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I’ve been contributing to stock photography sites like Shutterstock and iStock for a few years now. I’d figured that, since was taking tons of photographs for my blog, I might as well try making some money from them. I’d bought images from sites like these during my corporate days, and they seemed like a good way to try and sell my photos. And after doing that for a while, it seemed like the next logical step was to start selling them directly from my site. That’s when I decided to create my new image shop section.
Going beyond stock photo sites
One of things that struck me about stock photo sites, though—both as a customer and contributor—was how user-unfriendly their pricing packages were. You almost always needed to buy a subscription pack of multiple images, valid for a limited time. What if you just needed one image? You’d need to pay top dollar, usually for the largest-possible size. What if you didn’t want a large, print-size image, but just a smaller version for your website or phone? You either had to pay the same price as for the full sized one, or you didn’t have the option to buy a single image at all.
Another thing I realized was that if you were a contributor (i.e. a photographer) who uploaded your photos for sale on stock sites, you usually only got paid a tiny percentage of the actual price the customer paid. Unless you were a top-notch photographer, who could sell their images for way higher than average, that is. So the only way for you to make any sort of money from these sites if you were a halfway decent photographer was to get thousands of sales per month. And for that, you had to focus on creating a huge portfolio that you were constantly adding to. Which wasn’t something that I could do and still keep my blog running.
So the questions on my mind were: Why couldn’t customers be able to buy the image they want at the size they need, and pay accordingly? And why couldn’t the average photographer get paid a decent rate for the images they create?
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The spark that lit the fire
All that was rattling around in my head when, a few months ago, a chance comment by Stefan from Berkeley Square Barbarian made a light bulb go off in my head. He’d said one of the photos I’d shared during a Twitter chat (a close-up of a campfire) was—and I paraphrase, here—“worthy of being on the wall of an art museum”.
I was thrilled at the compliment, of course, but I realized others might also feel the same way. And that’s when the idea of creating a shop section on my site was born; a place where people like you, dear reader, could take a look at my best photographs. And maybe, just maybe, decide that they were worth buying.
Presenting ‘IQ’s pic shop’, a brand-new section on The Good Life With IQ
I’ve spent the last few months experimenting, and now (after much sweating and swearing) I have a full-fledged e-commerce shop section on my site where you can buy and download some of my best photographs. Even better, you don’t need to buy a subscription, a pack or an unnecessarily large version of an image. You can buy as many (or as few) as you want, choose the size that works best for you, and pay accordingly.
The pic shop works just like any online shop: you can browse the whole collection or view images by category; add them to your shopping basket; check out and pay; and either download them right away, or any time within the next 30 days. Payment is completely secure, and is processed off-site through reputed international payment gateways PayPal and Stripe, or via mobile phone-based UPI apps like Google Pay (in India only). And no information is saved on the site except what’s needed to generate your invoice.
So if you’re looking for images for your project, blog post, app or campaign, or even just for your computer wallpaper or phone background, check out my pic shop. You might just find what you’re looking for. Of course, the collection isn’t huge right now, but I’m going to keep adding to it regularly. So even if you don’t find what you need right away, keep checking back and you might find what you need.
Take a look at my pic shop here. Happy browsing!
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