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
Some of the major agencies are offering free stock images and vector illustrations. They can be used for websites and prints - even without paying for the license! The system behind it is simple: photographers and illustrators donate single files from their portfolios to get wider exposure and more clients. It is a great way … Continue reading Stock Images For Free
If you want to create .eps files that are compatible with Adobe Illustrator in Inkscape, you are facing a problem. In the standard version this is simply not possible. And if you're a microstock contributor, most agencies only accept vector formats if they can be opened with AI. Luckily Prim András created a great script … Continue reading Free AI compatible Inkscape Extension
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
You walk through the city or you're on holidays, there's a beautiful shot right in front of you, but you forgot your camera... Luckily, most of the time nowadays, people have a smartphone on them. Wouldn't it be great to sell your smartphone photography (phonography)? And luckily in the 21st century several microstock agencies have … Continue reading Contributor Mobile Apps – Selling Smartphone Photography
Founded in 2004, the agency mostly sells to Europe, in particular to Germany. The Website is of course international, Fotolia is active in 23 countries and available in 14 languages. The agency was bought by Adobe in 2015. This means that you can reach millions of Creative Cloud users and sell directly through Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and other desktop apps. Being part of the huge Adobe Stock network should soon start to show an overall raise in sales.
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