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« on: October 08, 2006, 18:16 »
I have 33 images at Shutterstock and made $9.50 so far this month

Most of my photographs are of grapes and vineyards, so I don't expect them to be super popular.  But not knowing the normal image # to income ratio, maybe they are more popular than I was thinking?  So after looking at my ratios, am I doing good, bad, or average? 

« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006, 18:27 »
It varies a lot.  I sell about a picture a day with 220 pictures uploaded.  Someone with better skills, or isolated and human model shots would easily do twice that and more.


« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006, 19:21 »
You're on track to sell 150 images in a month with 33 online of without people. I'd say you're doing great. But without looking at your portfolio, I'd say you will need variety to sustain your current rate. Nice start.

« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2006, 19:24 »
I would say that you are doing good , it would be about 1$ per image at month at this ratio.  But from my experience profit doesn't rise proportionally with  number of photos especially at SS where your newest stuff will have most downloads.

I remember when i started when i was counting the numbers i though  ( lets say now i were in your shoes ) so with 33 images you had almost 10$ in 10 days.

That would make almost 30 $ in a month.

So if you had 330 photos you would make 300 $ at month , or with 3300 photos you would make 3000 $.

I doesn't go that way , at least not for me , but you will figure it out soon.

« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006, 19:40 »
Thanks you guys!  Here is a link to my shutterstock portfolio (http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery.mhtml?id=73931), and as you can see its pretty specific.  (I have a design business focusing on the wine industry http://www.4thegrapes.com, so until harvest is over I'm pretty much spending all my time in the vineyards.)  As soon as harvest is over I plan to start taking pictures of more popular subjects.

« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006, 20:37 »
Very nice pictures, rachell, and I agree that having this sale number without doing portraits is quite good!


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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2006, 00:18 »
You can always try to fill in your numbers at the SS impactometer:
But afetrwards read the thread to understand how things work.
Here's my two cents.

« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2006, 10:44 »
Your work makes me thirsty!

« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2006, 11:07 »
I do not like the impactometer.  Especially with SS as it favours those who have been there a short period of time.

I think the best way to judge performance is to calculate your $ per image per month.  I aim for above $1pipm or $12per year (though you have to do it monthly to avoid errors due to uploading during the period).  I also calcaute this based on the number of images at the site with the most (ie. if I have wated time editing and it gets rejected at most, then I count it.  If it gets rejected by all, then I ignore (my spreadsheet doesn't track so ...))

« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2006, 11:25 »
I think the best way to judge performance is to calculate your $ per image per month. I aim for above $1pipm...

I am just using this quote as an example, but when people calculate the $/image/mth are they calculating it based on ONE site, or ALL sites that the image is on?  In other words, if a person states that they are making $3/image/mth, is this statistic based on ALL the sites that they contribute to?

I would think that you would calculate the amount based on ALL sites, but I want to make sure that I am understanding the usage correctly.

« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2006, 11:58 »
Depends.  The one I referred to above (trying to be above $1pppm) is across all sites, but I do track the number for the individual sites as well.

From what I understand, this is usually the number people use when comparing to the macro sites.

At SS, I think I get about $0.25pppm which sounds about right since it makes up about 25% of my earnings.

« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2006, 11:58 »
Hi Rachell,

Just wondering, what camera do you use?


« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2006, 15:50 »
I use a Canon Digital Rebel XT, but have been dreaming of getting a Canon 5D!


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