Today is an exciting day for one of the money pits I like to call my "photography hobby." Ha! Anyone who has been bitten by the photog bug likely sympathizes with that sentiment. I've loved photography since I took "Introduction to Darkroom Photography" in high school and while my tools have changed, the joy I find in it has not.
Today, my first stock photography portfolio has gone live! I've long considered entering the world of stock photography but haven't ever committed to it. I had several concerns, but it mostly boiled down to the fact that I would earn $0.25 an image download and have no control over how people used my photos.
After years of mulling this over, I find that $0.25 an image download adds up over time and I could have made quite a few quarters in the last five years had I just gotten down off my high horse!
Like most photo hobbyists, I do dream of having a gallery opening one day. But for now, this is a great way to use all of my photos which are "all dressed up with nowhere to go" except take up space on my hard-drive. If I make a few bucks, excellent. If not, well, at least I tried. I take my camera everywhere anyways and feel that as a result of the industry I'm in, I have some insight into the gaps in current stock photo libraries and hope my contributions may help fill those gaps for others in outreach and environmental education.
Am I going to contribute everything? No, I'll probably save my best for me, my family, and that dream of a gallery opening. But until that day, this could be a great way to pay for future equipment!
If you are interested in my stock photography portfolio, please visit it here: www.shutterstock.com/g/ShannonCarnevale .
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