A Guide to Sell Your Travel Photos

Posted on May 14, 2016 By

When we’re on a holiday, clicking pictures is an activity that we often take for granted. We get a picture of the whole group on a memorable backdrop, we get one with a pal trying to swallow the Sun (or the Egyptian pyramids), and an entire series dedicated to the colorful cocktails we sip on (no thanks to Instagram).

This reality is cringe-worthy in hindsight, when we realize that there was so much more to click, if only had we restricted the cocktail intake. Especially now, when you learn that these very pictures could have made you a miniscule fortune of sorts. Yes, travel photographs can get you a sizable sum, as long as you know 2 very important things:

1. Keep Your Perspective Unique

Keeping a unique perspective will obviously take you places. However, you need to be mindful of the fact that there are hoards of people out there trying to sell their pictures to stock websites. And this, actually, is the least of your bothers. We’re living in a world where 7-year-olds make merry by clicking pictures with their mother’s iPhones. Stock websites are notoriously hard to crack, as there isn’t a surefire way of knowing what may or may not be accepted. Therefore, developing a keen eye for aesthetics may get you somewhere, but that ‘somewhere’ may not always be to your liking. The bottom line is to keep clicking neatly, as long as you’re happy doing so.

2. Randomness is Valuable

So, a near-universal perception goes that a good picture is the one with the to-die-for view, vividly colored, and visually magnificent. Umm, not so. There are scores of sale-worthy pictures that feature grazing cattle, seashells on sand, roadside stalls selling ‘I Love New York’ T-shirts, and the likes. Anthony Parkin, Director of Editorial Content at Getty Images once said that an ideal Getty image has a fresh approach, and manages to tell a story.

3. Clean Them Up

Always begin with the basics, which is working towards getting a clean image. Now, your pictures are not expected to possess the finesse of a professional, but they do need to stand up to some minimalistic requirements. Digital photos are known to blow up any traces of dust, so employ your photo editing skills and essay a nice clean-up job. Depending upon the flaws present, you may choose to brighten it, darken it, or reduce the noise. The end result, as far as possible, should be a blemish-free image.

4. Fill the Frame

Another basic rule you need to remember while clicking is that the central piece of attention should be placed where it belongs, which is right in the center. Out of focus objects may seem quirky to you, but you’ll probably find it pretty tough to sell them. Let your central object swallow up all the space it needs in the frame. In case there are more, see to it that they take up equal space.