Stock Photos/Art

Stock Photos/Art

I posted about this in a thread, and an entire post a while back, but am reposting because the payments have changed on the website I work with, and in a way that you get more money per photo/illustration, so I figured I would repost here. And yes, my link here DOES include a referral, if anyone has a problem with that I am sure they can figure out easily enough how to sign up without the referral. I'm not just going to cover the logistics, but suprisingly, the emotional issues with doing stock work. When you do stock work, you don't make a lot of money per photo. You could, over the years, but if you are the sort to want your work to go for a lot of money per piece, this isn't for you. If you're not the sort to handle someone taking your art and sticking it in a brochure or ad or magazine or something you may never see, in a context you will never know, it's not for you. But if you have stuff sitting on a web gallery or on your hard drive, and you have no problems with it making you a little bit of money, then consider stock photography/art. Now, I am writing about the place I deal with, Shutterstock/stocktogo. I chose them because they're good for someone starting out, and aren't as picky as the big names. I simply don't have the equipment to submit to a place like Corbis. Not yet, at least. Also, since I also sell my work for decor photography/art, I need to retain my rights. Some places want the exclusive right to sell your work, including not letting you sell your own work. I didn't want that. I also can delete something at any time. Right now I am negotiating photos for a big restaurant in NYC -- I will probably take down the photos they use, either on their request or because I would want them taken down. They handle the model releases (they give you releases to download, sign, and upload if needed -- and having them handle that legal BS is a load off your mind, at least it is for me. I HATE dealing with the legal BS when I do private stuff.) Lastly, they let you do editorial photos, so if you have 'street photography' and no model release, you can still sell it. There are other stock places with different rates and rules but you'll have to google them, and please, if you find a good one, let me know! Also I've found it's a good way to figure out what sells, and looking at other people's art helps me grow until I am ready for the big leagues. Signing up for a place like photosig or artsig to have people pick apart your works can help too. You need a thick skin for that though. ;) Ok, so these people have two programs: One is the unlimited download. Some graphic designers/photo buyers/stock buyers buy shutterstock accounts (by the way you make money if you get someone to sign up for THAT). For a flat fee they can download all the art they need in a month. If your piece is downloaded you get 20 cents. Ok, sounds like nothing but its more than you get for some ad clicks. (And more than if it had been sitting on your HD doing nothing.) Get a big enough gallery, or needed works, then it really ads up. They let you know the most popular downloads, and the most popular searches, so you can gear your gallery to tastes like that. Also think seasonal/business. Put your tulip photos up in Feb, your Christmas lights up in October, your pumpkins up August -- enough so buyers have art for stuff they are printing. Get people in suits, people working different jobs and so on. Some photos CAN earn people a nice chunk of change. Two is the stocktogo program that just started. Now they are letting people buy one photo at a time, starting at 6.95 and you get 20% -- the most expensive ones they sell are just under $30 I think. So you have a chance of making more money per photo. And if you want a photo to opt out of one or the other, you can, or you can put them up on both by default. (you upload thru your browser or FTP your stuff.) By the way, read the requirements on the site for photo quality. If you are digital, you need a 3MP camera or better with it set to the highest quality/largest size. If you are film, you need to scan it to a high enough resolution, and similar size info needed for art -- the site explains it better than I can. Three is the referral programs. If you sign up other photographers/artists, you get 3 cents for every time one of their works is downloaded. (So its not just a referral thing where you make money for signups, your friends have to make money for you to make money.) Secondly, if you find them buyers for the monthly program, you get a percentage of their subscription rate. Right now they don't have a referral program for stocktogo, but I figured I would put the link up anyways before it goes live so if you do want to set up a gallery with them, when they go live you're right up there ready to make money. (I make more money off of selling my own stuff than referrals.) I'm not making a living off of this, although I know people who have moved on to bigger places and make decent money. So if you arent emotionally attached to your work, and its of the right digital quality, and wouldnt mind it working for you, I say go for it, and sign up, or at least look into it somewhere else if Shutterstock/photostogo doesnt have what you are looking for. As I have the time I will post other ways I have my stuff make a bit of money for me.
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