Is selling your photos on stock photo sites worth it?

A while ago, I created adobe stock account and uploaded some of my favorite photographs for sale think it would be good side income. So far I have sold 10 prints and have less than $4 in my account.  

I have yet to try other stock sites but from my experience it is not worth selling the work for $0.18 where people can make upto 500k copies ( non commercial) of your work. Since then, i have pulled my work off of adobe stocks and have decided to sell prints only.


Unlike Appstore, instead of providing 70% royalty to the creators, these sites are taking a huge cut just for selling it (and marketing it as a steal) 


I'm not too impressed.

The Accidental Proposal Photo

(Repost From Instagram) 

As I am trying to take some test shots, this couple walks past the arch. Thinking their silhouette would make a good frame, I take some more pics before the guy gets on one knee. Part of me started feeling lucky to be there to capture this beautiful moment, and part of me got nervous as if i’d be able to justifiably capture the sweetness of the moment. In the end, I offered to share the images and they happily accepted the offer. My heartiest congratulations to this beautiful couple!


The Winners

Congratulations to the Instagram sweepstakes winners @terri_burnette and @pranali.g for winning two photo prints of their choice from my photo gallery.


Terri chose John Wayne Trail Image from Monument Valley.

 Monument Valley, Utah.

Monument Valley, Utah.

Pranali chose Walton Lighthouse Image. 

 Walton Lighthouse, Santa Cruz, CA

Walton Lighthouse, Santa Cruz, CA

The GiveAway

2017 has been a great year for me! I made a lot of friends here on Instagram. As a thank you, I am giving away two 16 x 20 prints of your choice (from my gallery). Two winners will be randomly selected on Jan 2nd at noon MST. Happy New Year, everyone! 
To enter the contest, follow the rules below:
1) Follow me on Instagram @artakash
2) Like this post
3) Comment on this post and tag a friend!
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