Welcome to the December 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly dystopian times. Anyway, let’s try to be optimistic.
This will be a quick post since I’ve published a more comprehensive year-end review packed with stats and goals for the new year for your viewing pleasure. Let’s get started!
The Brutally Honest Guy had a relatively quiet month and highlights include just one blog post, albeit a very useful one:
Recap of previous Earnings Reports
Golden Turd Nomination – November 2021
For the third month in a row, congrats to Shutterstock for “winning” the coveted Golden Turd of the Month Award, as voted by you, my dear public. Adobe Stock was voted a distant second…interesting:
No Turd of the Month award for December but better yet, you’ll soon be able to nominate the MEGA-Golden Turd of the YEAR Agency at the year-end report.
61 Accepted Images in Arcangel in December!
No sales to report in December but as mentioned many times before this is a long-term game and I’m in not in a huge hurry. Rather to keep focusing on uploading quality content.
Happy to report the following 61 images accepted this month (just 2 shy of a record):
As always, starting first with stills:
|Agency||Number of Images in port||Net Revenue for Dec (US$)||Avg Return Per Download (US$)|
(REMOVED MY PORT)
|Arcangel (RM-exclusive)||1,129 (61)||0||0|
(INSTRUCTED TO REMOVE MY PORT)
|EyeEm||281 (Partner Program)||0||0|
|Fine Art America||690||0||0|
|Robert Harding (Q3 2021 monthly average) – exclusive||385||20||2|
|Shutterstock Editorial |
(formally REX Features)
(REMOVED MY PORT)
Moving swiftly onto clips…
|Agency||Number of clips in port |
|Net Revenue for Dec (US$)||Avg Return Per Download (US$)|
|Adobe Stock||395 (0)||92||31|
Totals: $480 in December vs $647 in November
Now, as usual, lets break it down with results for the major agencies…
Alamy: Another Poor month
Once again, unpredictable Alamy was predictably underwhelming in December (seems to be a trend) with only $33 net on 16 relatively small downloads, including many that were for only 4cents?!
Apparently you can opt out of these altogether by clicking on the “Novel Use” and disabling:
There’s a thread on the subject on the MSG Forum.
One only “large” sale
Only one significant sale to speak of earning me just over $21 for a model kitchen at a design show in Milan.
Adobe Stock: Strong month for clips, at least
After a few disappointing months at Adobe Stock, December was pretty decent mainly in terms of clips with three decently sized clips earning me $92, including one of my fat belly induced from years of corporate-slavehood! The rest were of regular sellers, especially this time of the year, of fireworks at Copacabana Beach in Rio (cancelled this year, again).
iStockPhoto: – continued disappointment…
Another quiet month at iStock with only $81 and again 50cents/download on average for images. Not much to discuss other than two assets.
Has taken just under a year but clips from the huge snowstorm to hit Spain in January 2021 have started to sell.
Shutterstock: Poor/Average new normal month
After a strong start to the month, sales at Shutterstock fizzled towards the mid and end of the month, especially on the image side with a somewhat disappointing $117 on an average of 58cents per download.
Starting with this shot of a very cute ice-cream stand in London, which earned me just over $20 (shot in 2017). These days I would probably clone out the person and logos, change the filters and upload as a book cover.
However, the month was pretty good for clips with the following of quite regular sellers:
Pond5: Where’s the Dancing Bear?!
Dreamstime clip sale!
Last and certainly not least, the leading Microstock agency in 2031 stepped up to the game with an impressive $19 clip sale of lambada dancers in front of the Lapa Aqueduct in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Finally sold after almost 4 years!
Hey, that’s my pic !
Spotted 7 of my pics here used in various publications…
Golden Nugget – December 2021
Until next time…
How did you do in December, 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 my current corporate job ends (soon!). I’ve devoted eight years to making it as a travel photographer / videographer and freelance writer. 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