Finding Pictures for Your Writing

Complimenting your written words with pictures is a great way to get your point across without having to rely so much on your reader’s imagination. Imagery conveys an idea instantaneously and it can help your audience more easily visualize the point that you’re trying to make to them.

“An illustrator is an artist who specializes in enhancing writing or elucidating concepts by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text or idea.”

Today we have more options than hiring an illustrator to do this work for us. The Stock Photography industry was developed to help people that want to use the services of an illustrator but not hire one full time or spend a lot of money on one.

It’s also important to obtain your images legally – one way to make sure you’re protected against copyright claims is to purchase your images from a reputable organization like Shutterstock. You can purchase an image to use in your work and feel secure in knowing that you’ve legally obtained the image for use.

Shutterstock is probably the biggest agency around and with a subscription plan the price per image is very accessible – however, they don’t allow single image purchases.

If you’re just wanting to see how easy it is to use stock images by purchasing one or two pictures – you can go to a smaller agency like DepositPhotos who’ll allow you to purchase a single image or two if you need to. You buy only what you want and have no commitment to anything further.

DepositPhotos is probably the best if you’re just starting out and are not sure what amount of images you’ll need per month or if you’ll have a long term need or not.

Give it a shot – enhance your work with easy to obtain quality imagery!

Make Money as a Sculptor

Sculpting is an amazing art. Bringing a piece to life in three dimensions takes a certain skill that very few people have. There are so many different mediums to work with too – you have clay, stone, wood, metal, paper machete, cardboard – the choice of medium has few limits.

Usually you can sell a sculpture just one time and there’s no opportunity to make any residual income off of it once you’ve sold the original piece.

It’s not quite the same but there are many sculptures out there that look terrific on a two-dimensional canvas.

Maybe now an idea has just hit you!

If it hasn’t – you can hire a photographer or a friend to take photos of your sculpture – even from different viewing angles and sell them as prints.

It’s really not that difficult if you team yourself up with FAA . The FAA stands for Fine Art America – it’s a place where a community of artist display there work on a the FAA platform.

The relationship is very easy going – you display your work while FAA attracts the buyers and handles the fulfillment of orders. They take the order, print it out on the medium the customer chooses, they add a frame if the customer wants and it gets shipped out without you ever having to get your hands dirty.

To start – you’ll need to get your art into a digital format –  so you need to have it photographed. Make sure you do this right, if you’re not sure then you should probably have a friend that knows how help you out or do it for you. If you’re still not comfortable you could also hire someone to take the pictures for you. Try and get someone who has some experience with product photography.

After you have digital copies of your sculptures you’ll need to upload it to FAA’s servers. FAA has a 20Mb file size restriction and they only accept a JPG format – but it’s all pretty basic requirements. After you upload your work give it a title, description and some keywords that’ll help people find it – try and think like a customer and use general descriptions.

To have a bit better understanding of keywords and search engines you can look a bit into really basic SEO (search engine optimization). Don’t worry though – FAA’s search is very basic and is nothing like web search engines.

The more material get on FAA the better chance you’ll have of someone finding your work. You can start with a free account that’ll allow you to put up 30 pieces for free – but it’s really worth the very small yearly fee that’ll allow you to display an unlimited amount of your work on their site. Put different angles of your sculpture up for sale – sometimes a customer will even purchase a left, center and right view of a sculpture and hang them in a row on their wall!

Remember – it’s the exposure that’s really important!

Fine Art America will take orders, make prints and send it out – they provide an awesome platform to make it all possible. They take a cut for fulfilling the order – but that’s to be expected!

Use your imagination and push your stuff out there. Don’t give up – it could take awhile to see your first sale but when it finally come in you’ll be glad you took the time to do it!

 

Make Money as a Painter

Are you one of those people who can bring something to life with a paintbrush and canvas?

Getting your work out there is really tough these days. Sometimes you see artists offering to display their work in local restaurants or coffee shops but there’s always the risk that there’ll be returned to you with some damage.

You need eyes to see your work and to find an interested buyer!

