Selling Photographs Online
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Selling photographs online through microstock photography agencies is a popular home business opportunity.
There is a growing demand for stock pictures as competitive stock photography sites focus on keeping their inventory fresh and current. It is simple to access this market - simply take your photographs, apply and then upload. Microstock sites pay you a commission or royalty fee each time your image is downloaded by a customer. The challenge comes in making sure that you images are optimized for selection by customers. There are two obvious ways to increase your chances of downloads. First, submit the type of images that are in demand by the market and second, keyword your images precisely and accurately so that buyers can find them.
What type of stock images are in demand?
Most microstock sites have a "Most Popular" or "Most Downloaded" facility where you can find out the sort of images that are selling well. Current research shows that the following categories are most in demand:
Keywording the image
Good relevant keywording of your picture is critical to customers finding your image and to selling your photographs online. Some microstock sites have online forums and facilities that can help you with keywording your submissions. To start with keywording your image first get an overall impression of the image and note down the words that first come to mind. What does the image "say" to you, what is it about, which is the most obvious element of the image and why would someone buy the image? Using concept keywords can motivate the customer to download your image to represent the idea they are looking for. Keep your keywords simple, accurate and applicable to your image.
There are a number of popular microstock agencies you can use for selling photographs online. Find out more at Selling Stock Photography.
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