About Microstock

Microstock is the name given to the portion of the royalty-free stock photography market that operates exclusively online, sourcing photos from the public. Anyone can upload their photos to various microstock agencies who will sell them repeatedly, generating ongoing commissions for the contributor. For more detail, read my about Microstock page or my sell photos online index.

About this Blog

It is the intention of Microstock Diaries to help you sell more photos online by providing inspiration, education and entertainment about the business, with a focus on microstock. I openly share all my experiences as a microstock contributor including my earnings and my observations of the market.

About Me

I am Lee Torrens, an analyst, advisor and publisher in the microstock market. I have been selling photos in the microstock market – not too seriously – since August 2005 and writing about the market here since March 2007.

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I sell ads on this blog but not within the content
I use affiliate links wherever possible
I do conference programming (1,2,3)
I co-own and co-produce Microstock Expo
I work at Canva
I publish a microstock research report

About my Photos

I previously published my microstock earnings reports each month to demonstrate what a hobbyist photographer could earn working part time to build a microstock portfolio. These are my primary portfolios: Dreamstime |  Fotolia | iStockphoto | Shutterstock | Crestock | 123RF