37 Ways to Make Money Selling Photos
By Holly Reisem Hanna
Are you a blogger who takes high quality images for your blog? Do you enjoy snapping photos of the world around you? Then you can start earning money by selling stock photos online.
The great thing about selling stock photos is you don’t need any special training, the opportunities are plentiful, and you don’t need a website to get started.
As long as you can provide images that have good lighting and color, a captivating moment, and correct composition — you can make a decent amount.
Like anything else, the better equipment you have, and the more experience and knowledge you have – the better your images will be, and the more lucrative this opportunity will be.
If you’d like to make money selling photos, here are some of the various types of gigs, where to find them, and how much they pay.
Stock Photo Sites:
1) 123RF – Earn 60% commission when someone downloads your image.
2) 500Prime – Make money by uploading and selling your photos on 500Prime. Payments are made via PayPal.
3) Alamy – Earn 50% of each sale.
4) Animals Animals – Make 50% commission off your high quality animal and nature photos. See site for submission guidelines.
5) BigStock – Your earnings are per download, and based on the customer’s type of payment plan and image size purchased.
6) BlendImages – Contact for rates and details.
7) Corbis – Contact for rates and details.
8) Crestock – Royalty rates are calculated on a progressive scale, based on the total number of images sold since joining, ranging from 20% – 40% commission.
9) CrowdFoto – Select an assignment, use your camera or smartphone to take the image, and upload it. If the client likes your photo you’ll be paid €20 via PayPal.
10) Cutcaster – Earn 40% – 65% for each credit spent downloading the contributors’ file.
11) DepositPhotos – Commission depends on the license type under which the image is uploaded and the resolution in which it has been purchased. It is also influenced by your author level and status on the website.
12) Dreamstime – Earn 25% – 60% from each sale you make.
13) Envato Market – Price your items, pay the Envato fee (which varies on exclusivity and how much you sell) and the remainder is your seller fee. See site for a detailed fee table.
14) Fotolia – Earn 33% royalty on every image sold.
15) FudPix – Create an account, upload your food photos, and earn up to 50% on each sale.
16) GL Stock Images – Currently not accepting new applications, but will resume soon.
17) Image Vortex – Earn 75% – 25% of the license fees received from sub-licensees for your photographic content.
18) IngImage – Currently handpicks photographers and illustrators who can create natural images that capture a moment and excite their clients. Apply to be a contributor.
19) Inmagine – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your background and contact info for additional information.
20) iStockphoto – Pays contributors a base royalty rate of 15% for each file downloaded. If you are an exclusive contributor you can earn up to 45% commission.
21) PhotoSpin – Earn a 40% revenue split for non-exclusive images. Payments made via PayPal, Skrill, or by check.
22) PicHit – Earn 20% of revenue from subscriptions, plus additional bonuses for popularity of your photo. Photos with exclusive licenses will get you 100% of the set reward money.
23) Pond5 – Set your own prices and you earn 50% of each sale. And you don’t have to sign any exclusivity agreements.
24) ShutterStock – Get paid for photos, illustrations, and video clips. Rates vary on subscription plan, exclusivity, and type of vector. Site says you can earn up to $120 per image download and 30% royalty on every clip purchased.
25) SmugMug – Upload your photos, set your price, and earn 85% of the markup.
26) StockedPhotos – Accepts photos and illustrations from talented and experienced photographers and artists. Apply for consideration.
27) StockFood – Accepts images from outstanding food photographers and videographers. See site for application process and submission details.
28) Stockfresh – Earn a minimum royalty rate of 50% which can go up to 62.5%. Apply for consideration.
29) TextureVault – Not currently accepting photos. Check back and fill out application to be considered.
30) Veer – Earn $0.35 – $7.00 per image or illustration download (based on size). Extended license rates vary. Must apply and be approved before submitting photos.
31) Yay Micro – Pays photographers and illustrators 50% commission on images. Payments are made via PayPal.
Wondering if people really make money selling stock photos? See how Evgeny Tchebotarev made $1,602.50 using 500Prime in just a few weeks.
Photo Taking via Smartphone Apps:
32) Clashot – Is a smartphone app where you can earn royalties of about 44% from each photo sale. Download the app, upload your photos, and earn money each time one of your photos is sold. Available for both Apple and Android smartphones.
33) EyeEm – Is a smartphone app available for iOS and Android. Simply create an account, upload your photos, and when one is purchased you’ll earn 50% commission.
34) Foap – Download the Foap application (available for both iPhone and Android operating systems) to your smartphone and upload your photos. Once your image receives 5 positive ratings from other Foap users – your photo will be published for sale. You will earn $5 each time someone purchases your photo. Payments are made via PayPal when the user requests a cash out.
35) Scoopshot – Earn money by completing photo and video assignments via Scoopshot. This moneymaking app is available for both iPhone and Android systems. Money is made from direct photo and video purchases and also via revenue sharing options. Payments are made via PayPal when you request a cash out.
36) Twenty20 – Earn 80% commission on single photo licenses. Earn 20% commission on subscription plan licenses. Available for both iPhone and Android operating systems.
Making Money with Instagram Photos:
37) InstaPrints – Simply upload your Instagram photos to InstaPrints and determine your prices. When a customer purchases one of your prints InstaPrint will finalize all the details. Payments are made on the 15th of each month via PayPal (global) and/or check (US residents only).
A couple other ways you can make money on Instagram are by selling your own Instagram images, like Daniel Arnold has done (he has made over $15K in one day)! Or if you have a LARGE Instagram following – you can work with brands just like Danielle Bernstein, who makes $5,000 – $10,000 per Instagram post.
Want to find out more about making money with stock photos? Check out Sell & Re-Sell Your Photos.
Are you making money selling your photos? If so, what platforms and sites are you using?
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