The future of microstock is bright - Dreamstime

I have read a lot of blog posts in the last year and a half since I started doing microstock about how the industry has seen it's better days and it is all down hill from here.

From my perspective it is doing just fine. Sure I may not make as much as the first group of photographers that signed up to DT so many years ago but I am making money and my sales and revenue to continue to grown steadily. My daily and monthly sales go up and down but I have had nothing but upward growth from quarter to quarter.

Microstock is just like any media industry such as music, books, magazines, newspapers, web design, etc. Each media type has gone through ups and downs but still exist and people are making money.

Your expectations are also important. For example there are literally tens of thousands of people who make their living in the music industry. They do not care about the record industry complaints that iTunes is driving down profits because they are small time musicians that are local, niche, and independent but still manage to make a decent sum of money off of their art. Someone may look at them and say they are a failure since they do not have a big record deal and tour nationally but they are satisfied with their position and make enough money to get by or to supplement another income. It is all about perspective and expectations.

I for one will continue to submit images and try to become a better photographer/graphic designer and hopefully make some money in the process. Will I ever get rich doing this? No, but I should be able to make enough money to pay for new camera equipment every few years and take a vacation every now and then. That would make me happy.

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September 09, 2011


Here's where you need to clarify. You can upload all you want, but most new microstockers tend to peek at what sells and replicate it. All that does is dilute everyone's sales. New contributors should shoot new, fresh stuff to make MS worthwhile to them. Otherwise they are wasting their time if they think they will make reasonable amounts of money.

September 09, 2011


Nice article. Thanx for sharing.

September 08, 2011


Good article. I totally agree.

September 08, 2011


I couldn't agree more. There are more Internet users every day in the world, more web pages created every day that need more images and/or illustrations. Microstock is only 10 years old. This is still a growing industry. What you get out of it is what you put into it.

September 08, 2011


As they say this year is just average. Worst than last year but probably better than next year. Whoever is here to get rich quick it is the wrong place. What is important is your inner peace.

September 08, 2011


I see the microstock industry the same, for me. I will not make a fortune out of it, you have to put a lot of work and money into it in order to be that successful, but why not use my holiday images, drawings or ideas to earn some money for equipment and vacations? Takes so little time, that it makes it worth :)

September 08, 2011


I love that others see it this way also

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