I have been in the microstock business for less than a year, and every time I’m creating a new image, I still wonder if I’m having a winner, or if I’m just wasting my time with an image that will die in the flow. Over the past months I’ve had so many surprises (good ones and bad ones), that after all this time I’m still absolutely clueless.
My first revelation was when for who-knows-what-reason, I decided to make some textures. I didn’t expect much about them, but they were fast to do, and I needed some new material. To my surprise, even today those textures are my best sellers in every agency I have them.
My other great sellers were another surprise: animal prints. I don’t know why, but it seems everybody loves them (everybody except me).
One other day, I got a little bit more artistic. I felt inspired, and again, who knows why or where, I got the idea of taking an international landmark (I think the first one was the Taj Mahal), and create a landscape with it’s reflection over the sea. I didn’t think that was such a smart idea, considering that there is no sea next, in front or around the Taj Mahal, but after giving it a second thought, finally I decided to submit it, expecting it to be rejected for a new reason: “Image not approved - What were you thinking???” But guess what? It was accepted in almost every agency, and it started selling over and over and over. So, then my collection began: after the Taj Mahal, the Sydney’s Opera, the Egyptian pyramids, the Parthenon, the Roman Coliseum, etc, etc, etc, all of them reflected in an inexistent sea. And I have to say that some buyers have even bought my whole “what were you thinking” collection.
But one day I thought I should be smarter, and dedicated myself to analyse what could really sell. I wanted to make a collection that could be followed by some type of buyers who could use it, for a whole campaign. I came out with some adorable babies and kids, or at least I find them adorable, ‘cause it seems nobody else cares about them. I made about 20 of them, with a terribly poor result,
but I liked them so much that I kept doing more and more, just wasting my time. I still don’t get why nobody buys them, as I also don’t understand why somebody would buy an Egyptian pyramid reflected in sea, when it is actually placed in the middle of the desert.
I’m still totally clueless about this market. Sometimes I feel quite frustrated about it, ‘cause I feel I’m wasting hours creating an image that won’t get me more than 1 or 2 bucks, but then some other times I find it quite fun, like playing the lottery and waiting to see if you get the big price, or if you should better try to find another job.