For an even more comprehensive list of stock-selling websites, check out this post afterwards for more suggestions and ways to sell photography, and make money from photography online.
Many of our customers have been asking us where they can sell their Autographer Wearable Camera images online to make money, so we’ve put together this ultimate list of online sites best for turning your creativity into cash.
So, which websites are our top choices for turning creativity into cash? Keep reading…
Sell your images through iStock Photo and you’ll earn a royalty rate of 15% for each download, or become an exclusive contributor and earn up to 45% instead. We like the community aspect of this stock site, the friendly forums and contributor lounge with resources including trends and stats help you to make more sales and feel at home.
If you’re looking to build a sleek, professional looking online showcase for your work that also facilitates selling your photos, check out SmugMug’s ‘Pro’ option which gives you a beautiful storefront and one-click shopping with ecommerce-optimised galleries. You can set your own pricing and you get to keep 85% of the markup. As well as selling digital downloads, you have the option of selling prints and greetings cards too.
With photographers earning a whopping 60% royalty fee on any images they sell, it’s easy to see why we recommend Alamy, which with 41.62 million images, is the world’s largest stock photo library. Plus, Alamy doesn’t force photographers to give exclusive image rights, so you are free to sell your photos to other stock sites too.
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In 2010 Flickr and Getty Images joined forces to create a platform that allowed users to sell their images as royalty free and rights managed stock photos, so now we have the best of both worlds – image sharing and stock sales all in one place. Join by submitting your best work to the Getty Images Call for Artists Group on Flickr and wait for the editors to approve you, then you can start earning 20% royalty on your purchased photos.
We like Fotolia for its convenience, fair royalties and expansive market reach. Sign up and present your work to more than four million image buyers around the world, around the clock. Each time one of your photos sells, you earn a royalty of between 20% and 63% of your sale, which is immediately added to your Fotolia account.
As well as being one of the most used microstock agencies, Dreamstime is well thought of and reputable. Application process involves having your work approved by editors, then you can start selling – you’ll receive 25-50% royalty, an extra 10% per exclusive image or you could sign to be a Dreamstime exclusive photographer and enjoy 60% royalties on all of your images.
If you like the idea of selling your work but want to retain complete control and pocket more of the profit, you could consider setting up a professional photography website with built-in ecommerce from PhotoShelter. Not only do PhotoShelter sites look beautifully modern, they’re easy-to-use, offer secure cloud storage, client proofing, SEO and social tools – selling and licensing your work becomes easy.
With paid contributors for more than 350 million image downloads, Shutterstock is a great microstock website to sell your work – we love the brilliant multidimensional search engines. If you’re new to selling your images as stock, be sure to check out their free Contributor Success Guide which has some very handy tips. With Shutterstock you’ll earn between $0.25 and $28 each time an image of yours sells, depending on the licence.
123RF is a good choice for photographers looking to upload a lot of images regularly as the royalty structure is based on your contributor level, so the amount you receive could rise from 30% up to 60% if you are particularly active. After you’re accepted, submitting your images is lightning fast, which makes adding photos regularly a cinch.
Can Stock Photo realises that its business wouldn’t exist without talented photographers and therefore treats them with respect and offers a fair and transparent pricing structure, where you can earn a 50% royalty. Submitting your work is easy once you’re a member – it automatically reads keyword information, doesn’t require categories, and stores model releases for easy tagging – you can submit hundreds of images at once, without entering any additional information, and they’ll usually be on the site same day.
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