Got A Digital Camera? Make Extra Cash Simply By Taking Photos

Physicians are engaging in entrepreneurial activities at an accelerating pace, and many are turning to the Web to jumpstart their new businesses. In many cases, they are using photos to enhance their Web sites.

Unless posting to a blog, use of professional photos ensures the most professional look. However, the questions of where to find the best photos, which can be licensed at a reasonable cost, and how to place them on a Web site, properly sized, always come up.

While there are many ways to skin the cat, what follows is a tried-and-true method for getting this task accomplished quickly, easily, and most cost effectively. Because I have spelled out the steps in detail, the process might, at first glance, seem cumbersome. However, it is really easy to do.

There are several good Web sites where photos can be purchased, or even gotten for free, such as those at Images (on Google) and the Web site BigStockPhoto, but the one I really like is IStockPhoto . Keep in mind that you usually get what you pay for. Most photos you want, at the size you will need to place them on your site, cost about $2.00 at istockphoto. The quality is really great, and the value is exceptional.

Follow the steps below:

Go to istockphoto

Set up an account

Consider setting up an account at PayPal, which makes it easy to transfer funds to istockphoto. You can also use your credit card.

Purchase the number of “credits” you want (the more you purchase, the cheaper they are)

Enter a search term for the category you are looking for

Find the photo you want

Check which license agreement you want (usually the basic one, will do)

Purchase the smallest size photo

Download the photo to your computer

Save the photo to a file of your choosing

Open the photo in Windows Photo Gallery

Click “Open” in the top navigation panel (on the far right)

Choose Microsoft Office Picture Manager

Click “Edit Pictures”

Click “Resize” in the right navigation panel

Click the radio button for “Predefined width x height”

Click the dropdown box and select Click “Email – Small (160×160 px)

Click “OK”