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This is a 21 page tutorial in PDF format. I created it to help ease you into the the microstock game without feeling like you've been thrown in the deep end Click on the download link over there on the right
Have you ever thought it would be nice to actually make some money from your art? lot of artists on DA seem to be completely unaware that there is a way for them to actually make some money from the art they are creating. There is so much great stuff on DeviantArt that would make a killing being sold as stock. it is almost a waste seeing it sitting there. If you haven't already; you should seriously consider joining up [link]
Here is a quick excerpt from my booklet:
If you are like most photographers or digital artists, you’ll have a ton of images on your hard drive gathering dust. What If I told you that there are people out there who are willing to pay you to use those images? That’s right there just may be a virtual gold mine sitting on your HDD. Welcome to the world of microstock.
In this tutorial I will be taking you through the ins and outs of creating images for stock purposes. What to do and what not to do. From setting up the account, submitting your first test batch of images, and most importantly; creating images that will sell!
The information supplied is geared mostly toward people who want to get a foothold in the microstock market. It is also aimed primarily at photographers, but other artists will get a lot out of this manual as well. Shutterstock is now the world’s leading source of vector art... So vector artists, you have come to the right place regardless! You just may wish to skip the photography related sections.
I spent quite a lot of time on this booklet to make it as enjoyable and easy to read as possible.
Here is a link to what I find to the the best 3 microstock agencies:
Shutterstock: [link] By far the best, and most revenue earned from submitters. If you only sign up to one, make it this one.
Bigstock: [link] Very easy to get into, nice and friendly.
Dreamstime: [link] Quite flexible, another great one to join.
You would do well to join up with all 3, as the key is having MORE of your stuff out there, but if you do only join 1, make it Shutterstock [link]
Anyway, have a read through the tutorial and let me know what you think. If you have any questions at all; you can write them in a comment here.
Selling stock images can be a hell of a lotta fun, and very rewarding. You got nothin' to lose by trying! Good luck in your microstock adventures
For example, the one in my signature.
That's an inestimable experience written in a very absorbing way!
I'll try to follow all of your pieces of advice! Thanks again, you're great
Never the less, this will come in handy for when I'm skilled enough to do art for profit. Thank You.
There has to be some sort of middle ground, but I, an amateur photographer, have never actually been there so I can't be any more specific with my question unfortunately. I just want to know how that works, specially since "people" seems to be a vastly more popular -I mean, marketable- theme in stock photography than pretty much everything else.
Many thanks for this tutorial, I'll try and get my gears going with this
Simple. It's not profitable to pay models for microstock images. I don't shoot models for the purpose of creating stock images. The stock images are uploaded to shutter-stock as an afterthought. By default, the photographer has full rights to use the images for whatever purpose he/she chooses. But for it to be uploaded to a stock site, a model release must be signed.
You are right, people are the most marketable stock image. The good thing is people can be found everywhere. You just have to have the courage to walk up to someone and ask if you can take their picture - and that for many (including myself) can be the hardest part. You don't have to pay them. Most people are more than happy to have their photo taken.
Thank you for this really useful well written guide. After learning how to get (hopefully) decent digital photos from a second hand 4MP Olympus compact, I have taken the plunge and bought a Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm zooms as a complete kit. As soon as I have figured out how to get it to do all the things I want it to do, I intend to follow your advice and attempt to try and recoup the investment.
Thank you so very much for putting this together for all of us!
I've joined a stock website too, but they didn't approve any of my images and well now I know the dozen millions motive why they didn't!!!! :shy:
Thanks again for the great tips!