Late 2011 I discovered stock photography and I started uploading to my first stock agencies. My intention was to have some feedback on how “good or bad” my pictures were. The first two sites where my work was accepted, were Dreamstime and Fotolia. I tried quiet some other sites like depositphotos, photodune, veer, bigstockphoto and some more but by now I stopped uploading to them. The remaining sites besides FT and DT are Shutterstock, Alamy and 123rf. 123rf had a good start before they cut royalties but now sales are poor and royalties are minimum. I’ll probably stop uploading there after I reach my next payout. Shutterstock is by far my biggest earner. Alamy is a special case, sales are very slow but they specialize in editorial content so this is a good place to send “unreleased” content as “right managed”.
Here you can see my portfolio on the different agencies.
My yearly downloads went from 50 in 2011, 314 in 2012 to 475 end november 2013
Although my portfolio on Shutterstock counts only 170 pictures I reached 324 downloads there. On Fotolia (where I deleted a lot of pictures when they cut royalties for slow earners) I reached 226 downloads but with very low royalties. This explains why with only 74 downloads on Dreamstime I earned more royalties then with Fotolia. Istockphoto is missing in this list. I just subscribed there and after being accepted I uploaded my first 13 pictures last week. Now I’m waiting for their approval before uploading more.