How to make money as a photographer during CoronaVirus/ Covid 19 lockdown.

During this CoronaVirus period a lot of photographers have suffered loss of income. A frequent question that has come up is, how can we as photographers make some extra money during this Covid 19 lockdown phase?


Stock photography


Stock photography always gets a bit of a bad reputation. It conjures up thoughts of the standard cheesy shot of two businessmen shaking hands and secretaries on phones whilst smiling. However over the years it’s got so much better. The major benefit from stock photography websites is that it generates what’s called Passive income. Once you have done the hard work upfront, you can leave the content there for a long time to generate money whilst you work on something else. During lockdown, this is the ideal time to use this to your advantage as a photographer.


I have personally been using Wirestock.io and I’ve found it to be brilliant. The main reason for this is that it acts as a distribution centre for your images to other stock photography websites. You upload to your Wirestock account and they then distribute those out to the other websites for you. No longer do you have to upload and keyword to every individual stock photography website, which is a massive time saver.


Currently they upload images to the following sites.

  • Adobe Stock

  • Shutterstock

  • Alamy

  • Dreamstime

  • Pond 5

  • Deposit Photos


I have spent some time uploading any old work and photos to Wirestock over the last month and I’ve already seen some sales. Don’t discount any of your old work, have a look through your archives and start uploading.


One of the other benefits of using Wirestock that I really like is their intelligent AI and reviewer system. Basically they do all the heavy lifting regarding the titles, descriptions, keywording and submission of the images. Wirestock really does take the time and effort out of working with stock photography and I can’t highly recommend it enough. Simply upload your images to Wirestock and hit easy submission and they will take care of the rest.


The Wirestock.io dashboard also pulls in all the information from your sales and images that you have submitted into one helpful place. You no longer need to sign in and out of all of the individual stock websites, they bring everything together into one handy place. It really couldn’t be easier.


With uploading photos you will still need to submit model releases for any work with recognizable faces or photos that have recognisable buildings and may well require a location release. Now I usually get models to sign model releases up front when I do photoshoots, however if you haven’t done that Wirestock does have a handy solution. If you have the models contact details you can input those and the Wirestock will contact them about signing a release. I would advise you to contact the models yourself and explain what a stock photography site is ahead of time to check that they are happy to sign a form.


Alternatively if you don’t have release forms for either model or buildings you can still submit as an editorial image instead. Editorial content is often used by news publications and agencies


I’ve been super impressed with how simple and effective Wirestock is. It really does take the heavy work out of submitting stock photography and I’ve been really happy to see some sales to come through. I think it’s well worth spending a bit of time now to set it up, especially during lockdown. The stock imagery you upload will continue to create passive income for years to come and as you don’t always know what people might buy, it’s well worth uploading anything you have and it could make you a load of extra cash.


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Andrew James - Cheshire & Manchester based Commercial Product, Fashion and Wedding Photographer

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