I heard about microstock photography a little bit less than a year ago. It was autumn. September or Octomber. I'm start thinking: "I'm not worse than all these people who make there money. Why not to try?" And I upload my favourite files. How I was disapointed when I saw that only one or two images accepted instead of 20 - 30. And I give up. But in the begging of 2010 come back. In first months I upload something about 15 images. And on february first sales come. Next month I double amount of uploaded files and sales increased. Finally in July I upload more than 60 images. In August less because of long trip to Canarias and lack of time. These images will come soon. Today I can say that I have my own 10 - 20 $ per month.
In conclusion what I want to say? What stocks gives to me? I can't say they bring me money at the moment, but I hope will.
First of all it's image's quality. It has significantly increased. If a year ago I can like not very crisp, bad-focused photo, now it's impossible. First thing for me now is quality when I choose images from the series. Now there is few images I get during photosession, which are bad from this point of view.
Another plus is number of ideas. I have a notebook to write them down because I can't remember all of them. I understand that I can't realize some at the moment. So I decided to go on photographing courses to study new techniques.
Half a year ago I don't know what to shot and know so many things brings new ideas, maybe not stock, but interesting ideas. I want to take my camera and start shooting, but I still have much more than 1000 images (was 2000+) from my trip to choose and edit...
first image from my trip to announce others
Photo credits: Dmitry Tsvetkov, Michael Brown.