How much do you earn from stock?

Many people are asking me to share an usually delicate subjet: how much do I earn from stock? I totally understand them. If it isn”t worth, why should they do it?
The answer is both easy and difficult. Yes, I earned almost $20.000 since April 2006. And no, you probably cannot have it as your primary job. You woldn’t earn enough to make a living unless you are ready to dedicate 8 hours/day. I wouldn’t say is not possible, it’s just very unlikely to be your case. From all my referrals at Shutterstock, there is only one that makes $2000/month. He is actually in a team with another guy and they share the revenue. There are some exceptions that reported astronomical incomes from stock. But they are exceptions. With a little bit of dedication, an inteligent mix of pictures and videos, smart tools and well selected agencies you can easily earn somewhere between $200-$1000 / month spending 2 hours a day shooting, edititng and submitting content.
It’s not enough for a primary job but it’s perfect as a side project and extra money for new equipment and so on. The good news? You don’t have to be a pro or to buy expensive equipment. Today, a smartphone is all you need to get started. In a survey conducted every year by 812 respondents have reported their yearly incomes from microstock.
Question: How much money did you gross from microstock last year (2013)?
Average microstock income: $16,168
Median income: $3,000
Minimum: $0,00
Maximum: $960,000
To see the full survey results, click here.

The rise of mobile stock photography

make_moneySerious photographers might find this trend absolutely ridiculous. Pictures made with a smartphone? Neeh! They are not proffesional, they have no quality, no manual control, no proper editing, no, no, no… And still, more and more agencies have now an app for smartphone. I just counted more than 20 apps released by stock agencies and their number keeps growing. Why? Is just the trend of going mobile and you’re not serious business unless you have an app? Or there is something more? If we watch the changes in buyers’ requests, you can quickly see that is more than a fancy temporary trend. More and more often, the briefs from advertising agencies and marketing departments come with requirements like “Natural, everyday moments captured in real light”, “We are looking for authentic, candid pictures”, “real people in their natural environment” and so on. In this quest for true moments that inspire the viewer and make you feel it, smartphones play now a more important role than ever. With their non-intrusive presence, permanent availability and decent quality, they are now a viable solution for shooting, editing and submitting stock photography. They won’t replace high quality photography. Is just the new style that makes his own way in the industry and it doesn’t look like a temporary trend. In conlusion: yes, is time to get your smartphone out of your pocket and shoot. To be sure get the maximum profit of your shots, signup to all Pixendr supported agencies, and submit to all of them with minimum effort!