Selling pictures on the web?

Since February passed by I can present a summary report of my tiny microstock achievements.
Everything started up on 01-18-2009 12:48:31 – the first image was uploaded to Fotolia, just  for fun.
Few days later I’ve joined Dreamstime 01/25/2009 to compare.  And since my portfolio wasn’t hughe,  about 8 -15 images   decided to  join StockXpert, especially that I’ve remembered that more than six months ago I tried to apply there but they rejected my not seriously selected photos.
Abstract fountain

First image submitted
(- Digital Fountain – links  to the whole portfolio)

Several downloads showed up but with this portfolio size could’nt be more. It’s hard to compete with 15 images when there are milions waiting. But! Some of the pictures was selling.

After gathering a 10 good (for me) illustrations and photos I’ve sent an application ( this 10 image pack ) to Shutterstock. Pictures got approved  so I started to upload more. And that was a good move.

In a week Shutterstock has beat all other microstock agencies with downloads count and left  Dreamstime and SXP behind with earnings.  With 20 images ;> in portfolio after one week Fotolia got beaten with the revenue and download count  as twice high.  Sure there are some price differences  but.. that was a big improvement.

Next week there was  46 paid photo downloads,  still with those 20 pictures in gallery. After third week  about 60 downloads with 24 images working.  Not bad.. but I wanted more now.

So  more images would give much higher sale dynamics, unfortunately most of my thousands of photos taken before I joined wasn’t suitable for photo stock market. There are many things  to bare in mind taking a shot for stock.  But some photos of course have been useful.

And one thing..  each stock site has it’s own image preferences and custumers type then don’t get surprised with that,  just continue  efforts and try to improve  skills.

And that’s why most of my earnings come out of illustrations. I don’t like/want to shoot  isolated vegetables or cell phones,  I prefer to wait for an opportunity to take a picture during the day-trips.  No trip no photo.

I’ll continue with illustrations also, they’re very popular, more original and I can be more creative. Studio shots are not for me.

Craps game
Craps table

If You have a quite large photo collection, want to make them work for You and  find them apriopriate for photo stock market – don’t hesitate, go and submit Your files. Every stock site has it’s own tips and submitting guidelines then check’em out, search Your library for proper photos and send’em away. What’s needed most, check out Fotolia’ s blog for example.

Also if You’re good in raster illustrations or even better vectors then try those services, maybe You’ll find an extra way to make money. Vectors are more profitable because designers can reedit them without loosing the  quality..

And my own surprise are these sphere images, if there is no sale – sphere gives a shot, that’s  really intriguing!

Halo Sphere
Halo sphere
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© plrang

Update: 13-01-2010
It’s nice to see created design on a  real object like a  T-shirt. Great Zazzle helps with that.

Thanks for reading and all the best while participating. See You at some stock forum and in another next post.

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8 thoughts on “Selling pictures on the web?

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  2. My illustrations aren’t such vectors, they ‘use mathenmatical vectors’ but during edition in 3 Dimensional space. After that software processes them, adds colors, lighting, which You have to set up first and so on and then the -raster image- file stands up, which is just as a photo file.

    You can edit again your shapes in 3D but again software recalculates and generates for example JPG raster file. normally it would be a bunch of three dimensional objects.

    And ‘true’ vector illustration means You edit it as a vector (lines,circles,curves) in 2 Dimensional space, sell as a vector for further edition, You can convert it to raster but the power of vector is to be seen and editable as it is. And it is a What You See is What You Get.
    It is a lot to talk ;)
    The ‘Craps’ image is a just 3 Dimensional illustration. And such called ‘vectors’ are rather two dimensional cause doing 3D at flat screen with lines and circles is slightly harder, but yes, talented people can do.

  3. I gacha’, Ilooked at your site more and saw the vector which you do so well. I wouldn’t have nay idea how to do that and I think if I found out it might be hard to quit. I love all the designs and backgrounds and textures others do. I have so much on my plate right now, so I’ll leave all that vectoring to you and others.
    I joined shutterstock and already entered 4 photos to start.
    And I do have a passion named “photography” and it’s awonderful blessing in my life to finally get to it.
    I’ll add your link to my page.
    peace n abundance
    ps cool craps shot. I played, I won, I played more and lost more, but still great shot

  4. Yeah there is some money to get and i am trying hard as You’ve read, my old photos aren’t suitable for the market cause stock photos should meet specific requirements. Getting new photos takes time then in a meanwhile i do illustrations.
    Vector illustrations are those from Corel for example, built of scalable lines and shapes not as raster illustrations which when You resize down and back – loose their quality.

    Vector illustration can be edited, saved, rescaled, reedited without loosing the quality (technical quality not the look of course;)). Because of that vectors can be widely used and are more profitable.

    I’ll check out Your site and photos but in my opinion, when someone has a passion for example photo passion and creates sufficient amount of those why do not try?
    A passion means knowledge, ability and learning from mistakes and that i can see in Yours.
    If You have enough of time then go for it.
    And at the end, no one has to shot just for stock market, it can be just byproduct but if systematic and aware – it should work.

  5. I’m so excited to find your site. I’ve been debating whether to go this route or not. It sounds like you are having great luck and making some money. what is vector? Your images are very different than mine, so I’m not sure or not. maybe if you want you could take a look and tell me. I’m going to check out the rest of your site alot. Thank you
    peace n abundance

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