Illustration or photography?

posted on 3rd of april, 2013

I'm in love with photography.I see myself running around with a camera even when I'm really old, but when it comes to stock I have realized that illustrations also sell very well. I have seen many illustrations and many photographs that sell very well and I've been wondering which ones are really preferred by buyers. In my case, I'd say that the inbetweens are my bestsellers.Two of my most popular pictures are photo-manipulations :

I wanted to test this theory so here is my Green business illustration, inspired by the photograph from above :) I don't expect to sell it quickly, the result should be visible after a few months.

What about you? What do you prefer/sell? Illustrations or photographs?

Comments (15)

Posted by Gheburaseye on April 29, 2013
It's always a good question! I'm an illustrator and I create only illustration, but the world around me is full of photographs, so I think they sell better than illustration!
Posted by Fotografipro on April 25, 2013
Always an interesting question. There is a distinct difference. I am very old school professional photography and stick with it. I tried this illustration stuff but just got tired of basically messing with my work which sells very well as it is. However, as your work shows, the results of messing around with images pays off for some and the results are quite stunning. For me to do it now you'd have to glue me down in front of my computer.
Posted by Suyerry on April 06, 2013
I do a little of all three (illustrations, mix, photographs) but I am just a beginner. However, they seem to all sell equally so far. I guess its like Midou3 said, "suitability of the picture to fullfill the buyers need."
Posted by Robinstockphotos on April 06, 2013
No wonder two of them got so many downloads. They are perfect for so many purposes! :)
I like doing the same thing, combining bits and pieces from different photos. But I'm not that good. Not yet.
Posted by Dianabahrin on April 05, 2013
Thank you all very much! You are so kind:) I also believe that the suitability of the picture matters most, regardless of the creation process method.
Posted by Joshperick on April 05, 2013
ideas, creativity and technique, this is the key in the microstock world. Congratulations work done really excellent and so creative!
Posted by Celiaak on April 04, 2013
I love your leaf-tie. I have noticed it before. I think the in-between is very good.
Posted by Baldas1950 on April 04, 2013
I prefer to realize photography, but in many cases I am attracted to those graphic elaborations that can transform and improve a photo in those aspects that could hardly be captured by the simple use of the camera. Your portfolio is fantastic! I have already noted it before.
Posted by Midou3 on April 04, 2013
I guess here in stock photography, any manipulation make sense. The target of your pictures are mostly professional graphic people and designers and they do not care the purity of the proces but suitability of the picture to fullfill their need.
Posted by Debspoons on April 03, 2013
Your leaf tie is remarkable...I hope you do well with your work..I will lean towards illustrations.
Posted by Igordabari on April 03, 2013
Firstly, both your photos and illustrations are amazing and I like them. And your 'hoto-manipulations', as well :) As for your question - I have feeling that is similar to yours: something in between, fifty/fifty. Given that images are done perfectly well.
Posted by Brettossman on April 03, 2013
Very cool. :-)
Posted by Lenutaidi on April 03, 2013
Amazing images!Thank you for sharing!I think who knows how to make quality illustrations definitely has been more successful in sales than the photographs!Congratulations!
Posted by Inyrdreams on April 03, 2013
I am a photographer.. but I am also a fine art artist. I have yet to have my paintings accepted here, but I am ready to try again. I love your work! you have a very unique portfolio
Posted by Egomezta on April 03, 2013
I prefer photography. Your images are amazing.

Comments (15)

This article has been read 1048 times. 1 readers have found this article useful.
Photo credits: Bahrin Diana.

About me

Passion is my guiding principle in photography, without it I\'d be lost.

Bucharest, RO

August (1)
April (1)

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles


More favorite articles

Bestseller related stock images