What is Stock Photography?

this is for the thumbnail since
everybody tells me I need to get better at thumbnails what is stock photography what is stock photography okay I’m done
with thumbnails thumbnails are stupid let’s get into this this is the video
you guys have all been begging for for like six years now and that’s not true
because I’ve only had this channel for like two years but this is the video
you’ve been asking for for a really long time
what is stock photography and obviously there’s like a thousand videos of what
is stock photography so I’m gonna put my own twist on it and I’m just gonna dive
right into a bunch of questions about stock photography and what that means so
I put them on my phone I’m here in the studio space in YouTube land in Tokyo
which is awesome and I’m going to answer these questions that I made myself it’s
like a Q&A where I ask myself questions that you guys want to ask but that fit
better into video format so stop photography stock photography. what is
stock photography? stock photography is it’s a stock of photography it’s a stock
of photos it’s a bunch of photos in a vault in a digital vault so I don’t know
how to describe stock photography any better than it’s a stockpile of photos
it really is that simple let me explain it maybe by talking about the the
perspective of the photo buyer let’s say you’re a marketer and you want to buy a
photo of a cat that dressed like a nurse for a t-shirt you can scour the internet
trying to find the perfect photo then you can deal with the photo shooter who
may or may not be willing to sell that photo and spend tons of time trying to
get your cat and a nurse outfit photo for a t-shirt or you can just go onto
the internet onto a stock website search cat nurse and find the photo and make
your t-shirt basically stock photography is a way of stockpiling the world’s
photos to make it easier for people to find work it’s like a
operative it’s like the farmers market of photography it’s where everybody
comes together with their images and then they sell them and I guess that’s
the simplest actually that’s probably the most over descriptive description of
stock photography in the history but that is what stock photography is stock
photography are websites that have vaults of images that people can buy so
when we talk about stock photography there’s actually two types of stock
photography there’s rights managed and there’s micro stock and they are very
very different ways of selling images rights managed rights managed is what
you’d think selling photos is like when you start
off as a photographer they’re big sales for lots of money for exclusive usage
basically a rights managed stock site like tandem stock stills in motion for
example they have a stockpile of images and then photo buyers say hey we want to
buy this image and then they negotiate a price for you on the rights for that
image so whether their usage is exclusive whether it’s not an exclusive
how long it’s going to last what type of usage it’s cuz it’s gonna
be for if it’s for a magazine is it going to be a cover mid page a full
spread a series of images they do all the negotiating for you and then of
course they take a pretty handy cut most rights manage stock agencies take a cut
of like 75% of the image to maybe 50% of the image so they take a big chunk of it
but they do a lot of the work and without them you probably might not have
been able to sell the photo in the first place so very very handy and they’re
selling to newspapers and magazines and websites that have a huge distribution
so the sales from rights managed are very high for example I’ve sold a bunch
of images for Bing Bing comm there and they sell it like $500 each i’ve also
sold images for magazines and they’ve sold out like 750 dollars each you could
land something massive through a rights managed agency like a billboard that
might be worth thousands of dollars so you might not get a lot of sales and
rights managed but when you do get sales they tend to be pretty big ones so it’s
low volume high reward on the other hand micro stock has
the title kind of mentioned microstock is massive volume and small reward in
fact when you start off selling micro stock images you’re making like 25 cents
per image which is a tough pill to swallow for photographers and what micro
stock is is let’s say you’re a photo buyer and you’re buying a ton of images
just for very very small usage you’re a marketer or a PR agent and you just need
a bunch of small images or vectors and things like that without a huge
distribution you buy a subscription to a micro stock site like Shutterstock which
i’ve put a link to in the description below you might pay like I don’t know
$500 and you’ll get to select as many as a hundred or 200 images a month so every
single month you might just go through all the entire stock and just grab
hundreds of images and then the photographer gets their cut which with
charter stock for example I think it started out at 20 percent the
photographer is only at 20 percent of the cut and by the high end the
photographer is getting about 35 percent of the cut so you’re only making
sometimes 20 cents an image 35 cents an image but and there is a foot with micro
stock the profits can be big in fact one image might sell a thousand times it
