Are you a bit of a shutterbug?
If so, you can actually make money selling your photos to stock image sites even as an amateur photographer.
And yes, even your smart phone pictures can earn you money.
There are dozens of websites out there that are willing to pay you for your photos – and often they pay pretty well.
We’ve gathered 12 of the best sites out there that photographers of all levels can make money from by selling stock photos.
So, check out these sites and start making money from your photographs!
Fotolia is a stock photography website that’s owned by Adobe.
It’s integrated into many of Adobe’s programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign – meaning that people can buy your images from within those programs.
You earn 20% to 46% commission on the images you sell through Fotolia – the better your contributor rank, the higher the percentage commission you’ll earn.
On Fotolia, you earn credits, which you can redeem for cash. You can earn between 1 to 30 credits per image. And one credit is worth $1.40
The site accepts a wide variety of high-quality images in all subject areas. But, it encourages you to review the images of top selling artists to get ideas for photos.
With iStockPhoto, the commission you earn ranges from 15% to 45%.
Exclusive contributors earn much more. So, if you’re willing to sell your images solely on the site, then you could really maximize your earnings.
iStockPhoto does have a pretty stringent vetting process – so make sure you only upload high-quality images.
Per image, you can earn between $1 and $20. But, the amount you’re paid varies depending on the type of photo and license.
123RoyaltyFree is one of the lower paying sites out there.
You get between 30% and 60% royalties on your photos – depending on your level of contribution.
So, the more photos you upload, the higher the royalties you get.
On the site, you get between $0.216 and $0.432 per image download. This is a pretty low amount compared to other sites. But, if you’ve got a large catalog of images to upload, then you could make a decent amount each month.
Plus, the site’s image vetting process isn’t as stringent as other stock photography sites, so it’s a good place for beginners to get started.
PhotoMoolah works in a slightly different way to other photography sites. Rather than uploading your images to an online catalog that customers can purchase from, on PhotoMoolah, you enter different photography contests.
The average contest prize is $100 to $200. So, if your photos win, the site can be very profitable.
All you need to do is browse through the contests on the site, and then submit your photos to the themes that you like.
And, if you win, you could earn up to $500!
Unlike other stock photography sites that accept images with a variety of different themes, Snapped4U only accepts photos of events, like weddings, festivals, and concerts, and portrait photography.
So, if those are the types of photos that you think you could offer, then Snapped4U could be a great match.
You will be charged $0.50 commission on images that you sell for $5 or less.
For photos that you sell for more than $5, you’ll be charged 10% commission.
Most people think of Instagram as a social networking and image sharing site – but, did you know that you can actually make money from your Instagram photos?
While Instagram itself does not pay you directly for your images, you can earn money from the photos you upload from a website called Instaprints.
All you need to do is link your Instagram profile to your Instaprints account, and you can sell your photos as physical prints.
You sell your images in a variety of different forms, like:
- Canvas prints
- Phone cases
- Throw pillows
- Acrylic prints
- Greeting cards
- Shower curtains and more.
One of the best things about selling your images through Instaprints is that you can set your own rates!
Instaprints handles the printing and shipping of the physical print.
You can earn anywhere from $5 to more than $50 per image!
With CanStockPhoto.com, you earn between $0.50 and $12.50 per image.
While the payment per image is pretty low on CanStockPhoto, compared to other websites, it’s easy to get your images accepted on the site
All you need to do is submit three images for review, and the site usually gets back to you on the same day.
Commission ranges from 20% to 50%.
DreamsTime is one of the better paying photography websites out there.
You can earn between $1 and $40 per image.
Royalties you get on the site vary between 25% and 50%.
But, if you opt to sell your photos exclusively through Dreamstime, you’ll receive 60% royalty on all images.
It’s important to note that the site’s image vetting process is a bit more stringent than other sites, so make sure that you only upload your highest quality photos.
On Crestock, you earn between 20% to 40% commission.
On average, you get paid between $0.25 and $0.40 per image.
Again, that’s not the highest amount, but the site does accept a wide range of images and uploading is pretty easy.
The site favors photos that include people.
Another excellent website for budding photographers is BigStockPhoto.
This site offers you 30% commission on the images you sell. And, you can earn between $0.50 and $25 per download.
The website accepts a wide variety of image themes – from landscape images to food photos.
RedBubble is a site that allows you to sell your images in a variety of different forms.
You can sell your images as:
- Phone cases
- Tote bags
- Canvas prints
- Duvet covers
- Metal prints and much more!
RedBubble has a pretty unique pricing system.
It doesn’t charge you commission or sales fees. Instead, the site sets a base rate for each image. This covers the cost of manufacturing the product. You then add a profit margin as a percentage of the base price.
So, for example, if the base price of a large framed print is $125, and you choose to add a 10% markup on it, then you’ll earn $12.50. And, the retail price of the frame will be $137.50.
The average profit margin on the site is 17%, but you can choose to set it at whatever you want!
Etsy isn’t just a place to sell crafts and homemade items.
Did you know that you can also sell your photos!
The site only charges you 3.5% commission, plus 20 cents from each sale – which is ridiculously low!
So, you can really maximize your profit margins by selling through the site.
And, best of all you get to set your own rates – and people report earning anywhere from $10 to $100 per image.
While Etsy can, of course, be a profitable place to sell your photos, it does require a bit more effort on your part, as it’s not primarily a photography website.
So, you’ll need to do a bit more of your own marketing.
And, if you’re selling prints, you’ll need to take care of printing yourself.
Whether you’re taking photos using your Smartphone or a DLSR camera, hopefully, you can make money from your images with these sites.
You just need to be consistent with your uploads and make sure that you do some research into what each site looks for and what sells well on each platform.
If you do that, you’re much more likely to be successful.
So, give some of these sites a try, and you could really boost your income!