Is it possible to make a living from stock photography?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by m.devalle, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. m.devalle

    m.devalle Guest

    Is it posible to make a living from stock photography or is it just a means
    of supplementing income from other sources?
     
    m.devalle, Aug 24, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    Hi.

    Statistics and perceived wisdom suggests that for every image you have in a
    stock library you will earn £1, that of course is averaged some will never
    sell and some will sell many times. If this holds true, and stock
    photography is not as lucrative as it used to be, then you can set a number
    of images that will provide you with an income to make a living.

    £25,000 per annum requires 25,000 ACCEPTED images
    £50,000 per annum requires 50,000 ACCEPTED images

    The top guys are reputed to make £100,000 to £500,000 (or at least were).

    You will also have to continually update images that date, or become
    unfashionable. Don't forget your costs to produce, prepare and submit
    images - whilst the sales effort is "free".

    IMHO, and for me, stock supplements income from other sources be it direct
    photographic sales, commissions, social photography, or another
    (photographic, or non-photographic job). I wouldn't personally rely on stock
    for an income, but as part of a blended income it makes emminent sense.

    Mike.
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    Mike French, Meonshore Studios Limited
    Freelance Photography and New Media
    web: www.meonshorestudios.co.uk
    mail:
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    Mike, Aug 24, 2003
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    Nod Guest

    Mike, out of curiosity, I visited your site. I have to say, as one who is
    interested in photography, and has just done a company site, with all the
    anxst that involves, I hope you don't mind a bit of feedback.

    I found it astonishing that a photographic and media company would present a
    site with not one photograph to see. I avoided the flash version, as I think
    many would, and couldn't find anything that would recommend your company if
    we were looking for a photographer.

    As I say, I hope you don't mind this fairly negative response to the site,
    but it may be useful as an outsider's view.
    Regards
    Andrew.
     
    Nod, Aug 24, 2003
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  4. m.devalle

    Mike Guest

    Andrew,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I am in the process of preparing my images for the static site.
    Unfortunately my own website takes lower priority than paid work, and right
    now I'm too busy earning to finish it off....

    I'll take it on board though and next time I get chance, I'll sort it out.

    Thanks
    Mike.

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    Mike French, Meonshore Studios Limited
    Freelance Photography and New Media
    web: www.meonshorestudios.co.uk
    mail:
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    Mike, Aug 26, 2003
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  5. I found it astonishing that a photographic and media company would present
    a
    I found it even worse than he decided to rape my browser and have it take up
    the entire screen. One more person's services I won't ever consider using.

    G
     
    Gerard McGovern, Aug 26, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    Never let it be said that I can't take some feedback :)

    Gerard, after a bit of poking around I found the offending code and removed
    it. My site will no longer deflower your browser, no doubt you will find
    something else to complain of though.

    Andrew, I have added some images and expect to amend both the portfolio
    (improve the quality) and start the library (increase the quantity) over the
    last three months of the year. Hopefully whilst not comprehensive it is
    representative of some of my work.

    Mike.
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    Mike French, Meonshore Studios Limited
    Freelance Photography and New Media
    web: www.meonshorestudios.co.uk
    mail:
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    Mike, Sep 9, 2003
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