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Making Money With Your Nikon 3200 DSLR: Tips to Make Extra Money

May 13, 2014
Making Money, Personal Finance
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If you been using your Nikon D3200 DSLR to capture memories while also and dabbling in the art of photography, you may be surprised to know that your photos could be worth more than a few dollars that you could use to either upgrade your Nikon D3200 DSLR, purchase accessories or use it to get a good deal on something special that you have had your eye on.

Sell Photos Online

There are a more than a few online websites that will buy your photos to resell as stock images to media companies and businesses.  What’s great is that it is fairy easy to get started with these websites.

An excellent place to begin is Shutterstock, which will buy not only your images, but also your video. All you need to do is create an account, select 10 of your images with a resolution of at least 4 megapixels, which shouldn’t be a problem since your Nikon D3200 DSLR offers 25 megapixels, and start uploading. You will also have to include a release, if you are looking to sell images of any identifiable people. If you photos are accepted, Shutterstock will pay you based on how many times your image is downloaded, but the early potential is up to $120 per image download.

Another online stock image company, will also pay for your photos. First you need to sign-up as an iStock member, which doesn’t cost a penny, then apply to be a contributor by reading a training guide and then taking a short quiz based on the training. You are then set to start submitting your first set of photos.  Like Shutterstock, iStock pays you a royalty based on the number of times your images are downloaded.

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Create an Online Business

If selling photos to an online photo stock site is not for you or maybe you want to supplement your income further, you may want to consider starting an online business to sell your photography.

You can opt to create a website of your own and feature the photographs you’d like to sell or you can try a simpler route by creating a business on, which was featured on CNN Money.  With Etsy, you can upload your photos, create a price point and get selling right away. Etsy does charge a $0.20 per listing fee and when you make a sale Etsy will charge you with a 3.5 percent transaction fee, which is based on the price of the photograph you are selling.

Become a Freelance Photographer

If the photos you have taken at family get-togethers, birthdays and other celebrations have impressed more than a few, you may want to consider becoming a freelance photographer.

Freelance photographers can be contracted to work any event from birthdays to weddings and can also be hired as a photojournalists. Pay as a freelance photographer is based on skill and the job.


Photographers image courtesy of Shutterstock.