What It Takes to Make $500 per Month Selling Stock Photos

MakeUseOf | 10/13/2017 | Rob Nightingale
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Whether you’re a pro photographer looking for a new income stream or a hobbyist photographer hunting for a side income, selling shots on stock photography websites could be a valuable tool in your arsenal.

Although there are plenty of ways to earn a living from photography, selling stock photography is one that’s often overlooked. It’s unlikely to provide you with a full-time income. But it could be a great way to earn some extra cash to cover the cost of your gear without taking up too much of your time.

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To learn more about what it takes to earn some cash from stock photography, we spoke to keen photographer James Wheeler, who now routinely makes hundred of dollars per month doing just this.

Like many of us, James first played around with photography with a point-and-shoot digital camera. It was mainly a way to document his travels. In 2009, however, he started taking photography more seriously; he purchased an entry-level DSLR and spent several years studying the subject.

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He now shoots with a Nikon D600 and a Panasonic GH4, and sells his photos (and prints) on a number of stock photography websites, as well as on his own site, for a bit of extra income.

Here’s what I learned from chatting with him.

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Although James earned his first stock photography income within just a month of uploading his first batch of photos, you shouldn’t expect to make a full-time living from this. Those that do are a very rare breed.

With around 350 quality photos listed on half a dozen stock sites, James usually makes at least a couple hundred sales per...
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