How to Start Selling Photos

Selling photos is easy and free! Follow these 4 simple steps to help you sell more photos on Twenty20:

1. Upload Photos You Own

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Every photo you upload is automatically available for sale. Don't worry, you always own the rights to your photos.

Don't know what to upload? Our customers love authentic lifestyle photos of everyday people.
Try uploading photos of one these popular topics to get started:

  • People and Lifestyle
  • Family
  • Travel
  • Health and Fitness
  • Technology
  • Modern Business
  • Food and Drink
  • Holidays and Seasonal themes

Learn more about the types of photos you should upload here.

 

2. Add Relevant Keywords

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No one can buy your photos if they can't find them! Help customers discover your best new shots by adding relevant and descriptive keywords.

When keywording your photos, try to put yourself in the customer's shoes: What keywords would I (the customer) use to find this photo?

Learn more about how to keyword your photos here.

 

3. Get Model Releases

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Did you know photos with model releases are 2x more likely to sell?

That's because getting model releases for the people in your photos helps increase your chances of being cleared for commercial use. While customers can always buy your photos under editorial use, photos with people require a model release in order to be cleared for commercial use. Which means more sales and more money for your great photos.

Learn more about how to get model releases here.

 

4. Learn What's Selling and Keep Uploading!

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Keeping a pulse on what’s in demand is a great way to find inspiration for what to shoot. Here's how to find out what customers want:

Challenges

Challenges are the best way to see what topics are in demand. Make sure to read the creative brief for each challenge to learn what customers are looking for. Enter your photo and vote for your favorites for a chance to win money or to be added into one of our Curated Collections. Curated Collections are put in front of customers who are ready to buy photos of a particular topic.

Enter your best photos in this week's challenges!

Curated Collections (exclusive beta)

Curated Collections are a great source for inspiration on what kinds of photos customers are looking for of a given subject. The collections are hand-curated by Twenty20 photo editors, so only the best and most relevant photos are accepted for each theme. When your photo is added to one of our collections, it means more exposure to customers who are ready to purchase your photos.

Note: We are not currently reviewing requests to unlock this feature, but Twenty20 Photo Editors will from time to time unlock this feature for photographers with standout galleries who have done an exceptional job of entering relevant sellable photos to challenges. 

What's Selling

In the app, you can checkout what's selling in real time under the Sold Feed. As you make more and more sales, you'll start to learn what types of photos sell best in your gallery.

Haven't sold yet? Don't be discouraged! The best thing you can do is keep uploading more great photos and learn what's selling in your gallery over time. What works for one photographer doesn't always for another. Follow challenge topics and our email newsletters for inspiration. Otherwise, just keep trying something new and see what sticks!

 

Photos by top seller @criene

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