You take great photos and everyone says you should share or sell them. In fact, photography is the only thing you know and you would very much love to learn how to make money from your passion. The truth is there is no better time than now to showcase your work to all audiences. The internet make is very easy for you to share your photos; all you have to do is upload them to a photo sharing website, your own website or social media and you have an instant audience.
But the sharing nature of the website can also make it very hard for you to sell your photos. Earning money from your photos is hindered by so many things including people stealing your photos and so many other similar photos available for free. But that doesn’t mean that it is completely impossible to make money from your photos.
The following are just some of the things you can do to make your work more marketable;
- Put Only Your Best Work Forward
You want to make sure that you only share your best work. As a professional photographer, your best work is probably every photo you’ve ever taken. But since there are thousands of other photographers, just as good as you, who have taken photos of the same subjects. Therefore, you want to ensure that the photos you select to share online are different.
- Share some for Free
We realize that you goal is to sell photos. But before you can sell any photos, you must become familiar to your potential customer. You want your images to be instantly recognizable and to do that, you’re going to have to share some of them for free. Fortunately, this is the easy part since all you have to do is upload the images to a photo sharing website and have thousands of people looking at them almost immediately.
- Protect Your Images
Posting your images online is one of the easiest ways to get noticed but it is also quite risky. You should therefore take extra precautions to ensure that you don’t wake up one day to find an online advertisement making use of your photos or worse still see your photos up for a sale on a website you’ve never visited.
Begin by ensuring that you only post your photos on image sharing sites that are committed to protecting your photos from illegal downloading. When posting the photos on your website, you can protect them by posting only low resolution images.
- Consider Diversifying
By posting your photos online, you may be able to get noticed by publishers and sell some of your images. But in order to make a consistent income, you may want to consider placing your photos in novelty items like greeting cards and gift items. You might even consider putting all your photos in a themed eBook and selling the eBook online either on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.