Earnings from Stock Photography May 2016
Another month goes by so quickly. It has been a strange month here in the wilds of West Virginia – very cold early on, and then pretty hot for the last week. With moving into a new house we are still snowed under in boxes and lots to be done around the house and so almost no photography to speak of for at least 2 months now. I’ve not uploaded very much either as a result, so it is interesting to watch the money still come in from licensing stock photographs. After a poor April on Shutterstock, things improved in May with some single sales in the $60 range. I ended up the month with $920 on SS – not great, but not too bad either. Overall that helped the month end with $2456 although I have estimated the iStock extra earnings and then Zoonar usually comes in with some nice earnings for May in a month’s time. Last month, for instance, I think I reported $25 on that site, but ended up with $179 now all the sites (particularly their agency with Alamy) have reported. I have given up directly submitting to Alamy because of the complexity of their upload system, but I do push all the Zoonar images to that site and although I obviously lose some commission, it is still worthwhile in my view.
Other things of note – I sold a print on FineArtAmerica, but I will blog about that separately. Canva is a great site for me and I know have 3 images that have been incorporated into other designs and I get my 35c each time one of those is sold. This is the most recent example:
At the end of the month, I had sold $240 on Canva. Fotolia/Adobe continues to do well with earnings of $199 and 123RF wasn’t bad at $141. To make a change, here is a graph showing the earnings in May for all of the sites:
Big happenings tomorrow – I finally decided to sell all my Canon stuff and move across to Sony. Perhaps it was the earnings burning a hole in my pocket, but I was attracted to the larger sensor but particularly the smaller size. So with a new body, 16-35mm F4, 24-70mm F4 and 70-200mm F4 being delivered tomorrow, this is going to be an exciting time. I have a lot of Canon lenses (and a Canon 5D Mk III) that are going to be on sale shortly. Let me know if you are interested!