02 Jul 2007 Ron Chapple – Microstock Celebrity

Ron Chapple - PhotographerRon Chapple is one of the world’s top microstock photographers. In fact, he’s one of the world’s leading stock photographers whether rights-managed or royalty free. And with good reason. Ron is an established photographer who chose to follow the royalty-free trend early and is now reaping the rewards. His portfolio is full of top quality shots of interesting subjects. He certainly achieves his objective of avoiding mediocrity.

Ron created Thinkstock, an e-commerce royalty-free website that sold the photos in his portfolio through a global network of stock agencies. In 2004, Thinkstock was acquired by Jupitermedia.

Ron Chapple Studios produces images which are sold in all stock photography markets from high-end rights-managed to microstock. iofoto is the name of their microstock collection. The studio employs 5 people consisting of editors, digital artists, photographers and production staff. Ron also works in video providing aerial HD for an amazing client roster.

Microstock, for Ron, is simply the latest evolution in the stock photo industry’s quest to deliver images to the customer. His business is about balancing revenue among different distributors, whether rights-managed, royalty-free or microstock.

Known For

One of the world’s top microstock and traditional stock photographers, adapting with the market.


iofoto | Ron Chapple | Aerial Filmworks | LinkedIn

Personal Details

Born in USA | Lives in Maui, Hawaii | Has studios in North Carolina, California and Hawaii


Ron started shooting when he was 16 years old. In college, he continued to explore photography and shot his first fashion project at 19 years old. At 21 and just out of college, Ron started his first studio.

Before turning his hand to stock photography in 1992, Ron shot “fashion, people and annual reports”. He was already a successful and widely published photographer working out of his North Carolina studio. Ron is a frequent panelist at PhotoPlus and thrives on creating images for business or just plain fun.

Microstock Portfolios

iStockphoto | ShutterStock | Dreamstime | Fotolia | StockXpert

Signs of Success

Press Mentions

Ron Chapple on About the Image | Ron Chapple on Photopreneur | Ron Chapple interview at 123rf

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