This site has moved to another blog called, ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY. There will me no further posts to this site. The new site will continue so show my regular shooting progress, but will also contain other topics on photography, such as hands-on equipment and software reviews, historical information on photography, and much more.

When it was set up, the DAILY STOCK SHOT PROJECT was supposed to be a one year project. Last year I extended the project another year due to the popularity of the site, but now it is time to move on.

If you wish to continue following, please visit my new blog at ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY and save it as a new link.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GOAL ACHIEVED...365 DAYS OF CONTINUOUS STOCK PHOTOS!   Today's post completes the project I set out to do one year ago -- taking at least one new stock shot a day, with each shot being out of my normal workflow so that none of them would even exist were it not for this project.  I'm happy to say that I did not miss a single day of posting, even with my travel schedule.

Let's look at the results.

There were 671 photos taken directly for this blog.  This does not include the many ancillary images that were produced as a result.  The big question everyone has been asking me is what return was realized as a result of the project.  It is a little complex figuring that out with complete accuracy because it takes 4 to 6 months from when an image is shot until its first sale can occur.  That means that the photos taken since June are just now coming into the market place.  Nonetheless, I did some calculations based on three months of recent income from blog shots that are available, and interpolating them out can calculate with some accuracy what the final annual outcome will be for the entire project.

Drum roll please! 

It is safe to say that the images from this project will generate upwards of $25,600 per year based on what they have earned in the past three months.  Keep in mind that this is found money since none of these images would ever have been produced were it not for this project.  This is considerably lower than my normal return per stock image, and primarily due to the nature of the images done for the project, many of which are simple still life and grab shots.  Even with that in mind, I have to say that I am pleased with the results. 

What's next?

I have to admit that this project has been a lot of fun and I don't want to give it up.  It has kept me thinking about photography day in and day out in ways that I have found to be very productive.  Soooo...I am going to take one week off to regroup and make some changes to the blog site.  I will return again Monday, November 21st, with modifications to the plan that I will announce at that time.

In the meantime, thank all of you have visited the site and especially those of you who have sent emails of encouragement.

To celebrate the end of this project, I decided to do a variation on the first photo I took for it one year ago.  So I went out, picked up a cup of coffee, a bagel with cream cheese, and photographed them in the same situation as the first photo of this blog.  I included one of my all time favorite cameras, a Leica M4 that I had retro-fitted with an M6 viewfinder.

From the first blog post on November 14, 2010


  1. Congrats on reaching your goal and completing the challenge. I've done 365 challenges in the past and found them invigorating and learned alot along the way. I've enjoyed following your challenge over the past year and I'll continue to follow when you return.

  2. Wow! I can't believe I've been following this blog for a year already! It is my favorite source of inspiration for stock photography. I commend you for keeping at it and only wish I could say I have been as productive!

    Congratulations! I look forward to your return!

  3. Thank you for inspiring my own project - Alamy365 commencing December 1st 2011. Really hope I can achieve the same level of success and commitment you have.

  4. Thank you for sharing your great insight. You have one of the best photo blogs on the planet. It's a great inspiration and helps shed some light on how the great photographer thinks.