Continuing on with this series: HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH PHOTOGRAPHY. Check out yesterday’s issue, to get points 1-3.

4- Sell Images on Online Marketplaces

One of the biggest challenges of how to make money with photography is getting your work seen. Ultimately, the more people that see your work, the more you will sell.

Online selling platforms are a great solution on how to make money with photography. They provide a steady influx of interested customers who are searching for images and products that are similar to yours.

The more well-known the site, the more potential customers you will reach. Popular online market places for photography include:

  • Etsy is a great place to start and has a customer base ready to buy unique, handmade goods;
  • Photoshelter lets you build your own online shop using one of their nine website templates. You’ll need to sign up to a subscription plan, but there is an option to try before you buy with a free trial; and
  • Traditional sites like eBay also work for selling photography work
An image of a person with a cup of coffee looking at a shopping cart logo on a tablet - selling photos online is a great way to make money
Sell photos via a third party website to maximize customer reach. Photo by Justyna Faliszek.


I have a friend of mine, who used to work at the photo store with me years ago. I was surprised to find the other day, an ad he ran on FACEBOOK, in which he had organized a photo tour to Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons, and Zions Canyon National Park.

If it’s a place you love, you’ll know what time of day and year it is at its best, plus you’ll know the best angles. Hence, this is a great example of how to make money with photography.

Keep groups small so that you can give each participant enough attention. Happy customers spread the word and good reviews should send more your way. Remember it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. So if access to the location becomes difficult or the weather takes a turn for the worst, you will be prepared.

Yellowstone Photo by LaiLa Skalsky on Unsplash

Just as an example, one of my favorite professional photographers, besides selling his prints for thousands of dollars a piece, also does photo tours. Go to:

6. Put Your Images on Products

The potential for selling your photos doesn’t stop with prints. These days, just about anything–from mobile phone cases to T-shirts, and even home decor items–can be customized with a photo.

To set up production yourself and market your items is very time-consuming. Thankfully there are websites that take the hard work out of the process.

Check out Society6 or Red Bubble: both offer a print-on-demand service to get your photos on to all sorts of products. They also serve as a market place, connecting you directly to customers. Plus, these sites also fulfill orders themselves (printing and shipping).


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