Originally Posted by Michigan Nut
Hi I'm new to this forum and just wanted to chime in on the stock photographer bashing. I sell landscape images through macro and microstock.. I just started about 5 months ago , through (MICRO) and last month I had to start a business and claim the income. The first misconception I read all over these forums is you only make 25 cents per image. That is true if you sell photos of food, backgrounds and other vectors; but not true in the least for high quality landscape images. I get paid $28.00 per sale on a regular basis for enhanced licensing. There is a broad range of licensing , determining your royalties. If your work STANDS OUT from the rest ,is well composed, in proper focus with no artifacting and little to no noise you can do very ,very well!!
I also sell Macro stock through Getty images and as an average make about the same through them. although I've been submitting to them longer. The way to make money through photography is selling through multiple avenues. I have a website where I sell prints,canvas, and I sell RF stock images. I sell RF licensing through my website and have been doing well there too, selling to magazines,state of Michigan gaming division,state of Michigan tourism , calendar companies, small businesses. Anyway don't believe anyone who say's you can't make much money through stock, their flat out wrong. And the best part is I absolutely love the work I'm doing.
My point wasn't 'you can't make money doing stock photography'. My point was 'it's the least likely candidate for making regular income as a photographer', and I still feel that viewpoint is quite accurate. Is there money to be made, if you can establish yourself and drill up the sales? For sure. The problem is, for every $28 you make on a a landscape, the business that controls the website is making quite a bit more than that. Also, because it's now relatively easy to submit to these services (or other stock photography services), you're in a very diluted market. Yes, if you can make your work stand out and find a regular batch of customers to keep coming in and buying your images at $28 bucks a pop, sure, you can make money, but it's not
the norm for photographers to get into photography merely to be a stock photographer (or more, to earn their living from it). There are exceptions (as there is to just about everything) but that doesn't make it the rule. So, if you're like the photographer indicated in one of the earlier posts that's making tons of money on stock photography, that's great and obviously more power to you.