Sell Nature Photos
iStockPhoto– iStockPhoto can be a bit of a challenge to join. You have to join their site, read their manual, and take a quiz. Then you have to submit samples of your best work, and if accepted, you can start selling your photos. If you sell to multiple sites, you can earn 15% through iStockPhoto, but if you decide to become exclusive to their site, then you can earn anywhere between a 22-45% royalty rate on your photos. If you fulfill certain requirements, you can sell your images to the entire Getty Images Family.
Sell Nature Photos
Dreamstime– Dreamstime allows anyone to become a member, but to sell your photos, your work has to be reviewed and you have to be accepted. The pay that you receive depends on the level that you photos are on when they sell. Every image starts at level 0 and the more times the image is downloaded, the higher its level will increase. Each level has a percentage, based on certain criteria. The whole process is rather complicated, and to understand, it would be best to view the chart on their website. There are 5 levels, and different pay scales depending on size.
Sell Nature Photos
Jenny February 27, 2012 at 5:30 am Very interesting article for anyone who is trying to make a living as a photographer. Digital photography has changed everything and you have to be creative to sell your photos. There is another change in digital photography coming that will probably change the selling and consuming of photos, light field photography. In my opinion digitally displayed photos will gain even more advantage as for the first time printed photo will not be able to be the same as digital one. This is another thing to consider in the long run if photography is your business. Reply to this message
Sell Nature Photos
CanStockPhoto– CanStockPhoto makes it easy to sell your photos online. Sign up for an account, fill out an application, and once you are accepted, you can begin uploading your photos quickly. You also receive money for referring other photographers. Exclusive rights photos earn 50% commission, and different sized images and assets earn different amounts of commission. To see a detailed list, click here.
Sell Nature Photos
Sell Nature Photos
Sean Crane: My day job is as a creative director at a big ad agency in New York. Wildlife photography is something that I do whenever I’m not convincing the world to buy things that they may or may not need. I make money with the photography, but it’s always as a nice little bonus on the side, rather than a way to make a living. I do sell stock through Minden Pictures. This is a pretty new venture for me so I’m still waiting to see how it works out as a revenue stream. I also sell stock directly. I’ve been posting to my Photo of the Day blog for about seven years now and I get a lot of clicks, so my images tend to rank high in search engines. This is usually how clients find me, Google searches, and we take it from there. I also sell prints directly from my website. I’d say stock makes up 70 percent of my wildlife imagery sales for the year and prints the other 30 percent.
Great resource Angie! I’ve used some of these sites before, and just started my newest store on Etsy. I sell graphics instead of photos, but many of these sites sell vectors too. Its a great way to make some extra cash!
Great source Angie ! I am From India and I am not a professional in photography can you please suggest me from which site I should start selling my photos where my photos easily accepted from site. I have some photos of Flowers, Indian Cultures , Festivals, Street Beggars, Local musicians and Poverty in India.
ShutterPoint– Shutterpoint makes it easy to join and start selling your photos immediately. All you have to do is sign up. They also accept all types of photos, so there isn’t a test or acceptance process before you can start selling. They also mention a bulk upload tool, so you can upload many photos quickly. They have a payout rate of 85% for Full Royalty Free images, and 70% for Standard Royalty Free images.
Greg is also a huge advocate for nailing photos in the RAW format, and not employing any serious post-production techniques. Most of the time, he spends 90% of his efforts composing and measuring his photos before even shooting, and only about 10% doing some standard tweaks in Lightroom. “I do this because I think it’s the way nature photography should be done, and I like to challenge myself in the field. This type of photography also coincides with what the major international photo contests and many of my magazine clients (like National Geographic Kids, Geo, and Ranger Rick) want. It’s not at all uncommon for magazine editors to ask for the RAW file because they need to assure their readers that a photo in their magazine is not a product of Photoshop trickery.”
Sooner than you could believe, he sold his first photos to Lonely Planet, encouraging him to buy more pro gear (Canon D30, the first Canon DSLR!) and take more photos. He sold a few more pictures, bought more gear, sold a few more pictures, and then finally realized that he was hooked: Greg had a serious addiction to nature photography.
But when Greg was looking to break out into the world of nature photography as a full-time professional, the stock photo market had already been getting considerably smaller year-to-year and it was harder to sell photography. “I knew that the stock market, perhaps especially for nature photography, was shrinking,” says Greg, “probably due to the emergence of digital. A lot more people were shooting, and suddenly there emerged a lot more places for photo buyers to get cheap imagery.”
Stock agencies may demand exclusive rights to your images. That means that they, and they alone, can sell them for you. Under such an arrangement, you may not sell those same images on your own. Other agencies are more flexible. All agencies take a share of the sale – usually about fifty percent. While this seems high, stock agencies are often much better at selling your images than you will be, and also tend to demand top dollar for images. In other words, your fifty percent may be pretty close to what you would have negotiated on your own, and any reasonable sale is better than no sale. Your agency has access to editors and art directors that you may never gain.
DepositPhotos– DepositPhotos makes it quick and easy to get started with selling you images. Sign up for an account, pass a quick exam (they assure you that it is easy), and then you can start uploading images. The only snag is that each image has to be approved before it is officially displayed on the site to be sold. Their pay scale is similar to that of Dreamstime, where your images increase in level when they sell a certain amount. The higher the level is, the more money you make from each sale. They have a chart with examples available on their site. One stand out feature that they have is that you can sell vector images as well, but you have to upload them in the format specified.
As an appendix to the Selling Nature Photography guide, I talked with Greg Basco of Deep Green Photography – a nature photographer specializing in Costa Rica rain forest stock photography. He’s been shooting since he first arrived in Costa Rica in 1992, and now offers you 7 tips for shooting and selling nature stock photography.
It also helps that Greg is an award-winning nature photographer, with such honors under his belt as prizes in the BBC/Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice contest, the most prestigious nature photography competitions in the world. He’s also had some extraordinary opportunities, like being published in National Geographic and working with Canon on several marketing campaigns to show how real photographers use Canon gear in the field. The promotion from this type of exposure has been invaluable.
Most magazines will have a set rate for the images they purchase, often based on how large the image runs. A full page pays more than a half page, a half page more than a quarter, etc. I don’t quite understand how this system came about, since the image is the same no matter the size, but that’s just the way it works. A few of my clients have a flat rate for photos, no matter the size. Magazines buy non-exlcusive, one-time rights. That means that they get to use your photo one time, and you are also free to sell it elsewhere. However, you will ruin your relationship with the magazine if they see that same photo in a competitor’s publication any time near the publication of their own.
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