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Retrospect of 2013

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Afagundes
3243 posts
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Message posted at 01/01/2014, 20:00:08 PM by Afagundes
Its strange nobody have posted that yet, so I will be the first.

I had a mixed feeling about 2013

My earnings increased by 9%, my sales by 15%, but I have increased my portfolio by 35%

Now, either I am selling much less per image, or the fact that I uploaded 40% more in the second semester just mean those images are not yet "fully selling", I don´t know.

Anyway, 2013 was a bad year for business in general (worldwide crisis specially in europe) so, I kept my earnings increasing, thats a good thing for an year like that, I think.

And you, how was it for you?

Cheers,
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EF 17-40mm USM f/4L Canon EF 24...

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Leakeem
216 posts
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Message posted at 01/01/2014, 20:29:51 PM by Leakeem
Maybe people are still busy because of the Holiday?

My 2013 was great! Best year ever. That's maybe because I tried to improve my work in 2012 and those images began selling this year. I have better sales but have less uploads. RPD is almost the same.

It is a good year for my portfolio. I am hoping for 2014 to improve. Gotta beat my highest revenue per month which is $34.

Good luck to everyone!
Canon EOS 550D, Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon P100, ASUS K24Jl

Uploaded files:1042 | Total Sales: 488
Pindiyath100
2315 posts
70
Message posted at 01/01/2014, 21:09:40 PM by Pindiyath100
The year 2013 was ok for us. Total revenue increased by 11.8% although sales were down by 13% and total number of uploads were down by 30% Looking forward to 2014 a year we hope will bring us all good fortunes in this business. :))
Canon EOS 6D + Canon EF 24-70L, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L I...

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Yoavsinai
68 posts
Message posted at 01/01/2014, 22:57:38 PM by Yoavsinai
for me 2013 was not good year as 2012. my revenue decreased in 5% while i sold 8% more pictures
Sony A65 & A350, Tamron 17-50 1:2.8, Tamron 28-200 1:3.5-1:5...

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Wisconsinart
1488 posts
80
Message edited at 01/02/2014, 06:29:49 AM by Wisconsinart
2013 income was about 60% more than 2012.

There are three rules in real estate, which are location, location, location. In stock it's commercial, commercial, commercial. Results may vary from portfolio to portfolio but fail to do any one of the three, you decrease your chances to improve.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

Uploaded files:1814 | Total Sales: 9744
Clearvista
1187 posts
75
Message posted at 01/02/2014, 01:12:35 AM by Clearvista
My Sales increased by 28%. Revenue increased by 37%.
Canon 550D. Lenses- Canon 50mm 1.8 (Nifty Fifty), ...

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Teabum
249 posts
Message edited at 01/02/2014, 04:14:04 AM by Teabum
2013 ended for me with increase in sales and revenue. Compared to 2012 it lacked consistency, as I had two months, where revenue was down to too few sub sales and then months with high credit sales.

December made the difference (though, I was not expecting much of it) - BME with highest sales, number of downloads... I have also sold my first video and had my first images in DT assignment (accepted).

Looking forward to 2014.
NIKON + Nikkor/auto & Leica/manual lenses

Uploaded files:270 | Total Sales: 232
Grafoo
709 posts
70
Message posted at 01/02/2014, 06:24:41 AM by Grafoo
My uploads are not more than 5% in last 4 years.
I see ups and downs of sales every months, but magical DT is keeping my average revenue almost constant in last 3 years.
I mean it's good and is not letting my moral down. Hopefully, I'm going to start uploading soon again.
Olympus E-500, 17.5-45mm, 40-150mm, ... Adobe Photoshop, Ad...

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Alvera
2579 posts
77
Message edited at 01/02/2014, 08:01:52 AM by Alvera
Revenue reported to 2012: +7%
Online files (reported to my whole portfolio): +67% (no mistake, 67%! lot of work)

As Wisconsinart said, I failed to do any one of the three rules or all of them :)

I'm afraid to do the REAL calculation: Revenue MINUS time involved, electrical energy, model payment, taxes (yes, I pay taxes, 15% in my country), gear repairment or new gear (only a small tripod in 2013), health degrade (eyes in special) etc.

Nikon. 4x4 car for wildlife adventures. Inkscape for vectors...

