#EyeEmPaid: The 4 Top-Selling Photo Themes in July

By Brada - 5 min read

Picture editor Brada talks us through the photos that sold the most this month

My team of photo editors and I review every photo that sells, every single month. That way, we can identify the trending themes and share them with you – and you can upload the photos that buyers are after! This month’s focus is edits and colors, and how photographers have used them to take bestselling shots.

Congratulations to all those who sold recently! When you’re next out shooting and editing photos, be sure to utilize colors and grading. Then add the results to EyeEm Market to get the attention of next month’s photo buyers.

Lighter & Brighter

Summer, happiness, positivity… Light colors convey a certain brightness – just what so many image buyers are looking for!

domestic cat

By Matias Castello

High angle view of people on street amidst modern buildings against clear sky

By Tommi

Interior of gym

By b r o o nyc o

Close-up of eye mask on table

By Satu

Low angle view of whitewashed stairway at santorini

By Cristian Bortes

Darkest Hour

When darkness falls, the world comes to life in the most unexpected of ways. Whether it’s the colors of a long exposure shot, starry night skies, live music events or the dull lights of long nights, dark photos have an atmospheric and emotional edge.

Aerial view of illuminated cityscape at night

By Micah Wyatt

Audience with arms raised at music concert

By monix

Illuminated country road amidst mountain against shooting stars during night

By Pojch

Rear view of woman sitting at window during night

By Jae Cho

Tent against silhouette trees on landscape

By Bence Kutasi

Bold Colors

Get fun, get playful and grab attention with bold colors, a sure way to catch the attention of photo buyers! After all, they’re likely to be drawn to the shots that jump out at them the most. Play around with filters and editing tools to hone this look – but be sure to gently enhance the photo rather than over-edit it.

Low section of woman on street

By Sittig

Digital composite image of boy holding airplane

By Tom Krieger

Close-up of pomegranate seeds in spoon over juice

By Luca Romano

High angle view of snail on table

By zhizhi

Rear view of people making heart shapes during music concert at night

By Jerry Kestel


The use of these color themes can be seen throughout the travel images that were bought this month.

From light to dark, bold to even bolder, travel shots are selling incredibly well. Have a sneaky look at our full guide to the top travel themes for photo buyers this season!

View of road seen through sunglasses

By Giulia Nerbano

Scenic view of sea against sky at night

By Yann Sasportas

Brown dirty dog at beach

By Joona

Stainless steel step ladder at edge of pool

By Rachel

Aerial view of illuminated city at night

By Reinier Snijders

Explore our larger selection of this month’s bestselling photos and see which other photo trends you can spot! Don’t forget to say hi to the photographers who sold while you’re at it.

How does selling your own images sound? Pretty cool, right? We’ve got all you need to get inspired! Find photo-selling tips, how-to guides and interviews with top-selling photographers right here on the EyeEm blog.

Header image by@Rachel.

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