Category: Small Business

Creating a legal entity to support your earnings

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,...

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!...

BackyardSilver now with a new hosting company

After several successful years being hosting my the Symbiostock team alongside BackyardStockPhotos.com, I’ve moved my sites to a new hosting account with InMotion. We tried BlueHost but had endless issues trying to transfer the sites, so I cancelled that and chose InMotion. So far, so good. However you may have noticed that my last 2 posts about the special offer on StockSubmitter and the Black Friday deal on JixiPix painting programs (and the comments) have vanished. That is because they...

Nature Visions Photography Expo – November 14 – 16th

If you are anywhere near Washington DC, don’t forget that Nature Visions Photo Expo is on again this year between November 14 – 16th. We have some great speakers – Rick Sammon, Julianne Kost, Ian Plant, Jay Patel, Deborah Sandidge and a great photo exhibit as well. I organized the speakers this year so please come along and see what we have in store for you!

Selling stock photos through your personal website

Many people try to sell stock images from their own personal portfolio and website, but with very mixed results for a couple of reasons – the first is that there are few options for hosting such a site (there are a few paid packages around). The second, and most problematic, is that no-one know that you are there! Unless you can get your images in the first few rows of Google’s image search, then the chance of a buyer finding...

Space Shuttle Discovery on Zazzle Products

In my endless quest to monetize digital photos, I created some new products on Zazzle this morning featuring the Space Shuttle Discovery final flight images. Too early to say how well they will sell, but if you need a coffee mug, hat, poster or simply an iPad case with a Space Shuttle photograph, please check out my Zazzle store.

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

Introduction We have all spent a lot of money on cameras, lenses, equipment, computers and software and we probably don’t want to add it all up! We get a lot of enjoyment out of our hobby, and so, in 2008, I started thinking that it would be nice to make some money from the fine images I was starting to produce. I got involved with Stock Photography and I can help you do the same! At this stage, you can...

Selling on Zazzle

As I mentioned last year, I’ve been putting products on Zazzle – a print on demand on-line shopping site where you upload images and design products, but Zazzle does all the selling and product fulfillment. I’ve had some success with my award winning 2011 Kauai Calendar, but less success on the other products. I’ve decided to continue to work on it in 2011, and specialize in a few niches rather than try to spread my products about. At the moment,...

Christmas Sales on Zazzle – Kauai Calendar

I was really pleased to get a Best New Product Award for my 2011 calendar of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands back in February. What is even better is that the Christmas gift season is now upon us, and the calendars are flying off the shelves – well, I guess 2 sales almost counts as roaring sales! Still, it is better than nothing, and if you are looking for a gorgeous calendar to send to your friends for 2011, then...