If you want to start your own business in freelance digital photography then there are a number of ways that you can get started and sell your digital photos online.
1. Sell Photos at Stock Photography Web Sites
One of the best ways to sell digital photos online is to sell your photography at stock photography web sites.
Stock photography refers to a stock of existing photographs that can be licensed for specific uses. Publishers, magazines, advertising agencies, filmmakers, web designers, and graphic artists are all examples of users of stock photography. They can use stock photography instead of hiring a photographer to shoot the photographs they need.
As a photographer when you take photographs those photos become a part of your "stock". As the copyright holder you can license the images again and again. You can sell stock photos online through a number of popular stock agencies and microstock photography sites such as Alamy and iStockPhoto.
2. Sell Photos at Your Own Web Site
Another good way is to sell your photographs online is to have your own web site. These days it doesn't cost much to start up our own site and then you can use it to showcase your best work. For just a few dollars a month you can have your own "online showroom" and sell your photos directly to clients who are eager to purchase good photography.
3. Market Your Photography at Photo-Sharing Sites
There are many photo-sharing sites on the web, such as the popular Flickr. Together the top 10 sites are said to receive around 50 million visitors every month.
The primary purpose of photo-sharing sites is to enable users to upload, share, search, view, rate, tag and comment on uploaded photographs. Keep in mind that at social networking sites most users are not selling their photos, they are just sharing them. But many of the good photographers at photo sharing sites have been approached by people who want to license the images.
The secret to selling your photography using photo-sharing sites is to make it clear on your pages that licenses for your images are available for purchase.
That is just a few of the ways you can start selling your photos. If you love photography then a career as a freelance photographer is well worth considering and offers a great lifestyle.
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