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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...

Water color of skyline of the city of Shanghai at sunset

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...

Official Winter is coming tankard from Game of Thrones series

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...

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?

Earnings from the online sale of digital photos via stock agencies

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: Well above previous Novembers but I was really on a...

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...

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...