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Stock photogrphy, Hit or Miss

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Posted: 12/10/2012, 23:38:13 PM
Hi, if this information might help, but you have to do the math. I have been in DT since sept 2010. I have 330 files uploaded. Have earned 375$ in 27 months. At first, things are always slow but the last 13 months earned just 209$.

In spanish there is an expression to describe it...don't wait for things to happen standing up...or in other words, it is very, very slow.

In order to be successful, you have to upload regularly, find a niche that needs attention, watch your quality and creativity...not a TALL order really...excuse my irony...

I hope this helps a bit...

saludos / billdayone
Posted: 12/11/2012, 07:42:25 AM
Hi, I have same experience as Billdayone. the initial phase is hard and lots of difficulties. keep going..
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 450D, EF-S 15-85. EF-S 18-200, Canon S5IS,
Posted: 12/11/2012, 08:08:12 AM
keep working.the initial phase is hard,but......
VR Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 VRII Sigma DP2m...
Posted: 12/11/2012, 08:57:25 AM
Hi, I hope it can help: https://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/02/16/-dt-popular-searching-keywords-during-the-last-year._art37113
Good luck!
Posted: 12/11/2012, 09:19:40 AM
Hello. Perhaps, my recent blog with some figures can be of use for you. Good luck!
7d + lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm/3.5-5.6 IS USM & EF 100mm/2.8 USM Mac...
Posted: 12/11/2012, 09:51:25 AM
Hi, I hope it can help: https://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/02/16/-dt-popular-searching-keywords-during-the-last-year._art37113
Good luck!
Posted: 12/11/2012, 09:58:08 AM
There are always ups and downs. I think that you should upload more...only 17 pictures in 2 years won`t do it. So, try uploading, you`ll see things will change.
Good luck!
Posted: 12/11/2012, 11:46:01 AM
yes yes... having a diverse portfolio is the hardest thing.. they have to be able to find your work! we have over 15 MILLION images on line... to stand out you need to have lots of photos, add your work to others collections, post on the board and answer people in the designers blog area..enter the assignments.. it all adds up to having a presence on the site. I am at only 1% with 386 images and 70 sales.. we joke that in the one year I have been here I am up to 2 cents an hour! but it will add up and sales are starting to come almost daily now. most important is... upload photos. you need to be seen!
Nikon D70 and nikon 5100
Posted: 12/11/2012, 13:44:52 PM
Almost all of us have through that. To start having results you need a portpholio of at least 100 images. So keep it up, keep them loading and keep learning.
and equipment: - Nikkor 70-300 mm - Nikkor 18-105 mm...
Posted: 12/11/2012, 16:46:01 PM
For most of the people hanging out here it is a hobby. What are your expectations? I am looking at this just as on fishing. One should not expect an amateur fisherman with a fishing rod to catch enough fish for self sustaining. Similarly one should not expect somebody with a camera to be able to replace their day job with selling microstock. But there are good fisherman and less good. Some catch more some catch less. You can improve and you can learn, and who knows maybe one day you will catch that big Marlin.

There are few people that make serious money with microstock. I guess they must be really busy.

I am submitting photos here for more than 5 years, I uploaded 772 photos and in a good month I make around $75. It is a good hobby.
Posted: 12/11/2012, 20:43:59 PM
I've been on DT for more than 2 years and have earned just a bit over 100$. Sales come extremely slow, but yet again, my portfolio is insignifiant to DT's huge database, so what should I expect? Neither am I dedicating too much time to it. And I'm not exclusive.

In conclusion? You need a very LARGE and VARIED portfolio with great QUALITY in order to compete with those that make a living out of it. And this means dedicating days, weeks, months to full time work and research.

I personally see this stock thing as a way to put aside some money to buy from time to time camera gear. Stock photography is not my true passion, but it's a nice hobby that can help supply the resources for my true passions :)
Canon 450D 18-55mm, 55-250mm, 50mm f1.8
Posted: 12/12/2012, 05:53:53 AM
Try increasing your portfolio photos, going exclusive and add more keywords to your photos. Of course relevent keywords. As at the time of my post, your photo ID: 23296460 you missed common keywords like 'field', 'flora', 'space' and 'serene'. Remove 'among', 'the' and 'with' which are prepositions and article.
Entry level digital SLR cameras and lenses.
Posted: 12/12/2012, 12:23:03 PM
I´m here from September 2012, which I consider very short time to find out, if microstock is easy or difficult for me. First two months I was mainly uploading photos from my archive and was disappointed, how much of them were rejected. (But, yes, they were shoot for other purposes and didn´t fit microstock needs very well - noise, dark areas..)
I began to shoot intentionally for microstock and was suprised, that it helped a lot.
Then I decided, that first year in DT will be my microstock school. I will spend minimally 2-3 days a month on shooting and will upload minimally 20 images a week. I think that plan helps keep shooting and more you upload, more you understand, how it works. For me also milestones which I put for myself are helpful (now I´m heading challenge to get 50 photos online, to be able to participate on assignments).
So keep shooting and uploading, and give yourself time to learn!
P.S. nice profile photo!
Canon 7D
Posted: 12/13/2012, 05:21:05 AM
Depends on your expectations. I've been working very hard at this and estimate I've simply broken even (paid for equipment, probably not props, gas etc). I'd hate to add up my time uploading, photographing, keywording, marketing, blogging. But I have learned a lot. The more effort you put in the better you get as a photographer. But monetary reward simply isn't there.

I looked at your portfolio - 17 images? I don't think you are trying very hard.
lens. Alien bees studio lights....
Posted: 12/18/2012, 06:40:58 AM