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#1 Mart61

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:34 AM

It's only sold once but hey, it's a start!

:D :D :D

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:45 AM

Congrats! As youre now a rich stock photographer i assume you buy a round ... id like to have a big beer :)
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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:47 AM

:D Congratulations, it's a really good feeling isn't it. When I sold my first it came as a real suprise, I sort of couldn't believe anyone would want to buy one of my shots. The only trouble now is that you may become seriously 'addicted' to taking and selling more.........one could think of worse things however! Paul

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:03 AM

Yep, it is a good feeling and yes, the beer's on me... I think I need to post a few more onto the sites. I'm registered with Fotolia, iStockphoto and Bigstockphoto. Only have a few shots on each. The shot that sold is not a particularly good shot either so it just goes to show, like eBay, you never know what people will pay money for...

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:31 AM

Grats! It can become an addiction. I have about 350 images online, and make about $100 USD per month with them. If a person could keep 1000 prime stock images online, I'm sure the income would be in the $300 - 500 per month range. Some might say, "Aren't you selling yourself short by doing microstock?" To which I reply, "No, because I do not put my premium images online, and, I only have a certain number of images devoted to stock." Microstock is fun, and lets you make enough to buy some extra camera goodies. I bought Digital Brenda's D40 with microstock earnings. BTW, I moved this thread from Latte Lounge to here in the Stock forum.
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Posted 02 August 2007 - 12:15 PM

And here's the rest of the story - I've sold a couple dozen times on Fotolia and others but will not get a check for years until I reach the minimum for them to write one. Microstock is kinda like a prison - if you wanna make great money you have to stay there forever! Ha!

Darrell's stock site will make us all some money once it catches on and starts selling...

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:31 AM

So, can I now claim to be a semi-professional photographer? :-)

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:47 PM

No in the UK simply a tax evader unless you declare it on your tax form! :lol:

Seriously though I don't think they will worry about that bit and not until you got paid, but if it increases significantly the Inland Revenue will want to know.

There used to be a limit on how much you could make on a hobby in the UK without declaring it I believe. I seem to recall gardeners could make around 60 per year from selling crops in order to buy their seeds without needing to declare it, so that may have been the limit but I may be wrong? I can't find any reference to it by "Googling" though.

"But if you make money out of a hobby, do some freelance work or sell on a market stall, for example, you are liable to tax on your earnings.
Sadly, claiming you didn't know the tax rules is not a defence."


http://www.taxationw...uss.php?id=5205

http://www.taxationw...uss.php?id=5310

Or this one seems to be for you in the US?

http://www.dpchallen...HREAD_ID=350590

Good luck if you become self-employed in the UK as I am, because the tax form I have to fill in is 29 pages long!

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:12 PM

Dave has some good points there, however it's not the taxman that worries me (at least not yet) it's the status of any insurance policies that cover equipment for for loss, theft or damage. I've carried out some preliminary searches and reviewed what cover I have........which is in fact none at all now because I'm selling photo's and therefore have to take out pro cover! Insurance companies are the spawn of the devil (and have estate agents for a brother), they will find the most insignificant reason to worm thier way out of a claim. If you have taken out any form of 'normal' cover they will not pay out if it's discovered that you are selling images i.e. operating as a business. Paul

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for your kind words and input guys. Just back from vacation and my sales have now gone up to 6! Pah, still not enough to fund my next body purchase! :-)

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:03 PM

Hey... the tax guys in the UK or the USA... if they claim that you are making money on a hobby and therefore are a PRO... Fine then all your equipment is deductable... all of it... from all of your income... Also some of your house and telephone bill and some of the car and travel expenses... If they set the rules that way... then ... business is business.... There are expenses. Keep your receipts. Fraser

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:17 PM

Regardless of what Mr. Muley man says above (they call him "Mule" because he must be hit in the head with a plank to get him to move on a subject :P ), I've just had my 2,347th download, and have made over $1200 USD in one year. In fact, I just transferred another $100 to my PayPal account from Dreamstime a couple of days ago. I am averaging about $0.50 USD per download, not a lot, but not insignificant, since I don't do anything except collect money. Money is money! The same 350 images are still sitting there making me money, and will be for years to come. In fact, only on Shutterstock do I have 350 images; on iStock, I have 119 images, and on Dreamstime about 230. On Fotolia, the worst performer, I have 86 images. I plan on adding enough images to get upwards of 1000 online. Out of the many thousands of images I have at my fingertips, why shouldn't I let 1000 of them fly around in the microstock market. They are not my best images, although they are pretty good. $1200 USD is about the equivalent of buying a D200 body, or a D80 and a good lens. So, in one year of doing nothing, I received enough money to buy Nikon's second-level professional body, had I simply let it sit there. Instead, I let it buy me a Nikon D40, and several Nikkor AI lenses. This is reality, not conjecture. Once NaturalLifeStock.com gets rolling, maybe I can afford a D3 with the proceeds? (At least it will help pay for this expensive place!)
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 05:41 PM

It's a good idea, though, Epi, to underwite these valuables. I only shell out $88 a year for a little over $5k in camera gear - and that's at replacement valuations. Theft is my biggest worry... then me dropping something! Mule
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 02:48 PM

As another new stock photographer working under DD's tutoring, I've been having pretty good success mirrors DD's in terms of percentages and results from the various sites. I have 42 images on iStock, where I have made the most $$$. I'm averaging about 25 downloads a month. On Shutterstock, I've not been on as long as iStock, but I'm doing pretty well there, too. 45 images online, averaging about 14 downloads a month. I'm also on Dreamstime, Fotolia, BigStockPhoto, and Featurepics. In that order, I've had decreasing success. At this point, they are almost not worth bothering with. I still upload to them, but I'm not sure why at this point...! I'm working towards a goal of 100 images on iStock and Shutterstock by the end of 2007, 300 images by the end of 2008.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 12:20 PM

The World of Stock has changed some since the last post here (read gotten lots worse). Microstock is a prime example of how Americans are losing their math skills. Gang, you make NO money with microstock! Please don't mention Yuri Arcurs. If I could afford to mount his kind of operation, I would not need to earn money from stock. You need thousands of images, not hundreds, on microstock to earn anything worth counting, and still it's not real money. Mirostock is one short step away from being a criminal empire.
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Posted 29 March 2009 - 12:45 PM

It's only sold once but hey, it's a start!

:D :D :D

The capture that sold


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 11:56 PM

:lol: :lol: :lol: ;) ;) B) :D Congrats and great shot! Jim

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:55 AM

Do these agencies pay you commercial rates of interest on the money they are holding for you before they decide it's worth writing you a check? If not all these small amounts collected together and on deposit in their bank account could be a nice little earner for them, at least it was before interest rates dropped! :unsure: I don't suppose they tell the customer to not bother sending the money until it is worth writing a cheque? Dave Whiteley
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