Myths of the Microstock Industry

posted on 6th of may, 2015

It is a constant for new contributors joining Dreamstime so there are always people who are beginning their journey into the business of commercial photography. And thus, many of them invariably ask the same questions over and over as they seek answers for being successful in the world of microstock.

One of the biggest problems they face is being able to separate the good advice from the bad. There are many myths and a general mindset that is perpetuated even by experienced microstockers. This is unfortunate as in many cases it can do more harm than good.

Myth Number 1: "Your Pictures Are Beautiful!"

Telling a photographer his images are beautiful and to be patient because sales will come is not helping. The contributor is asking how to get sales and will fall into the trap of having an ego that...

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Posted by Frozenmountainphotography on July 19, 2015
Exactly this makes allot of sense, since I may be a beginning photographer that's one of the things that's bugged me the most is that people just keep saying upload as many photos as you can and you'll get rich fast well yeah right I look at there profiles and they've usually earned a handful of sales themselves or in most cases none.

That's the same with the free images some people have urged me to flood the market with free images to boost my profile exposure but I always think to myself yeah let's flood the market with free images that I've worked hard to get just so I can give handouts out, with the main return being views, and free downloads not sustainable compensation for my work.

But all in all you have a very good outlook on this, as you have answered a few of my questions I have wondered for awhile.
Posted by B8900456194 on June 11, 2015

Please do not spam blogs requesting votes for assignment images, thank you.
Posted by Mntmamaof2 on June 03, 2015
I think this was a good read. I am new (started in Feb. 2015) and have only made 5 sales so far. I actually am pretty pleased with that considering how many photo's there are to choose from. When I get discouraged, which is often, I look to the message boards and blogs on DT to become motivated again and again. I just really do not understand the % the contributor gets from a sale. The last photo I sold was sold as a TIFF and I only rec'd .35. Out of my 5 sales I am at 6 dollars and some change. Anyway, good article, thank you.

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