might sell five thousand times in fact I had an image from Dubrovnik that was
actually kind of a snapshot that I handheld that has turned $1,000 profit
over the years and yes that means it has like three thousand photo sales or
something like that but they’re small usage in fact I’ve never ever seen that
image out in the world so yeah again high-volume small reward but that small
reward can accumulate over the years and lead to a really nice residual income
when talking about stock photography we also have to talk about editorial versus
commercial because they are very very important in in stock photography
editorial photos are photos that you’ve taken that are news related it doesn’t
mean that they have a person in the photo but if it does have a person in
the photo it can legally be run as news for example I’m on the streets here in
Tokyo and I snap an image of some person during a rain
storm that’s crazy there’s and then there’s a crazy weather news story up
somewhere in the world and they buy that image I can sell it to them without
having to get permission or a consent form from the person I photographed
because it’s news and on the same lines I can submit images like that into stock
photography as long as I check the box saying its editorial now the commercial
side of things is so so different especially in stock photography to sell
an image of the commercial nature which means let’s say I take a picture of
Tokyo and my favorite airline in the world sarcastically Alitalia buys that
image from me to sell there their flights to Tokyo which you should never
take when they do that that’s a commercial sale because that image is
trying to sell something and that’s what stock photography really that’s where
the bread and butter of stock photography is is the commercial side of
things and to be a commercial valued image meaning you can legally sell it on
commercial platforms there needs to be no people or if there is people in the
photo they need to have consent form signed there needs to be no brands in
the photo so you can’t have like a billboard that says coke somewhere in
the background that that’s not allowed you can’t have buildings that are
copyrighted for example the Eiffel Tower if it’s lit up at night you cannot sell
that as a commercial image because of the copyrights that are on the Eiffel
Tower it’s crazy as that is so that’s the massive difference between editorial
and commercial as a Travel Photographer this is always the battle because I
always have to be thinking about stock photography as well when I’m shooting so
I might take one image that has some people in it but then it might also try
to get another photo that has no recognizable people so what images sell
on stock photography the answer is pretty much anything sells to be honest
personally I’ve had a lot of success with travel destinations the kind of
like hero images those sell really well but you don’t need to be a travel
photographer to do stock photography in fact the highest selling images on stock
photography they’re usually like sports teams or
likes to do stuff they’re like take this exact studio here in Tokyo and there’s
just a guy in a business suit and a woman in her business suit looking at
each other and some report and that photo sells like crazy because that’s
what a lot of people are buying they’re looking for images in stock photography
that they can use in brochures or job applications or stuff like that so you
definitely don’t need to be a travel photographer to stock photos in fact
when I was starting in photography I was desperate to make money so I was taking
pictures of everything I would go around to my parents house and I would pick out
household items and just photograph them I was photographing the flowers in the
garden I was photographing the meals that we were eating I photographed
absolutely everything to try to get them into stock and if it exists their stock
images for it their stock images of crayons their stock images of nails and
screws and stuff like that you can literally put any type of image
into a stock portfolio as long as it steamed sellable so just because you’re
not in exciting places doesn’t mean you can’t upload the stock that brings me to
the obvious question of who should you stock with and it’s not exactly the
easiest answer for me from a rights managed standpoint I’m represented by
tandem stock stills in motion but to be honest I’ve kind of gotten away from
posting not just there but kind of everywhere just because I’ve been so
busy with other styles of photography that I haven’t really I really haven’t
wanted to spend the time to do it tandem stock stills in motion is mostly
outdoors focused their adventure focus their outdoor sports focused and they’re
fantastic they’re amazing and over here on the microstock side of things I stuck
with shutterstock not exclusively but that’s the only place I ever really saw
a lot of value that’s the only place that I saw a ton of money there’s other
Microsoft any has one Adobe has one dreams time Fotolia Fotolia was probably
the second they were probably the second best one that I got in terms of making
money from I know a lot of people in Germany and Europe use Fotolia but
Shutterstock by far without a doubt was the one place
I saw the most success again there’s a link in the description of this video to
