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Which group are you in?

self employed micro's under 10% of total income
5 (9.6%)
self employed micro's under 20% of total income
5 (9.6%)
self employed micro's under 30% of total income
2 (3.8%)
self employed micro's under 40% of total income
2 (3.8%)
self employed - micro's over 50% of total income
12 (23.1%)
have an employer - micro's over 50% of total income
1 (1.9%)
have employer & micros under 50% of total income
10 (19.2%)
I just do microstock photography as a hobby
15 (28.8%)

Total Members Voted: 50

Author Topic: Stock photography and % your total income  (Read 5735 times)

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« on: July 02, 2007, 16:04 »
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me - i am self employed and work as a photographer with things like weddings and portraits and such, as well as doing the micros.  Microstock is about 30% of my total income.

i enjoy variety which has encouraged me to do not only stock - and perhaps it is smart to diversify as well.  Perhaps I learn more by doing different types of photography as well.... i like to think so anyhow.  I like shooting for stock the best however, and i might even argue that it pays the best.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2007, 16:06 by leaf »


« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007, 16:17 »
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not sure I had an option that fit me -- I'm self-employed but not as a photographer.  Micro is a lot less than 50% of my income

« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2007, 16:24 »
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ok, i edited the options.

if you are self employed but not as a photographer, you are still self employed (according to the poll :))

hope i didn't confuse anyone with adding options... you may have to change your answer now.  :-\

and no too surprisingly - there seems to be a lot of self employed people here.

« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2007, 16:36 »
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Just a hobby for me.  I make more in a day than I do in two months on micro.

When I go back to NZ (land of the low wage - compared to london anyway) that should change a bit.

« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2007, 17:05 »
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It was just a hobby for me, but now at the end of the month I collect a few payouts I am thinking about doing more micro, less other.  I'm going into my 3rd year in biz and now the referrals are rolling in.   

I'm trying to work part-time while raising kids.  I do mostly team sports photography, small schools and the like, but it is becoming much more than a part-time job (more than full time even) and I'm sick of editing photos after the kids have gone to bed until 4 in the morning.   

I am also a licensed reseller of photobooks and dvds on my website which requires a bit of work, but makes a little extra $.   My husband has suggested that I'd perhaps be happier just shooting stock and promoting the photobooks a little more aggressively.   I do lack a certain amount of disipline though, and am afraid I would get too lazy if I only shot stock and had no deadlines.

« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2007, 17:09 »
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My income fluctuates quite a bit over the year.
Not only the microstock part. So I was trying to estimate an average. But since this is my first year in microstock, it is hard to estimate it well.
I am self employed, but not in photography.

« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2007, 17:16 »
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Always been my hobby.  A year ago, I started uploading to the micros for fun. That opened a door for me into doing assignment work for magazines/book publishing. I still don't feel like that is work, to me it's having fun and getting handed a lot of money for enjoying myself.  My wife, also a hobby shooter, has a modest business selling cards, prints, mugs, etc, using her and my photos online. Microstock itself is less than 40% of money earned in our photography 'hobby'. The majority of the photography money comes from the assignment work.
     I am still in my day job of 34 years, my wife works in real estate. The money from photography is our 'pin money'. 8)-tom
« Last Edit: July 02, 2007, 23:13 by a.k.a.-tom »

« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2007, 18:39 »
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Maybe I'm being too well paid in my job (don't let the HR guys read this! :D), so although the extra income of stock photography (micro and macro) is welcomed, I should say it's more a hobby.

Regards,
Adelaide

PS: Leaf: the hobby option appears twice!

« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2007, 02:37 »
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wow, i'm sprised that 1/4 of the people here have micros as over 50% of their income.  nice to see :)

« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2007, 14:33 »
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Just a hobby for me.  I make more in a day than I do in two months on micro.

When I go back to NZ (land of the low wage - compared to london anyway) that should change a bit.

it's only land of the low wage if you have a crappy job, I earn several times minimum wage and didn't have to work that hard to get it. I earn about 1-2% of my salary through MS, it's a hobby which is almost pays for my gear.

« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2007, 11:51 »
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Micro keeps me in photo equipment only, its not really any part of my income since I have had only two payouts. This is strickly fun.

« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2007, 15:07 »
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I'm definitely the odd-ball.  I think I've posted a total of 5 pictures across a few sites, and have about $9 in sales total.  For me it's not even a hobby.  It's a cool facet of photography.  It's an industry that's continuing to emerge, grow, evolve, and I just find it absolutely fascinating.  I love reading the forums here, and on the microstock sites.  It's such a neat thing to see people grow from, "my husband says I take nice pictures of the family at Christmas time and of our family cat, so I thought I'd give this a try" to a year later talking about payouts and downloads and new equipment and how to expand sales, and which sites to post to next, etc.  I just wanted to stick my toe into the water.  I wanted to get a small taste of what it's like to have uploads accepted, and rejected; what it's like to have your first download, 2nd, etc.  I just find it so interesting I can't look away :)  Also, I find the community (microstock in general, this site in particular) just amazing.  The interactions, the learning that takes place, the back-patting, the hand holding, the comraderie, the earnestness to teach and share the photography and business experience just blows me away.  I've learned a ton about photography, business, this industry, and just plain people, from browsing here and other microstock sites.  Someday I might decide to put some effort into it, but for now I'm having fun just watching.

« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2007, 15:50 »
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Just a hobby for me.  I make more in a day than I do in two months on micro.

When I go back to NZ (land of the low wage - compared to london anyway) that should change a bit.

it's only land of the low wage if you have a crappy job, I earn several times minimum wage and didn't have to work that hard to get it. I earn about 1-2% of my salary through MS, it's a hobby which is almost pays for my gear.
I too will be earning several times average wage (not just minimum) and still wont be able to afford the house that I want in Auckland.

Where are you based.

For me Microstock earns enough money so my GF cant complain that I just bought a new paperweight (aka dustpump, aka 100-400L) - bring on Africa on my way home to NZ>


 

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