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
3D illustrations and renderings are amazingly realistic images. By checking the popular files and bestsellers on e.g. Depositphotos you stumble upon quite a few examples. The 3D illustrations being sold, range from simple stick figures to full blown animations and photorealistic scenes. This style of illustrating is interesting for designers (and especially stock contributors). It … Continue reading 3D Illustrations & Renderings
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
The website M-rank.net is a very useful tool for all contributors who sell vector graphics on Shutterstock. The website tracks the top 100k vectors on the agency's database and compares the collected statistics. All data is free and public, but the contributor needs to have at least one file in the top to appear on … Continue reading M-rank: Analyze your vector satistics
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
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
Why Depositphotos? Depositphotos is a rapidly growing agency, and what is most important, you can expect sales from the very beginning! Most sales on Depositphotos are based on subscription plans (similar to Shutterstock), but some images sell for Credits too, which obviously provide you with higher royalties. You will soon discover, that this agency … Continue reading Depositphotos – Microstock Agency Review
Dreamstime is one of my favorite Microstock Agencies. Their website takes a little longer to get used to and tend to refuse all vector illustrations they think are too simple, but you'll regularly sell your images here and often Dreamstime Portfolios have the best Google Ranking.