18 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos




CHEAP -- iStockphoto Lauches New Subscription Model, Pays Contributors as Little as 28 Cents Per Image Download - Eric Reagan: “iStockphoto will begin offering a new subscription model to customers in April. Twenty-five image downloads per day for a flat rate of $249/mo. http://www.photographybay.com/2014/03/04/istockphoto-lauches-new-subscription-model-pays-contributors-as-little-as-28-cents-per-image-download/



UNLIMITED -- 500px Prime goes live, $250 for unlimited photo licensing, photographers get 70% - Tim Barribeau: “A month ago, 500px first announced 500px Prime, a move to push the popular photography site into licensing images for outside use. However, the announcement quickly drew significant ire due to the fact that it only offered photographers a 30% cut of the sale. Now Prime has gone live, and 500px has reversed the payment, offering the original artist 70% of the cut instead. But is 70% of $250 enough to give away all rights to your images forever?” SOURCE: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/03/06/500px-prime-goes-live-250-for-unlimited-photo-licensing-photographers-get-7


04 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos




Liz Pasch
Editorial Director
SOUTHERN BOATING MAGAZINE


Replaces


David Strickland
Executive Editor
SOUTHERN BOATING MAGAZINE


28 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





Bruce Livingstone’s Return to Stock Photography. Space with Stocksy - Knowlton Thomas: BL: "During my time in Los Angeles we frequently had photographers passing through town, come to visit and plead with us to start another stock photo company. We said the same thing: 'The world doesn’t need another stock photo company where designers are forced to sift through a sea of mediocre images to find something good,'" Livingstone told Techvibes. "The photographers were in despair, feeling creatively uninspired and were facing savage competition. We knew that the only way to change the situation was to make a better product and address the inequity that exists in this industry."
http://www.techvibes.com/blog/bruce-livingstone-stocksy-2013-10-14



11 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos




BECOME COPYRIGHT FREE - learn the industries secrets – Iona Green: “All microstock photographers go through this issue at some point in their miscrostock career and they get lost in the sea of copyright more often than expected.
TAKEAWAY: Here at PhotoStockNOTES, our focus is on editorial stock photography. But we like to include microstock news and information for our readers. Rarely does the copyright information in this article above apply to editorial photographers (photojournalists, magazine and book photographers, fine art photographer, street photographers.) This article, however, is useful to editorial stock photographers who might want to license their picture(s) for a commercial purpose like microstock. –RE
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2013/09/03/how-you-can-become-copyright-free-learn-the-industries-secrets_art39343



06 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





EyeEm and Scoopshot attack stock photo industry from different angles - David Meyer”
Finland’s Scoopshot and Germany’s EyeEm have both revealed new tranches of funding that will help them invade the stock photo space with mobile snaps. They both have interesting tech to help them get there. Thanks to serious advances in smartphone camera quality, it’s increasingly possible to take a saleable shot on your handset — and European startups know it. Last year we saw Sweden’s Foap try to take on the stock photo industry with users’ iPhone snaps. http://gigaom.com/2013/07/17/taking-stock-eyeem-and-scoopshot-attack-stock-photo-industry-from-different-angles/





THE AMERICANS ARE COMING! -- SmugMug launches UK photo sharing service. Amy Davies: The service is a cloud based photo album, which can be customized to look however you want it to look. According to research carried out by SmugMug, UK consumers take over 600 million photos a week, with almost a third admitting to not backing up their images. SOURCE: http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/smugmug-launches-uk-photo-sharing-service-1169771




ANOTHER LAUNCHES --Launched: InstaStock – smartphone photographers microstock image library – Stills and Video. Will Carleton : “A Berlin based microstock photo agency dedicated to smartphone users launched recently. It’s called Instastock. “

http://www.photoarchivenews.com/launched-instastock-smartphone-photographers-microstock-image-library-stills-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=launched-instastock-smartphone-photographers-microstock-image-library-stills-video




30 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson


CROWD SOURCING

ENCROACHING ON MICROSTOCK?


