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Making money from your photos – April 2019

Somewhat delayed, my earnings report for April! But first, a shout out to my good friend Alex, who has been regularly publishing interesting and insightful blog posts at his Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock, and now publishes his earnings each month. Alex has different approaches to me – in particular he is separating out his best images for Robert Harding as exclusive RM as well as uploading specific ones for book covers at Archangel. Interesting to watch how his earnings...

Society6 keeps on rolling

Another month with more sales on Society6! This time, a collection of different products rather than just some wall art (although it is nice to see those sales!). The first sale was actually just that – an art print of the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC: This one made a profit of $22. Quite a lot less than at FineArtAmerica, but you need to price to match the competition at the place the buyer is searching. I did publish my...

Featured Videomakers on Edelkrone Blog

Fame at last…. I’m very honored to be recognized as a featured Videomaker on the Edelkrone blog this week. I’m not sure I would put myself in the same class as some of the other artists profiled in their series – many of whom seem to have serious movie making skills in their background, but it is nice to have a stock photographer highlighted among such luminaries! If you happen to decide to buy any of their equipment (which is...

Fine Art America sales

Fine Art America back in the running

Late last year I did a lot of research into the pricing that some of the competition used on Fine Art America. That research seemed to suggest that I had been underpricing my work and so I changed all the prices and marked them up, especially for the larger print sizes. The theory was that those large prints were already expensive and so a few more dollars wouldn’t impact the buying decision. Well, that move was followed by what seemed...

Just a few more clicks

I sometimes enter competitions – partly for the prize money and partly because I tend to be competitive in nature! The Dreamstime Blog competition is a tricky one as judging depends on how many people click “Useful” and that seems to depend on how many people you can persuade to go and do that! Not a great way to judge, but there you are. At the moment, I’m in fourth position with 9 clicks separating me from the leaders! If...

Example of digital painting using the Jixipix Water Color Studio plugin

Society6 – more sales

I’m becoming more and more impressed with Society6 – I sold two items in March for $24.60. One of them is a digital painting of the skyline of San Diego printed on wood blocks. My profit was $18 on that one: Yes, the site is very manual in terms of how you can upload images and apply them to products, which I have written about before, but with only 32 assets on the site, the earnings have been great. The...

Best selling assets in March

Following on from my previous post about total earnings from stock photography in March, this is the next layer of detail of what worked, and what didn’t. I’ll talk about video first – as I mentioned, this was a great month for video with total sales over $500. In fact, it was actually better than that! Due to the way iStock reports earnings, I always include the money I get from them in the month as the earnings for that...

Summary of earnings for March 2019

April 1 Report on Earnings from Stock Photos

What a month – $9,650 earned from the sale of stock photos and videos in March 2019! OK – I did give the game away in the title this month…this bit was an April Fools joke (sort of…) Back to earth with a bang, although not that much of one. March did turn out to be a great month for me in both photos and videos with a total of $3663. Easily my best month ever and beating April 2018...

Selling calendars of high quality fine art photographs of Kauai

Fine Art Calendars – trying again

I’ve created calendars in the past with reasonable success, but I think I made the mistake of identifying the year for the calendar on a specific cover page which means that I had to update the calendar each year to make it saleable again. Of course, I didn’t bother! This time I have used my best pictures of Kauai in Hawaii and made a front cover that is suitable for any year and put it for sale on Zazzle in...

New Pixels website to show off images for print at Fine Art America

Fine Art America gets an update

I noticed an email from Fine Art America announcing that our unique portfolio pages have been given an updated look. Sure enough, when I checked it out, you can update your site to the new design and customize many pieces of it. I’ve never really publicized this site, but I like the new look of it and I’ll see if I can spread the URL around! If you have a Fine Art America account, I think it is worth investigating...