Everything started up on 01-18-2009 12:48:31 – the first image was uploaded to Fotolia, just for fun.
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.
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!
(see more spheres)
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.