Make Money Online by Selling Photos

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There are many places online where you can sell your photos.

This article will help you find the best places to make money online selling your photos.

1. 500px Prime

500px's website

 According to the site, more than 1 million customers buy stock images from 500px. If you submit your images for commercial licensing, you will receive up to 60% net for each license sold (standard licenses are $250), and your images may appear in big-name ad campaigns.

To try 500px Prime, first sign up for a free 500px account. Then upload your photos, activate your store, and fill out the necessary forms for each image (including model releases, liability releases, etc.).

You will also be able to choose between an exclusive and non-exclusive license for the images. You’ll earn more money for an exclusive license, but you won’t be able to license or sell the photo to anyone else.

2. Shutterstock

Shutterstock's website

 On Shutterstock, you can earn up to 40% commission on image downloads. Commissions on the site are calculated based on the number of image licenses sold each year:
15% of a total of 100
20 percent from 101 to 250
25% from 251 to 500
30 percent from 501 to 2,500
35 percent from 2,501 to 25,000
More than 25,000 people: 40%
You can also refer other photographers and earn a small commission, generally around 4 cents per image sold. If you refer a customer who buys images, you can earn up to $200 off their first purchase.

3. SmugMug

Smugmug's website

 You can create galleries to sell your photos through a custom domain for your photography business with a SmugMug Pro subscription plan for $42 per month.

Automatic watermark protection, a personalized website, client management, and sales tools are all part of the service.

After you sign up, you’ll upload photos, choose the products you want to sell, and set your prices. This is a good site for someone with a true entrepreneurial spirit, because you get to work with clients and set your own prices for your images.

4. iStock by Getty Images

iStock by getty images's website

 Since 2001, iStock (formerly iStockphoto) has been selling stock images and is now owned by Getty Images. Because it has been around for a while, it has a large network of contributors and carefully screens new applicants to ensure they are a good fit.

To apply, simply download the iStock app for free. You must fill out an application if you want to contribute editorial photos or footage for use in news stories.

 The Getty/iStock photo team will review your credentials, and you will be required to take a short quiz to assess them. The final step is to upload a few samples of your work to ensure that it is of high quality.

5. Adobe Stock

Adobe stock's website

 As an Adobe Stock contributor, you can make your stock photos available to users directly through Adobe products such as Illustrator and Photoshop. If you use Adobe Lightroom, you can directly import photos into the stock library.

Stock images are available to Adobe users through a monthly or annual subscription. The royalty rate you receive for photos is determined by the buyer’s subscription terms and ranges from $0.66 to $3.30 per photo license sold.

6. Patreon

Patreon's website

Patreon is the world’s leading subscription platform for creators. As a creator of almost any type of art, performance, writing, or business, you can set up a Patreon page.

Patreon creators create tiers for subscribers — you name a price and a set of rewards that members (called “patrons”) will receive each month at each tier. It’s a way to connect with your most devoted followers and provide them with exclusive benefits such as videos, chats, tips, articles, podcasts, or exclusive printed or digital content.

Creators keep the majority of their Patreon earnings, minus payment processing fees and a fee to Patreon based on their creator plan:

Lite: Create a single membership tier in which customers can choose how much they want to pay each month.


If you have a lot of photos or you love photography give it a try and let us know how it goes for you.

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