Shutterstock so if you’re thinking about microstock and you’re thinking of doing
that and check out that their platform also you’re gonna run into no matter who
you stock with the exclusive versus not exclusive exclusive means that if you
upload your images to their stock portfolio you can’t upload it anywhere
else non-exclusive means if you upload it to
their stock portfolio you can upload it to a hundred other stock portfolios if
you want as well and there’s advantages to both on the exclusive side of things
your value is going to be higher micro stock agents usually give you like an
extra percentage of commission if you stock those images exclusively with them
but of course you potentially lose value because you’ve lost opportunities to
sell that image elsewhere so it’s kind of this battle of balance personally I
never upload exclusively to micro stock never absolutely never because I don’t
want to ever have the opportunity to sell my image to like a big client later
on because it’s been in my micro stock I don’t want to have an image of Alberta
that’s a good image in my micro stock selling and then a client coming to me
and saying hey we want to buy that image for a billboard we’ll pay you $2,000 and
me going no because it’s making 25 cents over here so I don’t do exclusive in the
micro stock I do do exclusive in rights managed because I know that they’re
going to try to get the absolute best value for my image possible I know you
guys are thinking money but you wouldn’t be watching this video unless you were
thinking money how much money can you make from stock photography and honestly
that depends on a thousand different variables talking about micro stock for
example the profits are down to what they used to be just because there’s so
many images there but there is still value depending on how many images you
get in for example over at shutterstock if you can get a thousand images into
your portfolio I think you’re probably looking at about two hundred three
hundred dollars a month at a rights managed agent if your stuff is good and
you can get two thousand images into a rights managed portfolio you could be
looking at about four hundred five hundred dollars a month or more and now
those numbers don’t sound great they don’t
back they sound terrible if you’re a photographer and you’re only making $500
a month or two hundred and fifty dollars a month or something like that you’re
not doing well for yourself but the beauty of stock photography is the
residual and passive income side of it for example I haven’t uploaded a single
image to my micro stock in almost a year now and I’m still making that hundred
and fifty two hundred dollars a month that means over this past year I’ve made
like $1,000 to $2,000 while not uploading a single image on the same
side of things my rights managed I haven’t uploaded since last spring
almost a full year as well and again I’ve made like a couple grand in the
past year on images that I sold over that way so it’s really important not to
think in a small scale but on a big scale and if you’ve been following my
channel for a while you know I used to talk about the income octopus having a
lot of different streams of income stock photography should definitely be one of
your streams of income I’m gonna be honest with you I love having this
studio space here but I find it so hard to sit down and talk in front of the
camera for this long I just want to go and do fun things I want to show you
guys out in the field the stock photography side of things so if you’re
new to this channel that’s this isn’t usually what I do
usually we’re out in the world and I’m showing you guys life as a travel
photographer behind the scenes we go out on shoots I take you on photo shoots I
show you how to make a stock photo in the field so so subscribe to the channel
and you’ll be able to see those vlogs now I’m getting distracted back to stock
photography why should you stock why should you upload your images to stalker
who should upload their images to stock I’m a big believer that if you’re a
professional in this field and you’ve been a professional for a long time it’s
maybe less important to upload to stock for example I’ve stopped uploading to
stock and not because I hate the platform or I felt like I was being
undervalued or anything like that I’m just too busy stock photography is very
time consuming and eventually if I eventually get an assistant or I get
some more free time I’ll have that assistant or I’ll spend my free time
uploading to stock because there is some value there if you’re a new photographer
you’re new in photography you should definitely be uploading to stock because
it’s a way of starting to build your valley
it’s a way to spend your time that’s productive in your early years of
photography I spent like four years five years uploading to stock and building
that value but beyond building that value I really learned the value of a
good photo I learned what sells what doesn’t sell they’re shooting all
the time for stock and just shooting in general gave me something to do it gave
me a way to practice my skill it gave me a way to grow if you’re new in
photography and you don’t want to work for free you’re refusing to do
internships and and apprenticeships and stuff like that you refuse to work for
