This is a question my parents ask me all the time, right before they insert the annoying phrase, “maybe you should get a real job”. You see, they’re old fashioned and grew up in a time when careers were the norm, together with a stable pension. The world has changed considerably and the pace of change is accelerating.Nowadays, it’s not only much easier to become your own boss but it’s expected! Stock photography is just a small part of the much larger ‘gig economy’, where traditional... continue reading
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Hi Dreamstimers!Some years ago (03/02/2010) I uploaded my first pictures here on Dreamstime. I didn’t know what to expect.Days have passed – NO SALE, months have passed – still NO SALE. Shall I give up? Shall I upload more photos? Does this all make sense? Then, 6 months later, on 03/08/2010 my first sale! Juppi. I was so excited! I just earned 0,30$ with this picture, my first sold picture. Ok, so I will continue. I uploaded more. More sales came. My earnings balance looked better... continue reading
Good dayI started a small business in construction 24 years ago. We do tile sealing, concrete staining and interior finishes on stone and tile. Added glass graffiti removal and dust and noise abatement a few years ago. Working on building equipment to be rented for small construction sites to mitigate dust and noise issues.Interested in passive income and enjoy the business element of stock photography and love learning every day.Recently purchased 1968 Nikon F film camera because I could learn... continue reading
I have officially hit the 1000 sale mark with my portfolio here at Dreamstime!This image of a snow-covered dock at Lake Tahoe did the trick.That's really exciting news, especially considering where I was at less than a year ago. I've been adding images like crazy and really pursuing stock photography as an alternate income source. The great thing with all of this is that most images in my portfolio come from paid client shoots and stock is just a supplement of income. Awesome! Now, on to the... continue reading
How do you get successful in stock photography?Answer = Have a BIG portfolio of high quality images and in ALL different categories.What images sell in stock then? -Almost everything. People, food, nature, animalsI have sold images of open doors....Yes, a open door, a few times.The stock image market is NOT about having a "great mind-blowing" shot, its about simplicity and versatility. How many companies and magazinesneed a beautiful waterfall with a nice sunset in the background?... continue reading
I´d like to ask,how to handle my earnings while taxation.I understand the system with forms (did already) and my earnings are beeing prooved under czech (Europe) tax system, but should I declare something in US, even I filled the tax form..(fill extra form each year..?) One more question.. Is the total revenue net income?Thanks a lot for help.(and sorry for maybe a stupid question..):)Vašek continue reading
hello everyone, and especially DT staff.Can anyone tell me what is going on with the new subscription rate fees for photos? this is a great deal for buyers but almost a slap in the face for photographers.someone can download an image for a set price no matter the size? and they can do whatever they like with this image? I dont know if I am understanding this right.What I do know.. is out of almost 300 accepted images I have had 22 sales and over half of these sales have netted me a fine sum... continue reading
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