Selling photos – last 5 months report

A summary of the last five months March to July 2010
( previous:  February 2010 )

Medieval KnightThis time there is no detailed description for each agency stats, because it would make a real mess.
I hope charts below will  show best what happens with my images at particular agency.

We are in the middle of vacation period and this probably has some influence on a decline in downloads (black progress line).
It can be just my kind of pictures as well but it’s an ordinary course of events.

Last months I’ve made a great progress with getting more high quality photos. Two things helped me with this.

A postprocessing workflow improvement is the first. All the time I practice  working with Photoshop and browse any websites having tips, tricks and tutorials.

See for example  TipSquirrel , Digital Photography School or  Marc Silber Show & SilberStudios.Tv ( there are hundreds great resources on the internet ).

Shooting thousands of photos and choosing the right one is a part of this process.
( I create graphics and photos for years but this kind of activity always needs improvements ).

Summary earnings change,
month by month since February 2009

The second improvement was made  thanks to two lenses I’ve upgraded my photo gear.  Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L  IS USM and Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. They give me a lot more light, speed and sharpness than my standard lenses, so there is a hughe difference with the same shots taken…

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Microstock earnings February 2010

Winter sun raysPhoto sales summary for February 2010 ( previous stats: January 2010 ).

After the December’s craze, February as the shortest month did not look promising.
Fortunately it turned out to my Best Month Ever 8-O. It was even more surprising since I just stopped to watch the stats.

This time I show You one chart less as I have already accidentaly summed up March results so it would be misleading.

Wykres sprzedaży zdjęć w Lutym

Monthly Income Chart
with averaged progress line ( February 2010 )

First lines – February to January

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‘Mug of Poison’ for very best friend

Mug of poison This time I present a slight ‘scratched’ mug with multicolor photo of leaves covered by the fresh falling snow.
“Poison Fresh – energy drink” such a joke.

Posted via web from Shuzzle

This is a test post from web services above, all works great so from time to time i’ll show there some interesting designs this way.

Zazzle offers a large variety of customizable gifts and i did there also my own valentines section. Enjoy:)

Colorful dice lucky seven

Lucky seven Dice collection
got updated with this colorful Lucky seven metaphorical setup.
Neat candylike cubes,  isolated on white background with little shadow,
self reflected.

Lucky 7

I’m Lucky! 

And this is an example  design used on typical white mousepad.

See   Seven Dice @Fotolia and dice lucky seven at DT.

Golden dice mug

Source Image:
Goden dice

Several  real, customizable  products
with dice based designs available.

Check out collections page
for more.

Tag: dicegame of chancecraps game

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.