When I watched people taking pictures with cameras, mobile phones, or tablets—and nowadays drones or cameras mounted on bikes and even their head—I always wondered, who is going to look at all these images? Them? Their friends? Their family? Aren’t we all afraid when the phone rings and a friend invites us over for the “ultimate slideshow of their last beach vacation”? This really made me wonder why I take pictures at all. I store them on a hard disk and almost never look at them again. But just before I wanted to sell all my camera gear, I read a blog post about selling pictures online and I thought, “Hey, let’s give it a try. Put my images to good use and make some money on the side!”
It has been an amazing journey since that day. At first I made a lot of mistakes. So many of my friends have asked me how and why I got into this business that I decided to write this step-by-step guide to help you do the same and open your own creative online business. This book will show you all the required steps, pitfalls, tools and techniques to get started right away and save your precious images from being forgotten.
Take a look at the topics that are covered:
- What exactly are microstock agencies ?
- What you need to know before you get started
- What can you earn in the Microstock business ?
- How and when do you get paid ?
- Initial preparations
- Registering your first account on Dreamstime
- Preparing your first images
- Keywording, descriptions an titles
- How to get the image data into the image file
- Uploading your images
- Editing and submitting your images
- Important details about Dreamstime
- Finishing up
Optimizing your workflow
- Why do you need a workflow ?
- Creating an Adobe Bridge template
- Open an iStockphoto account
- Downloading and using Deep Meta
- iStockphoto details
- Summary of your optimised workflow
Optimizing your images
- Why are your images rejected by some agencies and selling on others ?
- What kind of images should you take ?
- Where you can find ideas for new images
- Basic camera settings
- Basic composition rules
- The top 10 reasons for rejection – and how to avoid them
- How to tackle the focus problem
Other types of media
- Editorial images
- Videos and other media
- Model and property release
Taking it to the next level
- What is the next level ?
- Preparing for the Shutterstock account
- Registering at Shutterstock
- Advanced keywording
- Shutterstock details
Tools and techniques to improve your workflow
- Idea creation
- Image development
- Image manipulation
- Optimized workflow
- Tools summary
Further rejection reasons
- Filetype and license
- Information related
- Performance comparison
Promoting your work
- Social media
- Referring others
Where to go from here
- Setting up a website
- Open your own microstock agency
- Printing T-Shits
- Final words
As you can see this book covers a lot of topics to help you with setting up a successful portfolio and offer it online to millions of customers.