How To Sell My Photos Online

Make money with your photos!Did you know you can actually sell your own pictures on the Internet?

And, before you ask it… No, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to be able to make money with your photos.

You don’t even need to buy a digital camera. You have a smartphone, right? (rethorical question, I know, who doesn’t?).

Do you love to take pictures of your daily life, your trips, your parties with your family and friends…?

Then, I’m going to show you how to sell photos online, to make money out of your passion.

You’ll be amazed of the many ways in which you can make profit from your pics online, so that you can create a secondary income stream which could eventually become a stable full-time business.

Ready? 😉

Who Buys Photos Online?

If we’re talking about selling pictures here, that’s obviously because there’s demand and there are people buying them out there.

And we’re talking a huge deal of a demand.

So, who do you think are all these people looking for images on the Internet?

Companies. There’s milions of small/medium sized businesses in the world which do not have enough budget to hire a photographer for their marketing campaigns or their websites, so they look for stock photos to cover that aspect.

Bloggers. People who have a blog or a personal site and do not want to be sued due to copyright infringment, usually look for public domain images to add some visuals to them. And many times, the free ones are not convincing enough and they end up buying through sites which offer monthly memberships or packs of a determined number of pictures which make the images more afordable.Online Demand

Self-published writers. Amazon and other online platforms have made possible that everyone can get their work out there without the help of publishers, so there’s many creators looking for that killer cover image that will make their book a best-seller, and they’re definitely willing to pay for it.

Magazines and Newspapers. They’re always looking for new stories, new talents and specific imagery depending on the trending topic of the moment.

Anybody who likes pictures of any kind, and want to decorate their houses with nice images or maybe buy one as a gift to another person for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasions.

So, basically, the possibilities are endless in what comes to selling your pics.

They all know that today everybody has a camera or a phone and thus taking pictures has become one of the most practiced and lucrative leisure activity in the world lately. So why not take advantage of that and make sure they have the widest range of options.

 

Ways To Earn Money Online With Your Photos

Make money with your artSo, now we’re aware that there’s so many people looking for images on the Internet and, as there are many free rights options out there, there’s many people who look for the best quality and specific captures that those public domain stocks can’t provide.

And that’s the moment you need to step up and claim what your art is worth.

You’ll see that there’s two concepts that go together that you need to take into account when it comes to managing online photography: where you will be actually selling your pictures, and how you’re going to make people aware that those pictures exist and are worth it.

So, according to these, let’s make a list of the most used ways to make money with your pictures, so that we can break them down later and see which one fits your better:

1. Building up your own personal photographer’s website with your online portfolio.

2. Creating a photography blog where you can talk about what you love and redirect relevant public to your website.

3. Generating interest on your art through your Instagram profile.

4. Joining EyeEm. The best photography-specialized social media which includes a market for your pictures.

5. Leveraging all the other social networks to promote you as a photographer.

6. Sending your pictures directly to newspapers and magazines.

7. Putting your photos up for sale on stock images websites.

Now, let’s go deeper into the list and see which are the benefits of each and every point.

 

#1 – Build Up Your Own Personal Photographer’s Website

If you want to make a name for yourself within the online photography world, the first thing you need to do is create your own website, where you will put together your best pictures, so that you can start building your personal brand.

This is also the best way you have to get 100% of the profit from your photo sales.

There’s many platforms which offer free website building services, like Wix or Imcreator, and others like Photoshelter and Visual Society, where you need to pay a monthly fee, and they include e-commerce applications as a part of your site, so that selling your pictures is easier for you.

On the other hand, if you want a free website with an integrated online shop, the easiest option you have is to build up a WordPress website combined with a plugin like Sell Media which allows you to have your pictures up and ready to sell instantly.

If you upgrade, thus pay a monthly fee, some of those plugins will allow you to also be able to directly sell prints and not just digital photos.

Build your online porfolio

So, which are the perks of having your own image gallery where you sell your pictures?

  • You have full control of your sales.
  • You decide which type of license each image is sold under.
  • The whole amount of your sales goes into your pocket.
  • You’re creating your own personal brand and reputation online.

 

#2 – Create A Photography Blog

There’s milions of photographers struggling to stand out from the rest online, so you need people to be aware you actually exist.

Starting a blog is a great opportunity to write keyword-relevant content which will rank on search engines and will lead people to find you, engage with you and socially share your content.

This will mean gaining online awareness and it will help you drive relevant traffic to your website in the shape of potential buyers for your images.

You can blog about anything related with photography, like which are your favorite places to shoot, what’s your photography gear… Any topic you can come up about the photography world that allows you promote your work.

Besides driving people to your online photography portfolio so that they can buy your pictures, blogging can also be very lucrative if you use affiliate marketing links to promote relevant products your public may find interesting (cameras, equipment, …), since when they buy them you get a comission.

Check out here how to easily get started on Affiliate Marketing today.Blog to get traffic to your site!

Now, why is blogging important for you as a photographer?

  • It drives quality traffic to your photographer’s website.
  • It allows you to make money from affiliate marketing comissions.
  • You’ll be writing about what you love and learning everyday.

There’s a platform I highly recommend if you want to start your online brand as a photographer.

It has been ranked #1 Online Marketing Community, where you can join completely for free and get immediate access to your own 2 websites (one could be for your portfolio/shop and the other one for your presonal blog), and a thorough 5-lesson interactive step-by-step course on how to effectively earn revenue through your websites.

You can check out here my full review of this helpful online community.

You’ll love this. You’re going to learn how to make money with your blog while you’re out there taking pictures!

Sounds good, huh? 😉

 

#3 – Generate Engagement Through Your Instagram Profile

I bet you have an account already on this social network which reached 800 milion active users by September 2017 and it’s growing by more than 200 milion users a year.

Although Instagram doesn’t actually pay you for the pictures and nobody buys them  directly either, to have a high number of REAL followers can help you gain awareness online and can also bring you money indirectly.

How can I make money through Instagram?

Well, if people like your art, and you reach a considerable amount of followers, it’s more than probable that brands contact you and offer you to promote them in exchange of money or products.

This is what they call product placement, and it consists on subtly advertising relevant products on different non-traditional types of media, leveraging the interests of the public.

