Five Tips to Increase your Microstock Sales


posted on 21st of june, 2011

1. Improve your shooting: Quality over Quantity

Every time you choose a subject to shoot, you have to think that there are already lots of photos of the same subject who are in direct competition with yours. Try to make your photo as good as possible, in order to make it a great photo.

As in many other industries, in Microstock also the 80/20 Pareto rule applies. This means that 20% of the photos get 80% of the sales. In order for you to understand this better you can apply this rule to your portfolio and you will see that is correct.

There are some things you can do to improve your shooting:

- try to improve your technique by reading blogs, tutorials, books, etc.

- take a look at other photographers portfolio, to get inspired

- before uploading...

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Posted by Grafvision on June 22, 2011
Very nice post!
Posted by Bagiuiani on June 22, 2011
@MARIAMM and @Karenfoleyphotography - You are right, but to be exclusive you need a very good portfolio rigt? We were all beginners at one point and we have learned to improve ourselves and build a good portfolio in time. As a beginner you cannot be an exclusive right away, at least not at the majority of the stock agencies. Anyway when i will have the time i will rewrite the article and point to those benefits to.
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on June 22, 2011
Great tips, although I agree with Mariaam that being exclusive has it's benefits



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What is a Stock Photo license?


posted on 21st of june, 2011

When you are subscribing a photo on a agency you will be asked to choose a type of license on with your photo will be sold. Type of license may vary slightly depending on the agency but in fact there are two types of license: Rights Managed and Royalty Free.


(RM) Rights Managed Licensing

If you choose this type of license for your photo, the terms and conditions of this license will cover the nature and scope of the intended usage witch will automatically determine the fee needed for this type of license. The fee is determined by the type of use, for example Editorial or Commercial, by the time period or the use of the photograph, by the intended media of publication and by the geographic region in witch the photo will be used.

The RM licenses (from the buyers point...

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