Flickr says its contributors will soon be able to potentially monetize their work through the site.
The Yahoo owned image sharing platform recently introduced Curated Connections. The new licensing program will have curators working with independent photographers to share their work with those in need of image content. Flickr’s curators will pitch this original content for use by photo agencies, bloggers and editors.
Though the program isn’t specific about how the licensing might work, it’s clear this could be a way for even beginning independent photographers to start finding a market for their work.
The Flickr team says all you need to do to get involved is to sign up to be considered for the program. In addition to deals Flickr strikes with photo agencies and bloggers, the company is also finding new ways to share your content through Yahoo channels like News and Travel.
That could also mean your photos might appear on the Flickr blog. The company says it will handle the “tedious work” involved with licensing photos so you can concentrate less on that and more on taking photos to upload. Writing on the official Flickr Blog, currator and content manager Liz Lapp explains:
“Flickr’s curators are searching for exciting and credible opportunities for you to share your exceptional photography. Licensing is a great way to earn money with your photos, and whether you are new to licensing or an experienced pro, we want to make this process transparent and easy.”
Flickr will contact members directly when they’ve been considered for a licensing agreement.
But Flickr’s new Curated Connections program is only one of several avenues for independent photographers and designers to upload and sell their work.
Professional photographers can also sell downloads, set up their own site to showcase their work, negotiate their own licensing or just promote their photography services online.
In a recent post on Fstoppers.com, freelance photographer Adam Ottke admits the opportunity for photographers to license their photos through Flickr could be a good thing. However, this may be a service that benefits the first time photography seller more than an experienced professional photographer, he says. Ottke writes:
“Just choosing a licensing service can be difficult, as there are many options, and each come with their own sets of rules. Taking advantage of Flickr’s Curated Connections seems like a great way, however, to break through some of the difficulty with starting to sell your images for the first time. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”