Learn how to overcome the challenges of a sports photographer to take your digital business to the finish line


19 Apr 2023

To be a good sports photographer it is essential that you have a profitable digital business set up, but sometimes this is not as easy to do as it seems. Among all the concerns of a sports photographer, one of the most important is, without a doubt, obtaining a recurring income that allows you to live from your great sporting hobby. And this cannot be achieved without a professional system that allows you to show and sell your images over the Internet.

In today’s article we are going to show you all the problems that a sports photographer can face and how to solve them with a single working tool.


Solve all the concerns of a sports photographer about his digital business right here.

What is a sports photographer most concerned about?


When working to capture images from the world of sport, a professional photographer may have to face a number of obstacles in his or her day-to-day work, for example:

  • Have sufficient contacts with sponsors and organisers of sporting events to get accreditation to cover them.
  • Willingness to travel to the different meetings and competitions.
  • Withstand a range of extreme weather conditions when sports are played outdoors.
  • Find the best place within the competition venue to photograph the participants.
  • Have the appropriate equipment for each sport to be covered.
  • Be very quick with the camera and be experienced enough to be ahead of the game.
  • Etc.

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In addition to all these obstacles, there are also a number of concerns of a sports photographer that are more related to his or her photography business. Below we will give you some examples:

  • Safeguard the copyright of the photographs that are published.
  • Stand out from the competition on the Internet.
  • Have a more direct and quicker contact with people who are interested in buying their sports images online.
  • Ensure correct website speed to maintain a good user experience.
  • Have a professional photography website where you can present your portfolio online.
  • Have an Internet sales system where you can sell photographs at any time and to all interested parties.
  • Etc.

Let’s take a closer look at the 3 concerns of a sports photographer that can most influence him when selling his photographs on the web.

1# I am concerned about protecting my images before customers make a purchase



When displaying and selling sports photos on your website, it makes sense to be concerned about how secure your images are so that users cannot use them without your permission.

It can be very frustrating to spend weeks preparing and organising all the details to cover a sporting event, standing for hours during the competition to get the best photos of each competitor, and when you upload them to your website you realise that many of the attendees are using them illegally.

If you want to make a living from selling sports photography and make a name for yourself among other sports photographers, it is important that you learn how to protect your images from fraudulent use. Otherwise, you may find yourself with some of your sports photos in the most unlikely places, and worst of all, without your permission and without having gone through the cash register beforehand.

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2# I have difficulties in contacting people interested in my photographs


In many cases, the photographs of a sporting event will have already been agreed with the organisers of the event before you go to it, but that is not the end of the day’s work or the end of the profits. If you know how to organise yourself well, you can make your sports reportage even more profitable or even get more clients that day to cover future competitions.

That’s why having a fast and direct communication system on your website that everyone knows perfectly well, will open many more doors when it comes to getting more sales of your sports photography and getting new contracts for future races.

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3# I don’t currently have a system for selling images on the website and I waste a lot of time selling each photo


Another way to make your sports reports even more profitable is to have a direct sales system for your images on your website so that both participants and attendees can buy the sports photographs they like the most almost as soon as the competition is over.

In order to benefit from this line of business, you need to quickly upload the images of the sporting event to your website and have the necessary tools that allow you to sell the images to all the users that enter your website. Otherwise, the process of selling a small number of photos of a triathlon race to more than 200 participants will be an unprofitable job.

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At Arcadina we help you to pass all the tests so that you can be victorious with your photography business


If you want to go to the world’s top sports competitions and make a living out of it, you have to make sure that anyone who wants to use your sports photos will have to pay for them beforehand. And you will also have to create a digital business that allows you to keep earning money while you are travelling or even organising the next competition you are going to.

At Arcadina we have several business solutions that are perfectly adapted to the concerns of a sports photographer and that help you to make a living from it. Let’s take a look at some of them:

  • Security systems to safeguard your sports footage.
  • Possibility of including the WhatsApp instant messaging system on your website.
  • Online shop to sell your photos to anyone, anytime.
  • Etc.

The perfect combination of your online shop and the WhatsApp Business service

After a hard day’s work taking photos in a competition, coming home and seeing in your inbox all the photos being sold automatically without wasting a minute of your time is a fantastic feeling.

And if you also have the assurance that your images are well protected and that: coaches, athletes and other organisers of future events have the option of contacting you at the click of a button to make a photographic report. We assure you that that day you will sleep peacefully and satisfied after having worked all day.

Because a sports photographer puts in enough hours already: planning the event, attending hours beforehand to prepare for it and covering the entire competition, to then have to worry about monitoring their images or how to sell more to make the day profitable.

Can you imagine after the race having to show all the attendees their photographs? That would be really crazy, that’s why at Arcadina you can count on all the tools to make sure that your sports images are safe and that everything will be ready on your website to sell photographs and answer the questions of potential new customers.

Watermarking and web quality on all your images to keep your photos well protected


When uploading your photos to an Arcadina website, you will have a series of security systems that will allow you to safeguard your work, for example:

  • Integrated SSL security system that will allow users who enter your website to browse securely and they will be able to check it thanks to the padlock icon that they will find next to the URL of your website.

  • To prevent fraudulent copying of photos from your website, you will not be able to save photos with the right mouse button, the save image icon will not appear, and you will not be able to drag photos to the desktop.

  • You will be able to add one of your watermarks to the photos you upload to the different galleries on your website (website, online shop and/or customer area). And only when the customer has made the payment, the image can be downloaded without the watermark.

  • All the photos on your site will be displayed in web quality and only when they are downloaded will they be displayed in high resolution.

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Do you think that’s enough security measures to protect your sports images? Try our business solutions for sports photographers now.

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Possibility of contacting your clients and athletes interested in your photos directly from the WhatsApp of your website


Another element that can help you to improve and increase the sales of your sports photo sessions is a direct communication service with clients and potential clients interested in your sports photography services. Although on all our websites you have the possibility of having a contact page with a form included, there is no denying that WhatsApp is the most used communication system by people nowadays.

We have already told you about this on many occasions and we are sure that you yourself have experienced the need to have a question answered over the Internet as quickly as possible.

With the WhatsApp Business system integrated into your website, on the one hand your visitors will be able to chat with you more immediately and you will be able to notify your customers that, for example, the gallery of the latest competition is already available, through your management panel.

Sell your photos to all participants after the race


Thanks to the public sale galleries that you can create in the business area of your website and combined with the Lightroom integration, if you wish, you will be able to offer the competition images for sale shortly after the event is over.

Thanks to the Lightroom integration that all Arcadina websites have, you will be able to export and manage the photos on your website, directly from this program so used by photographers and without having to access the management panel.

And with the wide variety of options that you will be able to configure in your online shop and the space available, you will be able to create as many sales galleries as you have contracted in the coming months.

What are you waiting for to get rid of all the worries of a sports photographer and make a living from what you really like?

Start now with Arcadina

With Arcadina your photographs will never be disqualified in the race to sell online

As you can see, if you want to be a sports photographer and make a living from it, first you have to solve the obstacles that can stop you from reaching your goal. At Arcadina we specialise in providing solutions to all types of photographers and after more than 20 years working with you we know how to solve most of the concerns of a sports photographer.

Today we want to share with you the interview of Rafael Ojeda, a sports photographer who loves speed.

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And finally, here’s the question of the day. As a sports photographer, which obstacle do you find the hardest to overcome in your professional career? We’d love to read your comments.

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