Monday, December 11, 2017

Make Money With Your Vacation Video: Sell Your Footage

We make money on vacation, do you? Since I started in the video business, I can easily say that I’ve made money on my vacation video more times than I haven’t! It all started for me in 2000 with my trip down the Amazon with my mom. I was able to use a lot of footage I shot there in a video I did for a client called Properties of Soil which has personally netted our business close to $20,000. (That video has made 10x that amount for the client!) I’ve also used footage from that trip on one of our latest DVD releases, Those Captivating Cacti.

In the next several posts, I’m going to talk about all the ways my husband and I capitalize on our vacation videos (and photos!)…besides business trips shooting for clients or our own projects.

Sell your footage to a stock agency

Using our own footage in the videos we produce is one of the ways we monetize our vacation video (more on that in the future), however, our footage is valuable to others as well. Not everyone is able to head down to the Amazon rain forest to get that footage but they may need something like that in their video and are willing to pay for it. With the internet, getting it into the hands of others is so much easier than it used to be.

Companies such as Pond5, Shutterstock and iStockPhoto will accept footage from you. Your footage has to be your best and commercially viable. What you will make will vary on quality, length and popularity.

So before you set out on your next vacation, visit these sites to see what’s out there. Then put some thought into how you can do some shooting that these sites and their customers will want.

Next week: another way you may not have thought to turn your vacation video into some cold hard cash.


3 Responses to “Make Money With Your Vacation Video: Sell Your Footage”
  1. Geoff Stock says:

    This is a great idea as more and more people are buying and using HD cameras the opportunity to shoot footage that could be used commercially has increased dramatically. Many have bought DSLR’s with the capability to shoot HD video as well as stills, so if you make the effort to shoot well composed and interesting shots your passion could be funded by selling some of your footage. Worth giving it a go, but do your research to see what is selling.


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