Microstock.. making money
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21-10-09, 09:01 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Originally Posted by
I bought my first DSLR camerain MAY 2007.
I have only been shooting just over two years and a very basic understanding of Adobe.Hence the term 'happy snapper'
Istock or any other stock agent does not need it's members to advertise the site.It has over 65,000 contributors worldwide.
The post was to make aware to members that it is possable to make money on line from taking photographs.
Thats all !
My point stands then, it takes a lot of effort, tweaking etc to get micro stock accepted and frankly the return of (for us Brits) of "possibly" £1500 over 2 years is not than tempting when you weigh it up against the time and effort involved. Way back when (before everybody in the world had a DSLR), pro togs could make a comfortable living off stock (I seem to recall Bryan Peterson quoting he made $10000 from one photo of a bridge), those days have long gone I'm afraid.
Agreed that there is possibly money to be made but a lot of people have had some very frustrating experiences with stock / micro stock sites and the general consensus seems to be it's more hassle than it's worth unless you're working at it almost full time and even then the returns are minimal these days. Micro stock / stock photography is more a game of image quality / image size / DPI etc instead of actual content / artistic merit etc which kinda spoils it for some people, photography (for me) is an expression / interpretation / personal thing, not a business opportunity. I will never earn as much from my photography as I do in my day job and I'd rather it stays that way, that way I'll enjoy it more!
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