Turn Your Interest Of Photography Into A Portable Income Source
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Turn Your Interest Of Photography Into A Portable Income Source

Today more and more people are looking for a portable income source that will allow them the freedom to work from anywhere in the world and gives them the flexibility to set their own schedules. If you have an interest in photography, you may already have what you need to build a portable career that will allow you to profit from your hobby.

More and more amateur photographers are finding ways that allow them to work less and enjoy life more by building portable incomes through stock photography sites. These sites allow you to upload your photos for sale and earn money from them over and over again. It might surprise you to know that many photographers who sell through stock photography sites are still earning sales from photos they uploaded several years ago.

What is Stock Photography?

According to Wikipedia, stock photography is the supply of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses. It is used to fulfill the needs of creative assignments instead of hiring a photographer, often for a lower cost. Today, stock images can be presented in searchable online databases. They can be purchased and delivered online.

A stock photo is an electronic photograph that is used by businesses and professionals alike in lieu of hiring a photographer. Instead of hiring a photographer, the business or professional will purchase the photo from a stick photography agent. They can purchase the image for a licensed one-time use or they can purchase the royalty-free rights and use it repeatedly.

A stock photography agent acts as the middleman for displaying and selling your stock photos. They keep a percentage of every sale and you earn a percentage, leading to your portable income.

Do I need Special Skills or Equipment to Build a Portable Career with Stock Photography?

One of the great things about building a portable income out of stock photography is that you do not need to be a professional photographer and for most stock agencies, you do not need a specific camera. You can start out with a simple point-and-shoot camera. (Some stock photography agents do require a DSLR camera but this is rare.) If you have a simple point-and-shoot camera and an eye for capturing great high resolution photos you can build your new portable career with stock photography.

What are the Best Stock Photography Agents to submit my Photos to?

Today there are literally hundreds of stock photography agents online that you can submit your photos to. I have compiled a list below of some of the very best stock photography sites on the internet along with their requirements for photo submissions. Please note that these are just a few of the many agents available to you.

  • 123rf- to apply with this agency, you must submit 10 sample images for review + valid form of ID. Image sizes must be a minimum 6 MP (JPEG with 80% quality compression)
  • Alamy- visit site to apply. Image requirements for this site are a bit strict and you must have a DSLR camera to take your photos with. They will not accept images from a point-and-shoot camera
  • AlaskaStock- accepts photos taken in Alaska. Also assigns photo assignments. See website for full details
  • BigStockPhoto- apply, register, read Contributor Tutorial, take the test and start uploading your photos. Image requirements for this agency include images that meet the following criteria: At least 800 px (high or wide) - max. 25 MB
  • CanStockPhoto- to apply: Register and submit sample images for initial review. Image requirements are: Minimum 3.0 MP (approx. 1500 x 2000 px) - max. 20 MB
  • Corbis- Visit website for details on how to become a contributor
  • Crestock- Very easy to apply. Simply go to website and register to sell photos then upload them
  • Cutcastor- to apply, visit their website and register then select the "Become a seller" checkbox. You can start uploading your content right after that. Image requirements for this site are: minimum 1600x1200 pixels (preferably 2000x3000)
  • DepositPhotos-to apply, you must register, pass a brief test and upload sample images for review. Images requirements are a minimum 3.8 MP (2400 x 1600 pixels) - max. 50 MB
  • DreamsTime- to sell through this photo agency, you must register on their site and then upload your photos for their review. Photo images must be between 3.0 MP up to 70.0 MP
  • fotolia- there is no review process for this stock photo agent. You simply register and begin uploading your photos. Minimum 2400 x 1600 pixels (4 MP) - max. 30 MB images are required
  • iStockPhoto- Submit 3 sample images for review to apply. Image size requirements are a minimum 1600 x 1200 px (approximately 2.0 MP)
  • Photodune- to apply, submit portfolio of 5-15 photographs for review. Image requirements are that images be a minimum 2 MP up to 80 MP
  • Pixastock-To apply, sign up as a contributor and take "Contributor Examination". After you pass the exam, you can upload your works to sell. Image requirements are: For JPEG and PNG files, sum of width and height must be 1301px or larger
  • Pond5- to submit photos, go to website. Scroll all the way to bottom of page and click on “contributor” link
  • Shutterstock- you must apply for submission status by going to their website and registering, then submitting 10 photos for their review. Once reviewed, they will accept or deny you to upload more photos. Images must be a minimum of minimum 4.0 MP (approximately 2400 x 1800 px)
  • Stockfresh- to apply, simply visit the website and register to become a contributor. Image requirements are: Minimum 1600x1200 (around 2 megapixels), maximum file size: approx. 25MB
  • Veer- Sign up on website to become a contributor
  • YAYMicro-To apply, visit their site and sign up and you are ready to upload your files. You can also send your stock photos by mail on a CD, DVD or portable hard drive. Image requirements are as follows: At least 6 megapixels and in addition a minimum of 1500 pixels on each side

Earning a portable income through stock photography is not only one of the least expensive ways to build a portable income but also one of the best ways to earn a continuous income that will keep generating month after month and year after year from the same work.

There are many great resources available to help you learn how to make money with stock photography. Do your research and see if a career in stock photography is right for you.


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