Microstockinsider is a collection of useful guides, tips and ideas to help both professional and amateur photographers get the most out of their work by selling it at a variety of image agencies. The site reviews and compares all the leading microstock agencies, looking at earnings and royalty rates as well as providing useful tips for selling images direct to clients and how to best market your work.
What is Microstock?
Stock images are photos and illustrations that have been pre shot with the purpose of being used in a future website design, printed or ad campaign etc. Microstock is a style of stock photography that allows both amateurs and professionals to upload and sell images, strict quality standards are enforced on most sites. The world’s leading stock photographers all sell their images through microstock, some do so exclusively via one agency but most sell their images on many different sites to maximise their exposure to buyers.
Who can do it?
Anyone with a good quality camera (usually a DSLR) and a good eye for taking not just an aesthetic image but also images that communicate a message or concept, these are the types of images that sell well in the microstock marketplace. Microstock agencies are flexible and make no fixed requirements about how many images you upload provided that they are good quality and complete with a suitable description and keywords.