As a photographer, and full time employee, I rarely have the time to actually make money out of photography, but I have tens of thousands of photos, as we all do, and always looking for a way to make a bang for the buck. A few days ago, I visited the Photo Plus Expo and passed by the Adobe Stock booth, they had a few interesting things to share:
- You just have to submit your photographs
- They determine the pricing
- Their software creates the keywords for the files automatically
- You make 33% out of each sale
Can’t go wrong with this business model, eh? Ready to start making, some bucks (?)
I decided to dig in a bit deeper, and on Sunday went to take some test photographs to submit, and check out what the process actually is. So went for a walk with the family and took some photos at my favorite spot, the Hoboken piers, to the NYC Manhattan skyline.
After fixing up the 7 photographs in Lightroom, on Monday evening I created a brand new Adobe login to use for Adobe Stock, and got to work. I found this helpful video by Terry White (click here) that briefly explains the process.
I started uploading the files, and noticed they ask for property releases. I did some more research and found this page that goes over many landmark buildings and the requirements. Unfortunately, the World Trade Center does require a full release, dang, so down to 6 photos. The Empire State Building permits for cityscapes only, bingo! We are on.
The automatically generated keywords were spot on for the 3 cloud images, these matched 100%. For the buildings though, some random keywords came up, around 30%, for example some that appeared were “Canada, China, Toronto, Shanghai, ocean, lake…” so it just took me a few minutes to clean these up and add “NYC, NYC skyline, Manhattan…”
Afterwards, I finally submitted the 6 photographs with key words ready to go, my license and tax form; in a few minutes the tax form was approved, I am still waiting on approval for photos and license.
Will keep you all posted with how it turns out!
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