free stock photography is a way for you to go
and practice your skill and still maybe hopefully get some money from it and I
think that anybody starting in photography should try to upload to
stock and should try to get into stock photography the other advantage to stock
photography is it will make you a good technical photographer I’m a good
technical photographer because of stock photography and I don’t think I would
have become one if I didn’t do stock photography because stock photography is
cutthroat in that when you upload your images if they’re not a hundred percent
sharp a hundred percent noise free the lights not perfect everything’s not
perfect with that image it will get denied so stock photography made me a
better photographer because it forced me to really really become a perfectionist
when it comes to the technical side of things when I’m uploading stock or when
I’m just organizing my files regardless I have a very very set way of selling
photos basically let’s say I take ten photos in Japan those ten photos I
consider have value of those ten photos I submit them all to potential buyers
that might be buying images directly from me different commercial clients
editorial clients whoever because that’s where the absolute best value is so I’ll
send those ten images to different potential buyers they have a look at
them they might buy two let’s say they buy two I’m left with eight images of
those eight images I then submit them into the rights manage side of things
because I think that the rights managed is the second best value so those eight
images go there they might select forward to end up in their stock and
then there’s lat left over for images I put them in micro
stock I dropped them in micro stock because I think that’s where they have
the least amount of value but I still want to make something out of it
it’s better for me for those images to make small amount of money than for them
to sit on my hard drives and not make anything at all so that’s the way I
process kind of things when I’m uploading to stock clients first rights
manage second micro stock blast I am losing my voice so this will be the last
thing I want to talk about with stock photography and that’s about the
downside is there a downside to stock photography yes obviously there’s a
downside to stock photography in that you’re potentially undervaluing yourself
so the biggest downside of stock photography especially micro stock
photography is that you’re giving your images away for way less than they’re
worth so I think one of the most important things for you guys to
understand when it comes to stock photography is that micro stock
photography almost should become your leftovers if you take great images that
you think and sell don’t just chuck them in micro stock right away and let them
let them make their tiny a little bit of profit there because you’re not getting
your value hang on to them make sure you get the best value out of them the other
downside is that it’s so time consuming doing stock photography especially micro
stock photography means that you’re gonna spend a ton of time uploading
images keywording the images tagging the images adding titles to the images it’s
it’s a time-consuming process and it’s definitely more time consuming than the
initial value in the initial return suggests so I think a lot of people give
up on stock photography right away because of that they spend like a week
doing it they see uh made 35 cents and I did a week’s worth of work and that’s
hard and I do get that I get that that’s the downside but stock photography is
one of those things that if you plug away at it for a long time and you’re
really like strict with yourself about submitting eventually you’ll start to
see a lot of value I know photographers that make a hundred
percent of their living from stock photography in fact I have a friend who
does stock photography but he also does stock drone videos and stock time-lapses
he made so much money on stock as a Travel Photographer and travel
time-lapse er and drone photographer and stuff like that
he made so much money in the stocks two years ago that he didn’t work for an
entire year he was like I’m gonna take the year off and he lived off of his
stock profits from that year because again it’s residual income so if you
work really hard you stock the right stuff you can make a lot of money and
you can make a residual passive income as well which i think is really really
key so that’s it for the stock photography video I feel relieved
because finally I’ve done the stock photography video you guys have been
asking for for two years and now I can go back to vlogging which I love doing
and I can feel guilt free about vlogging again but I am gonna try to do videos
business related videos sit-down videos like this about once a month or so
hopefully and hopefully I can get into YouTube spaces like this in London and
Berlin and wherever else I am in the world to help film them so I don’t know
what videos coming next from the business I think I’m gonna talk about
marketing mistakes that photographers make because let’s be honest there’s a
lot of them and I guess I’ll see you guys tomorrow
on a vlog I’ll have a vlog tomorrow mmm just the way I like it I’ll see you guys
there peace

