Is stock photography still worth it?

Kav Dadfar
(Image credit: Kav Dadfar)

Back in 2005, I spent a day photographing fruit at home. There was nothing complicated about the shoot. I simply used a lightbox and took photos of a whole variety of fruit against a white background. I uploaded those photos to Alamy and to my delight within 12 months I had earned over $1,000 from those photos. With very little cost and only a day of my time, this represented the sort of ROI that we photographers dream of.

Oh, how the world of photography has changed since then…

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Kav Dadfar
Professional photographer

UK-based travel and landscape pro Kav shoots on assignment for editorial and commercial clients, and stock for high-end agencies. He has written over 400 articles on photography, judges a major travel photo contest and leads tours and workshops worldwide with the company That Wild Idea. In 2021 Kav launched JRNY travel magazine with fellow photographer Jordan Banks.