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?

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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

The outlook for contributor earnings on Shutterstock?

In my post yesterday, I worried about the drop in earnings (in total and per online image) on Shutterstock, and as their financial results came out today, I did a bit of a calculation to help explain what is happening.  Continue Reading

Earnings in July 2016 and analysis of trends in Stock Photography

Firstly – what a poor month! I just scraped past the $2000 mark, thanks to Canva ($247) and Fotolia ($274). Alamy and Corbis were OK with $197, iStock at $248 and 123RF came in nicely at $154. But Shutterstock really slumped down to $536. I think I need to go back to 2012 before I find a month as bad as that. That make me think about my graphs of earnings per online image to see how things are looking and what the trends are as far as my stock photography is concerned. Of course, my results don’t necessarily apply to anyone else’s portfolio and I am sure that what I am seeing doesn’t translate into the earnings of the agencies themselves, so take my results as you find them. Continue Reading

Another sale on Fine Art America

I’ll start with a post about the good news this month – a sale on Fine Art America for a shower curtain (!). My profit on this was only $5, but it is nice to think about the buyer stepping naked past my image (OK, I’ll stop that…)

This was the image:

sale of Buddha image on shower curtain on Fine Art America FAA

Shower Curtain on FineArtAmerica

New Sale on Fine Art America

These things only come round every month or two, but this one was worth mentioning – a sale of a 30 x 18 inch metal print of the Wailua Waterfall in Kauai – sold to someone who lives very close to the falls, so I guess they must think it is a good likeness!

Sale of metal print on Fine Art America

Wailua Falls in Kauai sold on FineArtAmerica

The profit on this one with my FAA pricing plan Continue Reading

Earnings from Stock Photography in June 2016

Another month, another disappointment with Shutterstock! After it picked up to $920 in May, we are back down at $748 for June. The lack of on-demand and the more expensive Extended and Single sales really is making a difference and it isn’t the reliable earner it once was, unfortunately. Lets hope they have some plans to pull up the earnings (unless the plan is to accept so many images that each contributor gets a smaller share of the pie)

However, Alamy did seem to show some good sales for me this last month, Continue Reading

My Canon Gear on sale!

I’ve put my Canon gear up for sale, but if anyone wants to buy directly from me, please get in touch via sales at backyardsilver.com. The macro lens has already been sold so I still have:

Canon 16-35mm F4 L IS USM lens with hood: $895

Canon 1.6x Extender II with lens caps: $255 Continue Reading

Using Canon speedlite flash on Sony A7R

I have four Canon flashes (three 550EX and one 580EX) as well as the Canon ST-E2 infra-red controller. With my change of camera outfit from Canon to Sony, the next question is whether I can effectively use these flash guns with the Sony? There is a great article by Tim Ford, where he concludes that an optical flash adapter is the best way of getting the highest sync speeds, but he is using the 580EX II – mine are the earlier versions and don’t have a PC sync socket – so no way to control them apart from the infra-red or hot shoe. He did conclude that putting one flash in the hot shoe worked fine (in manual mode) up to 1/250th second, and with some clever use of the Custom modes on the flash, you can get a pseudo automatic mode where the aperture is fixed and the flash measures light bounced back to its sensor you can use 1/200th of a second. I could use that from time to time with a single flash, but my main use is with multiple flashes in umbrellas etc. Continue Reading

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