The Best Selling Stock Photos Grossing over $1,000 in Sales

Best Selling Stock Photo

These Pictures have the Highest Downloads on Dreamstime.com

We looked at 3 categories (Animals, Holidays and People) and analyzed the total downloads and estimated the earnings made with the best selling stock photos in each category on Dreamstime.

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1. Category: Animals

Best Selling Stock Photo: Growing Puppy

Estimated Total Earnings as on January 3, 2016: $1,108
Growing Puppy Best Selling Stock photo

Grooving Puppy, Photographer: Hanna Mariah | Agancy: Dreamstime

DescriptionYoung puppy listening to music on a head set.
Total Keywords: 52fun, headphones, goofy, movement, pet, dachshund, friend, pup, canine, audio, wiener, little, silly, listen, furry, joy, player, headset, tunes, musical, doxie, hair, move, earphones, small, set, grooving, seated, expression, enjoy, mp3, animal, cute, sitting, doggy, puppy, funny, sound, comical, adorable, pal, portrait, golden, fur, stereo, ipod, dog, short, music, isolated, rhythm, head
Social Shares Google+: 109, Facebook Likes: 106
Downloads Downloads on January 3, 2016: 758, Downloads on 16 July 2009: 225 (as per Archive.org)
Monthly Downloads 7.7 Downloads (estimated based on historical data)
Monthly Earnings$11.2 (estimated based on historical data and income assumptions*)

How we calculated the estimated earnings

  • Downloads as on January 3, 2016: 758
  • 10% buy using the credit system: earning per download $9.79 * 76 downloads = $744
  • 10% Subscription All-at-once: $2 * 76 = $152
  • 80% Subscription daily dose: $0.35 * 606 = $212
  • TOTAL Estimated Earnings: $1,108 (or $1.46 per download)*
* Assumptions for the total earning calculations: We assumed that a big majority of the buyers (80%) has a monthly subscription, some have a image pack subscription (10%) and some (10%) buy the image using the credit system. The actual earnings made by the photographer may be more or less! We have cross checked the per download earning with similar Stock Photography Earning Reports (and they do match). The commission payments are for a level 5 images, which are for those having 25 or more downloads. See the official Dreamstime commission structure here.

2. Category: Holidays

Best Selling Stock Photo: Beach

Estimated Total Earnings as on January 3, 2016: $1,516
Beach: Most Downloaded Picture

Most Downloaded picture in the “Holiday” category by Radovan | In the Dreamstime Picture: Beach Photo

DescriptionRelax on beach
Total Keywords: 42coco, tropic, seaside, sunny, seascape, serenity, travel, seating, serene, digue, nut, feet, trip, seychelles, ocean, woman, scenic, pally, indian, resort, tourism, sands, palm, exotic, lagoon, tree, isolated, relaxation, sea, tropical, secluded, destination, lull, sitting, paradise, vacation, tranquil, isolation, horizon, coast, beach, holiday
Social Shares Google+: 0, Facebook Likes: 16
Downloads Downloads on January 3, 2016: 1,038, Downloads on July 21, 2009: 678 (as per Archive.org)
Monthly Downloads 4.6 Downloads (estimated based on historical data)
Monthly Earnings$6.7 (estimated based on historical data and income assumptions*)

How we calculated the estimated earnings

  • Downloads as on January 3, 2016: 1038
  • 10% buy using the credit system: earning per download $9.79 * 104 downloads = $1,018
  • 10% Subscription All-at-once: $2 * 104 = $208
  • 80% Subscription daily dose: $0.35 * 830 = $290
  • TOTAL Estimated Earnings: $1,516 (or $1.46 per download)*
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3. Category: People

Best Selling Stock Photo: Wedding Kiss

Estimated Total Earnings as on January 3, 2016: $1,846
Most Downloaded Picture: People Catagory

Most Downloaded Picture in the “People” Category by Kelliem | Dreamstime.comWedding Kiss Photo

DescriptionWedding kiss as husband and wife shot on the beach of a resort. Horizontal orientation, slight blur filter used on the clouds.
Total Keywords: 43day, blond, romantic, swept, expression, surf, wedding, waves, together, playful, clear, beach, adorable, wave, tender in man, sweet, bride, woman, touching, sweep, happy, sexual, dress, sand, couple, face, holding, marriage, happily, enchanting, outside, resort, sunny, love, clouds, kiss, people, loving, sky, groom, close, catch, ocean/td>
Social Shares Google+: 54, Facebook Likes: 81
Downloads Downloads on January 3, 2016: 1,265; Downloads on 14 January 2010: 662 (as per Archive.org)
Monthly Downloads 8.3 Downloads (estimated based on historical data)
Monthly Earnings$12.12 (estimated based on historical data and income assumptions*)

How we calculated the estimated earnings

  • Downloads as on January 3, 2016: 1,265
  • 10% buy using the credit system: earning per download $9.79 * 126.5 downloads = $1,238.43
  • 10% Subscription All-at-once: $2 * 126.5 = $253
  • 80% Subscription daily dose: $0.35 * 1014.4 = $355.04
  • TOTAL Estimated Earnings: $1,846 (or $1.46 per download)*
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