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Remember all the excitement from the last Microstock Expo 2013 in Berlin? A fellow photographer just reminded me about all the great content in the 24+ hours of MEXPO video. This gave me the idea to give something back to this great microstock community which made that event so great.

So I spoke with my co-creator of the conference, Lee Torrens of Microstock Diaries, and minutes later the videos from both conferences (2011 and 2013) are no longer 199.

Theyre now all available free to watch here (with a registration!)

Some highlights:
  • 36h of high-quality videos covering both entire events
  • Learn from the best stock photographers and videographers on the planet
  • Learn in minutes what these guys took years to figure out
  • Find answers to: How to find niches to shoot for, what keywords to use, how to shoot effectively, how to optimize your workflow
  • Includes masters such as Yuri Arcurs, Andres Rodriguez, Simon Krzic, Bruce Livingstone, and Scott Braut, among many other
  • Covers topics of production strategy, metadata techniques, trend analysis and everything an ambitious microstocker could want
  • Also includes valuable insights for agencies and other businesses in the marketplace via the agency executive presentations and the 3-hour Agency Masterclass

Thanks again to all of our speakers, moderators, friends and business partners who have made both events so enjoyable and so packed with awesome value. Now get yourself a nice cup of coffee and start the show!

Last year,we have asked image agencies for their take on the upcoming photography trends for 2014, and many of the 50 stock photo trends we published were spot on.

2015, we are going even further: 16 agencies replied to our request for their trends in photography, so we are presenting the top 80 photography trends 2015 and of course shooting ideas for photographers (some of them might surprise you).

Here are the 80 Surprising Stock Photography Trends 2015

What do you think about them? Do you think the certain stock agencies are right with their trends?

Im proud to present our second Webinar, this time with Morgan David de Lossy, Head of Mobile at Fotolia.
This Sunday, you can learn how to make money with your smartphone photos.

Making Money with Smartphone Photos
This Sunday 8th of February (1:00pm EST, 10:00am PST, 7:00pm MET (Europe)
with Morgan David de Lossy, Head of Mobile at Fotolia

Register Your Seat Now!
(The seats are very limited!)

What you are going to learn in this free Webinar:
  • How to shoot top-quality images with your smartphone.
  • What themes and subjects will sell in 2015.
  • Basics of post-production on mobile.
  • The best smartphone cameras on the market.
  • What to avoid when taking photos with your smartphone.

Webinars Giveaway: You will have a 15 minute segment to have your questions answered by
Morgan plus all who attend will be entered in a drawing to win one of three personal coaching sessions with Morgan including a portfolio review.

UPDATE - Replay of the full Webinar now available:

Watch the full Webinar Replay now!
[ Only available for 14-days ]

Join our free Webinar with Stock Footage Millionaire Robb Crocker
"Secrets to Making Real Money in Stock Footage"

Be among the first to hear the secrets to making real money in Stock Footage from Stock Footage Millionaire Robb Crocker in our first free webinar on MyStockPhoto.
It will take place this Sunday December 21st at 1:30pm EST, 10:30am PST, 7:30pm MET (Europe). We will also have a 15 minutes Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Register your Seat now!
(The seats are very limited!)

What you are going to learn in this free Webinar:
  • How to Make the Leap from Stock Photography to Footage
  • How to Find Yourself a Profitable Niche to Shoot
  • How to Predict what Footage Customer want to buy
  • How to AVOID Shots that will NOT SELL
  • How to Make Stock Footage a Profitable Career
  • Get the Chance to Win a Free Copy of Robbs new Book "Stock Footage Millionaire"

Plus: You will have a 15 minute segment to have your questions answered by Robb Crocker-
All who attend will be entered in a drawing to win Robbs new book Stock Footage Millionaire ( *3 Books Will Be Given Away).

I'm very proud to present you our inspiring infographic about the top stock photography trends 2014 based on our 50 trends article here (

Please be so kind and share it with all your friends and colleagues. Just click on it to see it live on our website with more sharing options.

-> More infos here ->

Use this embed code to add this infographic to your blog->
or jus use this code
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<p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic.</strong><br /><br /><a href=""><img src= alt="50 Trends in Photography to Watch out for 2014! Photophotography Trends 2014 (Infographic)" width=600px border=0 /></a></p>
I have also attached some more graphics you can use in blog post, social media or so on.

I would like to hear your thoughts!


6 / Shutterstock's Affiliate WordPress Plugin
« on: April 11, 2011, 16:29 »
Good evening,

does anybody see the new Shutterstock Affiliate WordPress Plugin yet?

