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Posted 02 October 2005 - 11:58 PM
(PADI IDC Staff Instructor and former Dive Manager, KBR Lembeh Straits)
Nikon D800, Nikkors 105mm and 16-35mm, Sigma 15mmFE - Subal housing
Posted 03 October 2005 - 04:31 AM
50/50 has been the norm but will depend on the library.
Don't expect to make a fortune - there are a great many pictures out there.
Understand your subject matter thoroughly - I am baffled at seeing many beautiful images which bear wrong IDs (yes including those posted by libraries on the web), poor information captions and vague locations - all are becoming more essential for sales. If you are fundamentally interested in your subject matter, this helps a great deal.
Consider carefully whether it is viable for you to sell images - there are often legal restrictions on commerciality in diving, and the time taken to optimise and caption images may be more profitably spent doing something else!
I know several categories of photographer: some simply enjoy photography and will not sell their images, others are determined to make money out of their photos and spend inordinate amounts of time trying and ending up with little return. Yet others (myself included) treat photography as a business and specialise - even so it is not the easiest of ways to make a living and you need a great deal of commitment and enthusiasm to suffer the bad periods which are an inevitable part of business life.
There used to be a saying that you made £1/year/image held by a library! I doubt that this is still true and its probably dropped well down on this.