100 Replies to “What is Stock Photography?”

  1. What camera gear do I use? Check it out here: https://youtu.be/oHNQUqcmOoM
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  2. Brendan van Son. The most honest, real, and underated photographer on youtube. Keep up the great work! You are so much better than 79K. It will come.

  3. Sharing your knowledge and experience to help others succeed and prevent them from making the same mistakes you did, once you have become successful yourself, is an admirable quality Brendan. You are funny, honest, friendly, down-to-earth, and this reflects in every video you make. Keep up the awesome work ethic, and have endless fun on your travels! We will be here watching and cheering you on!

  4. BVS thank you thank you thank you for the video!!!
    I only have one question. What about post-processing for micro stcok? Should I use very minimal post-processing?
    Again, great video. Thanks

  5. Great video… but I was on the edge of my seat whole time, thinking that you'll knock one of the lens off the table… your arms were all over the place!

  6. I just got into the stock photo stuff and I've been doing the same thing. pictures of anything in focus! I do have a better understanding about what the rights management side now though. thanks for the info. I do have shots I believe would sell in that format.

  7. LOL I'm working on photos to submit to a client as I'm watching this, (I watch on my phone, while I work on the laptop.)

  8. Hello Brendan, I wanted to inscribe myself on tandemstock but they don't accept new contributor unless an actual contributor recomend it.
    Would you considere recomanding me ?
    This is my website if you want to see some of my work
    Thanks and keep up the great work ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Great video, super informative. Quick question, are your social media pictures separate from your stock images? Presumably you dont use your rights managed ones in social media, but wondering if you submit your social ones as stock or take them as separate images specifically for social.

  10. In the last couple of days I've taken my first tentative steps into stock photography and signed up to both Shutterstock and Alamy, so thanks for the advice on here Brendan. Quite chuffed that I got my first trial submissions to both passed by their QC first time so now it's getting more uploaded and see if I can earn some money from them. As an amateur photographer I'm not primarily doing it for the money, more for the kudos of having someone like my images so much that they are willing to pay for them. Thanks again and keep up the great vlogs – very enjoyable and informative.

  11. Well, my problem is that I'm not full-aged so I have no chance to do stock-photgraphy although I would love to do it.
    Another point is that I have to send a comfirmation that I'm not from the U.S which makes it impossible as I'm not of age.
    Guess I'll have to wait and look for other ways to earn money with my photography.

  12. The issue with Microstock is that it isn't necessarily small usage. Usage might be much larger than what really should be paid. So Microstock has been disruptive and mainly negative for photographers – now we are kind of stuck with it, making life for the working (stock) photographer much much difficult. If only it had been introduced/limited to "small price small use".

  13. For me the hardest thing about stock (especially microstock) is how much it devalues your work. Sure, it's great for their subscribers, but for a photographer there's little more disheartening than seeing an image you've put time, effort and (probably) money into, go for just 25 cents. It almost makes me want to only upload mediocre images to stock that are just decent enough to get accepted and keep the good stuff for myself, hoping it might actually sell one day. And if not, screw it, I'd rather it collect dust on my hard drive that sell it for 25 cents. Sure, there's rights managed, but it's very hard to get into it. Getty will probably not accept you into rights managed and put you into iStock instead (which is their microstock) and Tandem that Brendan mentions is actually closed for new entries, so yeah.

  14. Hey Brendan, great informative video. After watching MANY of your vids, I've searched Shutterstock several times trying to see your portfolio but never find you. Could you post a link or give your contributor name so we can see your work there please?

  15. I've been shooting stock for almost 3 years but I'm in a rut. I never promote my own work. Love that you send shots to potential clients first. Could you do a video on what you say, how you introduce yourself, and the steps you take to promote yourself before adding to stock sites.

  16. In my opinion, it seems that the "heyday" of stock photography was somewhere in the range of 20-40 years ago, when 35mm film and medium format film were king. The market was still very healthy with respect to rights-managed sales; you could expect to sell a single image to the cover of a magazine for thousands of dollars, and make hundred(s)-dollar sales left and right for smaller usages.

    It was very good money, considering the number of photos you had to take to get it. If you were a truly talented landscape/travel photographer, you spent a few hundred bucks a month on film, and made thousands. Many photographers, such as Galen Rowell and David Muench, were extremely prolific in those times.

