Why do I still shoot stock if I only get 10 cents a sale?

Why I still shoot stock
This clip of two chaps up ladders is my best-selling clip on Shutterstock, earning $296.95 from 21 downloads. (Image credit: George Cairns)

I first started uploading photos to sell on stock photo sites (such as iStock) back in the early noughties. I earned around $800 per month which motivated me to shoot, keyword and upload new images on a regular basis. A shot I uploaded years before could still earn me a passive income a decade later. I became addicted to refreshing the iStock contributor’s page to see my sales increase on an hourly basis! 

But then the bubble burst. As time advanced smartphone cameras got better and more photos saturated the stock photo market. As a result, the renumeration for my photo sales began to plummet. 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.