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I'm going to be a bit blunt here: your photography isn't the kinds of stuff clients who buy stock/microstock go for. In 2011, the vast majority of stock photography is used to sell business products to business people. And if it's not that, it's used as a source of images to be composited with other images. I've worked in interactive and print advertising ...


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What you're seeking: "an easy way where I would just upload my pictures somewhere and let it go" doesn't exist. If you want to make money, you'll need to invest time and work in making that happen. Let's look at a couple options you mentioned: Stock Photography The stock photo market is flood with pros and amateurs seeking revenue. What sells in stock ...


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It depends very much on what you are trying to accomplish. There are at least 3 broad categories, which I'll try and give some examples. Note that my examples are probably US centric, but the services might also have foreign affiliates, I haven't looked into them all, so... Selling Prints to Clients Okay, so you've done a photo shoot with some clients, ...


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Your only solution is to start an "old digital camera" movement where you espouse the virtues of the very digital look of the earliest digital cameras, and then put on a gallery show in New York with the images blown up to 4 feet by 6 feet to emphasize the very digitarianism they exude. Hey, if they can do gallery shows with iPhone images this should be a ...


17

10 years is a very long time in electronics, even the pro level Canon 1D is bettered for resolution by a camera phone these days. There's more to image quality than megapixels of course (I'm sure to get some flak in the comments for the 1D comparison) but I still think you'll be best served by getting a new camera, even if it's bottom of the range, chances ...


17

I'm a gallery represented photographer and I can tell you what I know. I can see two paths into a gallery, the first is when the gallery owner is already familiar with you work, the second is when they are not. You are lucky if you fit into the first camp, I did. But it isn't all luck. I worked hard to get noticed, I was just lucky in that I got noticed ...


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I make extra money through photography by developing personal relationships with potential clients, and using the internet as more of a portfolio guiding people rather than as a primary money maker by itself. Most of my photography money comes from shooting events (weddings, etc), or from one-off gigs where people want something photographed more nicely ...


12

The easiest and safest way to sell photography equipment is to sell it to people you know! I've had the good fortune to be able to do this in the past. Failing that, I've also sold stuff on eBay and not had any problems. You only ship when the buyer's funds are in your paypal account, and using an insured & signed for delivery system prevents them from ...


12

If your volume is low enough, you could just handle everything yourself. Post low-resolution images on your website and let users contact you directly specifying which ones they want. You could accept Paypal, which has much lower fees than many photo-selling websites I have seen.


10

The problem with stock sites these days is that they are utterly saturated with photos. Your photos are just a few amongst thousands; the chances of them being picked up are therefore small. Type 'sunset' into Getty Images and you get over 50,000 hits on more than 800 pages. If your photos appear on any page over about 10, you can probably forget about ...


10

Have you considered a solution like Instaproofs? They don't have a setup fee, you can set your own prices, you can upload whatever you want to (it's designed as a professional photography proofing site), and they charge a commission only when a sale is actually made... The commission is kinda steep- 15% of the total order amount (although it is on a sliding ...


9

Other than selling it to people you know (as pointed out by Matt) the easiest and safest way would be to a camera shop that deals in second hand equipment. You walk in there with your kit, they look at it and you walk out with money. Of course you will get less money than if you cut out the middleman, but that's your trade off to make.


7

Without serious work, your chances of making money from your photos are quite low because there's lots of people who do work hard to make their images more appealing for potential buyers. There are only two options of making money with hobby shots I can think of, both rather occasional than generating regular income: someone wants your photo thanks to ...


7

I'm pretty sure that Lulu.com will do what you are asking of them. It's not a particularly well know site for selling digitial prints, but it will do the job.


7

I would say you almost certainly cannot use that image commercially, without getting permission. If that site is legitimate, it would appear their intention is providing layouts and images for personal use. Only thing I can think of is to go to tineye.com and enter that drum image there, and see if you get any hits. You might be able to discover the ...


7

This is somewhat covered in this question. But it comes down to your prints are worth whatever people will pay for them. You can calculate a minimum price based upon your material costs and an amount you feel your time is worth, but this is really just the floor below which you are losing money. So some key factors that will influence price: Audience: ...


6

Note: this answer was written over two and a half years ago, and I would not give the same answer if I answered this now. I'd say that your camera is outdated, not primarily because of its pixel count, but because much better cameras can be bought for very cheap prices nowadays. In 2001 the 5MP compact camera probably cost about double what a good DSLR and ...


6

Each and every product sold separately at retail stores should have it's own EAN code. When combined in a bundle by the manufacturer, they receive a new EAN code. An EAN code embeds the manufacturer's identifier. The EAN code spec has a specified range that allows a retailer to create it's own EAN code valid only within that retailer. That could be used ...


6

You might want to take a look at KEH. They may not give you the absolute highest price, but they are quite reputable, and you can certainly feel safe going through them.


6

In my experience, it doesn't make much difference if you don't put much effort put into advertizing and promotion. I am with Fine Art America and I've sold a handful of photos but only one was a random buyer; the rest were friends of friends on Facebook and word of mouth. (I spent some money on advertizing on Google (which sucked) and Facebook (which was ...


6

Please take this as gentle constructive criticism, since that's how it's being offered. You don't want to invest in your business because you don't want to build or run your own web site. You don't want to pay someone else to do that for you, because you think they charge too much. I do think you need to take a step back and do some research into the ...


6

I believe it is Andreas Gursky's Rhine II, sold for $4.3 million in 2011. See this Telegraph article for some more details, including some other expensive prints. Pedantic aside: Whether it's the most valuable is different to the most expensive in my mind, and even that is probably different from the highest sale price, which is all I've mentioned here ...


5

I would suggest you very strongly consider the pros and cons of the microstock model before submitting your images there. Generally speaking, micro is a model that's much better for the consumers than the producers of content. If you'd prefer a more traditional stock photography model I would suggest you check out the Alamy agency: http://alamy.com/


5

I'd put the prints in a (neatly folded) plastic bag inside the cardboard backed envelope in an attempt to prevent water damage. In my experience, the Royal Mail aren't the most careful when it comes to handling things.


5

If you have not sold photos before, and therefore have little 'reputation', following or established photography business, I suggest you submit a few images to istockphoto.com. iStockphoto.com pays a royalty of 15% each time one of your images is 'purchased'. The returns are tiny, but the benefit to you is that it costs you nothing, and you will begin to ...


4

Find your niche in photography where you really stand out (at least in your area), then organize courses and/or write a book on how to make such photos. In addition to direct income, this is ought to make you known as a master of your chosen niche and might get you some customers.


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I think Alamy will meet your needs; there is no fee to host your images, and as long as the images are sharp (in focus) and technically perfect (no blemishes, black borders etc, level horizon) and of sufficient resolution, they will take them. They ask for an initial submission of 10-15 images which they will run through a QC check; if they all pass then ...


4

Have you already visited darqroom? As far as I know, they're located in France. I would just add I've already ordered some prints from their shop and I was quite satisfied with their customer services.


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I'm going to ramble on here for a little while about a few different things; this isn't directly an answer, so everyone please feel free to vote down at will. If you do want an answer to your specific question, "Legal Issues Photographing Rafting Companies," the only possible answer is: ask your lawyer. It's not clear why you're taking photographs of ...


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Have a look at Pwinty http://www.pwinty.com . It's a nice simple API for ordering photos - and you don't need users to leave your site like the other options suggested. they offer world wide shipping. I don't think Peecho offers much in the way of prints and posters and doesnt't look like fotomoto offers what you want either



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