What equipment do I need to start selling photos online?

What equipment do I need to start selling photos online?

If you want to start selling photos online, the first thing to do is to create an account on a stock photo site. Depositphotos or BigStock can be a good choice to get started. Each site explains what kind of photos they accept into their collection, and provides detailed instructions on how to upload images.

Then, if you don’t have it already, you will need to invest in some quality equipment. Below are two lists of equipment – the first one is a required minimum. Without any of these components it will be hard to do the required work. The second list contains items that will bring your business to the next level and help you achieve professional results faster, but they are not required if you are only getting started.

Minimum requirements:

  • DSLR camera + lens;
  • Camera stand;
  • Computer or laptop;
  • Photo editing software (Lightroom + Photoshop is recommended);
  • Fast Internet connection;
  • At least one flash unit;
  • Diffuser for flash unit (softbox or umbrella).
  • Reflector.

You can start working without a flash unit, but I put it on the list because it will dramatically improve the quality of your photos and simplify your work (especially if you live in countries where winters are dark and long, like Scandinavia or Canada 🙂

Would be great to have but not obligatory:

  • A smartphone with a good digital camera;
  • Wacom tablet;
  • More flash units;
  • More camera lenses;
  • Lightbox for product photography.

The number of flash units and the type of lenses will depend on the type of photography you are specializing in. If your niche is landscape photography, you might not need any flash equipment at all. And if you are not planning to shoot objects on white or black background, you might not need a lightbox.

A Wacom tablet is something I find extremely useful and convenient, but I know some people who never got used to it and prefer to keep working with the mouse.

A smartphone is necessary if you want to sell mobile photography or if you want to apply some cool mobile filters to DSLR photos.