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« on: August 29, 2007, 19:22 »
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From everyones experiences here, is it possible to make a decent income to make this type of photography a full time job? I know we don't usually talk about how much we make (after seeing other threads) but examples would be greatly welcomed  ;D


« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 21:11 »
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Yes, it is possible. Anything is possible if you are willing to work hard enough for it.

I suggest you read this. It's a bit out of date (it doesn't mention microstock), but the writer makes a very valid point about positioning. You'll have to position yourself well in order to be successful in this business.
« Last Edit: August 29, 2007, 21:20 by sharply_done »

« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2007, 21:24 »
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Very true and a good read. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and indeed there are photographers out there, making a decent living out of microstock, you just need to want it badly enough :)

« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2007, 21:48 »
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Yes, it is possible. Anything is possible if you are willing to work hard enough for it.

Also:  If you live in a loft in New York, you would need a pretty large portfolio to make ends meet at this, but in some parts of the world you could live like a king if you have a respectable portfolio.

« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2007, 23:20 »
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Lol I live in a small town in Eastern Oregon but there seem to be quite a few photographers out here. How many photos do I need to make a good amount of money from microstock? Also, what do I do when they are out of date? Pull them down and repost them or post up new pics often to keep the sales going?

« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007, 00:30 »
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It seems that you want numbers, so I'll throw one out: An attainable goal is $1/image/month.

How many photos do you need? The answer's easy if you do the math.

As far as pulling stuff down and reposting is concerned, most people's photography improves tremendously once they begin to look at it from a professional/semi-professional point of view. For the most part, by the time an image has "died", you will have moved on to produce better things.

Also, I get the feeling that you might think you can produce a quantity of images, post them, and then sit back while the money rolls in. A nice idea, but one not grounded in reality - to be successful here you have to work, work, work, work, work!
« Last Edit: August 30, 2007, 00:43 by sharply_done »

« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2007, 00:32 »
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Lol thanks for the numbers  ;) I guess it all depends on how popular the image is too huh? If its not something many people will use its going to be hard to make a dollar a month right?

« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2007, 00:40 »
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The $1 is an average. Some shots make hundreds of dollars, some tens, and some nothing. There are people on this forum making hundreds per month, and there are those making thousands.
« Last Edit: August 30, 2007, 01:25 by sharply_done »

« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2007, 03:02 »
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Yes, it is possible. Anything is possible if you are willing to work hard enough for it.

I suggest you read this. It's a bit out of date (it doesn't mention microstock), but the writer makes a very valid point about positioning. You'll have to position yourself well in order to be successful in this business.


great little read there sharply_done.  Made me think a little (as I am working full time as a photographer :))

As for earning potential.  I think if you upload images you happen to get on vacation or elsewhere about 50 cents per image per month is more accurate.  If you take image specifically with stock in mind you could get $1.00 / image/month


 

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