So you can find yourself promoting photography material, travel services or whatever products related with your photography style, since they may be of interest for your followers, and getting paid for doing so.

Apart from that, your Instagram biography, at the top of your profile, is the perfect place to promote your own personal website and send potential buyers to your gallery.

To do so, you can upload your best pictures regularly making good use of the hashtags, both image-relevant and trending, and the Instagram Story feature, which allows you to customize images and videos with text (for instance your last blog post or your website url). Instagram!

Then, why do you need to be on Instagram?

  • It’s the most used social app photography in the world.
  • You can easily build your personal brand.
  • Many companies are looking for ambassadors to promote their products there.
  • It’s a good place to create interest in your work and get traffic for your website.

 

#4 – Join EyeEm: The Social Marketplace For Photographers

EyeEm is a global community of more than 20 milion photographers, where you can share your pictures, learn photography tips from experts and directly sell your pictures on a highly specialized marketplace.

You just need to join for free and create a gallery with your pictures which, unlike Instagram, will be uploaded at their full quality, so they won’t resize or compress them.

Then, as you do this, the quality and relevance of your images are reviewed and, once approved, your pictures will automatically be available at one of the most well-known stock photo agencies in the World, Getty Images.

After having done that, you just need to wait for the sales and get your cut (50% of the total price). There’s several different licenses under which they can sell the pictures, depending on the use the buyer will give to the image, and the prices go from $5 to $250 per photo.

You can easily upload the pictures from your computer or their phone app, and in both cases they have an image recognition software which detects the main features of your image and suggests you tags which are most commonly used by the buyers on their searches, so that your images got more chances to show up.

They also constantly set up “missions”, where you are asked to shoot a specific type of picture for a reward (usually cash or products from partners).It's easy to sell on EyeEm!

Summarizing, why is EyeEm the place to be if you’re a photographer?

  • Your photos will be available at the Getty Images agency.
  • You get 50% of the sale just for uploading your photos.
  • EyeEm does all the promotion to give awareness to your work.
  • You can get money and amazing products if you win the “missions”.
  • Interacting with professional photographers can help you improve your skills.
  • They constantly provide you with new tips to grow as a photographer.

 

#5 – Make The Most Of Social Media

When it comes to promoting your photographs and put yourself out there, social networks are key today.

Having presence on the most relevant ones will allow people to know your work, which ultimately will potentially turn into sales of your photographs.

So, the important thing you need to understand here is that the more you participate and engage with people online, the more the traffic you’re website will get, thus the more probabilities to make an actual sale.

That means you shouldn’t underestimate the power of social media 😉

Just think of how many unknown photographers have been discovered and become well-known thanks to some picture they took has gone viral on the Internet.

It’s not necessary to be on all the existing social networks, just make sure you make the most of the most used ones:

  • Facebook: create your photographer page and promote it.
  • Twitter: share your pictures, engage with other photographers and interact with the trending topics.
  • Pinterest: pin your images to relevant galleries.
  • Google+: share your blog posts so that Google ranks your website better.
  • LinkedIn: create your professional profile as a photographer.
  • YouTube: You can create a channel and make presentations with your images or even make video reviews of the products you promote on your blog.Be social!

The more you interact and share your work on the social media, the higher the chances of people visiting your website and buying your photographs.

Google highly values that people are sharing your brand, so it will index better your blog and your photographer’s site, which will mean more people will actually see it and visit.

Don’t miss this Free Training to Get More Sales by Leveraging Social Media and Your Blog Content to drive more traffic to your Photographers Site.

 

#6 – Send Your Stories To Newspapers And Magazines

They used to be printed media before the boom of the Internet, but they evolved and became digital, and they are still a very good place where you can display your pictures.

There’s some things to take into account when submitting photographs to them:

  • Study them to know which kind of pictures they look for so that you can send the message that you can provide them with proper images according to their style. For example, you won’t be sending skyline or street pictures to a nature magazine.
  • Stick to what you know best. At least at the beginning, try to boost your strenghts rather than work on your weaknesses. So, if you’re not good with portraits, don’t go for beauty and lifestyle magazines.
  • Start locally. You won’t be selling your first picture to National Geographic. Small magazines will be more willing to give you a chance if they like what they see.
  • Read the submission guidelines and follow them. You need to know how they want the proposals to be presented, so that you have a real chance.
  • Send a query letter along with the portfolio you’ve decided to submit. It’s important that they know who you are and what you can offer.
  • Stay fresh in their minds. You want them to remember you when assignments arise. So, without being too annoying, keep in touch once every month or two.
  • Be patient. You may have to contact several media before you get a positive answer, but bear in mind that the competition on this sector is very high. Stay positive and you’ll get there!

Magazines always want photos!

A good way to start on this field is checking out WorkBook, where you can find a large variety of resources for photographers as well as a pretty decent directory of publications sorted by themes and geographical areas to start with.

 

#7 – Sell Your Photos On Stock Image Websites

As I said before, there’s a high and growing online demand for photographs and people are always looking for afordable and decent quality pictures they can use for their merchandising, blogs, banners, marketing campaigns, book covers, websites, posters, newsletters…

To respond to this evergreen demand for images, a quite big number of stock photo sites have sprung up during the last years.

These pages allow you to easily sign up for free and upload pictures to your profile, tagging them with the keywords which best define them so that they can quickly be found by the potential buyers that search on the sites.

From that moment, you don’t need to do anything else. This platforms handle all the promotion and sales, you just need to wait and get your cut, which depends on the site and on the type of license the picture is bought through (the price is not the same if somedbody buys a picture for a blog, than if Apple buys it for a national campaign).

All these sites are always striving to position themselves as the best site to sell stock photos, so you can be sure they will struggle to put your photos out there.

The key here is to take a look at the most downloaded and bought photos from these type of websites so that you get the idea of what the trends are, and then you can build up your own stock photo collection and put it up for sale.

They are all usually non-exclusive sites and let you retain all copyrights of your images (as long as they’re yours and do not include logos or recognizable people who didn’t give you permission to sell it), but don’t forget to check before uploading them just in case.

Sometimes, people will search for quality fine-art photographs, but the most demanded are usually daily life themed images (street, home, kitchen, people, travel…), business concepts (office-related, technology…) and symbolic pictures which evoque different feelings or emotions.

