How to Make Money Selling Photos Online

Launching a side hustle or online job takes time. Though we might have more of that, it’s still hard to know where to start. Selling photos online is an easy way to get extra cash.

How To Start Selling Photos Online 101

To start selling photos online, make sure you first invest in: 1. A decent camera with multiple lenses 2. The right photo editing software 3. Yourself, i.e., reading up and researching photography courses, videos, and articles 4. Know why you need to sell

Once you think you know enough about photography (or perhaps you’re an experienced photographer already), you can start selling your photos online. Most contributors typically start with one of the websites below!

SmugMug Pro

SmugMug Pro is one of the best options you can leverage when it comes to selling your photos online. For one, they let you pick the price of your photos. Secondly, you get to keep 85% of the profit!


Shutterstock is one of the largest online photo dealers out there, with over 200 million images and payouts exceeding half a billion dollars! Shutterstock lets photo sellers determine copyright rules and determine photo privileges.

Etsy Photo

The positive with selling photos on Etsy is you set your price and keep 96.5% of the profit (they keep 3.5% of all sales).


iStockphoto, powered by Getty Images, is one of the oldest platforms for photographers to sell their work, and they have a solid reputation.

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