Stock photography is a great way to making money with your photographs. 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.
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Stock Photography Sites to Sell Your Photos
Stock photography simply works because the end user who needs photos can save time and money by not hiring a photographer. If photographers and their portfolio websites could be considered stores then stock photography websites are the supermarkets of images and illustrations.
Profitable Places to Sell Your Photos Online
The websites below have 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. If you would like to add any other websites to this list, please provide a link in the comments at the end of the article.
Alamy offers photographers a huge 50% royalty payment on each photo sold. The site also allows photographers to sell their photos elsewhere.
Shutterstock is a global marketplace for creators around the world. With 100,000 artists, more than 5 million video clips, and more than 100 million images available for licensing, we’re powering the world’s creativity one day at a time.
3. iStock Photo
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, but 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 want to sell your photos, but would rather make those sales through your own site, PhotoShelter is a great tool for this. 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 (search engine optimization), and several social media integrations.
Dreamstime is a great place to get your feet wet if you are new to the stock photography game. While the payouts may not be as large as some of the other companies, Dreamstime does offer an extended licensing program to help increase the amount garnered from each sale.
With over 4 million buyers, Adobe’s Fotolia is a beautiful site that offers royalties of between 20-46%. These royalties are deposited into your account immediately, unlike with many other sites where you have to wait to reach a threshold, or payments are made every 30 days.
Corbis was established well before the internet opened up the stock photo industry. Gaining a foothold at Corbis is something of an elusive process. You will note when taking a look at their site that there is no easy “Submit Here” button like a number of the other companies listed. Instead, Corbis seeks out talent, typically by word of mouth in photography circles, and then invites them to become contributors. As you can imagine, a lot of photographers covet signing on with Corbis.
Photomoolah is a fast growing startup based in Singapore. We’re a bridge between ideas and talent. Brands are now able to source high quality, exclusive content by leveraging on crowdsourcing Vs the traditional and boring stock photography that doesn’t generate engagement on social media.
9. Getty Images
If you go to the Getty Images website, you’ll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday’s Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent square placard reminding you that you don’t own the rights. If you want Getty to take off the watermark, you’ll have to pay for it.
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 main distinguishing feature is the ability to use the SimplyMug labs to 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.
Where Else Do You Sell Photos?
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.