How to Make Money Selling Stock Photos

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Stock photos are images that are licensed for certain uses such as in magazines, books, newspapers and online websites. Stock photos are taken by professional and amateur photographers, then uploaded and showcased on one or more stock photography websites. Clients can purchase or rent these photos by paying the owner a fee.


Designers prefer to use stock images because it's an inexpensive way for them to obtain photos without the added expense of hiring a professional photographer.

  • Decide which photos you want to sell. Photos must be high-quality, crisp and clear, and cannot contain any trademarked items and logos. If using a model, she will need to sign a release form to allow you to sell the photo online (see the Resources section).

  • Create an account with one or more stock photography websites and upload your photos (see the Resources section). You will also need to have a PayPal account for any payments you may receive.

  • Choose the correct category for your photos so they can be found quickly by clients. Most clients know what they are looking for and will perform a search under a specific category.

  • Add several tags to your photos, so they can easily be found. With more tags you have a better chance of your photos being found in a search.

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  • Photo Credit photographer image by Steve Lovegrove from Fotolia.com
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