Top 10 Ways to Make Money Selling Your Photos
Sell Your Photos
You've spent days, months and years taking awesome photos.
Share them and make money. After all, what good are pictures if they can't be enjoyed? There are many ways to make money with your photos, so long as you take the time to get good at producing quality photo artwork that people want for their design projects and wall décor.
When I first started taking photos years ago, I just wasn't sure what to do next. I spent a significant amount of time looking around at the most effective ways to sell my photography.
Here are my Top 10 Ways to Make Money Selling Your Photos
1. Sell your prints at etsy.com.
Set your prices for your pictures and then make them available to the public. People love original photographic art and they swarm to Etsy to find it. You can also use Etsy as a data center to understand how to price your pictures.
2. Sell your work on eBay.com.
eBay is still the king when it comes to the online marketplace. You can sell your photos as stock photography, frames, or canvas. You can use the auctions to help you set market prices for your photos.
3. Sell your images on stock photography sites.
There are so many stock photography websites out there you can sell your photos on that it might be a little overwhelming. Here are some great ones to get you started:
4. Create products on zazzle.com.
Create all kinds of cool products on zazzle like mugs, calendars, keychains, and more using your captivating images. Admittedly, there is a lot of products and a lot of competition, so you really need to make sure your images stand out from the rest if you're going to make serious cash.
5. Create products on cafepress.com.
Cafe Press is very similar to Zazzle with similar product lines. So if you make products for Zazzle, you might as well make them for cafepress since you can probably use the same images with very little variation.
6. Create cool photo books on blurb.com.
Why not make a cool photo book for your coffee table and share it with others? You might be surprised at how many people you've never met might be interested in buying your book. I personally like making photo books since all the work involved gets yourself an art project you can be proud of (and a portfolio) and you can sell it to the public in one click of the mouse.
7. Sell your artwork in commercial spaces.
your photos on canvas or frame them and find local places to hang
them in high traffic areas. Great places are restaurants, coffee shops,
and boutiques. Owners love supporting local artists, not to mention
freshening up their wall décor. Give the owner a cut of your earnings
and continue making lasting relationships. The next thing you know,
your art will be everywhere around town! I must say I've been somewhat
amazed with how many artworks I've sold off the wall by doing this. The
ability for someone to have immediate gratification by buying your art
right then and there seems to be effective.
8. Place your work on art and photo websites.
are several websites which provide you the opportunity to display all
of your images online. If someone buys your photo, they will take care
all of the fulfillment including framing and shipping of the product to
the customer. This enables you to focus on your art while they help you
run your business side of things. They take a cut of your profit, but
you can set your prices at any level you want. The most popular
websites include imagekind.com and fineartamerica.com.
9. Hang your work at local art galleries.
was a little intimidated the first time I walked into an art gallery
and asked them if they'd display my photos. It was a little easier than
I thought it would be. Gallery owners love to meet new aspring artists
like you, and value variety in their gallery space.
10. Get a website and start marketing your work online.
If you're really serious about selling your art, without a doubt, a website is the most important thing you can do right now. It takes time and money, but it's well worth it if you see yourself as a true professional photographer.
The quickest and less expensive way is to purchase a templated portfolio website. This is what I did initially so that I could first understand if there was a marketplace for what I had to offer. I was able to launch my own website in just a few days. These templated portfolio sites do have some limitations sometimes, but for the most part, they give you all the tools you need to hit the ground running.
Several professional portfolio solutions I've explored are:
A more time-intensive, more expensive, but more effective solution is to build your own website. After three years of using my templated website, I grew out of it. There were just too many things I wanted to that it couldn't, so I invested in building a custom website which I just launched in January of 2011. I wish I would have done it years ago, but oh well, live and learn!
Years of experience has led me to this Top 10 Ways to Sell Your Photos Online article. Hopefully this saves you some time so you can start making some money from your passion of photography!
My name is Kyle Franklin Neuberger and I like to say that I am "bi-occupied" as a photo artist (night job) and online marketing strategist (day job). The combination of these passions allow me to help artists market themselves and their work more effectively. My obsession is to create contemporary wall art and triptych art that is unlike anything seen before.