4 ways to make money taking photos

Ready to start your own stock photography business? It’s surprisingly simple. You already have a passion for photography. But what is the next step?

Take your best photos and upload them to your Dreamstime account. Next, enter a title, description, and keyword metadata. Then sit back and watch the money roll in.

It’s too good to be true? Not necessarily. Like any business, you will only get back what you invest in it. Here are some ways to excel in stock photography.

1. Get to work

Don’t rely on Dreamstime to do all the marketing for you. Promote your photos on social media, blogs, online portfolios, newsletters and more. If you can post the link to your digital portfolio somewhere, do so.

Promoting your business takes time and effort, but it’s the best way to get your images noticed. Create accounts on photography websites and post everywhere when you have new uploads, sales, blog posts and more.

Ask for referrals from friends, family and clients. Embed a referral ID in your social media pages and blog posts. Don’t forget to post regularly to follow up.

These marketing methods are free, so take advantage of them. If you don’t have any accounts, create one. If you don’t have an online blog or portfolio, now is the time to start one. Remember: No one will fight to get your job as hard as you will. So do it.

Looking for professional shots or inspiration, tips and advice to achieve your own photographic goals? Check out Dreamstime for all the professional imagery and inspiration you need.

2. Take a closer look

Stock photography buying trends are constantly changing. To grow a successful business, you need to know your audience. The Dreamstime database lets you sort images by bestselling, newest, and latest uploads to see what everyone’s been flocking to these days.

Find a niche that isn’t overcrowded, then search for related terms. Check out the Best Sellers to see how many times these images have sold and start taking photos to fill in the gaps.

The Bottom Line: Unique and fresh images can go a long way to increasing sales.

3. Level Up

Get out of your comfort zone. Try new shooting and post-processing techniques. Tap or click here to see if you should shoot in JPEG, TIFF or RAW. Experimentation is the mother of all teachers when learning new skills, so this is your official call to shake things up.

Success comes from growth, so develop your skills. Once you’re comfortable with one technique, move on to the next. This is one of the best ways to invest in your stock image business.

4. Spend wisely

If you hire professional models, remember that they can be expensive. But high-quality images featuring people signing model release forms are always worth the investment.

The good news is that you don’t always need model agency professionals. You can ask your friends and family or post ads for more affordable topics.

Another great money-saving tip is knowing that a camera doesn’t make the photographer. Specialized lenses and lighting can improve image quality, increasing sales potential. Invest in quality technology, but don’t buy anything you don’t need. Tap or click here to discover photography myths you should stop believing.

A thriving stock photo business is more than just uploading images to a stock image website. It takes time, hard work, research and a humble approach. You may not earn much at first, but keep pursuing your dream, put in the time, and watch your efforts pay off in the long run.

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