Sell your photos via stock photo agencies
The other option is to have somebody sell your images for you, which means placing them with a stock library such as Corbis, Alamy or Getty (who also own iStockphoto and license images via Flickr).
The advantage here is that the company will already have a huge number of customers who use them as a first port of call, and they’ll take care of the licensing and contracts as well, leaving you to sit back and wait for the cash to come in.
However, while stock libraries take the pain out of the process, this has to be tempered with a huge dose of reality.
As competition in the stock market has increased, so per-picture prices have dropped – iStockphoto has a disparagingly named ‘Dollar Bin’, for example, where images cost, as the name suggests, just one dollar.
As the library is going to take a share of any sale (which could be anything from 40-80% of the total), this could mean you receive pennies for an image sale.
That said, you could also earn several thousands of pounds if someone wanted an exclusive license on an image, or a single shot sold thousands of times over.
This isn’t going to happen every day, but it is possible – and let’s be honest, you won’t see a penny if your pictures are just sitting on your hard drive…
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