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« on: July 07, 2015, 08:19 »
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Hi All,
I am new to stock photography world & I am preparing 15 stock photos everyday. My plan is to upload these to all major stock photos websites. I just want to know a rough estimate of how much I can make with 500 photos initially & then with 2000-3000 photos in next 12 month time.

Please give me a detailed insight, I am using photos & photoshop to design most popular & professional images that are top sellers these days.

Thanks!
Stockyme


Shelma1

« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2015, 08:27 »
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One MILLION dollars.

Kidding, but this question has been asked here a million times. Do a quick search to find the million answers. ;)

« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 08:32 »
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On Bigstock? 10$/month - if youre lucky  ;)

Semmick Photo

« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2015, 08:47 »
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My guess:

I'd say if the quality and subject matter is spot on 100$-150$ per month. But it will be spread over the agencies. For example you'd make 60$ p/m on SS, 10$ on BS, 15$ on 123 and 15$ on FT. You wont be able to get all that money paid out to you in the following month as you need to hit pay out levels.

So if you make 10$ p/m on BS (min 30$ pay out), you need to wait 3 months to request the money. If you make 15$ p/m on 123 (min 50$ payout), you need to wait 4.5 months to get paid. etc

As for detailed insights, most people wont tell you how much they make and no one can predict how much your images will earn.

« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2015, 09:04 »
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According to the poll the average would be about 3 or 4 dollars per month.

« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2015, 09:10 »
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According to the poll the average would be about 3 or 4 dollars per month.

How do you arrive at that result?

@Op: I don't think there is any relevant number available simply based on the number of files. Depending on topic, style, quality, keywording and luck (or lack of) the results can vary a lot.

« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2015, 09:12 »
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According to the poll the average would be about 3 or 4 dollars per month.

How do you arrive at that result?

@Op: I don't think there is any relevant number available simply based on the number of files. Depending on topic, style, quality, keywording and luck (or lack of) the results can vary a lot.
Average port is about 3500, average monthly income is $25.  So for 500 images the average income would be $25/7 or $3.57 per month.

« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2015, 09:26 »
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According to the poll the average would be about 3 or 4 dollars per month.


How do you arrive at that result?

@Op: I don't think there is any relevant number available simply based on the number of files. Depending on topic, style, quality, keywording and luck (or lack of) the results can vary a lot.

Average port is about 3500, average monthly income is $25.  So for 500 images the average income would be $25/7 or $3.57 per month.


The average port size you take from the yearly survey (http://blog.microstockgroup.com/2014-microstock-industry-survey-first-look/)?

Where do you get the monthly income from? (Genuine interest, I always regard the poll numbers as a way to compare relative earnings potential across agencies, never tried to derive any monthly earnings figures).

If I take the survey as well, the average yearly income was $17.000, so roughly $5 per image / per year (across all agencies), so that would result in $2500 per year or $200 per month. Again, total across all agencies.

As the op says "My plan is to upload these to all major stock photos websites" I think it's misleading that the thread is in the Bigstock board...

« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2015, 09:27 »
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That number was just for bigstock.

« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2015, 09:46 »
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not much, unless your port is extremely quality vs quantity.
you look at the top sellers, they have what? 70,000 images
and contributing to a whole list to the right column on this page.
total earning 350K per year.

so, if you have 500 images, you won't earn much. esp with bigstock.
with ss or is , maybe, just maybe, with a very good port you might earn something.
but as already mentioned... 3 to 50 dollars a month.
50 dollars a month???  i think even that, you must be having a good port
to make 50 a month.

if you look at how many new images ss gets a day, it tells you more or less
why microstock is about numbers and not content. much like the big M in junk food.

« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2015, 10:04 »
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I am using photos & photoshop to design most popular & professional images that are top sellers these days.
Do you mean you are copycatting?  >:(

« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2015, 11:12 »
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Hi Stockyme,
In 2015...$20-$70. I think Semmick is spot on with his estimate. The golden years are behind us, because there is too much supply now.

Don't copy other photographers.You can work on the same idea, lets say a dog riding a bike, but as long as the dog, bike, composition, lighting, placement is unique to you and doesn't look like you copied someone else's photo. Companies shut down accounts that copy other contributors...

Why does everyone, newbies mostly think is  a good idea to copy top sellers????? :)  Popular images and keywords get a lot of competition too. And, even if you work on the same idea, still nothing guarantees that is going to get a decent search placement,  and appear on the initial pages...So how good is an image if the buyer won't  see it?


I am using photos & photoshop to design most popular & professional images that are top sellers these days.
Do you mean you are copycatting?  >:(
« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 13:22 by sweetgirll »

« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2015, 11:28 »
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Hi Digital66,
In 2015...$20-$70. I think Semmick is spot on with his estimate. The golden years are behind us, because there is too much supply now.

Don't copy other photographers.You can work on the same idea, lets say a dog riding a bike, but as long as the dog, bike, composition, lighting, placement is unique to you and doesn't look like you copied someone else's photo. Companies shut down accounts that copy other contributors...

