Ways to monetize street/travel photogrpahy?

I have about 70 decent photos of a trip to India and creating more in London. I know some platforms pay for digital photos for stock images? Or I could make nfts? Try to grow an instagram page? Sell it to magazines? Looking suggestions from people who have experience navigating the options above or any other ideas.


  • @Anca Badita yes! great input, I had ruled out using it for portfolio for anything like fashion cause I associate that w studio lighting etc but "photographer who works with natural lighting and exterior locations" is now my middle name, thank you!
  • Hey Manuel,

    I love the photo you give as an example above, the colours and lighting are beautiful.

    Disclaimer: I don't have any experience of monetising street photography so my advice is purely speculative. Take it with a grain of salt.

    The submitting to magazines and selling to stock websites seem to me to be mutually exclusive. A magazine would not want images that are also used as stock, so I would start by looking for magazines to submit to and only go down the stock route if you don't get the response you want. You could try street photography magazines, travel magazines/websites, art magazines.
    If you have 70 decent photos you could try looking for photography competitions to enter them in. You only get paid if you win, but you've already done the work so it might be worth a shot (if it doesn't cost too much to enter them).
    Another idea is to use the photos as a portfolio and approach fashion magazines/ websites and try to sell yourself as a photographer who works with natural lighting, exterior locations, kind of like Magnum photographer Alex Webb did https://www.magnumphotos.com/arts-culture/fashion/la-story/
    If you have some interesting portraits you could also approach newspaper/ media outlets about doing some freelance work, maybe as a portrait photographer for interviews they publish. Again, you could emphasize that you like to photograph people in their natural environment, with natural lighting. They might like that.
    I wish you the best with this endeavour.


  • You have websites like shutterstock, but you need to meet the requirements, you can't sell photos of intelectual property and the photos have to meet the right size and pixel count

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