Uploaded files:3874 | Total Sales: 4298
Daddiomanottawa
114 posts
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Message edited at 01/02/2014, 06:57:24 AM by Daddiomanottawa
Having just finished my second year at Dreamstime, i'm still pretty new to this but 2013 vs my first year was fantastic for me.
Managed to upload 2.4 times more photos than I did in 2012.
Was blessed with 5 times more sales and 7.4 times more revenue than in 2012 and my average RPD went up from $1.83 per image in 2012 to $2.67 for 2013.
To be fair, it probably took me all of 2012 to learn enough to get some photos into the microstock world, or maybe it just takes time for the images to 'get seen', so I didn't really have anywhere to go but up.

As far as "Commercial, commercial, commercial" goes, I probably only got as far as "Comm". Will have to work on that more this year.
Were I to calculate real income (-time, ect) as Alvera suggests, I'm probably in the minus earnings lol.

Regardless,
Looking forward to another great year!

Go get 'em gang!







Panasonic G3/G6 and some nice Panny lenses.

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Lenutaidi
3208 posts
71
Message posted at 01/02/2014, 07:17:40 AM by Lenutaidi
2013 was a much better year than 2012 for me.
I hope 2014 will be the best so far!
Good sales and good luck for everyone! Go!


Uploaded files:1351 | Total Sales: 373
Alvera
2579 posts
77
Message posted at 01/02/2014, 08:15:42 AM by Alvera
Thanks to all your posting, I can see a pattern - looking backward to my early years 2009-2010-2011: the revenue and sales graph was ascending big time. From 2011 till now, flat line with a very small plus tendency. It seems that only good photographers & stock businessmen like Wisconsinart can keep a small-medium portfolio and make huge increase in revenues, 60% from one year to another.

So, I see that for first 1000-2000 images the increase is amazing, after this the flat line appear... Of course, not enough data to make a rule. People with big portfolios are not allowed to post in this forum?! :-)
Nikon. 4x4 car for wildlife adventures. Inkscape for vectors...

Uploaded files:3874 | Total Sales: 4298
Teabum
249 posts
Message posted at 01/02/2014, 11:18:20 AM by Teabum

Originally posted by Alvera:
Quoted Message: People with big portfolios are not allowed to post in this forum?! :-)



.... They have better things to do ;-) and that's why they have big portfolios :-)))
NIKON + Nikkor/auto & Leica/manual lenses

Uploaded files:270 | Total Sales: 232
Alvera
2579 posts
77
Message posted at 01/02/2014, 13:47:46 PM by Alvera

Originally posted by Teabum:
Quoted Message: .... They have better things to do ;-) and that`s why they have big portfolios :-)))

True :))))
Nikon. 4x4 car for wildlife adventures. Inkscape for vectors...

Uploaded files:3874 | Total Sales: 4298
Libux77
372 posts
69
Message posted at 01/03/2014, 03:24:30 AM by Libux77
2013 was a great year (I worked really hard):

220% in revenue more than 2012

200% in sale more than 2012

70% portfolio larger

one SR sale

Good sales and good luck to you all!


Uploaded files:2251 | Total Sales: 3500
Wangyun
168 posts
75
Message posted at 01/03/2014, 05:30:30 AM by Wangyun
2013 joined dreamstime three months, more than 400 uploaded chart, selling 14, this is just a start and I hope in the new year to have better performance. Thank you for your support and help.
D300s 12-24 f4 35 f2 50 1.4 85 1.8 70-200 2.8 D50 18-55

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Pulsar124
190 posts
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Message posted at 01/03/2014, 16:01:55 PM by Pulsar124
Hmm, let's see. Comparing 2013 to 2012, the last year had 44% more income (27% more sales; so RPD actually went up, from 2.58$ to 2.91$). I uploaded 20% fewer photos in 2013. So not bad overall.
Canon 50D, Canon 135mm f2.0L, Canon 70-200mm f4L, Sigma 1...

Uploaded files:106 | Total Sales: 300
Larryhw
28 posts
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Message posted at 01/05/2014, 23:30:26 PM by Larryhw
I am staying steady each year, not seeing a lot of growth. I would be doing better if I could stay more consistent.


Uploaded files:930 | Total Sales: 262
Gmargittai
331 posts
67
Message posted at 01/06/2014, 01:27:35 AM by Gmargittai
Yea, the amount of earning decreased, by about 7%. not so good, but on the other hand I uploaded very few photos, only 104. In 2013 I was busy with other things. Hope to get back to photos soon.


Uploaded files:924 | Total Sales: 1687
Wildcat123
578 posts
68
Message posted at 01/06/2014, 02:31:47 AM by Wildcat123
In 2013 the sales were down for me, while on all the other sites they were up,...I'm still not really sure what am I doing wrong :/.
Canon EOS 60D, Canon 70-200 L, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 50mm, F...

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