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How to turn you photos into cash

Hobbies can sometimes easily be turned into a money making business. If your hobby is photography and you you’re good at it, you could make some extra cash selling your photographs online. Here’s how to do that.

Stock photography is probably one of the best ways to start selling your photographs. There are literally dozens of websites where you can upload your photos. On these sites people can then purchase your photos to use them on websites, newsletters, magazines and other media. However, the competition is fierce. Hundreds, if not thousands, of photographers do this, which means that in order for you to get your photos sold they have to be of high quality as well as cheap. This in turn means that for you to make any kind of serious money off your photos you will have to upload dozens or even hundreds of good quality photos.

So, do you think you’ve got what it takes? Start by doing some research. Check out the most widely used stock photography sites to get an idea of what’s on offer, what customers might be looking for, and also what kind of quality is needed. Remember that even the cheapest stock photography sites will turn your photos down if they’re not good enough.

A couple of things you need to keep in mind

  • Your photos should be high resolution – customers will be able to buy your photo in different sizes/resolutions depending on what they need it for. The higher resolution a customer wants, the higher the price.
  • Try to be unique – don’t submit the same kind of photos that already exists in their hundreds on the site. Unless they happen to be exceptionally good, they will most likely not get accepted. Try to see what kind of photos are missing or at least are very few in numbers.

Selling your photos online will not make you rich, but providing you’re good and you manage to sell at all you could possibly see some nice extra cash coming your way. In the meanwhile, start taking photos, lots of photos!

Here are a few sites where you can start

Shutterstock Photos (www.shutterstock.com)
Stock.xchng (www.sxc.hu)
iStock Photo (www.istockphoto.com)
Dreamstime (www.dreamstime.com)

Good luck!

Missed opportunities

A little while back, on December 8th, I missed a photo opportunity possibly of a lifetime. An amazing weather phenomena appeared over Stockholm, Sweden. Some call it a weather sun, but most of you probably know it as a Halo.

I’ve been telling myself for years now that I should always carry a camera when I’m out. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve “seen” great pictures, without having a camera anywhere near. Well, what about your mobile phone? Surely there’s a camera in that? Yes, but it’s only a VGA camera, and it’s good for nothing!

To constantly carry my DSLR around is obviously not an option, but you’d think it would be an easy thing to keep my compact in my pocket. I should have learned my lesson by now!

Anyway, back to the missed opportunity, the Halo. The fact is that I never even saw it, so even if I have had a camera with me I still wouldn’t have gotten the picture.

I’m sure I’m not the only one this happens to. What’s your best missed photo opportunity?

An Introduction to Making Your First Photofilm

“Many have turned to video to meet the demand for web-based media, but the increasingly popular medium of Photofilms provide a simple and highly effective way to display your work, without having to learn lots of new skills. Now being employed by various news agencies, this new multimedia format is gaining momentum in the world of online photojournalism and will be a valuable means for publishing your work.” (quote by Simon Bray)

Read the source post here, and get a 10 step introduction to making your own photofilm!

100 Helpful Tutorials To Make You A Better Photographer

Sometimes you stumble upon things you simply must share with others. This is one of those things. A superb collection, 100 of them to be exact, of photography tutorials. They teach you everything from the basics to more advanced techniques for creating stunning looking pictures.

Click here to go to the collection …

The end of Lunarstorm

In the beginning there was Stajl Plejs Community … this was in 1996. We saw the birth of a community which was later, in 2001, renamed Lunarstorm. This was years before anyone had ever come up with the idea of Facebook. I suppose you could call the creators of Lunarstorm (previously Stalj Plejs Community) pioneers in the business of communities.

At it’s most Lunarstorm had around 1.6 million unique visitors per week. That has now dropped to no more than 78,000 visitors per week. Bear in mind, Lunarstorm is a Swedish community with all the limitations that entails, so to once having had 1.6 million visitors per week is a pretty amazing thing.

A number of years ago the owners of Lunarstorm ventured onto the British market by opening an English version of Lunarstorm. This did not go well, and they eventually had to close it down. They simply couldn’t compete with then popular communities such as Myspace and similar sites.

In 2004 we saw Facebook coming to life. I believe we can safely say that this was the beginning of the end for Lunarstorm. Lunarstorm wasn’t exciting anymore and was furthermore limited to Sweden and Scandinavia. Facebook offered the World!

The owner of Lunarstorm, Wyatt Media Group, has now announced that they are going to close it down. However, they are going to try to lure the remaining users over to LS8.se, a site that is presently limited to invitation only. This is supposed to be a “different kind of Lunarstorm”. Well, to me it seems to be pretty much the same. Still the same age group, still the same content. Very much focused on pictures and webcams. Still the same dangers that comes along with teenagers showing themselves off online.

Lunarstorm was loosing members because they didn’t keep up. It’s looks to me that LS8.se is making the same mistakes over again. I can’t see how this new version of Lunarstorm will be any match for Facebook!