#EyeEmPaid: Four Top-Selling Photo Themes in February

By Brada - 6 min read

Photo editor Brada talks you through some photo themes that sold well in February.

We want all photographers on EyeEm to have an equal chance of selling their photos. That’s why we bring you these insights each month, detailing what kinds of images are selling particularly well. If you’re unsure what to shoot next, let yourself be inspired by these shots: They show that creating a bestseller often isn’t about the camera or subject, but about taking your pictures from a new and surprising perspective.

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to upload, you can also explore a larger selection in Market Bestsellers 2017. That way, you’ll be able to see what sells yourself.

Round and Round

Once you start looking for circular shapes, you won’t stop seeing them everywhere: In the eyes of a friend, the rolling hills outside of the city, or the wheels of a skateboard. Circles draw the viewer in, and including them somewhere in your photos makes for a pleasing composition. No need to be obvious though: Hide such a shape in your frame and let it do its magic from within.

Macro shot of leaf on water droplets

By Doru Groza

Detail shot of human eye with lashes

By Caelinear

Man holding skateboard against turquoise wall

By Josue

Cropped hand with navigational compass against trees in forest

By Lorenzo Chiana

High angle view of light trails on road against sky at night

By Andrew Kurcan

Corners and Edges

Sharp edges may be unpleasant in real life, but visually they’re a great way of adding dimensionality to your photos. An edge stands out even from an otherwise flat subject, creating an illusion of depth. Also, many corners form arrows and upward lines, something our minds associate with dynamism and movement. Next time you round a corner, try taking a picture of it.

Abstract detail of building

By Michael Moeller

Defocused image of cityscape seen through window

By Jan T.

High angle view of tennis ball on court

By Marilyn Volan

Barn on snow covered field against sky

By Jan Ove

office supply

By Varga Priszcilla

Looking Through, Down and in Between

These photos show that a great photo isn’t so much determined by what’s in front of the lens, but by the thinking behind it. You can mix up any subject by picturing it from an unexpected viewpoint: Through a mirror, from up high, or even by glancing through it.

Directly above view of shore at beach

By Olym Li

Close-up of cropped car on road

By Owen Tomkins

Dirt road passing through forest

By Richard Alan

Aerial view of tractor in field

By Sorapong Chaipanya

domestic animals

By Eren Çevik


Photos are great for challenging grasp on reality. With a few simple tricks, you can create imaginary worlds in the frame – be it through abstraction, double exposures, or simply choosing a subject that’s slightly out of this world.

Rollercoaster ride at amusement park


Double exposure image of palm trees and sea against sky

By Kana Sasamoto

High angle view of a woman walking on snow

By Emil Rivera-Cedano

Low section of woman standing at beach against sky

By Handra Rocha

low angle view

By Anthony Garcia

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