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Idea for the workshop - How to be a microstock photographer

I have an idea to organize one day workshop/course "How to be a microstock photographer" (2–4 times in one year). In this workshop I want to help photographers to understand microstock industry (using marketing 4P - product, price, place, promotion) and talk about workflow (life of one microstock photo) in depth. It will be more about marketing, management and effective practice than about photographic techniques.

I have an idea, the second part should be practical. It could be added value against blogs, videos, discussions and similar ("classical" sources in microstock education). But I don't know, what could be useful. For people who want to start with microstock, could be useful they may take studio shots for the first review with my supervision. For photographers they are in microstock industry but don't have studio, it could be useful they may take some microstock shots in professional studio. But for photographers with own studio? We could talk about their portfolio and how to increase their profit (looking for weak link in the chain).

Do you think is it a good idea? Do you think workshop/course is good way how microstock photographers could be educated?

What would be helpful for you personally to learn if you went on a similar workshop/course? What would you like to get from such a workshop/course?
Posted: 02/04/2013, 08:17:09 AM
I'm currently looking in to the same sort of thing or at least it being part of a larger scale course/workshop. Good luck with your venture and yes I think it's a good idea. Another way to make a few $$$ from photography :)

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Posted: 02/04/2013, 08:28:59 AM
Thank you Brett for your response.
Posted: 02/06/2013, 12:01:50 PM
it may be good opportunity for your to earn from referrals :)
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Posted: 02/08/2013, 04:11:04 AM
If I were new to the stock photography field and attended your class I would like it if you had some inexpensive type softbox lighting and maybe 1 flash unit to show how we would set up in our house (or studio if you are a full time business) to take shots of food and food dishes, products, etc on a limited budget... Like when i started i did not know that food needs to have the flash bounced off a ceiling or wall to get the "right" look without reflections, etc.

And the workflow to process a photo definitely important to me of course.

And introduction to shots on white backgrounds....how to shoot "blown out" or isolation techniques and what is required to pass when submitting these to stock agencies...

And how to be creative for stock concepts. Maybe set up a couple of "decoy" things in the room where you can say "Look, we can take this and this and make a unique photo with a concept"

Just my 2 cents worth, hope it is helpful to you.
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Posted: 02/11/2013, 00:59:23 AM
Thank you for your responses.

Referrals are something I will think about. It is possible "use" them if it will fit in my business model.

I don't want to supply photographic workshops/courses (I'm not photographer). After all it is over-saturated market. I want to be strictly focused on microstock industry. "How to be creative" and how to prepare concepts will be part of workshop/course.
Posted: 02/11/2013, 08:33:01 AM
When the microstock market was booming for photographers - mum was the word! Then when it imploded, suddenly you saw books on the subject.

Just like anything, you have to zig when everyone else is zagging.
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Posted: 02/11/2013, 11:21:51 AM
I have done one some years ago, and now I'm going to do one in next march. Is a way to earn some money and to have afiliated photographers.
Why not?
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Posted: 02/11/2013, 15:35:02 PM
Its a nice idea, but the market is quite big, you can have photos of almost any subject, so I wouldnt focus only on studio photos, maybe more on the business side, what sells better, what not.

On the technical side, how to process it, sharpen, clean up, remove people from your images,.., what could serve as a general tool independent on what field the photographer is choosing to work with.

Also, how to catalogue and backup your files, pretty important, and some background on royalties.

Just some random suggestions, I hope some can help you out.

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Posted: 02/11/2013, 21:41:52 PM
Thank you for your ideas.

I forgot about a topic backuping files. Maybe because I don't have good practice in this. :-) So it is my "homework" to study something about backup files.
Posted: 02/14/2013, 02:08:12 AM