If you have a number of quality photos that you believe people may want to pay for, you might wonder where to sell your photographs online? There are a selection of renowned websites that can help you turn those shots into hard cash.
For professional photographers, having a variety of websites on which to sell your top shots can be a great way to diversify your income. For newbies with a bit of skill, it can be an interesting way to start earning some cash on the side.
The 12 websites below have been chosen due to their high royalty rates, their popularity, or simply because they offer something different. Each could provide an additional income stream for anyone with enough good shots lying around.
Since launching, Shutterstock has paid out over $350 million to its contributors. When you upload a photo to the marketplace, you still keep copyright, and can earn up to 30% of the sale price of your photos depending on the size of your image.
iStock Photo is a great place for those just starting out selling stock photos. Its popular forums and resources will help you to find your feet, and to understand the world of photo sales.
The standard royalty payout for iStock Photo starts at only 15% per download. However, this can increase to 45% depending on the popularity of your photos. If a customer purchases a photo using one of the subscription “credits” however, royalty rates are 15% by default.
If you’re willing to sell your photos exclusively on iStock Photo, the site will thank you by offering 22-45% royalties. This exclusivity contract can be ended if you give the company 30-days notice.
There’s a reason why Alamy has over 60 million images and videos for sale on its website. It’s because it offers photographers a huge 50% royalty payment on each photo sold. The site also allows photographers to sell their photos elsewhere (it doesn’t demand exclusivity).
PhotoShelter is a great tool if you sell photos through your own site. At its core, it’s a photography-oriented e-commerce platform that you can integrate into almost any website. This includes cloud storage for your photos, an intuitive interface, decent SEO and several social media integrations.
The benefits of this option include retaining full control over how your photos are displayed, not having your competitors photos displayed alongside your own, and the ability earn much more of the sale price.
The SmugMug “Pro” package is an alternative to PhotoShelter. The platform enables you to showcase your work on a massively customizable storefront, and to manage your orders.
The difference is that SimplyMug labs can offer prints, books, and greetings cards created from your shots. There are additional features such as the ability to create coupons, photo packages, and built-in analytics. You’ll also get to keep up to 85% of your revenue.
If you’re looking for an easy option for selling your photos, Can Stock Photo is a great choice. You will need to be approved first, which is a simple process where you have to submit three images to the site’s editors. You’ll usually have a response within 24 hours.
When uploading photos (you can upload several hundred at once) onto the site. The metadata and keyword data is read automatically, saving you the pain of needing to categorize each photo. You can earn up to 50% in royalties on the site, and can withdraw your money into PayPal once your balance reaches $50. If you want a mailed check, you’ll have to wait until you have $100.
There are plenty of other websites out there where you can sell your photos. The ones included here are those that either offer something different, are highly reputable, or who offer fantastic royalties to contributing photographers.
As you improve your photography skills, and learn to understand the photos that sell well, your forays into this territory should, in time, become more lucrative.