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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Comments (27)

Posted by TMarchev on May 23, 2015
Good article ! I'm agreed with your point of view.
Posted by Debratos on May 19, 2015
@WisconsinArt, Introduce a topic and you will get many different opinions....and that's ok!
You do have a lot of good ideas and techniques which you list under "Myths", SOME of which I plan to practice SOME of the time with SOME of my photos. Thank you for your blog. However, for me in particular, success is not how many photos I can manipulate to appease customers. You see, photography to me, has a much deeper impact. Photography to me is capturing the moment, sharing it and holding it as a memory. Because I have a degenerative eye disease, I use the camera to remind me of exactly how the world is: beautiful. I know as a contributor I won't have as many sales as you but I do believe there are still buyers who want the real thing, the snapshot as you say (as we have witnessed from all of us photographers who have less sales than you). I applaud you for conforming to the wants and needs of the stock photo buyers since you are trying to make a living at this, but I hope you don't lose...(More)
Posted by Data2203 on May 19, 2015
Need to know! Thank you!



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