Getting paid for photos taken with cell phone or camera

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I have seen a sales program which states you can sell your photos online if you just send them $37 they tell you about it. Is this a gimmick or is there a real opportunity to sell stock photos?
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Sounds like some clickbank product that's been around for ages. I wouldn't buy it. Sounds a lot like the paid survey crap you buy and it ends up to be all junk companies that don't really pay more than pennies for surveys.
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  • Profile picture of the author HN
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    istockphoto, shutterstock, fotolia etc. But I doubt you can sell photos taken with cell phone since those won't meet the quality requirements. Google "sell stock photos".

    What can you do with photos taken with cell phone? Create a wallpaper website and give them away for free. Monetize the site with ads and affiliate programs.
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    • Profile picture of the author corriecjc
      Thank you for your comments. They are helpful to me and I will look into all the recommendations. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    I'll tell you for free.

    Know all of those stock photo sites? Like istockphoto.com? You can sell your images on there. The site receives a cut and so do you. The trick is getting traffic to your listings and optimizing your portfolios and listings to rank well. Key is VOLUME.

    Enjoy!

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    • Profile picture of the author koolphoto
      You can make money selling stock photography. Though it isn't as easy as some people say. It is a business and it takes awhile to get established. Selling through the online stock agencies will not make you rich. Today, stock agencies are better used for additional income, not your main job. Prices are very low, the business is very competitive and you need a lot of images in your archive to start making a decent amount of money. It can take a couple of years to build up a decent archive of images. Many photographers nowadays shoot assignments and then add to their photo agency archive.

      Cell phone cameras right now are still not good enough compared to full frame pro digital cameras. Stock agencies like Getty Images and Corbis want quality. That isn't available with cell phones yet. In time this might change, but as of now cell phones are not pro cameras.

      Save your money. Don't buy that book. Instead go to a good pro forum and ask questions there. Two that are good are:

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    • Profile picture of the author corriecjc
      Originally Posted by Get Rich Methods View Post

      I'll tell you for free.

      Know all of those stock photo sites? Like istockphoto.com? You can sell your images on there. The site receives a cut and so do you. The trick is getting traffic to your listings and optimizing your portfolios and listings to rank well. Key is VOLUME.

      Enjoy!

      GRM
      Thank you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
        Originally Posted by corriecjc View Post

        Thank you.
        Glad to help, buddy.

        It's an old method; not sure if it works or not these days (but I'm sure with some tweaking, hard work, and out of the box thinking, it would). The trick to it used to be massive volume. We're talking thousands of high-end images, covering the right type of in-demand subjects, and all optimized on those sites to get the majority of eyeballs, and fed from outside traffic channels. The folks I knew doing it were making 4 figures a month.

        Have a dig around the 'net if you're really keen on it. In the words of Fox Mulder: "The truth is out there."
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  • Profile picture of the author Triplescan
    Photos of yours can be sold on shutterstock and so on but you never get the promise that you will receive the exact amount of $37 on them. Also they have to be good quality, meaningful, themed photos because they are to be used in ads, wallpapers, etc. So, yes, it sounds like a possible scam what you bumped into.
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  • Profile picture of the author NickNimmin
    I can't remember the name off the top of my head but there is a stock site where you can sell phone pics too. They have to be good pics though, not just pics anybody can take.

    I have a friend who sells stock on all of the major stock photo sites. He has tons of great pics up there but he doesn't sell enough to make a living...not even close actually. If you are going to pursue that, it's best to start as a hobby and grow into it over time as you refine your editing process and so on.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    I have seen these ads recently . . . they tell you how you can make tons of money if you just buy their guide. The guide is just a guide to using Photoshop, and while there certainly are ways of making money from photos, it's not as easy as they suggest, yet worth doing for a long-term residual income.

    Don't bother to buy their photoshop guide, just download Gimp which is similar and genuinely free, and learn from free online resources, if you have a good eye, it's not too difficult.

    Yes you can make money by taking photos and uploading them to microstock sites. I have about 1000 images on 123RF which is about 3rd best . . . best of the microstock sites is Shutterstock but they are much more picky and wouldn't accept most of my photos taken with a small camera (not SLR), but 123RF will accept anything which an interesting image, even from a phone-camera. From my 1000 phots up on 123RF I make approximately $5 per month. So certainly worth doing if you calculate what that is for the rest of your life, but not instant riches.

    You can find lists of what relative profits other photographers are making on the different sites . . . there are a lot of sites, and the agreement is usually non-exclusive so you can sign-up for them all, but uploading, writing good descriptions and keywords, and doing things like layout etc. on the sites like Zazzle, does take time, as does taking good photos.

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Get Rich Methods View Post

      I'll tell you for free.

      Know all of those stock photo sites? Like istockphoto.com? You can sell your images on there. The site receives a cut and so do you. The trick is getting traffic to your listings and optimizing your portfolios and listings to rank well. Key is VOLUME.

      Enjoy!

      GRM
      Good work...you just saved him $37.
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  • Profile picture of the author 10kaday
    well if you are going to be doing that as a serous business .I would buy the guide smaller learning curve and it might give you insights you cant get for free or take time to get to. And its only 37$. So why not. The reason most people here are saying dont buy is because thats not what they do for a living. Also just because someone knows what seo is , does not make them a expert nor good enough to make real money doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author citygirl777
    Build a decent portfolio of photos and/or videos and sell them as a package deal on Fiverr. I've seen a few people on there doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    Well I'll give my two .02 cents

    Yes you can sell your photos online and it can be done with a camera. I use an iPhone 5c with a camera app that improves the camera so it can take high-resolution photos and has stunning effects filters etc.

    Do some research on DSLR cameras and compare some of the phone apps that improve the camera greatly. Both for iPhone and Androids.

    I also sell film clips taken with my iPhone and done up a little in After Effects and have also filmed a short-film using the iPhone and iPad.

    Another site where you can sell your photos at is Stock Photos & Stock Images from $1 | PhotoDune it's part of the Envato network which I'm a member off. Didn't even use my affiliate link
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