Earnings in February 2017 from stock photography
Interesting how things change from month to month. February is normally a poor month because of the number of days (although aren’t all months poor months these days!), but this month I actually did better. Quite a lot of that is because I report sales from Getty when they are actually cleared, and so that adds some delay, but overall it was a good month for me with total earnings of $2719. Here is the comparison agency by agency with January numbers:
The red lines are January, blue is February. That is an estimate, of course, because I am completely lost with earnings from iStock, but I made an estimate based on previous months earnings. One interesting thing I noted when looking at iStock earnings for my tax return is that although I thought I went to the iStock site each month and carefully count the earnings from the different sale types, the amount I was paid was often higher than that. Overall, I think I got about $200 more from iStock than I had been assessing.
What is good about this chart is that things are becoming more balanced. If I look back 12 months or so, it was always the case that I got 45% of my earnings from Shutterstock and no other sites came close. Now we have lower earnings from SS, and higher earnings from Adobe Stock in particular (and iStock to some extent), then things are becoming less dependent on the performance of any one site.
Getty/Alamy did very well for me this month with total earnings of almost $550. I sold three images on my own account on Alamy and some nice large sales (often of US Store fronts) on Getty, which I got into via their purchase of Corbis. I can’t submit more because Getty is normally exclusive, but it is nice to have income coming from multiple sources.
My videos did much better in February. I plan to blog more about this, but I have been taking more “studio” videos recently and I got 3 sales on Pond5 and one on VideoBlocks this past month, plus some clip sales on Shutterstock. I currently upload video to SS, Pond5, Videoblocks and Adobe and it is normally 4K, priced at around $200 or so. The sales were for downscaled HD, but it is good having the higher resolution version there for the future.
I also had a good sale via FineArtAmerica in February which netted $74 as well.
We have had some remarkably warm weather where I live, which let me get out and about for some photos (and videos) to illustrate pollution:
But mainly I have been doing studio based shots to illustrate things in the news – Obamacare, opioid drug crisis and general healthcare issues. It is always worth reading the news and thinking of those subjects that are likely to be around for a long time – journalists are always looking for a new way to illustrate an article, so put your mind to those! As a result of this, my number of online files has continued to grow at a steady pace. I will be at 10,000 in total soon!
With spring on its way, it will soon be time to get out and get some more travel shots – happy shooting!