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« on: December 24, 2016, 06:02 »
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Do photos sell on Pond5? I have not taken any videos yet and have 300 images only. Is it worth uploading them on Pond5? How much should I charge for a high resolution image taken with a 20 megapixel camera? Should the price be the same for all sizes? My images are selling well on SS and Fotolia, but not on DT and not on Alamy.
Thank you very much to all who have helped me so far and answered all my questions. Merry Christmas and a Successful New Year to all of you.


« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2016, 07:45 »
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No.

They are really useless for photos, also have the most bizzare photo inspections.

Youll make more money on canstock or mostphotos than pond5.

« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2016, 07:58 »
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close to zero

angelawaye

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2016, 08:24 »
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No. It really is more pf a video site.

« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2016, 08:39 »
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Oh wow, then I will stop uploading. I closed my Canstock account and I have stopped uploading to MostPhotos about 6 months ago. Just not worth the effort.

« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2016, 08:51 »
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Photos don't see too often but you set the price and when they sell you can make a decent royalty.  I still upload my images there, but monthly sales might be 3-4 images at most. That is $10-$50 my take.

« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2016, 08:55 »
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How much should I charge for a photo?

« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2016, 09:08 »
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How much should I charge for a photo?

It depends on how unique they are. Probably $1 for an isolated tomato, but I charge $20-$40 per image for some of my underwater work. I think I even have some priced even higher. P5 has a guide when you upload as to what the range is for images, but that is only a guide.  I'd say the baseline if $5-$10 an image, something like that unless an image is unique.  But do it knowing that sales are slow.  People may claim that their images won't sell unless they practically give them away, but I haven't seen that. I have about 3,300 images there. Some are pretty average and priced accordingly.  I see some low priced ones sell at the same rate as my higher priced ones, so I just don't see a pattern or an educated correlation between price and sales volume.

« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2016, 09:18 »
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Think about it how much Alamy charges for an image. Well, I certainly won't upload for 1 dollar. I am already frustrated about the 25 cent I am getting on SS. I priced all of mine at 20 dollars for the biggest size. Just wondering if that's too high. A unique photo I priced 100 dollars. Actually I felt like setting it to 150 just like Alamy does. Shooting takes time and costs money, editing from RAW to JPEG takes time, uploading takes lots of time and customers want to pay 1 dollar? Maybe they should go and take their own photos and then think about it if they don't value them higher.

« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2016, 09:27 »
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Think about it how much Alamy charges for an image. Well, I certainly won't upload for 1 dollar. I am already frustrated about the 25 cent I am getting on SS. I priced all of mine at 20 dollars for the biggest size. Just wondering if that's too high. A unique photo I priced 100 dollars. Actually I felt like setting it to 150 just like Alamy does. Shooting takes time and costs money, editing from RAW to JPEG takes time, uploading takes lots of time and customers want to pay 1 dollar? Maybe they should go and take their own photos and then think about it if they don't value them higher.

I don't think it's too high if the images have real commercial value and "stand out".  It's really a balancing act between how places like Alamy price and how the likes of Deposit Photo prices, who their customers are, what type of licensing they promote. Alamy is not micro stock.  I'm not even sure P5 is either.  You have to ask yourself who you are competing against, MS or more RM-type pricing like at Alamy and P5.  SS might charge $10 and pay you 30%, or $2.85.  You can sell the same image in P5 for $20 and get $10.  But your volume on SS may be much higher with that same image. Really, two different beasts.

« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2016, 09:36 »
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I think I have to stop giving everything to microstock. The volume might be higher but think about a landscape photographer who gets up at 3.30 am to drive somewhere for one hour to take a beautiful sunrise image. And he gets 0.25 dollars. And food photography is stressful, time consuming and expensive even if you do eat the undercooked food later. :-) I only just started uploading at Pond5. I will wait and if nothing sells I will change my price setting according to the image.

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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2016, 09:43 »
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Yes!

« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2016, 10:10 »
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NO

« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2016, 16:54 »
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Photos do sell, not often but I still upload because they pay 50% and let me set prices.

fritz

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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2016, 17:13 »
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ShadySue

« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2016, 17:25 »
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Think about it how much Alamy charges for an image.
But remember how few buyers actually pay the stated price. Precious few IME. Also the prices seem to vary a lot between currencies

« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2016, 17:42 »
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I can add my no. No longer on the site.

dpimborough

« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2016, 05:27 »
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$23 all through 2016

Not worth the effort

« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2016, 11:09 »
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It's a real shame, the whole industry is looking for a fair trade marketplace. If they sold photos as well as they sell video, they could be the fair trade marketplace everyone supports.

They sell video really well, just shows how different the markets are and that there is no real overlap between the customer groups.

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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2017, 11:07 »
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They have suddenly become very strict in reviewing photos. For instance, they turned away shots on the basis of a low quality sensor, too blurry, high noise when in fact the image was taken on a Nikon D750 at 100 iso, some on a tripod with a very expensive 24mm 1.4 Nikor lens.

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« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2017, 11:55 »
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I just removed all my photos from Pond5.  Only about 5 sales over 1 1/2 years.  I have a couple photos that have sold over a thousand times on all other sites and never sold once on Pond5.  Seems like they are more focused on video and audio.

« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2017, 13:14 »
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Tyson, how many photos have you had on Pond5? How much did you charge?

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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2017, 15:56 »
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Quote
I think I have to stop giving everything to microstock.

Don't give them everything, only the leftovers. If a shot is premium, license it for premium prices which isn't much higher than 25cents or whatever but still much better than pretty much giving them away imo

« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2017, 10:55 »
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Looking at the artist resources I can see some Photos priced $500 and over in the best selling files of the month.

They don't really look so unique to justify the price, so I was wondering if it's worth to raise the bar very high so that the occasional sale on Pond5 will be worthwhile; probably the target customer for Photos in Pond% is different than other agencies....
 
https://www.pond5.com/artist-resources#1/bestMonthRevenueTab

« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2017, 22:05 »
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I price my photos at $25 which seems a rough average of what agencies would sell for. Even selling only a few photos every two months still makes more money than most of the low earners.


 

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