In the past, I have shared how to make money selling photos online. In today’s smartphone nation, it’s easier than ever to make extra money selling stock photos from your cellphone, too. Your phone is likely always with you. Photo opportunities are all around. Pulling up an app is certainly quicker than uploading a photo to your computer and then a website. So, why not get paid with this easy money-maker?
Who Buys Stock Photos?
Me. And almost every other person and company with an online presence. Most of us don’t have the skills or the time to run out and snap a suitable photo every time we go to publish a blog post. Therefore, we turn to stock photo sites for an easy, affordable alternative. Those sites get their images from someone. That someone could be you!
How Much Money Can I Make Selling Stock Photos?
You probably won’t get rich. This opportunity probably won’t even provide a full-time income. (Some serious amateur photographers claim to make up to $19,000 per year selling stock photos.) However, it can be a quick and easy passive income idea that earns on its own while you do other things.
How to Sell Stock Photos and Make Money: Must-Have Apps
The below companies cater to smartphone photographers. You will download their app and use it to manage your available images. Most apps also have image-editing capabilities included.
Foap – We like Foap because of their easy pricing. Every photo costs $10 to purchase and it can be purchased multiple times. For every photo sold, you earn $5. What we don’t like about Foap is the community voting aspect. For an image to be featured in the marketplace it must receive a certain rating by the Foap community of other photographers and you must also invest time voting on other members' photos.
Fotolia Instant – Fotolia sells images from their Instant Collection for a fixed price of 1 – 6 Credits (1 Credit = $1) for Standard Licenses and 30 Credits for an Extended License. Earn 20-63% royalty depending on your rank and image exclusivity. Sales to Fotolia Subscribers is a guaranteed minimum of 0.25 credits.
Clashot – This is the smartphone side of Depositphotos. Authors will get a 44% royalty from the cost of each photo when it is sold at Clashot. Special offers from well-known brands let users earn up to $50 from the sale of a single photo. Minimum payment amount is $3.
ScoopShot – This is more of a task-based site. Publishers submit their image needs and price, you can perform the task and hope they purchase your photo. Images are only kept on the site 48 hours.
Snapwire – This is another challenge-based site. Submit photos according to current Buyer needs. Buyers vote for and purchase their favorites (you earn 70% on Buyer Requests). The best images submitted to the site will also be added to the Marketplace where photographers can earn 50% of subsequent sales.
Twenty20 – Upload your images. Build a portfolio. Sell your photos. Sales made on Twenty20 earn you 20% royalty and are paid out monthly by PayPal. Twenty20 also markets your work on additional sites. Partner site sales earn you 50% and are paid quarterly.
Most sites have some type of leveling system in place. The more photos you sell, the more site promotion and royalties you will likely earn. You will also need to read through each site’s license agreement and model policies to ensure everything you post meets their legal requirements.