Monday, June 6, 2011

Taking Your Snapshots Straight to the Bank

"I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting."
Harry Callahan
If you like taking pictures, you can create a second income stream by selling those pictures to stock photo agencies.
It doesn't require years of experience. And it's fun.

Think about the pictures you already have on your computer. And think about the pictures you can easily take before the end of the year. Pictures of birthday parties, family get-togethers, hikes and camping trips, your kids, your grandkids, your pets, your backyard, your kitchen table, even your travels or a closeup of your driveway are all saleable to stock photo agencies.
It's so easy. You simply upload your photos, and the agencies do the rest.
What kinds of photos sell best today? Here's an inside tip on what's currently on request at
  • People eating Italian food 
  • Homes with damaged foundations
  • A jewelry box
  • A tidy horse stable
  • A fig recipe
Don't have any of those pictures? No problem. These subjects are always in high demand:
  • People in business suits
  • Multi-ethnic groups
  • Seasonal photos - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Valentine's Day
  • Hobbies - golf, knitting, swimming, biking, scrapbooking, fishing, reading, sunbathing...
Now stock photo agencies like iStock won't take snapshots. Your photos have to conform to their guidelines. That means good exposure, composition, focus...
But once you get those things down, you can start uploading your photos to sell... and start making money.

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