What Are the Best Places to Sell Your Photos Online?

Success in freelance photography often comes down to generating multiple streams of income. Apart from directly selling your services, you can license your photos to people or companies online. Here are some of the best sites to sell your images.

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What Are the Best Places to Sell Your Photos Online?

Your website

Sales courses online emphasize the importance of having a well-designed website to increase your reach, build credibility, and create a platform to easily interact with customers.

When you use your website to sell, you can interact with buyers in a setting where you have more control. You can showcase your images with more flexibility and switch your arrangements up on your own terms. To further enhance this control and ensure you’re getting the most out of each interaction, consider learning how to maximize your deals with SNI’s negotiation training. This training can provide you with the skills and strategies needed to negotiate effectively and secure the best possible deals.

As a photographer, you likely already have your own website, but not everyone is using their website to maximum effect. Many photographers who sell their digital images or prints rely on back-and-forth email chats for selling, rather than using a dedicated storefront.

Integrating e-commerce tools like Fotomoto with your site gives you room to focus on letting your artistry flourish while the tools and widgets seamlessly handle the sales side.

Remember: When you’re selling on your own site, you keep all the profits.

SmugMug

SmugMug provides a platform to market your photos online. You’ll also get access to e-commerce tools that can help propel your sales when you sign up for the paid membership.

The SmugMug platform allows you to set your own prices for your pictures. Plus, you retain a sweet 85% of your profit margins from each sale.

Say, for example, you set your price per piece at $15. If SmugMug’s default price is $2, you pocket 85% of the $13 profit.

500px

Licensing your photos through 500px allows you to earn 60% of net sales, and you don’t have to fork out any money to have your images listed on the site.

However, to receive the 60% payout, your photos must be sold exclusively through 500px.

The 500px platform allows you to join a thriving community of photographers and benefit from varied views and links to the best photography courses.

Other photographers can give you feedback and critique your work, helping to enhance the quality of your pictures.

Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock allows you to tap into the millions of potential buyers who use the Adobe software applications.

In addition, if you use the Adobe suite for your projects, Adobe stock offers you seamless integration to upload your projects via Adobe Bridge through the web.

As a contributor, you can make anywhere between 20% and 60% of the sale price for your images.

In addition, you retain the rights to your photos, which means you can sell them on other sites as well.

Alamy

Selling your photos on Alamy offers you flexibility as there are no fixed contracts. All you need to do is sign up and sell as many or as few photos as you like.

On Alamy, you’ll receive 50% commission on direct sales for any images you sell exclusively through the site.

The Alamy site also has no hard and fast rules on exclusivity, so you can make 40% on all non-exclusive images and grab more sales elsewhere.

Shutterstock

Shutterstock gives you exposure to millions of online customers. You can earn a 30% commission on the price of each photo up to a maximum of $120 per photo.

You’ll also gain access to discussion forums with other photographers.

Talking about each other’s experiences and sharing advice picked up from job experience or different courses can be a strong foothold for your growth as a photographer.

Etsy

An Etsy photography store can be a lucrative source of income, since Etsy retains only 5% of the price.

You can sell both digital photos and physical prints on Etsy. To score success on the Etsy marketplace, it pays to take time to fine-tune your shop before it goes live.

Include crowd-pullers like:

  • A catchy name
  • Stand-out images
  • A friendly description
  • Competitive prices

In Sum

Selling your images online can be a well-paid source of income. Following the advice from most sales courses, one of the best ways to increase your sales is to test out a few sites to find the ones that give you the highest returns.

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