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How to automate food photography

Lessons learned from photographing food

I’d be the last person to call myself a professional food photographer – the detail required to properly style and light food so that it looks appetizing and delicious to eat is a real skill in its own right. But I’ve been making some progress via those Snapwire requests for photos of three images of takeout or delivery meals from local restaurants that I mentioned last month. Since I started, I’ve completed 7 of the assignments, have 2 currently in...

Jixipix painting applications are on sale this weekend

JixiPix – 40% off until 11 November

I’m a keen user of the Jixipix range of applications and some of them have sold “reasonably” well – on Society6 in particular although I do get sales on both Adobe Stock and Shutterstock for this painting of San Diego: I haven’t done any new ones recently – probably the last ones were the images of the old homes in Athens – because I’m still overwhelmed with processing images from Portugal (and with others from Williamsburg in Virginia and now...

Recent sale on Fine Art America is an image of a WMRR steam train in Maryland

Fine Art America sale steams in

My portfolio on Fine Art America keeps throwing up occasional sales, which is always a nice start to a month. The previous one was in early September with an image of West Virginia University. This month it is one of a series of images of steam trains on the Western Maryland Railroad that runs from Cumberland to Frostburg. I went on a photographers tour a few years back where they stop the train multiple time to allow the photographers to...

What sells best - travel or studio stock photography?

What sells best – Travel or Studio stock?

I was asked, in a comment on my October earnings, what percentage of my sales came from travel stock photos rather than studio images. I’ve often wondered that, but it is quite hard to estimate now that I have so many images for sale (over 14,000). But it is an intriguing question, all the same. I struggled a bit with definitions – is an image of a previous house I lived in a studio shot or a travel shot? As...

earnings from selling digital photos online in October 2019

Making money from stock photos – October 2019

Another month rolls by and another report on earnings! As it turned out, October was a pretty good month for me – not as good as 2018, but still above the lows of the summer. Total income turned out to be $3074 with all agencies reporting (although Canva has not yet reported the subscription income as yet). The addition of those subscription earnings made quite a bit of difference to the previous earnings I reported for Canva (assuming their reports...

Nice little side earner with Snapwire

I joined Snapwire a few years back when it first launched. It was a bit like Image Brief where buyers could define their requirements and photographers would submit images that met that brief. Image Brief offered some pretty good commisions, and, unfortunately I don’t think there were enough buyers willing to pay and they closed down. Snapwire offer much smaller commissions and even with that there are not many requests for specific commissions. As a new contributor to Snapwire, you...

vote for article about color in stock photos on Dreamstime blog

Using Color to boost your sales

I’m trying, once again, to earn a little from the Dreamstime blog contest. Thanks to your help, I was successful last time with an article on Taking Nature Photos that sell and had $300 credited to my account at Dreamstime. This particular contest was all about color and how to use it in your photos. Being the business person, I immediately thought about how color can be used to make our images more attractive to buyers, rather that just more...

What stock photos and videos sold in September?

I published my normal report in two bites this month to avoid giving you all indigestion. Earlier this week I published the financial results, this post has more of the “why” rather than the “what”. First thing to note for me is that I had some days with some great sales. Here is my snapshot of daily earnings from Microstockr Pro. This doesn’t track every agency (and iStock, which is tracked, has the results for the month previous so I...

Can you make money selling your own images on your own stock agency

Do Self-Hosted stock photo sites ever work?

It is the dream of every stock photographer – host your own images on your own site, set the prices you want for the licenses and cut out the ridiculous percentage that agencies take out of the payment. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a lot! This post is a run through of the history, and the results, of my own efforts in this space. And, of course, my conclusions! I started this venture way, way back in 2013...