Category Archives: Video

This photographer decided to sell his photos – the results will amaze you!

OK – sorry for the clickbait title. I always avoid clicking on posts like this, but I guess some people must click on them otherwise we wouldn’t see them everywhere! However, the results this month will amaze you – at least I was pretty pleased with them! Historically, April has marked the start of the down months for my stock earnings – a slump that lasts until August. But this month has knocked that tradition out of the ballpark with an overall earnings total of $3460. My best result ever for monthly sales. Here is the chart:

Almost $1000 more than in April 2017. That has maintained the steady growth pattern that started around last August and has been generating best month after best month ever since. Continue Reading

Did my junk shop typewriter earn its keep?

Back in February, I wrote about the ideas you can sometimes get from objects in a junk shop – specifically a typewriter which cost me $15. I was asked to report on success – did it pay it’s way? After 2 months of sales, I can report that it did!

Total earnings from the typewriter shots now that my iStock results are available are $47 – so a solid $32 profit! I must admit that the sale that pushed it well into positive territory was actually a video from Adobe Stock for $28 a few days ago. So there is another tip – when you have bought your object from the junk shop, take both still photos and video clips of it!

Stock Video – Part 3. How I do it…

The earlier posts on this subject have covered the basics of what stock video is, and then more detail on the sort of clips I have been producing. Now I’ll focus on some details about how I go about getting the clips taken, edited and uploaded to the five agencies I support: Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, Pond5, Storyblocks and iStock.

The first step obviously starts in the camera. I’ve been choosing to shoot in the PAL standard of 23.98. There are many debates about this, some saying that the 30 fps normally used for US television allows you to downscale to the European version if needed, but others point out that movies and high end commercials are normally shot at 24 fps as well. I’m not sure it matters! Continue Reading

Stock Video Part 2 – What I take

Earlier in the week I wrote the first of several posts on stock video. Today I’ll move forward to look at the sort of stock videos I’ve been taking and how successful they have been. By the way, if you haven’t read it yet, it is worth looking at the comment added by Vlad Savin to that first post. He provides a very good background to the video industry use of B-Roll to fill in gaps in their productions. It really helps to explain what we are producing this stuff for!

As I mentioned before, I’m relatively new to stock video, but the videos are starting to make a difference to my earnings:

Of course in comparison to the still image or photo earnings they are still pretty small: Continue Reading

Adventures in Stock Video

I’ve been promising to write about stock video for a while and so this is the first of what I plan will be a series of posts going through my approach to stock video. I don’t pretend to be an expert – in fact I still struggle a bit with the concepts of what a good stock video is – but I’ll give you my thoughts. This first post will be an explanation of what I think you should be aiming at with stock video production.

But first a few words about my earnings from video and how far I have got! I did some early HD videos back in 2011 – some with me as an actor (not good), some which were simply generated from panning across a still digital image and then some of the fireworks over Washington DC on Independence Day. Those are pretty straightforward – camera on a tripod aimed at the right place and, bingo, I captured some pretty reasonable video. In fact, this series

has generated the most income so far in my stock video career. In those early years, I uploaded around 100 videos and then lost interest for a while. Since I restarted with video in mid 2016, I’ve added another 200 plus videos to bring my total on Shutterstock to 267 and 312 on Pond5. Total earnings from video to date has been $5758. Continue Reading

Breaking into stock video production

Ever since I got my Sony A7Rii last June, I’ve toyed with the idea of moving more into stock video production. Why? Mainly because the people involved seem to be doing very well, there is less competition (because it is harder) and the introduction of modern SLRs capable of handling 4K video production is opening up a new market for this ultra high resolution images. If you think about it, almost all the images currently in stock agency libraries are HD or below – so at some level even the basic simple shots will need to be reworked to get to the 4K resolution level. Of course, the changeover from HD to 4K will not happen overnight, but we have a good chance to populate the agencies with our great 4K shots before too many others have uploaded their shots. The only problem is how to take great 4K videos and what to take!

The video above is an example of what you can do pretty easily. Of course, it hasn’t sold yet, but with the focus on the opioid epidemic in the USA, I hope it will. What do you need to get going in stock video? Continue Reading

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