On top of this, viewing the current trends and creating challenges for yourself to go and capture images to suit is a great way to not only improve your photography but your chances of making sales via stock photography. Just be weary of what you’re signing up for as some stock libraries want exclusivity (which can be good and bad) or charge large commissions.
While I always push being as creative as possible, with stock imagery, more often than not it’s the traditional shots that get purchased. Beach photographs sell really well on stock libraries, despite there being millions to choose from! Images of the environment, photos of grass, water, trees can all gather speed quickly.
Compile a collection of images you aren’t using and will probably never use again to see what you’ve already got! Do they fit into the popular stock photography categories? Research keywords on the stock library so when you’re uploading your images, you know what keywords to use to ensure greater visibility and a better chance at sales! Spend time comparing the various stock libraries to find the one that fits your work and offers the best deal in terms of your rights and licensing (many photographers).
These downloads could be used for phone wallpapers, for customers to print and hang on their wall or for marketing purposes. extra money. You can add an e-commerce section to your existing site or sign up to a platform like Squarespace where you can opt for a commerce plan and get started.
You not only want to charge an appropriate fee for this, but make sure you include a contract with terms plainly written to ensure they can’t resell or use the image in any way you aren’t comfortable with. Those working as portrait or wedding photographers will usually have their clients requesting digital downloads which is completely fine! Most people no will want to print their own images or have the files to use on their social profiles however always ensure you aren’t simply giving them away.
On a lighter note, if you’re keen to make some additional income by selling lower resolution files that people can use on their phones or websites it can be a great little earner. Selling files that are sized for various templates and screens is helpful for people who need images for their business or content creation.
While you can adjust the profit you’ll receive for prints, for products like phone cases you’ll earn a set fee per sale and it’s not much. Their products are really good quality and I’ve even gifted my sister a clock for her room and created a mat with a photo of my dog and I on it…for her to sit on of course so she didn’t forget who I was while travelling haha.
From having an Etsy store online for just three months I’ve made 10 sales, which doesn’t sound like a total success, but those sales equate to over $1000. I’m actually really excited to see what this store can possibly turn into and have it set up as a little sister to my online print store that sells fine art prints.