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Earn Extra Money Selling Your Photos

Updated on January 17, 2015

This is how I Sell My Photos Online and Make Money.

Find out how you can sell your photos online. On this page I will show you how I have managed to turn my photos into profit. I hear so many ask the question Can I make money selling my photos? Well I do indeed make extra money selling my photos. It took me a bit of time, sorting through many images and websites that claimed I could sell my photos for profit, to actually find the best places that were going to reward my efforts.

I really do make money from selling my photographs, and I have found great places online that pay me for sharing and posting my photos, find out here how I do this successfully.

If you are like me and love taking photos, have thousands of images on your computer and are looking to find out how you can make some money from your pictures. Maybe you unsure of where to start? Then you have found the right page.

I have been rather successful using images in a number of ways to generate an income, and even better I also have my very own print on demand store.

People see a photo of mine, or image, can go to my online shop and order a print, canvas, postcard, even a t-shirt with that image on it, and I have no costs except my time. And I am going to share with you how I make money and do indeed sell images online for profit

Picture Credit LisaAuch

Selling your photos online - Making Money with YOUR Photos

Sell My Photos Online for Profit
Sell My Photos Online for Profit

Would you like to see an email like this everday in your inbox? I admit it took time to set everything but once I had spent a bit of time organising and selecting it really does then look after itself.

Most Trusted Guide to Selling your Photos. - Best Guide to Selling your photos online

This guide is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date working guides for photographers today: includes market contacts for magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, stock agencies, advertising firms, contests and more. Great ideas to get your photos working for you

2013 Photographer's Market
2013 Photographer's Market

A FREE 1-year subscription to, where you can search industry contacts, track your submissions, get the latest photography news and much more (you must buy the print version for this offer, but worth it)

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond

Ideas to help you sell your photos Online

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Go through your collection on photos and group on similar Categories - e.g Landscapes, animals, buildings, people.......

Remember though even if YOU don't like the photo, do NOT discard it, my FIRST photo I sold was one I didn't think much of.

But I suppose if we all had similar tastes it would be a very boring world.

As you see this picture is now copyrighted and protected.

I have submitted lots of photos in different portfolios and some photos have been rejected - maybe as there is already too much choice in the chosen category - don't be disheartened by this - this just means they are looking closely at your photographs, and keeping quality high.

Fotolia keep a good stock of photos and ensure their name for photos, I have found that by looking at other peoples files and searching key words helps me to work out what may be accepted, or that you may find a niche market for your unique images.

So I have spoken about Fotolia.......What is it.....Who are they?

This is how they describe themselves (I have taken prominent experts from their about us page.) And this is what I like about it.

- FOTOLIA is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations.

- Fotolia offers the largest image bank of free and affordable royalty free photos and illustrations perfect for any medium, web or print.

- Photographers and designers constantly update Fotolia with thousands of new photos and illustrations each day, while photographers and designers receive commission from each photo sold and revenue from advertising on the free section.

- Fotolia provides a compromise between photographers and buyers, by protecting a photographer's intellectual property rights and offering high commissions, while legally lowering the price barrier so that everyone may enjoy/afford these beautiful images.

- Fotolia challenges the traditional closed agency model by offering the opportunity to monetize their talents to everyone, hobbyist or professional, whatever their fame, status, or size of portfolio may be.

It is FREE to set up your account and START UPLOADING IMMEDIATELY

Make money from selling your photos

I love flowers and so do lots of other people

I love taking pictures of flowers, and have found these grogeous prints to be very popular, especially for a bulk buy. Selling many of the same product, Like occaision cards or the Post Cards.

Purple Flowers Posters

Stand alone in the Loch
Stand alone in the Loch

My "Niche" Market

Loch Lomond Scotland

As you see my photos are from around ***Loch Lomond*** in Scotland, a local (to me) beauty spot, which sits on the ***WEST HIGHLAND WAY.

It is a popular tourist attraction,

TOP TIP - research your chosen subject. And use as many relevan Keywords to describe the picture as possible.

Google loves pictures and this can help your pages in the search engines.

****Loch Lomond

Just some info:The main route along the loch is the A82 road which runs the length of its western shore, is absolutley stunning, For a long time this was a notoriously dangerous road, with the route clogged with tourists during the summer months. It was upgraded in the 1980s and 1990s, although the stretch north of Tarbet remains unimproved. (Believe me it's a nightmare) But the photos are worth the travel

The West Highland Way

Choosing a Niche Market for your photos

I am lucky I suppose I live on the border of the Famous West Highland Way walk, the opportunity for breathtaking shots is unlimited.

The west highland way is Scotland's first official long distance route links Milngavie to Fort William - a distance of 154km (96 miles) - from the northern outskirts of Glasgow, to the foot of Ben Nevis at Fort William.

The terrain ranges from lowland moors, dense woodland and rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands. These environments provide habitats for a diverse range of wildlife species, both flora and fauna, and give photographers ample resources for stunning pictures

Taking Photos that Sell

Beautiful secenery

I love landscapes and flowers, which really are the two types of photos I focus on. So these are the ones I sell. Many others use quotes, slogans or funny text to make products from and appear to do just as well.

My Best Selling Photos

I took this picture of the white flower whilst on holiday in Jamacia, It is a favourite seller. The views from and around Loch Lomond are Breathtaking and always popular.

Thinking of You Picture Card

How 1 Person got Started in Selling Stock Photography - Learn from him how to sell your photos

As I wander around the web looking for great opportunities to help people get on their journey of seeling photos, I came across the author of Step-by-Step Guide to MicroStock Photography the author has written this as a guide to how he got started in selling stock.