-- Yuri Arcurs: “Mobile is the Next Big Disrupter.” Michael Zhang: “If you’re an active participant in the stock photography industry, you’ve likely heard of the big rumblings as of late. Earlier this month, bestselling microstock photographer Yuri Arcurs announced both a $1.2 million investment in Scoopshot (a crowdsourced photo app) and a new exclusivity agreement with Getty Images/iStockphoto. It may be bigger than you thought. SOURCE: http://petapixel.com/2013/07/26/microstock-king-yuri-arcurs-says-mobile-is-the-next-big-disrupter/

23 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson




ARCURS INVESTS IN SCOOPSHOT Top-selling photographer Yuri Arcurs has invested in crowdsource image platform Scoopshot The world's top selling stock photographer has invested $1.2 million into Scoopshot, a business which will be going up against traditional stock photo libraries and agencies. SOURCE: http://www.growthbusiness.co.uk/news-and-market-deals/fundraising-deals/2385133/topselling-photographer-yuri-arcurs-invests-in-crowdsource-image-platform-scoopshot.thtml#sthash.xAiBNwUK.dpuf


17 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos






OLDIES BUT GOODIES Gold At The End Of The Stock Photo Rainbow. John Lund: “I recently took a very close look at my stock photo sales for 2012. One of the more interesting things was that of my top 100 selling images, thirty percent (well, okay, it was actually 29%) of them were created before 2005(which is as far back as I have been keeping track of sales). That seems pretty significant to me.
http://blog.johnlund.com/2013/07/gold-at-end-of-stock-photo-rainbow.html






How much does a microstock image really cost? Michael Jay Fotograf: “When it comes to microstock, often the same image can be found across different agencies and platforms. After our friend and microstock superstar Sean Locke reported about the growing anger and confusion of clients about intransparent pricing, I thought it might be a good idea to have a look how much the same image costs at each of those places. The actual price for an image in most places is well hidden and far from what they are advertising. And it depends heavily on your total use of images. SOURCE:
http://www.michaeljayfoto.com/buyer-views/how-much-does-a-microstock-image-really-cost/
TAKEAWAY: “And you still want to sell your stock photography thru microstock.? -RE


18 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos




WHAT IS IT? -- Media Bakery: “Digital camera technology and the internet
have made Microstock photography possible but how is it different from your
traditional Royalty Free images? SOURCE:
http://blog.mediabakery.com/2013/06/14/what-is-microstock-photograhpy/



21 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





BIG BOSS OPT’S-OUT -- Yuri Arcurs drops microstock and goes with Getty/ Acurs: “We have found a good distribution partner (Getty Images) for the kind of content we produce. We will be removing all images from microstock doing the next few weeks. Microstock, especially subscription sites, are not suited for the kind of high production cost images we produce. SOURCE: http://www.microstockposts.com/yuri-arcurs-drops-microstock-and-goes-with-getty/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrostockPosts+(Microstock+Posts)
PHOTOS: Yuri Accurs


14 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





FINDING INSPIRATION -- As a photographer, at times we all tend to forget that all our shots revolve around a same theme or in some cases they are so diverse that it’s hard to find out. It is amazing to note that paintings of great artists are so unique in nature that one can guess the artist based on the style of work. The same happens in photography as well. As an amateur one tries a lot to learn. Some may call it copying and some call it inspiration. I would like to use the latter word. –Ravi Kumar SOURCE: http://blog.dreamstime.com/2013/05/09/looking-for-inspiration_art38990
PHOTO: Ravi Kumar


23 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos




So You Want to be a Stock Photographer?– Dale Wilson: “So the point of this primer on the financial benefit of the microstock industry and part-time photographer is this: There probably isn’t any financial benefit and in all likelihood it will cost you money.”
http://digital-photography-school.com/so-you-want-to-be-a-stock-photographer-part-i
TAKEAWAY: Stock Photography has many connotations. The earliest conotation, circa the 1940’s, is that a stock photo is a photographic representation (formerly drawings and sketches were used) that would help compliment the text in a piece of writing accompanying text in a book, magazine, or newspaper. Later on photojournalistic photos were used to support historical articles. Then came editorial photo illustrations where photographers “make” photographs rather the “take” photographs to be used as stock. Eventually "Clip Art” gained popularity with the ease and advent of digital images. Now it’s called microstock.
So You Want to be a Stock Photographer
Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/so-you-want-to-be-a-stock-photographer-part-i#ixzz2RQGnu2Nf
PHOTO: 123RF Dale Watson




