7 Popular STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY SITES you should consider before uploading photos
online and that too by simply selling photos on stock photography sites?
It’s not a joke, in reality people are making a lot of bucks by
uploading photos and selling them. OK!! Let me give you an example, suppose you
are working on some project and want to add a picture of some plant. You will
type the name of that plant in your search engine and it will show you some
options. You will see that some pictures will be watermarked and you will be
asked to pay for it. Those are the pictures which are uploaded by the
contributors who give permission to some specific platforms to sell or resell
those photos without claiming copy rights. There are lots of online forums
which provide this service where contributor can upload their creative content
(photos, videos, graphic designs illustrations, music etc.) and can generate
income. If you are a gifted photographer then you have an edge but even
beginners like me can benefit from this work.
becoming a millionaire overnight, get back to reality, the more hard work
you’ll put in, the more quicker you will be able to establish your name in this
workplace. Now it’s time to get your amazing photos which you have stored in
your hard drive from ages, because they are your asset and can help you in
account. Good Luck everyone!!
- Shutterstock is the king of microstock with a
huge customer base ranging from low budget audience to large international
- It’s relatively easier to make your sales on
- Their submission review time is good.
- They don’t demand exclusivity of work.
- Being low cost alternative to other agencies Shutterstock will initially pay you 25
cents every time one of your images is downloaded, with a
tiered set of raises to 33 cents, 36 cents and 38 cents per download as you reach
the $500, $3,000 and $10,000 lifetime earnings milestones. Which is quiet
- Their contributor’s
dashboard is pretty amazing as it gives good insight of your content
performance, enabling you to focus what to shoot and submit
- To get accepted
into Shutterstock, you must submit 10 photographs, 7 of which must be approved.
Visit their site: Shutterstock
- Fotolia is now adobe stock, adobe stock with
its curated collection of stock photos is also amongst the top trending stock
- Their upload process is smooth as they are
fully integrated with Adobe CC software which enables contributors to upload their
images seamlessly. Even Customers can check the images on softwares like
Photoshop and InDesign. So basically integration has made life easier for both
contributors and customers.
- Their content management is awesome as they
provide individual stats on each photo.
- After submission of photos adobe gives you the
ability to edit your submission.
- Submission review time is also less, on average
it’s just one or two days.
- Adobe stock is a microstock site, here u don’t earn much.
Every time someone purchases your content, you get a 33% commission for photos
and vector art and a 35% commission for videos based on the price of the image.
You can request a payout via PayPal or Skrill when you have reached at least
$25 in royalties.
- Dreamstime was established in 2000.
- They are generous with their commission and considered best
stock imagery site by photographers
- They have a very high quality standards
- For each transaction, the
contributor receives 25-50% Revenue Share, which is calculated based on the net
amount for the transaction
- Getty has a reputation of quality
and hence contributors can have a good potential of earning on this platform
- Gettyimages is celebrating 25 years
in the field of stock images which makes them the industry leader.
- Istock is owned by Getty images.
- Applications by contributors are
only accepted through Getty images app which can be downloaded from App store
and Google Play.
- 3 to 6 samples are asked for upload
and review, if they pass then only you get an invite to join Getty images or
Istock by Getty images. After becoming contributor your uploads are reviewed
before it become available online. So working requirements with Gettyimages or
Istock by Getty images are bit more strict and precise as compared to other
- In Getty images contributors retain
the rights of their work
- They pay a percentage of the license
purchased by their customer to the contributors.
- In Getty the contract is exclusive,
u can’t sell images to other agencies
offers photographs capturing real moments.
content uploaded through Stocksy cannot be licensed through any other agency.
started in 2013 but it has attracted a considerable number of contributors due
to its co-op business model, which allows its members to interact through
online forums and provide input to the company, thus building trust and
- Stocksy is also generous in terms of paying to
its contributors which is 50% -75% commission.
a contributor is very simple in Alamy which is a UK based company.
simply have to upload picture which should be technically good.
have a broader library in terms of content.
except both exclusive and nonexclusive images.
- If your images are exclusive, you will receive 50% of all direct
sales. Images not Exclusive to Alamy will receive 40% of all direct
sales (the industry average is 30% to the contributor)
- Bigstock is another name
in microstock photography field.
- It is owned by
- Earning on Bigstock is
based on the customer’s selection of payment plan and the size of the file that
- If purchase is made using
credit then the contributor will get 0.50$ USD for each credit. The breakdown
of earning for each type of purchase is different and its information is given
on their website