Looking to move into a more professional venue of photography. I'm not sure I wish to continue forever at my current job. After 8 years I think it's good I consider other options. What I'd LIKE to do is earn money on the side taking photos and choose a more part-time gig than I have. I'm starting with microstock. I've heard lots of good/bad/combo things about selling photos to microstock companies. Apparently it's difficult to get photos accepted. So far, this hasn't been a problem for me; the site I joined (dreamstime.com) has accepted nearly all of my photos. Now it's just a matter of waiting to sell them and adding to the portfolio. I plan to join a few other sites as well. I'm just testing the waters with this one, so to speak. There are more professional wildlife agencies I'm curious about (like kimballstock) but we'll see. I also have plans to attempt to sell local prints of my work.
Have any of you sold photos (either stock or personally) and had any good returns? Any subjects sell better than others? Any sites really worth joining and working with?
I've started branching out with more objects and backgrounds for the stock site, as its seems wildlife isn't as lucrative as conceptual, architecture, etc. It's actually been kinda fun. I've also learned new ways of cropping (or taking pics without the intent to crop) and changed my photoshop methods a bit. It's cool to have a new direction to head in. Now I just need to master the whole 'isolating item A on a white background' approach, since those photos appear to sell better than anything else on the stock sites. I find such pictures kind of cold and not as artistic, but I can see where designers would find them useful if they're piecing product shots together.
But yes, anyway, that's where I've 'been' past few weeks, though I do have some pictures to put up here soon as always