Making money by selling photos is no longer confined to the pros. Today, you don’t need to have high-tech equipment or learn the art of photography to take great pictures and make money selling them. If you have an eye for capturing great moments and an account with a photo marketplace you could be on your way to making money without sweating it out. PicFair is the marketplace we are taking a look at today.
A Picfair World
Picfair is an image marketplace where you can upload your photos, apply a price for each one as you see fit, and retain all copyrights even while licensing it. The site features images from both professionals with DSLRs and non professions who Instagram stuff, but if you want your photos to stand out from the rest, you’ve got to pull out better than your best.
Also remember that any image you use must be your property. Also get the required permissions from other subjects in your photos, if any, and make sure your images don’t invade the privacy of anyone.
Get started with Picfair is easy. The first step is to create an account with them. Just head over to www.picfair.com, click the Sign Up button (at the top), and create your account. Twitter and Facebook logins are also available for convenient sign up.
You will receive a verification email. Click the link and then head over to the home page of Picfair. Click Profile and fill up your profile with your name, location, and additional information. This is essential if you want users to take you seriously.
The next thing to do is select your best images, give them a catchy or creative title to encourage more clicks. Fill in some keywords or tags, a creative caption, and put in your price. It is better to start with a low price if you are a non-professional and don’t have stunning images to attract buyers. You can browse the website and see what others are charging to get a realistic price estimate.
Add as many images as you think will make for a nice portfolio. Once that’s done you can check out how everything looks. When you click on any of your images, you will get a photo view with a watermark of your username. You can sort your images by tags, price, clicks, trending and other key factors.
You can now start spreading the word about your portfolio on social platforms. The Facebook, Twitter, and other social buttons are available on the left of the screen.
If your images are purchased, you will receive the price you set for them. Picfair’s commission of 20%, along with the processing fee will be added to your price and charged to the buyer. Cashout is via BACS or Paypal. Wait for awhile and if the sales don’t come in, you can tweak your prices and try other captions and do a bit of extra social promotion to spark interest in your images.
Unlike Clashot and Foap, PicFair is yet to go truly mobile, but you can use the mobile version of their website to upload images from your smartphone.
Have you used Picfair? What do you think of the marketplace?
Chitraparna Sinha says
The idea is good and thank you for introducing PicFair to your readers.
I had one question – Is there really any scope to sell images at PicFair? I ask because most people would rather do a Google Image search than buy them.
What do you think?