Stock Photo!

Some of the best free photo selling websites are:

  • Alamy – You get 60% of each sale. Pricing starts at around $9,99
  • Shutterstock – The more images you upload, the higher the payout per image.
  • 123RF – 50% comission for you. Specially good for large collections.
  • Big Stock Photo – Comissions go from $0,50 to $3 per photo.
  • Getty Images – If your’re on EyeEm, your market pictures are already in this one.
  • Fotolia – 30-61% royalties, which increase with exclusivity.

#Bonus Tip: Never Give Up On Your Dream

This may sound cheesy and typical for some of you, but it’s actually the key for your project to become real and successful.

All the tips and advices you’ve just read have no real effect whatsoever if you do not belive in yourself and your work, and if you’re not ready to do anything to make things happen.

And whatever you do, enjoy the process! If you enjoy what you do and give the best of you, you’re unstoppable!

You’re a photographer from the first moment you pick up your camera and start telling stories with your images. Do not let anybody tell you otherwise.

 

What’s The Best Way To Sell Photographs Online?

I don’t want you to get overwhelmed now with so much information.

These ways to make money with your photos, are just some of the most used and reliable now.

That doesn’t mean you need to use them all, but the more places your work is displayed on, the higher the chances that it’s going to be seen, and that’s precisely the key to make money with your photos.Make the most of your photos online!

What I recommend you is to start off by creating your presence online right now, which means your own website and blog, so that you have your own place where you’re going to be redirecting all the traffic you’ll get (like from your social media).

And, from that point, once you have that figured out, and your portfolio available, you can start promoting your work and submiting it to the different places we’ve broken down here that will provide you revenue from your passion.

I just want to remind you that I’m also available at my personal profile on that awesome Online Marketing Community I told you about earlier. You can reach me there anytime and I’ll gladly walk you through the process of making the most of your passion and turn it into your full-time thriving business.

Please, leave me a comment if you think there’s any other ways you use to make money with your photographs, so that people can know them as well.

 

I hope you found this article helpful and enjoyed it!

Are you ready to make the most of your passion? 😉

84 comments

  • Justin

    This is really inspiring advice on how to make money online through photo’s. I’m so going to try this out. It’s great to get so much knowledge on it, so informative and nicely lad out. Had my head buzzing with idea’s. Found all your pages really inspiring especially the Travel page. Traveling for the rest of my life would be amazing, Me for one will be trying this method out and i’ll see how i go,
    Just one question, does it take long to get recognized for your photo’s ?.
    Thank you for sharing this

    Justin

    • Israel

      Hi Justin!

      I’m glad you liked it and found it helpful! 🙂

      To get recognition and awareness out there for your photos, the key is to have a solid online presence. Be on Instagram, be on EyeEm, be on Facebook, be everywhere! Create your personal brand around your work and engage with your fans and other photographers. The more you engage and promote your art, the higher the chances people will notice you.

      You can also print some pictures out (like 20-25) and make a physical portfolio with them. Then you can go to local photo/art galleries and present your work. You can try at bars, restaurants, there’s many places where they would show your pictures in exchange for a comission if somebody purchased them.

      Doing some free photo shoots also helps. Events involving family and friends, like weddings, birthdays… Offer yourself to take some pictures for them and if they like what you got, they would share the pics on their social media giving you credit. That can create new opportunities for you if other people see those pictures and likes them.

      There’s so many ways to get awareness as a photographer. You just need to be creative 😉

      If that’s your passion, just go for it!

      I wish you all the best, my friend!

  • Ariel Baradarian

    This actually looks really cool! I actually live in a suburban area in New Jersey that is in a more forest area. The views of sunset and at other times of the day, along with the trees, animals, nature look in the background would be great pictures to sell. I think I may actually try the app you mentioned, since it seems easier to this part time for someone like me. Thank you!

    • Israel

      Hi Ariel!

      Yeah! Try it out! It’s a good way to put your art out there and get some recognition and income from it. Many people are starting to use that app to sell their pictures, since it’s very easy to upload them, and they do all the work by promoting them.

      Nature and animals always sell good, so that would be a perfect chance for you.

      If you join EyeEm, be aware of the “missions”. There’s many nice rewards if you win! 😉

      Good luck!

  • Shanna

    This sounds like a really interesting way to make some extra money from something that I think we all do on a daily basis – take pictures with our phones. Thanks for giving such detailed outlines on how to go about selling photos online. Your post is so well laid out, and seems to cover all the important information, which makes for a useful guide both for people who don’t have a clue where to start, and for those who already have some knowledge on the subject.

    • Israel

      Hi Shanna!

      I’m happy to be helpful 🙂

      Yeah, it’s important that people know that anybody can sell their pictures today online. We all have phones, and they make pretty decent photos.

      Years ago you needed to be a professional photographer, and have a very high quality gear so that people trusted you. And it was also very difficult to make yourself a name in the market.

      But the Internet has taken over, and it’s been the key to boost the photography world. Anybody can sell their daily life pictures online, since there’s many poeple and companies precisely looking for those kind of images.

      When I first started diving into the stock photo world, I was shocked to see that the best-selling images were not complex compositions and once-in-a-lifetime shoots, but those you usually see everyday… People getting on the bus off to work, that empty street at dawn, your food laid out over a counter on your lunch break, patterns on a wall, any casual scene you come across everyday can make a best-seller online if you get creative.

      The key is to enjoy it! 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nemira

    Hello here. Your article is a the chest of treasures because there are so much information about possibilities to earn money taking pictures.
    Once I tried iStock. I must be honest because they require exceptional quality of images. Mine pictures were so-so. I understand that I need to work on it and create Instagram account.
    Instagram is a great place to share passions, moments from traveling or just from the simple walk in the woods with dogs.
    How about website Flickr? Does it accept pictures if somebody wants to sell them?
    Thanks for the comprehensive article regarding selling photos online.
    All the best, be healthy and wealthy, Nemira.

    • Israel

      Hi Nemira,

      I’m really glad you liked it! Thanks.

      Yeah, you’re right, there are some of those Stock Photo Agencies which require a minimum of quality in your images to accept them for sale. That depends on where they promote them and the type of buyers they look for.

