Beginnings In Microstock I

As someone who is just taking my first tentative steps into the world of stock images, I am of course wondering what sort of images are most likely to be accepted. I would really prefer to not waste my time on images that really have no chance of being accepted due to the choice of subject. So what sort of images do appeal to micro-stock sites like

I started out by looking at the FAQ section of the site, but didn't find the explanation offered there particularly helpful at first. Telling me “...well defined commercial concepts, marketable good compositions with creative insight...” didn't seem that useful to me. It just seemed a bit vague and general.

So I then took a look at some of best selling images on the site. A link to this is included in the answer to the FAQ “What sort of images should I upload?” Looking at the images there began to give me a better understanding of what was meant by “well defined commercial concepts,” though I’m not sure I can describe what that is. The sense that got from viewing the images was that the concepts were simple and direct. So perhaps “vague and general” can actually be used to describe the images that sell on dreamstime. They actually use the word “generic” in the answer to the question.

But there was such a wide variety of images there that I was still left feeling somewhat confused and unsure. I decided to ask my friend and dreamstime contributor Guernica what she thought worked here. She told me graphics or images with texture that can be used for backgrounds are a good choice, as web designers and others who buy from micro-stock sites often have need for such images.

Her Grunge Vintage Photo Frame is one of her most popular downloads. And I can certainly understand why. It has a wonderful and interesting texture, but would not detract from any text or image that would be placed on top of it.

But images of people...particularly people in action...seem to also be a good choice.

This photograph of a Group Of Boys Playing Soccer is a good example of how images of people could be appealing and helped me to get a better idea of what sort of images to try to create myself.

I am starting to get a sense of what sort of images work for microstock, but still have a lot to learn. I’m sure my understanding of the topic will improve in time and I’m looking forward to the day when I finally have an image accepted.


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August 12, 2014


This newbee appreciates all the great tips on this posting! Thanks Guys!!

August 03, 2014


Thanks for sharing :) ..and for the tips :-)

July 22, 2014


It is difficult to look into the future - especially forecasting the economical success of a photo. For example, I thought that my corn cob is nothing special. There are thousands of corn cob photos at DT. Nevertheless I earned nearly 35$ with it:

 Corn cob 

So, just keep uploading photos, be experimental and don't copy from others - just get inspired.

July 22, 2014


I think you should take photos of what you like most. Certainly you will get great shots. Then everything can be sold on DT if the quality is good. Obviously try to avoid as much as you can pets, skies, flowers unless they appear in a very strange, curious, attractive, unusual way. Be patient, because microstock is for patient people. Good luck.

July 22, 2014


Besides the money earnings, one great thing about being here is the learning process..

July 22, 2014


thanks for sharing

July 21, 2014


learn from the best & keep your commitment

July 21, 2014



I think perhaps one good way to better understand which types of images are popular at DT is to study the work of photographers who have thousands of
online images at their website. Check out those images that are shown as
most popular - those with the most number of downloads and views. If you
see what works for others I think it will serve to give you a clearer insight as
to the types of photographs that are marketable and needed. That said, I can assure you that there is no one style or type of marketable image - buyers are looking for a great variety of photography. Good luck.

July 20, 2014


Thanks for posting this and for the tips for the newbies!

July 20, 2014


@Cdw2345 thanks for writing wish to see your photo uploads soon

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