How To Sell Your Photos Online And Earn A Full-Time Income

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Do you have a passion for photography and wonder how to sell your photos online? If so, this article was especially made for you. Whether you are a professional photographer or just a beginner interested in selling your photos online, you will find tons of useful information here.

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I love to take pictures just as much as I love to travel. The two go hand in hand, so I asked myself how to sell my photos online. It can take a bit of digging to understand what is the best way to sell your photos online.

Luckily for you, I did the research and found the best websites to sell your photos online with the highest paying royalties. At the end of this article, I will even tell you how you can turn your passion for photography into a full-time business.

In this article you will find the answer to questions like ”Where can I sell my photographs for money?”, ”How can I make money from my photos?”, ”Where can I get the highest royalties and most traffic?”.  I will also tell you how to combine the different platforms to maximize your revenue potential.


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How To Sell Your Photos Online – Top 5 Websites To Sell Photos Online

1. Adobe Stock

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Adobe is a popular brand that most of you already know. They have created the amazing  photo editing programs Photoshop and Lightroom. But they also give talented photographers the chance to sell their photos on Adobe Stock.The platform has been around for more than 10 years and is a must for anyone looking to sell photos online.

The royalties are between 20% and 60%. Adobe Stock is also non-exclusive, which means that your photos can be sold on other websites as well.

The good thing with Adobe is that they are such a broad brand that all the photos on Adobe Stock are also available on the other Adobe applications. This means that your photos will reach a millions of people.

2. Shutterstock

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Another very popular website to sell your photos online is Shutterstock. Their collection consist of over 200 million photos and they are available in over 150 countries across the globe. This is proof that people have success selling their photos with Shutterstock.

This is a very good sign for you as a photographer because your photos have high chances to reach a huge audience.

Royalties are not so high as with Adobe Stock, but are pretty good. The royalties with Shutterstock vary betwee 20% and 30%. Similarly to Adobe Stock, Shutterstock is also non-exclusive.

Since both Adobe Stock and ShutterStock are non-exclusive, a great tip for you is to publish your photos to both platforms. Selling your photos to multiple sites is a an easy way to get more eyes on your photos and therefore, make more money.

3. Etsy

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Etsy isn’t probably the first site that pops up in your mind when it comes to selling your photos online. Etsy isn’t a photo selling site, but it is a great source of traffic. It has over 30 million users, which makes it a platform with more traffic than most other photo selling sites.

The advantage of selling your work on Etsy is that you have full control over the price and how the photos are displayed.


4. 500px

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The next platform where you can sell your photos online for free is 500px. What makes 500px different from other platforms is that it comes with some great tools and it allows you to build a portfolio.

One of the tools that 500px offers is the Pulse Algorithm, which allows you to keep track of how many clicks a photo gets and how well it ranks. This makes 500px a great choice for those of you who are more analytical. Your images will also be displayed on a Discovery page that is viewed by thousands of people.

Something else that makes 500px stand out from other photo selling platforms is that they offer exclusive licensing with royalties at 60%. This doesn’t mean that you can’t sell your work on other websites. It just means that you can’t sell those exclusive photos on other websites.

They have non-exclusive royalties as well, but they are lower. The royalties for non-exclusive photos are 30%.

A great tip is to use 500px for your exclusive photos and all the other platforms for your non-exclusive ones. This way your work is spread all over the internet and you have higher chances of people seeing your photographs and buying from you.

5. Alamy

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Last but not least on out list is Alamy. It is another popular photo selling website with high royalties of 50%. Similar to Adobe Stock and Shutterstock, their photos are non-exclusive.

They have close to 200 millions photos on stock, but the downside is that they determine the price of your photo.

The Benefits of Selling Your Photography On Your Own Website

Most people prefer to upload their photos to established photo selling platforms, but there is a downside to that. If you sell your photos on platforms like the above mentioned, you are always going to be the middle man and you are always going to compete with others.

A much better approach to maximize your profits would be to sell your photos on your own website. Don’t get scared when you hear the word website. Building  a website is really easy. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a website for free.

After you have created a website, you need the proper training on how to monetize that website. My top recommendation for you is Wealthy Affiliate. It is the platform that taught me how to build my first website for free. It has also all the tools, training and resources you need in order to start making money from your website.

If you follow the training Wealthy Affiliate provides you with, you can start earning $1000+/month relatively quickly.

