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
- 578 images on Shutterstock
- 780 images on Fotolia
- 674 images on iStock
- 347 images on Alamy
- 546 images on Depositphotos
- 475 images on Dreamstime
- 248 images on 123rf
- 96 images on CanStockPhoto
- 63 images on Bigstock
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.
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.