Category: Stock Photography

Making money from stock photography

Earnings from stock photos reaches a new record

Making money as a stock photographer Nov 2019

Yesterday I published my video earnings for November 2019, but what was the rest of the story? As I expected, yesterday was a very slow day (which makes 3 in a row as Thanksgiving in the US makes a big dent in my sales). However, the month as a whole was great – I ended up with $3418. I have to recognize that there were a few one-offs this month. A sale on Fine Art America earlier in the month...

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...

Half dollar coin isolated against white

Selling stock photos – July 2019

A very nice month for earnings. Of course, one of the big reasons was that amazing sale on Society6 which resulted in $333 being added to my earnings balance in July, but the other sites were pretty reasonable as well. Traditionally, July is a pretty slow month for me – my previous highwater mark was $2500 reached in July 2018. Previous years had been in the $2250 range. So July 2019 came in with a very strong $2866. This graph...

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...

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...

Evening sea fishing by waterfall

Taking Nature Photos that sell

Sorry for the lack of new posts – I’ve been travelling and have just got back with 3500+ images to handle. Just before I departed, I wrote a new blog post on Dreamstime entitled “Taking Nature Photos that sell!” If you have a Dreamstime account, you will be able to vote if you find it useful. Incidentally, thanks to all who voted for my previous blog entry to their contest about shooting fireworks at events. That contest was pretty strange...

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...

Sony A7Riii and A9 on sale for 2 days

I don’t normally do this (and especially after writing my last post about not wasting money on new camera bodies), but I noticed that there is a sale on the Sony A7Riii and Sony A9 bodies at both B&H and Amazon in the USA. I have the A7Riii and find it to be a great camera. The A9 has some excellent video features. But I’m not here to sell you on the particular bodies – just to let you know...