Would you actually give money for your images?

posted on 27th of july, 2009

From an image editor's (generalized) stand point there is three categories of images we deal with: good, average, and such that simply leave you wondering.

In spite of the (by now countless?) microstock tutorials, blogs, forums, FAQs and so on, there still seems to be some misunderstanding as to what is suitable as a commercial product and what not. Especially in regard to people who are just starting to upload images for the first time. I don't intend to dig down to the very bottom of this issue, but rather ask you, the reader, a few guiding questions. So, here it goes.

1) Would you actually give money for your own images? There's only a few things that would help one understand the market better than being in the shoes of a customer. And let's be honest - if you were to spend...

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Posted by Stuartkey on July 29, 2009
... biased by the momentum they enjoyed when the shutter was released.

Love that line!

Posted by Conceptualcreations on July 28, 2009
Technically, I bought my photos when I paid for my equipment and paid for photography school. That aside, I'm still trying to figure out what works for stock. My photographic art sells, but what makes a stock image successful seems to still elude me. Still, I'm still trying to make the necessary adjustments. I guess I'll know when I hit on it.
Posted by Starletdarlene on July 28, 2009
Great article, very helpful, Thanks

"Not all competitions are about winning. I've mentioned this in the past - microstock is more of a marathon. As long as you "finish" you're a winner. A contributor who gets into the competition seriously will inevitably grow and improve his/her skills immensely. So much, that at the end it won't matter whether he/she makes more sales than this or that person. Plus, not everyone can be a top contributor. Each of us has his/her own relative niche, and as long as we're doing well in that place, we'll also be satisfied with the (financial and not only) outcome. As others grow and we improve, we move up to a higher level. In relation still under certain users, but in comparison to the personal past - much much better"

Thanks for the above encouragement!

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