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EyeEM stock agency and how to work with it

EyeEM – issues to avoid when uploading

EyeEM is an interesting site for photographers with some real negatives, but some positive signs on the earnings. I have been with them since early 2018 and I think I saw my first earnings in April of that year. In 2018 I earned $407 and 2019 so far has been $767 for the month through June. So it has become a steady middle of the road earner – certainly beating many established sites with a much larger portfolio. So that...

quarterly earnings from stock photography

Selling Photos – Quarter 2, 2019

After my June report on earnings from Stock Photography was published earlier this week, I worked on my massive spreadsheet to calculate the quarterly results and smooth out some of the monthly variants. The end result isn’t too pleasing, to be honest! The total, $8524 is the lowest since the third quarter of 2017 when I earned $7818. Of course, one quarter may be a blip, but the evidence points to a continued decline in earnings per online file, which...

Jixipix – new sale on right now

I don’t want to turn into a shill for Jixipix, but I do like playing with them and when I saw that their discount this week is 35% I treated myself to the full Pro Bundle. I’m sorry to those who bought when it was 30% off – although I have an affiliate link, I have no insight into what they are planning. I was playing around just now with the Pastello application and made (what I think is a...

Can you make money from selling your photos?

Earnings from selling photos online June 2019

Another month zooms by (and this was a busy month for my uploads) but there is unfortunately little sign that the industry is improving. In fact, some agencies just collapsed during the month – Canva was earning $200 – $250 a month last year, in June 2019 I earned the tidy sum of $25.90. As you probably know, Canva acquired Pexels and Pixabay, two “free download” image sites and has presumably integrated that supply into their service. As a result,...

examples of stock photos to take on a vacation

Massive upload completed – will it be worth it?

I went on a cruise in May between Athens and Venice and over the 14 days we were away, took a total of 3300 images and 26 videos. Ever since I have been working on editing and then keywording/uploading the images (still got to work on the videos…). What surprised me, and hopefully this is a good sign that my skills are improving, is that although the 3300 images included the individual frames of stitched panoramas, and also the multiple...

How much effort should you put into an image for a stock agency these days

Crazy Photoshop work pays off

I wrote about the photoshop work I had put into an image taken in Athens earlier in the month, and so far, nothing much has happened to that image (it was accepted by all agencies, but no sales). One I worked on way back in 2013 finally got its fame today with a sale of $30 on Shutterstock to bring its total sales to $60. Bearing in mind the effort (I still can’t believe I did it!), I guess this...

Latest sales of prints on Fine Art America POD print on demand site

Latest Sales from Fine Art America

I’m always pleased to see sales on Fine Art America. Not just because of the profit that comes with each sale, but more importantly to my ego, the feeling that someone appreciates what I do and is willing to pay good money to hang my art on their wall. So I was very happy to see two large sales in the past weeks. The first was one that has sold in the past (and one I have on my wall...

Fun with digital painting with Jixipix Impresso Pro

Fun with Painting (and special offer…)

Last week I wrote about the efforts I had made to create an art-worthy image of a narrow Athens passageway. Something about that image had “tickled my fancy” and so I put a lot of effort into trying to get rid of all the modern detritus that was spoiling my vision of what it should look like. Then, my good friend Alex showed me some of the work he liked and particularly this one he had taken in a typical...

Earnings from stock photography in May 2019

Earnings from photography May 2019

Another month passes by and this one was a bit “blah…” For some reason, the last week of the month (ignoring Memorial Day in the USA) was very slow, which hit the earnings overall and so I ended up with a total of $2755 for the month. By the way, it was very nice to see that Alex, over on the Brutally Honest website, managed to beat the $1000 threshold this month – well done, Alex! As you can see,...

Anafiotika neighborhood of Athens Greece

How much Photoshop work is too much?

I was happily processing my images from a recent trip to Athens when I came across this one: This was taken in the area between the Plaka district and the Acropolis in a lovely neighborhood called Anafiotika. Tiny paths separate the colorful (although a bit worn) houses and the ancient Acropolis overshadows it all. Something about this image attracted me – not just for stock, but perhaps for wall art as well. But all those cables and shadows of cables...