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
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
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
Why Shutterstock? Shutterstock is, without any question, the number 1 best selling agency for most independent microstock photographers and illustrators. I personally earn about 50% thanks to their website. The company was founded in 2003 by Oringer, who uploaded 30,000 of his own stock photos and made them available via subscription, forming the basis of the company.
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.