As an aspiring wildlife photographer, do you get insanely wishful when you see your idols traveling the world to take photographs of the most exotic cultures, incredible wildlife, and craziest scenics? Naturally, you assume that these established pioneers are incredibly fortunate, and hold one of the few sought after jobs with big societies such as National Geographic – And it is these organisations that fund these incredible adventures to the far reaches of the earth. Fortunately for you, this is NOT TRUE!
Today, even the most established wildlife photographers are freelance, they work from gig to gig. They need to find ways to monitorize their photographs to succeed in their chosen career. This blog lets you into one of the biggest industry secrets in how to make money selling your wildlife photographs – stock libraries.
Before moving onto 10 libraries that have a proven track record, aspiring wildlife photographers should understand the concept of photographic licensing. The two primary licenses you should be interested in is (a) rights managed and (b) royalty free. Different libraries specialist in different license types. In a nutshell, rights managed allows single use of a photograph and it remains under the control of the photographer, whilst royalty free allows a customers to buy a photograph and use it how they wish. To learn more about these and other license types, click the buttons below
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Steve Bloom Images represents some of the most accomplished nature photographers. You can sell your photos and photo stories from this platform. Not only can you sell your photos through Steve Bloom’s website, but they also allow you to use rights managed licensing so you know exactly how your photos are being used. Contact them for more information.
Whilst all wildlife and nature photographers must understand that you are never going to get immensly rich through stock library photographs, it is a great constant supplier of revenue to allow you to live a life of passion. Especially so, as many of your great photographs will continue to earn revenue for a number of years.
A freelance wildlife or nature photographer needs to be able to optimise as many revenue streams as possible. Stock library sales is only one of a number of ways that wildlife photography can earn revenue. To learn more, aspiring wildlife photographers can join Africa Media’s wildlife and travel photojournalism program, or alternatively subscribe to our blog that offers great career advice to anyone wanting to become a professional in environmental media.