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« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2018, 15:42 »
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All time average $0.74

Average over the last quarter $0.86


« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2018, 19:53 »
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I think everyone's number will be similar. Most are somewhere between .60 -.70.

You'll get a better variance with RPI.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2018, 09:43 »
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I think everyone's number will be similar. Most are somewhere between .60 -.70.

You'll get a better variance with RPI.

Do I want more variance for some reason? Not sure if you are saying, this would show the quality of my work, which is quite variable, as are the types and subjects, or what RPI means to the group as a whole? If you mean to compare, for example, your RPI to mine, yes, I'd say that would be interesting. I'd bet yours is better.  :)

« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2018, 02:32 »
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I think everyone's number will be similar. Most are somewhere between .60 -.70.

You'll get a better variance with RPI.

Do I want more variance for some reason? Not sure if you are saying, this would show the quality of my work, which is quite variable, as are the types and subjects, or what RPI means to the group as a whole? If you mean to compare, for example, your RPI to mine, yes, I'd say that would be interesting. I'd bet yours is better.  :)
RPI on its own is totally meaningless ROI is what really matters ;-).

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2018, 11:39 »
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I think everyone's number will be similar. Most are somewhere between .60 -.70.

You'll get a better variance with RPI.

Do I want more variance for some reason? Not sure if you are saying, this would show the quality of my work, which is quite variable, as are the types and subjects, or what RPI means to the group as a whole? If you mean to compare, for example, your RPI to mine, yes, I'd say that would be interesting. I'd bet yours is better.  :)
RPI on its own is totally meaningless ROI is what really matters ;-).

Of course but honest how would I break that down. Travel, lodging, cameras, lenses in / lenses sold, cameras that self destructed, computers, accessories, software. Oh I get it, ROI if all was just Microstock, would be a negative number.  :-\

Your question is well based though for anyone who imagines that this is a business. Track everything. Honestly speaking time is free, unless someone is missing paying work to do Micro. Then find total income MINUS total expenses and there you have it = profit.

I liked Minsc's question so I looked at sets on SS. I chose that rather than all images, because I have such a mix of subjects and ideas, some misguided. Triple cheeseburger, RPI .12  ::) (message is, that's a bad idea) Different set $2.12 (of course I'm not telling!), Oldest 100 $3.51, (but there's on top ten in there), Blurred Background .27 (your results might be better?), 2018 - .29 (includes some former rejects from the archives), An Idea I had in 2013 - $25.66 no I didn't add more and dilute my earnings, but maybe that would change the RPI too.

But while RPI can be useful it can also be a false indicator. The last one I have under 20 images that make that $25 RPI, another I have thousands of images that make a .54 RPI.

BIG Letter acronyms are nice but bottom line, or more like Net Income for us as this isn't literally investment, is the answer. How much did I really make, not RPI, RPD and mostly statistics that only apply to my work, not yours or someone else's. If we were all shooting the same sliced vegetables, OK, that might be interesting. We aren't. I have photos that no one else here or anywhere have. Yes, honest one of a kind, news, historic that are impossible to duplicate or re-create. That's an advantage, but also means my RPI or RPD isn't yours. I have others that anyone here wouldn't want to recreate, like triple cheeseburgers with fries.

What I mean is, bottom line, net income is the end. All the rest is amusement for the most part.
 

« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2018, 11:51 »
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My "Investment" would be anything I bought specifically  for microstock. When I shot models I included that and the reason I gave it up was precisely that the ROI didn't justify it. My cameras, lenses etc etc I would have bought anyway leaving just some cheap props.

Time is harder it should theoretically be valued at your next best earning opportunity so if it were me my time is worthless as I would be taking pictures or doing something non-productive.

As its a hobby for me I don't apply the stats seriously if it were a business I absolutely would.

« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2018, 18:53 »
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All the time for photos:
$ 0.80
For videos:
$ 22.80
 :D

« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2018, 22:47 »
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I think everyone's number will be similar. Most are somewhere between .60 -.70.

You'll get a better variance with RPI.

Do I want more variance for some reason? Not sure if you are saying, this would show the quality of my work, which is quite variable, as are the types and subjects, or what RPI means to the group as a whole? If you mean to compare, for example, your RPI to mine, yes, I'd say that would be interesting. I'd bet yours is better.  :)
RPI on its own is totally meaningless ROI is what really matters ;-).

RPI/year makes more sense.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2018, 22:49 by Zero Talent »

ShadySue

« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2018, 03:14 »
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I think everyone's number will be similar. Most are somewhere between .60 -.70.

You'll get a better variance with RPI.

Do I want more variance for some reason? Not sure if you are saying, this would show the quality of my work, which is quite variable, as are the types and subjects, or what RPI means to the group as a whole? If you mean to compare, for example, your RPI to mine, yes, I'd say that would be interesting. I'd bet yours is better.  :)
RPI on its own is totally meaningless ROI is what really matters ;-).

RPI/year makes more sense.

The only measure which is useful is profit/loss per image or batch, but that's far more difficult to work out accurately and is over the lifetime of the file.

Just knowing return is pretty meaningless as we don't know how much was spent on it.
I suspect we often don't want to know, even for files where no 'extra' expenses have been made so it's just time and share of/depreciation of hardware.

« Reply #34 on: October 14, 2018, 03:16 »
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In my opinion this is what matters:

 Return Per Trip
Return Per Photoshoot
Total Portfolio Income.

After two or three years, I can take a look at a certain trip and see if the material produced from that trip outweighed the costs enough. If they generally do, it makes sense to go on more photography trips.

Big picture stuff is the only information that is really useful.

Of course it's FUN to know the other stuff too, but maybe not really useful.


 

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