You have so many options and routes to choose from when you’re looking to start a business selling your photos online.
Below we’ve mentioned four common ways to sell photos online.
Selling Your Photos on Stock Websites
Stock photo websites are online markets that sell licensed photos photographers post online for sale.
Such websites exist because many business owners go online looking for high-quality, edited, and licensed photos to use for different purposes, such as marketing and advertising.
Making photos is an extremely time-limiting process so this saves them a lot of time since they get access to a library of photos for instant download.
Here are some of the stock photo websites we recommend using:
Shutterstock is the most famous stock photo website to sell your photos online. It’s also an incredible option since most photographers say they make the most profit using the platform.
The website has a low payment threshold, which means you get paid on your PayPal account once you reach 35 USD or more. On top of that, you get to make passive income for every photo that gets downloaded.
Aside from the earnings you make, you get to work from anywhere. You only need an internet connection.
That said, Shutterstock offers rates that are relatively lower than other stock websites. What’s more, getting your photos approved has gotten harder lately so your photos need to be perfect.
There’s a lot of competition because there are thousands of photographers selling on Shutterstock. So, you have to make sure that you have a big portfolio before expecting real revenues.
Alamy has over 250 million photos and sells to clients all around the world and has been around since before most of the other stocks.
On Alamy, you can make a 50% profit on each sale. You’re also not restricted to working only with Alamy. You can sell your photos on other websites in parallel.
However, you need to pass a quality control test for every photo you decide to use. Alamy is also known for its stringent photo approval guidelines. It has the ability to reject a photo due to poor exposure, sharpness, or even over-editing.
Getty Images (iStockphoto)
Getty Images is one of the very first stock photo websites created. It’s one of the biggest companies that sells photos, videos, and many other digital products.
Getty Images owns many online platforms, including iStockphoto ministock.
iStockphoto provides an excellent platform for photographers and artists who are interested in expanding their ecommerce business to sell their photos online.
Note that they don’t have a form to fill out on their website, so you have to download their mobile application.
The sales on iStockphoto are frequent with an endless client base. In addition, you get access to sell your products on other Getty websites, like Partner Portal and Photos.com.
You also have the option to correct and resubmit already uploaded photos. That’s why there’ll be no need to upload the photo again.
iStockphoto also has access to the Custom Content feature, which tells you specific client demands so you can focus on more sellable photos.
Keep in mind that you only get 15% of each sale if you aren’t exclusively selling on iStockphoto.
What’s more, unlike most other websites, iStockphoto has variable profit per photo for clients that don’t have a subscription on iStock.
On top of that, you may have to wait over a month to get approved as a contributor.
iStockphoto also has a very high payment threshold. You only get paid when you reach 100 dollars or more.