License your photos online: Create photographs that sell
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License your photos online: Create photographs that sell

Make your photography gear pay for itself! License with stock agencies and build an online photo portfolio that sells.
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4.5 (167 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,227 students enrolled
Created by Michal Durinik
Last updated 6/2017
Current price: $39 Original price: $195 Discount: 80% off
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You'll be ready to build passive income with the photos you already have
  • Set up, manage and track your online portfolio
  • Find your images on book covers, CDs, famous websites,...
  • Apply the Four Pillars of Success to maximize your income
  • Learn how to tell profitable photo from waste-of-time photo
  • Use efficient tools to save your time and effort while submitting your photos
  • Navigate the dos and don'ts of selling photos online
  • Earn income providing real value, no scams or schemes!
View Curriculum
  • I assume you have already taken some decent photos
  • No marketing, coding or enterprenurial knowledge needed, this course takes you on a step-by-step journey
  • You don't need expensive DSLR camera, quality smartphone photos can earn well too!

--Course updated April 2017--

You love photography. 

You share your photos with friends and they like it, but you want more.

Your photos deserve better than to collect dust on your hard drive!

 Stop throwing money at your photography hobby, let it throw some back!

Learn how to make your expensive camera pay for itself, learn how to license your photos online.

There is many ways to earn money with your photography, but most of them include either boss or clients to deal with, or website to maintain and promote. Online licensing with agencies is different - you upload your photos and agencie do all the rest for you. 

Depending on your dedication, this can be fun little set-it-and-forget-it project to support your hobby, or it can be a full-time adventure that pays for all your bills. 

The course is packed with actionable steps and activities - make sure you follow along and participate in the activities!

Forget the money for a second, though: imagine holding a book with your photo on cover, imagine your friends texting you "just saw one of your photos in a magazine I'm reading!". The satisfaction is priceless.

Join this course and learn all I had to trial-and-error myself over seven years. Learn what CUQQ - the four pillars of success - stand for. Learn how to optimize your workflow to get the results with minimal effort. 

Sample student reviews:

"I am a total beginner at this and I feel like I've already learned so much. It is a very practical course, filled with how to's and do's and don'ts. Thanks so much for sharing this!"

"I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction, and I feel I have the tools needed to start selling my pictures online. The instructor is likable; he has a great sense of humor, and sets realistic expectations. He included some wonderful life lessons about dealing with feedback, and ways to spend one's earnings. [...] "

"The course is well organized and the material is very concise. I particularly like the use of actual screen shots to support the topic. After viewing and reading a good bit on getting into stock photography, this course was exactly what I needed to take the final step toward getting my photos online."

 I'll see you in the course!

(And when I say "see you", I mean it - this is not one of those courses where a guy reads his powerpoint slides to you. You'll see me demonstrating concepts and talking to you in each single video.)

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers who want to create side passive income with their photos
  • Digital nomads looking to monetize their photos
  • Anyone, who wants their photos to be recognized and published worldwide
  • Aspiring stock photographers who don't want to waste time with trial-and-error
  • This course is for you, if you want to learn how to sell photos online
  • If you're new to photography and struggle with basic camera settings, you'll probably benefit from taking this course later in your photographic journey
Curriculum For This Course
46 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
5 Lectures 14:45

Meet the instructor and introduce yourself with #style !

Preview 03:23

Why would you even start uploading your photos online? And why do you want me to tell you? This lecture introduces microstock agencies as a source of passive income for photographers. You learn what is there to gain with selling photography online. It's an opportunity to make money with your photos, sure, but there's more to it than just the cash!

Preview 04:09

All the cool ways everyone else is earning money with their photos, and why I think these ways are actually terrible! Why selling microstock licenses kicks ass: 

-you always own all your photos

-there is no boss

-there is no deadlines

-it's free - no sign-up fees

-your potential income is unlimited

Also, if you decide to stop putting in any effort after some time, the money still comes - that's the benefit of photography passive income!

Preview 01:35

This short video provides an overview of the course: what topics we'll cover to help you sell photos online, get passive income from photography and do it with ease.

Preview 00:41

The four key principles that will guarantee you the maximum success in making money with your photos. Strive to make your photos better in these four aspects and you'll be quick to reach your potential in selling photographs.

Preview 04:57
The beginnings
10 Lectures 39:51

Microstock agencies, such as Shutterstock or Depositphotos, are a marketplace. In This lesson we'll explore what agencies are and how do buyers use them. Doing this will help us understand what our customers are looking for and what their experience looks like. 

What is a microstock agency?

Making money with photos can be a tricky area to navigate. Should you sign up with only one agency, or is more diversified approach preferable? Learn the answer in this video.

Uploading to one, or to many? Discussing exclusivity

Okay, here's the absolutely crucial video of this course: signing up with agencies. Worry not, the process is easy and simple. Once you've done this, you can upload your photos and start building your profitable portfolio.

