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Selling Photos Online – Make Money With Your Travel Photos

If you love to travel, chances are you also enjoy capturing photographs of the places that you are fortunate enough to see. Most people who have caught the travel bug like to take pictures to remember their adventures by, and so that they can share the things they have seen with their friends, but have you ever considered that their travel photos could also be a source of income? Selling photos online of all of your trips. In this article, you will learn all about what you need to do to start earning money.

Selling Photos Online

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While you won’t be able to make a full time living out of it unless you are a professional photographer, a lot of people make a small secondary income out of selling their photos of all kinds of things on stock image websites. If you have a good collection of travel pictures, this could well be something that you could do.

Selling Photos Online – Make Money With Your Travel Photos

Where Can You Sell Pictures Online?

There are lots of stock photo sites that are interested in selling pictures by photographers of all different levels, and even photos you have taken on your phone could well be accepted as long as they don’t infringe on copyright and meet the technical criteria set out (for example, some sites only accept pictures taken with a 6-megapixel camera or higher). You can find some good lists of sites you can register with here and here. Some sites will require you to only give them exclusive rights to the image, however on others, like Alamy, you don’t have this restriction and so can try and sell the same pictures on multiple platforms to boost your earning potential.

What Do You Need to Do?

Though phone camera pictures are often accepted, if you want to take making money off of your photos taken while you travel seriously, it can be a good idea to invest in a good camera. You can find some helpful camera reviews here. As well as having a decent camera to ensure more of your shots are up to the standard you can sell, it can also be a good idea to learn some photo editing skills, so you can polish up your pictures before uploading. Also bear in mind that you can sell more pictures if you have a model release form for the identifiable people in them, though if you are mainly taking pictures of scenery, architecture and wildlife as you travel this isn’t so much of a problem.

Looking for the Best Photo Opportunities

Pictures of unusual locations are always good, however even commonly photographed landmarks around the world can sell well if the picture is especially good – for instance there is a beautiful sunset in the background or some other feature that makes your picture stand out from the thousands of pictures of things like the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben on the sites. Pictures that sum up what a place is like are also great, so look out for busy city scenes or good shots of people relaxing in a typical way – such as enjoying a coffee in a continental cafe.

Check out some of the sites where you can upload and sell pictures and see if your collection of travel pics could make you some money.

One thought on “Selling Photos Online – Make Money With Your Travel Photos”

  1. These are some great tips! I have personally made a decent amount of money off of my photography. There is one image from St. Louis I have made a decent amount of money off of. It was just a quick snap through a glass window. Who would have thought?!?! If you are curious about the other ways I’ve made money off of photography check out my blog post.

    – Adam

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