Category Archives: Stock Photography

How can I sell my photos and make some money???

Just how much money can you make from stock photography? I asked myself that question over 10 years ago, and decided the answer was to sell my images on stock agencies and see. Since then I have increased my income to more than $35,000 a year and I share the steps and lessons learned in the newly revised 2017 edition of my eBook – Getting Started in Stock.  You are facing a simple choice – do you want to learn as you go, following the forums and their inconsistent information from people who may or may not know what they are talking about, or do you want to save hours of frustration and learn it all on one easy to follow book?

You can buy the book directly from my site or buy this new eBook from Amazon as a Kindle download and get immediate access to the information you need to make money from your photographs!

With the book giving you all the details on how this industry works and how best to make it work for you, then my blog gives up to date information and tips and tricks about selling your images that I still learn every day. I try hard to keep this blog informative, but not bombard you with ads that pop-up and spoil the experience. If you find the site useful and have a need for anything from Amazon (a new camera perhaps!), please use this link to check out Amazon Electronics, Camera and Photo Best Sellers It won’t cost you anything, but I will get a small affiliate payment if you decide to buy something! Thanks again!

Fine Art America print pricing for 2019

Way back in 2015 I did some research on the pricing of images that had sold on Fine Art America. I’ve stuck with that pricing ever since and I have had sales as I report here, but am I leaving money on the table?

Senior man counting cash into piles

So I decided to repeat my research and see how pricing of a representative sample of images that had sold this week on FineArtAmerica had changed. What I found was intriguing!  Continue Reading

Quick Tip for Stock Submitter users

I wrote a long post about how I manage RF, RM and editorial images in response to a question from a reader. I admitted that I wasn’t great at that, but that I could see in the Stock Submitter interface which images were editorial and which were commercial. However, I thought this was just a visual thing – the editorial ones had a block of “Orange” which indicated that they could not be uploaded to Adobe, Canstock etc. So if I wanted to just upload my commercial images to an new agency with FTP, I could select the ones without an orange bar. Not a great approach.

However, in chatting with the developer, he mentioned that if you press Ctrl-F for “Find”, one of the options is to show commercial images, or editorial image, or both. Simply unchecking the editorial box will display the commercial shots and I can select those and upload them to my new agency. Simple!

Digital Art – Shanghai skyline

I’m still working through my images from China, but recently put together this high resolution panorama (10,500 pixels) of the skyline of Shanghai as the sun started to set. Nice photo, but definitely editorial as all the buildings have various sorts of signs on them and it was too much work to remove them. So being in a playful mood I decided to try a painting instead and used the Jixipix Watercolor Studio plugin for Photoshop to create a more artistic view of the city. My thought was to upload to Fine Art America (and it is there already) but also to submit to the sites that don’t take editorial work.

Water color of skyline of the city of Shanghai at sunset

The original was uploaded as well – you never know when someone just wants a straightforward print of a city skyline. Continue Reading

Keeping up with current events

I’m a big proponent of watching for what is in the news and trying to think of what the next big story will be. I use Flipboard for this and I like the way the site comes up with the general stories, but also illustrates them with images that may trigger my creative juices! I curate a stock photography oriented magazine with Alex Rotenberg if you are interested in that. I thought it might be interesting to see how my recent attempts at being ahead of the news have turned out.

First, a failure…. I knew that the Game of Thrones would be of massive interest once the new season was announced, so what better than to add some images that people could use to illustrate their articles about the HBO show. A friend on mine has had success with images and videos of the dragon eggs and iron throne and she asked me to buy the newly released tankards and ship them to her in Australia and was happy to have them photographed first:

Official Winter is coming tankard from Game of Thrones series

I obviously knew these were going to be editorial so I thought that adding in the books themselves and some medieval lighting might be interesting. Continue Reading

Selling Fine Art on FineArtAmerica

I’m asked whether it is worth having a paid subscription to Fine Art America from time to time. With a free account, you can upload 25 images only. For $30 a year, you can have unlimited images and more analytics tools. I currently have 760 images as I find that I have no real idea of which of my many files will actually sell! So I upload all the ones that I personally like and hope they will get some traction. So this post is all about which of my images has actually sold – perhaps to give you an idea of what their buyers are looking for. You can also look at their site for recent sales. One thing that intrigued me is the number of vertical shots. My portfolio is lacking in those, so an action for the future!