EDITORIAL CAN WORK! -- Danie Nel: “I’ve always
I've always been a bit skeptical about shooting non-hard-press editorial imagery, since I underestimated the amount of editorial publications that need images of a more commentary and information type of style. http://blog.dreamstime.com/2013/04/16/editorial-can-work_art38914


16 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos





GETTY IMAGES -- How to Lose Control of Your Photos. Thomas Hawk: “Last week photographer Remi Thornton penned a post about why he quit working with Getty Images. Remi alerted photographers to a new scheme by Getty Images whereby they were “loaning” photographer images (without pay) to Cafe Press for marketing purposes. The idea is that Cafe Press could use photographers’ images without paying, unless a sale was made, then a photographer might receive a royalty…” http://thomashawk.com/2013/04/how-to-lose-control-of-your-photos-with-getty-images.html





RE-FRESH -- iStockPhoto Founder Re-Creates Two-Tier Stock Industry – Dean “Stocksy, Bruce Livingstone’s latest enterprise, is a new stock site that takes a completely different approach to delivering images from photographers to buyers. Just like many stock sites, photographers will receive 50 percent of the sales price of their photos but they’ll also receive 100 percent of the price of extended licenses and a share of the profits the company generates. Why? That’s because Stocksy is a photographer’s co-operative, owned and operated by the people who create the photos which the site sells. Instead of generating profits for a corporation, Stocksy will distribute its profits to its contributors. http://blogs.photopreneur.com/istockphoto-founder-re-creates-two-tier-stock-industry
TAKEAWAY: Hooray! I hope I’m not cheering prematurely, but many current and new microstock companies are sure to follow this scheme. Check with me in a decade. –RE



02 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: st




Stephen Shankland: “Stocksy aims to bring the soul back into stock photography.
iStockphoto founder Bruce Livingstone is trying again with the stock-art business -- this time with a startup focusing on photographers, not profits.” SOURCE:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57576184-93/stocksy-aims-to-bring-the-soul-back-into-stock-photography/
Also: http://www.photoarchivenews.com/stocksy-launches-contributors-get-co-op-structure-stock-photo-licensing-model/


13 Mar, 2013 | Posted by: st





Elnur Amikishiyev – Microstock Celebrity – Lee Torrens: Elnur Amikishiyev, one of the world’s most productive microstockers, he currently has over 64,000 photos in his Shutterstock portfolio placing him in the top 10 Shutterstock portfolios by size. At Depositphotos he has over 76,000. More impressive is that he does it while maintaining a demanding full-time job as a finance manager for BP.
http://www.microstockdiaries.com/elnur-amikishiyev.html
PHOTO: Elnur Amikishiyev


19 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson

EASY COME – EASY GO

-- iStockphoto Terminates Top Contributor in Aftermath of Getty/Google Deal –

Lauren Margolis: “Earlier last month, we learned that Getty agreed to license some 5,000 stock photos to Google, and paid the image creators a one-time fee of $12. Many members of the Microstockgroup forums planned to deactivate images on iStockphoto (a counterpart of Getty Images).
Stock photographer Sean Locke - who has contributed more than 12,000 photos to iStockphoto and sold nearly 1 million licenses - criticized the deal early on and now Getty is terminating his account in 30 days.” http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/02/istockphoto-terminates-top-contributor-in-aftermath-of-gettygoogle-deal/

And…


ADIOS! --
A Top Photographer at iStockphoto Microstock in the Wake of Getty/Google Hoopla
will get the boot.....
Michael Zhang: “Just last month, it came to light that Getty had agreed to license 5000 of its stock photos to Google while paying the creators of the images a meager one-time fee of $12. Now, one of Getty’s most successful stock photographers is claiming that his account is being terminated in the aftermath of the first hoopla.
http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/11/
TAKEAWAY: Photographer Locke has announced that he will migrate to other venues with his microstock photos. The dismissal of Locke (for expressing his opinion) turns out to be a hidden blessing for all microstockers. It’s a reminder that as a microstocker, you can simply migrate your photos from one site to another without missing a beat as they all (all millions of them) seem to come from the same catalog. –RE

