Why engage in microstock?
So my conclusion is: let money not drive the engagement with microstock (at least not in short or medium turn). But why then would one want to engage? Speaking for myself, with only three months experience with microstock, there is one reason that I really find appealing: the whole process of submitting images to microstock has raised the quality of my photowork. I think I had quite a bunch of nice images, but many did not turn to be good enough for microstock. Artifacts, wrong sharpening, this kind of things that you often don’t even see in first instance. The main trick of microstock reviewers, however, seems to be looking to your images with a 100% crop. That reveals artifacts..... But microstock also initiates a learning curve. Because I had kept all my original images as RAW-files, a simple review fo my library did the trick of upgrading the quality where needed.
So now I am building up a portfolio, now almost adding up to 200 pictures. Not much, but you have to start somewhere. I really enjoy my images being sold, and am constantly wondering how on earth they can be found within the huge digital mountain of millions of high quality photos (-:).
Photo credits: Rob Van Esch.
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