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PhotoWorkout

  • Wishing you good Light!
« on: April 02, 2016, 23:03 »
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Hi there!

We have been researching a lot on how to make your first $1,000 with Stock Photography.
 
We have put it all together in a PDF eBook and you can get a copy here: https://photoworkout.com/club/1k-stock-photography/ [nofollow]

Thanks for the suggestions and advice given in this forum! Microstock Group members have been very helpful to craft this little guidebook.

UPDATE 21 September 2017: Thie eBook is now FREE here https://www.photoworkout.com/free-stockphoto-ebook [nofollow]
(you just need to subscribe to our free newsletter and you will get a free copy of the eBook delivered to your inbox).  :D
« Last Edit: September 21, 2017, 05:31 by PhotoWorkout »


« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2016, 01:41 »
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Thanks for the suggestions and advice given in this forum! Microstock Group members have been very helpful to craft this little guide book.


Then it should be free for MSG members, shouldnt it?

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2016, 02:34 »
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The three images in your DP and FT portfolios... are those the ones you used to reach $1,000?

« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2016, 02:46 »
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The three images in your DP and FT portfolios... are those the ones you used to reach $1,000?

I'm assuming most of their images are not linked as this would give away information about those succesful pics....rather than pay $10 think I will stick to searching sites for "most popular" for inspiration. You can find Stefans port quite easily on Shutterstock.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2016, 02:49 by Pauws99 »

« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2016, 02:48 »
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How did you get the photographers to agree to share info about their best sellers for the book? Every newbe who reads the book will be creating duplicates of any images given as an example.

« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2016, 02:51 »
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How did you get the photographers to agree to share info about their best sellers for the book? Every newbe who reads the book will be creating duplicates of any images given as an example.

Its really not hard to find out best sellers from looking at various sites.......

« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2016, 05:12 »
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How did you get the photographers to agree to share info about their best sellers for the book? Every newbe who reads the book will be creating duplicates of any images given as an example.

Its really not hard to find out best sellers from looking at various sites.......

Agreed, but the specific examples used in the book that are supposed to be best sellers for the individuals in there are going to see many times the duplicates of your run-of-the-mill best seller. Anyone starting out reading the book is going to try and exactly duplicate them.

« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2016, 10:57 »
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I can write - with the help of a few people on this forum and some of their work I'm prepared to produce an e-book and put it out there for $5 a copy - all proceeds to be shared equally amongst the contributors. How's that?

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2016, 12:41 »
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I can write - with the help of a few people on this forum and some of their work I'm prepared to produce an e-book and put it out there for $5 a copy - all proceeds to be shared equally amongst the contributors. How's that?

Sounds good. I can provide some info for the motion graphics section! In fact, doesn't look like there's a video section in that book... get some footage experts on board (not me!) and price it at $9. Cheaper, and a bigger potential client base. What's not to like?!

« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2016, 12:46 »
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I can write - with the help of a few people on this forum and some of their work I'm prepared to produce an e-book and put it out there for $5 a copy - all proceeds to be shared equally amongst the contributors. How's that?

Sounds good. I can provide some info for the motion graphics section! In fact, doesn't look like there's a video section in that book... get some footage experts on board (not me!) and price it at $9. Cheaper, and a bigger potential client base. What's not to like?!

I can add an underwater photo section, too.  That's worth a buck at least.

« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2016, 12:55 »
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why not get sjlocke here to let you in on his secret???
he makes a lot more than $1K in his first month with ss ;)

« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2016, 13:26 »
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No offense to anyone...

this is just my personal opinion... I am tired of this "how to make money" trend. I bought so much stuff along those lines and was a waste of money....
the internet is full with "how to make money with your camera".

