I’ve been patient and have not been trying to rush things. The rules of probability were in my favor this time. If you read my blog, then you already know that I submit most of my photos to Adobe Stock for sale. I believe I have over 60 images that have been approved for sale. The first photo accepted was in October sometime. The most recent photos I submitted were from my trip during the first week of December, 2018.
The only editing that was done to these 60+ images was cropping. I was shooting photos and then going home to basically cut out the best part of my images. Very seldom was I able to use the whole frame, reducing the quality of the image. Adobe still accepted them as they at least met the minimum requirements.
I woke up around noon today and as I’m shaking the cob webs out of my ears, my phone give me the alert that I have new e-mail. I usually don’t check them out right away as we are close to the weekend. That is when I get the redbox, pizza hut and other weekend spam. I wasn’t in the middle of something so I grabbed my phone and checked it.
I got an e-mail from Adobe and at first glance it said something like being accepted Mt. Rainier or something. I know I didn’t have any photos in my queue waiting to be accepted so I obviously read it wrong and had to take a second look after I rubbed a morning eye booger out of one of my eyes.
Nope. An image for Mt. Rainier was not accepted for sale it was sold. I went from groggy wake up mode to I just won the lottery faster than my wife can change her mind. I was like sweet, I just made my first $0.25 on Adobe Stock. When you are so poor that you can barely afford to pay attention, $0.25 is a big deal. I scrolled down to look at the image that was sold but viewing it on my phone wasn’t working.
I get dressed and walked over to my studio so I could get on my laptop. I go to Adobe Stock’s website to checkout the image better. It was an image where I cropped out almost 60% of the image making it like a banner. If you want to see the image that sold, here you go. I then headed over to my dashboard and saw the graph that is the featured image.
It didn’t sell for $0.25, it sold for $0.99. That is a penny short of 4x what I thought an image sold for. I guess when I did my planning and estimating I used the low end price for all of my figures. That way if I did get the higher royalty the numbers would be in my favor instead of over budget. So I am no longer the FNG (F’n New Guy), and have made money from my photography.