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« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2013, 07:02 »
Is stock photography necessarily that much of a "creative endeavour"?  It can be for some, probably many of us, but if you're serious about it then it should primarily be a business where you find your niche and then you target it, regardless of what your creative spirit might prefer you to do...

Sure, but shouldn't that be after someone has at least honed their skills and learned how to create a good image? The OP stated that they are a new photographer. Just seems to me like they might be skipping a few steps and jumping straight into the numbers game of stock.

I think they're a non-native-English speaker. In a later post, s/he said they were new to stock but not to photography:

In the Old Days, I used to think that newbies to photography had an advantage in stock, as they weren't indoctrinated by what makes a 'pictorial' photograph, and they didn't have the major shock that many previous pro shooters have about the nitpicking quality control, which has little relevance to the real world. They grew their style and were used to the IQ from the outset.
Nowadays, there are so many agencies and so many contributors, it's difficult for anyone to get a foothold.
You need a niche, that no-one else can get access to, and which, crucially, is in demand with buyers.
1 and 2 are relatively easy, but nowadays, most desired niches are covered.

« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2013, 13:08 »
I will give stock photography a try. And start with Shutterstock. I have read that Shutterstock have actually a payout limit of $50, its much! But some one of you said on shutterstock its eseaier to  hit the pay out limit?

I will try with my existing pictures, and make some new extra for stock. Then i can decide if i resume with it or not.

Ok how much time i should give it before i can decide?


« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2013, 13:29 »

Ok how much time i should give it before i can decide?

Until you feel like the time spent is not worth the earnings. on some sites it take months before you see any earnings... on SS it is usually quite quick depending on the content.

Don't forget to have fun!

« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2013, 13:48 »
Give OP some hope. 

No, don't give him any hope.
A) He may be utterly brilliant and steal all our sales
B) He may be normal and be wasting his time and effort for nothing.

B is more likely, but neither outcome does us any good. The best outcome is that he does us no harm.

In any case, out of the tiny veneer of the milk of human kindness that still clings to my corrupted, empty and embittered soul, I would say that Fotolia is the very last place he should think of putting his faith in. 


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