You guys at microstock should see this video..Nobody needs ebooks, just ask this guy LOL  The guy is serious, but this is so hilarious....and is free LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To8AL5A1mC4


« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2016, 01:21 »
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I've got a couple of books on Mstock which were useful when I was starting out but when you have been doing it while I think decent books about composition lighting photoshop etc are far more useful

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2016, 01:55 »
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I've got a couple of books on Mstock which were useful when I was starting out but when you have been doing it while I think decent books about composition lighting photoshop etc are far more useful

I agree, but making great images isn't going to automatically result in success at selling microstock. There's definitely valuable info that people can benefit from that isn't lighting and composition based. Which sites to go for, ways to speed up workflow, tagging, item descriptions, social media strategy and most importantly... what to shoot. There's a guy on VH who has about 1000 items. Half of them have never had a sale. From those 1000 items he's had about 4000 sales over the last three years.

I'm not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but on my non-exclusive account, I have 51 items and I've had 680 sales over the last eight months. So over 13 sales per item (1.5 a month) compared to his 4 sales (0.1 a month). There's absolutely nothing wrong with his composition, lighting and video quality. He's a talented guy who knows a lot more than me about shooting video and creating great looking images. I just feel that some people have trouble figuring out why their 500 images of specialty breads from Moldova aren't selling as well as 5 images of famous landmarks... or their 100 images of their cat in slightly different poses isn't selling as well as one image of two business people shaking hands.

I'm not trying to teach anyone to suck eggs... everyone here probably knows a lot more than me when it comes to selling stock, but for those that such a book might appeal to, those looking to start out selling stock... I think it's pretty important to get their sales and marketing heads on, as well as their photographer/videographer head on.         

« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2016, 02:05 »
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I think we agree :o yes useful to have something when you start out but it will only take you a little way. If you want to do it as a living marketing, cash flow management, etc etc are all equally important.

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2016, 07:15 »
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I never understood why the writers of "How to make $1000 with..." e-books are trying to make a living selling those books, instead of just using the ideas from their own book.

Sounds like those "How I earn $9500 a month working from home" schemes. If it's so easy, why spend your precious time selling crappy books?


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How long does it take to get to 1k? And how many pictures do you need? This eBook has the answers.

I expect to find the answer somewhere on page 186: "it depends."
« Last Edit: April 04, 2016, 07:18 by Noedelhap »

« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2016, 10:30 »
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I never understood why the writers of "How to make $1000 with..." e-books are trying to make a living selling those books, instead of just using the ideas from their own book.

Sounds like those "How I earn $9500 a month working from home" schemes. If it's so easy, why spend your precious time selling crappy books?


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How long does it take to get to 1k? And how many pictures do you need? This eBook has the answers.

I expect to find the answer somewhere on page 186: "it depends."

You know the old saying..."Those who can't do, teach."  :)


ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2016, 11:37 »
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If you want to do it as a living marketing, cash flow management, etc etc are all equally important.
Indeed.
Most people could spend $5000 and make $1000.
Turnover is vanity; profit is sanity.

« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2016, 13:12 »
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You know the old saying..."Those who can't do, teach."  :)

true,... and those who can,
either are too busy sailing
or/and won't tell you about it

MRommens

« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2016, 04:19 »
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Some dt blogs are usefull and free :)
http://blog.dreamstime.com/


« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2016, 09:20 »
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If you want to do it as a living marketing, cash flow management, etc etc are all equally important.
Indeed.
Most people could spend $5000 and make $1000.
Turnover is vanity; profit is sanity.
Reminds me of the old joke about how to make a small fortune.
"Start with a large one"


I don't think I've ever read a "get rich quick" book.
I'm not rich, and I don't think that reading a book would change that!

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2016, 11:31 »
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I'll tell you what - I'll give you all a special offer on my own eBook for the next week. Its $7.99 on Amazon but I'll make it $4.99 on my own site. Then you can make your first $1000!

Steve
http://www.backyardsilver.com/stock_photography_ebook/

« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2016, 05:46 »
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Love this discussion.
Personally I would welcome help in "how to deal with stock agencies ripping us off"

« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2016, 10:39 »
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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2016, 10:49 »
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Humm!! I guess someone read my book "How to make $1000 selling books teaching how to make money with stock photography"  8)


 

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