Selling my First Photo Print on Etsy

It took a while, but on 27th March 2021, I made my first sale of a drone photo print on my DronesDeep Etsy shop.  I was slightly surprised by the photo that was sold.  It was a drone photo of Deal beach taken with my DJI Mavic Mini 1.

The photo was bought by somebody who used to take holidays in Deal during their childhood.  They said that they were delighted to find the photo that I took, on an early February morning.  I was in Deal to take photos of the sunrising behind the Deal pier but I took a couple of shots of the sun lighting up the beach and surrounding hotels and shops.

I have since sold a photo of the Deal pier taken on the same day.  I really need to spend more time promoting and adding new aerial photos to my shop.  I don’t make a lot of money per sale, but it is nice to have customers saying nice things about the photos and my communication.

Personally, I think the white buildings are over exposed in this shot.  This photo was taken using a DJI Mini 1 that did not have the capability to take photos in RAW format, so I had to do the best using the JPG files.

How to Make Money from Your Drone Photos

Selection of aerial photos on Drones Deep Etsy shop

So you’ve bought your first drone and know you’re thinking how to make money from your drone photos.  If you are, then maybe I can help you on your way.

Selection of aerial photos on Drones Deep Etsy shop
Drones Deep on Etsy

Back in 2014, when I bought my DJI Phantom2+, I thought I was going to be the next YouTube star, flying a drone around and capturing footage never seen before of my local area around Canterbury.  But as is life, things never turn out the way you plan and dreams of making a living from drones and YouTube soon faded.

However, fast forward to 2021 and I can finally say that I have made a little bit of money from my DJI Mini 2 drone.  I don’t think I’ll become a millionaire, but if I can get a chance to spend more time and energy promoting my Etsy Drones Deep drone photography shop, I’m convinced that I can make more money from my drone photos.

I set up my Etsy shop in the early stages of 2021.  It was very easy to set up and my dreams of making money with my drone were back up and running.  But again, times change and other priorities take over and my Etsy shop had to go back on the back-burner for a while.  However, I can say that without any effort in advertising or promoting my drone photography print shop, I have made a couple of sales.

I’m just looking for a break in my working life to be able to spend time really concentrating on developing the Etsy shop and generating more sales.  So if you have the time and commitment, then I would recommend setting up an Etsy shop to sell your drone photography prints.  I found the initial process very simple and user friendly.  It is free to set up, but you do pay a very small fee every time you add a new photo for sale on your shop.

Of course, you are also able to sell your drone video clips too.  I have summarised selling drone video clips on BlackBox in a previous drone blog post.