is a pretty good list of sites.

If all you have is a smartphone, This is a better list to check out.
 
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Dave Burton wrote:

For an actual digital camera, this is a pretty good list of sites.a.



A great list, thanks.

I found this:

Shutterstock allows you to keep your copyrights protected, so it’s up to you to set the rights on the photos. Shutterstock also gives credit to the image’s owners, which is a major plus to protect your ownership and market your brand.



I want to be able to use my photos for my own work later (I won't be selling the best ones), so it seems a good idea to keep my rights to my photos and just sell the use of them.
 
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I have dozens of thousands of pics but I have never tried to sell any. With billions of photos on the Internet it was always quite questionable to me that my photo will be found, chosen, and purchased. Unless you are extremaly lucky and your photo will be chosen by a huge corporation, I'm quite skeptic that it is worth time spent. On the other hand, I will never know until I try it.... I would gladly learn from someone who actually has done that, how many photos were uploaded, and what passive income they generate per year.
 
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Richard Gorny wrote:Unless you are extremaly lucky and your photo will be chosen by a huge corporation, I'm quite skeptic that it is worth time spent.



If we are looking for one great big pay-out, then no, it's not worth the work.

However, I'm looking for a retirement plan.  The more content we create, the more people discover our work, the more they buy (people like to buy from sources they are familiar with).  

I was thinking I could post a picture a day for a year and maybe make five dollars.  But the next year I post another 365 pictures and more people will discover my work and I make a hundred dollars.  By then I'm in the habit of posting a picture a day.  If I keep this up, by the time I'm of retirement age, I'll be making a decent income.

I also love how we can sell the same item many times.  
 
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Well, that's exactly what I'm looking for - not one pay-out but rather a steady trickling small income. But I kinda doubt it. My friend who is talented photographer with a record of some award winning pictures is not making any substantial money from stock photos, so how an averege Joe the Amateur Photographer can make it? I might be entirely wrong here I don't know ...
 
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Richard Gorny wrote:Well, that's exactly what I'm looking for - not one pay-out but rather a steady trickling small income. But I kinda doubt it. My friend who is talented photographer with a record of some award winning pictures is not making any substantial money from stock photos, so how an averege Joe the Amateur Photographer can make it? I might be entirely wrong here I don't know ...



What I need to find out is
1. how long does it take to upload one photo and add all the search-love to help people find it?
2. how much editing do I need to do to the photo before uploading it?
3. do I retain rights to the photo?

If I can make ten dollars more a month, that's an extra cup of coffee and a danish for doing something I do anyway.  

I also like the idea that this forces me to sort my photos better.

It looks like it might be something for me.  
 
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Good luck and please let us know how it goes!

If I could make 10$ a day it would be enough to make a living here, Gert style ;)

I have my pics sorted, filed, divided by places, topics and years they have been taken. Underwater photos separately, garden separately, etc. The only thing unsorted is related to camera evolution - the older the picture the smaller size obviously. I doubt a bulk upload makes sense, as your chance to sell any is as good as keywords you add to each picture. And that might be time consuming.

On the other hand, while posting here I could upload a pic or two, and then, who knows ....

 
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Richard Gorny wrote:Good luck and please let us know how it goes!

If I could make 10$ a day it would be enough to make a living here, Gert style ;)

I have my pics sorted, filed, divided by places, topics and years they have been taken. Underwater photos separately, garden separately, etc. The only thing unsorted is related to camera evolution - the older the picture the smaller size obviously. I doubt a bulk upload makes sense, as your chance to sell any is as good as keywords you add to each picture. And that might be time consuming.

On the other hand, while posting here I could upload a pic or two, and then, who knows ....


Yours sounds like a good plan. And I envy you your sorted pics. That is really something that you have to do constantly if you don't want to have an overwhelming backlog of huge amounts of pics.
And I also think keywords are very important.
I researched the situation for Germany about two years ago, and made a note to myself that it is not really generating much income compared to the effort it takes, and if you want to stand out you have to have good (=costly) equipment and really get into taking good pictures (I am more the type of half-ambitious but sloppy hobby photographer).

Regarding copyright, if I remember correctly you don't lose your rights if you upload to flickr. Does anybody have the latest water-proof info on this? Otherwise I will not upload good pics to flickr anymore to be on the safe side.
 
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What about editing the photo once it's in the computer.  I'm not very good at this part.  Cropping I do well, but editing, not so much.

When I've taken photos for magazines before, they wanted it unedited so it was easier to do their thing.  But when I look at these sites, the pictures appear to be highly edited.  
 
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Some sites do not accept excessively edited pictures, so it all depends where you post them.

 
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