07-17-2017 10:01 AM
I love my photography hobby, but it would be better to make a little extra cash on the side.
I do get paying gigs on the side from time to time which is nice.
I always read these articles about people making good money by selling stock photos.
I read/believe these article with a big grain of salt.
Does anyone on here sell stock photos?
Does it generate nice passive income?
Thanks for the advice.
08-12-2017 04:57 PM
I just started to, and made enough so far to buy a candy bar and a soda
Whether or not you make money on stock photography depends on a lot of variables. What you shoot and the quality, cutsomer demand, titles and keywords you assign to uploads, what sites you upload to, how many sites you upload to, how many images you upload, etc.
That said, even if you don't sell much, you can learn a ton from your 'competition' both in the forums for stock sites, and just going through similar images after you upload.
Some peole do make a lot of money, but chances are they have THOUSANDS of photos uploaded. The rest of us get a trickle now and then. It depends on what you want to get out of it.
08-12-2017 05:10 PM
I joined Alamy and are uploading pictures there and this is the only stock site I am presently using.
It's a fun hobby and if someone else likes my photo for their use and I get a little pocket change from it, that's cool as well.
10-01-2017 10:07 PM
"I just started to, and made enough so far to buy a candy bar and a soda "
LOL. I believe that places you in the upper echelon.
"Some peole do make a lot of money, but chances are they have THOUSANDS of photos uploaded."
Thousands of uploads? I don't think that would be nearly enough. I wonder what percentage of those thousands result in "sales." I've never put much "stock" in most stock photographers outlandsish claims that they earn substantial incomes from this. In fact, I generally put them in the same category as guys or gals who post ads claiming they made $39,000 last week "helping" people on the Internet..."and you can do it, too! Just send $29.99 to blah blah blah for your starter packet!" LOL.
All kidding aside, you seem to have a realistic view of the "profession" of stock photography. Good luck and enjoy the hobby.