Upload & Sell: Off
Frank Lauri wrote:
Clarence....I'm interested to learn more about your tracking directory. Do you a program for all of this or is is a manual log keeping system.
I wish it was automated, but it's just a simple spreadsheet and a set of monthly folders with a jpg of what sold.
For each event I log number of shots posted, number of shots sold, total sales per event, etc.
Sometimes I'll run an EXIF report just to see the most popular lenses, focal lengths, apertures.
It can be depressing when you see an event that might have 500 shots but only 5 sold... a 1% success rate. Maybe I should focus on the 99% that didn't sell instead of micro-analyzing the 1% that did sell.
My rule of thumb is that I end up spending as much time processing and uploading as I did at the event... so a 2-hour event is really 4 hours of my time. Sometimes I'm lucky to end up with minimum wage. But then I'll have events that yield $100/hour. So it all averages out. My favorite is when I get sales each month from galleries that were posted years ago. That seems like "found" money.
It's just a hobby for me. When I subtract expenses, taxes, and insurance, it really doesn't justify the time. I end up with enough at the end of each season to buy a new camera or lens, so at least it's a self-sustaining hobby instead of a money pit like a boat. And it's flexible... if I'm on the road, I can always find a game to cover. If there's a family event or if I just don't feel like shooting, I take a week or a month off until I have time for it again.