Photography is indeed a hard money-making profession. With the horizons of Internet now open to selling your best photographs to online buyers, it has given tremendous boost to young photographers to take the lead and use Internet as a potential money-making platform.
However, considering the competition, there is no space for an amateur photographer to thrive in this online photography selling business. So, if you are confident on your proficient photography skills, here is a lowdown on the sites where you can sell your photographs.
First and foremost, look for stock photography sites. These are popular sites who invite young talents to stock their best art pieces and photographs with them. Now these photographs are viewed by potential visitors belonging to varied walks of life like, web designing, interior designing, editing, advertising etc. If they are impressed by the photograph, they download it for free. The main advantage of these sites that entice a lot of art lovers is the free download option which enables them to search and save the best piece of art for them. However, the site seeks around 50 %-70% of commission as compensation against every download.
Some of the most visited stock photography sites include, iStockphoto, Stockexpert, Fotolia, Crestock and Dreamstime. iStockphoto is one of the most popular pick by many photographers owing to its great reputation ever since its existence in 2001. It boasts a higher traffic due a vast stock of fascinating photographs and pictures of experienced photographers. This means that stocking your photograph on this site would ensure it being exposed and viewed by a wide belt of targeted audience like web designers, advertisers etc.
Another well known site is Stockexpert, which is also known for variety and quality of photographs. Popularity is based on considerably low-priced photographs which are for sale on both the stockexchange team as well as the wide-spread online consumers. The remaining sites operate in much the same way however you will find that their terms and methods of payment to the photographer will vary. Each site allows you to sign up for free in order to access its membership and the opportunity to upload your photos; please note that all of the stock photo sites retain the right to accept or reject your photos based on quality as well as a variety of other considerations.
You also have a variety of other means in order to market your photos. Sites such as Cafepress and Phototrade give you the opportunity to embed your photographs on mugs, T-shirts and a variety of other accessible items. In your search you may also come across sites that seek membership payment from you but will then give you access to marketing tools which will help you attract hits from targeted visitors across the globe. Shutterpoint is one such paid site that demands a requisite member fees ranging $19 to $49, depending on the kind of membership you choose.
Please remember, this is not an overnight success opportunity. Quality is key in this business and you must only submit quality photos that are guaranteed to be on par with their current inventory of photos.