Monetize your photography

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Photography is an incredibly difficult medium from which to make a full time living. Even before the unforeseeable events of the last year it was a challenge for any photographer to earn a sustainable wage from making one kind of image alone. There is a tremendous amount of competition in every genre and even if you do secure assignments, making each one profitable can also be difficult. However some manage this feat by diversifying and using their skills in original ways, finding news revenue streams by thinking outside the box.

A common solution, in addition to selling images directly to clients, is for photographers to sell to stock websites, such as Getty or iStock. While this can prove highly lucrative it too is a competitive arena, and you might find yourself selling only a handful of images a month - scarcely enough to draw a full time wage. Instead consider submitting images to multiple smaller stock sites which do not demand exclusive image use rights. While these may take a higher commission, your images will be far more findable, due to smaller image pools, and you can use multiple sites to create more opportunities for sales.

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