Announcement: How can I sell my photos and make some money???

I asked myself that question over 6 years ago, and decided the answer was to sell my images. Since then I have increased my income to more than $30,000 a year and I share the steps and lessons learned in the newly revised third edition of my eBook – Getting Started in Stock.  You are facing a simple choice – do you want to learn as you go, following the forums and their inconsistent information from people who may or may not know what they are talking about, or do you want to save hours of frustration and learn it all on one easy to follow guidebook?

Buy this new eBook directly from my site through a simple and secure shopping cart and get immediate access to the information you need to make money from your photographs!

You can preview the book (courtesy of Amazon) by clicking “Preview” under the image below:

Already got your images and ready to start earning? Please use the links on the right to register with the stock agencies. Thanks!

Using Microstockr Pro to find your images online

In my review of Microstockr Pro, I forgot to mention one neat feature that saves a bit of time. If you click on an image thumbnail, you get the screen where the historic sales of that image are displayed. Hovering over the thumbnail on that screen shows two icons – a chain symbol that takes you to the image page on the stock agency, and a magnifying glass. Clicking this opens up the image search page on Google with the thumbnail image already loaded into the search area so that you immediately see the various uses around the web for that particular photo. Much easier than saving a thumbnail and uploading it to Google each time you want to do a search.

Microstockr – keeping track of your sales

Although I had heard of the application before, I had never got round to looking in more detail at Microstockr until recently. I’m glad I did! I downloaded Microstockr Pro – the beta desktop version and so far I have been very impressed. There are things they are still working on (a new update came through just this morning), but it is giving me a lot of insight into my portfolio that would be hard to find any other way.


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Sometimes you have to relax

I spend a lot of time thinking about stock photo opportunities, but sometimes you just have to relax and take some photos that you enjoy! They may sell (chances are probably close to zero), but it is just as important to hone your skills on ordinary attractive images!

This week has been lovely in West Virginia – unusually warm and the leaves are starting to turn, and so a bike ride was in order:

The leaf covered Deckers Creek Trail

The leaf covered Deckers Creek Trail

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Sony A7R II – my first disappointment

I was doing an attempt at an ImageBrief brief recently – one about perfectly shaped water drops on a piece of polished wood – and came across the first area where my Canon kit was much better than the Sony A7R! Macro focus stacking. The picture I was attempting needed high definition focus from front to rear:

Focus Stacked image from about 20 photos

Focus Stacked image from about 20 photos

It took me a bit of time to sort out the lighting (which needed to be low and behind the drops to get definition and shadows), but after trying this on my wooden floor, I decided to move to my studio and tie the Sony into my PC running Helicon Focus and using Helicon remote to automatically control the focus and step through all the necessary focus steps to get the full image sharp and detailed.  Continue Reading

The life of a non-exclusive stock photo contributor

I recently came across an interesting blog post by Craig Dingle entitled Why be exclusive on iStock? His blog is worth following as Craig is an Australian wedding photographer who also does stock photos as an extra income stream, and chose to join iStockPhoto as an exclusive back around the same time I was starting as a non-exclusive. His reasons are valid, but I’m not sure I can get over one of the biggest issues with exclusivity – you are tying yourself to the success (or failure) of one agency, and in a fast moving business like stock photography, that is dangerous in my view. In my email chats with Craig he asked how I managed the process of uploading to many different sites and whether that was a big drain on my time. This post explains how I approach this task. Continue Reading

Earnings from Stock Photography in September 2016

September is usually a good time of the year for stock earnings. For me, this month, not so much! I must have really hit a bad patch as I ended the month probably just scraping to the $2000 mark. I’m sure many readers would love to get to that point, but I’m only reporting on my experiences with my portfolio.

I don’t have my Alamy/Corbis/Getty earnings yet as I submitted to those via a partner, but without those I ended the month with $1903. I’ll update next week when the latest figures are in. Continue Reading

Replacement for StockUploader FTP program

Update: See the final paragraph as I discovered a flaw in this approach!  As readers of my book know, I have been recommending StockUploader for some time as an easy way to upload your files to many different stock agencies in parallel. Unfortunately the developer stopped supporting the software due to other priorities but he continued to provide a working copy for anyone who had bought my eBook. However, even that arrangement has come to an end and so I have been searching for alternative approaches. One that seems to fit the bill (although not as user friendly as StockUploader) is a clever FTP software I found called Fling from NCH Software (this is an affiliate link) Continue Reading

Submitting to iStock – qHero

In my book, I talk at length about using DeepMeta as a way to ease the pains of submission to iStockphoto. iStock has two annoying steps in submission – one is to select a category (which isn’t that hard, although there are a lot of them), but the key annoyance is the matching of your keywords to their controlled vocabulary. They have a unique system of doing their image searches on a standardized set of keywords and so you need to make sure your own keywords fit nicely into that. It makes some sense, although it is annoying in practice. I understand that any keyword that doesn’t map to one of their controlled words has a pretty low chance of being found in a search so it is important to get it right. DeepMeta lets you see all your keywords in an offline screen and you can match them to the iStock ones before submission. It is OK, but a bit slow.

I came across a new online approach that uses that computing industry buzzword- Artificial Intelligence – to try to correctly assign the categories and most of the keywords before you even have to start looking at the list. It is qHero, a venture from the highly successful stock photographer Yuri Arcurs. Continue Reading

Earnings from Stock Photography in August 2016

It is hard to work up the enthusiasm for posting this, but another poor month for me. Shutterstock continued in the doldrums with hardly any single or enhanced sales and total earnings of $610. To think I used to regularly get over $1000 from that site! iStock was poor with an estimated $200 and Alamy/Corbis was not great with $100 – not helped by the closure of Corbis to new sales. Continue Reading

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