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How To Making Money Online Using Digital Photos

by amol238

Digital Photography

Many people wonder if they can actually make money from their digital photos. The fact is that digital photos have the potential of generating some income. However, the level of income will vary depending on the quality of your photos, their uniqueness and your selling skills. The first thing you need to do is set a target of how much money you would want to earn from your photos.

The following are some tips which can help you to earn some cash from your digital photos.

Upload on online galleries

Most people sell photos to make some extra cash, and not as their major stream of income. The internet is one of the best places to sell photos. There are numerous sites where you can sell your photos. Most of these sites allow you to upload your images, display them and put a price on them. Visitors to the site can then have a look at your photos and buy whatever they like.

Some sites even allow visitors to leave comments on your photos. This can be a great way of connecting with people who share similar interests with you and getting feedback from viewers. Some of the sites allow you to display your photos for free, and only charge a commission on your sales. Other sites charge a membership fee or a setup fee.


In regards to pricing, some sites will let you set two different prices. One of the prices will be for a non-exclusive right. This means that the same photo can be downloaded and used by many different people. The second price, which will be much higher, will be for exclusive rights. When someone buys exclusive rights to a photo, it means that you can neither use it yourself nor sell it to anyone else. However, once an image has been sold under non-exclusive rights, it cannot be sold again exclusively.

Start your own site

Besides uploading your photos on other people’s websites, you could opt to start your own site or blog to sell your photos. In addition, you could also make money through paid advertisements.

To attract viewers through search engines, make sure your photos are accompanied with some descriptive text. Inform your family and friends about your site, and share posts about it in chat boards and forums.

Once you attract significant traffic to the site, you can then add advertisements. You can use free tools such as typepad.com or wordpress.com to build your site or blog. Advertisements can be placed using one of the many advertisement syndication networks.

Offline strategy

Another viable strategy would be to sell your images in galleries and coffee shops. Of course, this will call for a significant investment at the onset, as well as more legwork. If you decide to target galleries, you can start by printing and framing some of your best works. To minimize the risk, it is advisable to start with a few photos.

The other option is to visit restaurants and coffee shops and talk them into hanging your images on their walls. By displaying high quality photos at no cost, the restaurant or coffee shop get to improve the ambiance for their customers. In return, you get a lot of free exposure, which might lead to more sales.

Copyright issues

When posting or selling your photos online or offline, one of the things you need to keep in mind is copyright. Copyright laws vary from one country to another. From the onset, you need to confirm if you actually have the right to post or sell any photo. Violation of copyright laws might result in a lawsuit, as well as loss of reputation for you.

Have you sold any photos online ?

Image Credit: Cuba Gallery

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Mirek June 21, 2012 - 4:28 pm

It’s a fact that many individuals are working from home these days even while large numbers more believe that it basically cannot be done. Obviously, there is a detachment somewhere. It’s likely that most individuals who are working from home are satisfied to listen to that many individuals believe it’s not possible… it means less competitors for them! Make cash online is not so hard, you may try…

Jasmine June 22, 2012 - 12:25 am

I think this is a good way to make some money if you are interested in taking photos, and if you have the skill to take good photos. Selling on your own website might not be easy as it may not have enough traffic especially if your website is still new. It would be best to just sell on online stock photos websites.

Goa trip June 22, 2012 - 3:18 am

If you are doing online marketing then it’s your right to make online money as much you can and this is not difficult in today’s era because many good options are available on web where you can directly meet with buyers.

Jessica June 22, 2012 - 3:27 am

Your points are helpful to earn from our digital photography habit or passion. But the most important point is that you didn’t share list of those website where we can upload our pictures and can earn from it, please share an important list of sites can help us to earn from photography.

Alicia June 23, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Ben, maybe on stock photos websites such as 123RF.com? I have not done it myself though.

ZK June 24, 2012 - 2:49 am

Below are some sites that will help you make money with digital images / stock photography

Marianne July 4, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Stock photography is relatively easy to get into if you can take a decent photo but you do also need to know what you’re doing!

For any of your readers who aren’t familiar with stock photography, this video will help explain how it all works:

If it’s something that you think you’d be interested in it’s also worth watching this video about what type of images that sell:

And finally, there are a whole host of other videos in the Pocketstock Academy which can help:

Happy shooting and feel free to sign up as a contributor with us too!

John Kerry July 5, 2012 - 4:50 am

Thanks Charles,

The sites are useful for lover of photography. Any one having passion or hobby about taking digital photos can upload and earn money.

I would like to know how to copy right the photo graph before uploading.



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