I have always wanted to be financially independent without having to work a 9 to 5 office job. Over the past few years I discovered ways to reach that aim and although there are already hundreds of (more or less useful) guides on the subject, I want to share some of my personal experiences with … Continue reading 5 Tips on Creating a Passive Income
When it comes to creating vector illustrations, one of my favorite alternatives to the Adobe Illustrator is Inkscape. The program is completely free and as an open source project widely available all over the internet. Naturally you need to learn how to use this powerful tool properly, otherwise you will only be frustrated and quit. … Continue reading Top 10 Inkscape Design Tutorials
If you have a thing for graffiti and street art like me, you have probably already tried uploading photographs of your favorite works to a stock agency. And they rejected all of your images, am I right? It took me some time to understand the reason behind this policy, that most microstock agencies seem to … Continue reading Graffiti Policy in Stock Photography
When you want to make it in stock photography, you will have to shoot images and create illustrations that sell. This means your work does not only need a certain technical quality but also commercial quality. Good stock images are images that buyers and designers are looking for. And the commercial quality is in many cases a clean … Continue reading Bestseller – What Sells Well?
Selling photography, illustrations and video footage as a microstock contributor you will sooner or later face an important decision: Do I sell my work exclusively at only one agency and receive higher royalties per sale or do I choose the non-exclusive path, sell my files at several agencies for lower royalty rates. At first glance … Continue reading Exclusivity vs. Non-Exclusivity
This process can be frustrating sometimes and you may not always agree with the reasons that are presented to you, but keep in mind, that your portfolio looks a lot better without unnecessary files that don't sell. The moderation helped me personally, to improve the quality of my own portfolio over time! Stay patient, read the reasons for rejection and avoid them the next time.
The second half is crucial to the success your file will have on the agency's marketplace. Of course I'm talking about keywording your work correctly. Without the right title, tags and description no buyer will find your work in the large pool of already existing stock data. There are no sales without good keywording!
You have a thing for cameras and good photography, but have nowhere to sell your pictures? Well, then it's a clear case - start photographing right away or select your best work from the countless files on your hard drive.
Step 1 of The Microstock Beginners Guide