      I really don’t know much about Flickr, since I’ve never used it before. But I know that they also give you the chance to sell your pictures. You can create galleries there and they have partnerships with a couple agencies I guess. What I don’t really know is the standards they use, but I suggest you try it out. It’s good to be in several places at the same time, you never know 😉

      I always recommend EyeEm when people ask me about places to sell their photos. It’s a free app, you create your gallery like you do on Instagram and everytime you post an image, they put it on sale. They work with Getty Images, which is one of the biggest photo stock agencies, and they give you 50% of each photo you sell. And they also sell the pictures themselves to other partners from their own market. So maybe they are more selective when chosing pics for Getty, but in their own market the standards are not so high.

      The best thing of this one is that they sell all kinds of images, from fine art to casual daily pics. Your travel moments, your dogs taking a walk, anything can make a selling photo, and they are not so picky (at least when it comes to their own market), since they are a photographers community where you can learn tips, show your work and get the chance to make money with it.

      They won’t ask you proof of your art either, you just create your account and start uploading pictures. They only ask you for the minimum quality a regular phone gives you today.

      I suggest you start on Instagram, to engage people with your pictures and see how they react to them. And at the sime time, you can start uploading your best shots on EyeEm and Flickr, and see how it goes.

      But, make sure you have fun in the process! That’s the most important part!

      Good luck and best wishes!

  • Chris

    Hey Israel,
    I hadn’t even thought about this. I have used a few sites for photos for websites and had taken some when I couldn’t find what I was after. I hadn’t actually thought of then selling these photos. This is a great idea.
    I will be getting onto this for sure.

    • Israel

      Hi Chris!

      Some years ago I was doing something like that myself. I just posted on Instagram for fun and didn’t even know there were places which allowed you to get revenue from your images.

      It’s really amazing how casual photos taken even with your cell phone can sell so good. And it’s because the demand is actually high on those.

      I hope this helps you put yourself and your pictures out there! 😉

  • VHayes2

    This is the second post I have read from you and I am hooked!!!! So much so I have bookmarked your page and plan on sharing it with a friend of mine who has started her own photography business, but it isn’t doing very well. I bet she would love to hear about this!!!!!!! You have such great ideas and insight!!!!!

    • Israel

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      That’s really what this is all about, to help people as much as I can.

      Tell your friend that starting a business is a very brave thing to do, and it takes time for things to settle down and make it successful. She needs to be confident and stay positive. There will be ups and downs, but the most important thing is that she does what she loves and fully enjoys the process, if she does so, everything will be alright and she will eventually find her own way to success.

      Photography is all about passion and creativity. You need to stay focused and motivated so that your work reflects the best of you.

      Thanks a lot for reading!

      Be happy! 🙂

  • Asen

    Hello there,

    What an interesting topic?
    I have heard about the possibility of selling your own personal photos online but I didn’t know that this could turn into a lucrative business.
    Sure enough, I presume that the pictures must be of a great quality?
    Is that really necessary or it can work if I sell photos made with my phone?

    • Israel

      Hi Asen!

      Internet has really allowed many people to be able to make a pretty decent living out of their passion for photography.

      When it comes to upload pictures to stock photo agencies, they usually look for a minimum quality level. But we’re talking the quality you can get when taking a picture with a smartphone.

      The key aspect you need to bear in mind when doing so is that your pictures are clean. That means not pixeled, blurry or out of focus (unless these are added as a creative technique which gives meaning to the picture itself).

      There’s a huge market for phone pictures out there. There’s even constests that have a special category for photographs taken with phones. So you can make actual revenue out of those.

      I suggest you look around, on sites like EyeEm, where there are many top creators whose only gear is their phone, so you can get an idea of the kind of pictures and the minimum quality the agencies are looking for.

      But, let me tell you, anybody can sell their pictures. Just be creative and aware of the trending themes that are most demanded, and you will succeed!

      Best of luck, my friend! 😉

  • Maxx

    Wow, What a great site I ver visited. To be very honest I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment after reading this. But this is what I have looking of for so far.

    I used to think there is no way I can make money online by selling photos or images as I’m not professional in photography. Now I know behind the scene and this opened my eye. I have taken many nice pictures and stored in my cloud and I think is time for me to utilize them.

    I already bookmarked your page and will try out EyeEm as soon as I finished my task.

    Thank you again for letting me know.

    Thumbs up

    • Israel

      Hey Maxx!

      It’s normal to be overwhelmed when you discover the many ways you got to actually generate income from your pictures.

      You just need to go step by step and find your way.

      Some people just work with magazines or newspapers, others only focus on their own online photography website to sell their pictures… There’s no rule saying you need to use them all, or one in particular. You need to find that way which makes you feel confident with your work and motivated to keep it up.

      I’m glad you’re going to try EyeEm, you’ll find it very interesting. You can learn a lot from the people in there. You’ll see what the best-selling trends are and how to take advantage of them.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      I wish you the best of luck!

      And remember: always do what you love and enjoy! 😉

  • Darren

    What a great way to make some extra cash. After reading all this it seems like common sense but it’s never crossed my mind to be able to make money this way. I’ve definitely got to give this a try and the best thing about it is that you can create your portfolio while you’re doing the things you enjoy. Thanks for opening my eyes Israel

    • Israel

      Hi Darren!

      I’m really glad you found it helpful! 🙂

      Yeah, like you said, there’s many obvious things you can do to actually boost your online presence and be able to get money with your photos, but the thing is to choose wisely the ones that suit you best, so that you can get the most of them.

      I wish you the best of luck!

      And remember: always enjoy the process! 😉

  • Craig

    Photography is something that I am really interested in although I have very limited talent in it.

    I enjoy taking photographs of my surroundings and posting to social media so it is really inspiring to know you can actually do this to make money.

    How far can you really go with a smart phone before you need to buy a real camera?

    Do you recommend any programs/apps for editing photos?

    • Israel

      Hi Craig!

      It’s really up to how far you wanna go. If you just love taking pictures with your phone as you go and not bother with heavy equipment like DSLR, tripods, filters, and so on, that’s alright, you can still make money with your photos!

      Nowadays, when you see a picture on a social media, you can hardly tell sometimes if it’s taken with a phone or with a professional camera. The quality you got with the high-end smartphones today is awesome!

