Make money by selling photos online

Lady taking a picture of a jacket is an example of how easy it is to selling photos online

Selling photos online is something anybody can do

In today’s digital world, there is no better business to be in than video or photography.  It’s actually not as hard to learn photography either, especially with so many courses available with websites such as Udemy and

Right now, one of the biggest consumers of online photography is bloggers and website owners. Every piece of content created from blog posts to social media updates needs an attractive image.

The even better news is that with phones on the market such as the iPhone X and Samsung S9, you don’t even need to have a fancy DSLR camera to shoot good quality pictures with.

With some cute camera skills and a few accessories, you can turn your phone in to a money making machine!

If you have got a good quality SLR then great, however purchasing a few lenses for your smartphone, you can match some of the capability of a DSLR.  Check out some of our recommended accessories which allows you to keep the cost of photography low:

  • 5 in 1 lens set for smart phone – For this small investment, you can take good quality close up images with the macros lens or get clearer distance pictures with the zoom.
  • Tripod for smart phones – Unless you have an incredibly steady hand, you will need a tripod.  For a small amount of money it allows you to take your time creating the perfect shot.
  • Lightbox for indoor photography – Depending on what you are shooting, you may need light boxes for lighting up a subject and removing shadows.
  • Panasonic G7 compact camera – If you do want to splash out on a professional camera, the Panasonic G7 comes very well reviewed, and is a really affordable option compared to some of the other models on the market.  Personally we don’t think you need to spend more than this.

As a freelance photographer, you have numerous options to sell your photos online. And this can be a great way to create passive income that earns while you’re working on other things.  Let’s take a look at the most lucrative.

Where to sell your photos

Personal website

  1. There’s no better place to sell your photos online than on your personal website. This is because since the website is yours, you have total control. The perks of this include:
  • You determine the price
  • No commission’s or percentage
  • You set the rules
  • You are in control of how and where your picture displayed
  • It’s your space, you own it, and so you are in charge!

If you don’t have a website yet, and you’re wondering how to get started, it’s actually pretty simple to create a WordPress blog where you can be easily selling photos online.

Just follow the guide on this link, and you’ll be on your way to creating your photography website on WordPress.

It doesn’t just end at creating a website. You also need to make your photos look attractive to buyers. You can do this by creating image galleries for your pictures using a top-rated plugin such as Evira Gallery, which also has a WooCommerce add-on that allows users to easily sell their pictures.



It is easy to sell your photos on Crestock. All you need to do is create an account, upload your pictures, and once it is reviewed and approved by the web editors, they’ll be added to your Crestock portfolio.  For quicker reviews, you can tag your pictures with keywords and also provide descriptions.

Crestock Stock Photos



For over 15 years, Shutterstock has been a popular marketplace for selling and buying all kinds of pictures, videos and music tracks.

They have millions of customers looking to buy stock images online, and according to the website, they have paid over $500 million to their content providers worldwide.  This makes Shutterstock a goldmine for any photographer who wants to make money from selling photos online.

With Shutterstock, you reserve the copyright of all images you uploaded, and you’ll be given due credit anywhere it appears on their website.

This helps images owners to maintain their brand name and ownership of their images.

You can take advantage of this opportunity by submitting your pictures here to start earning 20% to 30% royalty every time a user downloads your image.  Shutterstock pays content providers on a monthly basis.


Adobe Stock (Formerly Fotolia)

Adobe Stock is known as the first online marketplace for selling photos. It belongs to Adobe, and was formerly called Fotolia. It has been around for over ten years, and is reputed for paying higher royalty than other online shops.A camera on a tripod with a beautiful sunset can be a picture that can be taken when selling photos online

Once a picture is uploaded on Adobe Stock, it is added to Adobe Stock library; hence it becomes available on Photoshop, Illustrator and other Adobe applications, thereby making it more visible to a large number of buyers.

Royalty ranges from 20% to 60%, and you still maintain rights and ownership of your images. You can create an account here and start earning now!



Ideally, Etsy is a marketplace where people buy and sell handmade goods, but due to the large number of users on the platform, it has also become one of the hottest spots for selling photos. The beauty of using Etsy is that it has more users than most stock photos websites, and it gives you freedom to control how your pictures are displayed to buyers.



Fotomoto is a widget that helps you sell your images by integrating with your website. Fotomoto takes care of all the hassles of selling photos online, while the only thing you need to do is subscribe to any of their monthly plans.



On 500px, you can create your image portfolio and earn money.  They also organise some online contests which you can enter, and make some extra cash with your images.



It is easy to sell your photos on Crestock. All you need to do is create an account, upload your pictures, and once it is reviewed and approved by the web editors, they’ll be added to your Crestock portfolio.

For quicker reviews, you can tag your pictures with keywords and also provide descriptions.

Crestock Stock Photos



On PhotoShelter, you can set up a template where you can share and sell your pictures to clients.  You will however need to subscribe to one of their monthly or yearly plans, to get a “shelter” where you can upload those pictures and start earning good money.


As you can see there are so many different ways to get your photos out there, as long as you have the skills to take good pictures.  I would advise that you start with a simple course on Udemy and just start practising, practising, practising.

Maybe another way to make a side income once you are taking good pictures, would be to start a wedding photography business at the weekends!

Thank you for reading our review of how to make money selling photos online.  If you have a love of photography then why not write about your passion by creating an Amazon Kindle book? read about it here.

Timothy Peters

High & Wise


Author: highandwise

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