Step by step signing up with the best agencies

Here we walk through Shutterstock's facelifted contributor area, explore what's there and what are the different kinds of fun we can have here. 

Navigating Shutterstock interface

Here we walk through Dreamstime contributor area, explore what's there and what are the different kinds of fun we can have here. 

Navigating Dreamstime interface

Here we walk through iStock contributor area, explore what's there and what are the different kinds of fun we can have here. 

Navigating iStockphoto interface

Here we walk through Adobe Stock contributor area, explore what's there and what are the different kinds of fun we can have here. 

Navigating Adobe Stock interface

Here we walk through Depositphotos contributor area, explore what's there and what are the different kinds of fun we can have here. 

Navigating Depositphotos interface

Now you know what an agency is and what do various contributor environments look like. It's time to stop spending money on your camera gear, start earning money with it: in the next section we'll discuss what makes a profitable photo and what to watch out for.

Wrapping up the Beginnings
Selecting the right photos
7 Lectures 24:08

Selling images online is easy, if you know how to do it. The key part is knowing what photos to select for your online portfolio. Let's talk about what topics have the potential to sell well.

Preview 10:13

It's game time! Practicing this game will help you learn to recognize what makes good selling photos. 

Game: spot a well selling photo!

Not every photo subject is suitable for selling online. Watch out for these rules, or be ready to pay the price.

Dos and don’ts: taboo subjects (and how to go about them)

Here we discuss what model release is good for and how and when to use it.

Model release

Here we discuss what property release is good for and how and when to use it

What is Property Release and when to use it

Editorial photos A.K.A. how to submit photos of things and people you haven't secured the rights for. All according to the rules.

Why are Editorial photos fantastic way to bypass restrictions

Wrapping up this section
Effective workflow
7 Lectures 56:02

See what the complete workflow from editing your photo to submitting it to agencies look like. Who would believe that making money from home with your photos can be that easy?

Preview 02:49

Keywords and captions

Keywords are important, and with these tips and tricks, they are also easy!

Preview 06:55

Uploading: tips, tricks and time-savers

Submitting. Step by step, agency by agency

Amazing tool for maximizing your effectiveness. This agency has great sales potential but terrible contributor interface. This software saves the day.

Uploading to iStock: how to save your sanity

Now you know what effective workflow looks like. You are ready to start building your profitable portfolio of photographs with multiple agencies at once. 

Wrapping up this section
Reviewer’s feedback
5 Lectures 32:13

Some of your photos will get rejected, that's how the game is. Learn to deal with it now, so you don't cry on your pal's shoulder later.

Types of feedback, how to digest rejections

The most common reasons for rejection, Luckily, also the easiest to prevent from occurring!

Preview 10:28

Rejeced photos up close and what to do: artefacts, chromatic aberation

Rejections and what to do: all the rest

Wrapping up this section
The money talk
4 Lectures 22:23

Ahh, the question that is on everyone's mind. And the answer everybody hates: it depends. Let's talk about what it depends on and what can you do to grow your profits effortlessly.

Preview 07:12

Discussing different ways to receive your regular money transfers from agencies and which is the best

How and when will I get my money?

Grow your passive income even more and go beyond photographs

Additional income streams: selling illustrations, videos, audio

I share my thoughts on what's the best way to spend the money you earn with your photos.

Preview 09:33
Gear and tools
4 Lectures 23:39

Software that will make your life easier

Online tools that will make your life easier

Shutterstock mobile app
Playing detective
1 Lecture 14:08

You've made bunch of sales, now it's time to find the book with your photo on cover!

How to find your photos in use: on book covers, magazines, CD covers,...
Closing remarks
3 Lectures 09:16

It's not always easy to earn money doing what you love. Here we discuss the bumps on the road and how to deal with them.

Keep learning, practice, and stay motivated

Awesome, you made it to the end and now you know all you need to know to build and grow a passive income with your photos!

Congratulations, you've finished the course!

After learning how to make money, I invite you to learn how to buy some happiness with it. 

Bonus Lecture: You know how to earn it, now learn how to spend it well!
About the Instructor
Michal Durinik
4.5 Average rating
168 Reviews
1,415 Students
2 Courses
Photographer, Behavioral Economist

Currently based in Sydney, Australia, I split my time between research, university teaching and photography.

On my way towards PhD in behavioral economics, bringing together Psychology and Economics. 

I've been selling my photos online for 7 years now - starting this side gig was one of my best decisions. Ever since, my cameras and lenses pay for themselves, and for my flight tickets. I'm excited to share with you, how you can do the same! 

Fun facts:

- President of MQ Photography Society

- Lectured to hundreds of students and professionals on complex business, psychology and photography topics

- Helped hundreds of photographers sign up with agencies, build their portfolio, sell photos online and enjoy passive income from their photographs

- Best photography experience: northern lights in Iceland. It was so beautiful I almost forgot to press the shutter!