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07/05/2005 05:45:30 PM · #151
Hi,
since I started doing stock photography on micro payment sites, I have payed back my equipment and I am starting saving money for my 1 ds mark II!
Moreover I have been contacted by other agencies to sell lincences as well... I never thought of selling my pictures before, but it seems to work fine and maybe one day....will get to to bigger agencies as well!
07/05/2005 06:41:13 PM · #152
Originally posted by cristy:

Hi,
since I started doing stock photography on micro payment sites, I have payed back my equipment and I am starting saving money for my 1 ds mark II!
Moreover I have been contacted by other agencies to sell lincences as well... I never thought of selling my pictures before, but it seems to work fine and maybe one day....will get to to bigger agencies as well!


What are the links to your images on the stock sites? I would love to see your work!
07/06/2005 05:05:09 AM · #153
Melissa,
here is the link:
//shutterstock.com/gallery.mhtml?id=383

cheers
07/08/2005 04:51:47 PM · #154
Melissa-
Those numbers you posted in the begining of this thread, is that your total revenue so far? How long have you been at it- you have great portfolios out there!
Thanks! ~Laura
Oh & by the way- I made up a generic model release and they are all submitted, just waiting to hear the ok. If it works out I could e-mail you the word doc
07/08/2005 05:15:21 PM · #155
Originally posted by oOWonderBreadOo:

Melissa-
Those numbers you posted in the begining of this thread, is that your total revenue so far? How long have you been at it- you have great portfolios out there!
Thanks! ~Laura
Oh & by the way- I made up a generic model release and they are all submitted, just waiting to hear the ok. If it works out I could e-mail you the word doc


Hi Laura,

I started Stock on Istock the last of Feb 2004.....But Never uploaded very many.....Only Started to upload and start making money about May 2004 with Istock.....it takes a while to get started....But with Istock now I make on Avg. $6.00 a day but sometimes as much as $12.00 a day

Dreamstime I only started in May 2004, but it was a new site then So it took a while to get started there too!

The other sites I have been on around the same time I guess...

and Those numbers I posted in the begining of the Thread are more than that now!

Melissa

The other sites I only been on
07/08/2005 05:28:49 PM · #156
Thanks! You have been such a help even before now & didn't even know it! :0)
07/09/2005 06:47:19 AM · #157
Originally posted by oOWonderBreadOo:

Thanks! You have been such a help even before now & didn't even know it! :0)


Glad I could help!

Melissa

Message edited by author 2005-11-15 07:18:34.
01/16/2006 07:54:34 AM · #158
Originally posted by Prof_Fate:


I have heard of some images getting rejected for noise issues, not a problem with a dslr but could be with a prosumer level camera.


Yes some images get rejected for noise but I just use Neat Image to fix that problem.
Melissa
01/16/2006 08:22:19 AM · #159
Nice bump after 6 months. ;^)

Originally posted by melking23:

Originally posted by Prof_Fate:


I have heard of some images getting rejected for noise issues, not a problem with a dslr but could be with a prosumer level camera.


Yes some images get rejected for noise but I just use Neat Image to fix that problem.
Melissa

01/16/2006 08:32:02 AM · #160
I Just joined about 2 maybe 3 weeks ago and I got my first downloads last weekend. I was pretty excited, I'm trying to add 20 photos per week. It will be nice to get to where you are Melissa, where I have so many great pictures and they do all the work for me. So that's what I'm working on. Looking at your portfolios keep me going.
01/16/2006 09:34:16 AM · #161
Originally posted by youngnova:

I Just joined about 2 maybe 3 weeks ago and I got my first downloads last weekend. I was pretty excited, I'm trying to add 20 photos per week. It will be nice to get to where you are Melissa, where I have so many great pictures and they do all the work for me. So that's what I'm working on. Looking at your portfolios keep me going.


Wow thanks...20 images a week is a great way to build your portfolio up. Before long you will be making money everyday.

Melissa
01/16/2006 09:39:49 AM · #162
Originally posted by melking23:

Originally posted by youngnova:

I Just joined about 2 maybe 3 weeks ago and I got my first downloads last weekend. I was pretty excited, I'm trying to add 20 photos per week. It will be nice to get to where you are Melissa, where I have so many great pictures and they do all the work for me. So that's what I'm working on. Looking at your portfolios keep me going.


Wow thanks...20 images a week is a great way to build your portfolio up. Before long you will be making money everyday.

Melissa


Yeah now it's about every 2 or 3 days. I have been doing a lot of poker shots for now... I'm going to move to people soon... my kids.
01/16/2006 10:06:49 AM · #163
Originally posted by cghubbell:

Originally posted by melking23:

I order of the ones that make me the most money:

1.Istockphoto Over $1500.00
2.Shutterstock over $500.00
3.DreamstimeOver $400.00
4.Bigstockphoto Under $50.00
5.Canstockphoto Under $10.00


Those are some great numbers! And I must add that it looks to me like those images weren't just taking up space on your hard drive. You've put some effort into it and it shows.


About how long did it take you to make that much on Istock? (If you don't mind)
01/16/2006 10:16:12 AM · #164
Originally posted by youngnova:

Originally posted by melking23:

I order of the ones that make me the most money:

1.Istockphoto Over $1500.00
2.Shutterstock over $500.00
3.DreamstimeOver $400.00
4.Bigstockphoto Under $50.00
5.Canstockphoto Under $10.00


About how long did it take you to make that much on Istock? (If you don't mind)


Well it took me about a year to make my first $1500.00 on Istock but it keeps getting faster all the time. the more images you add the faster to make more money.

