Welcome back to the June 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times! If you’re interested to see how I did in my May 2021 earnings, click here. In fact, you can see all my earnings going back to February 2019! Blood, sweat and tears spilled over these digital pages.
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Busy Brutally Honest Guy – So many Articles & Interviews Published in June!
Although my day-job is taking up most of my time/energy/will to live (honestly, who makes a living purely off stock these days?! If you do, please come forward as I want to interview you!), I’ve managed to squeeze a few extra hours towards publishing the following useful content, which is also a nice way to earn some extra cash on the guest posts*:
Top keywording tips in 2021 for the major stock agencies, featuring a Keywording Expert – Part II (Guest-post at StockStudio*) – Part I is here
Ultimate Guide to Model and Property Release (Guest-post at Xpiks*)
Many more articles and interviews coming in July!
Before we get to the earnings, I’m Looking to finally invest in a Drone!
A friend who also lives in Madrid recently invested a Mavic Mini from DJI. We met up and headed to a relatively remote spot overlooking Madrid to test some footage. I duly instructed him to capture the following footage. Check it out and let me know what you think!
This “toy” is great for capturing stills as well
Captured the following still, which may perhaps make for an interesting book cover of which I’ve uploaded to Arcangel:
Compliance: obtaining the pilot’s license and training to become a drone operator
I’ve certainly caught the drone bug and as soon as I’m back in Portugal once my current soul-destroying legal job is done and dusted I’ll look into purchasing one of these “toys” and obtaining the necessary licenses. Stay tuned! In the meantime, my friend and I have agreed on a split for earnings from footage he captures. Win/win!
As for which drone to get, a good idea to purchase a “classified” one, which will be on the shelves soon once the regulatory situation is clearer. Thanks, Martin for your tip!
Usual SS rejections for noise *sigh*
Due to the Mavic Mini’s small sensor, Snowflake Shutterstock (SSS) duly rejected the clip for noise even after multiple re-submissions. Their silly rejections are something I’ve written about in the past. I’ll need to run some post-processing tests when I have some motivation.
Pond5 accepted with no issues, as usual and I’ve decided to price it relatively high at $80 for HD because the clip is quite unique.
Well-done, Adam on your drone success!
In the meantime, Adam is doing really well with his drone sales, including the crypto-currency concepts he captured – see blog post.
Proud of Theo for his first blog post at Xpiks!
Now, onto the detailed earnings…
First for stills….
|Agency||Number of Images in port (added June)||Net Revenue for June(US$)||Avg Return Per Download (US$)|
|Adobe Stock||3,552 (1)||62||0.85|
|Creative Market||1,519 (0)||6||6|
|EyeEm||277 – (Partner)||0||0|
|Fine Art America||690||0||0|
|iStock (May)||6,921 (14)||55||0.36|
|Robert Harding||384 (0)||25||0|
|Shutterstock Editorial||829 (0)||0||0|
As for clips…
|Agency||Number of clips in port |
|Net Revenue for June (US$)||Avg Return Per Download (US$)|
|Adobe Stock||385 (0)||0||0|
Totals: $560 vs $814 for May. Almost exactly what I earned in June 2020 at $578.
Looking at the long-term (major agencies):
Alamy sales lose steam
After a quite decent April and May earning me $172 and $108 net respectfully, June produced results deep in the turd-zone with only $46 net with 10 sales.
Only one OK sale of the front façade of the High Court in London which earned me $20 net.
Making money from your photography with Alamy
To have a better idea on improving sales, I’ll be attending the talk on on how to make money from Alamy, featuring James Allsworth – I’ll be there!
Adobe Stock is disappointing but opportunities await…
Adobe Stock produced a quite impressive $78 in May but this was followed by a disappointing $62 in June.