19 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson


OLD KID ON THE BLOCK

-- Stocksy is a New Stock Photo Co-Op by the Founder of iStockphoto, Bruce Livingstone.
Michael Zhang: “He knows his way around the stock photography industry, after founding iStockphoto in 2000, he turned it into a microstock juggernaut, finally selling it to Getty Images in 2006 for a whopping $50 million. Livingstone has a new stock photo business that may rock the boat even more. It’s called Stocksy, and is a co-op for stock photographers who want to step out from under the shadow of giant stock photography companies. http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/13/stocksy-is-a-new-stock-photo-co-op-by-the-founder-of-istockphoto/

05 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st




PHOTO EMBARGO -- Microstock Photographers Plan D-Day Boycott After Getty Gives Away Images Through Google – Dean: Contributors to iStockphoto are planning to pull their portfolios from the microstock site following the discovery of a new distribution agreement with Google. Users of Google Drive, the search company’s cloud-based productivity app, can now insert stock photos drawn from Getty’s inventories into their Google documents without paying a license fee. SOURCE: http://blogs.photopreneur.com/microstock-photographers-plan-d-day-boycott-after-getty-gives-away-images-through-google?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhotopreneurBlog+%28Photopreneur+Blog%29

22 Jan, 2013 | Posted by: st





Life as a Microstocker - Steve Heap: “A Stock Earnings Calculator. Selling Prints Of Stock Images At Fine Art America. My Annual Analysis Of Stock Photo Earnings In 2012.” SOURCE: http://www.backyardsilver.com/2013/01/
PHOTO Steve Heap


02 Jan, 2013 | Posted by: st




The photography industry has progressed technologically in leaps and bounds in 2012, with several new developments that have taken the segment by storm.
http://www.thinkdigit.com/Digital-Cameras/2012-Revisited-Five-distinct-trends-in-the_12873.html



30 Oct, 2012 | Posted by: st








IT’S HAPPENING -- via doobybrain “Below is a parody infomercial released featuring actor Patrick Wilson. He states that prior to his acting career, he worked as a stock photography model and was featured in over 133,000 stock images.”
http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/04/parody-actor-patrick-wilson-as-a-model-of-overly-specific-stock-photographs/#b4fMUB9zPsgjlE00.99





02 Oct, 2012 | Posted by: st



Tips on Microstock Photography. Mathew Howard: “Anyone looking to get into microstock photography has to realize it is not an easy task and takes a lot of time. This should not scare you off, as it is truly fulfilling to have someone pay money for something you did. Just be aware it will take at least 1 year to build a decent enough portfolio, to be able to bring in earnings on a regular basis. However, there are a few tips and tricks to help you get started on a microstock photography career.
http://voices.yahoo.com/tips-microstock-photography-11776178.html
TAKEAWAY: In case you missed it: “Most sales are only twenty five cents each, but they add up quickly. –RE ................. ??
PHOTO: Stock Schlock


25 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: st




FOOT IN THE DOOR -- Mangalika: How to increase acceptance ratio of submitted images Well, this discussion might be especially helpful for beginners. I wanted to share what I learnt from my initial experience and some of my friends who are with DT for long time. During initial days many people might have sufferred to enrich his profile with lots of photos. At that time we do not understand why most of the photos get rejected although those have earned lot of good feedback from other photography forums. (So here are few tricks :)
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/09/17/how-to-increase-acceptance-ratio-of-submitted-images_art38066


WHAT IS MICROSTOCK? Getting the story straight… Lee Torrens: “Insiders tend to shake their heads when reading mainstream press articles about their industry. In microstock and broader stock photography, we’re no exception. It must be difficult for journalists to get it straight when constantly reporting on industries that are not their own. 8 Tips for Mainstream Press Covering Microstock So in the interest of more accurate and more interesting mainstream press coverage of our industry, here are my top 8 tips:
http://www.microstockdiaries.com/8-tips-for-mainstream-press-covering-microstock.html

18 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: st




picWorkflow Review – Lee Torrens: You’ve most likely already heard of picWorkflow – the microstock distribution service from Bob Davies, creator of picNiche and many other tools for microstockers. It’s time to take a look at how far picWorkflow has come. Not only is it now much more than an uploading service, it’s also got something for everyone, including agencies! http://www.microstockdiaries.com/picworkflow.html

