My photo on the BBC homepage
So I was searching for my daily fix of newsly ephemera the other day, waiting for my decrepit laptop to see fit to connect to the BBC Online, when something quite extraordinary happened. Yes, joy of petty joys, after the lights had blinked, the circles had whirled, and that stuttering blue bar had finally made its way across the top of my screen, my picture – or rather, a picture I had taken – was there for all to see at the top of the world’s largest news website.
It’s a pretty non-descript photo, it has to be said. But then again, most of my best selling stock photos are pretty non-descript. It was taken at the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees in Guangzhou – a typical take it, edit it, upload and forget about it shot, but it actually sells quite well on my microstock sites.
Ordinarily, you don’t get to see to what use your stock photos are put after they’ve been purchased. The nature of the license means that once a buyer purchases your image, they are free to do with it as they please according to the agreement, and you rarely have the opportunity to see your photo in action. To stumble across one of your photos whilst eating your breakfast before heading to work then, is definite Highlight of the Day stuff.
Incidentally, the article the photo was used to illustrate was entitled “A Better Way to Learn Chinese?” Not exactly what I had in mind when I took the photo, but I guess it’s a lesson in stock – or microstock – photography if nothing else. Simple, clear and open to broad interpretation wins the day. At least in this case.
If you want to start earning yourself some easy money by selling your own photos online, I recommend signing up at Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Depositphotos (in that order). These are three of the biggest agencies in the microstock game. You can upload the same images to each site, and once you’ve had some images accepted, your first few sales should not be long in coming.
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