Well over a year. I have to say though that I don't have stock orientated photos, but plan to change that soon. I also waited until well over $100 because I live in South Africa and the banks take a lot when you convert $ to Rand.
It's not big money, but a lot of fun to do this!
recently bought Nikon D300 for my wife, will use it a bit....
At this rate, it is VERY doubtful that I will ever get a pay out here. As it stands, I don't even think you get whatever money is built up in your earnings balance if you leave the site. I'm just fortunate enough to have found another stock site that does accept my work. Happily, I should see a pay out there after another 2 or 3 downloads.
I'm glad you asked this question - I've been getting a little discouraged by my own slow sales but obviously I'm not alone. Most of my early stuff was more landscape/travel but I've been working really quite hard at the old white background stuff and that's not working either. Maybe I'll have to have yet another look at my keywords and see if that will help.
I joined in 2005 and i only just now sent a payment request. My first one! I'm excited! I have only been uploading randomly and need to be more proactive! Its only a hobby, i don't intend to pay the bills with it but its fun. Good luck to you all! :)
I consider these sites now just free areas of advertising for myself and a profile I can put on business cards.... I've been doing this on other sites for about 8 years, and have only had 2-3 50 dollar payouts. However its getting my work out there, and I'm going to put my stuff up on this site as well very soon.
Same as Dudau, just over a year for first payment. You can't really worry about the money whilst have a new/small portfolio. But regular uploads saw my portfolio grow and popular images rise up through the level system. In the last three months I could have cashed out over 30 times, and I'm still hungry to grow my portfolio and sell at higher levels.
Canon L 28-300, Canon L 24-70, 50mm prime f/1.4, 2 x Canon 580EX II F...