I am most impressed not only does the Author give you the highs and lows, and his journey of selling his photos. He gives his personal experience and shares his actual earnings. The book is invaluable if you are selling your photos on-line, as he includes top Search Engine Optimization tips. Why would you even need to know this?

Many of try very hard to get our work seen, by others, and wonder how many are there in Google when you do a search these guys pop up all over the place and to be honest is their work as good as your? They have learned the basics of ensuring their photos for sale can be seen and found online.

So you do need to know how search engines work, the guide gives you a basic introduction to Keywords, and how to optimize your blog and posts, for you photos to get the best exposure needed.

There are thousands and thousands of talented yet to be discovered photographers, who give up way too early because they struggle with the on-line promotion of their photos. This book is what they need to read. If you don't have the basic knowledge of how on-line works then how is anybody going to know about your fabulous photos. Even if you are aware of Stock photo agencies which the author kindly shares his top list of the BEST stock market sites to put your photos on. The Keyword and SEO information is worth it alone.

I am self taught in SEO and have studied on-line marketing for a few years, the basics are fundamental to your success I just love the open and honest writing of the author who does not sugar coat the micro stock photography niche, but gives accurate information on how he has made a few mistakes learned by them, share with us so we don't make the classic newbie mistakes in fact the ebook explains it simply but precisely.

Getting Started in Stock: 2017 Edition of the guide to microstock photography
Getting Started in Stock: 2017 Edition of the guide to microstock photography

He has made all the mistakes so YOU can avoid them. Brilliantly honest.


I sell lots of pictures of Pink flowers

Lots of Pink

Pink is a wonderful girly color and I find a lot of the friends card gets sold with the close up of the pink rose. I must admit it is one of my favourites.

Pretty in Pink Postcard

The best Camera for taking good Quality Photos

EASY to take fantastic pictures easily

What camera do I have - if I am honest - and I am, I actually had to go and get my camera to give you the precise model, how embarrassing, but as I said before I am writing this for others who, like myself have thousands of photos on their computer and could actually be unknowingly sitting on a small fortune.

Nikon D5200Digital SLR Camera

I will not get all technical on you - but for easy to use no nonsense- this is THE ONE - I LOVE THIS CAMERA! Point and shoot.

I thank my husband for buying it for me.

Cameras I have and still own. - Carry one everywhere

TOP TIP: always have a camera with you, keep one at work in your desk.

Believe me its great also having a pocket sized camera to carry with you on days out and about - even shopping in town. I still carry mine in my bag and car as you know how many times you think "I wish I had my camera"! and the opportunity is lost. I remember one time passing the loch and the sunset was the most beautiful I have ever seen - yep you guessed it, I never had my camera - and I had to watch the most beautiful sun going down with only a memory of it.

Camera Reviews - Digital cameras Are you confused?

From simple point and shoot to DSLRs. It does really depend on what you are taking pictures of, to what type of camera you are wanting. Do your research. Read everythign you can about the kind of camera. Some of my cameras are the only ones with a certain feature like my Olympus SZ-10 Which takes 3-d Pictures....yes really 3-d Pictures.

Redgage readers love your Funny Photos
Redgage readers love your Funny Photos

Redgage - post your funny photos and make money too

....funny photos make you money too

How many silly photos do you have lying around? You know these funny photos, that people just love.

Picture Credit @Lisaauch

Did you learn something here? - about selling your photos online

I tried to show you what has worked for me, and the pictures that seem to sell and are the most popular in searches. Tell me what you think

what were your favourite photographs

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Ways in which I Make money Selling my Digital photos

I am passionate about giving people good honest information about working at home. I also work on Squidoo where Ii was the Squid Angel for the work at home category, (now retired) I got to review the Work at home pages. Even today I still visit this category today to see what's going on in the make money online world, as there are some really good ideas, and suggestions out there, We just need to find the good honest stuff, so I have collected and made a page on the Top legitimate ways people are making money on the web. Many use their hobbies, passions and knowledge sharing it online and making money.

Highly Recommended for those Serious about Selling their Photos - and making money from their photos and images

No-one nows better than he does what it takes to get your photos accepted to stock sites, and what to do to make those photos sell. From edit tips, tricks and how tos this is your new must have guide

My new interest Landscapes - Very Loooonnngggg Landscapes

This is a picture of our beach at the bottom of our road. We recently moved to this area and I love taking these types of pictures.

I have not quite mastered the complete technique of stitching the photos together, but this is a not bad attempt. I cannot wait to get out and about and take even more pictures.

The area is near St Andrews in Scotland and the Scenery is just Stunning.

I literally have my camera everywhere and take pictures of everything. Since I work online I can find a use for photos, sometime s I have swapped photos with others for one I was needing. It is amazing what people are searching for.

Some more of my Photos - I just love taking pictures of everything

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Or have you got any of your own ways to sell and make money from your photos?

© 2010 Lisa Auch

Have you had success selling your photos - you think you will try these ideas?

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      Lisa Auch 2 years ago from Scotland

      Yes, I have and do make money from photos, whether I am using them for advertising my business, or selling them I do make money from my photos - it IS a numbers game the more you do the more you sell

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      Rajesh Bhuin 2 years ago from India

      Have you been able to earn a single penny ever by selling photos? I have not yet able to sell one.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      I must try this. So far I sell some through Zazzle, but those are ob products loke mugs.

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information.

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      sherioz 3 years ago

      This is a great article that I just came back to AGAIN.

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