How To Make Money by Selling Stock Photography - A Bountiful Love

How To Make Money by Selling Stock Photography

What is STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY ? It refers to photographs that can be licensed for public or commercial use. It can be used  in marketing, advertising, or design. Instead of paying for a professional photographer, many businesses and companies uses stock photography .

In a  "royalty-free"  stock photograph, the buyer pays a one time fee,  has the permission to use the photo for a limited number of times for a set fee.To use the image beyond a certain number of use , the buyer will have to pay a certain amount for each additional printing. With royalty-free images, the buyer is not the exclusive owner of the image so the photographer can sell the photos as many times as they want. ( You may not be the only one using that photo)
--> A royalty free photo can be reproduced let's say for 500 pcs of fliers , after that the buyer will have to pay for each additional usage.

A "rights-managed"  photograph, the buyer will pay for each use of the photo but the buyer has exclusive possession of the image for a certain period of time.  Unlike the royalty free, no one else may use the image for any purpose, and the photographer will not have the right to resell the photo until the rights-managed license has expired.

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Bloggers are always on the hunt for photos that can make their killer blog post stand out.  Even though most of us owns a great camera , most of the time we scour the web for stock photography.  If taking photos is already a passion of yours , why not make money out of it. If you already have a good portfolio, then you are good to go, sign up and be a contributor.

iStock - Free to join, they pay contributors a base royalty rate of 15% for each file downloaded with iStock Credits or Pay As You Go pricing. If you are an exclusive contributor you can earn up to 45%.

BigStock - Free to join, Earnings are per download, base on the customer’s selection of payment plan and the size of the file that was downloaded. For purchases made using credits, we pay $0.50 USD for each credit spent.  For a detailed list of earnings, see it HERE

Deposit Photos- Free to join,  you get paid depending on your level as a contributor.

Dreamstime -   Get 25-60% from each sale you make.

Shutterstock - You can earn $0.25 to $28.00 per image download.
Photospin - Get up to 40% of the revenue your work generates every time one of your images is downloaded from our site or our partners site.

 Few reminders :

  • Learn on how your image will be sold, read the policies or fine print so to speak
  • unique + great photos = MORE EARNINGS.
Photo Editing Resources: 
Picmonkey - and Canva - both are free and they also have a paid feature. 
Adobe Photoshop

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  1. So imformative! I love editing photos more than actually taking pictures. But yes, I search the web for photographs that are "just perfect." Waste way too much time. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and time.

  2. This is a great idea! Definitely going to read up on some of your other posts how to save/earn money as a blogger! Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere. We'd love to have you back next week!

  3. This is great! I never thought about this and I have some great images!

    1. Do you know if a person can submit the same photos to more than one of these sites?

    2. Hi Angela, So sorry for the late reply! All I know is that if you submitted a photo and a person bought it in "rights managed" way, then that person has exclusive possession of that photo on certain dates. I would check with their FAQ just to make sure! Thank you for stopping by..


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