Microstock Anniversary 2017

I am not sure how to feel this year as I come up to three years since I started submitting my images to microstock agencies.  First thought was has it only been three years since I started all this, it seems like so long ago. Secondly I thought about how much I’ve learned and the great improvement to my photography since I started.  I look forward to sharing some tips with you soon.

Below are some insights into my sales and personal favourites in my microstock journey.

Favourite Images of the Year

I had a hard time this year deciding on one favourite image, so here are my three most favourite images.  The common thing about all of them is that they were not planned images but ones that I happened to take when doing something else, but they ended up being favourites.

Overall Best Sellers

This year once again my images of Middle Eastern Food take the top, although they are different ones than last year.  The thing that struck me once again with the images is that they are not the greatest images, but they are good and they fill a gap in the market.  I also weeded out some of my old images that have not been selling to refine my portfolio and focus on quality rather than quantity.

Sales:

Company: % of income % of sales
Shutterstock
iStock Photo
Fotolia (Adobe)
Dreamstime
Bigstock
123RF
Deposit Photos
Can stock
PhotoDune
45%
12.8%
12.8%
8.3%
8.3%
6.4%
3.3%
2.4%
0.7%
49.3%
14.3%
9.1%
5.5%
9%
5.6%
4.8%
1.7%
0.7%

 

Some Milestones and Highlights
– going to the Getty Images Photohui held in NZ this year which provided lots of inspiration, advice and hands on experience
– uploading my first video and time-lapse footage
– seeing an increase in sales including some of my older images

Other posts on Microstock:
Microstock Inspiration & Research
Book Review: Taking Stock
Microstock Statistics and Refinement
Microstock Anniversary 2015
Microstock Anniversary 2016

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