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Final Thoughts

Everybody wants to earn money from their passion and by understanding how to sell your photos online, you are far ahead of the majority of people.

The 5 websites that I shared with you are great opportunities to get your work out there for the world to see. Publishing your photos there will definitely get eyeballs on your photos. But if you really want to earn a full-time income from your hobby, I highly suggest you consider creating your own photography website.

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If you have any questions or thoughts about how to sell your photos online for free, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will be more than happy to answer you 🙂

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18 thoughts on “How To Sell Your Photos Online And Earn A Full-Time Income”

  1. Very interesting article. As someone who loves to travel and expereince many different adventures I do love to document those adventures with photos. I had never thought of selling those photos. Thank you for this informative article.I think I may look further into selling my photos. It would be perfect if that income could support further travel and adventures. Best wishes.

    • Thanks, Deb. Now you know that it is totally possible to make money online by selling your photos. You can upload your work on one of the platforms that I mentioned, but the best approach in my opinion is to create a website (it’s free) and sell your photos there.

  2. Thanks for this information. I sold some pictures in the past, but I didn’t know about the websites you mention. Very handy!
    And yes, the profit per photo may be more when you sell them from your own website. On the other hand will the traffic be higher on the well-known websites, giving you a greater chance for a sales. Maybe do both?

    • I understand what you mean. If you create a brand new website, it will take time until you start getting traffic (visitors). It usually takes around 3 to 6 month for the search engines to start trusting your website and ranking it. If you decide to sell your photos on the established websites that I shared, you may start making money quicker.

      But there is a lot of competition on these websites. You will have to work extremely hard to get eyeballs on your photos. Other than that, you are not the one determining the price. With your own website however, you have full control. You are not competing with anyone and you determine the price of your photos. Also, if you have a website, you will have to do a lot of work in the beginning, but with time your business will become more and more passive and you will be earning passive income.

      What I am trying to say is that both have their pros and cons, but creating a website and selling your photos there is the better option in my opinion. However, if you have the time, I recommend that you do both.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions 🙂

  3. Thank you for this post. You have really done a service to photographers by listing all the platforms available to them and letting them know all the important details for them to make an informed decision.

    It really is amazing just how many different ways are available to make money online. With the power of the internet all the tools and resources are at our fingertips.

    Thank you.

  4. Hi Delyana,

    Nice article Do you know if any of these sites use software that keeps people from just copying the thumbnail and not paying for the picture?

    • If I understand you right, you are asking if people can steal your photos from this websites. The answer to that is ”no”. The websites that I shared are highly secure and if someone tries to take a screenshot or save the photo without paying for it, they just won’t be able to. The photo will either turn black, have a watermark or the computer will display the screenshots are not allowed.

      I hope that helped. If you have any other questions, feel free to message me 🙂

  5. This is a great post on how to sell photos online with some of the most popular websites on the internet. But I agree with you that in order to make more, the middle man must be cut out which can happen as you explain by building your very own website and selling your photos from there.

  6. I am really learning from here on your brilliant site and realized that indeed everything is possible if you give yourself time to do research, reading, and connecting with other people who have been there before you. So, your site is excellent and very recommendable.

  7. I’m so glad you chose this topic to write about and you did it now! I was just about to do some research, for a very good friend of mine who makes great, unusual photos of good quality, I’d say, but shares them only with us, his friends.
    I have been telling him for a long time he should earn from his hobby, as he spends a great deal of money on different accessories, lenses and who knows what else he needs to make them.
    You saved me quite a deal of work with your post, I can refer him here now and he can’t tell he wouldn’t know how-now anymore.
    Thank you so much!

    • I am so happy that my article is beneficial for your friend. As you describe it, it seems like he is really passionate about photography. I would love to see his photos. I really love photography as well. You can refer your friend to this article and I will be more than happy to help him get started and answer any questions that he might have 🙂

    • You are welcome, Joseph. Yes, photography is a huge niche and there are thousands of opportunities to sell your photos online, but the one that I believe has the most potential to bring you passive income is selling your photos on your own website.

  8. Delyana,
    You’ve done a great job with this article. I dabbled in photography many years ago and captured wonderful memories of my journeys in the past. Places I lived, visited as well as family and friends… all very cherished photographs. My two niece’s are wonderful photographers and teach their craft to students in their respective schools. I shared this article with them because I think that their works would sell, if they explored the opportunities presented in this article.

    All the best to you,


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