It’s been about a month since I started dabbling in stock photography, so I thought it was time to look at how things are going.
The thing that constantly surprises me is the quality of photographs people are putting up. If stock was ever a way “to make money from family snaps”, it’s well past that now. The discipline the more serious photographers show is amazing – to take multiple pictures of the same object and turn each out perfectly is a skill that’s beyond me and to take new and unusual photographs is a credit to their creativity and talent.
I still haven’t decided if it’s for me in the long term, but for now I guess if it keeps me using my camera and developing my skills, I’ll keep putting some of my pictures up for sale.
Anyway, here’s some interesting (to me) figures.
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I’ve alternated between being amused and bemused over the last month.
I’ve grown fond of shutterstock and I guess it shows in that I’ve uploaded more images there than anywhere else – that’s not really to do with the fact people are buying my stuff from there, more because their forums are friendly and their upload process is painless.
Meanwhile, I’ve considered stopping with the others a few times. Indeed, I told someone in work I was fed up with having no sales and so many rejections from Istockphoto and logged in to prove my point – only to have my first sale sitting waiting on me…
My current feeling is that’ll I’ll try to list on shutterstock and istock and the other sites will get submissions if I have time. Especially since there are yet more sites to consider!
If you’re giving it a go, let me know how you’re getting on and if you have any tips, please share.