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« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2009, 13:32 »
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It took much longer to achieve payback on a shoot when you averaged 20c per sale

My first sale was $.10 for a small!  Ouch :)


« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2009, 13:38 »
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My first sale was $.10 for a small!  Ouch :)
Do you have a dime framed on your desk somewhere?  ;D

« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2009, 15:43 »
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1 - Continue to grow my portfolio
2 - Be happy and positive
3 - Help people as much as possible
4 - Get a full-frame body
5 - Learn more about lighting (see #1)
6 - More location shoots (see #1)
7 - Ignore changes in the industry since I can't do anything about them!
8 - Increase my microstock take-home by 40%

« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2009, 15:57 »
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My first sale was $.10 for a small!  Ouch :)
Do you have a dime framed on your desk somewhere?  ;D

Way back then, I spent it on a new piece of flint to light off the flash powder so my black and white film would show the Colonel in a good light.

« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2009, 17:09 »
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Learn to overlight and almost blow out the backgrounds on every shot so that my images will look the same as all the big sellers.

« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2009, 17:33 »
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-Get accepted by SS. (Step 1: get the ID accepted, they declined the first one)
-Reach 1000 $ in overall earnings. (The result for 2009 is more than 200% over the goal we had, hoping for the same result next year)
-Finalize the split between our (my and my husbands) ports (no split between the persons, only affects the copyrights of the pictures :) ).

« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2009, 18:03 »
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My goal is to get steadily over $2,000/month from my "big 5". Now at $1,500 (give or take a hundred), so only a few hundred quality images should be needed.

I also have another goal: $24,000 for the full year at my "big 5".
« Last Edit: December 22, 2009, 18:05 by Perry »

« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2009, 18:14 »
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You may be there already Sean, but again you also started in 2004 where everything you uploaded caught on like wildfire

That's not true. Back in 2004 there were few images at Istock, but the costumer base was also tiny. Selling well wasn't so easy as it seems to imply this comment.

And, on the other hand you seem to imply that diamonds and black diamonds are uploading their full (150/200) quota weekly. That's  miles far from true: For instance, Lise has uploaded just 12 photos the last week... that's 23 less than Yuri's 35.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2009, 18:29 by loop »

« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2009, 19:35 »
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I have such a long way to go :(. I just want to be better in my lighting techniques/take perfectly isolated shots esp and if time permits do some documentary photography of interesting people and subjects/places

$300-500/mo would be nice, and pay for some of my gears, sigh :(


m@m

« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2009, 21:06 »
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Stay healthy and with a positive frame of mind...material and professional gain will follow  ;)

WarrenPrice

« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2009, 21:47 »
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Attitude Adjustment... I'm not a negative person.  I've let little things affect the pure joy of being a photographer.  More smile and fewer frowns.  :-)

Edited ... additionally,
I promise to be less emotional.  I want to concentrate my efforts on taking pictures and avoid running my big mouth.  I'm looking forward to a much more "professional" approach in my 2010 efforts. 

GROUP HUG   ;D
« Last Edit: December 23, 2009, 16:47 by WarrenPrice »

« Reply #37 on: December 23, 2009, 11:00 »
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Since others are posting dollar targets, here's mine... to work up to $4,500/mo which I would hope to hit next Dec.

« Reply #38 on: December 23, 2009, 18:37 »
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More and better photos, another step. That's all.

« Reply #39 on: December 23, 2009, 20:48 »
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Do something.

« Reply #40 on: December 25, 2009, 04:42 »
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I only had low expectations for 2009 in Microstock and did not reach any. I've been (more or less) on creative hiatus since June and barely uploaded any images to any of the agencies. With that being said, I want to keep 2010 goals even lower. My main goal is still to finish my dissertation - photography is gonna come after that. So my goals will be - to have fun shooting pictures in the little spare time I'll have.

ShadySue

« Reply #41 on: December 25, 2009, 05:15 »
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Hmm, I met my side of the goals for iStock this year in uploading terms (grew my port by over 50%. Unfortunately, the pics I uploaded weren't what the gazillions of new buyers every month wanted so every month my sales have been well down on last year - Oct-Dec have even been down on the same period in 2007. And despite price rises and Vetta, my $$$ are also well down on '08, even though I didn't turn silver until April last year.
As I don't have models or a studio (and, realistically, virtually no chance of getting either out in the boonies), my only sensible Micro goal would be to become independent, but apart from the very serious time implications, the changed canister goalposts at iStock would make returning if it didn't work out a disappointment (I'd need to wait til 20000 before reaching gold, whereas now I'm grandfathered in at 10000. It's a consideration.)
I guess I have to sit tight, at least until I (hopefully) retire early in around eighteen month's time.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2010, 10:35 by ShadySue »


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« Reply #43 on: December 26, 2009, 15:38 »
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1) Learn how to create vectors
2) Learn how to create videos/sound samplers
3) Work out how to make money out of citizen journalism

Good luck everyone and Happy New Year.

PS. Thanks to those members who have written to me inside and outside of this forum with advice and words of encouragement. Very much appreciated. I hope we'll meet one day.

« Reply #44 on: December 26, 2009, 21:42 »
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A sale on CutCaster.

« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2010, 11:49 »
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Sorry to revive this thread - couldn't get on the site while in Mozambique over Christmas, and MSG seems to be having problems on some ISPs in South Africa too...

Anyhow - read over the goals from last year, and this is how I went-

1. Upload in excess of 20 photos per week (was on track until I pretty much stopped all uploads in about August - more like 10/wk as a result)
2. Learn Spanish to a reasonable conversational level (sort of got there)
3. Travel from Guatemala where I am now, all the way to Tierra el Fuego in Argentina, without jumping on a plane for any part of the trip (got to Argentina, but ended up going to Brazil instead of all the way south... then jumped on a plane to Africa)
4. Do my scuba diving certificate (done)
5. Fund all of the above + my trip back home solely from microstock earnings...(still on target for this - but not home yet...)


So the goals for this year:
1. Double microstock income from last year
2. Set up a base to work from for at least 6 months this year... still deciding where!
3. To make it home to Australia for Christmas.

« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2010, 11:54 »
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kick all your sorry arses in stock photography...
esp those who supported subs, and now are screaming foul
and those who kept their blooming heads in their rear end when we needed to stand up and speak up.

 ;)

« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2010, 13:05 »
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 To take better aerial photos and make more sales in microstock.
Smiling Jack

« Reply #48 on: January 08, 2010, 15:52 »
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sell enough photos  to produce a portfolio and have fun

« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2010, 22:22 »
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I'm a newbie and right now my biggest portfolio is on Fotolia with 4 photos. My goal for 2010 is to get at least 500 photos and vectors in all of my portfolios. I'd also like to be able to get $100 a month by the end of 2010, but don't know if that's a reasonable goal right now or not.  :)


 

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