    Then again, they didn't get filthy rich, either. So even though microstock caused a massive collapse of the rights-managed stock photo market, it's simply a different game today- sheer volume. You have to produce thousands and thousands of decent images every month, if you want to do nothing but stock full-time. And as Brendan mentioned, the microstock and exclusive/non-exclusive debate is a very complicated issue. You gotta be smart about it, and I'd recommend seeking professional consultations if you're considering it.

    And also, as Brendan's own career is a fine example of, "the income octopus" is REALLY the way to go. Stock should be just one….tentacle, lol. If you don't know what the heck that means, there's probably a playlist for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Thanks for demonstrating that, more often than not, out of constraints comes creativity! A broken lens made you think out of the box and come up with stunning panoramas! Congratulations on your 50k milestone!!

  18. I enjoyed hearing you talk about the Stock Photography. I am just starting in Stock Photography and I have started on Shutterstock. The only thing which is annoying me is that naming the images is a bit of a pain because they keep getting rejected. Any tips on how to name as I have been trying lots of things but little success.

  19. Great video, very interesting and helpful stuff, my take away from this is first "thumb nails suck" and second "awesome T-Shirt" hahaha

  20. From my experience with 1000 pic on shutterstock – $20-40 a month. Alamy 0 a month. Getty $20-40 a month. Adobe $20-40 a month. Consumes too much time with pennies in return. Don't depend on it. You'll regret.

  21. Thanks Brendan, always super informative. Was wondering what books you might recommend about getting into stock? Thanks. Peace.

  22. Hi Brendan, i like to ask you do you have a chance to invaite me on https://tandemstock.com/ because only this way thay accept new contributors. I use Shutterstock but i like to try tandemstock also. Thank you.

  23. this is a brilliant video…. stock is something i had previously dismissed, time for me to re visit. thanks Brendan!! look forward to the future vlogs and seeing you do what you enjoy best !

  24. Hi Brendan, I subscribed to your YouTube channel a few weeks ago and found a lot of interesting videos ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm a hobbyist photographer and still at the beginning of my photography journey. After I saw this video I started wondering is it a good idea to use stock photography to improve my photos and technique and also as extra income to save for better gear faster ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. Too bad Tandem is invite only nowadays. You need a referral of some sort to get in. Giveaway some invites Brendan!

  26. Good vid Brendan! I've been doing stock photography for many years and even now it is good way to earn extra.

  27. You be worried that this isnโ€™t he normal content for you but as an aspiring travel photographer who is just starting up, this is the perfect video. So thank you!

  28. Thank you for this!! I've seen a lot about this topic from various sources, but this video was by far the best, most informative of all.

  29. As I learn from your video, one image can't be sell on more then one site, such as if I upload my image on shutterstock, then I can't sale it on 500px.com, am I right or there is a way to sale the same image on multiple stock image sites??
    Please can you explain it for me.
    Thanks for your kind response.

  30. When you chose the exclusivity to shutterstock, is it about your account when you create at the beginning, to go as exclusive, or when you upload photos to tick as exclusive image?

  31. hi
    i want to be tandemstock contributor but they dont it anymore,i mean someone has to refer me,can you please do it for me?thanks

  32. hey man, great video again! While I was definitely beginning to look into stock photography and you answered all my questions I do have another burning question. In a previous video you mentioned that you used to do more editorial type stuff selling stories paired with your photos. Could you elaborate on that? That's the area that interests me most in photography. Thanks!

  33. You said you sold that tokyo street image for commercial usage, I dont understand… that image has many faces and brand logos, how is it sold for commercial purpose? I mean, I dont think you obtained consent forms from those ppl ahead of time of the shoot๐Ÿ˜‚?

  34. Iโ€™m assuming you sold the Tokyo images with the identifiable logos as editorial? What about the Disneyland one?

  35. thanks for the video… I'm a stock photographer in Spain and id love to know how you sell the same or similar content in rights managed and micro stock? i mean if you shoot a set of a girl working on the beach and lets say getty takes 3 out of 10 images and then the other 7 can be uploaded in micro stock wouldn't that be considered to similar content to be sold as rights managed? love you channel keep it up mate..

