Money From Photos?

@Ldyjarhead (10157)
United States
August 30, 2008 7:43am CST
I just started a discussion asking if anyone was a member of Shutterstock, but I realize there are a lot more companies out there that claim to pay you for your photos. If you are a member of any of the sites that pay for your photos, please tell me why your program is better and describe how you've been successful with it. Have you been paid? What is the payment procedure? (PayPal, check, etc). What is the minimum payout? I'm definitely going to sign up for a site or two, but I'd like to know which are best. DO NOT post your links here, just tell me the name of the site and what you know about it, and if I decide to join, I'll contact you for that information.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Okay I'm going to do a bit of a rant here...Shutterstock and places like that (such as iStockphoto) are what is known as microstock photo agencies. People are sadly under the delusion that they will make tons of money by uploading photos to any of these places....all usually work under Royalty Free photo licensing. So what does that mean? A client who wishes to use a photo can download it for about a buck...and because it's Royalty Free licensing that means that client can use and reuse that image to their hearts content WITHOUT further compensation to the photographer....what does the photographer get out of it...let's put it this way if a photographer can make $25 a YEAR from these places that's a good deal..payment for each download of a photo is about 25 cents to the photographer. Also, one has to also consider the fact, that microstock agencies are saturated with photo images....say you have a great shot of a Canada Goose...do a search for Canada Goose at these places and you'll open up to hundreds if not near thousands of Canada Goose photos....so the chances that your photo will be picked is slim I have a particular rant about microstock as I (who considers myself a pro photographer) along with other pros HATE these microstock agencies. When in my heyday of being a successfully published photographer I could get as much as $100 average for ONE photo for one-time usage for publication...the closest to one-time usage for a published photo is known as Rights Managed...one of the FEW stock agencies that still uses this principle is Photographer's Direct which is the place I upload photos to...but I haven't had a nibble yet and I've been submitting my photos for about a year....It's VERY competitive out there..What I'm trying to do is my own on-line photo business to sell my work directly to clients...I have my own photo website to show off my work and includes a section that shows previously published work. The type of photography that isn't selling big time is what is called "stock" or generic photos..the pretty sunset, bird photos, flowers...like I said the market is saturated with them...now agencies prefer more avant garde type or off beat photos I'm not trying to discourage you...IF you can find that you do earn a few bucks here and there fine...but here I am a pro photographer and I'm frustrated as hell thanks to these agencies. I'm even writing an e-book about how to market photos...LOL
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Oh as a PS..one of THE largest photo agencies around is Getty Images..one really big problem there...if they like your work and want to represent you and have your photos in their database YOU have to pay THEM $50 per image for the "honor"
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Thank you for the br...I just want to clarify....if you absolutely don't mind earning meager funds from these stock agencies then yes it could work for you..it's just as I've mentioned too many are under the delusion that they'll make tons of money from these places...I mean I've yet to hear of any photographer earning so much money from stock agencies that they can include themselves in the Fortune 500 status...LOL..not even close!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
4 Sep 08
LOL - know I'm a bit behind on this discussion but I remember some time back pye and I had a discussion about this topic and I listened. I am a member of sharapic but in over a year and close to 100 photos I've mad about $.25 - I Don't upload any of what I think are good photos there because of the low pay and what pye told me. I had joined several others but stopped using them all. I know I'm just a wanna be photographer but I highly respect the true photographers like pye :)
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Thanks for starting this discussion. I love taking pictures and if I could make a little bit of money doing it that would be great!!! Off to read the rest of the discussion.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I'm still waiting for some good info, but apparently no one has much experience with this.
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@dragon54u (31653)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I joined Shutterstock but haven't had any time to actually submit anything. I have a lovely pic of my dog but they don't want reduced ones and I have no idea where the original is. Otherwise I'm sure it would make a lot of money!
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I'm really interested in this sort of thing, but I'm trying to figure out which companies would be best. Most aren't exclusive so I can submit to more than one, but I don't want to waste time on those that aren't worth it. Hoping others will share their experiences!
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