I see many articles about selling images and would like to make a point which is seldom mentioned or stressed. Once you sell just one image you have effectively become a pro photographer and subject to pros’ rules. For a start I believe income from sales must be declared, as it is earned income and that income may be subject to income tax.
Second, people selling images have to be very aware of the implications of model and property releases; treat the subject lightly and you may well be taken through the courts, and an amateur photographer may not have the means and back-up that a professional will have in terms of money and retained legal help. David Jackson, via email Those are good points, David. N-Photo has an international readership, and we can’t cover the laws for every country, but broadly speaking, you are correct. Here in the UK a person would need to register as self-employed before starting paid work – after that, it’s simply a matter of filling in an annual tax return, which isn’t that complicated as long as receipts and records are kept throughout the year.
On the issue of model releases, if an image doesn’t have one, reputable stock libraries and agencies won’t sell it for any purpose where a release form would be required, such as advertising.