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Just started today. Im tired of running retail stores and owning a business... want somthing new and refreshing so hear I am!! Can anyone tell me the earning potential on me being an average idiot with a camera...LOL. I got interested through a website that said make $$ abroad.. i was researching moving out of NY and get a snow bird home in the islands. Well enough about me... just wanted to say HI to everyone. Thanks.

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Welcome.

 

You are in this for the long haul if you wish to make a living at stock.

 

Allan

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Hi, and welcome to Alamy. Others have already pretty much covered this, but there are over 50,000 photographers here, and only a handful make a living purely from stock sales.

You'll need at least 10,000 excellent images to make any real difference to your income.

That said, good luck - all journeys start with the first step.

Tony

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Hey Tee Cee, I'm going to clarify your statement a tiny bit and add that "10,000" excellent images doesn't mean excellent from a photographer's point of view, it means excellent from a buyers point of view. In other words, beautiful images of un-requested subjects don't count.

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Hi 'Hello From Long Island NY'

 

You got interested in contributing images to Alamy through a website that said make $$ abroad?

 

Smiles - From Long Island

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Hello Vintage:

Much like you I needed a career switch (I was a research scientist for 25+ years) and as I had been taking photographs as a hobbyist during that time I thought it would be a natural alternative second career path to try and get myself established. I have been contributing to Alamy for nearly 4 years now and have just made my 10th sale and my gross total is about $800, which for my limited sized portfolio and my main subject area, I think is kind of good. However, because I have bills to pay it soon became apparent that stock photography wasn't going to be able replace my income. So I now am a highway truck driver half the time and a stock photographer the other half.

So to answer your question, earning potential for a guy with over 25 years of photography experience just starting in stock photography isn't  that great (although I really enjoy doing stock photography and am always learning about ways to expand and diversify my photo taking skills and opportunities). Perhaps one day I will have some other photo-related income streams to get me off the highway.

 

Good luck, though

Chris

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Recently retired dudes, Chris and our OP: 

 

Allow me to make a suggestion, gentlemen: don't think of stock photography as a way to earn serious money. Neither one of you is hurting for a retirement income, if my guess is right. I am a retired pro photographer, and I could use more money.

 

But I don't do this for the money. I don't play golf nor do I watch daytime TV.  I shoot stock to have something to do that involves both a physical and a mental activity. The income from stock helps me keep track as to how I'm doing. 

 

If you're thinking about doing this for a serious income, forget it. 

 

Good luck 

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Chris,

 

In looking at your portfolio, it looks to be ( like mine ) heavy on photos you enjoy taking rather than including everything that might sell  (or more correctly license).  As a truck driver, you probably have access to photos that many others don't, and they do sometimes sell.  For example, my BFGB05 of a Linkbelt Crane and ACF25N of a semi with an oversize load both sold late last year for $49 each gross.  I once sold a photo  of a Love's Truck Stop  ( but only for $3.17 net ).  I've sold a number of photos of the main street of small towns.  Nothing special, just looking down the street in the main business district.  Granted, pulling a big truck over isn't as easy as a pickup, but then you might get more cooperation from other truckers for photos of loading / unloading, chaining up, etc.

 

Same goes for the OP -- look at what is available where you are normally.  The chances of stock on Alamy paying you a living wage after travel expenses isn't, in my opinion, very good.  You have a lot of competition out there.  If you're mainly interested in something to do that you enjoy, like Ed and I do, then go for it.  If you really need the money, then I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

 

Good luck.

 

Robert

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I think I have one or perhaps two of those things, Philippe. Ah, the OP? Another thin-skinned Newbie?

 

In Vietnam, nobody would talk to replacement troops, Newbies. If they didn't get killed or wounded in their first three days, they were invited to trade rations. 

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From Long Island, Ann, is Manhattan considered "abroad"? 

 

Hi Edo - How about if you consider Long Island abroad, and I'll consider Manhattan abroad...

 

- A broad from Long Island

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Hi Robert, I am indeed guilty of photographing what I enjoy, however I do have a motive for that. My PhD is in Zoology (not yet retired, Ed, just a midlife crisis ;) ) and I get real satisfaction providing images that might be used in educating people about the natural world. Most of my sales to date have been "educational", including a children's book on Turkey Vultures, so that makes me happy. But I have taken the excellent advice available on this forum (which I encourage all new people to read) and have broadened my subject matter. Indeed I do have a few truck images on Alamy, but those are taken with my phone as I haul jet fuel and no camera's are allowed at the loading/unloading sites.

 

Cheers,

Chris

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Hello there! Im also a newbee, its good to be here!

 

 

Better to start your own thread than jump in on someone else's.

 

Allan

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Just started today. Im tired of running retail stores and owning a business... want somthing new and refreshing so hear I am!! Can anyone tell me the earning potential on me being an average idiot with a camera...LOL. I got interested through a website that said make $$ abroad.. i was researching moving out of NY and get a snow bird home in the islands. Well enough about me... just wanted to say HI to everyone. Thanks.

 

sure - the average idiot with a camera - should make about zero 

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