Don’t waste your timeNo one is going to buy a totally blurry image, even if you think it’s arty. And try to avoid logos on shops, buildings or cars as these can cause legal issues. Anything with nudity is likely to be stopped by filters, no matter how tasteful or innocent, so don’t waste your time. And a beautiful subject with a distracting object right next to it will rarely sell.Some of these problems – such as the distracting object or logos – can be sorted with a quick clean-up using photo-editing software, such as PAINT.net. Many computers have this pre-installed. But for more advanced controls, the premium choice is Adobe Photoshop, while a more budget option is free photo-editing software, such as GIMP.org. The essential settingMicrostock photo libraries only want high-resolution images, so you need to ensure yours are larger than four megapixels. Don’t confuse megapixels with megabytes (the size of the file). Megapixels are about the amount of tiny spots of colour in the image. The good news is that most modern phones take images at this quality, but to check, all you have to do is right click on your image on your desktop, go to properties (or Get Info for a Mac), and under image details it will tell you the image width and height in pixels. To find out how many megapixels your image is, enter these figures into the calculator at www.toolstud.io/photo/megapixel.php. If you check a couple of images and find they’re the right size, then it’s likely all of your phone’s images are. If not, adjust the ‘image quality’ to high-resolution or high-quality in your phone’s Camera-app settings (typically found through your phone’s main settings app).Top microstock sites Your phone snaps can earn you £££Most of us come back from holiday with hundreds of photos on our phone, but did you know you can make money from them? Microstock photo libraries let you upload your travel pictures for free and then sell them to their clients, such as website and publishing companies. These clients pay a fee for the privilege and you get a cut. Related10 top tips for travel photographers10 invaluable travel photography tips, like how to get the best shots, what equipment to use, and more.10 Paycations: how to make money on holiday10 holidays where you can make money, rather than just spend it.Top 20 travel hacks and money saving tipsYou may be skint, but you can still holiday in style; here’s how. Shutterstock.com**Pros:**This site is huge – it has over 38 million images and buyers from 150 countries use it. The sheer volume of traffic boosts the chances of your photos selling.Cons:Its popularity means there’s a lot of competition.Need to know:Your images must be over four megapixels, and they will verify the quality.Profit potential:You can initially expect to earn 14p per image, which can rise to up to £70 per image. If you upload 2,000 images, you can expect around 10,000 downloads per year. Picfair.com**Pros:**The best thing about this site is it lets you set your own image price.Cons:It’s smaller than Shutterstock, so it doesn’t have the same pull of the bigger sites, and you’ll need to have to do some research to make sure you price your photos correctly.Need to know:The maximum file size is 20mb and you have to upload each file individually, which is time consuming. All images are judged by Picfair staff, and the best are given a star rating which pushes them up the search ranks.Profit potential:You get to set the price for each image at whatever you like, but most pictures range from £1-£50 – and you receive all of that money. Picfair makes its profit by charging a 20 per cent commission on top to the buyer. It’s difficult to estimate how much you can make as a new photographer, but online there are reports of a photographer making £400 in one day.Fotolibra.com**Pros:**This site accepts any images as long as the resolution is above 4.3 megapixels and the size less than 100mb. And unlike some sites, they pay in sterling, so you don’t lose any money in the currency conversion.Cons:The business model is different – you have to pay a £6 a month membership fee after you upload your first 12 shots.Need to know:It’s a good idea to test this site by uploading 12 great free images and seeing if they’re making any money before committing to the membership fee.Profit potential:Images sell for between £10-£25,000 (rarely!) – recent sales average out at £61 per image, which gets split 50-50 with the photographer. Sciencesource.com**Pros:**Because this site is niche – it specialises in wildlife and science photos – fees are higher. Cons:They won’t let you submit two images that are similar, so this will often reduce how many images you can upload. Need to know:Your shots must be excellent quality – over 10 mega pixels and a minimum size of 26mb.So this rules out a lot of phone images. Most photos on the site have been taken using a digital SLR camera. Profit potential:It charges much more than other stock sites – often hundreds of dollars per image – and you can earn up to 50% commission on each one sold.To take the best photos, read 10 top tips for travel photographersFor inspiration, find out which travel Instagram accounts to follow in this articleReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map A word is worth a thousand…When uploading your images to Microstock photo libraries, it’s vital to do proper ‘tagging’ if you want your picture to be found – and sold. Tags are a list of simple words or two-word phrases – aka ‘keywords’ – to help potential buyers find your images. Always include:Subject matterLocation (i.e. the town or city, plus the country)Setting (i.e. beach, farm, sunflower field, etc)Time of day (morning, dusk, sunrise, etc)Orientation (landscape or portrait)If you do clean up your images using a photo-editing programme you can often add these into the image metadata, and the Microstock sites will automatically register it, so you won’t have to do it for each site separately. Picture thisA few tips to maximise your profits:The best-selling pictures have a distinct subject with little in the background. Opt for a wild animal in its native habitat or a beautiful object rather than your partner posing cheesily. Shots taken at sunrise, sunset, and in mist, rain or snow are quite popular. If you’re taking landscape photos, make sure something in the image provides a sense of scale – a dog, a tree or a boat, for example.Pictures with bright colours sell better than those with dull tones or neutrals.If you’re at a famous monument, take it from an unusual angle. These images will stand out among all the straight-on choices. Good photos of people sell well, but only if you have the appropriate model-release form. You can Google ‘model-release form’ to get friends and family to sign this retrospectively, but this obviously won’t work with strangers.