Sell Your Photos and Videos on SmugMug

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If you’re in the business of creating stunning photos, SmugMug promises to get you set up to earn revenue in about five minutes.

Photographers can upload their images to SmugMug and begin selling them in a variety of ways. The photos can be sold and downloaded right from the site. This could be useful for photographers seeking to sell stock photos for use in marketing materials like brochures and websites.

Customers can buy prints or gifts featuring your images too. SmugMug says it offers more than 600 products that customers can purchase from your site with your image. The site also allows up to 3 GB of full HD (1080p) video uploads.

Website Gets a New Look

SmugMug recently launched a new look to its dashboard that’s designed to make setting up websites fast and easy. The site offers four premium options for those seeking to sell photo and video downloads. These include:

  • A $40 per year basic service.
  • A $60 per year “Power” service with numerous customizable options.
  • Two plans with added commerce features: “Portfolio” plan for $150 per year and the “Business” plan for $300 per year.

Commerce plans offer a variety of site design options a user can choose to display their work on the Web and most of the uploading involves simple drag-and-drop tools. The accounts also have protections in place for your images to prevent users from copying them easily without paying for downloads.

Business accounts have a few more perks than the Portfolio account, including more customization and personalization options as well as unique marketing tools.

Photos are easily promotable and integrated with one-click social media sharing buttons.


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

3 Reactions
  1. I’ve always wanted to go into selling some stock photos online. I find it interesting. It is also a great avenue to earn some extra money especially if you’re a passionate photographer or camera enthusiast. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I like the name. It’s catchy and memorable.

    I have some photos in my archives – some are quite good, but I’m nowhere near the level where I’d consider putting them up on a site like SmugMug, least of all pay a yearly fee for it. I think it’s really for people who are seriously into photography. In any case, will take a look at the site. Thanks.

  3. This seems like a really easy way to start selling your work as a photographer. There are copyright hoops to jump through with some other sites, I noticed doing some research on this.

    A commercial photographer – like those hired for weddings or youth sporting events – could really do well with minimal “dark room” work involved.

    Considering what people will pay for quality photography, a few sales should make up the annual costs involved.