Out-of-the-Box Ways to Make Money
Some of your favorite things to do on your day off—yes, even watching TV or taking photos on a hike—could make your wallet a little bit fuller.
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Those scenic photos you took of your hike at the Grand Canyon can live beyond your "Vacation, All I Ever Wanted" Facebook album. Some sites, such as Shutterstock
, accept amateur shots and will pay you every time one of your images is downloaded. At Shutterstock, that's anywhere from 25 cents to $120, and at iStockphoto, it's 15 percent of the selling price—though that number can climb to 45 percent if you meet their requirements to become an exclusive member.
Both companies offer a guide to shooting images they're more likely to accept, and by extension, are more likely to be downloaded. Shutterstock lists lighting, composition and focus as three top reasons a photo is rejected, and encourages contributors to use a tripod and avoid cropping photos too closely—most people buying the images want the flexibility to determine how the photo is framed.
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