I started making some money from it. Literally 1-2 sales a day on Shutterstock and another sale on Adobe Stock. So I decided to invest.
After I saw some progress, I decided to learn more about photography, was taking a bunch of online classes on Lynda.com, reading a lot of material and watching all YouTube bloggers I could find. I learned some more about lenses and bodies, about light and composition, while I kept learning and improving my photos stocks portfolio.
Next thing you know, I’m making several bucks a month:
2016. Started uploading my photos sometimes about August-September I guess. Got first 5 sales in November, which made be $1.25.
In 2017 I decided to scale a bit when my wife bough me a light-box for my Birthday or something. It exposed me to a variety of product photography gigs that I could have taken. However, every time I had a real deal waiting for my OKay, I turned it down because of different reasons. Now, that’s a big problem for a lot of people when they can’t put the final signature, the last approval on anything that will get them out their comfort zone. However, I used the lightbox to keep photographing random shit. By the way, those photos from the light-box were the most profitable.
You can see that I could do on average $50 a month on Shutterstock and Adobe Stock. I was so excited, although I knew that this is just the beer money. I could have make it a profitable business, I guess, but I hate editing part as much as I love actually taking pictures. That’s why I tried to chose quantity over quality and was adding more and more mediocre photos to my collections.
2018 was relatively okay for me, however, since I started doing more and more investment and business gigs, I simply had no time to contribute more to photo stocks. You can see that Shutterstock sales didn’t stop since June (when I stopped uploading), however Adobe sales fell pretty low in 2018. Which is okay, I would love to provide more content there, but I can’t waste time on editing 700 photos a day.
So, was it worth it? Find out in part 3.