      On the other hand, if what you want is to take long exposure photos at sunsets, or waterfalls, creating dramatic effects, or maybe sports or wild life photos where you need a powerful zoom lens, then you would want to go for a real camera.

      So it really depends on what you expect your photos to be and what is the object of your work. But, you can actually make money with those casual phone pictures of street, travel, business, daily life scenes… since they sell really well on stock photo agencies.

      When it comes to editing photos taken with the phone I don’t really use external apps. For instance, when uploading to Instagram, I use their editing tools, I try to keep the picture very clean and natural. And, when doing the same at EyeEm, they also have decent editing tools on the app itself.

      But if you wanna go creative with the editing, you got PicsArt, AirBrush, Photo Editor, … the list is endless.

      Do not think you got limited talent, anybody can sell photos today online. As I told you, they don’t really have to be master pieces or fine art, the highest demand in the market is actually for natural images and casual scenes of our daily life.

      If you love taking pictures and want to get revenue from your passion, just go for it! 😉

      But remember to always enjoy the process and not be too hard on yourself!

      Good luck!

  • Maureen

    Making money online with your own photos sounds like a great opportunity. I have a friend who started taking pictures on her daily walks. Next thing you know people were asking to purchase either the photo or have cards made up using a photo she had taken. She started doing this just out of a love of taking pictures and a love of nature and now she has an online business.
    Your article shows a lot more ways that one can make money with their pictures. Thanks for the great info!

    • Israel

      Hi Maureen!

      Your friend’s story is the best example of how doing what you love and enjoy it is actually the right way to creating your own business and start living life on your own terms. I’m glad she did it!

      The opportunities are out there, we just need to be brave enough to give them a shot. The reward is really worth it.

      Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts!

      Enjoy!

  • Cathy

    Thanks for putting this together. I take photos as a hobby and have a large collection that I’ve been keeping since college. Never really thought of monetizing from them before until I read your article.

    It’s the first time I am hearing about EyeEm. When you said that the quality and relevance of images need to be reviewed, is there a guideline to refer to?

    Also, do you think images taken from smartphones have potential in this marketplace? Just wondering since the convenience of mobile has literally turned everyone into a photographer.

    • Israel

      Hi Cathy!

      When you upload photos to the EyeEm market, they are reviewed before they are up for sale. This review is only to check wheter or not they meet the minimum quality standards: they need to be at least 1MP and have a clean edit (try no to upload blurry, pixeled of out of focus images, unless it’s a creative image where some of those features makes sense).

      Also, you need to make sure there’s recognizable people in the picture or that you got a model release from them (you just need to send them an email from the platform itself for them to give you the right to sell the picture), and keep logos you don’t own the rights of out of the picture as well.

      These are just the couple of things you need to keep in mind, so that you can get their approval.

      The images from smatphones have great potential on this marketplace. There’s a huge demand for them, since they have high quality nowadys and the fact that you always have your phone with you means you are going to get all sort of images in many different places and occasions. Casual scenes of daily life sell very good.

      There are many creators making a pretty decent living out of their smartphone photos on EyeEm. You just need to be aware of the trending themes people are demanding and keep it creative and original.

      I hope these tips help you get out there that large collection of images you got. I’m sure they can be of use to many buyers! 🙂

      Good luck and enjoy!

  • Simon Crowe in Asia

    Hey Israel,
    I didn’t even know you could do this. I have probably thousands of pictures stored in hard drives, good ones too becase I’m an avid photographer.

    I though the only way to make mney as a photograper is by taking pictures at weddings. Thank so much, I will be checking out ShutterStock and WealthyAffiliate . Thanks for the heads up!

    • Israel

      Hey simon!

      Then, you have a great opportunity to make money with your pictures right away.

      Don’t forget to check out EyeEm, people post their smartphone photos all the time in that network and make pretty decent income from them. The most casual photo you can take on a regular day on your way to work or cooking some dinner, can be of interest for somebody out there, thus generate revenue for you. It’s that easy! 😉

      I’m glad the article helped you!

      Good luck!

  • Jim

    This article was definitely an eye-opener.

    I take a ton of pictures…of everything…cars, gardens, sunsets, fishing, camping, and a bunch more. But, I never thought that they could be worth money, too!

    I think it is time for me to cash in on the thousands of pictures I have stored on my computer and, EyeEm and Wealthy Affiliates look like good places to start!

    I feel confident that, with the how-to directions you outline, I can make my photo business a great success!

    Jim

    • Israel

      Hi Jim!

      I’m really happy to help!

      Internet has made possible for everybody to put themselves and their art out there, so why not make the most of it? 😉

      I really wish you the best of success with your photos!

      Cheers and enjoy!

  • Mikael

    Love taking pictures, and have for a while been thinking about hpw it would be possible for me to try to make a bit of cash on it. This is a nice and thorough list and has given me a lot of inspiration and ideas on how to proceed.

    Think I will first of all try to get an account on a few stock photo sites, but also sounds very interesting to develop a blog and eventually makes people aware that way.

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Mikael

    • Israel

      Hi Mikael!

      That’s good! Actually the blog option is very interesting since, if done properly, you can get a lot of relevant and quality traffic to your main website where you have your portfolio, and that can easily turn out into sales.

      I’m glad to be helpful! 😉

  • Monta

    Hi there. This is a very nice looking page and the way you write is really a treat- so easy to read. Even though I didn’t know anything about selling photos online and I am not looking for it, I found your information useful and understandable. This post did seem like stretches forever but if I will ever have a need for buying/selling photos online I will know where to look.
    Anyway, well done! Good luck in future.
    Cheers!

    • Israel

      Hi Monta!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      It’s never bad to know what’s going on in the Internet… you never know when you’re going to need that info you once came across 😉

      Cheers and best of luck to you too!

  • Weston

    Wow! This is great information! I had no idea just anyone could sell their photos online. I’ve heard of and seen Shutterstock photos online, but didn’t realize they were photos taken by just anyone.

    I thought your article was very easy to follow and it answered all the questions I had, plus more. I’m not really into photography, but I take a lot of pictures just to remember the moment. Some pictures have turned out better than others and I’d love to share them with others, especially if I could get paid for it.

    Thank you!

    Weston

    • Israel

      Hi Weston!

