Making money from stock photography
Just how much money can you make from stock photography? I started selling my photos on stock agencies and since those early days I have increased my income to more than $35,000 a year. I share the steps and lessons learned in the latest 2020 edition of my eBook – Getting Started in Stock Photography.
You are interested in selling your photos, and here is the best way to quickly earn money from those images. Invest in this book and gain ten years of hard earned knowledge of successfully licensing photos for cash in one easy to read manual. Newly updated so if you want to get up to speed in a matter of days, simply choose to buy the eBook now for an instant download – you will get both a PDF and epub version to use on your favorite device. It is one of the most highly rated books in its field on Amazon – 44 great reviews on the Amazon US site alone.
For a really comprehensive view of the stock photography market, why not consider the bundled package of both Getting Started in Stock and the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography by Alex Rotenberg. I have read Alex’s book and it is a much broader view of the stock photography market than my edition. I focus on the “how to do it” processes, looking at each major agency and discussing their quirks and approaches, whereas Alex looks more at what you need to do photographically to compete and what you can do with the skills you are picking up as a stock photographer. Buying both together saves you over $5 on the Amazon pricing. Buy with confidence here:
How will I get my eBook? You will find a download link on the return page from Paypal and I’ll also send an email with the same link – so you can start within minutes of clicking on the shopping cart above! If you are using an iPad, please read this page about how to unzip and open the file on an iPad.
If you are a more established contributor and are looking for a more personalized report on your portfolio, I can undertake a review of the images in your portfolio with overall comments on the choice of images, the processing, the keywording approach and what might be lacking in terms of the coverage of the portfolio. Then I would look at the top 10 images and analyze those in more depth with recommendations on different ways to show the subject, what different keywords could be applied and what processing could have been done. I would complete this by providing a written report on my thoughts on the overall analysis for you. Of course, follow up questions and answers are also included. The charge for this is just $80. You can sign up for that here:
If you are the sort of learner who prefers watching and listening to a video, you should investigate my free Master Class in Stock Photography video, available here.
Need more persuasion? Over the past ten years I have learned a lot about microstock photography and the various tips and tricks to get the best out of each site. Some things are obvious – others you only learn about after spending hours reading through forum posts. Save your time – all those tips and tricks are now available in an easy step by step guide to Microstock and how you can make money from your photos. Learn how to get into the business, how to efficiently manage and keyword your images and get them online with the minimum fuss. Finally, jump straight to the time saving tools and web sites such as StockSubmitter, Stock Analytics and Microstockr Pro to effectively manage your portfolio.
This fifth edition of my book is greatly expanded from the early releases. I now cover the main stock agencies and have added detailed graphs and charts showing how my income has developed on each site and whether they are improving in terms of income per online file – in my view the best way to measure success on a stock agency. I have dedicated chapters on what sort of images to take, keywording secrets, easy uploading approaches and discussions on how to analyze your portfolio. As more and more sites now accept editorial images, I have added additional information on how best to meet that need.
There are excellent books available at Amazon on the sort of images to take for stock. I’m not trying to compete with those. My book is clearly a “how-to” guide based on all the experiences (good and bad) as I have gone from an income of less than $100 per month to over $35,000 per year. Why make the same mistakes and miss the opportunities I have missed – one day’s worth of sales will more than cover the cost of my book!