Stock photography is not a get rich quick scheme. Neither is it a get rich slow scheme. In fact, unless you’re extremely dedicated, it’s pretty much a ‘If I’m really lucky I may be able to afford a cup of coffee this month, or at least put a small deposit on a cup of coffee‘ scheme.
So for now, I continue to upload the odd photo to Adobe or WireStock simply because they have a higher chance of picking up 10 or 20 cents there than they do just sitting on a hard drive.
Stay tuned for my next exciting update somewhere around 2024
Sales are still decreasing, only one through Eyeem / Getty this month and a few through Adobe. Eyeem seems to have been a bit erratic since they put their tiered payment structure in, but it’s more probable that my sales have dropped along with the quality of photos I’m uploading. Garbage in, garbage out 🙂
January was pretty good – sales from Getty, Eyeem Market, Bytedance (?), Adobe, and Alamy (!). This is the first time I’ve heard of Bytedance, another Eyeem partner, and the first time I have sold anything through either Alamy or Eyeem’s direct Market.
After January being pretty good, February was rubbish with two small sales through Adobe. This is the first month in several where I haven’t sold anything through Eyeem’s Getty partnership.
Next month Eyeem will be bringing in their tiered payments system where high-value sellers receive a higher percentage of the sale. I have just managed to squeeze into the 35% category – better than 25% but far short of the holy grail of 55%.
A number of people in the Eyeem Facebook group are complaining about the payment structure and threatening to remove their photos and close their accounts. Hopefully, they all do, I’d rather be a small fish in a shrinking pond than a small fish in an expanding one… 🙂