This weeks guest blogger is Steve Heap. Steve is a member of the Manassas-Warrenton Camera Club.
We all love to find beautiful locations and make an image that truly reflects the feelings we experienced at the time, but many of us also think: “other people may like this picture as well, can I sell it?”
You can, of course, try to sell prints, and this is successful for some. What I have found works for me is to sell such images for advertising and commercial purposes via stock photography sites such as Shutterstock or iStockPhoto. In a branch of the industry known as microstock, images are sold on-line to customers around the globe, and, while the income per individual sale may be small, the volumes involved can make this into a successful business.
This particular image has sold over 200 times and has been used in varied ways including an ad illustrating the ecological focus of a computer company! I’m sure you have similar images gathering dust on your hard drive!
Stock Photography is not for everyone – it can be hard work to build a meaningful income – but it also is a great motivator to get out there to find that next beautiful image!