I started selling my pictures through microstock almost two years ago in November 2007. Today, I have about 1800 pictures in my stock portfolio. I am counting here all pictures created for microstock, not just pictures accepted by Dreamstime or any other specific agency.
Since I am using Adobe Lightroom 2 to catalog all my pictures, I can easily sort them according to camera and lens. It provides some interesting statistics. .
Let’s look at cameras first.
Canon EOS 10D: 50 pictures (2.7 %)
I started submitting pictures to microstock with my first digital SLR camera.
Canon EOS 40D: 1500 pictures (81.5%)
Very quickly, I upgraded my old 10D to Canon 40D and this camera still remains my microstock work horse.
Pentax Optio W10 and W30: 10 pictures (0.5%)
I use these compact waterproof cameras for paddling, racing, and other outdoor activities to provide images and video clips for my blogs: Paddling with a Camera
and Fitness Paddling
. These pictures are generally too noisy for microstock. Nevertheless, I am selling a few of them in my microstock portfolio.
Unknown camera (scanner): 250 pictures (13.6%)
I scanned some of my old Polaroid transfers, watercolor abstracts and some other background textures, played a little bit with scanning 3-dimensional objects. This activity introduces more fun and variety into my microstock, but not so much of income.
Most of my microstock images were created with Canon EOS 40D camera. Let’s look at lenses I am using with this camera.
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro: 1150 pictures (77%)
I bought this lens together with my Canon 40D camera. It is my mostly used lens for microstock photography. It works perfectly for macro and product shots in my home office with just 9′ of working space. I used to take it also for outdoor shooting before I got a zoom lens.
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM: 300 pictures (20%)
It was my second lens purchased for Canon 40D funded from microstock earnings. I am using it as general lens for outdoor photography and in my studio when a wide angle is needed. I take it as a single lens for my paddling, hiking or biking adventures.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS: 40 pictures (3%)
A great lens, I love it, and, unfortunately, I don’t use it that much for microstock … I got it before my microstock time.
Canon EOS 40D
camera with EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro
lens are my mostly used tools for microstock photography (more than 60% of my portfolio). The above statistics also shows how microstock changed my photography during last 2 years from outdoor (landscape, nature, sport) to tabletop.
Is it time to upgrade my camera equipment? A full sensor camera?
This post is a shorter version of my article in Pixels Away
blog which contains also pictures of my gear and more links.