11 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: st





WHICH ROAD? -- Are You a Quality Microstocker Or a Quantity Microstocker? - Success in microstock requires that you learn how to consistently create high quality (high selling) stock photos before you increase your volume of production. http://www.microstockdiaries.com/are-you-a-quality-microstocker-or-a-quantity-microstocker.html



29 Aug, 2012 | Posted by: bswenson




MICROSTOCK NEWBIES -- Angela Ostafichuk: “After reading over the (microstock) message boards, I realized there is a lot of frustration coming from new photographers who are dipping their toes into the stock pond. Take heart and make note, we all (or most of us) have been there before.
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/08/19/-x28;a-little-x29;-advice-for-microstock-newbies-_art37928
PHOTO: Angela Ostafichuk

21 Aug, 2012 | Posted by: st




UNREAL -- What Sells as Microstock: Is It Dead Bodies, Homeless Men and a Bearded Guy Drinking Beer? Jerry Koch “My idea of what stock photography is has changed over time. When I started out in this field, I saw stock photos as an element of a bigger design/project created by a graphic designer. So, I created simple photos, usually of objects, like this one of gold coins on a white background.”
http://www.thephotographerslife.com/2012/08/what-sells-as-microstock-is-it-dead-bodies-homeless-men-and-a-bearded-guy-drinking-beer/
PHOTO: Jerry Koch


31 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st



SPECIALIZE -- Strategies for Niche Building and Collections. Leez Snow: “Creating a niche is a strategy for focusing your energies on what to shoot. It defines you as an expert in a subject and the market for that type of photo. For example, it enables you to say “I shoot winter sports” or “I shoot holiday scenes” or “I shoot conservation and green subjects”. Niches can be narrow or broad. You can certainly have more than one niche, and you can shoot outside of them as well. But the point of using niches is to establish your credibility in a style or topic, and to set you and your photos apart from all of the others out there in the mind of the buyer.
http://www.everythingmicrostock.com/blog/entry/microstock/microstock-strategies-for-niche-building-and-collections

24 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st



ON TOP -- Alex Croft: “The World’s Top Selling Microstock Photographer. Yuri Arcurs, in his first year he was making more money than a plastic surgeon; Now has a staff of over 100 producing images; Income “way higher than $3 Million a year”, 8 figures in sight. Voted one of the most influential photographers of this decade; Described by his staff as “irritatingly close to a pathological perfectionist” SOURCE:
http://hunchmag.com/interview-yuri-arcurs-the-top-selling-microstock-photographer/


17 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st



MANAGING MICROSTOCK: How to shoot and manage stock photography using Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw, (both come with Adobe Creative Suite.) Linus Öhman: Five tips on how to shoot and manage your stock photography. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls and optimize the time spent managing your stock-portfolio. SOURCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4KnlwS_Ois&feature=player_embedded

GETTING PAID -- Lee Torrens: This is How Microstock Agencies REALLY Calculate Your Royalties. With the help of a smart programmer I’ve created a series of royalty calculators that explore credit-based sales at some of the top microstock agencies.
http://www.microstockdiaries.com/this-is-how-microstock-agencies-really-calculate-your-royalties.html

LEE TORRENS: Why I Removed my Dreamstime Referral Links” With the update to image level parameters earlier this year, Dreamstime started calculating royalties based on the value of the transaction ‘after’ referral costs. This means all Dreamstime contributors earn less for sales to buyers who were referred, and even less if they themselves were referred. No other microstock agency pretends that their referral program is a cost to be shared with contributors. It’s a marketing cost, and like all other marketing costs, it’s an expense of the agency, not the contributor. http://www.microstockdiaries.com/why-i-removed-my-dreamstime-referral-links.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrostockDiaries+%28Microstock+Diaries%29

HOTCAKES -- Rachel Towne: “The microstock model is a relative newcomer in the world of commercial photography. The advent of digital photography turned this traditional stock world upside down and has made it all but obsolete. Anybody with a decent digital camera and a basic knowledge of photography has the potential to earn money with their photos now. Here are seven Here are “ 7 Basic Tips That Will Make Your Stock Photographs Sell Like Hotcakes “
http://www.lightstalking.com/7-basic-tips-that-will-make-your-stock-photographs-sell-like-hotcakes
PHOTO: Mike Baird
TAKEAWAY: Yes, commercial Stock photography has become obsolete.
However, publications today need even more photos than before, despite the economy downturn.. What has changed is the fee paid for a photo, the ease to find it, and the speed in which people can acquire the picture and have it delivered. The absense of these elements helped obliterate the commercial stock photography enterprise of the last century. In other words, ‘digital’ destroyed the old model of stock photography.
However, most people with a talent for stock photography have other choices in the field to consider.
No, stock photography is not dead… -only the way it was once acquired and paid for in the last century --is dead. -RE



26 Jun, 2012 | Posted by: st



SHOULD YOU? -- Shutterstock started the ball rolling with accepting images for editorial use only, and since then, many other microstock agencies followed suit. However, some of these agencies took a few years before they began accepting editorial images, and there are still a number of agencies which don’t consider it worthwhile to accept them -- an indication maybe, that the market for these editorisal images in microstock is not huge.
Editorial images have their place though as well as a certain value.
However, many contributors seem to be put off from submitting editorial images to microstock sites, likely because of the lower sales potential, but I think also because of the overly complicated procedures agencies set for submitting these images, as well as the often confusing criteria for acceptance of editorial images. Before going into detail, lets look at some advantages first. http://www.microstockposts.com/is-it-worth-submitting-editorial-images-to-microstock-agencies/\

19 Jun, 2012 | Posted by: st



GET IT RIGHT -- Chanevy: “3 Things You Must Get Right to Get Your Photos Online. It may not be easy, but it is simple. The three most important things to nail down if you want to get your photos accepted at this, or any, stock site are focus, lighting and composition. Subject matter and creativity go along way towards getting sales, but if these three elements are not in order, your image won't pass the initial screen by the reviewers. If it isn't online, it can't sell. It's that simple. Let's look briefly at each.
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/06/09/3-things-you-must-get-right-to-get-your-photos-online_art37680
PHOTO: Chanevy


12 Jun, 2012 | Posted by: st



MISSING OUT -- Are You Selling Extended License Rights for Subscription-Level Royalties? – Lee Torrens: “There’s a huge gap in the license rights that different microstock agencies offer. Where some microstock agencies require an expensive Extended License for certain rights, others include those rights in their standard license. What’s worse is that those rights are also provided as part of subscriptions. So a customer who may have bought an extended license, generating $20 – $100 in royalties for the contributor, instead buys on subscription where the contributor gets just 25 – 37 cents.”.
http://www.microstockdiaries.com/are-you-selling-extended-license-rights-for-subscription-level-royalties.html
More on extended licenses at http://www.microstockdiaries.com/extended-licenses.html?


DIY -- Top Microstock Photographer Pressures Agencies by Launching His Own Site Yuri Arcurs, microstock’s most successful contributor, has launched his own sales site. The Danish photographer who has managed to build an international business out of microstock contributions with offices in Aarhus, Denmark and Cape Town, South Africa, is now offering photos directly from PeopleImages.com. http://blogs.photopreneur.com/top-microstock-photographer-pressures-agencies-by-launching-his-own-site?
PHOTO: YURI ARCURS
TAKEAWAY: Can photographers follow the lead of Yuri Arcurs? They cannot if they are ‘generalists’ because they’ll never be able to match the scale of numbers that Yuri can. But if they are specialists, they can compete in the marketing arena. And their market spam will be proportionately the same as Yuri’s.

29 May, 2012 | Posted by: st



LESS COMPETITION -- How to Find Low-Competition Subjects: Quality vs Quantity in Microstock Photography Yesterday, professional photographer Danny Warren shared a “shoot smarter, not harder” tip to make more money from your stock photos by carefully taking fewer photographs. Today, he shares another trick – how to find stock photo subjects that don’t have much competition. http://www.thephotographerslife.com/2012/05/how-to-find-low-competition-subjects-quality-vs-quantity-in-microstock-photography/

08 May, 2012 | Posted by: st



MORE CATALOG PICTURES -- Yuri Arcurs launches PeopleImages.comLee Torrens: “It has finally arrived. It’s anything but a standard photographer’s direct sales website. Which is no surprise for anyone who knows anything about Yuri. Source:http://www.microstockdiaries.com/yuri-arcurs-launches-peopleimages-com-the-ultimate-direct-sales-website.html?
TAKEAWAY: This site must seem like the Walmart of the microstock imdistry – without the Made In China signature.


24 Apr, 2012 | Posted by: st



METEOR -- Depositphotos’ library hits 7 million images. It announced it has surpassed 7 million stock photographs, illustrations and vector images in its collection. http://www.sys-con.com/node/2251342
TAKEAWAY: And why not? The arithmetic of Microstock says with every fifth person in the world carrying a camera ( or smart-phone ) –there should be a lot of wonderful exquisite photos made every day. -RE

20 Mar, 2012 | Posted by: st



PREDICTIONS. What are the microstock people thinking: (video interviews) http://photoshopvideo.net/photoshop-industry/microstock-industry-interviews-cepic-2010/
TAKEAWAY: Ever been to a craft fair? Hundreds even thousands of buyers bump into each other. All looking for artwork they can hang on the wall of their den or living room.. The photographs are the same you’ll find on post cards and calendars. Pretty, upbeat, and cheap. Across the street is a small art gallery. Both of these exhibiting places will probably gain the same total revenue by the end of the day.


06 Mar, 2012 | Posted by: st




LEGITIMACY --10 Ways to Spot a Dodgy Microstock Agency – Lee Torrens: “ I often hear from photographers who’ve been burned by some microstock agency. There’s always some tell-tale signs that, when you know what to look for, tell you when when to run away. So here’s my list of the most obvious 10 ways to identify dubious microstock agencies.”
http://www.microstockdiaries.com/10-ways-to-spot-a-dodgy-microstock-agency.html?



14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



REJECTION -- Ellen Boughn: “Recently I posted about some of the major reasons that photos are rejected due to subject, composition or cropping issues. This week, hold on to your photoshop hat as we go over the common technical mistakes that cause photos to be refused by inspectors and reviewers. http://www.ellenboughn.com/technically-speaking-reasons-photos-are-rejected? two ladys talking, sell my photos TAKEAWAY: OMG… I feel sorry for the reviewer who has to spend his/her day viewing microstock photos that (get ready to hold on to your hat again) offer these amateurish results:
· The date stamp was active and time/date shows on frame
· The photo is out of focus
· The depth of field is too shallow for the subject
· An image has been submitted upside down or sideways
-RE


07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st



A MICROSTOCK EMPIRE -- Michael Zhang -- “German broadcaster Deutsche Welle produced an interesting segment on photographer Yuri Arcurs and how he turned his microstock photography into a million-dollar photography empire. Here’s a mind-boggling statistic: on average, Arcurs sells one of his images every 8 seconds. http://www.petapixel.com/2012/02/01/a-look-at-yuri-arcurs-microstock-empire/
TAKEAWAY: The greatest hurdle for editorial stock photographers is to provide premium value to photo researchers and art directors seeking to optimize today’s media channels. Ask yourself “What values are appealing to photobuyers?” In the area of editorial stock photography the answer is 1.) on-target images 2.) speedy delivery 3.) quality photography. As an independent stock photographer you can make microstock non-relevant to a photobuyer because you have positioned yourself to specialize in a niche that appeals to your picture-making expertise and makes a match with a small piece of the pie that has a substantial budget for your style and specialization of photography. Let the microstockers be. Some $5 pictures are great, but the targeting system most microstockers utilize don’t conform to the business practices in the media industry today. Learn the correct system for editorial photographers and how this system works: https://www.photosource.com/cart/marketyourphotos.php

Microstock Turns to Quality, Not Quantity – Dean: “Dreamstime’s strategy is to improve the quality of the images it offers at the expense of the quantity. Since 2010, the site has been imposing strict submission limits which rise as a contributor’s approval rating improves. Dreamstime then is trying to do its part to keep microstock viable by being more careful about what it offers to buyers”. SOURCE: Photopreneur; http://blogs.photopreneur.com/microstock-turns-to-quality-not-quantity?