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How to sell your photos online

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013

No matter how talented you are with a camera, selling your photographs is a pretty daunting task. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a basic guide to help you out. Here are a few ideas of where to sell your shots online, plus some tips on ways to get your work get noticed once it’s listed.

What shots, where?

Do your research. Depending on the kind of photography you prefer to take, there will be sites which are better suited to your style than others. So rather than approach every photo-selling site, take a few minutes to consider which ones will provide the best marketplace for your creative work.

If you tend to take product shots or commercial photos then a microstock site is the best place for you to try. Below is a quick roundup of the best-known ones out there.

Microstock agencies

A microstock agency is a digital library where photographers can upload and sell their work. The most well-known microstock agencies include Fotolia, Shutterstock and iStockPhoto. It’s worth listing your work with more than one agency to ensure it reaches the widest possible audience. Before you sign up to a microstock site, make sure you read all the small print and the Ts and Cs to be absolutely certain that you understand your rights. Every agency will have slightly different commission rates and rules you need to adhere to.

Fotolia

fotolia-logoIf you sell your work on Fotolia, what you earn depends on several factors including the image’s exclusivity and your ranking in the site. Percentage-payments vary from 20% to around 60% for a single shot download. Fotolia has a range of subscription plans available for photographers, which can get a little confusing – take your time to think about your requirements before you sign up.

Shutterstock

shutterstock stock photography site logoIn terms of commission payments, Shutterstock offers one of the highest rates. Also, as it’s one of the best-known microstock sites the potential for large-volume sales is also much higher. However, there is a strict vetting process to go through before they’ll accept your work on the site.

iStockPhoto

istockphoto stock photography site logoiStockPhoto is probably the most famous microstock sites and the first port of call for most people searching for affordable stock photography. Commission rates range from 15% to 45%, but you’ll have to pass some strict vetting before they will accept your work. And with almost every photographer vying to get their work on the site, don’t be surprised if iStockPhoto turns down work that other sites have accepted; they can afford to be super picky.

Creative showcases

Although not all the images on microstock sites are commercial, they are the ones that tend to sell the best. If your work is more artistic than corporate, you might want to consider approaching a creative online gallery.

Etsy

etsy logoEtsy is a brilliant online marketplace for creative arts. You have complete control of your output and are free to name your own price for your products. However, you will have to go to the extra trouble and expense of printing and posting your photographs. It’s a good idea to offer your work in more than one print size and engage in a little self-marketing within the site to really help your photos fly.

SmugMug

smugmug logoSmugMug offers you an online portfolio to present your work and is a popular choice for many photographers who want to sell shots. There are three account options to choose from. The entry level package gives unlimited photo uploads, unlimited traffic and a choice of portfolio themes, while the top-end pro account will let you name your prices, create coupons, run promotions and sell digital files.

Red Bubble

red bubble logoRed Bubble is fee-free to sign up to and a slick way to showcase your work. You can sell your photos as framed prints or print them onto a huge array of items such as mugs and t-shirts. There’s a strong digital community behind the site, so the more regularly you use it and interact with others, the more likely it is that your work will sell well on there.

Catalogue correctly

You’d be pretty naive to think that you can just pop your work onto a website and it will sell – you need to do more than that. The first thing to make sure that you’re correctly cataloguing your images. Label your work with as many appropriate tags as you can think of. This means that if someone is searching for a specific image they are more likely to come across your work – this is particularly relevant if you’re showcasing on microstock sites.

Promote your photos

carbonmade logoYou won’t get very far without your own online portfolio – with your own domain name ideally. One of the easiest ways to do this is using WordPress or at a digital portfolio site such as Carbonmade. It’s also important that you take advantage of the opportunities for promotion presented by social media. Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are all great ways to drive more traffic to your site.

 

This guest article was written by Claire, who writes for the Printerpix Review Centre, a personalized photo product company. Claire is a keen photographer and enjoys developing her skills in her spare time.

Best Websites for Sourcing Copyright Free Images

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

With relatively new platforms such as Tumblr entering the market, blogging is arguably more popular now than it ever has been. One problem faced amongst bloggers of all niches, however, is access to copyright-free images to include in their blog posts. Copyright has long been an issue on the web, and the controversy around images is no exception.

When it comes to copyright-free images, however, it may seem as if your options are limited. Thankfully though, this couldn’t be less true, as there’s a vast amount of sites for acquiring and downloading royalty-free images for every kind of niche.

Here’s a look at some of the best sites around the web that allow you to download free images, without the hassle of a take down request.

Creative Commons

Founded in 2001, this website now has hundreds of millions of copyright flexible images for use. People who publish photos on the internet can issue them with a free of charge Creative Commons license. This allows others to re-use them under a variety of options giving the original uploader credit. Some works also grant permission for users to modify images, again free of charge. The number one source for finding Creative Commons images is Flickr which currently has over 200 million such images.

Photopin

Designed specifically for bloggers, this site carries images with a Creative Commons license for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. Instantly downloaded with the photo is the correct source link so you don’t have to worry about adding it in manually to your blog post.

Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of images are available for free on this site for educational purposes and the surrounding text such as the source location can be conveyed in any language. This is ideal for websites with an international audience.

SpinXpress

Aimed for independent creatives, this database provides links to external sites hosting Creative Commons images. Not only do they offer images but also copyright free music and video too to boost your site.

Creativity103

This contains 2500 files of copyright and royalty free images and video clips. All you have to do is credit the Creativity103 as the source. You cannot redistribute the photos for reuse. People have to download the images direct from the site itself and get the official link back to the source.

Unprofound

This has a much more community oriented feel than the other websites-there is a lot of information on how the site runs and why, giving you the feeling the site is a dedicated true passion for the founder. The images are quite obscure so left of centre sites and blogs will be best suited for this.

Morguefile

Again offering a range of images, this site differs in that it does not always require attribution.

Free Media Goo

A simple site requiring no registration where images can be downloaded as jpeg’s straight to desktop.

Free Digital Photos

Though they primarily offer stock photos they also offer some cool illustrations suitable for a variety of different webmasters, be they offering a blog or a corporate site. Access to the images are easy as there is an efficient search function and no registration required to download images straight from the site to your desktop.

OpenClipArt.org

Fear not. This does not offer images of scribbles from those who failed art class. All images are animated but the work, though simplistic, is high quality.

This guest post was written by ink cartridge stockists, PrinterInks.com; specialising in Dell, Samsung, Xerox, Brother and a wide range other leading brands.