Here´s a post for all of the fifty-something stock photographers out there.  Hold on! I´m not talking about anyone´s age.  “Fifty-somethings” are the photographers who manage to get 50 images on sale in any stock photography collection and then suddenly they stop sending more...

What´s wrong with 50?

If we take the age fotostock collection as an example, and assume that you have 50 rights managed (RM) photos in stock, the following occurs:

  1. There are 16,865 age fotostock RM images for every 1 image of yours.

  2. There are 196,039 RM, Royalty Free (RF) and Low Budget Royalty Free (LBRF) images on our website for every 1 image of yours.

So the chance that your image will be seen, first in our collection, and secondly, on our website, is comparable to:

  1. The odds that you are an albino of some kind: 1 in 17,000.

  2. The odds that the asteroid "2002NT7" will strike the Earth on Feb. 1, 2019: 1 in 200,000.

If you are albino and you already have an asteroid shelter built, than those odds might sound good.  If you are a photographer who would like to earn a living from your photography, you’d be better off playing the lottery.

As we tell new photographers and have told many of the old ones, you need to have an image presence of at least 1000 images to expect regular sales, since they are competing to be seen among close to 11 million images on our website.  If you only have 50 photos now, you might make an occasional sale, but please don´t wonder why your images don´t sell. Whether your 50 are in our collection, or anywhere else, just start shooting and make that 50 grow!


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