I've been selling stock images online for about a year and a half now. I started out as a complete novice and have grown to the point that I consider myself somewhat of a pro. But I'm always learning and improving!
The learning curve in selling stock online is steep and success is directly related to effort. The cycle of uploading, getting images accepted or rejected, and selling images is an important feedback loop that allows one to learn at his own rate and is based on the level of effort made at each step. The more one shoots, edits, uploads, sells - the more one learns the craft of photography and how to produce work that sells.
For me, skill improvement has been one of the best results of my participation in selling images through stock agencies. Microstock has some of the highest technical...
Good article and a realistic view! Taking a look at your portfolio, makes me realize that you'don't make it with just 40 pics online...I'm fairly "new" myself, but my pics are viewed,not sold yet. Guess I'm still looking for a certain style in photography - something that buyers might recognize, so they will come back to your portfolio - I think that's an important thing as well. Wish you many downloads
It's been a long election season here in the USA. Now election day is here and I'll be relieved when its over even if it takes days to count up the votes.
It seems to have a strangle hold on the country's ability to think about anything else. No doubt retailers are ready for the public to stop concentrating on the election and start thinking about buying Christmas presents.
With the constant negative ads speaking about gloom and doom in the economy its bound to put a drag on spending - despite polls that indicate that consumer confidence is actually on the rise. Who wants to make any plans or spend any money when we are constantly bombarded with dire predictions and more gloom and doom?
Either candidate is unlikely to have much impact on the economy. It will slowly come back on its own, but...
In the beginning every single sale or even every single acceptance is a moment of celebration. As your stock photography career evolves the pacing the milestones spread out - 50 acceptances (become exclusive or not?), $100 in sales (first payout), 100 online (sales become more regular), 500 sales (now we are talking) etc.
* Many holiday plants can lead to health problems in dogs and cats. Among the plants to keep out of reach are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies.
* Snow globes often contain antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets.
* Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet's intestine. So keep pet areas clear of pine needles.
* The extra cords and plugs of holiday lights and other fixtures can look like chew toys to pets. Tape down or cover cords to help avoid shocks, burns or other serious injuries. Unplug lights when you are not home.
* Anchor Christmas trees to the ceiling with a string to keep it from falling on pets.
Excellent advice for all pet lovers! I'd add that this is also not a great time to give a pet as a gift since the stress of the Holidays PLUS a new animal in the house is a lot to handle. Thanks for sharing this, K-
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