Anyone uploading to stock sites?

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  1. Richard Hutchings

    Richard Hutchings No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I just started doing it, I don't know what the rules are about posting site names so I won't. I take a lot of pics and they mostly remain in storage which bugs the heck out of me. Go through all the effort to get a cool shot and spend some time editing only for it never to be heard from again. Not that it isn't fun to do!


     
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    The stock photo biz has CHANGED for the worse for photographers over the last 15-20 years.License fees have dropped well below what they USED to be. It is no longer a lucrative specialty for MOST photographers..
     
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    Yeah, what Derrel said. I started with one of them about 5 or 6 years ago and immediately made a couple of really nice sales. For someone who considers himself very much a hobby guy, that felt nice. Over the last couple of years, I haven't made any of those nice sales and the average sale is a little bit of nothing. I'm past the point of simply being impressed that I sold a photo, regardless of the price, and if I had to do it over again now, I probably wouldn't waste the time. Now, that said, there are those who probably still make a decent living at it, but they're far beyond my abilities and have far more time on their hands to mess around with the business end of photography.
     
  4. Richard Hutchings

    Richard Hutchings No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm not hoping to make a living off it, just a little supplemental income as I near retirement and fixed income. If I make enough to go out to dinner once a month that would be great in my book.
     
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    "If I make enough to go out to dinner once a month that would be great in my book."

    That is what? $30-$40 a month? Even that lowly goal will, statistically, be hard to achieve.
     
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    Especially when stock agencies are up against free, royalty free images from companies like Unsplash. Stock agencies have devolved to treating photography as a commodity race to the bottom, enjoy the ride if you don't value your time or craft IMO.
     
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  7. Richard Hutchings

    Richard Hutchings No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If that's going to be difficult than it's definitely not worth it.

    I've done some reading on the subject and one guy says he's making $700 per month with something like 20k photos uploaded. If there's any truth in that then I should at least give it a try although I've already spent too much time uploading photos only to get a handful approved. Only 19,996 more to go! What???
     
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    Well...get busy uploading those remaining 19,996 photos...:02.47-tranquillity:

    From 2011..almost a decade ago..
    How Much Money Can You Earn In Stock Photography?

    I think the market for stock images has grown worse since then, with more and more Royalty Free collections available now..
     
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  9. Richard Hutchings

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    I wonder how old the article was that I read. Sounds like I'm wasting my time.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Times do change.. back in the 1990s, I had a friend who regularly licensed bird/travel photos for single use, in mostly small-to-medium size magazines, at $150 per image.. Now, with magazines so much reduced, and with so,so many things shifted to the web, 29 to 45 CENTS per image has replaced the $75-$150 image licensing fees from the 1990s... it is the way of the world...

    Check out this site! Stock images for as little as 19 cents per image!
    Stock Photos, Vectors and Royalty Free Images from 123RF
     
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    Sadly the more I looked at it, the more I realized what the others have said above is the truth.
     
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    Wow. I think this should be eye-opening to those dreaming of making a living from photography. Glad I only aspire to being a hobbyist:biggrin-new:
     

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