Expensive homes and boats ventura

November 2, 2018: Sunset over Ventura harbor in California – Acrylic 36 x 24 inches – Profit $87.27

I always liked this one because of the colors, and I think it would look great if you lived in Ventura! The next sale was Continue Reading

New Hosting Experience @InMotionHosting

UPDATE: The 30 days upgrade timeframe turned out to be wrong – the upgrade was done yesterday. Not perfectly, it must be admitted, but everything is now good and the sites are performing well. The tech I was working with last night was very good. I decided that research before signing up for the first package is critical. If I had chosen the VPS from the start and simply migrated my sites there, I think all would have been well! I’ve started using the features of the VPS now to create new accounts and cPanels for all my different sites. This means that if anyone manages to break into one of my sites, they would not be able to simply gain access to all the others and see the files of all the other ones. With separate cPanels, each site, in effect, is in its own hosting environment. If you are moving a large Symbiostock site to a new host, I think I would still recommend Inmotion, but choose the VPS package from the start ($27.95 a month for 2 years) and I think you will have a good experience. You can reach them via this link (and I get a small payment if you do!)

I mentioned that I moved all my sites to Inmotion Hosting over the past couple of weeks. As you may have noticed, performance has not been good – the page loading times are slow for all my sites. I now realize that my stock photo site, BackyardStockPhotos.com has to run an automated server task every minute and that is resulting in all my sites being limited in terms of processor capacity.

Hammer on damaged hard drive

I’m doing my best to resolve this, but for others thinking of moving intensive sites – and the Symbiostock based stock photo sites need to do a lot of behind the scenes work to deliver images to buyers – here is my tale of woe and the issues I have had with InMotion trying to fix it. Bottom line – even though I have paid an extra $600 for VPS hosting, they tell me that I need to wait up to 30 days for them to migrate my sites to the new server!  Continue Reading

RF, RM, Exclusive – how do you manage it all?

I was asked a question recently through my contact page which essentially asked how I manage what I have in each agency and whether it is RF, RM or exclusive? For those relatively new to the game I wrote a post a few years back about the difference between all these “licensing terms” that might be worth reviewing.

Drowning in paperwork concept photo

So, how do we manage all our images (and videos) without drowning in paperwork?

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Stock photography earnings in November 2018

All good records must come to an end! For the first time in 18 months, the earnings in November were less than those in the same month the previous year! Not bad, just not good enough! Overall, I earned $3073 from photos and videos – but less than the $3177 in November 2017. So at least the pressure is off in future months! This is what the picture looks like:

Earnings from the online sale of digital photos via stock agencies

Well above previous Novembers but I was really on a roll at the end of 2017. I was very busy this month with processing and uploading images after I got back from my trip to China. I’m still processing images and have already uploaded about 420 files to the sites so far, with probably at least the same number still to go. In case you are interested in what sort of things I take on this sort of trip Continue Reading

New Sales on Fine Art America

I always like to see sales on the Print on Demand sites as it gives me a nice warm feeling that my “art” is appreciated! The money helps as well! So the past couple of weeks have been excellent in terms of new sales on Fine Art America – perhaps the biggest of the sites. The first sale was in late October and was for a 14 x 11 inch print of Cheat Lake in the fall in Morgantown:Print of Cheat Lake in Morgantown sold on Fine art america

As a print only sale, the profit was relatively small at $35, but it is nice to see it sell. I wish I knew if it was from some posting on social media that I have made about the image. I did post it to a Facebook group for people who were brought up in this area, so it is possible that the sale came from that.

The second sale came just 5 days later in early November Continue Reading

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