Category: Portraits

RF Microstock analysis: Dreamstime.com

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This image of the M1 motorway taken originally as a weather picture for the UK national newspapers sold recently for US$0.25. But is there any meaningful revenue from Dreamstime with editorial RF Microstock images?

Continuing my adventures in RF Microstock, I signed up some weeks ago with Dreamstime.com and began uploading various stock images, including some recent reportage stuff from recent years and some stock images I took in the summer here in Portugal.

I’m now heading for over 400 files on their servers and it will continue to be interesting to monitor sales on the RF Micro license (especially on the RF Microstock Editorial). At the time of writing, I had sold four downloads and made the princely sum of US$1.29.

It is of course, early days and I am quite sure the sales will look quite different in a few month’s time.

One nice feature about Dreamstime is their simple upload and submission system. It is pretty easy to put a file for submission and you can achieve a reasonable workflow.

As most of the RF Microstock market since they appeared on the stock photo scene almost a decade ago is commercial, I am expecting that high-quality editorial images are likely to earn less and be more erratic than an image which falls into the category of being a commercial RF Micro image.

So far, this analysis seems to have been borne out. Though, I have sold two images from the same set and also with work that has rarely ever sold on the Rights Managed Editorial licenses. Three of the images were of Nicola Sturgeon, the current Scottish First Minister, who I photographed on several occasions in 2014 during the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The other was a weather picture originally shot on spec for submission to the UK newspapers of the M1 motorway. The first one I have – to my knowledge – sold from that set.

My reasoning on RF Microstock is that Rights Managed licenses have been heading south for some time and it is hard to make any money at all from an editorial collection.

I have about 400 images on Getty Creative and the sales in 2016 to September are disappointing, under US$200. If they are averaging out at US$0.50 per image/per year, then it is not a tempting prospect to supply.

It should be interesting to see what happens with RF Microstock Editorial stock images in the coming months, as much of the clients have driven down prices to micro levels, though it remains to be seen (for me at least), whether this is actually sustainable in terms of resulting sales.

Time will tell, as they say. I have a broad range of editorial stock images on Dreamstime and will be publishing more posts in the future to see if indeed it is a good earner or not?

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Portuguese folk dancing in Belem Lisbon Portugal

PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
Folk dancing in Lisbon Portugal
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal  -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon -- Jun 2014 -- Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
PORTUGAL Lisbon — Jun 2014 — Hipstamatic iPhone image of Folk dancing and music in the park in Belem Lisbon Portugal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

Great environmental portrait in the Everest Himalaya of Nepal

NEPAL Khumbu Glacier -- Dec 2005 -- Pemba Sherpa - the porter for my December 2005/2006 Everest Base Camp Trek on the pass at the snout of the Khumbu Glacier in the Everest Himalaya of Nepal -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
NEPAL Khumbu Glacier — Dec 2005 — Pemba Sherpa – the porter for my December 2005/2006 Everest Base Camp Trek on the pass at the snout of the Khumbu Glacier in the Everest Himalaya of Nepal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

I shot this environmental portrait with my trusty Voigtlander Bessa T and a 25mm f4 Skopar lens. Thanks to the subject, Pemba Sherpa, I managed to pull off a successful trek to strengthen a story on climate change in the Himalayas which I was shooting for Hollandse Hoogte Photo Agency.

Pemba is a great character of the Everest Himalaya of Nepal and I hope that this portrait does him some justice.