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#1 anna182016

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Hello I'm curious i'm gonna ask question How much photographer can make for a month what is the lowest and how much is the highest income,I am single mom and because i am sad to leave my kid to the baby sitter,if i can make like $500 to 700 a month i will focus on here.I do have an interview at a A&w restaurant that i applied and let say the income for fulltime is $1200 and my baby sitter is $950 she make money than i do and i stay away from my child i make nothing so if i can make better here?please help me 


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#2 Bryan

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Posted A week ago

Hi Anna

 

Unfortunately I don't think that you will find the money that you need on Alamy.  A few people are probably making $1200 a month and more, but I get the impression that most of us lag well behind  -  I come nowhere near, despite uploading and keywording the best part of 10,000 images over a number of years.

 

Virtually all of my photo income comes from Alamy, but I suspect that you would need to do commissioned photography to make real cash. As to how you break into that market, I'll leave to others to suggest.


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#3 Betty LaRue

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Posted A week ago

I've been at this for 10 years, and now with 5000 plus images, the figures you mention are unattainable for me. It's more like $200-300 a month, on a very good month.
There's been a huge influx of new contributors that compete, causing many of us old-timers to watch our sales erode.

If you could get 10,000 images up in a relatively short time, and those images aren't run of the mill but desireable subjects, wanted by buyers, exposed and processed well and taken with a decent camera, then those figures you desire might be attainable.

I understand your desperation. Back when my family was low income, I stayed home with my three children but developed a poodle-grooming business that was done at home. If you have a talent, or can develop a talent for a service the public desires that could be done at home, you'd make more money than at stock photography in the near term. Since your babysitter makes more than you clear, think about doing that yourself. A couple of children you watch every day would bring in more than you're making now.

Meanwhile, you could study the kind of images that sell here and develop your skills in your spare time. Upload them, and eventually if you follow the above advice, you'll begin to sell a few. Only after you build a few thousand of "desirable" images, will you begin to see more sales.
That said, the way things are going, who knows how well any of us will do by then.
Good luck.
Betty
Edited to add. I took a look at your images, and you do have a decent camera, your images are well exposed, so you have a plus there. :)

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#4 Matt Limb

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Posted A week ago

Anna

 

I think Bryan has given some good advice above, especially when you consider the ever falling fee for stock photography

 

A classic example being just today with a front cover on a major magazine that gave me a gross income of $30 

 

You will need a lot of magazine covers to reach your targets!


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Posted A week ago

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Sorry to say, but do you know a more cruel way to kill mice?  :angry: Only sadists use sticky pads. What's wrong with a traditional mousetrap that kills them INSTANTLY. Shame on you!!!

 

Cheers,

Philippe


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#6 John Mitchell

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Posted A week ago

a-mouse-in-the-mouse-trap-sticky-pad-try

 

Sorry to say, but do you know a more cruel way to kill mice?  :angry: Only sadists use sticky pads. What's wrong with a traditional mousetrap that kills them INSTANTLY. Shame on you!!!

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

We're not a very nice species. Makes you wonder who the real "pests" are on this planet.


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Posted A week ago

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Sorry to say, but do you know a more cruel way to kill mice? :angry: Only sadists use sticky pads. What's wrong with a traditional mousetrap that kills them INSTANTLY. Shame on you!!!

Cheers,
Philippe

We're not a very nice species. Makes you wonder who the real "pests" are on this planet.




I'm no saint myself, but making animals suffer and kill them in such a terrible slooooooow way is inhumane. Especially when there's plenty of alternatives.

As a fulltime professional wildlife photographer and a keen (amateur) naturalist, I don't look at nature in a sentimental, but realistic way. And yes, I do use dead animals to lure predators like kestrels and buzzards. If I don't find roadkill, I do kill a mouse or two to lure the small species of raptors. But I kill them with traditional mousetraps in the blink of an eye, so the animals are dead before they know what the hell is happening. And I comfort myself with the thought that the mouse I killed will save the life of another in that kestrel's territory.
But using sticky pads is sick. That's pure torture! :angry:. In fact, when I saw the pictures, I was trembling with anger ............. and I'm still shaking.

Cheers,
Philippe

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#8 anna182016

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Posted A week ago

this mice is annoying you dont know how this mouses are so annoying n my bedroom making a mess poop and sneaky in our snacky food even destroying my kid clothes how is that huh you don't suffer that's why arterra


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Posted A week ago

this mice is annoying you dont know how this mouses are so annoying n my bedroom making a mess poop and sneaky in our snacky food even destroying my kid clothes how is that huh you don't suffer that's why arterra

 

KILL THEM WITH TRADITIONAL TRAPS !!!!!!!!!

