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Stock Photography cont’d

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last written anything here, so it’s time for an update. I’d like to summarize my experiences from doing stock photography in my rare spare time, besides finishing my master studies in Information Technology and working at Infineon and Intel.

After now about 4 years of shooting, processing and uploading basically landscape, nature and travel photos, I have now

giving a total of 3.807 images online with all of these agencies. By looking at the stats of the top 3 agencies, I can’t really say I regret having started that. Of course it takes a lot of time, first planning to get the right images, which might return a few downloads, then processing, uploading and keywording everything, but anyway this feels less like work than doing my daily job.

In sum there have been 4.784 single downloads of my photos up till now, didn’t expect that initially and I hope the figures will continue to increase over the following years. More than 90% of all the downloads are generated by the 3 best-selling agencies, so that’s why I have focussed on uploading more to these, as the others are more or less just a waste of time.

My most popular photo, which got me the most downloads – already more than 2.500 – is still my aerial image, taken during a helicopter tour in NYC, back in 2012.

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Right now I am still using my good old Canon EOS 60D, but I plan to upgrade to full-frame next year and the work and time invested the last few years in building up these online stock photo portfolios helps me a lot realizing this. I’ll try my best also the following years to enlarge my portfolios to hopefully return me even more downloads, so that maybe one day in near or far future I can invest a little more time in doing this, work less and travel more.

Thanks to everyone who is downloading my photos, for your support, I really appreciate this and if you like what you see, feel free to share with your friends or colleagues, who might can use my images for some of their projects, may it be for business or private use.

My Stock Photo Portfolios

I have started digital photography back in 2006 with a Canon PowerShot S80. As I wanted to go a bit deeper into this topic, I got myself a Canon EOS 60D in 2010. First I started to upload my photos to Flickr and also to 500px. After a few years a few shots got selected by Getty Images. As no downloads came in after a year I quit. At the end of 2012 I decided to upload my images to agencies like Shutterstock, Fotolia and iStock to see what happens there.

This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Shutterstock portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.
This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Shutterstock portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.

Now, after a bit more than a year, I can say it worked better than expected. By now I have exactly 1000 downloads worldwide from my small Shutterstock portfolio with 115 photos where my most popular photo is the New York City Sky View with more than 600 downloads. I took this photo during a heli tour back in May 2012. This tour has already paid off by all the downloads of this single but absolutely unique and high quality photo.

Actually I am also uploading to Depositphotos, Dreamstime and 123rf. In sum there are already more than 500 of my photos available to be downloaded in high resolution on all this 6 agencies.

This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Depositphotos portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.
This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Depositphotos portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.

I am looking forward to how this journey continues over the years and will try to keep you up to date from time to time also here. I will visit Italy two times the next few months and hope I am able to take a few good shots in Cinque Terre in early May and in Rome in early June, which will hopefully look good in my portfolios.

Right now I am doing this just in my rare freetime besides my studies in Information Technology at the Alpe-Adria University in Klagenfurt and my part-time work at Infineon Technologies in Villach, but anyway I really like to see a few downloads coming in day by day and to get a little feedback that some people can use my photos.