Best Sites To Sell Your Photos

If your hobby is taking pictures then you may have wondered how to sell your pictures online and where are the best sites to sell your photos. If you’ve ever looked at a photo site, you’ll know that there are some amazing photos out there that you can buy. Selling your photos online to make money is a great way to subsidize your income. Even Smart phone photos are of excellent quality nowadays and worthy of selling online. In this article, I’ll provide some great ideas on how to sell your pictures online so you can continue to feed your hobby habit and make some extra money too!

How Does The Process Work?

First of all, you’ll need to be at least 18 years or older. The process is pretty simple. For instance, to get started with Getty Images or iStockPhoto, you’ll need to download the Contributor by Getty Images app. Once downloaded, you can submit 3-6 photos to be approved. If your photos are approved, you can upload them. iStockPhoto will then display and sell the photos for a certain price. They will be placed in categories most related to the photo content. You will receive a commission for those photos as well as retaining the license for your photos.

Each time someone buys your photo they are actually purchasing a license to download the photo and use it. Photos are used for marketing, advertising, websites, social media, magazines, books and more.

Who Can Benefit From Selling Their Photos?

Anyone who is a photo enthusiast can sell their photos online. If you are in the habit of taking pictures of everything and everything, take a look through your catalog to see which photos you think are worthy enough for a photo website. Selling your photos online requires no experience.

If you have a lot of photos, and I mean A LOT–like thousands, it would be best to try and categorize them into folders such as children, winter, holidays, special occasions, facial photos, etc. Then you can go through them again to see which photos you want to part with.

Get Permission Where Necessary

One thing to keep in mind is that if you have photos that include people you want to sell, you need to get permission from the people in those photos. Keep a record of all signed releases. This is especially true of photos with children. Here in the EU (European Union) there are very strict data protection laws around the use of personal data. And that data also includes photographs. You can use a Model Release Form for this. To read more about Model Release forms and to download a free template, read this article from

Photo sites are available around the globe so it’s important to ensure that you have all the necessary permissions in place. But chances are that photo sites also manage this process to ensure that they are in compliance with any and all applicable laws.

Latest Photography Trends

If you want to maximize the amount of money you can make with your photos, you should have a good idea of what people are looking for at any given time. Checking the latest trends will help you understand which photos will do well and which may not.

Photos are used for many types of social media so you need to take that into consideration as well. You may have many photos that are perfect for Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter but may not do so well in other types of media. Click this link to learn how to get started with Instagram.

What Type of Photos Are The Most Profitable?

To figure out what types of photos are most profitable, take a look at your catalog of photos and try to come up with a list of places where you have seen similar photos. The types of photos that are in the most demand right now are:

  • Seasonal photos
  • Animals
  • Transportation photos
  • Nature and the outdoors
  • Ordinary people doing ordinary things

Break down your photos into the above categories where possible. Ask yourself if any of them cause an emotion inside you. These are photos that people will connect with most and should be included in your online catalog.

If you don’t have any of these types of photos, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make money from the photos you have. For instance, maybe your hobby is wedding photos. There’s still a demand for wedding photos and photos of wedding flowers, bouquets, etc.

How To Get Your Photos Ready

Many of the photo sites will require that your photos are at least 4 Mb. In addition, you may want to edit your photos by changing the saturation, making the colors more vibrant, or adding special designs to them. One way you can do that for free is by using Canva. It’s an online browser based program. Create your free account, upload your photos and make your changes.

Best Sites To Sell Your Photos – Where To Get Started

Get started by submitting a few photos to sites for approval. Once approved, you can add photos to your account. Below is a list of several of the most popular sites that you can sign up with:

Shutterstock: read the submission and account guidelines here.

iStockPhoto: to get started with iStockPhoto, click here.

500px Prime: to be a contributor, click this link for more information

Dreamstime: go to this link for information on how to become a photo contributor

123rf: You can get started right away by completing their form here.

Stocksy: This site looks for talented professional photographers. Check out their FAQ page here to find out more.


In most cases, all you have to do is submit a few photos and wait for approval. There’s a great book on Amazon called, Sell & Re-sell Your Photos: Learn How to Sell Your Photographs Worldwide. If you want to save yourself time on Internet research, this is an excellent book.

How Much Money Can You Make Selling Photos Online?

The amount of money you will earn will vary depending on the photo site you join. Some sites pay low while others can pay out as much as $100 for a photo. There are also a number of different methods of payment but Paypal is the most common way to get paid.

Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions of each site before you join. You’ll want to know the parameters around submitting photos as well as how much you’ll be paid, when you’ll be paid and how often.

One of the best things about selling your photos online is that you can sell your photos on more than one site! Exciting, right? So you can use the same photos to make money on multiple sites! So join as many as you can!

If you enjoy taking pictures, you can make some pretty decent cash by sharing them with the rest of the world. Imagine getting paid several times for the same picture! You may even want to create your own website so you can set your own prices and sell the pictures yourself.  If you want to get started with your own online business, read my Wealthy Affiliate review then create your own free account.

Have you thought about selling your photos online? If you are already doing this, please share your experience by leaving a comment below.

To your success,

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Hi! I’m Alanna Birmingham and I’m the founder of the Empty Nester Blog. This site is focused on helping empty nesters earn extra income in their spare time or full time. I’ve been making my own money online since 2012. I got started for free. You can too. Click this link to get started.


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