How to Sell Photos on Adobe Stock – Easy Guide
How to sell your photos and make money with Adobe Stock
Today’s blog post touches on the subject, I will present a highly regarded agency that is a part of the microstock industry as well as online sales of photos.
It is Adobe Stock, formerly known as Fotolia. It is one of the largest platforms for buying and selling photos, and it has a large community of creatives.
Would you like to be part of Adobe Stock and earn money with your photos? If your answer is yes, keep reading this article because all the information that I will give you will be useful since I am part of the agency and I will speak to you from my experience.
If, on the one hand, there are free stock photo agencies (royalty-free) such as Pixabay or Pexel, stock photo sales platforms are widely used all over the world.
What is Microstock
Microstock is a model of business that is based on images that have been taken by stock photographers (stock photography) and, not only that but also vectors, illustrations, and videos. It’s an online photobank that permits photographers to market their work for a reasonable cost.
The term “micro” comes from the combination of two words: Micropayments and Stock Photography. high-quality images in comparison to stock images that are traditional and are usually sold under Royalty-free licenses. These are “micro” “prices”, between 0.2 cents to $20 depending on the different factors, among them the pixel size of the image.
What is Adobe Stock Photos?
It’s a platform that caters to creatives, not just a real marketplace in which it is possible to purchase and sell photographs. Anyone who signs to Adobe Stock for the first time will be able to download 10 images for free.
Fotalia (now Adobe Stock) was among the fastest-growing online photo sales businesses in recent times and is one of the most reputable microstock businesses, as is its main competitor Shutterstock. It was acquired in the year 2015 by Adobe and today has a massive collection of images with varying prices.
In Europe, it is extremely popular, particularly in countries such as Germany, France, and Italy.
How does Adobe Stock work?
It is extremely simple since it is fully integrated with Creative Cloud, once accessed on the site you can start sending your photos, if they are approved, it means that they will be available for sale.
Abobe highlights some categories that achieve the highest number of sales, these are:
- Domestic animals
However, Adobe Stock also has a variety of functions, such as: Adobe Sensei that allows you to locate like-looking images, by loading an image to begin with within the bar for searching.
You can then select filters to enhance your results.
Interesting note: Did you know that the Adobe Stock library has more than 60 million content?
Our aim is to sell as many images as we can. Adobe makes their Contributor Stock Adobe platform accessible to us, which allows you to sell your images, videos, and illustrations. It will allow you to get visibility and to sell your work that you upload directly via Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Bridge.
Price of photos in Adobe Stock
A user who goes to Adobe to purchase images will be able to select between a variety of subscription options, like either monthly or annual.
You can also buy credit packages or choose the most popular subscription: 10 standard images per month, 40 standard images per month, or 750 standard images per month.
Prices are based on an annual plan, which may be as low as 29.99 each month. or up to 159 euros per month, for 750 high-quality photos.
Benefits of selling on Adobe Stock
For new collaborators, it is possible to register an account with Adobe ID. Once you have created an account, you are able to upload your first images, but always be sure to make sure these photos are of high quality so that they can be accepted.
Adobe typically classifies its partners and then subdivides them into: After the initial 100 sales, you’ll be at the bronze level. If you sell more than a thousand photographs you will be upgraded to silver, and the list goes on. The images are generally offered at prices that range between 0.25 cents to 0.40 cents. This is the minimum amount that is assured, based on the experience of the photographer.
The images are uploaded to the database. The commissions for sales change according to the website the point they were bought. If the purchaser purchases their photo via Adobe Stock, the author gets a percentage of the value of the image 33% per photograph and 35% for video.
You can pay via Paypal or Skrill at the point you reach the minimum amount of 25,00 euros Royalty.
Advantages of working for agencies like Adobe Stock
- You can dedicate yourself to microstock as an extra job joining it to your main job, working from home, whenever you want, and at your own pace
- The agency takes care of everything, you should not look for end clients and you should not worry about advertising your photos, the agency does everything.
- You can have fun and take private photos, put your creativity to flight, being original is something that microstock agencies like
- Even if your photos are not accepted, it will be explained why and you will have the possibility to try again. You always learn from mistakes.
- At the moment the microstock market is very wide, it will not be difficult to sell your photos.
- Your work will be devalued by the low price of the photos
- You must always follow the market trend if you want to sell more
- Many times you will have to photograph things that you do not like, but you have to do it because they “sell”
- Not speaking to the end customer, the human side of this job is missing.
Evaluating photos on Adobe Stock
In the beginning, in this business, selectors would accept photos of low quality, today this isn’t the case. To become included in Adobe Stock, to be part of the Adobe Stock file it is required to upload quality images. They cannot be blurred and they should not be noisy due to digital processing, the main subject of the photograph must be clearly visible, etc …
One strategy I employ to increase the number of sales I make on my website is to search for ideas in the catalog of authors who have the most amount of sales. This means you can determine what kind of subject is most lucrative. Do not copy the pictures of others, instead, take inspiration from them and develop your uniqueness.
If you are looking to commit yourself to the purchase of microstock photographs and photos, you must transform into a “photo factory” and constantly look at the market. There are some who manage to earn a steady income by selling photographs online, but not me. Not yet am there and especially since for me photography should be enjoyable and not an anxiety-inducing task However, it does not mean that I’ve made an amount of money, which I later am able to invest in buying props in order to continue to create quality photographs
I think Adobe is a great place to buy photos and to sell them. Its growth is constant, the sale prices are good especially if you manage to expand your portfolio and create very attractive images.
An advantage that Adobe Stock has is that during this 2019 if you manage to upload about 300 contents and they are accepted, they will give you a subscription to their Creative Cloud platform.
Tell me, do you already sell photos online? Remember that you can be part of the Club f2.8 Photography group and learn about it