Why does everyone, newbies mostly think is  a good idea to copy top sellers????? :)  Popular images and keywords get a lot of competition too. And, even if you work on the same idea, still nothing guarantees that is going to get a decent search placement,  and appear on the initial pages...So how good is an image if the buyer won't  see it?

I am using photos & photoshop to design most popular & professional images that are top sellers these days.
Do you mean you are copycatting?  >:(
Hi sweetgirll,
I guess your message is not for me, but for the person who started this thread: stockyme

I hate copycats!

« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2015, 11:42 »
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Hi All,
I am new to stock photography world & I am preparing 15 stock photos everyday. My plan is to upload these to all major stock photos websites. I just want to know a rough estimate of how much I can make with 500 photos initially & then with 2000-3000 photos in next 12 month time.

Please give me a detailed insight, I am using photos & photoshop to design most popular & professional images that are top sellers these days.

Thanks!
Stockyme

$5

Hongover

« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2015, 11:59 »
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With 500 images, you can make about $150-$250/month if you know what you're doing.

Find a niche and try to shoot/create images that are unique. If you try to shoot 500 pics of cherries, you can expect a $0 next month because you have no less than 30,000 images ahead of your images in nearly all the microstock websites.

dbvirago

« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2015, 12:53 »
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Nobody can put an accurate or even ballpark number on it, there are too many variables and they change constantly.

I looked at your work on Dreamstime. You have some good work, interesting concepts and well shot. I'm not sure about the cutting off the heads part, but only time will tell.  If you enjoy it and hope to make some money, keep it up. If you are depending on this for your livelihood, have a backup plan. The ship sailed on easy money in microstock about 6 years ago.

« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2015, 13:24 »
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Hey Digital66,
I'm so sorry about that, I mixed up the nicks...I tried to revise the post, I hope it worked.

« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2015, 13:24 »
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With 1600 images I make around 130$ on SS every month all together the other agencies are about 130$ too but it really varies SS is stable


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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2015, 16:29 »
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Here you go... http://www.microstockgroup.com/newby-discussion/how-much-should-new-contributors-expect-to-earn

This was more toward figuring out hourly earnings but also covers earnings per image per month. I'd say if you get 500 images accepted across the top 10 sites listed to the right in the Microstock Poll Results you'll probably start off earning between $0-.10 cents per image per month. So $0-$50 per month across all sites.

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So, on average

    About 5% of the images you shot will be sellable
    You spend 30 minutes per image in an image editing program like Photoshop doing post-processing, keywording, etc
    You start with about a 20% acceptance rate, 80% rejected
    You earn .10 cents US per accepted photo per month

So let's say...

    You spend two days, about 16 hours, shooting 2000 images
    You select 100
    100 images x 30 minutes processing each = 50 hours
    Because of poor focus and other issues you find only 80 are usable
    You submit 80 images
    16 images get accepted (20% acceptance rate)

So for your 16 approved images

    Youve worked 66 hours that month and 16.5 hours per week
    Youve earned $1.60 for the month and .40 cents for the week (.10 cents per accepted photo per month)
    Based on a 40 hour work week, youve earned .10 cents US per hour for your efforts

« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 16:35 by PaulieWalnuts »

« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2015, 04:52 »
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I am using photos & photoshop to design most popular & professional images that are top sellers these days.
Do you mean you are copycatting?  >:(

I am not copying anyone ideas its just that I am trying to make what sells most.


« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2015, 04:54 »
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Nobody can put an accurate or even ballpark number on it, there are too many variables and they change constantly.

I looked at your work on Dreamstime. You have some good work, interesting concepts and well shot. I'm not sure about the cutting off the heads part, but only time will tell.  If you enjoy it and hope to make some money, keep it up. If you are depending on this for your livelihood, have a backup plan. The ship sailed on easy money in microstock about 6 years ago.

Thank you so much for going through my work on dreamstime :)

« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2015, 03:20 »
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With 1600 images I make around 130$ on SS every month all together the other agencies are about 130$ too but it really varies SS is stable


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The problem is that if the OP has a mode of 500 images per site, with current acceptance levels that equates to about 30 images on SS.

« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2015, 12:01 »
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230$ a month for 1600 images translates to about 0.125$ per image per month. Seems reasonable, also you'd be raking in about 7$ a day. Which would give an idea of what a bad or good day is. Gets complicated if there are ELs and subs involved, but thats what MS is full of these days.


With the same success OP should rake in about $60 a month with his 500 images. So about $2 a day.

langstrup

« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2015, 13:12 »
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Within the last 2 month I uploaded 550 images.

I know my images is not in the "right" position yet because of the search engine system takes time. But right now Im earning about 500 dollars a month, and if my old statistic "works" that will about tripple within 4 months time (search engine system )


« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2015, 13:22 »
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Within the last 2 month I uploaded 550 images.

I know my images is not in the "right" position yet because of the search engine system takes time. But right now Im earning about 500 dollars a month, and if my old statistic "works" that will about tripple within 4 months time (search engine system )

I wouldn't count on that. The search giveth and the search taketh away.

Depending on the images I'd say with 550 images getting $500 a month is about as "right" as you can get these days.


 

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