Offsetting cost of this hobby...microstock?

Started Feb 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Cerumen
Cerumen Senior Member • Posts: 1,901
Re: Offsetting cost of this hobby...microstock?

Glen, nice to see your talents finding a venue. I've been a fan of yours for years.

Me, I've been exclusive to iStock since 2006, and been very pleased with the rewards over the years. Even ignoring the significant income it provided, I've learned more about photography in the last 7 years than the prior 20.

You nailed it with your description of the inspectors. I've found them to be amazingly accurate in finding faults. And I've learned from every rejection.

The thing about stock is that it's a numbers game, since (typically) 80 percent of contributors'  income is from 20 percent of the images. Images go stale over time, or they get buried in search results, or they get copied by a better-executed version.

I'm not confident that iStock's a place I'd put my eggs anymore, certainly not as an exclusive. In general, I'd describe learning how to shoot stock as a unique self-instruction and creative challenge, a chance to truly put your work out there. Congrats on your success.

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