Category: Stock Photography

Making money from stock photography

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...

Senior man counting cash into piles

Photographer or Business Person?

As a stock photographer you need to be more than a photographer – you need to be a clear-thinking businessman or businesswoman at the same time. In a new blog post on the Dreamstime website I explore the question of what you should buy in the way of new camera equipment. But rather than list equipment that would be nice to have, I wrote instead about how to approach spending money on what will make you more money. After all,...

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...

Moon rising in Washington DC

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...

Hammer on damaged hard drive

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!...

Drowning in paperwork concept photo

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

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: As...

Stock Photography earnings in October 2018

Another month, another record! October earnings of $3248 marked the 17th consecutive month when my earnings from selling photos and videos online have beaten the same month in the previous year. This is going to be a slightly shorter post than normal as I have just got back from 3 weeks in China and have 4200 photos and 90 videos to process. I can see that this could take the whole of the month to work through and I need...