If you are a professional photographer, or a decent
photographer, with a love of pictures, you can make
some money by sharing your pictures online.
Stock photography is photography of people, places,
sights, ideas and events that can be used in marketing
and design. A customer who uses a stock photo rather
than hiring a photographer, saves time and money. The
users of stock photography are publishers, advertising
agencies, graphic artists, web designers, interior decor
firms, corporate creative groups,
Stock photos can be licensed for specific uses. The
same image can be sold many times, because buyers usually
don't get exclusive rights. Stock photography includes
images of people, animals, objects, landscapes, buildings,
concepts, and events that can be sold to and used by
a wide variety of media outlets.
A few years ago a new type of stock photo agencies
has emerged. These new image banks, known as 'microstock'
sites, have allowed anyone from the amateur to the professional
photographer to sell images easily. These sites take
images from individual contributors, and photographer
gets a commission for each image sold. The microstock
photography market was pioneered by iStockPhoto
and followed by Dreamstime,
and many others.
With microstock photography, the photographer loads
up photos for free, and receives a commission each time
their photo is downloaded. Earnings are obviously based
on the popularity of your photos.
My view is that if you are a keen photographer and
you are taking photos anyway, you may aswell give this
a go, as the photos could be earning you ongoing money
without any additonal effort.