Articles by Marek Uliasz

Am I really making money from microstock?

I started microstock photography 2 years ago. Today, I have almost 1800 pictures in my portfolio submitted to multiple agencies and working part time for microstock.Every month, I am posting earnings reports in my blog, Pixels Away. There are usually happy showing some positive trends. A few other microstockers are also sharing their numbers. However, it is not a full story. It doesn't say how much expenses and photographer's time was invested to produce these images. So, finally, I tried to include... continue reading

My Favorite Camera and Lens for Microstock Photography

I started selling my pictures through microstock almost two years ago in November 2007. Today, I have about 1800 pictures in my stock portfolio. I am counting here all pictures created for microstock, not just pictures accepted by Dreamstime or any other specific agency.Since I am using Adobe Lightroom 2 to catalog all my pictures, I can easily sort them according to camera and lens. It provides some interesting statistics. .Let’s look at cameras first.Canon EOS 10D: 50 pictures (2.... continue reading

Scoop of Green Peas - 1000th Picture in My Portfolio

Yesterday, I reached 1000 pictures in my Dreamstime portfolio with a scoop of green peas image.It feels like just a few days ago I was shooting quite different picture of the same peas germinating.I would love to shoot more in my garden, but a stormy spring in Colorado with a lot of hail was not very kind for my plants. Even these green pea pods needed some Photoshop work to remove spots due to hail damage.19 months in microstock, 1000 pictures with Dreamstime, and just reaching my 7th... continue reading

Dreamstime takes a solid 3rd place in my microstock earnings

I started submitting pictures to microstock almost a year ago and I am reporting my progress, earnings and actual payments with some graphs in Pixels Away photoblog.Dreamstime was showing a pretty steady performance during last months and in October (50% increase) it took a solid third place afer SS and IS providing 12% of microstock income. Uploading 70 pictures certainly helped. It seems that in other agencies my increased efforts in producing and submitting pictures didn't bring the expected... continue reading

9 Months and Some Sunflower Seeds to Reach First Payment

I needed 9 months to reach my first payment from Dreamstime. The $100 line was crossed by this picture of sunflower seeds on a tablespoon. About $10 in this amount came from referrals.Dreamstime has provided so far 8.2% of my income from microstock and it is my third earner after IS and SS.I am reporting my monthly earnings from microstock photography and bestselling pictures in my Pixels Away blog. It is a beginner perspective. continue reading

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