I started to contribute to microstock photography agencies in 2013 (shortly after the birth of my elder son). The hobby of stay-at-home mum has turned into my main job ( except taking care of my family of course :-)). Based on my 4 years experience I made a simple list of a few tips that could be useful to everybody who wants to start to make money from microstock. 1. Enjoy your job. If you want to build a new solid portfolio from a scratch you’re going to have a long road... continue reading
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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 prefer to not waste my time on images that have no chance of being accepted due to the choice of subject.What sort of images do appeal to microstock sites like dreamstime.com?I started out by looking at the FAQ section of the site, but didn’t find the explanation offered there... continue reading
After quite some posts in the message boards section discussing the sales situation here for us contributors and many of us considering that the saturation of contributed material to microstock could be among other reasons the causefor the difficulty to achieve satisfactory business results...I made in one day three P-EL 50 credit sales,one day later three W-EL license sales and another W-EL one after two days!In six years of exclusivity here this is the first time.. ... continue reading
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
Hi Dreamstimers,here I am again. With great surprise I found that one of my pictures has sold 3 times in the last two weeks: And here it is... so I asked myself... the world of stock photography has a really huge collection of images depicting pets and animals in general, so what is the reason it sells so well and this market seems not to have a decline?I answered myself: pets are today the most interesting market in the whole world. A great number of good photographers dedicate their... continue reading
Hi everyone¡¡¡Most of my work Microstock performed from the free sessions. I like to experimentand turn those photographs that usually end up in a corner of any hard drive.I have the formation of surveyor and worked for more than 15 years in civil works ... how boring¡¡¡... It was all too grid and to very routine. I think Stock photography is too conditioned by income ... Most of the peoplewho decide to start uploading images to agencies expect immediate additional revenue and... continue reading
As many people, I have been skeptical of the mirrorlesscamera, but now I had to think again on this issue.But because today those who work in microstock photography should buy a mirrorless? Many photographers have told me that the best camera is the one you have at the time you need to take a picture. And mirrorless cameras have a huge advantage: they are small, light and compact. This means that the camera kit (a camera body, two or three lenses, memory cards and a mini-... continue reading
Continued from Part I...Your intentions matter!Are you looking for shortcuts to make easy money online? Trying to anyhow get an image past the reviewers who seem to reject everything? It can be easily observed that many of those new to microstock photography believe that their images will be popular if they get past the review process. These intentions and beliefs do not go well with a fiercely competitive business. You must keep in mind that you should be willing to cooperate with your agency... continue reading
Above is a catchy title that most stock photography veterans would raise an eyebrow at. Is there really a winning strategy? Not really. Or maybe there is. It depends largely on your expectations and definition of “winning”. This article has been compiled keeping the new players in mind and “winning” refers to a significant growth in popularity and sales.As can be easily predicted these days, the major part of the strategy is off-camera and online. While your potential clients and opportunities... continue reading
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