This guy made $5,000 selling stock footage – here's how you can do it too!

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Selling stock footage is no longer really considered a serious money maker by content creators, but YouTuber Matt WhoisMatt Johnson would disagree. You’re not going to be able to quit your full-time job by selling stock footage, but it could boost your income and give you a nice chunk of extra money for a rainy day. 

One of the most popular and well-known stock sites is Getty Images, but there are hundreds of platforms out there on which to sell your content. Those used by Matt include Pond5, Artgrid, Lightstock, and Adobe Stock. Although each site individually doesn’t make bring in loads of money – except for Artgrid which made him over $4,500 (£5,500 / AU$7,800) last year – it does all add up.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.