Have you heard of microstock photography and you wonder if it's a good path for you to follow? Do you want to make an informed and well-planned entrance into microstock business to be successful? If so, photographer Alexandre Rotenberg has exactly what you need. His book, the “Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography” is a deep, insider's take into every aspect of the business of selling your images in the microstock industry, and a valuable asset for every photographer wanting to give microstock a try.
Contributors already into stock photo agencies and experienced microstock photographers can benefit from his work as well, as his book includes interesting perspectives and advice on the current state of the microstock market and what it takes to be successful in it today.
The Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography is available at Rotenberg's photoshelter website and also on Amazon Kindle, but all you MyStockPhoto readers can win a copy for free! Keep reading to find out how.
A Useful Guide for Beginners to Make it in Microstock
The Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography intends to be, as the title gives away, very honest about how microstock market is today and what it takes to be successful in it.
Only one page in, the author already warns readers that while in its dawn it may have been a “get rich quick” scheme for many photographers with decent cameras and a considerable archive of images collecting dust in their hard drives, today the reality of microstock is very different. The mass access to cheaper high-quality cameras and the boom of mobile photography have not only changed the aesthetics in photography trends but also flooded the market with millions and millions of images. Competition is now very tough, and it takes a lot more than just having nice photos to actually earn money with microstock agencies.
Further in, he is also very frank about his not so bright early days in microstock, with open self-criticism on the quality of his photos and the close to none business approach he had back then. The e-book is full of his own images that show both these humble beginnings and the impressive progress that lead him to success.
For Alexandre, it requires a mix of photography talent, commercial eye and a sense for business opportunities in photography niches. If you have, or develop, these characteristics, you can make it in microstock. And he takes it upon himself to guide you all the way there.
Step by Step of Microstock Business in One Book
Rotenberg dedicates over 200 pages to explain, with plenty of details, all the steps to follow and all the aspects to consider to start (or boost up) a successful business in microstock photography.
From background informative topics like an extended explanation on the microstock model, it's dawn and it's evolvement or a detailed view on legals for photography licensing through stock agencies, to specific business aspects like concise overviews on most relevant microstock and midstock photo agencies and their royalty rates, realistic perspectives on earnings, practical advices on shooting topics and workflow optimization for increasing sales, going through professional and very instructive guides to photography gear and shooting stock photography.
Alexandre's Brutally Honest Guide to Stock Photography aims at giving you all you can possibly need to plan your microstock business, from investment and expectations to hitting profitability, to reach your goals. All with a clear focus in what microstock industry is today.
Know the Author: Alexandre Rotenberg
Alexandre Rotenberg is a Brazilian photojournalist, specialized in travel and fine art photography. Based in Europe, he loves to tour around beautiful countries and sceneries on his bicycle, taking amazing photos to document his journeys. He funds some of these adventures by selling his work via microstock agencies, an activity he started in 2009. See more of his work in his website here.
His professionalism, experience and success in microstock make him a valuable advisor in how to actually earn money selling photos online, and his is a book wellAlexandre Rotenberg worth reading for any potential, beginner or established microstock contributor.
You can find the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography in e-book format at Rotenberg's website and also on his blog, and it's also available on Amazon Kindle. It sells for $7,50.
But how would you like to get this book for free? You can! Keep reading!
Win a Free Copy of the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography
Alexandre is gently offering a free copy of his book for one lucky MyStockPhoto reader! All you have to do to participate is write a comment below this article, telling us why you need this e-book and what are your main struggles as a microstock contributor. You have time until August 31st, 2017!
The winner will be selected via Random.org and announced on our site on September 1st, 2017. So hurry up and send in your comment to win a free copy in PDF format of the 200+ pages Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography!