Over the last couple of years I have been pretty slack with my microstock portfolios. I have been sporadic and uploading in bulk a couple of times a year. In around August last year I decided to be a bit more dedicated, to my photography. I decided to take time each week just to go out and take photos. In doing so I also decided to upload any suitable images weekly. Depending on how busy I was I usually uploaded somewhere between 5 and 20 photos a week. I had heard somewhere it makes a difference to do it on regular basis and it definitely did. Continue reading
I am a little late this year, posting my annual review of my Microstock analysis. This year marks 5 years since I started out in microstock photography and is also the year that I put the least amount of time, effort and energy into specifically creating stock. Continue reading
This year my stock journey has been going in fits and starts. Some months I was super inspired, motivated and active in shooting stock and video, other months the business of life took over and I barely had time to pick up my camera. I had great intentions to grow my portfolio, focus on different content and create more footage. To some degrees I managed this, doing more lifestyle and outdoor shoots and a combination of video, time-lapse and photography during some of the shoots, on the other hand I feel I still have a long way to go.
After dabbling in microstock photography over the last three years there are a few main things I have learned that I think are worth passing on. These are not specific to one area, but a random collection of things that I have to remind myself of every now and then and that help me as I work: Continue reading
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. Continue reading
As another year rolls by I found it was time once again to look at my microstock photography and see what the numbers can show me. I have now been contributing to stock agencies for two years. The first thing that struck me this year was that the area of images where I had the most sales was somewhat unexpected. Continue reading
Part of becoming a successful stock photographer is providing images that people want. When I first started out one of the tips I remember from reading Rob Sylvans book “Take Stock” was get a note book and write down your ideas.
I did that and started brain storming and creating images, uploading and waiting for sales. Unfortunately I forgot one important thing. Research. pretty quickly I started refining which images to shoot depending on how many were available on line. Continue reading
My micro stock journey started over a year ago now and so I thought it was time to review, do some spring cleaning and streamline my process some more. I have two aims in looking at my over all and individual images statistics, one to save time and two to increase the quality of my images rather than the quantity. Continue reading
It has been one year now since I started submitting work to micro stock libraries. With a one year old on my hip I was in need to something to get the creative juices flowing as well as give me freedom to work when I want while doing something I enjoy. Microstock seemed like a good option to try out. I know a lot of professional photographers despise micro stock and think it is ruining their business, and I am not here to argue a point, just to share my experience along the way.