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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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Earnings from stock photography in November 2016

Another month goes by – amazingly quickly it seems. I must be getting used to the new normal of Shutterstock – fewer downloads in total and far fewer enhanced and single sales – which really hits my earnings from that site, but on the upside, Adobe Stock continues to perform nicely. Overall, I increased by a $120 over October to reach a total of $2163 for November. With Thanksgiving being a big US holiday, that isn’t too bad. Pity December has some big holidays as well! earnings microstock november 2016

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Adobe Stock keyword order

A couple of days ago, I started re-ordering my Adobe Stock keywords. As I explained here, most of my keywords are alphabetic, because that is how Lightroom sorts them. I did meet with Julieanne Kost of Adobe last weekend at Nature Visions, and she has put in a request to the Lightroom product team to come up with a solution for this as it doesn’t appear that Adobe Stock will change their approach. The first big question – is it worth sorting them? I think the answer so far is “YES”. This image:

had never sold on Fotolia before and I changed its keywords to include toddler, baby, girl, painting, playtime at the beginning of the list. Continue Reading

Adobe Stock – prioritize your keywords

There was a post from Mat Hayward (Adobe Stock rep) on the Microstock Group forum reminding people that the first seven keywords are the most important in the search results on Adobe Stock. I’ve always found this a pain with Fotolia and most of my images there have alphabetic keywords. When Fotolia used to be a low earner, it perhaps didn’t matter much, but things are changing.

Alphabetic is not always best!

Alphabetic is not always best!

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NMAAHC – always be ready with your camera

I spent the weekend at the Nature Visions annual photography expo held in Northern Virginia. It is held each November and attracts some of the best speakers in the industry – Bob Krist was great and Julieanne Kost from Adobe is one of the best speakers on Lightroom and Photoshop that I have come across! If you are able to attend one of these Expo’s, it will be worth your while. However, that is not my main reason for writing. Always have your camera and always take advantage of what you can visit!

Reflection of Washington Monument

The Friday session finished at 4pm, and so I drove into DC (about an hour away) as I hadn’t got any images of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (the abbreviation in the heading!) and as soon as we drove past it trying to find somewhere to park, I noticed the reflections in the glass panels. Everything was perfect for the shot – blue dusk sky, some color from the sunset and the illuminated Washington Monument. It just goes to show that every trip you make has opportunities!

New License from Image Brief

One of my successful uploads to Image Brief was this one:

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Another sale on Fine Art America

The previous post about Microstockr Pro reminded me to blog about another sale on Fine Art America. FAA sales don’t come round very often, but it is always interesting to see what sells, and this time it was one of those sunrise shots of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial:

Recent sale on Fine Art America

This one sold as a rolled print for the buyer to frame and resulted in a $25 profit. Everytime I get a sale at FAA, I think that I should upload more images, but I’m not sure the cost/benefit is worth it to be honest. I’m never very confident that the images I think would make a nice print are the ones that people will buy. If there is a secret to being successful on print on demand sites, I haven’t yet discovered it!

Microstockr Pro – helping my sales

I wrote about the Microstockr Pro App (currently in free Beta) a few weeks back and have been playing with it since. One thing I noticed that could really help me is the ability to match the same image across all sites and then see the total sales for that image. Why that helped me in particular was that for several years, Fotolia was very harsh on non-people and non-object images. My landscapes and travel images were rejected by the hundreds (at least it seemed like that!), including this one:

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Updating my Fine Art portfolio website

Back in 2014 I decided to create my own “Fine Art” portfolio website. It was not particularly to sell images from the site (as I know how hard that is!), but to have somewhere where friends could look at some of my better photographic efforts. I decided to use the Photocrati Theme and explained the process back in this post. I decided that it was the best wordpress photography theme that I could find and at the time, I thought the theme was pretty easy to use and made an OK website without the annual costs of the online portfolio sites. I recently tried to add some more photos to the site and found that an error I had made in one of the server files meant that the home page was visible but all the galleries were inaccessible – a great example of checking more than the first page when you move a site to a new server! While working on it, I also noticed that Photocrati had totally rewritten the theme to incorporate the NextGen gallery and slide show technology and made the whole thing much more responsive to different screen resolutions and devices. Although the new Photocrati Pro theme was $79 (and they try to make you sign up to a recurring $79 for updates and support, which you can cancel later), I decided that my photographs were worth it and decided to give it a go.

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So here is my review of the new Photocrati Pro WordPress theme!

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Lightroom De-haze Filter on skies

I was just playing with some photos I had taken at Coopers Rock overlook near Morgantown in West Virginia and was pretty unimpressed with what I saw:

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Pretty bland colors and the sky is very dull – not blown out but uninteresting.

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