If you’ve been shooting for a few years, there’s every chance your hard drive is bursting with images of far-flung destinations, local landscapes or the flowers in your back garden. Regardless of the subject, all of your shots have one thing in common – they’ve got the potential to be transformed from pixels into money in the bank. In the first of a new weekly series here on Digital Camera World, we’ll introduce you to simple ways to make money from photography.
Before we begin any discussion about how to make money from photography, you need to ask yourself one simple question: do you want to sell photos directly, or do you want to have someone else do it for you?
If you go down the self-selling route, there’s one huge benefit – you can set whatever fees you like and, as long as someone’s willing to pay, you get every penny.
Sounds good, yes? It is, but it’s not quite that simple. For a start, you need to find people to buy your pictures and, even with the slickest website, it’s going to take a lot of work finding people who will spend their money on your shots.
If you do, then you’ve got to enter the minefield of rights negotiation and contracts, which can quickly take more time and effort than you necessarily want or need to devote to it.
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