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emg

« on: October 29, 2013, 05:58 »
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Hi,

I'm currently working as a freelance photographer doing mostly portrait/fashion and some corporate photography and now want to get more in to the microstock world. What are peoples experiences in selling fashion images and do you think it would be viable to focus only on this?

I consider myself a intermediate photographer and also live in a cheap country(Malaysia) so a profit of 800usd/month would be more then enough to make it doable for me. So do you think quitting freelancing and focusing on microstock is possible? I'd appreciate any input I can get!

Have a look on my portfolio www.emilginang.com [nofollow],

Kind regards

Emil


stocked

« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013, 06:23 »
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If you wanna do fashion do fashion
If you wanna do microstock do microstock
Two different kinds of photography IMHO (not saying that you can't sell fashion via microstock but...), 800,- Dollars are very doable I'm a bit jealous couldn't even pay my apartment-rent from that let alone my studio, food etc from where I live.

« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 06:42 »
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Hi,

I'm currently working as a freelance photographer doing mostly portrait/fashion and some corporate photography and now want to get more in to the microstock world. What are peoples experiences in selling fashion images and do you think it would be viable to focus only on this?

I consider myself a intermediate photographer and also live in a cheap country(Malaysia) so a profit of 800usd/month would be more then enough to make it doable for me. So do you think quitting freelancing and focusing on microstock is possible? I'd appreciate any input I can get!

Have a look on my portfolio www.emilginang.com,

Kind regards

Emil


Your images are nice, but the microstock market for people standing around against a dim background, looking at camera, doing nothing, is kind of small.  You'd have better luck with the images in Portfolio 2.

emg

« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 06:51 »
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Thank you for the input! I've been a little bit skeptical about going in to microstock for quite a while but the other day I checked in on my old DT account and I had 280 downloads with my 60 images (over a long period of time) and got really interested. From what I've read it's kinda "late" to try and make decent money with stock because of saturation.

Also wondering how many pictures is a professional "microstocker" uploading / month, maybe there's a article someone can point me to regarding things like this and ROI/image etc.

EDIT: Just found Microstock insider, seems to be a great read!

Regards

« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 06:57 »
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Also wondering how many pictures is a professional "microstocker" uploading / month, maybe there's a article someone can point me to regarding things like this and ROI/image etc.

EDIT: Just found Microstock insider, seems to be a great read!

Regards

It totally depends on the type of images you are creating and the amount of money you want to make.  You could expect anywhere between $0.50-$2.00/image/month if you are uploading decent stock photos.

« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013, 07:02 »
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I am lost here, I don't think you need any advice from us, if you really want it just jump in and see it yourself!

OTOH why would you want to get into microstock if you are doing just fine outside it or that is not the case? are you willing to quit freelancing if you can reach 800$ in microstock? does that mean you were doing 800$? if so I would seriously drop the job but looking at your site I can see a 25k $ camera ;D

emg

« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2013, 07:07 »
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I am lost here, I don't think you need any advice from us, if you really want it just jump in and see it yourself!

OTOH why would you want to get into microstock if you are doing just fine outside it or that is not the case? are you willing to quit freelancing if you can reach 800$ in microstock? does that mean you were doing 800$? if so I would seriously drop the job but looking at your site I can see a 25k $ camera ;D

Well to be honest I'm kind tired of freelancing and working with art directors and doing the whole marketing/meeting stuff everyday day so doing something new is very appealing to me. I set 800/month more as a acceptable income in the next few months/years to come if I were to start doing this new type of photography business.

« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2013, 07:10 »
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if you say so that is fine, wish you the best and I am sure you will do well, if I were you with that type of pictures I would look for Stocksy and Offset as well

« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2013, 12:05 »
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I don't think you can start Nov 1 and expect $800 by the end of the month.  It can take months for your portfolio to "get in the groove".  I would try not to say no to freelance work while apprenticing at micro building a solid commercial portfolio.  Maybe don't take any freelance gigs one week per month and put in 40 hours at micro.  You won't believe how much fun keywording and uploading full time is  ;).

« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2013, 16:18 »
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Your images are nice, but the microstock market for people standing around against a dim background, looking at camera, doing nothing, is kind of small.  You'd have better luck with the images in Portfolio 2.


The dim backgrounds actually remind me of this picture:

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-young-elegant-couple-image17069171

This picture series is on a lot of book covers.

But yes, the people are doing a little more than just standing and looking at the camera. However, the OP could look at this photographer's portfolio and how his pictures are used to see how dim-background portraits can sell.

http://www.amazon.com/Carter-Reed-Tijan-ebook/dp/B00FIOBPC0

http://www.amazon.com/Locked-Alpha-Group-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00C0ZU6AM
« Last Edit: October 29, 2013, 19:13 by Ava Glass »

« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2013, 16:27 »
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"http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-young-elegant-couple-image17069171"

Lol, nothing says 'young elegant couple' like a hand grabbing her behind.

« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2013, 16:30 »
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he is being elegant because it gets much worst after ;D

believe the elegant is regarding their clothing

« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2013, 16:39 »
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"http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-young-elegant-couple-image17069171"

Lol, nothing says 'young elegant couple' like a hand grabbing her behind.


Hey, it works for billionaire erotic romance books which sell TONS.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2013, 17:25 by Ava Glass »

« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2013, 17:02 »
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You have the skills. Like Sean said, portfolio 2 is closer to where you need to be. There are alot of websites that talk about what to shoot for microstock. Do more research. ;)


 

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