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Very useful book containing interesting tips, 16 Jan 2011
99 Ways to Make Money From Your Photos, is an excellent book that can help you sell your digital photos and make some money from your hobby. Having said that, it's by no means a magical guide that will sell your photos for you. You will have to do the hard work, but this book will certainly give you some interesting ideas on how to sell photos online and offline.
What to expect from the layout & structure of the book ?
When I ordered the book from amazon, I expected the book to be significantly thinner, containing 99 tips briefly explained. I was pleasantly surprised when I uncovered a 330 page heavy full-on manual. Do not expect a lot of pretty photos though. This is NOT a book about photography, rather a book which purpose is to teach you how to sell your digital photos, and it does exactly that. The book is well organized, and beside each tip there is a brief explanation about:
1. how difficult it is with respect to your camera mastery,
2. the amount of competition you are facing,
3. and the income potential of using such a technique
The content of each tip is laid out pretty well. It begins with a brief explanation on what the tip is about, and what resources do you need to start, followed by a brief summary and a short how to guide and a couple of useful links in the getting started section. Every tip is about 2.5 pages which is not a definitive step by step guide, but more of an overview what to watch out for. I particularly liked "Tips for success" written on the margins containing some useful thoughts and opinions.
Although some tips might feel a little repetitive (e.g. when illustrating different websites where you could sell photos online), consider that different websites lean towards different photography products, and this books illustrates the differences nicely. So, find a few tips that you feel that might work for you, and then *DO* them. Note that this book relies heavily on your commitment.
I am very happy to have purchased the book and will refer to it often. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is serious and committed enough to do some serious work in order to make some money and by selling some photos.