September 1, 2010

Sell Photos For Money - No Talent Required, Apparently - Perfect For Old Myspace Addicts

It seems a detour on my path to riches ends up in Photo-ville, where teens with cameras snap pictures endlessly in an attempt to be seen. However, an unknown underbelly of that carnival is where I found places that will actually PAY YOU for the photos you take. It seems that plenty of people out there, big businesses especially, are afraid of getting sued, and the most common mistake they make is using a photo someone else technically owns. Because of this, several sites cater to those looking to get a picture of a smiling couple at sunset for their impotency brochure. That's where you come in... and not the impotency part!

Once such site is istockphoto.com, which allows you to, after becoming a member and passing a quiz (yes, one of those again), post photos for sell. iStock pays contributors a base royalty rate of 20% for each file downloaded. If you are an Exclusive contributor you can earn up to 40%.They offer many more resources to help you maximize your return, so check out the page to get the real details.

Another site that seems to really deliver on their promise is shutterpoint.com, where you can upload still photos or videos for sale and receive a royalty payment every time someone makes use of your content. They say they offer an 85% Payout Rate, the best on the Web, but you'll have to find out if that is fact or hoopla on your own, as I'm not much of a shutterbug myself. They offer your own online image store-front to showcase and sell your photos to the world, as well as many other resources, so checking them out if this interest would not be a waste of time.

Not to insult, intentionally or not, any of my readers, but frankly I just don't see this being a major payout at the scale they are working on. I could be wrong about the amount of photos being bought for royalties, so if you try this, please update me on the results. If you are one of the seemingly millions of teenage girls who skipped college because they consider themselves a photographer after learning a filter or two on their camera, this just might be your big break. Well... at least it will allow you to buy the 5 cats in your house food for the month.




28 comments:

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  3. unfortunately, i'm an antisocial neckbeard. so no luck.

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  4. interesting. I'll have to check this out

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  5. love this blog, you need to find us a gold mine bro

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  6. I'm a shutterbug! Or at least I used to be. I'm hoping to start snapping some photos tomorrow actually!

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  7. I'm tempted to do this, to be honest. I love taking pictures of the night sky, but that would only take me so far.

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  8. i love this blog hahaha


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  9. Hey, just checking in, seeing what's new :-) Lots of love and support from Viking travels :-D

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  10. good stuff bro

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  11. I'll look into this, I have a few old cell phones laying around.

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  13. Cool, just showing my daily love. This was cool.

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  14. You are truly an inspiration! I will keep your thoughts in mind for my next blog posting.

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  15. That's awesome, looks like I need to break out the camera and start snapping away again!

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  16. It's a good way to make money if you are a scenewhore/hipster, too bad neither group could ever discover it.

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  17. Money for myspace scene whores?
    Dont know if want..

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  18. Not only does this not usually pay well...these sorts of websites are killing the professional photographer trade.

    What used to be a well paying job? People expect you to do for free, "for your portfolio". These websites are nothing but evil. They allow lots of people to make a few bucks here or there, almost never enough to live on, and are going a LONG way to destroy an entire industry.

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