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You made great photos on last vacation? You have a camera and enjoy the photography?
You love to create images with graphical software?
Sell your images online!

How does it work?

First images

Before you apply to one or more image agencies, you should carefully select and prepare a few of your best photos. At many agencies, you must submit a smaller number of images for application. Usually about 3 to 10 images are needed. Using these images, the Agency shall examine the suitability of the photographer or rather future provider. Each stock photo agency has its own policy. In most cases, as different images for the application are desired, such as a landscape photograph, a portrait and a close-up. Usually you can get another chance to resubmit images in case of rejection after waiting for agency-dependent period. All images should be sharp at 100% view and free of errors such as dust, noise etc.. Edit each image carefully and pay attention to sufficient brightness and contrast. Recognizable brand names or symbols should be completely removed or defaced. It is generally recommended to study the conditions of each agency very much thoroughly prior to submission of the images.


Some photo agencies give the possibility to sign an agreement to work exclusively photographer for them. The benefits are handled differently, usually there is a higher commission and a faster processing of submitted images. The disadvantage on the other hand is in the binding on an agency, because a sale to other agencies is often not at all possible. In this way, you will so never know whether the images would sell somewhere else better and you are fully and completely dependent on this single picture agency. It can be no direct recommendation to the decision, because everyone is applying different standards and sets its own priorities. Only in case of the crash of an agency it would clearly be better to have scattered.


The application and membership as a provider is usually free of charge at the following photo agencies: 123RF, Bigstock, CanStockPhoto, depositphotos, Dreamstime, Fotolia, iStockphoto, Panthermedia, photodune, Pond5, shutterstock, YAY micro. You find a detailed list of stock photo agencies linked to below on this page. In addition, there are a lot of other photo agencies in the market. Which is "right" for your beginning now, depends on own claims as well as by the development of the market. Check out the best a few of the photo agencies and try it first with the one with the best gut feeling. If you feel not comfortable there, select next and try your luck there. If you are not comfortable with them, don't give up and just try the next one. If you are not 100% sure, you should at least for the beginning time make no use of the above mentioned exclusivity. The registration process is at most agencies very quickly done. The result of the application can take quite a few days.


In the application phase, as well as the subsequent submissions of new images it will probably come to rejections. Be not frustrated and not doubting your abilities. Sometimes an agency preferred only certain images or the selector had a bad day. Some agencies lead reasons for refusal, which must be not always useful or correct. Technical error e.g. can mean as well that this image type too many at the agency already exists. Often failures real exist, but In fact, simply not perceived as a beginner. This offers the chance to learn by new testing with new images. Tip: Do not submit the same image with just some changes again and again, upload a complete new one instead. The own view sharpens itself with each new image.

What do you actually need for? On our platform, you can not buy any pictures nor sell it. is especially useful to pay more attention to your images, and to give the opportunity to buyers to acquire your images across the several stock photo agencies. If you have created a complementary set of images e.g., what the agencies have accepted only a part for sale, then, the buyer on can see your whole set and buy directly by following the linking from the various agencies. Please note that an active membership with some existing images in one or more of the below listed agencies already must exist for registering on For registration, please use the following page:

Equipment camera

What kind of camera is required? Basically, even mobile phones or still analog cameras can be used in part. However, it is recommended specially for beginners to use a much more flexible digital camera. The recommendation goes clearly towards digital SLR or system camera with changeable lenses. Ideally the camera is able to save the photos in RAW format, e.g. to subsequently correct exposure errors or noise. What kind of lens you use, depends on your desired field. There are e.g. wide-angle, telephoto and macro lenses in almost all price ranges. Not always, it is in this case, the more expensive the better. For example, let us consider a lens with a focal length of 18 mm to 200 mm. Such a lens must cover a so wide range, which in turn requires a fairly elaborate technique. Here, a more expensive lens could reach so possibly more quality. With a fixed focal length, the production costs are much lower, i.e. here a high-quality result could be possible also in the lower price segment. In detail, taste is different and every photographer has his preferences with regard to camera type, brand, and lenses.

Equipment software

What software is required? In principle, the elemental required software products are already supplied with most cameras or provided even by the operating system of your computer. What you need, depends on the desired project. Such as Adobe Photoshop, Which one can be used in the latest version against relatively low monthly service charges within the cloud is one of the most popular photo editing programs. Who need not the entire feature set, can achieve quite already very good results with the cheaper Adobe Photoshop Elements. Including the use of GIMP ( is conceivable as a free alternative.


This information represents only a small overview of the possibilities of the entry in the stock photography. Errors or interim changes in conditions of the agencies or the legislature are possible at any time.