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    Squirrel
    Squirrel  7376 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Mar 2014 - 8:41 PM

    What advice would you give to someone thinking of submitting some images to a stock library?

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    Sooty_1
    Sooty_1 Critique Team 41176 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Mar 2014 - 9:27 PM

    Choose carefully, read the terms and conditions carefully, make sure you fully understand what you are reading and committing yourself to.

    Be completely honest with yourself about the quality of your pictures compared to what's there already, and ask yourself honestly why someone would buy your image in preference to anyone else's.

    If you still want to continue, make sure you upload exactly what the stock library asks for (picture size, resolution, file size, unsharpened etc) and only submit top quality images (definitely no fillers to make up numbers) unless there is an overriding reason (a one-off occurrence, you're the only witness etc).

    Don't have any illusions about making money. Anything you make is a bonus and is unlikely to improve the standard of your lifestyle. Due to the huge numbers of "digital David Baileys" now thinking their shots are fantastic, the bottom has largely fallen out of stock shooting as an income, apart from relatively few top earners. Because many people are happy to give their images away for free, many buyers will accept (free) poorer quality, rather than pay the going rate for good quality stock.

    If you fulfil the criteria and still want to shoot some stock, then go for it. At least you have nothing to lose if your shots don't sell, and maybe you'll make enough one day to replace some of your kit when it wears out. Just don't expect to put your kids through Uni on the proceeds.

    Good luck if you do.

    Nick

    Bluke
    Bluke  9303 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Mar 2014 - 10:32 PM

    On Yes Squrrel one thing the tax man just might be watching you as that is what I was told by a member of a selling site, even if you haven't made a penny you still have to be registered with the tax office.. I never sold one image in a few months so to me it wasn't worth filling in all kind of tax forms ....

    Another member said they had made a loss and he was paying more tax than he earned.. When I tried to explain on their forum I hadn't sold any images and I would look into it if I make a sale.. ""Nasty"" man pops up saying " this lady has no intention of paying tax has she" .. I felt so hurt I took all my images off the site and closed down my membership...Give it a try you might have more success than me ..
    Very best of luck... Grin

    cats_123
    cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Mar 2014 - 8:47 AM

    Give it a go...what do you have to lose?

    I use Alamy, havemade the odd sale but not yet reached their payment threshold $75 but some people on their make a steady living from it. Howevere it seems you need to have probably 4-5000 images in your library before you really start to see an effect. Smile


    It's amazing what some organisations/magazines will buy Smile

    sitan1
    sitan1  5456 forum posts United Kingdom
    9 Mar 2014 - 12:57 PM


    Quote: On Yes Squrrel one thing the tax man just might be watching you as that is what I was told by a member of a selling site, even if you haven't made a penny you still have to be registered with the tax office.. I never sold one image in a few months so to me it wasn't worth filling in all kind of tax forms ....

    Another member said they had made a loss and he was paying more tax than he earned.. When I tried to explain on their forum I hadn't sold any images and I would look into it if I make a sale.. ""Nasty"" man pops up saying " this lady has no intention of paying tax has she" .. I felt so hurt I took all my images off the site and closed down my membership...Give it a try you might have more success than me ..
    Very best of luck... Grin

    Perhaps Squirrel works for the Tax office and is laying a trap Tongue

    JJGEE
    JJGEE  96214 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Mar 2014 - 1:15 PM

    I believe that Squirrel has her own business so therefore quite familiar with tax issues.

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