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« on: February 18, 2009, 08:24 »
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Is this your main income or you do this on the side?

The images are selling so dirt cheap that I am wondering if someone can make a living after all ... ???


Microbius

« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009, 08:54 »
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no one can make a living doing this. Anyone who thinks they can is wasting their time. Especially starting from scratch now.

Nothing to see here, move along.

« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 09:05 »
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Nope, not even close. But it does help offset the cost of some of my gear.

« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009, 10:24 »
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no one can make a living doing this. Anyone who thinks they can is wasting their time. Especially starting from scratch now.

Nothing to see here, move along.

... is the right answer.

« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2009, 10:37 »
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So, it's a $2/hour job then!

I guess, it's not a question to ask as some people are doing well and others not so well. It all depends of what you have to offer and the quantity you submit.

I guess...  :-\

« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2009, 11:05 »
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It all depends of what you have to offer and the quantity you submit.

Nope, it's a question of quantity you sell, not quantity you submit.

Microbius

« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2009, 11:29 »
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It all depends of what you have to offer and the quantity you submit.

Nope, it's a question of quantity you sell, not quantity you submit.
lol, spot on

lisafx

« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2009, 11:36 »
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no one can make a living doing this. Anyone who thinks they can is wasting their time. Especially starting from scratch now.

Nothing to see here, move along.

... is the right answer.

 ;D

« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2009, 12:27 »
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So, it's a $2/hour job then!

More like 1$. There really is no money in Microstock, not when you start now. The first mice got the cheese. Better move on.  ;D
« Last Edit: February 18, 2009, 12:29 by FlemishDreams »

« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2009, 12:33 »
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Okay guys, got it: stupid question!!!

« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2009, 12:39 »
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The truest things are said in jest, while there are quite a few who are making a living from this, the returns are diminishing particularly for new contributors. The way the search rankings work for many sites - particularly IS, DT and FT makes it harder and harder for new contributors to achieve what has been achieved before.

« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2009, 12:45 »
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I can realize that, I was a graphic designer just a few years ago and purchased images between $50 to $600 for my company (it was heaven for photographers)... So now since everything is SO cheap, I was just wondering if there was someone in the world who made any living at this. I got chew up, man!

« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2009, 12:58 »
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My photos sales make up about 25-30% of my income after doing this for a couple years. I dont think I will ever get to a point where 100% of my income is from stock, but 90-95% would be pretty cool.

« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2009, 15:44 »
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Thanks travismanley and holgs!
That's the kind of info I was wondering about. I understand very well that no one can expect revenues right from the beginning, it's like any other freelance job...... Tough out there!

« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2009, 15:49 »
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I now make quite a bit more out of stock than I do my day job.

tan510jomast

« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2009, 16:38 »
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i suppose if you're living in a country where the wages is pittance, selling on microstock would be attractive.
if you're asking if this is a better way to earn a living,  i would say playing flute walking on stilts at the underground would earn you 24 bucks an hour.
if you're tossing burger in US or Canada, i would say that would still have you better off , as you don't have to pay for expensive camera, battery, mem card, lights,etc..
but, one could still squeegee  windscreens at the junction and make far more money , ... without any initial investment.  ;)
... and you get to be outside in the open air all day.  :D
« Last Edit: February 18, 2009, 16:41 by tan510jomast »

gbcimages

« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2009, 16:51 »
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I don't make much from micro.I'm retired so  I hope to make enough to buy my hunting stuff from my photos. :)


« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2009, 01:46 »
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So, if it is getting harder and harder for us newbies to get beyond the microstock bottom rung (admittedly, I haven't been doing this long, and I don't have a huge portfolio - but I haven't sold a single download yet - not even to a subscription earning me a pitiful 20c - perhaps it says something about my photos :-[), is there an alternative - other than learning how to play flute while walking on stilts..?  I never thought I'd make a fortune, but the constant battle to try and achieve even a single image that would sell is taking the fun out of my hobby.

vlad_the_imp

« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2009, 05:24 »
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I've been doing it for around 3 years and make a good living. It's about quantity and quality

« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2009, 07:33 »
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You can make good living at this, especially if you live in countries where life is cheap. Here, average monthly salary is about 300$ and people live with that. But if you live in USA or EU.... you have to be really good in this business to make living selling your photos this way.

« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2009, 09:33 »
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It's about quantity and quality

Exactly

« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2009, 09:37 »
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... and toasted goodness.

« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2009, 09:40 »
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Here, average monthly salary is about 300$ and people live with that.

$300! Where do you live? (if you dont mind me asking). I might need to move there when I retire lol

« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2009, 13:35 »
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Microstock will amount for about 10% of my income and I'm getting around 20-25$/hour. I started more seriously in may 2008 but had a little portfolio before that since september 2007. I still consider myself a newbie. At the beginning, the pay was a LOT lower because I had to learn the tricks and tips: post-process, keywording (was a pain at first), uploading, etc. Now that I'm used to it, I'm slowly cruising. I could make a lot more money if I put the time into it. You get what you invest in (in terms of hours).

good luck!

gbcimages

« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2009, 14:01 »
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you don't live in American for $300!


 

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