If you run a self hosted WordPress site, it really worth checking it out.


Newbie Discussion / What stock topic to shoot in studio?
« on: June 26, 2010, 11:06 »
Hey Microstock Pro's,

i will shoot tomorrow in a small studio for quite my first time.

Iam not a pro photographer and a newbie at shooting in a studio.

I will have my friend and my wife as a model, so here is my question:

What topic or idea to shoot at studio?
What items to i need to take with me too the shooting?

Help!  ??? ??? ??? please

Canon / Canon 5D Mark II or 7D?
« on: June 15, 2010, 13:45 »
OK Guys, here is my issue maybe you can help me.

I need to buy a new camera and i can't decide if it should be the 7D Crop or the 5D Mark II.

On the one hand i have a new fisheye for crop, a 17-50 2.8 Tamron and a 28-75 2.8 Tamron to be used on the 7D.

On the other hand i wand a superb camera with great portrait and low light performance.

I am not a professional shooter nor a great microstock photographer. I mostly shoot just for fun and sell some of these images. I am able to invest between 1900-2800

What do you think?

Hello Microstockers,

i need you questions for the book fair in Frankfurt (biggest Book Fair in the World btw).

Who i will meet?
I will meet there with Shutterstock (Adam Riggs), iStockphoto (Dittmar Frohmann) and Fotolia (Martin Ruge). I will have lots of time to ask them questions and i will try to make some interviews with my video camera.

I will interview them, so tell me YOUR! question!
What should i ask these guys?

I will be happy to write they answers into this post.

Hi all,

iam searching for some ideas to build a new software for the stock photo people or customers.

We can realice the software in Java, C-Sharp or .Net 3.0
It can be a Windows Software, a Website, a Online tools or something else.

Now i need your suggestions, what Software are you missing every day?
What Service do you need to sell more Photos?
What Tools do you miss to edit/upload/sell/buy Photos faster or easier?

If you provide the Idea and help managing the development, you will get a massive co-partnership in this Software!

You can contact me via PN! or discuss it in here!

Off Topic / Website Tools - What do you want?
« on: January 25, 2008, 17:19 »
Hi Community,

iam thinking alot about website tools to give the stock photographers more abilities to show their portfolio.

Thats why iam now asking you, if you can have a free tool to promote your stock photo portfolio whats available at stock photo agencies, whats your wish tool?

For example: A Widget what you can customize to fit in your website which shows all the choosen photos from Fotolia, Istock and Shutterstock and links directly to them?

Tell me your Ideas! Can be that we make this thing happen!

Microstock News / Fotolia gives away 2 free credits!
« on: January 08, 2008, 11:24 »

Exclusive special offer - the leading microstock photo agency Fotolia gives away free credits in cooperation with the platform!

Fotolia is an international microstock photo agency and exclusively offers royalty free stock images at a bargain price. Meanwhile more than 2.9 million images are available at the image bank and over 500,000 members are using Fotolia already. No miracle, as picture buyers and also picture sellers come onto their expense like nowhere else!

This exclusive special offer realized by Fotolia ( and is a perfect possibility getting to know this successful photo agency, without any risk and non-committal.

You apply at Fotolia ( through within the one-month action time period and you get three free credits by Fotolia automatically! With these credits you can directly download three royalty free photos of your choice from the Fotolia image bank.

You'll find this special offer exclusively on or here

Apply now and profit from reasonable prices, gigantic image choice and exemplary service.

Register at Fotolia ( now without obligation and get 2 Credits for free! Save your free credits now and get to know Fotolia
(The one-month offer is going on from 01-07-08 up to 02-07-08)

As a company use Fotolia sub-accounts! Open up a central main-account for your company by which the credits are bought. You also see your 3 free credits here. Then move these credits on arbitrarily many sub-accounts for your employees. That way a simple, open invoice is possible.

UPDATE: I have changed the URLs to the Special Offer!

Hi there, hope this isn't seen as a advertising post, dont wanna advertise in here.

I just want to introduce you to my new project
This is a absolutely Ads-free Digg Style Plattform where you can submit your Microstock News, Stories, Tipps, Links and more.

I want to give the microstock communty back what they had given to me, so please submit the best microstock news or tipps you found.

Its all to help new photographers to join our microstock family and help you and me with tips and videos to improve our photography talent.

So please submit your news to:

Thank You for your support, the community will also thank you later!

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