Melissa
01/16/2006 10:22:24 AM · #165
I really like your network security photo... did you think of that yourself? Great idea.
01/16/2006 10:32:24 AM · #166
Originally posted by youngnova:

I really like your network security photo... did you think of that yourself? Great idea.


Yes I did, but it was just becuase I had a bunch of items together and I just happen to put the to together...hehe and it worked.
01/17/2006 06:32:02 AM · #167
Wow, I'm making 5$ per day! Gee, how much did I make at my day job today? (and probably complain about the amount paid?)

At .20 per photo commission, who do you think is winning - the photographer or company? Yes I toyed with micro and yes I was making a $1 or two a day with less than 20 images. But I started thinking, "how am I going to feel when one of my photos is in a magazine and I made .20 off it?" Yes, I know the theory of volume and I also have a business degree and background in small business.

Some of you have 1'000's of photos on micro. How much would the same photos make you on alamy? I also think there is validity to the ethical argument against hobbyist (of which I am one) driving the market price down from photographers who depend on this for a living. So you want to compete head to head with pros on Alamy, Acclaim, etc? Go Ahead! I plan on doing so as well. But to sell your photos for chump change to buy a filter each year (quote from earlier thread), spring for the $50 bucks and sleep with a better conscious.

If you want to make money do some real reading. If you know the craft of photography, look at the business side. By "Photos that Sell" by Lee Frost. Also, I just got my copy of 2006 Photographer's Market in today and with the three random pages I've read it's worth the price. Among other things, it lists tons of magazines and how to submit to them. The first thing I did is look for magazines I already read or that cover my hobbies or preferred photography subjects. I already have knowledge of those areas allowing me to focus on the business aspect of submitting the photos.

btw, the first magazine I looked at pays $100-200 per photo and $300 for a cover. Lot better than .20 :)


01/17/2006 07:30:00 AM · #168
Well, a magazine with any self respect won't buy a cover pic from microstock anyway. :-)
01/17/2006 07:43:22 AM · #169
I agree - but stock agencies with respect won't accept your photos if you sell to microstock. Alamy does - for now anyway. I'm curious if their policy will change.

On the one hand, I don't have a problem with 2MP files being sold cheap for internet uses, etc. But the truth is there are GREAT photos on micro and probably at 6MP or more. Those images can be interpolated by the user to make poster prints with the same software I would use prior to submitting to Alamy.

I had a Sydney night skyline with harbour reflection on ShutterStock. It immediately took off with several downloads per day which had the counter effect of making me think I sold myself short. The reason I posted it there rather than hold for Alamy was I had to crop out an element that I could not avoid in the original composition (without taking the photo from a boat). Well, last month my wife showed me a Sydney night skyline in a magazine she gets that was basically the same as mine. The byline was a photographer from Alamy and the shot was next to a photo from Getty and Corbis. Alamy's deal was sealed!

Now I just have to get my ten best together and hope I get accepted ! :)


01/17/2006 07:50:18 AM · #170
I wish you all the best in getting accepted at Alamy.

Melissa

Originally posted by LA_Sportsman:

I agree - but stock agencies with respect won't accept your photos if you sell to microstock. Alamy does - for now anyway. I'm curious if their policy will change.

On the one hand, I don't have a problem with 2MP files being sold cheap for internet uses, etc. But the truth is there are GREAT photos on micro and probably at 6MP or more. Those images can be interpolated by the user to make poster prints with the same software I would use prior to submitting to Alamy.

I had a Sydney night skyline with harbour reflection on ShutterStock. It immediately took off with several downloads per day which had the counter effect of making me think I sold myself short. The reason I posted it there rather than hold for Alamy was I had to crop out an element that I could not avoid in the original composition (without taking the photo from a boat). Well, last month my wife showed me a Sydney night skyline in a magazine she gets that was basically the same as mine. The byline was a photographer from Alamy and the shot was next to a photo from Getty and Corbis. Alamy's deal was sealed!

Now I just have to get my ten best together and hope I get accepted ! :)

01/17/2006 08:02:23 AM · #171
Is it really that tough to get through to Alamy?
01/17/2006 08:43:02 AM · #172
Alamy is very focussed on the technical aspect vice composition. Noise, artifacts, etc. will get you rejected. I just want to make sure the ten photos I send are perfect for that.

Their submission process also isn't as easy: interpolate the photo to 50MB tif, send in on cd/dvd burned at 1x and then wait for 3-4 weeks to hear if the cd passed muster. They do email you when they get the cd.

Yes that is more work than micro but the payoff is much higher. It seems like 1000 quality photos should yield minimum $500 per month and probably more. Check out the alamy thread for better gouge.
01/17/2006 08:45:28 AM · #173
What's the story with burning at 1x???
Doesn't make any sense. If the cd writer is optimised for 52x, you'll get much better results at higher speeds.
01/17/2006 09:03:48 AM · #174
Originally posted by LA_Sportsman:

Wow, I'm making 5$ per day! Gee, how much did I make at my day job today? (and probably complain about the amount paid?)

At .20 per photo commission, who do you think is winning - the photographer or company?


This is exactly my thinking ... but more over there are people that will submit 1000s of images to these microstock stites and are ACTUALLY happy over .20 per image ...

Sorry and all due respect to those that do... my work is more valuable than 41.20 (206 downloads of a really good image)
01/17/2006 09:09:39 AM · #175
Originally posted by Didymus:

What's the story with burning at 1x???


the 1x is for DVD burning.

however, i couldn't get mine to burn at anything but 8x, so i did it and they took it.

getting accepted to alamy is really not that difficult. getting sales is the trick.
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