In the 21st century photography and blogging is without doubt the most popular career field especially among the millennials. Taking pictures is the easy part while the hard part is usually how to actually make money out of this endeavor.
I have good news for snappers; the internet has created provided an array of platforms that enables photographers to share and monetize their work. Below are some of the best websites to kickstart your paid photography career:
This is one of the most popular website for many photographers taking into account it has been around for around 10 years.
This site offers a royalty of 33% for photos and 35% for vector art which is pretty higher compared to other sites.
Adobe stock is also integrated to Adobe’s apps therefore making it easy for buyers to view photos they may be interested in.
Another positive is that they give you freedom to sell your photos elsewhere since they don’t require you to give them exclusive selling rights. The profits earned in this site are usually between 20% and 60%
Finally, this site makes life easier by allowing the photographer to upload photos through Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Bridge CC and even its own website.
This site requires photographers of high standards and here is why, Getty images attracts brands and publishers looking for high quality or hard to find exclusive images to find.
For photos licensed via GettyImages.com start at 20%.
Here is another popular site that has an impressive run for over 15 years. According to their website, they have made $500 million in payouts therefore it is a lucrative venture for a photographer to indulge in.
Shutterstock also gives full copyright rights of the photo to the photographer and also crediting the owners of the photos therefore strengthening their specific brands.
One start earning every time their content is downloaded by the customers. As a contributor you earn between 20% and 30% on a monthly basis.
It is obviously not as popular as Adobe Stock or Shutterstock but it is not short of advantages it boasts of lack of complicated rules therefore easy for new users to navigate through.
It has made $180 million in payouts to the photographers.
Through the site photographers earn 50%, distributors 70% and novel 50%, payments are deposited monthly as long as your cleared funds are $50 or more.
500px is a community-based platform for photographers.
You can choose free subscription or paid membership the latter has benefits such as free advertising and an Adobe CC plan.
For smartphone users, 500px has an Android and iPhone app so you can take photos and upload them instantly.
Another impressive thing is that even if you choose free subscription you can still get licensing and also financial benefits from your snaps.
For the competitive snappers there are Photo Quests which you can participate in for prizes. The community is full of stunning, creative shots with a 30% commission payout for non-exclusive photos and 60% for exclusive ones.
I know what you are actually thinking Etsy is mostly for selling handmade goods, yes that is totally true but what you may not know is that you can also sell your photos here and also your own prints.
The reason it is a good idea it is the fact that it boasts over 30 million users who can consistently buy your products and also several different ways to sell your photos through their platform.
Moreover, you can set the price for your photos and design on your own therefore giving you full control on how you want to display your photos to buyers.
If you already own a website and are highly interested in selling physical photo prints then this is the way to go.
Fotomoto is not an online platform but it is basically a widget that integrates to your website to help you sell photos online.
It handles all the printing, packing, and shipping, so your focus is only taking pictures what you have to do is copy and paste Fotomoto’s code into your website, and you can instantly start to sell your photography online.
You can subscribe for free but you will have to pay 22% in transaction fees.
Stocksy recruits top-notch photographers who take high-resolution images, so to be on the safe side get yourself the best photography gear keeping in mind that your photos need to be exclusive.
The next step is to apply in order to get into their program and how do you it is by sending them a minimum of 25 photos and a little information about yourself. If you are privileged to get a chance get ready earn royalties ranging 50% -75%.
They are majorly focused on the advertising aspect of photography therefore all the more reason why you should consider using this platform.
Their policy is quite good especially the point that they allow you to upload and sell your photos online whilst maintaining your own copyrights.
Their pairing with many image marketplaces brings about the exposure that is really favorable for your photography and as you well know the more the exposure the more the money.
Now a part of Adobe Stock, sells images directly to creative cloud users. Users of programs such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator can buy images directly from their design program thereby enhancing the marketability of your photos
Fotolia has two pricing models for users: Pay-As-You-Go and Subscription. Photos sold to Pay-As-You-Go customers earn 20–63% commission, while Subscription generates 33% commission but has a minimum guarantee relative to the photographer’s rank.
A point to note is that you have to be 18 years and older in order to sell through Fotolia.
iStock is owned by Getty Images, here in the site you can choose two paths one is to offer your images only with iStock or commit to any other preferred platform.
With the former you will be talking about a royalty of up to 45% and with the latter you will earn a generous royalty of 15% instead.
What is even better about iStock is that it is also a community of photographers whereby you can chat with other fellow artists and have constructive learning exchanges.
However, to sell using iStock you are required to pass a quiz and submit samples of your work.
Yes, you can with Can Stock Photo! It Is a viable option if you want an easy time selling your photos.
This is how you do it you submit three images to the site editors then after a 24 hour wait you will get an approval to start selling.
Can Stock Photo pay up to 50% on each image downloaded.
