Source: Selling images – July 2012 stats
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Red progress line shows a little stagnancy in my sales. I did not upload any images again, although I work on it in my ‘back office’. This time I won’t divagate on any possible reasons. Because the most significant one is the portfolio size.
So, March was a relatively good month (for that small portfolio) and the result was only -5.6% down from the previous BME ( Best Month Ever ).
Shutterstock was again a leader in all terms, downloads and income. And the second star was 123RF agency.
I joined ALAMY and first 3 images got accepted. Now I have to review my portfolio on Canstockphoto, it seems I forgot to submit some images. Also I stopped uploading to Stockfresh at the moment. Nothing happens there for me.
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February was a slow month in terms of sales. Fortunately we may call microstock a passive income, which means I didn’t have to do anything to make sales. Pictures are already on internet and I submitted only few recently. Except of iStockPhoto where I have been submitting all my editorial photos since they finally accept this kind of photography.
It seems like I’m back to August 2011 and even February 2011 was +9% better. So I think it was a good decision at the beginning of the year to put more horsrepower into my workflow. February was -23% to January and -30 to the Best Month Ever.
No surprises, Shutterstock took the first place again.
I’m recently practicing more some different techniques and learning new things than submitting images to stock.
Photography is not enough, in January I’ve been back to digital graphics using Blender 3D, see my ongoing project : Spitfire – Work In Progress also 2D graphics using Photoshop and a tablet.
That forced me to critically look at my hand and technique (it never ends), so in February I started to draw with real pencil and got some oil pastels, paint, a set of brushes and canvas.
I already have many books about drawing and painting, I draw since I was a kid and need just bring it back to my head, hand and workflow. Although I have never really painted anything using a paint and always hated the big format works.
I thought I couldn’t stand to draw an A4 sheet, not to mention something larger. So I’ve put a great pressure on those facts and already got 3 brand new paintings (wow) and large shaded drawings on paper.
Still didn’t used a real paint and canvas, only the oil pastels. But soon…
I’ll keep going in that direction by taking some paid classes in a Royal Academy of Arts in Warsaw. I hope I won’t break my head and brushes there. The digital tools are amazing, but they made me lazy.
A wanting to create too much and too fast really reduced my invention.
Now it’s time to face it and wash my brain.
*Earnings from Zazzle, Canstockphoto and Stockfresh are not included in monthly charts nor added to the progress line. Earnings from StockXpert/Thinkstock aren’t included.
*Still I need to find some time to start with Alamy and Photodune.
This month an average of 17 images has been submitted to all microstock agencies. Not everything got accepted but most of them.
Interesting fact is that what others don’t like (fe. 123RF)…. iStock likes. World changes.
January 2012 takes now the second place after October 2011 as the Best Month Ever. The difference is only -9%.
A real king of January was Shutterstock, which had it’s BME result over 23% higher than last one. Though there are loosers too.
Below is the first monthly graph showing the division of profits from selling photos.
Since iStockPhoto is now accepting editorials, I’ve submitted test batch of about 10 photos from Tall Ships Races and Living History Event – Battle of Grunwald. Need to try first what they want to have, if the caption format is right etc. I have over 300 pictures to submit to iStock because I hate their uploading service so much;)… I’ve stoped submissions some time ago.
On the other hand I’ve decided to not to push editorials to DepositPhotos. Now I submit editorial photos only to Bigstock, iStock, Shutterstock, Dreamstime and 123RF. The top seller is of course SS.
Nice surpeise is my What graphics pen tablet to choose which started finally to sell some stuff and increase traffic.
Also I’m back to graphics now, thanks to the introduction of time and job management. Got my new 3D virus image accepted, created in latest experimental Blender Cycles engine. Took me some time to recall all tricks and to know that new renderer, the rendering itself lasted over 100 hours but it was worth it. Now I’m doing graphics and photos together and switching back and forth. Will try to keep that workflow on.
My notepads with conceptual sketches are back on the table and new projects burning in my head. So it’s time to finish this post, cheers!
Total income chart contains CanStockPhoto and StockFresh earnings, although they aren’t included in monthly chart and they have no impact on the red progress line. Also earnigs going to StockXpert account (from Thinkstock) aren’t listed here.
