Ryan Carter

Hallett Cove, Australia

Ryan Carter is a photographer from Adelaide, Australia. He travels extensively and specializes in Commercial, Portrait and Travel...

My Experience of Stock Photography ....

Well, its been a while since I wrote an update on my Stock Photography adventures.

I started uploading to Microstock sites in December 2008, so its been about 8 months now, and overall it has been a quite positive experience.

Sure, people say selling photos for such small prices is not worth it and only devalues yourself and the industry, however, I have found it to be quite profitable so far, especially as I am a student and can upload photos I take for school assignments and then sell them over and over again.

I am signed up to 7 different sites:
123 Royalty Free
Can Stock Photo
Big Stock Photo

I choose to not go exclusive on any site, which then gave me the opportunity to upload the same photos to each site, which further expands the possible market size for my photos.

Each site has different pay structures and commission amounts, check out the individual sites for the exact amounts, but so far the most profitable sites for me are: Shutterstock, IStockPhoto, Dreamstime and Fotolia.

Each month on average I earn upwards of US$150 total across all sites, and all this with photos that I am taking for school assignments, or things that would just be sitting on my hard drive not doing anything,

Well, thats about it for my latest update, I am still uploading a few photos a month and it seems to be growing, as all sites have seemed to earn more $$ the longer I have been there, new uploads or not.

Its not enough to retire yet, but it is paying for some nice new equipment!

If your interested in trying Stock Photography, I would encourage you to give it a go!

Thanks for having a read …….

These are some of my best selling images:

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