With funds available for withdrawal to PayPal once reaching $50 and by check once reaching $100.
Images on Can Stock Photo are also available for download on Fotosearch, so there’s potential for more exposure.
Dreamstime are the real definition of quality over quantity.
It achieved this status by ensuring that all uploads are reviewed to check they meet their high standards, thereby guaranteeing quality.
Images must be at least three megapixels, and can also be rejected for excessive noise and other quality issues.
Photographers have an approval rating.
Those with a higher rating can upload the maximum number of images per week, though profiles with low ratings are much more limited in their number of uploads.
Exclusive contributors are also granted additional uploads.
Photographers can expect a 25-50% royalty, though can only withdraw once their account balance exceeds $100. If you upload an exclusive image, you’ll receive an extra 10%.
This is another platform that follows through your development that is it pays more as you get established.
With the potential for a 60% royalty for the highest ranked photographers, and 30% for those just getting started.
Extended licenses also enhance the possibility of a higher payout.
If you upload less than 999 images to the site, you’ll earn 30 %, which equates to $0.216 per download and if you upload over 1 million images, you’ll receive 60 %, which equates to $0.432 per download.
If you are very interested in selling photos as art prints then FineArtAmerica should be your hub, you can sell your photo as canvas print, poster, framed print, metal print, acrylic print, greeting card, phone case, and more.
When you make a sale, the order (including the printing) can be fulfilled by the company’s own printing service.
You’ll have to pay the base price for the production, but you can make a profit by raising the price of the final product.
The site focuses exclusively on storage of event and portrait photography. In addition to creating a regular event gallery, you can also create a fundraising gallery where a portion of each sale will be donated to a charitable cause.
You don’t have to deal with the headaches of order processing, printing and postage since Snapped4u chips in to help you with all that.
The charges are as follows for each photo sold that costs $5 or less, you’ll have to pay a $0.50 fee. If the photo is sold at more than $5, Snapped4U will charge a 10 %.
Freelance photographers and freshers can have a look at Crestock that is the true definition of simplicity. Application is done by just filling a form and uploading your photos then waiting for approval by the editing team.
The photographer retains the rights and can sell the photos on other stock websites without any restrictions. Payment is between 20% and 40% commission rates based on the total number of downloads.
It is a subscription-based platform that not only focuses on the sale of photos but also making you a digital storefront to showcase your photos a professional style.
Other impressive features are that it has a printing service that you can create books, prints, coupons, photo packages and greeting cards from your snapshots and if that is not enough it has inbuilt analytics hence information- wise you are sorted.
For the payment benefits SmugMug requires a monthly subscription for you to access its full functionality.
However, all this is not thrown into mud since you keep 85% of the markup price of your photos which is one of the highest profit gains in all of the other photo selling platforms.
What is likable about this platform is that it gives you a sample of templates which you can use from to customize your website into your suitable preference.
It also includes cloud storage of your photos, a built -in shopping cart, an intuitive interface, decent search engine optimization and several social media integrations.
You also get full control of how your photos are displayed but only under a paid subscription. Considering that you get to keep 92% of the selling price subscription is worth trying.
This app is basically easy to access and se since all you need is just an Android or Apple device to get started.
In the app you can sell photos or undertake in their missions and take the related photos.
If you take up a mission, we are talking about getting paid up to $100 or $200 since most of these missions are sponsored large companies looking for unique candid snapshots to use in their marketing endeavors.
On the other hand, photos sell for $10 and you earn $5 for each photo sold.
BlueMelon is more display focused more than market oriented that is you are focused on marketing your photos while the deal the display and payment processing.
They securely hold your photos thereby you can use them for operating your website by linking it to your website and social media networks just have to create a theme set prices and the way you want to receive your money.
The payment is also impressive since on a yearly plan stating from $70 you earn 92% royalty or more.
We need more photos of different parts of the world since different new things make life a bit more interesting.
Travel photographers therefore have a place they can store there travelling experiences through TourPhotos. Travel agencies and tor companies come in to upload the photos of their adventure trips for attendees and general public to buy from.
In short travelers have an online platform focused solely on capturing photos of various locations of the world.
This is a creative community app to upload and sell photos online. It allows you to retain your copyrights
You earn your royalties of up to 50% here while focusing on photography as a commercial photography space.
If you are a photographer and you do not have coding skills it does not mean you cannot have your own portfolio website.
Zenfolio has you covered since through a series of customized themes to suit your preferred design of a photography website.
The site allows you to upload images, create galleries and display your photos for sale. You also enjoy the ability to sell photos on Adobe Lightroom and also School & Sports Photographer packages.
Prices are generally varied from $25 to around $250 per year.
To become a seller on photo dune is a simple but long process, first you submit your portfolio highlighting your best photos.
The reviewers take this opportunity to assess your style and creativity before allowing you to submit your photos their major focus is on quality.