      Yeah! It’s amazing how today anybody can sell their own pictures online. Even your improvised phone pics showing casual moments of your daily life can sell very well.

      You could already have some best-selling images inside your phone right now! So, what’s the harm on putting yourself out there? 😉

      Thanks for commenting! I’m glad you liked the article! 🙂

      Cheers and enjoy!

  • Dean

    Hi,
    Sounds like I need to start checking through my catalogue of photos I have on my hard drive. Went to the Caribbean last year and got some amazing photos especially sunsets coming out of Havana.
    Are these the sorts of pics commercial and are sought after?
    Got tonnes of these kinds of pics from different trips

    Dean

    • Israel

      Hi Dean!

      Travel pics are always very sought after! Travel blogs, travel agencies, companies of all kind… they’re always looking for these kind of fresh and personal images.

      As I said in the article, even the most casual daily pictures can make a best-seller, you never know what people are looking for out there. The important thing is that you put your work where they can find it 😉

      Put yourself out there and show your personal vision to the world!

      Cheers and good luck! 😉

  • Rachel Annie

    Yay I was so happy to find your blog! I have been wondering about selling photos online, and if was actually possible for me since I’m not an actual photographer. We live in a super beautiful area though, so I have a ton of amazing pictures just from being outside.
    I don’t want to start a blog or have to do a ton of promoting though, so when I saw your list of ways to get your pictures out there, i was so excited!
    I’ve never heard of EyeEm but that sounds like the perfect place for me to start. I really appreciate how you put different links on there and explained the benefits to each. That made it so easy for me to narrow it down to EyEm. I’m really excited to try it and see if I can sell any! Thanks for your article! Do you have any suggestions on using filters or not when selling photos?

    • Israel

      Hi Rachel!

      I’m really happy this helps you 🙂

      EyeEm is a great way to get started! It’s like Instagram, but with the photos full size, includes training and tips to improve your photos, missions to put your skills to test and win prizes, the chance to sell any of your pictures as many times as the buyers want… And all you need to do is load them in their app and wait for the money to come 😉

      It’s really an awesome opportunity!

      Regarding the filters, I don’t usually use too many. The more natural the picture is, the better chances for the buyer to adapt it to their needs.

      Although, depending on the topic or what you want the picture to transmit, a little editing may help. For instance, colorful photos from India could use a little saturation; pictures of old cities in a black and white context may give a feeling that they’re bringing you back in time… You can get as creative as you want depending on the photo’s purpose 😉

      I hope it helps and that you can put your work out there and make money with it 😉

      Cheers and enjoy!

  • Mike

    Hi Israel
    Thanks for sharing this info. I’m familiar with stock image sites but there’s some new things here that look interesting. In the past I found the big stock photo places a bit intimidating. I’ll certainly check out your suggestions. I’m just getting started on Wealthy Affiliate (with a site called Photgraphix) and looking for ways to monetize my photography interests.

    Mike

    • Israel

      Hey Mike!

      There’s really many ways to promote and monetize your art on the Internet. But ultimately the main goal is to be in as many places as you can, so that your name and your style starts to get awareness.

      I’m glad you got some new ideas from this article! 🙂

      I wish you the best with your website! I’m here if you need anything!

      Enjoy!

  • Brian

    Thanks for posting this as I’ve been interested in selling some of my own photos. I have tried an app on my phone in the past called FOAP and while I generated some interest in my photos on there, I haven’t sold anything so far.

    I like how you provided other means and ways to make money with your photos, some of which I didn’t think about especially when it comes to sending them to newspapers and magazines.

    • Israel

      Hi Brian!

      I really suggest you try EyeEm. I constantly upload photos there, many of them being casual pictures taken with my phone, and some of them are selling quite well. Also, you learn photography tips and you can get interesting ideas from other people’s work.

      Regarding newspapers and magazines, well you really need to make an effort and do some research so that you know what’s being demanded on the market, and what you can offer in that sense. But it’s definitely another way to make some money with your photos if you play your cards wisely.

      The good thing is that you got nothing to lose, so it’s worth trying, right? 😉

      There’s really many ways in which you can sell your art out there, you just need to try and see what works better for you.

      Good luck and enjoy!

  • Samantha

    Hi! I bookmarked this page before I even finished reading. This is exactly what I was looking for. Informative, structured and with good advice. Thanks so much:)
    Do you have any experience with selling photos to Canva? Their library is impressive and one-time usage rights per picture cost only 1$. I wonder if you have had any experience with them. All the best, Samantha

    • Israel

      Hi Samantha!

      I’m glad you liked it and found it helpful! I appreciate it! 😉

      About Canva, I had heard about them as a place to easily create designs for your website and online communications, but I never thought of them as a place to sell your own images.

      Thanks for sharing that here! Another place to keep in mind for those who want to put themselves out there as photographers! Nice!

      Cheers and good luck! 😉

  • Salvatore V Jenkins Jr.

    I have always thought of selling my pictures online but never really made the leap and it is still a thought I would like to make a reality.

    I am new to wordpress and I am still learning all it’s features. I never heard of Sell media plugin and I could use it on one of my sites to sell some of my designs as well as photos.

    Great post I will definitely be bookmarking for further reference… Thanks for the valued information!

    • Israel

      Hey Salvatore!

      I’m glad it helped!

      If you like taking pictures, just go for it! Anyboday can sell their pohotos online today. That WordPress pluguin sounds good to start off!

      Good luck with your blog!

      Thanks for commenting!

      Enjoy! 😉

  • Dustin

    This is a really helpful post. I love taking pics with my iPhone as we travel to various parts of the world. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at it. My wife has a pretty good knack for it though. Hopefully I can find some ways to incorporate these tips and get her photography on my blog to help monetize it.

    • Israel

      Hey Dustin!

      What you can do is create an account on EyeEm and post your photos there. There are thousands of people making pretty decent money selling their Iphone photos there. Even the most casual pictures sell very good if that’s what people are looking for. Try it out. It’s completely free to join! 😉 It’s like Instagram, but with people buying your work.

