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Props that pay for themselves

One of the fun things of stock photography is that you can take photos of, and make money from, things you already own. I find it hard to predict which shots will ultimately make money so I hesitate to actually purchase props for stock, but I love it when I end up earning enough from sales to actually pay for the item I photographed! Here are a few examples - feel free to share your own in the comments (but let keep the objects' value over $5 so we don't have endless shots of paperclips and food that paid for themselves with a single sale!).

Hammer: $40 earnings

Alarm clock: $27 earnings

Swim goggles: $18 earnings

Sunglasses: $19 earnings

Now if I could just get my trip to Hawaii to pay for itself :)

Photo credits: Brad Calkins.

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June 18, 2010

Idreamphotos

brillent;)


great blog
..what kind of other cool stuff can you buy;)
hmmmmmm

June 18, 2010

Idreamphotos

brillent;)


great blog
..what kind of other cool stuff can you buy;)
hmmmmmm

June 16, 2010

Bradcalkins

@Luis: Simple they are - sometimes a buyer just wants a shot of a hammer :)
@Irisangel: Good tip!

June 16, 2010

Luissantos84

I read somewhere here that these are simple pictures, they might be, but they were very well taken, congrats Brad!

June 14, 2010

Irisangel

Great Blog Brad. Don't forget, that anything you buy for the sake of photographing, is a business expense and you can claim it on your income tax return. So keep those receipts!

June 12, 2010

Shuiyanxii

nice,mark!

June 08, 2010

Bradcalkins

"Great Blog. Every time I shoot something now for stock, I always want it to pay for itself. Meals, joining tours on trips, etc. It definitely feels good when the photo can pay for part or all of the cost. Here is one of mine that meets your criteria:

Steak cost about $35, made $141.26 so far

"

Nice return! Here is your shot (you have to remove the 'l' on the end of the imgl tag when you insert images into a blog comment) :)

   Juicy Angus Steak   

June 08, 2010

Keki

hahaha I was thinking same thing about a few things I bought, hardly used and took photos of instead :)

June 07, 2010

Retina2020

Great Blog. Every time I shoot something now for stock, I always want it to pay for itself. Meals, joining tours on trips, etc. It definitely feels good when the photo can pay for part or all of the cost. Here is one of mine that meets your criteria:

Steak cost about $35, made $141.26 so far

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Still waiting for my Japan and Vegas photos to pay for the trips ;) Slowly getting there...

hmm... not sure how to imbed the photo. Oh well...

June 07, 2010

Trottola

I've never tought about buying a particular item just to take a picture of it for microstock... that's a great idea and your counts are really interesting;)

June 06, 2010

Frantab01

Congratulations :) what great satisfaction

June 05, 2010

Bradcalkins

Thanks, everyone!

June 05, 2010

Joezachs

Good idea of incentive.

June 05, 2010

Davidwatmough

Very impressive portfolio and great success in sales.... I'm very impressed. David.

June 05, 2010

Davulcu

Great idea , nice shots

June 04, 2010

Rebeccaosborn

nice simple shots that i reckon will earn you more money!!

June 04, 2010

Sepavo

This is clever, I enjoy doing this too. I like your alarm clock.

June 04, 2010

smartview27

I like your swim glasses!

June 04, 2010

Mariaam

I also don't have such images to share, but well done. That´s really great, Brad!

June 04, 2010

Mani33

Great achievement Brad!
I don't have any to share as an illustrator, but what you said is so true! Once I told photographer Kaththea the same point about selling them & still keep them :)))

June 04, 2010

Jdanne

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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