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

I asked myself that question over 8 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 2017 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?

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Don’t forget to enjoy your photography

With the constant pressure to create more saleable stock images, it is easy to forget that we also do this because we enjoy photography! I talked about some great images I managed to capture on my final evening in Kauai, and I kept thinking about how best to show what I think is going to be one of my favorites. The answer, of course, is to print it! We get so used to looking at things on the screen, but to some extent they are here now but gone as soon as you click on the next image. I saw an offer of 20% off all prints at Mpix and a 20 x 30 inch metal print turned out to be $130 or so. I uploaded a sharpened version of the image, chose the “do not color correct” option on the website, and within about 4 days I had a really well packed metal print waiting for hanging. Here is the proud father and his child…

The interesting thing is that both my wife and I keep looking at it and admiring it as we walk past – hard to do when you need to find it on your hard drive. So don’t forget to use your images for your own enjoyment as well as being a way to make some extra money!

How to find the best photo locations on a vacation

I’m still processing images from my recent trip to Maui and Kauai, but as I was going through them I thought about how I find out where to go for the best photo opportunities when you go to a new place. How did I know where to find this lcoation for sunset?

 

Sunset near Princeville, Kauai

I start, before I go, with a guidebook – I know that is old fashioned when you have Google at your fingerprints, but at least I get the Kindle version so I am not as luddite as you might think. (Reach for Google for that word…). The best one I have found for Maui is Maui Revealed by Andrew Doughty. Continue Reading

Sunset Cruise with Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours

For something different, I thought I would post a review of a sunset cruise I recently took in Kauai with Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours and illustrate it with some of the images that will be finding their way onto stock agency sites in the near future! I’ve been to Kauai quite a few times but always in the winter and then the boats along the Na Pali coast leave from Port Allen in the south of the island and don’t get very far down the coast before they turn back. And, of course, the sea is pretty rough off that coast in the depths of winter! This time we were lucky to go in May and so boats leave from Hanalei on the north, and are able to spend much more time along the interesting bits of the coast. The seas, at least when we were there, were still pretty rough!

Leaving from Hanalei Bay

The first day we arrived was a gorgeous day and the forecast for the evening was similar and so we searched around for a tour company that had space for two that evening. Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours fitted the bill and they were very friendly on the phone as I booked. They have a relatively small Continue Reading

Another Stock Photographer willing to post real earnings!

There is a lot of bluff and misdirection in the world of stock photography (a bit like politics?) but I came across a site from a fellow stock photographer who is willing to post what he actually earns, and he also maintains a pretty comprehensive site where you can buy prints of his portfolio as well as copies of books of his best images published each year. The photographer in question is Glenn Nagel and you can find his site – Glenn Nagel Photography here.

The home page has a nice selection, in slide show format, of his images, but my favorite page is his portfolio collection of 35 of his own favorite images. There are some great images there and many that I would have been proud to have taken. His summary of earnings can be found Continue Reading

Earnings from Stock Photography in May 2017

A steady performance during May – ending up with $2448 compared with $2469 in April. I am continuing to maintain my monthly earnings chart to see how my performance has varied by month over the years and it is showing some interesting results:

What I hadn’t really noticed before is that the early months of the year have been showing a steady increase year by year. So the 2017 results are generally higher than 2016, 2015 etc. May is slightly below 2016, but not by much. What seems to go wrong is that the second half of the year reverses that performance such that my 2016 monthly results are lower than previous years – by quite a lot in some cases. That possibly shows that my images for winter use are not as good as the current offerings on the agencies – perhaps I need to refresh my Christmas and winter shots! Overall, my earnings are continuing on their plateau as shown in this next graph Continue Reading

My Experience with Adobe Stock

I was reading a discussion about the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal and a few people were complaining about how their sales had fallen since Adobe took over Fotolia. I was under the impression that my sales had gone very strongly in the opposite direction and so I decided to look at my stats and see what my experience was. As I suspected, the results have been very positive:

 

Adobe announced the purchase in December 2014 but not very much happened, as you would expect in the next 6 months or so. I had always had issues with Fotolia Continue Reading

Stock Photo earnings in April 2017

Another month quickly goes by and it is time to add up all those earnings again! I didn’t need as big a calculator this month as Shutterstock seems to have dropped back into its old ways. After a great March with almost $1000, I’m back down at $597 on that site. Not a single enhanced license in the month! Overall, things are back to their normal levels as well (normal being “not so good”) with total earnings in April of $2469, including my FineArtAmerica sale for $108 and a local print of an photo where I got $80 for the image itself. This month I thought it would be interesting to look at how the earnings vary per month. Surprisingly, I’ve never worked that out before:

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The one high point in December 2014 was from a large ImageBrief win, so that month is a bit of an outlier, but what is interesting is Continue Reading

Finding the best photography locations on vacation

I’m lucky to be just back from a 10 day vacation in California, starting in San Francisco, a stop in the Napa Valley then on to Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Tons of snow about still, which makes for attractive mountain shots and I’m now happily processing my “holiday snaps!”

Eagle Falls above Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls above Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe

I always do my research before I go, searching for best photography locations and I started using an iPad app called Pocket that allows you to keep a download of a web page on your iPad so you can check out the directions even if there is no WiFi signal nearby. One of those for Lake Tahoe was called Scott Shots – Great Places to Photograph Lake Tahoe and so on an evening scouting trip for sunset shots I went to Emerald Bay and started chatting to a fellow photographer standing and hoping the clouds would break to give us a decent sunset. It turned out that Continue Reading

Another Fine Art Sale – Washington DC

I’ve been on Fine Art America for a few years now, but it does seem that sales are coming a bit faster in recent months. I’ve not been uploading images very often (I keep telling myself to upload more!), but I get interesting and profitable sales almost every month. So far this year, I have had one sale in February, two in March and now a new one for April! This time it was a large framed print of the cherry blossoms at the tidal basin in Washington DC, with the monument reflected nicely in the calm waters around dawn.

40 x 33 inch print in 48 x 41 frame and mat

This is a particularly large print – 40 inches across, but the resolution should be fine for that size of image. Total profit on this sale – $108 using my pricing for FineArtAmerica described last year.

This time I really will start to upload some new images!!

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