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What Buyers Look For In Background Images

There is a great need for background images in the microstock industry, however, their uses can vary greatly so there is no real rule of thumb for producing background images. Instead, it can be helpful in understanding what buyers may be looking for. First of all, let's talk about how background images may be used. A web site may use a background image as a masthead, meaning the image will be wide and narrow. The entire web page may have a background. In these cases a repeating image may... continue reading

What Buyers Look For When Purchasing Images With People

There is a multitude of needs for people images so there is no single right answer when it comes to submitting images with people. Simple things like the model looking at the camera or away can grab a sale or prevent one. Therefore, the best way to handle this topic is to discuss some of the main points involved.First of all, buyers generally look for images that communicate a specific concept. The focus may be business, healthcare, science, education, parenting, what have you, but contributors... continue reading

Myths of the Microstock Industry

It is a constant for new contributors joining Dreamstime so there are always people who are beginning their journey into the business of commercial photography. And thus, many of them invariably ask the same questions over and over as they seek answers for being successful in the world of microstock.One of the biggest problems they face is being able to separate the good advice from the bad. There are many myths and a general mindset that is perpetuated even by experienced microstockers. This... continue reading

The Kung Fu Stock Master Teaches Grasshopper Professional Photograhy

The Kung Fu Master of Stock Photography was holding a set of prints given to him by Grasshopper. With a grand smile, Master looked at Grasshopper and exclaimed, "Grasshopper! These photographs are exquisite! Masterful! I am stunned by your abilities!" Grasshopper could only give Master a little wince and a dejected look as he dug his toe into the dirt. "But Master," said Grasshopper, "The people I gave those prints to didn't like them!"The old Master, sensing there was more to the story, began... continue reading

The Long Walk and Taking Pictures of Nothing for Composites

Two years ago I moved into the house where I currently live and it's a place on the edge of the metropolitan area. Here the subdivisions crash into farmland so you get a mix of neighborhoods and fields corn, depending on which street you're on. I like to go for walks, mainly just to stay healthy, but I find the walks have a way of giving the brain a chance to work through the the problems of the day or to just wander. If I have the time I will walk for four miles, which takes about an hour. The halfway... continue reading

Milestone: 10,000 Sales

Reaching 10,000 sales may seem like a wonderful milestone, but I don't see it that way. There are way too many Contributors who are outperforming me. That tells me I'm not good enough. The microstock industry is changing quickly and the good times are long gone for individual Contributors. Landscapes, generic architecture, flowers, and snapshots used to generate enough sales to make it fun but that is no longer the case.If you want to make it in microstock now, you have to deliver a professional... continue reading

The Kung Fu Master of Stock Teaches Grasshopper About the "Obvious"

The Kung Fu Master of Stock was in his garden photographing garden tools arranged in ways to appeal for commercial purposes when Grasshopper wandered in, looking dejected and sad. Master inquired as to why the long face and the reply was Grasshopper was disappointed with the sales in his portfolio."Let's take a look at your portfolio" suggested Master and together they huddled behind a laptop screen. "Grasshopper, you have over 500 images in your portfolio after two years and only 83 sales. Can... continue reading

Milestone: $20,000 Total Earnings, Lesson Learned: Ego vs Confidence

I've recently reached two milestone with Dreamstime: Fives years as a contributor and $20,000 total earnings. I was first published 40 years ago and thus started my career in freelance art, but I never really enjoyed any real income until I branched into online microstock. I've had a lot of fun and many unique experiences over the years, but it's nice to have learned a few things along the way to where it generates a secondary income.One thing I've recently learned is the conflict between "Confidence"... continue reading

Stealing Keywords From Other Contributors

In my keywords I include WISCONSINART. I started doing this because I wanted to make it easier to find my images. What I have found is when you sort by latest uploads, I would find images that were not mine but included WISCONSINART. It's then obvious a contributor copy-and-pasted my list of keywords into their image.While this may be easy to get away with, it is still contrary against Dreamstime policies. If you can't keyword your images, then pay the 60 cents to have a keyword master create... continue reading

If Your're Going To Do Stock, Then Do It For Fun AND Profit

There are many Contributors here who are hobbyist photographers, perhaps specializing in landscapes or wildlife. Nothing wrong with that as most of us are passionate for various types of photography which is part of the road that led us into the world of online microstock.The problem for SELLING images is they need to have COMMERCIAL potential in order to do well. Despite the over-saturation of the market, there is still big money to be made if you commit to COMMERCIAL photography. The catch is... continue reading

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