  36. I got an important question: You say that it is always good to do stock unexclusively, bc then you can also sell it to a client who wants it for a big amount of money. But if you alrdy have it on stock for some cents then a client wouldn't pay you this big amount, he would just buy it on stock for some cents. So basically all pictures you are uploading to stock are lost and you actually can't really use them for client work anymore if I got that right๐Ÿค” my question now is: what did you mean by saying that you can still sell it to clients if it is on stock unexclusively?

  37. So 200/m for 1k images in microstock, 400/m for 2k images on RM stock, sounds about the same right? Can't see the advantage of going to RM agencies then

  38. Uploaded my first dozen. Shutterstock rejected one. Adobe rejected four but accepted the one Shutterstock said wasnโ€™t sharp. Old men can get confused ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. Man! Such a helpful video!! I work the graveyard shift in a hospital but I LOOOVE photography. I've been told I take some damn good shots (long exposure, landscape, street/photojournalism and concert).IDEALLY I would love for photography to be my main thing. No intention of leaving my current job yet, but it would be great if shots that I have taken (and are either just in a hardrive or on social media somewhere) were actually making me some residual side money.

    The concept of Stock is still new to me and that's why I'm looking around to get info, but this was very helpful!

  40. Hello Brendan! For months, I have been following your channel and the channel of others who are talking about stock photography. I definitely have learned so many useful things that I have put into good use. I'm grateful for the many wonderful and practical advice. So, since starting about 6 months ago, and with about 1,700 plus and growing photos, I am on track to receive my first minimum payout from Shutterstock in the amount of $35. This is what I am getting after 6 months worth of dogged work. Now, most likely, my photos are either bad or irrelevant that's why I'm not earning more. You be the judge. Go and see my photos on Shutterstock. But what I really want to say is that I have noticed one thing that no one from YouTube or anywhere else talks about. And that is the cost of an Internet subscription on top of the cost of equipment and time. How many of you are on an unlimited fast Internet without overage fees? I'm on a DSL plan that caps on 150GB a month with $50 fee for every additional 10GB of use. Last billing cycle, I forked more than $350 to pay for my Internet service, mainly due to uploads to Shutterstock and others. In the previous months since I started submitting to stock agencies, my bill was anywhere between $250 to $300. So, on average of 6 months, I will have made $35 from Shutterstock, and would have spent around $1,500 in Internet service alone, not counting the equipment (cameras, lenses, computers, accessories, etc.), and the time invested. Does that sound like a good business to you? Now, of course, I've made inquiries from other Internet service companies in my area for unlimited fast Internet service without over-limit fees and all sort of fees. So far, in my neck of the woods, there's nothing. I tried using my cell phone's already expensive mobile hotspot feature of the "unlimited" cellular plan, turns out, I'm only actually allowed 10GB of blazing fast internet hotspot sharing, and after that, I'm unceremoniously downgraded to a 2G speed service. So that didn't quite work out. Imagine how long it will take to upload all those photos. My computer will be consigned 24/7 to uploading pictures and will probably never ever cartch up or finish if I hope to upload so many pictures! (Remember, we've been gleefully forwarned by more than one YouTuber that "This is a numbers game! And we've willfully taken that warning to heart.) So, ok, any solution to this kind of situation? Quit? What?

  41. Good to know it's still sticking with stock for the long run. I'm one of those guys mentioned at 19:30, who gave up after about a week and so little return. I'll have to put some more effort into it.

  42. Man! That was the best, most informative, articulate, riveting, concise "teaching" video on any subject that I have ever seen. You are crazy good! Thankfulness

  43. From your description it seems like a good analogy would be Rights Manager would be like Ebay where you post, sell it, and Ebay takes a cut. Micro-Stock seems more like Itunes to me.

  44. How does a aspiring photographer get involved with a rights manged agency? Any tips would be great.

  45. Awesome video,definitely giving me thoughts for my next photography tutorial and photoshoot!๐Ÿ‘Œ

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