IanButty Posted September 24, 2017 Share Posted September 24, 2017 I've been an Alamy contributor since February 2003 - at the time there were still a lot of photographers for whom stock photography was a significant if not primary source of income. The digital camera revolution happened everyone became photographers. We saw the rise of microstock sites. Images were which used to attract four-figure sales were attracting single figure price tags. There was a joke at the time "How many stock photographers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer none - we just sit around and talk about how it used to work" I changed my focus and found other forms of income - mainly teaching other photographers. The number of images I submitted to Alamy got less and less and I've hardly submitted anything over the last four or five years. As part of the training sessions I run, I still do one on stock photography. But I usually start off by setting expectations very low. I tell people that while stock photography used to be a good business to be in, now it's just about impossible to make a living at it. I revising my training notes at the moment and wondered if this is still true? Is there anyone here whose major income is from stock? If so who many images to you have for sale? (Yes, I know number of images isn't everything but it is a useful metric). If you had to give one piece of advice to someone considering getting into selling their images as stock photography, what would it be? Thanks Ian. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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