Sell photos: The ultimate guide for selling your photos online

If you enjoy and have a talent for photography then you may want to consider selling your photos online. It is easier to sell your photos online to help you earn extra income by using micro stock photography web sites. Stock photography is a large quantity of photographs that are licensed for specific uses. These photographs are used to satisfy the requirements for creative assignments instead of hiring a photographer. Stock images can be located in a variety of searchable online catalogues. Conveniently, these photos can be purchased and retrieved online.

Stock photography is used wherever photography is needed. Take the time and notice the images around you. Look at images on labels, books, billboards, magazine ads and much more. Chances are the image you are seeing was purchased from a stock photography agency. Stock photography is very abstract. Close-ups are very common in stock photography. For example, a close up of blades of grass in a law can be used for gardening magazines as a representative image for the proper care of lawns.

Selling your stock photographs to a stock photographing agency means that you are selling your rights as the images owner. Many agencies pay you based on how many photos you have sold to them. Agencies also pay higher amounts when you sell exclusive rights to them. However, by doing this means that you cannot reuse, redistribute or resell the image without facing copyright laws. Earning extra income from selling your stock photography is a great benefit especially for professional photographers. Sometimes, unused frames from previous photography shoots can be sold and purchased as stock photography.

In order to be a good stock photographer, first things first, you need to know how to take good photographs. Stock photographing agencies rate photos for their quality and potential. Photographs need to be crisp, clear, well lit and free of digital noise. After you have taken a good amount of photographs, making sure that there are no family members, children, or personal references, submit the photos to a stock photography agency such as Shutterstock.

Shutterstock is a micro stock photography website where subscribers can purchase and use stock photography uploaded by contributors. In order to contribute your photographs to Shutterstock you first have to become a member of their website. After you have gone through the registration process you then submit your photos and Shutterstock will accept or decline them.

In order for Shutterstock to accept your submissions they first of all must be solely owned by you. Your photos cannot contain any copyrighted material. Secondly, your photographs cannot contain any personal embedded watermarks, or any evidence of your own copyright image on the image you want to submit.

Thirdly, any photograph that has any person that can be identified must have what is known as a “model release”. This is Shutterstock’s way of being able to distribute a photo of a person. Nude content is allowable for submission to Shutterstock as long as the person looks over the age of 25 and the submission of the photo must include a submission of the models photo ID.

There are other dos and don’ts associated with Shutterstock’s website and policy. However, these policies are similar to the policies that can be found at other micro stock photography websites. Once your photos have been submitted and accepted the way you are paid for your photos usually depends on how much they are rated at. For example, if your stock of photos rate at $0.10 per photo and you have 20 photos in a stock that equals $2.00 for the entire stock and $0.10 every time a single photo of the stock is purchased.

For more information on Shutterstock visit their website at If you have a passion for photography and want to make extra income for your talents then seriously consider submitting your stock photographs to Shutterstock or other micro stock photography agencies.