The amount you earn depends on your ability to sell images and to achieve great results you should clearly describe your items to attract more customers.
You can be exclusive or non-exclusive.
Exclusive contributors can only sell items on the Photodune platform while non-exclusive authors can sell and share their items everywhere else other than Photodune.
If you decide to become an exclusive member, you enjoy higher commission rates of up to 70% of the selling price.
RedBubble is a site that is actually amazing since it allows you to upload images before they project it onto different products for viewers to buy.
They create products for you and take care of shipping them on behalf of the photographer.
The site has a base price of each product depending on its size but the best thing about this is that you can choose how much you want to make out of the selling price of your product.
They undeservingly charge you nothing at all for the packaging and marketing of your product impressive right! Stop waiting for the opportune time try them out now!
Getty images and Flickr entered into a partnership in 2010 to make it easier for photographers to sell their photos as rights managed stock and royalty free images.
You just submit your photos and when they get approved by the editors you will start earning royalty 0f 20% for your bought images.
This platform is not your average website, it focuses on photographers who focused on selling your photos as art prints. If that isn’t enough, they provide you step by step success plan to make sure you choose the best practices.
They provide you the ability to print and fulfil your own orders, select a studio, or go for automated print. It also has a members-only forum to share ideas, receive guidance and sales strategies from many industry experts.
This is a WordPress theme that has e-commerce functionality.
However, the Photocrati theme can permit you to set up your photography site on WordPress.
You also have entire control to personalize the appearance and feel of your site without the requirement to work on any code. An excellent thing about Photocrati is that you only require a one-time fee to buy it.
It is a trademark of ShutterStock, one enjoys royalty free images.
Their signup process is straightforward and you can signup and upload photos.
It’s possible to sell images for almost every image category.
You can get started selling after completing the BigStock Contributors Tutorial.
The photographer earns from $0.5 to $25 per photo and 30%of the commission for images purchased on a partner website.
Pexels is a community-based platform that specializes on free photos that are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero label.
For free downloads the photographer has an option to donate photos to the contributors. Premium photos are sold on Pexels from Shutterstock.
Payment is not guaranteed but it can be great exposure to bloggers and professional websites that desire paid media that is more relevant to their content.
The site lets you sell stock photos and it is free to signup although you have to submit photos to partake an exam to determine eligibility.
DepositPhotos sets a standard price for your images, but you will receive a commission every time one of your images sells.
The commission you receive depends on the license type, the resolution, and your contributor level and status.
If you refer artists or buyers, you will earn $0.03 commission for each sale your referred artist makes through a subscription and a 15% commission for every Pay-by-Credit or On Demand Downloads purchase your referred Buyer makes.
The only restriction will only be if you are not 18 and over.
Image Vortex doesn’t require exclusivity, so you can sell your photos on other sites as well. Commission rates are 70%, and you establish your own prices.
This site has grown from just a site for Instagram users to sell their photos to a robust site for selling photos online.
One earns a commission every time a customer licenses one of their photos.
There are also photo challenges that has money tagged to each challenge and if your photo is chosen by the editors (Editor’s pick) you earn the full prize. You also earn 100% commission from whatever brands hire you for scheduled shoots.
FreeDigitalPhotos provides photos for free as well as for purchasing purposes.
Free photos don’t earn anything but at least you get credit for your photos.
When the photos are purchased by organizations or professionals the photographer earns 70% of commission.
This is an assignment-based photo-selling platform.
The clients post their requirement of particular photos as an assignment.
For this site you can use a camera or a smartphone whatever your preference is.
You upload your photos to their website and given a client likes your photo you will get paid €20via PayPal.
Selling photos on your own website:
Photographers may choose to develop their own website especially using WordPress that is easy and quick to use. This has more benefits that demerits as follow:
You can set competitive prices, you earn full royalties, you have full control of how your work is displayed and you are in full control of everything
This site is easy to use since it does not require complex registration therefore you focus more on the shooting of your photos rather than selling.
Instaproof allows uploading of photos sing FTP. It has no monthly fees since you can sign up for free and start right away.
The site takes 15% of the sales made by the photographer.
This is the ultimate site for photographers who are actually foodies.
This platform focuses on the growing art of food photography.
You can earn up to 50% on each sale of the image.
Marine lovers have a chance to take their photography to the next level by capturing high quality marine wildlife photos.
After registration the photographer has to provide sample images for approval and once done, he/she can start selling the photos.
They pay you depending on the size of your image the larger and more quality your image the higher the payout. Prices vary from$0.35 dollars for extra small images to $7 for an extra-large download.
With this website you can sell digital photos or photo prints and if you are a musician it allows you to sell royalty free music.
They provide website hosting services too.Payments are earned if you are using a monthly subscription, you earn rates of up to $30 through PayPal. The photographer can keep up to 90% or 100% of each sale.