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Professional photographers consider money to be king. It is an essential part of their job. Although the pleasure you derive from photographing is great, the money will not cover your rent, gas costs, or food. Finding buyers for your photographs is the best way to earn money through your photography. Below are some tips for selling your food photos. Continue reading to find out how you can market your photos. 

Food photos are always in demand, and you can sell your images to stock photo sites and microstock websites. Because Southern cuisine doesn’t thrive in Germany, it’s best that you focus your efforts on the local area. Diverse publications may search for stock images of food from the region.

Stock photography of food can make it easy to earn money. Contrary to other kinds or art works, a photography image can be sold again and again, making money on behalf of the photographer.

There are numerous websites which permit you to license images in different ways.


Stock Photography

It is the time when photographers license their images to an agency that deals in stock images and is paid an amount of the cost.

Images are available on websites as well as in books and magazines and in a variety in other forms of media. This is a cost-effective and quicker method for buyers to obtain images that promote their company or product.

In the past ten years photographers were able to earn an excellent living from stock photography. A lot of photographers would just shoot stock images, opting to work at home and work according to their own schedules instead of dealing with the pressures of working directly with customers.

It has become more difficult in recent times as digitization has made it much easier for anyone to get into the photography industry. However, if you’re a photographer seeking a way for diversification of your earnings or to make use of the images that have been sitting in your computer stock photography may maybe an alternative

Microstock is what people are thinking to when they hear the term stock photography. The emphasis is on high volume sales with a low cost per image.

To make money even in microstock you need to be licensing thousands of images, most likely by partnering with several agencies. 


If you do have an experience, you might be interested in trying “premium” photographs. This is a brand-new type of stock photography that’s developed in recent years.

They are specialized in representing the work of a small photographer with a higher price. In most cases, the pricing structure is quite simple: one cost for low-resolution files and a higher cost for a higher resolution file.

If you have high-quality stock, you will likely sell less photos however you will earn more money per the photos. You could begin earning money from a small number of pictures.

Premium stock agencies are more rigorous than microstock firms. There are some photographers who aren’t accepted, and some have a limit to the number of photographers they will take on.

They also have stricter requirements regarding the images they’ll license through their websites. They also regularly reject images submitted. Stock agencies are not always able to provide reasons for why they would not take images. This could be due to reasons related to image quality or technical issues or because of commercial reasons, for instance because they are unable to use images on that subject.


How to Take Stock Photos

If you’d like to be the world of stock photography here are two ways to approach it. You treat it like a business and upload photos regularly or use it as a place to sell old photos.

The way you go will determine how much you’re able to earn. Be aware that no matter if it’s premium or microstock it’s all a numbers-based game.

That means that you’ll need at least 1,000 or 2,000 images to earn a substantial income by licensing your photos. This is great news when you’ve been taking pictures for years, have a large collection of images.

Another suggestion is to work with several stock agencies. You won’t be able to send the same images to them all since many stock agencies demand exclusive images. 

Additionally, if you work with more than one agency, you can send any images that have been rejected at one place to another. Sometimes, what is rejected by one agency can be taken up by another.


Stock Agencies

Adobe Premium
In addition to offering standard stock photography, Adobe recently launched a Premium division, which comes with a simple pricing structure and high-quality payments.

The most prestigious and oldest agency that specializes in food stock. They specialize in royalty-free and rights-managed images. They categorize images according to their rights when they are they have been submitted. I like the fact that StockFood will tell you which photos were rejected and the reason for it.

Most stock agencies will not inform you of the areas where your photos didn’t meet the requirements. This can be a hassle if you want to submit your work elsewhere or improve your work. 

Tip on when to start selling

The buying season starts in September and lasts until the first week of December. It is possible to start planning for holiday foods as early as the summer. It will allow you to prepare for your fall content. It will not be possible to sell your food in September if you don’t start taking photos of it during the summer. You can start selling your food photography online by the beginning of fall.

Some agencies to sell to

These agencies are ones you might want to be thinking about sending your pictures to:

    • Getty Images
    • Alamy
    • Shutterstock
    • iStockphoto
    • Thinkstock
    • Mediabakery

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Most organizations require that photographers submit via their websites and include an online link to their work or their site, and preferably on their website. They could also request some high-resolution samples for them to examine before they decide whether or deny your application.