 

 

Cheers,

Philippe


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Posted A week ago

he eventually escape didn't kill the mouse i can't kill animal because i am a good person i let him escape outside home 


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#11 anna182016

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Posted A week ago

everyone thanks for the advice


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#12 M.Chapman

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Posted A week ago

Hello I'm curious i'm gonna ask question How much photographer can make for a month what is the lowest and how much is the highest income,I am single mom and because i am sad to leave my kid to the baby sitter,if i can make like $500 to 700 a month i will focus on here.I do have an interview at a A&w restaurant that i applied and let say the income for fulltime is $1200 and my baby sitter is $950 she make money than i do and i stay away from my child i make nothing so if i can make better here?please help me 

 

If you want to make money, and don't already have an extensive library of desirable images that you have already keyworded, then look elsewhere.

 

The hours of effort required to establish a collection of good keyworded images is substantial. Suppose, as an example, it takes at least 5 minutes to shoot a picture, 5 minutes to edit it ready for Alamy, and then 5 minutes to keyword it, so 15 minutes/picture. In my case those are absolute minimums, most of my images take much, much longer then this. Now realise that, unless you're very clever with what you shoot, that the average sales rate is around 1 sale per 1,000 images per month at perhaps £20 per sale. Using the above rates indicates that to get 1,000 new images on Alamy will take a minimum of 250 hours. These 1,000 images could generate an income of £20 per month. So initially, it's really, really hard work for little return. As your collection grows, the return gets better (assuming your images don't date). But against this, the fees paid per stock image are falling.  


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#13 GS-Images

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Posted A week ago

Deleted, as I don't wish to help rude ungrateful people.

 

Back to spending time on my own photography.  :)

 

Geoff.


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#14 chrumu

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Posted A week ago

he eventually escape didn't kill the mouse i can't kill animal because i am a good person i let him escape outside home 

 

 

If you don't want to kill it, then get a good non-lethal mouse trap which just catches it without harm, so you can release it afterwards.

 

Sticky pads are indeed cruel as the mouse suffers since the more it moves to free itself, the more it gets trapped.


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Posted A week ago

this mice is annoying you dont know how this mouses are so annoying n my bedroom making a mess poop and sneaky in our snacky food even destroying my kid clothes how is that huh you don't suffer that's why arterra

 

write to the mouse police ask them to arrest it do it now before you get more they are mean but you are mean to make them suffer so call them quick then take more photos have a nice mousy evening thanks bye

 

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#16 John Mitchell

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Posted A week ago

he eventually escape didn't kill the mouse i can't kill animal because i am a good person i let him escape outside home 

 

Good for you. Some people would have just let the mouse suffer. Your images clearly show how cruel these sticky traps are, which might prove to be a good thing in the long run.

 

Back to your question, it's possible to make a little extra income at stock photography but very difficult to make a living at it these days. Good luck.


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#17 Bill Brooks

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Posted A week ago

Well the dynamic duo have struck again. Attacking and then making fun of a newby, who they perceive as a threat to their broken business plans.

 
Sick sick sick, and I am not talking about the newby.

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#18 arterra

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Posted A week ago

 

Well the dynamic duo have struck again. Attacking and then making fun of a newby, who they perceive as a threat to their broken business plans.

 
Sick sick sick, and I am not talking about the newby.

 

 

Making fun?

 

I think the OP got VERY GOOD and VERY REALISTIC advice.

But of course - as usual - you know better. Well, go ahead! I'm curious, what advice (read false hope) you have for a newbie who has to start from scratch.

 

Cheers,

Philippe


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#19 funkyworm

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Posted A week ago

If I had dependents then I would be doing other work.

 

With the situation at the moment, even without dependents, with 17 years of work on the shelves spread over quite a few agents, I am not sure I will be covering my fairly modest bills in the near future.

 

Not to say you shouldn;t try and make some money... but see it as a Christmas bonus.


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#20 GS-Images

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Posted A week ago

 

Well the dynamic duo have struck again. Attacking and then making fun of a newby, who they perceive as a threat to their broken business plans.

 
Sick sick sick, and I am not talking about the newby.

 

 

Awww friendly as ever.  :D


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