How to Sell your Photos Online: The Definitive Guide

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How to Sell your Photos Online: The Definitive Guide

Taking photos and pictures might be a great hobby, but what if it turns into your full-time job? Imagine doing what you love and getting money from it.  That’s what this blog post is all about, if you’re a photographer by passion or by obligation, this blog post will show you how to sell your photos online from how, to where to do it.

There are various websites online that accept photographs and pay money for them, so, if you want to learn about them then just tune it for this blog post. But before you sell your photos, there are a lot of steps you should go through in order to make the most money off your photos, so, are you ready?

What To Do Before You Sell Photos Online

Choose A Niche

A niche is one of the most important things to choose in the life of a freelancer including photographers. Some photographers might settle for being general ones and might take photos of nature to people, but there are some other photographers who choose a single niche or two and specialize in them.

The good thing about the first one is that you can make money from any photo, and the good thing about the second one is that these photographers usually make more money for their shots because they’re considered more professional.

Whatever you choose, the most important thing is that you stay true to you.

Take Plenty of Photographs

If you choose whether you want to become a general photographer or a specialized one, it’s time to start taking photographs. In order to find photos to sell, you must first take lots of them, some might serve as a reminder, some might be sold offline, and some might be sold online and serve as a portfolio.

So, make sure to improve your photo gallery in order to sell photos online.

Choose Your Best Shots

Once you take some photos and fill your gallery it’s time to select your best work. Your best works say how much of a professional you are. You don’t want to show your clients or potential clients pictures that aren’t professionally taken, or that aren’t edited to look professional.

These photos won’t be able to be sold, and they’ll put a barrier between you and a chance of getting hired. That’s why it’s important to choose only the best shots that you’ve taken in order to sell them online.

Optimize Your Portfolio

In order to look like a professional who knows what they’re doing, you need to have a portfolio website. Avoori has made this easier for you as it has created a selection of template made just for photographers in order to make it easier for you to start a portfolio website without any prior knowledge of website creation.

This portfolio website should be optimized as much as possible as it is your ticket to being professional. When talking to a client and showing them your website, you’re immediately telling them that you’re a professional that has been doing this for years.

How To Sell Your Photos Online

There are different platforms where you can sell your photos online, from your own website to stock photos websites to magazines, we’re going to show them all.

Online Magazines

There are several online magazines nowadays from TheHuffPost to TheWriteLife, every single one of these magazines uses photos when posting articles, and that’s where your role comes as a photographer.

In order to sell prints online, you’ll need to contact these magazines via their email and offer them your best photos and why you’re the best candidate they should choose. Make sure to include your portfolio as well because that’s your ticket to success.

Your Own Website

Your own website is also an important asset that could be used to sell photos online. Your own website can serve as a portfolio, but also as a platform where you can sell your photos.

All you have to do is include a page that you can call “photos to sell” where you offer your copyrighted photographs that are for sale.

You can price each one and mention if it’s for one-time use, or if you’ll lose your copyrights once you sell it. These are all things you should think about when placing photos to sell on your website.


Shutterstock is one of the greatest stock photos online, it has over 200 media files uploaded to it and are for sales. You can use it to sell your photographs without any exclusivity and while still maintaining your copyrights so you can sell the same photos elsewhere if you want to.

Not only that, but you’re credited as the owner of the photo so that means your name will get more exposure every time and will even help you land new jobs and new clients if your photo gets a lot of exposure.

The website offers a commission of 20% to 30% on every time someone downloads your creations and photos, the commission might get higher and higher depending on how much you sell and for how long.

So, if you know you’ll be selling a lot of photos on Shutterstock, then it’s a great option for you.


Etsy is one of those websites that are underrated but are worth way more than people think. Etsy has over 44 million users and it’s an amazing website that can be used by anyone from crafters to photographers.

It’s a platform to not be underestimated because it can bring you a lot of sales. You can sell both digital and printed copies of your photographs on this platform and the commission that it gets is not that much.

Etsy takes only 20 cents on every sale, but also a 3.5% commission on the sale price when compared to Shutterstock, it doesn’t seem that much. So, if you’re planning on selling your photos, Etsy can be one the platform to use.


Selling your photos online can help you make quite some money, and even though money doesn’t buy happiness, it still can buy you a lot of nice things that can make you feel good.

Oumaima Boukentar

Oumaima is a fresh college graduate who’s currently working her way in blogging at her own blog and in freelance writing to become a successful writer. If she’s not blogging or freelancing, then you’ll find her chilling at her house while eating a slice of pizza.

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