Props that pay for themselves


posted on 4th of june, 2010

One of the fun things of stock photography is that you can take photos of, and make money from, things you already own. I find it hard to predict which shots will ultimately make money so I hesitate to actually purchase props for stock, but I love it when I end up earning enough from sales to actually pay for the item I photographed! Here are a few examples - feel free to share your own in the comments (but let keep the objects' value over $5 so we don't have endless shots of paperclips and food that paid for themselves with a single sale!).

Hammer: $40 earnings
Alarm clock: $27 earnings
Swim goggles: $18 earnings
Sunglasses: $19 earnings

Now if I could just get my trip to Hawaii to pay for itself :)

Comments (21)

Posted by Idreamphotos on June 18, 2010
brillent;)


great blog
..what kind of other cool stuff can you buy;)
hmmmmmm
Posted by Idreamphotos on June 18, 2010
brillent;)


great blog
..what kind of other cool stuff can you buy;)
hmmmmmm
Posted by Bradcalkins on June 16, 2010
@Luis: Simple they are - sometimes a buyer just wants a shot of a hammer :)
@Irisangel: Good tip!
Posted by Luissantos84 on June 16, 2010
I read somewhere here that these are simple pictures, they might be, but they were very well taken, congrats Brad!
Posted by Irisangel on June 14, 2010
Great Blog Brad. Don't forget, that anything you buy for the sake of photographing, is a business expense and you can claim it on your income tax return. So keep those receipts!
Posted by Shuiyanxii on June 12, 2010
nice,mark!
Posted by Bradcalkins on June 08, 2010
"Great Blog. Every time I shoot something now for stock, I always want it to pay for itself. Meals, joining tours on trips, etc. It definitely feels good when the photo can pay for part or all of the cost. Here is one of mine that meets your criteria:

Steak cost about $35, made $141.26 so far

"

Nice return! Here is your shot (you have to remove the 'l' on the end of the imgl tag when you insert images into a blog comment) :)

   Juicy Angus Steak   
Posted by Keki on June 08, 2010
hahaha I was thinking same thing about a few things I bought, hardly used and took photos of instead :)
Posted by Retina2020 on June 07, 2010
Great Blog. Every time I shoot something now for stock, I always want it to pay for itself. Meals, joining tours on trips, etc. It definitely feels good when the photo can pay for part or all of the cost. Here is one of mine that meets your criteria:

Steak cost about $35, made $141.26 so far

[imgl]5500181[/imgl]

Still waiting for my Japan and Vegas photos to pay for the trips ;) Slowly getting there...

hmm... not sure how to imbed the photo. Oh well...
Posted by Trottola on June 07, 2010
I've never tought about buying a particular item just to take a picture of it for microstock... that's a great idea and your counts are really interesting;)
Posted by Frantab01 on June 06, 2010
Congratulations :) what great satisfaction
Posted by Bradcalkins on June 05, 2010
Thanks, everyone!
Posted by Joezachs on June 05, 2010
Good idea of incentive.
Posted by Davidwatmough on June 05, 2010
Very impressive portfolio and great success in sales.... I'm very impressed. David.
Posted by Davulcu on June 05, 2010
Great idea , nice shots
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on June 04, 2010
nice simple shots that i reckon will earn you more money!!
Posted by Sepavo on June 04, 2010
This is clever, I enjoy doing this too. I like your alarm clock.
Posted by smartview27 on June 04, 2010
I like your swim glasses!
Posted by Mariaam on June 04, 2010
I also don't have such images to share, but well done. That´s really great, Brad!
Posted by Mani33 on June 04, 2010
Great achievement Brad!
I don't have any to share as an illustrator, but what you said is so true! Once I told photographer Kaththea the same point about selling them & still keep them :)))
Posted by Jdanne on June 04, 2010
Thanks for sharing your experience with us!



Comments (21)

This article has been read 1759 times. 10 readers have found this article useful.
Photo credits: Brad Calkins.

About me

(Bradcalkins)
Salmon Arm, CA

Blogs
Archive
2014
May (1)
January (1)
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles

    None

More favorite articles

Related image searches

props pay earnings fun money

Fun related stock images