There’s a place on the internet that can give you the exposure you need – that place is FAA . They are also known as Fine Art America, and it’s a community of artists just like you who are selling copies their art.

The relationship is pretty simple – you display your work and they attract the buyers and fill your orders.

First you need to get your art into a digital form – in other words you need to have it photographed. Make sure you do this right, if you’re not sure then you should probably have a friend that knows how. You could even go as far as hiring someone who can take some professional photos of your work.

Once you’ve put your work into digital form you need to upload it. FAA has some file size restrictions but it’s all pretty basic stuff. Once your work is uploaded you need to give it a title, description and some keywords that’ll help people find it.

I suggest using basic, descriptive words and maybe look a bit into really basic SEO (search engine optimization).

Get everything you have up there and ready to sell – the more you have on the site the better chance you’ll have of someone finding your work. You can start with a free account that’ll allow you to put up 30 pieces for free but it’s really worth the very small yearly fee that’ll allow you to display an unlimited amount of your work on their site. Remember – it’s the exposure that’s really important!

Fine Art America will take orders for your work and make prints of it on your behalf. Of course they’ll take a cut for putting it on canvas, paper or even in a frame – but that’s to be expected!

Push your stuff out there and don’t give up – it could take awhile to see your first sale but when it finally come in you’ll be glad you took the time to do it!

 

Make Money as a Writer

Are you good at writing? Have you been told that you have a special knack for it? Why aren’t you making some money with it?

Not everybody can write. You have to do it in a way that keeps your audience interested and captivated in what you’re trying to get across to them.

If you love to write then you should start getting your work out there and making money from it. You won’t get paid a lot at first but little by little you can build up a library of different works – making a bit off of each one every month starts to add up into something worthwhile.

Make a blog – there are a lot of free places out there like Wordpress that’ll let you have your own site on their domain for free, for life. You could make your own domain like HolyMacarroni.wordpress.com or you could have your own domain (without the wordpress.com) for a small monthly fee.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see things happening right away. Even in today’s fast moving internet world there are still things that take some time.

One thing that helps out with writing is visuals – that means pictures! If you don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up to take just the right pictures for your new blog you could get an account at somewhere like Shutterstock and buy small sized pictures that will suit all your blogging needs. Shutterstock has millions of pictures to choose from so you’ll be sure to find the picture that fits just right for your needs!

Make Money as a Photographer

It’s such a good feeling when you make money off of something you love to do.

These days we’re lucky – Everybody has the tools to be able to make money off of photography – and there are so many opportunities to do so.

You might be thinking “awww I don’t have a really expensive camera so I can’t make money”.

But – You Can! There are people that make money off of very simple cameras and even off of their phone cameras.

Photography is not about taking the technically perfect picture – it’s about capturing a moment in an interesting and appealing way. Photography is about being able to capture and share a moment in time from your perspective.

When you’re first starting out you’ll find better success if you shoot what you know and shoot what you have unique access to.

That means that if you work in a machine shop you’re taking pictures of the machinery. You might take an artistic shot of the four jaw chuck on a lathe. Or shoot a micrometer touching a piece of metal.

Or, if you’re a dog washer, you might be in there getting shots of a dog with bubbles all around his face. Maybe shots of his toenails being clipped or someone checking out his teeth and gums.

Use your own situation in life to your advantage – and use your imagination. You might be doing something or have access to something that is not as common to others as it is to you.

The work part comes when you want to try and make those pictures into money – and here’s how you can do it.

Selling your pictures as stock is a great option for anybody that is taking pictures. You might have looked into this before but places like Fotolia have now started accepting stylized pictures (the ones with Instagram-like filters applied to them) and pictures from decent camera phones. They changed the rules and now widely approve these types of picture because they know there is a market for them.

Even places like Shutterstock have lowered the bar to just one picture being accepted out of your first batch to become someone who can sell their pictures with them.

They lowered the bar because they know that the photography industry is changing – they know that trends are transforming really quickly and that everyday people are the ones who are forcing that to happen.

Sign up, get in there, and at least give it a shot!