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How long did it take YOU to get your first payout?

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J0yce
98 posts
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Message posted at 04/04/2007, 17:31:49 PM by J0yce
I'm not complaining or trying to be a pain, but I am curious how long it took people to reach their first payout? Share you stories with me!


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Rjmiz
383 posts
Message posted at 04/04/2007, 20:38:14 PM by Rjmiz
5 Months... 11/05 was my first and I have had a pay out every single month since.
Mac Pro 6 GB memory Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark II, Lenses: Al...

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Dennist1
357 posts
65
Message posted at 04/04/2007, 22:09:35 PM by Dennist1

Originally posted by Rjmiz:
Quoted Message: 5 Months... 11/05 was my first and I have had a pay out every single month since.




Miz, stop that! Let someone else sell something!



Seriously, the first one takes a while, but as you increase your folio and establish customers that like your work it really does gain steam. My first was over a year, but I wasn't submitting very fast. I have been putting in a little more effort lately and the numbers are reflecting it, though I'm still not a 'big clicker' like Miz is.

Canon Digital SLR, 30D, 300D. 17-85 F4; 70-200 2.8L, many ot...

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Hotduckz
168 posts
65
Message posted at 04/05/2007, 00:53:12 AM by Hotduckz
Hi, It's about a year. but I'm not a diligent photographer.
I AM NIKON

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Hotduckz
168 posts
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Message posted at 04/05/2007, 00:57:43 AM by Hotduckz
Oops, I have see your info. You are very cute. ;)
I AM NIKON

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Kaarsten
188 posts
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Message posted at 04/05/2007, 02:18:43 AM by Kaarsten

Originally posted by Rjmiz:
Quoted Message: 5 Months... 11/05 was my first and I have had a pay out every single month since.




Same here. :-)



Greetings,

Kaarsten
Cameras: Canon 5D MK II Canon EOS 350D (aka Digital ...

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Paulagent
474 posts
<10
Message posted at 04/05/2007, 04:01:04 AM by Paulagent
just a couple of weeks off a year from joining, though i do know most of my pics are not stock orientated, they are more landscape stuff and what interests me :) infact i am in the process of waiting for the money to hit my paypal account to go towards a new lens :)
Cannon EOS 400D, sigma 17 - 70mm, sigma 18-50mm, sigma 70-30...

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Iahulbak
34 posts
Message posted at 04/05/2007, 17:44:40 PM by Iahulbak
It took me almost nine months to reach my first payout.
Canon Eos 400d, sigma lense 17-70. Canon Ixus 50s

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Message posted at 04/05/2007, 17:58:11 PM by Littlemacproductions
7 months and now about every other month. I have been here since Jan/06.
Two brown eyes and an open mind.

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Allenfive5
22 posts
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Message posted at 04/06/2007, 12:00:15 PM by Allenfive5
It took me about 5-6 months, but it has felt like years! I too do not upload tons of pictures, and I do not normally take pictures specifically for stock purposes. I am a portrait photographer, and I happen to post some pictures here to sell. Mostly they are of my own children, but a few weddings, maternity, etc. Just hang in there!
Nikon D200

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Khwi
333 posts
Message posted at 04/06/2007, 13:56:27 PM by Khwi

Originally posted by Rjmiz:
Quoted Message: 5 Months... 11/05 was my first and I have had a pay out every single month since.




I wanna be like you! =)



anyway, on a serious note,

into my fifth month, and expecting

first payout this month. promise to

work harder =)
Nikon D70s, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

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Rallek
253 posts
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Message posted at 04/10/2007, 07:14:09 AM by Rallek

Originally posted by J0yce:
Quoted Message: I'm not complaining or trying to be a pain, but I am curious how long it took people to reach their first payout? Share you stories with me!




Hi Joyce,



I'm still waiting for my first payout....I think it has definitely to do something with my "not that" stock orientated photos.



I just had a look at your portfolio at photo.net.

I like your shots very much....especially your black and white ones from the darkroom section ---> they're very artistic.



So keep uploading and your sells will increase, for sure.



Cheers,



Rallek



Canon EOS 5D, EOS 10D, Canon 100-400mm f4,5-5,6L IS USM, Can...

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Yannp
86 posts
<10
Message posted at 04/10/2007, 07:29:31 AM by Yannp
Took me a year for the first, but it will have taken me probably 10 months for the second ;)
Body: Canon 7D, Canon 20D, Canon Elan 7, Canon AE-1 Lens...

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Digitalkris
34 posts
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Message posted at 04/10/2007, 07:58:58 AM by Digitalkris
6 months, quite ok


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Hblamb
52 posts
Message edited at 04/13/2007, 15:01:38 PM by Hblamb
With the new subscription rates, it will take most newbees more than a year - unless they are exceptional and can load 500 images or more in a short time.



At $.25 per sale, you need 400 sales to get the payout. When we got $1.00 or $.5 you could get a payout with aprox 100 - 200 sales. I did ok the first few months, things have slowed considerably. If I stick with it to get a pay out, I estimate two years.



You just have to keep plugging till something happens, or throw in the towel if things stand still over a six month period! Not everyone can keep up the pace and generate sufficient sales. If it takes two years for a payout, you won't even get enough to pay for the a couple of filters to put on your lens.



Good luck! This was meant to help you get an idea with a statistical analysis. You have to project how long it will take to generate 400 sales units. As you will quickly see by checking out how many sales show up for a photog under their post on the forum, NOT TOO MANY REACH 400 sales in a year.



HB
Nikon D300, Sigma 17-50 mm F2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED IF...

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Message posted at 04/13/2007, 15:28:26 PM by Djaphotography
Joyce



I still havnt had a payout yet and sales have been slow, but since i renamed all my images and ditched titles like pool shot 1 and pool shot 2 I seem to be selling on a daily basis, I think if you name your images correctly and keyword well then you should see your images sell quicker, I hope this of use to you, you can always leave me a message if you want to discuss more about naming and keywording your images I would be more than happy to help u :)

Nikon D50 Macro lenses Zoom lenses Standard lenses Photo...

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Hkuchera
13 posts
76
Message posted at 04/13/2007, 16:51:32 PM by Hkuchera
5 months almost on the nose for me (end of 10/05 - 4/06) then went to payout every 3 months (7/06, 10/06) then to every other month (12/06, 2/07, 4/07). Hope to soon hit a payout every month, but the way things are looking this month, it's not going to happen for a while!
Nikon D300 / Canon G9 / Photoshop CS5 / Illustrator

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Message posted at 04/14/2007, 00:23:17 AM by Cathysbelleimage
around 7 months for me... but really slow this month so it will take some time to get to the second... ;O)
Canon 5DMkII, Canon 7D, 40D and 20D, 24-105mm, 17-85mm, 100m...

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Avion49
747 posts
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Message posted at 04/20/2007, 10:24:24 AM by Avion49
10 months, and this last one has been agony!



Sandy
Bryce 6.1, Poser 5, Daz Studio, Carrara 6.1

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Mailthepic
158 posts
<10
Message posted at 04/21/2007, 02:03:04 AM by Mailthepic
I had my first payout about the second month after my first batch of upload and i'm very lucky cos a had some images that was downloaded in (P-EL and W-EL) . Now i have reach my second payout also ,Thanks for those that had downloaded them and i'm sure your day will come too (JOyce) .
EOS 5DMKII, EOS 7D, EIS 550D, EF50mmF1.2L, EF85mm F1.2L, EF3...

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