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« on: August 17, 2007, 04:41 »
Hi all,

what's your experience with true macro (i.e., life size and above) photography in stock? Is microstock the right place for it and if yes, which objects (insects, ...) are selling well?

I'd love to get your experience with true macro photography and stock.

Thanks and all the best,

« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2007, 07:41 »
Many MS revievers do not appreciate the difficulty of obtaining decent DOF. They usually complain about lack of focus and stopping down usually reduces sharpness due to diffraction. The macro pictures that are accepted tend to sell resonably well, especially if they are abstract and colorful. I am trying to specialize in biomedical macro photography but it is very hard sledding getting these pictures into the MS sites.

Good luck

« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2007, 07:47 »

Many thanks. I have the same concerns (I'm just investigating to start with true macro photography). I'm wondering if there are better channels than microstock for such photos. Looking forward to hear further experiences on this.

All the best,


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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2007, 09:51 »
It's been my experience that a macro shot, done well, will sell on microstock. It's like anything else.  Got to be of a subject that is needed by designers, as well as something that is technically correct.  Most of my recent macro's have been of technology subjects ... printed circuit boards, electronics and the like.  The PC boards can be used as backgrounds due to the abstract patterns the circuits make on the board's surface.  For electronics, what I've done is to get a software program called Helicon Focus.  This enables me to take a series of exposures, each focused at slightly different points, and then blend them together to make an image that is completely in focus for whatever depth I need.  One of my best sellers is of a PC board with several electronic components soldered on.  By using the software, I was able to shoot the board in macro mode at about a 15 degree angle up from the horizon and get the entire board and all components in sharp focus from front to back, a distance of about 2-3".  Made a great 3D effect.

I've also shot nature macro's ... insects and the like.  But they don't seem to do as well as other topics.  I know there is a market for these subjects.  It just doesn't seem to be as large as for other things.


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