For photographers, having a website to showcase your portfolio and advertise your services is quite essential. Some photographers opt to use photo-shoot packages to do this. However, if someone is browsing your gallery and sees a photo they like, why not give them the opportunity to purchase that photograph right from your website? Selling photos online will not only promote your portfolio, but it can balance the setup costs of your page and even turn it into a profitable business over time.
The following are some of the renowned business that you may sell your quality photos that you believe people may want to pay for:
PhotoShelter – PhotoShelter is a great tool for when you want to sell your photos on your site. Pro-tip about this website is that you have all the control over how your photos are displayed. On top of that, you will not have many competitors since your photos are shown alongside your own only. At its core, it’s a photography-oriented e-commerce platform that you can incorporate into any other website. Similar alternatives for PhotosShelter are Pixpa and Fotomoto.
Alamy – Alamy offers photographers up to 50% royalty payment on each photo sold. Another thing about Alamy is that it doesn’t demand exclusivity; which means that you are allowed to sell your pictures elsewhere.
Shutterstock – Since launching, Shutterstock has paid out over $350 million to its benefactors. When you upload a photo to the site of your preference, you can still keep the copyright and can earn up to 30% of the sale price of your pictures varying on the size of your image. By now, the payout is between $0.25 and $28 per sale.
There are so many other websites where you can sell your quality pictures. The ones featured in this article are those that are highly reputable and offer amazing royalties to contributing photographers. As your photography skills improve and have an idea on what photos that sell well (and those that don’t), your forays into this field will eventually become more lucrative.