Since launching, Shutterstock has paid out over $350 million to its contributors. When you upload a photo to the marketplace, you still keep copyright, and can earn up to 30% of the sale price of your photos depending on the size of your image. Currently, the payout is between $0.25 and $28 per sale.
iStock Photo is a great place for those just starting out selling stock photos. Its popular forums and resources will help you to find your feet, and to understand the world of photo sales.
The standard royalty payout for iStock Photo starts at only 15% per download, but this can increase to 45% depending on the popularity of your photos. If a customer purchases a photo using one of the subscription “credits” however, royalty rates are 15% by default.
If you’re willing to sell your photos exclusively on iStock Photo, the site will thank you by offering 22-45% royalties. This exclusivity contract can be ended if you give the company 30 days notice.