Rreport for Month 23, 24, 25 ( see November earnings )
To speed up a bit, this report has only charts and overall summary for the last 3 months.
So what’s new… At this time I got a wonderful Wacom Tablet Intuos 4 M, which helps me incredibly when processing photos and free-hand drawing. A digital pen tablet is every illustrators dream…
Lightroom is the new application I use.. and hate it’s messy interface, but it has an amazing power to remove noise and add sharpness to photos taken in really bad conditions.
Got it tested already by submitting several great but difficult to correct photos and surprisingly.. they got approved. Wouldn’t even try to submit them after processing with Photoshop and Camera Raw, because they would not pass. Even that I got created a nice collection of layered sharpen/denoise actions… Adobe Lightroom is now a real time saver.
In the mean time the photo “Project 365″ was born, also I added a lot of new designs to Zazzle store and managed to divide the time for microstock and creating products.
Now only need to find some time to fix the Shutterstock add-on :-/
Another news is I expanded pure blogging with Squidoo to get more powerful tools for building more interactive and informational sites than I could using only WordPress, Blogger or Posterous.
It’s an useful and easy to use platform. I often like to update posts/articles and doing it here or on any other blogging platform gives no effect, as the typical “blog article” is seen more related to specific date/time than to the subject. Also the community and social features there are just amazing.
Overall monthly results
December -17% to best month
January +2% to best month
February +16% to best month and that way February 2011 becomes a new BME
Added Zazzle overall performance to comparison chart.
November report – Month 22 - slow recovery ( previous: October results)
When working on this summary I found an error in October report for Fotolia sales so it is updated now.
In November I have added a Total Stats feature to SS SiteBoost – next day Shuttterstock changed the page layout they didn’t touched for years :>.
I submitted several photos from Warsaw , my trips to Podlasie and other places in north Poland. I like to jump through all images taken to avoid monotony when editing and in portfolio.
Third full month of my photo stock activities. Added about 13-20 new pictures it means about 1/4 more than had online in April ( and just about 1/2 of all wanted to submit, but the time… ). Also in May I doubled my portfolio since March. As I see now, increasing it gives more income stability over the sellability. Altough 90 images it’s still a tiny number.
It’s more then first 20 thus I can make some summaries. Those sold are mostly illustrations cause I have more fun with that than just plain photo edition, but added few photos here and there.
In May Shutterstock changed their search engine which resulted with zero sales in the first week. Later on they announced great tax news so I was sure that May will not give me so wanted BME (best month ever). Then surprise, next days Shutterstock sold more than in April and earned almost same amount of money as in March.
That is very inspiring and promising. I wanted to write monthly reports right after month ends, but decided to wait several days to see the momentum for real and get free of possible market maelstrom (still remember my portfolio has now about 90 images).
Surprisingly Fotolia was the worst this time, Shutterstock again the best (51 images sold), but got big jump at Dreamstime and StockXpert. Unfortunately Dreamstime switched back to previously tested poor relevancy algorithm which doesn’t look good for me in June. And StockXpert.. have no idea what’s going on there.. sometimes I have sale after sale and with commision a lot higher than Shutterstock’s 0.25$ per image.
Overall result since February
This time some fancy indexes – in short – first lines – May to April:
Shutterstock (SS) +8.5% more downloads (DL) in just 3 weeks and with some On Demand sales (lot more than usual $0.25 per image)
– average all time DL value = $.27 ( per single image of all downloaded )
– overall RPI (all time return per image ) = $.90
Fotolia (FT) -50% in $ but just -20% of DLs
– average all time DL value = $.65
– overall RPI = $.46
Dreamstime (DT) +500% DLs and +700% in $ ( small portfolio big changes;) )
– average all time DL value = $.62
– overall RPI = $.35
StockXpert (SXP) +45% DLs and +165% in $
– average all time DL value = $.52
– overall RPI = $.23
What do I think about June, that’s the question..
yes I think but won’t write ;) Will see and then write the report.
Greetings and thanks for watching! ( hope it is all readable cause I have some big headache 8-O, feel free to comment and correct my mistakes )