      And, there’s also WordPress pluguins which allow you to create your own shop to sell your pictures from your blog itself. Maybe you can do that as well.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Cheers and all the best to you and your wife! 🙂

  • Ayelet

    Awesome site! I love it…the teitel and domain, funny. Funny is good.
    While reading what you wrote, in my thoughts I seriously began to consider Building up my own personal photographer’s website!!
    And that says it all !
    A wonderful and unique way to market WA
    keep up the good work

    • Israel

      Hi Ayelet!

      Thanks a lot! I appreciate it 🙂

      Yeah, WA helps you build your business out of your passion, anything that makes you wake up in the morning and say: hell yeah, let’s do this! So why not photography? 

      I wish you the best of luck building that site!

      Enjoy and thanks for commenting! 😉

  • Nathan

    My wife loves to take pictures and I mentioned to her the other day about maybe trying to sell them online. Now that I have read your post, I will be having her to read your page so she can get a good idea how it works. I love the amount of information that you provides us on this topic. Thanks for taking the time to help my wife out.

    • Israel

      Hey Nathan!

      My pleasure! I’m happy to help 🙂

      When you get into it, you’ll see how easy it’s actually to sell your art online.

      Go for it and enjoy! Best of luck to both of you!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • Cedric H.

    Great article from a refreshing point of view. Most photographers only try to make money by booking shoots they rarely think of all of the additional revenue opportunities.
    I like how you broke down a step by step guide for photographers to get going.
    I will be applying this tips and start trying to sell some of my images.
    Thanks. Cedric H

    • Israel

      Hey Cedric!

      Yeah! There’s so many opportunities online for photographers to put their art out there…

      Adapting to changes is what really makes you great 😉

      I’m glad you liked the article and are ready to take action!

      Cheers and enjoy!

  • ches

    I have just commented on your article about WA and now I come across another article of yours which will be especially helpful to me because I am trying to set up a photography website to showcase our images of which we have over 1500. Our existing site is now so expensive to pay for, we want to do it ourselves which will save us a packet.
    Although I’m muddling through with our new website, your post has given me some excellent ideas on how to proceed and get the best out of our images.
    I have yet to succumb to instagram. Does it take long to get an account up and running and amass followers?
    Thank you for all the tips and hard work you’ve put into researching this blog, it will be of great use to me and hopefully help me produce an excellent website. Ches

    • Israel

      Hey Ches!

      I’m really glad this helps you get ideas to create your own photography website 🙂

      Setting up an account in Instagram is very easy, getting a tone of followers will take a little more time, if you want to do it right (there are people who buy followers, but that doesn’t really help you get awareness, since the followers are not relevant and are not interested on what you have to offer).

      I suggest you post piectures regularly, use the most relevant hashtags and follow other people interested in photography and other accounts that mention pictures they like on a daily basis, since those actually have many followers which are interested in specific kinds of pictures, you just need to find your niche there.

      And I also encourage you to use EyeEm. That community is the best for sharing photos which automatically are up for sale on their own platform and other stock photo agencies. People make good money there, even with their phone pictures.

      Just get your pictures and put them out there, I’m sure you’ll make it work 😉

      You can also take advantage of the WordPress sites you have at your disposal at Wealthy Affiliate and create your own photography blog of website there. That way, you can use the knowledge you acquired there to make your new site get more awareness.

      Go for it! All the best!

      Cheers and enjoy!

  • Cut

    Great post Israel! I am so happy I found this post! It was just last week after thunder storm had hit. I went to check the mailbox and I found a leaf at the end of the driveway that had preserved beads of water on it from the storm. It was so gorgeous I had to run inside to grab the camera! The pictures taken looked better than the eye could see. Actually looked like some Apple MacBook wallpaper if you ask me lol. Thanks again for your perfect timed post!

    • Israel

      Hey Cut!

      Wow, I just clearly saw the picture in my head as you were describing it! Amazing!

      That’s what happens to those like us with photographer’s soul, anything beautiful is worth being shot to be preserved forever 🙂

      I’m glad the post helped you! Keep up the good work!

      Cheers!

  • Amit Misal

    hi Isreal,
    I have a great passion for photography and I was always thinking of how to make money from photography.
    Your site describes very nicely many ways to make a business from the passion of photography.I will try for making an online business of selling photography as per your suggestion

  • Jojo

    wow, I must say that you have written a very detailed and informative post on how to make money on your photos. I think a lot of people who did not take a great deal of photos before are now doing it all the time with their cell phones. The quality of these pictures are quite good as well so it would not be difficult to do.
    For someone who has a genuine interest in photography this would really be the ideal niche. Like you mention there are many ways to make money with your photos these days and it does not take much money to get started.
    Many people probably hasn’t even thought of this so thank you for bringing it up.
    Jojo

    • Israel

      Hi Jojo!

      I’m happy to help!

      As you say, today it’s very easy for everybody to take very decent quality pictures anywhere, so why not take advantage of it? 😉

      Thanks for your comment!

      Cheers and enjoy!

  • Warren

    Good information here. I know in my own business, I am constantly looking for good quality photos. People seem to like pictures. Even though I am an avid photographer, I don’t specialize in everything, so I can’t use my own work much of the time.

    I like the simplicity that you use explaining the whole process and the avenues open to everyone, which is everyone with a smartphone. Thanks for the info!

    • Israel

      Hi Warren!

      Yeah, that’s why the business of protography has grown so fast online, people like images and comapnies know that, and today anybody with a smartphone can take pretty decent pictures and sell them online, so it’s a win-win 😉

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, thanks for commenting!

      Cheers!

  • Zuzana

    I’ve just recently started looking into this. Since I started my blog, I’ve been taking tons of images on a daily basis. And I only use a fraction of them myself, so why not monetise some of them? This was a great read. The option I’m thinking of is the stock image websites, as it sounds pretty easy to do. Thanks for all the info.

    • Israel

      Hi Zuzana!

      I’m glad you found it helpful 😉

      Stock Images websites are a good option to get some money out of your images. You just upload them and they do all the work promoting and selling them.

      Cheers and good luck!

  • Jose Luis

    Hi Israel, I am really amazed there are so many opportunities to sell your photos online. I have always loved photography, and being also a keen traveller, I have had the opportunity to practice a lot in different places. I have always thought how I could monetize this hobby about passionate about, and your article is definitely the answer. There are so many possibilities! At the moment, I am just starting with Instagram, Twitter and a Facebook page to build engagement, and definitely worth to try the blog and photo selling websites. Thanks for all this information!

