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My best sales have been in this order...1. Shutterstock 2. Istock 3. Dreamstime. Istock likes landscapes images to be left fairly flat leaving extra enhancements up to the customer ,
Shutterstock and Dreamstime don't seem to mind rich colors and contrast. I'm getting better at finding a happy medium when editing raw files so the same files can be uploaded to all three.

The tricky part for me has been deciding which images I want in traditional stock (Getty, Alamy) and which to Micro . When you submit to Getty the images are exclusive to them and cant be sold through
microstock.

-John

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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.
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I think the information just needs to be balanced out a little. Before I decided to be a stock contributor I scoured forums such as this and was getting completely discouraged from even trying. It's hard to differentiate between honest experience and BS . People have all kinds of motives in these forums to sway your opinion. Sometimes you can recognize (good )honest advice .

The same images I get $28.00 for, I also sell as RF licensing though my own website and get $70.00. If customers find my images through my website...nice !! If not they might find it through the big agencies. Then too I sell those same images as prints,canvas,calendars, personal downloads, etc... . Then I sell the same images as matted and framed prints.

My advice to anyone thinking about getting into this is why not? What is there to lose?
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that's understandable. Not trying to be a negative Nancy - in reality, if people want to get into it to give it a shot, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
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