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Today we welcome Zone Creative to our blog interview series! Zone Creative have been around for a long time and have always shined by their unique and detailed creativity! Enjoy reading how they produce their stock photos and videos and where they see the business going!

This is probably one of the most important blog articles we've ever written. We really wanted to understand the differences between uploading a set of files in one go versus spread them out over various months, or even years. We put the effort into crunching the numbers and hope the results are useful to you.

Our results are actually not what you would expect. Most people do not follow what we consider to be the better strategy. So have a look and please comment! We are really looking forward to your thoughts!

Some of you might know Kraken Images as one of the leading and most productive microstock contributors in the world, with over 1 million files on sale.

But we also met Aaron Amat, the CEO, as a super friendly and helpful person who was very open about his business. Thanks Aaron for your time!

This is well worth the read! Enjoy!

Stock Performer / We're on Instagram Live in 5 minutes!
« on: October 28, 2020, 08:55 »
Join us on instagram in 5 minutes for our Live session! We will be taking questions about Stock Performer and discussing any other interesting topic related to microstock and analytics.

Join us on

See you there!

Steve Cole has been a stock contributor before many of today's contributors even owned a camera. We interviewed back in 2013 and we interviewed him again today, to ask him how he thinks the market evolved and how he believes it will move in the future. His insights are invaluable if you want to make a living from stock photography. Enjoy!!

We ran the numbers for 2019 and 2020 and realize that the pandemic has impacted contributors and agencies in different ways as we thought. Read here to see the numbers:

What do you think? Is it what you expected?

Steve Debenport and his team are one of the world's top stock producers. He told us how he has seen the business evolve, how he has adapted to the current pandemic and how he sees the future. Enjoy the great read!

One of Stock Performers most popular features is to track the profitability of your files. This is very useful if you want to know how profitable a photo session was, a photo trip, a specific model or the files supplied to you by a supplier. We now added two new colors to better distinguish how profitable or not a collection is. Read the details in this article!

Five years ago we asked top contributor Elnur Amikishiyev how we saw the microstock business evolving. Did he get it right!? We asked him what he thinks of his forecast back then, how he's gone through the coronavirus crisis and how he sees the business evolving in the coming years. Happy reading!!

The results of our survey are out! Thank you to all who participated! You can read about how they estimate the corona virus will affect them here:

Please share your thoughts!

We are running a survey to see how the global corona virus is affecting stock contributors. We will be summarizing the results in a blog post and are VERY thankful to all contributors who participate! Feel free to share!!

Stock Performer / Interview Series: Kristian Sekulic
« on: March 09, 2020, 08:06 »
Today we have the pleasure to share our interview with Kristian Sekulic, also known as Skynesher. He is one of the top iStock exclusive contributors and he was kind to share with us how he works, his thoughts on the business and advice he gives to fellow contributors. Here all the details:


Stock Performer / German Stock Photography Online Tutorial
« on: February 27, 2020, 07:12 »
Our founder Luis has just released a German online Stock Photography video tutorial, about 2,5 hours long, where he talks about the business, about his busines, he takes you to one of his photoshootings, and then uses Stock Performer various months later, to analyse the results of that photoshooting. There are some long discussions on how to best use Stock Performer to improve the way you shoot and make your content more marketable.

Small sneak preview: that photoshoot went on to become his most profitable 2019 photoshoot!

If you are interested in learning more and can speak German, here is the online shop for the tutorial. Enjoy!

"One of the best indicators of contributors health is how much they upload. If they are optimistic, they will put the time and money into producing new content. If they are pessimistic they will wind down their production and upload less."

We just wrote a new article with some insights into user uploading behaviour and how it has evolved between last January and this January.

See our data and analysis here:

Stock Performer / On Past and Future: Joshua Hodge
« on: February 10, 2020, 10:11 »
We started interviewing our top customers a long time ago, and back then we always asked them how they saw the business develop into the future. Now, many years later, we have reached out to them to ask them whether their forecast was correct and how they adapted to the changes in the business.

This week it's with Joshua Hodge!


Stock Performer / Interview Series: Jacob Lund
« on: January 30, 2020, 12:30 »
We are back after a long pause on our blog! We want to kick off a new series of articles with our first interview. We had a chance to speak to Jacob Lund, a very successful and high-quality non-exclusive contributor. Read on to learn how he works and where he sees the industry going. Enjoy!

Stock Performer / Photocase supported by Stock Performer!
« on: September 06, 2019, 08:07 »
We now support Photocase! Go to your settings page and add Photocase to the list of agencies you track. Happy analysing!

If you have any questions, just get in touch!

Stock Performer / Alamy supported by Stock Performer!
« on: June 24, 2019, 02:16 »
Happy to announce that we now support Alamy! Go to your settings page and add Alamy to the list of agencies you want to track.

If you haven't used Stock Performer, head over to get your free one month trial!

Happy analysing!

Stock Performer / Interview Series: Lee Coventry-Walsh
« on: September 28, 2018, 07:29 »
In our series of customer interviews we try to highlight interesting profiles and let them share their insights with you. This time we have Lee Coventry-Walsh, founder of Plume Creative and long time art director, including 10 years at Getty Images.

She shares a lot of interesting insights worth well reading!


Stock Performer / Interview Series: Francesco Salvaggio
« on: November 27, 2017, 06:24 »
Thanks to Francesco Salvaggio for the great interview! Francesco is a very versatile photographer and covers a wide variety of subjects all with great skill. Read on to learn what he has to say about the stock industry!

Stock Performer / New: Stock Performer support for Adobe Stock!
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:14 »
Stock Performer now supports Adobe Stock! Before you go activate Adobe Stock in Stock Performer, read through this blog post for some important details.

We have just finished a large data restructuring which allows to better display iStock sales as they are offered by ESP. All details on the improvements can be read here:

Stock Performer / New Feature: All time statistics!
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:14 »
We've been asked a few times where one can see everything they ever earned selling stock media. We track 11 agencies and our new feature offers exactly that for the data we track!

Here below is a preview. Want to try for your own data? Try out our one month free trial here: Stock Performer Sign Up

One keeps hearing that contributors are only uploading more and more and that it is impossible to keep up.

We wanted to find out how much more people are uploading and what the growth rate is. We wrote about our results right here:

Let us know what you think!

Stock Performer / Start using keyword analytics
« on: April 19, 2017, 07:52 »
We've introduced keyword search in Stock Performer to allow you to group your images thematically by using keywords.

Find out whether:
- Horizontal images sell better than vertical images?
- Business Groups sell better than non-group business images?
- Nature landscapes sell better than urban landscapes?

These are just some ideas! For details on how it works, see our blog:

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