    • Israel

      Hey Jose Luis,

      Building an audience is key if you want to attract people to your work, keep up the good work! 😉

      I also suggest joining EyeEm, you can learn a lot at this awesome photographers community and you also have the opportunity to put your images for sale there 😉

      Thanks for your comment and go for it!

  • Robert

    Excellent advice on ways to market my photos. I learned about EyeEm as a whole new resource and how to use WordPress plugins like SellMedia as a route to sell my pics. Great lesson, please keep it up a good education can be hard to find and this was an excellent resource

  • Simon

    This is a really cool concept that I hadn’t even thought about. I didn’t even realize I could sell pictures online.

    I like how you broke it down nicely.

    Explained who would want them, what to do with your pictures and even explained how to set up online.

    You’ve really taken the guess work out of this.

    You’re page is slick and easy to follow.

    Keep up the good work

  • Steve & Kris

    Hi, I truly enjoy looking at photos my friends and family take and have thought that I’d like a copy for my home! With all the amazing smartphones I can see how more novice photographers are being noticed. We went to Maui recently and saw some very expensive photos in a gallery similar to some we took on a waterfall hike. It was inspiring and now I have them printed up! I probably don’t have the best camera on my smartphone, what do you recommend? I have an android and they look pretty good to me! Also, do you find people want more black and white images? I see that in many galleries. thank you:)

    • Israel

      Hey guys!

      Yeah! Today, with smartphones, everybody is a photographer, and that’s nice! You don’t need an expensive gear or a heavy equipment to take great pictures, as you’ve already seen for yourself out there, so why not take advantage of your passion and make some money out of it? 🙂

      Any smartphone is all right, ultimately the quality of the images will depend more on your skills and vision. I personally have a Samgung S6, and maybe going to upgrade to the S7 soon to leverage some new features and the fact that it’s water resistant, but the important thing here is your creativity.

      Black and white you say, huh? Man, I’m all over that right now, it’s been a while since I started getting very attracted to that kind of pictures and I really love them. The contrasts, the lights and shadows… Sometimes b&w is the way to go! 😉

      Thanks for your comment!

      Enjoy your passion, my friend!

  • Daniella

    Hi Israel,

    Awesome article!

    My husband’s passion is photography, each time he has the occasion. He makes pictures. I didn’t know that we can make money by selling pictures and now that I know, I will definitely help my husband built a website around this. Just a question, please. What is the best way to sell pictures? I mean, create a website and built a brand or sell on Intergram or on EyeEm?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • Israel

      Hey Daniella!

      Actually, there’s not a best way to do it. Some people prefer to create a website, build a brand around their work and directly sell their pictures through an e-commerce platform. Others wanna make it easier because they lack the time and prefer to use stock photo sites or EyeEm so that they only need to upload their pictures and those companies will sell their pictures for them and just give them their cut when the sale is done.

      I wanna think that combining both ways is the optimal situation if you have the time.

      The key is putting your work out there, Instagram also helps so that others can see you actually exist 😉

      Give your husband my whole support! And if I can help with anything, you know where to find me.

      Cheers! And thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  • fernglow

    HI Israel, awesome article here! I was looking for ways to sell my photos online as many times, I just post it up for free on stock sites and a lot of people download it and thus it felt like a waste of revenue that can be earned from this. I should probably start my own website but that requires a lot of time. Hmm… Anyways, thanks for the insight and really a helpful article!

    • Israel

      Hi fernglow!

      If you want to make it easier, I suggest you start by creating your own free account on EyeEm.

      You will just need to upload your images, add some tags (they help you with that) and wait for your cut once they’re sold. It’s good to be aware of the trends of the moment to have more chances of sell your pictures related with them.

      For instance, colorful images in the fall, cozy scenics in winter, refreshing images in summer…

      Also food, office work scenes, crowds, street pics or abstract photos always sell really well. Just give it a try and learn by doing 😉

      I hope this helps you put your work out there and do what you love!

      Cheers, my friend!

  • Auntie Jo

    Hiya!! Wow what an interesting article – I hope you don’t mind me reading as I’m not a husband (or even a man! Sorry!) I never knew you could make money from selling your own Photographs! My son is an amateur Photographer and I think he would like to be involved in building his own website to blog about it! Thinking about it, he could even talk about the equipment he uses and maybe link to Amazon or somewhere!? Is that the sort of thing that could work?

    • Israel

      Hey Auntie Jo!

      Absolutely! The Husband’s Corner is hosted by me as a husband, but as it says in the title, “your wife will appreciate this” 😉 So feel free to surf through the pages, my friend 😉

      I really encourage your son to do what you just stated. Building his own personal website and brand around his work and also taking advantage of his kowledge on photography and then helping others with a photography blog. Being an Amazon (or any other photography related company) Affiliate would surely be the right thing to do in that case!

      So, I’m glad this helped and I wish your son all the best in his new adventure!

      Cheers and thanks for stopping by and commenting! 😉

  • Neil

    This is really a valuable read! So informative! I’ve always thought of selling photos but I did not really know how until I came across this article. Very comprehensive! I like how you recommend leveraging traffic from social media and also creating a website for the photos.

    I believe Pinterest is a great way to start. I’ve never really considered sending photos to articles and newspapers until I came across your article! That is indeed a great way to gain more exposure. Thanks for the good read!

    • Israel

      Hi Neil!

      I’m glad you found it helpful! Pinterest is a great idea too, and there’s other sites like 500px, Flicr… where images are the focus, that can help you gain exposure online.

      Today it’s really all about traffic when you want to make yourself a name out there. People need to know your work exists before they start liking it 🙂

      I wish you all the best!

  • Anita

    wow i am planning on doing a lot of wildlife photography later in the year.
    This article is an eye opener that i can actually make an income from it.
    Am more than ever motivated to go on with my photography project, i will definitely bookmark this post to go through it again when that time comes so i can actually make some money of it.

    • Israel

      Hey Anita!

      I also love wildlife photography, I’m eager to go to Africa on a photographic safari and spend all day taking pictures of all kinds of animals.

      I’m glad this article helps you with your project! You can make actual money with your photos, you really can, so go for it!

      All the best and enjoy!!

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