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Selling photos online

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by pjenkins, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. pjenkins

    pjenkins New Member


    Has anyone here sold their pictures online and if so, which service did you use?

    I've been hunting on google and in these forums for such a service, but I can't seem to find any!
  2. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

  3. mrganderson

    mrganderson Well-Known Member

    I suppose it depends on what sort of photographs your selling and if you just want to see how it goes first before making a big commitment.
    Photobox do a pro account where you have you own page. you upload your images then people go to your pages and they order the photo and sizes they want. You decided how much you want to sell the prints for and photobox take there cut.
    Its very simple and easy to set up. there print quality is pretty good and they sell loads of different printing media. Plus they deal with all the printing and packaging and postage. its really simple. it also means business doesn't stop when your out of the country or unavailable.
    all you do is take the photos and upload them.

    This maybe a good way to start off. as theres no setup costs
  4. dianaeftaiha

    dianaeftaiha New Member

    its true it largely depends on what kind of photos you wanna sell. if you want to sell stock photos for example, www.istockphoto.com/ dreamstime or gettyimages are some of the options you have. if you want to sell your photos as fine art work (blown up print outs for hanging on walls) then i think you might wanna look into red bubble or smug mug
  5. AlanClifford

    AlanClifford Well-Known Member

  6. George W Johnson

    George W Johnson Well-Known Member

    Such a huge market with so many players, you've really got to stand out from the crowd and work like a dog to get noticed to make sales online. I think I've made a grand total of £3.52 in the last 3 years on my images, LOL!

    I've heard may pro's say that it's another market opportunity but it mustn't be your only one as it's simply too saturated with the the world and his dog having a "shop-front" online.

    You might be better to think about getting some pukka prints done and seeing if the local library, council offices or arts centre might host some of them and put price tags under them. I know some people hawk theirs round local eateries and pubs and split the profit with with the owners and landlords.
  7. johnjeffrey1945

    johnjeffrey1945 In the Stop Bath

    I find shots of local scenes sell well in the local library, garden center gallery, visitor centres and the like. Not much money to be made but enough to buy more ink and paper. December is a good month for selling so plenty of time to get ready! Also perhaps photobooks featuring a particular locality could be Xmas sellers.
  8. joey11

    joey11 New Member

    There are many websites that offer buy and sell of photos online but you have to choose the leading websites. Because some websites earn more than their photographers. Check this link http://microstockinfo.net to know some of the best websites that can help you.
  9. Richard I

    Richard I New Member

    Agree with everyone else about it not being easy. I have pictures listed on a couple of sites but mostly to display rather than having any real expectation of selling.

    500px.com for the more arty, higher technical quality images. I like the way they present a "pulse" rating too, which is ultimately inconsequential but I find it useful feedback

    glopho.com for news-pictures if I catch any. (I do also work with them, so fully disclosing). There are no quality restrictions, so there'll always be a mix of mobile phone shots alongside great landscapes and so on.

    I've never got into istock and other with some of the more restrictive requirements - my enthusiasm wanes if a picture I like looking at is being rejected because of the camera I used I'm afraid(!)
  10. Mewburn

    Mewburn New Member

    It's a numbers game basically ... The more you upload the more you sell!

    Are you uk based? Have you tried www.photofolio.co.uk .... I have been reading a few blogs and they seem to have a good reputation.

    Let us know how you get on
  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    The original post was from 2012!
  12. audriusm

    audriusm New Member

    I would consider to try those sites:
    Shutterstock: http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=1865198
    Fotolia: http://www.fotolia.com/partner/204297204
    123RF: http://www.123rf.com/#audriusmerfeldas
    Deposit photos: http://depositphotos.com?ref=1756291
    Dreamstime: http://www.dreamstime.com/register#res6959677
    Shutterstock, Fotolia and 123RF works for me the best.

    I am contributor of all those sites, but Shutterstock and Fotolia works best for me. 123RF incomes is lower but stable increasing. Incomes generated from Shutterstock is more than others all together.

    Good luck!

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