Interested in selling photos online in the microstock market? This page lays it all out for you whether you’re a hobbyist photographer or a professional new to microstock. The FAQs cover the very basics, and they’re followed by a list of articles which provide greater detail on specific topics. At the bottom there’s some ways you can keep informed through Microstock Diaries.
Q. How much can I make selling photos online with microstock?
A. That depends on how much time and effort you invest. Most people make very little, a few make a modest amount (like me), some make a decent living, and the best make over $1million a year.
Q. Can I upload the same photos to all agencies?
A. Yes, assuming you don’t choose the exclusivity options at some agencies and you’re only selling Royalty Free licenses (all microstock is Royalty Free), then you can submit the same photos to each microstock agency.
Q. Do I Keep the Photos?
A. Yes. With microstock you’re only selling a license to use your photos, unless you complete a ‘sell the rights’ sale (you’ll know it if you do).
Q. How Many Times do Photos Sell?
A. That depends on the quality of the photo and the demand for the subject, among other factors. Some photos never sell, but others sell more than 10,000 times. Most are somewhere in the middle, towards the lower numbers.
What is Microstock? – an introduction to microstock in the context of stock photography
Microstock Glossary – list of common terms used within the microstock market
How to Microstock – overview of the process of contributing photos to the microstock market
What Does it Take to Become a Microstock Contributor? – list of required skills and tools
Microstock Isn’t for Everybody – some situations where microstock may not be for you
State of the Microstock Nation – a list of microstock agency profiles
Which Microstock Websites Provide the Most Revenue? – a guide to the best earners
4 Golden Rules of Contributing Microstock – timeless fundamentals
How to Get Accepted as a Microstock Contributor – advice to help you overcome the first hurdle
Microstock Exclusivity – comparative information to help you decide about exclusivity
IPTC Data – The Ultimate Microstock Time Saver – save time inputting data before uploading
Improving your Microstock Workflow – methods to improve quality and efficiency
6 Ways to Increase your Microstock Earnings – tips to help increase your earnings
Can a Little Maintenance Increase your Microstock Earnings? – tips for getting the most out of your portfolio
LookStat – Helping you Sell More Microstock
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