As a Photographer, you might be having a personal photography website to showcase your photos online. Is that enough? For a photographer’s website to reach the interested group of people, it should be popular. You will have to do lots of online marketing to get that reach. So, it would be good if you can showcase your photography works in already popular photography websites like Instagram, Flickr, and many others. You can also drive that traffic to your website.
I will list out some of the major photography websites where you should upload your photographs. Some photography websites even allow you to sell your photographs. They would take a percentage of the sale as a commission.
List of Photography Websites for Photographers
500px is one of the most popular photography websites out there. Here, you can find photography works of all types of photographers. This is a good chance for you to get more exposure. You can even sell your photos in 500px with 60% royalty fees. You can even follow the works of other photographers and get inspired by their photographs.
There are 4 types of plan to choose from. The Free Plan allows you to upload 7 photos per week and you will get the benefit of the directory listing. This allows you to get listed in their directory of photographers. So, if someone in your area requires a photographer’s service they can easily contact you. So, even if you don’t have a budget, you can choose the Free membership plan and create a profile in 500px and upload your photos regularly.
If you are looking for premium plans then you have got “Awesome”, “Pro” and “Pro and Adobe”. Each comes with a monthly charge starting from 2.99$ per month for the Awesome plan. Premium plans of 500px are good if you want to remove restrictions on your upload limit.
Instagram is the best social media platform for a photographer to showcase his photography works. It is completely free unless you want to promote your photos or website through advertisements. In order to get a good fan follower network on Instagram, you need to post pictures regularly, at least once a day.
The next important part of Instagram is the hashtags. You need to hashtag your photos with relevant text to ensure that the photos get viewed by the right people. This will help in getting lots of followers on Instagram if you have a very good profile of photos.
Many of you would be already familiar with the Flickr photography website by Yahoo. It is one of the oldest photography websites to showcase your images. Even though its popularity has come down because of Instagram. It is still a good platform for photographers.
You will get 1TB of free space with a Flickr account. You can upload images up to 200MB size. If you want to remove the ads then you can upgrade your account to a Pro one. You will also able to see the statics of which all photos are trending with a Pro account.
You can also promote your photography business and products through Flickr Pro account. If you are planning to do photography classes, you can promote it here. It comes at a rate of $5.99/month or you can do an annual subscription and save 30 percent.
If you are a photographer then you should definitely start a Facebook photography page. You can upload your photos, photography products, photography classes and photography tips here. The only disadvantage is that Facebook reduces the picture quality. You will have to bear with that. You can even boost your posts by paying. This will help you to reach more people.
If you can develop a good fan follower base on the page then you can use it get more people to your photography website also.
1X is the world’s largest curated photography gallery. So, you can expect to see more of professional photos over here. So, you need to submit your best photos over here if you want to get showcased on the 1X photography website. If your photos are good then you can expect a few of your photos to get listed here. So, it brings more brand value to you if your photos get shortlisted.
It is a paid service and they charge around $5.99 per month when billed annually. So, with a paid membership you can upload 20 photos to 1x. These photos will be sent to the curators who reviews and decides whether to accept or reject it. You will also get the benefit to access many photography tutorials in their learning center.
Photobucket also comes both Free and Paid option. In the Free option, you will have to tolerate their ads. To be frank, these ads are very irritating. The paid option will help you to get rid of these advertisements along with an upgraded storage feature. It costs around $2.49 per month. You can store, edit, share, and 3rd party Image Host your photos.
SmugMug comes with only premium membership option. There are no Free membership plans. It starts at $3.99 per month. You can get a free trial for an initial period of 14 days to try out different features. You will get unlimited online storage feature with all the plans.
There are lots of themes available for photographers to build their portfolios. It comes with an easy to use interface with good options to select fonts and colors. You can even share it on your social accounts.
PhotoShelter also comes with premium features and you only have a Free Trial option. It comes in 3 plans, “Basic”, “Standard” and “Pro”. The Basic plan starts with a price of $10.0 if billed annually. Standard plan costs $25.0 per month and the Pro plan costs $45 per month.
Only in “Pro” plan, you will get unlimited photo storage facility. There are size limitations in other plans. The monthly bandwidth allotment varies according to the plans. Rest of the features are more or less the same. You will also have the options to sell your images. They will help to attract buyers to make a sale. Your profile can be linked to social media sites.
Behance is a good platform for both photographers as well as Graphic Designers to showcase their work. You can create a portfolio on Behance for free.
Clients can easily get connected with you by subscribing to your photography works and commenting on it. It makes things easier for them as they get everything under one roof.
Tumblr is a platform similar to Facebook and Instagram. You can upload images for free over here. If you upload consistent good quality images then you can get a good fan follower base. You can even drive these fans to your personal photography website.
There are many good Tumblr photography blogs which you can follow. This will be a good source of inspiration for you.
I hope I was able to list out some of the useful photography websites online where you can showcase your photography works. Nowadays, it is important to show your presence online to improve your photography business. So, make use of these photography websites to build your Brand value as a photographer.