Upload & Sell: Off
First, Iím no authority on the business of photography. However, I have sold a few of my photos in the past few years for a variety of uses, including websites, magazines, corporate reports, etc. And in that regard, Iíve wondered the same thing...how much do I charge.
In the beginning, as a budding photographer wanting to get my pictures ďout there,Ē I gave my images away in exchange for a credit by-line. I later charged a small ($25 - $50) fee for a right-to-use an image on a website, for instance. I live in a small rural community and the budgets for images are extremely small and the demand is very low.
I think that a lot of folks donít take into account what the market will bear when deciding what to charge for artwork, in general, and photographs in particular. For instance, a photo that might be worth a few hundred dollars in a large metropolitan city, will be worth less than $100 in my neck-of-the woods. For me to ask more than that would result in a no-sale. And while I like to think some of my pictures are worthy of such a price, the market here does not bear that out. Photography is a hobby for me, not an occupation. Therefore, crediting a photo with my name is usually reward enough. Yeah, Iíd like to make a few hundred bucks from one of my photos, but Iím realistic enough to know thatís not likely to happen.