Just to share something about microstock, I guess some of you are contributing it so but if you haven’t heard about it you may try it out.

basically it is selling images through all these website, each image will be sold at a range of price depends on how it is used, for website or for publications. Anyway, i think it is proved that it works and one can generate some incomes by uploading your pictures there. However, i think only these few websites works, especially for beginners.

Basically image requirements are 6MP image, 3000×2000 or above, JPG. If you intend to submit it, try taken with low ISO with less noise. If there it is a studio shoot, you need to upload model release for people, and property release for items. no commercial logo or patent design in images, use photoshop to remove sign or logo if possible. For travel or outdoor shoots with recognised face, if you don’t have model release it is possible to upload as editorial usage for some website.

All website accepts illustration too, like vectors and JPG image done by photoshop or other application. There are some requirements for vectors, let me know if you are an illustrators. I can tell you more.

It takes some time to upload and put keywords for it but i you can try it out it may be something that works for you.

By the way, put the title, description and keywords through photoshop, and it will be embedded into jpg, and most website can read it when you upload, it saves time!

Just try out the first 4 website by sequences.. there are tons of website but i don’t think there are enough buyers in those website. It just ends up wasting time.

1. Dreamstime
This is a website with good traffic and easy for beginner, you can just start to upload your images once register. Good website layout and it can really sell.

2. Shutterstock

For shutterstock, there are 2 website, shutterstock.com is for buyer, submit.shutterstock.com is for contributors.

This is number 1 website in earning for most microstock contributors, however you need to submit 10 images for approval, once you are accepted you are allowed to upload. It is really successful since the sales is almost everyday.

3. Istockphoto

This is first microstock website and is quite successful for some contributors. It requires 3 images for qualitification test too. Once approved you can upload too. But it seems more strict and rejects simple or too common images.

4. Fotolia

This is also one of the BIG 4 website, but it is very strict about images quality, and none of my negative scanned images are accepted. However, i do see some sales in this website too.

the next two can be considered if you have done with the above 4.

5. 123rf
I only have little sales on this website, part of the reason is a small porfolio, but still got sales.

6. bigstockphoto
It is also one of the website that can generate some sales for most contributors.


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