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    Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    I am new to stock photography and spent most of this weekend applying or submitting to about a dozen websites. I guess I will have answers in a few days. I'm curious to see if you guys have a lot of experience and will share yours stories? Anybody cashing royalty checks monthly? The process seems tedious and i'm just wondering if it will pay off if I grind my portfolio on to these sites. Thanks.


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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    You would be better off on welfare.
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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    Alright, maybe I didn't word that correctly and it made me sound lazy. That was not what I meant. I just would like to know If am using my free time wisely. I have about one full day off and work 60 hour weeks. I value every single hour and really don't know anything about stock photography. That's all I was saying. Not very nice olegeiser. I work hard in every facet of my life and am not looking for a handout.

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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    Hows your photography skill. Theres a lot of crap for stock photo. If you can bring quality then i think you can have success. If you stabd out more than the average then yes. Otherwise let the mediocre fight over the pennies

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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaysmark View Post
    Alright, maybe I didn't word that correctly and it made me sound lazy. That was not what I meant. I just would like to know If am using my free time wisely. I have about one full day off and work 60 hour weeks. I value every single hour and really don't know anything about stock photography. That's all I was saying. Not very nice olegeiser. I work hard in every facet of my life and am not looking for a handout.
    I might be wrong but I don't think he was questioning your character or work ethic. I think he was just making the point that you're likely to get paid less from stock photography than someone on benefits would get. In other words it's probably not worth your time.

    Personally I have no idea if it's worthwhile and it is something I've been thinking about too.
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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    Maybe I did take that wrong. Its literally because I know nothing about stock photography. Well I guess it cant hurt to put some effort into it and see what happens. If anything I guess a few sales would look good on a resume.
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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    Basically if you can shoot the quantity of QUALITY of editorial level and style shots on regular basis to actually make a nice penny off of stock website, you'd be easily making triple digits solely from photography in the first place.

    We had an older thread here with a detailed breakdown of earnings, but once you have at least 1000 solid and active shots uploaded to these websites.
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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    i must admit that this is something I have thought about some too I shoot so much every week just for me and a few of them are actually pretty decent. I might try for a little while and see if it amounts to anything. Right now the only thing I do with most of my work is post it on Facebook and here.

    Now which site is a good place to start?
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    Re: Stock Photography. Is it even worth it?

    I know someone that makes about $1,000 a month from their stock photography. Can't remember how many images she said she had submitted to different stock sites but she did say she didn't have that many. To me it seemed like an awful lot. What didn't impress me was that her house was full and I mean full of props that she's used over the years. If she purchases some new props some of them can take a very long time before she breaks even on their cost. By props I mean anything from table cloths to skeletons to a turtle. I came across another fellow that shoots mainly agriculture scenes. I'm not sure how well he gets paid but I know one of his photos was used on a book cover. Not sure it paid very well but it sounds good.





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