Have you ever sold your photography?
One of the Great Lies that they used to tell us photographers is how easy it is to make virtually unlimited money selling your photos to stock photography houses. And, the one I heard most frequently offered up as an example was iStockPhoto. But, you know what? It’s not that easy. This week, they may not need anything you’ve shot. They may have too much of whatever your favorite subject is. Or, you may just not like something about their pricing structure or license agreement. So, what should you do, just give up?
iStockPhoto is not the only stock photography shop on the internet! Some time ago, Search Engine Journal listed 7 alternatives to iStockphoto. They listed them as sources for buying stock photography for use on a website, but I present them to you as potential markets for your work. I’m not saying you should try to sell your work, but, if you want to, it’s better to have more markets and more opportunity to sell than less. Just remember, don’t submit the same work to more than one place at the same time. And, unless they specifically allow it, don’t submit work that’s been accepted at one market to a second market. Those kinds of goofs will probably get you dropped from both sites.
So, what are you waiting for? Get to it!