Adobe Stock Upfront Royalty Payment Opportunity
“As many of you know, last year Adobe Stock launched a free collection to drive traffic to the marketplace. The initial collection was limited to participation from a very small number of Adobe Stock Contributors. We were pleased with the results: traffic did increase and many visitors who initially came for free content converted to paying customers, resulting in added revenue for the larger Contributor community. It’s now time to refresh and expand the program. For a limited time starting on June 7, many of you will see a banner in the dashboard section of the Adobe Stock Contributor portal. The banner gives you the opportunity to nominate qualified photos from your portfolio. You can nominate all eligible files (photos only at this time), or you can go through the Dashboard and nominate individual files. Please note that your best-selling images are exempt from this program. We will not be accepting any images that received more than 4 downloads in the past 12 months.
You have until June 23 to nominate any or all your eligible files. After that, the banner will go away, and our moderation team will quickly review the submissions. A big difference between the Adobe Stock free collection and other sites offering content for free is that we are paying Contributors up front for participation. For every file approved for the free collection, we are paying a one-time rate of $5 (If paid in USD currently. Otherwise, 5 credits in your currency) . This payment is for 12 months of non-exclusive use in the free collection. After the 12 months are up, the files will automatically be returned into your paid collection.
Please see the FAQ for more details, and let me know if you have any additional questions not covered there.”– Mat Hayward
Am I taking advantage of this opportunity?
Hell yea! Everybody here knows my opinion that this industry is dying so we need to try to make as much as we can from our existing port because in a few years, who knows, they may be almost worthless…
Although I’m definitely not a fan of giving away images for free, I believe in this case it’s justified as the ones selected are by no means “best-sellers” and $5 is a fair price. In addition, as Mat has mentioned, it’s only for a year.
How many images have I selected?
iStockPhoto – Something’s fishy…
It’s like I can’t get any consistency on iStock! What was a great May at $119 turns into an awful June at only $63 (very lowly 36cents/download on average).
Something’s certainly fishy at iStock, with this one earning me just 3cents:
Shutterstock – pretty average
New normal average month for me at Shutterstock at a total of $151 and very low 38cents per download average for stills.
No major sales to speak of with no stills being above $5 and for clips and the best-selling clip earned me just over $10.
One nice sale at Pond5
After a few dud months, Pond5 finally gave me a nice sale in the impressive amount of $80.57 (for an HD clip). I recall I captured this timelapse over some 3-4 hours.
Arcangel – only 3 Images Accepted
Quiet month with no sales at Arcangel and only 3 of the following images accepted (with loads pending):
Wirestock to the rescue!
Last but certainly not least, Wirestock came to the rescue in June with an impressive $86 on 35 sales for an average of $3.60, easily being the likes of Alamy, Adobe Stock and iStock!
Similar to what Adobe Stock has done with the upfront payment on the free-collection, Wirestock has something similar of which I’ve opted into, namely images that have not sold within 4 months. The images would then be given away to the Freepiks agency.
If you’re not familiar with Wirestock, here’s a comprehensive review that I’ve put together. More recently, they’ve just begun accepting “easy uploads” for editorials. In other words, all you do is upload the image with a caption and they will do the keywording in return for 15% of royalties.
Hey, that’s my pic!
Spotted 7 of my pics here…
Golden Nugget of the month
Wirestock, certainly….right up there in terms of earnings with the big boys! Good job! I’m certainly investing in them as you can see above I uploaded 144 images on them to be distributed everywhere.
Golden Turd of the Month – You Decide!
This month we’ll do things a little differently, you will select the Turd of the Month agency from the poll below! Which agency has disappointed you the most, not just in relation to poor earnings but bad customer service, silly rejections and contract changes for the worse?
I’ll be back in a few days to award the June 2021 Golden Turd of the Month!
Plans for the rest of the summer?
Simply to….travel! Next weekend I’m off to Toledo.
How about you, any plans? How did you do in June…please comment below!
I’m an eccentric guy, currently based in Madrid, Spain, on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images & footage, when things go back to normal (Late-2021??). I’ve devoted eight years to making it as a travel photographer / videographer and freelance writer (however, had recently go back into full-time office work to make ends meet). I hope to inspire others by showing an unique insight into a fascinating business model.
I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography