Can you make money selling stock images on sites such as Alamy?

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  1. Chris1977

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    Can you make money selling stock images on sites such as Alamy or Istock. I have about 50 photographs on Alamy for a couple months and I have not made a single sale. I think the photos are pretty good quality. I guess my question is does anybody make money selling stock photography anymore or is there just to much competition?


     
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    Selling stock photos is hard. Because they sell for pennies these days, that means you only get a fraction of a penny for each sale. You have to have a TON of photos available so your 50 is nothing. they also must be well tagged and be images that are in the most sellable categories. My guess is your images are not.
     
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    Do your 50 photos have people in them?
    Are your images offered for RF or RM licensing?

    Those few that do make money don't make much money, and if they make money they have way more than 50 images on each stock site, and their photos have people in them.
    Alamy says they only have technical requirements and no content requirements before they will accept a photo, but they don't much care if your photo sells or not.

    Yes, the market is massively over saturated with photos and as Light Guru mentions some genres of photos sell much better than others.
     
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    No people in the pictures. Mostly landscape photos or animal pictures. Selling Royalty free
     
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    Sure, if everyone else quit putting their images out there, I'd make a killing!!!
     
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    You'll make more money going to a local town fair or market event or heck even just an auction and selling a single framed print than you will make on stock today. The stock market is basically dead, even the big owners of the companies managing photography stock are just waiting for it to collapse in on itself. By devaluing photography so much its basically made it impossible to work in any more. Those who are making money are those who have vast libraries of photos already; those who have marketed themselves; who have iconic photos and who are just plain darn lucky.
    And they are in a vast minority.

    If you're not going to sell anything else for anything else then it won't do any harm, but chances are you just really won't make anything from it.
     
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    Stock photos market has some secrets to it....look into the "old" book written by a highly successful stock shooter, and then research the new-era issues and problems...

    This market is a dead-end compared to what it used to be! The days of $75 and $150 one-time use and $350-$500 one-time cover use shots for small-time publicatyions are long,long gone! All of that "easy money" that existed back when it cost .$.89 to make every image...gone.

    Tzhere are billions of images being shot every year now...

    Stock images are worth $.17 to $.39 now....sheesh...

    More money in soda and beer bottle collecting than in stock image sales.
     
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    Hadn't thought of it this way, guess I need to start riding the ATV when I go out shooting, that way I could collect cans along the way!!! At least I'd be able to say I was making money at my "hobby". LOL
     
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    Ride that ATV down fraternity row on Sunday mornings around 5 AM...loads of money, just littering the ground!
     
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    Apparently not... Alamy isn't a US company I don't think (even if they may have a US office) - their phone number is an overseas area code. Not sure how that would affect US copyright being able to protect your photos that you put on their site. And royalty free is probably the worst way to go for the photographer. Look at the Terms & Conditions to see what you're agreeing to.
     
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    That's no lie. I was a Delta Sig living in the house for a couple years. In Michigan where I grew up. Bottles and cans had a dime deposit. We had an agreement with local homeless / bums. That they could have all the bottles and cans after a party. If they stayed away during the party. And IF they cleaned the entire property. We would wake up the next morning and the yard would be spotless, all the tools hung up in the shed nice and neat. All the trash in bags and in the trash cans!
     

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