Microstock Library Links

These are basic links so that you can find and visit a wide range of microstock sites for yourself. I make no promise that this list is exhaustive. Good hunting 1. iStockphoto. The original microstock, credit purchase (single sale), now owned by Getty. Prices are 1 15, dependent on resolution base commission 20 . http www.istockphoto.com 2. Shutterstock. The largest specialized subscription microstock. Pays 0.25 until 500 earned, and then 0.30 per download....

Equipment

Hopefully, having read this far, you are now thinking about joining the microstock revolution and you want to get stuck in. But before you jump, you need to make sure you have the right kit. The right kit does not necessarily mean the most expensive pro kit. Good microstock-ready images can be taken on quite modest equipment. I don't want to get into a brand or even megapixel war here, so I am not planning on rating specific camera models in this chapter camera models change far too often to...

Tip 9 Set Up Referral Links

The major libraries pay bonuses for referring new buyers or contributors. You can add to your income by including referral links on your personal Web site or blog or in e-mail links. How this works and what you get differ from one library to another. Below is a description of how the top four operate. Shutterstock offers 0.03 cents for every image downloaded from a photographer referred by you. If you refer buyers, you get 20 of the price paid by referred buyers for their subscription, up to a...

Scanning Film

As I mentioned earlier, film still has life left in it. You might have a back catalogue of film with a number of images suitable for micro- FIGURE 6.8 A medium-format back is a separate image-capturing device that replaces the film holder on a medium-format camera. This back is from a Hasselblad H1. nikada33 iStockphoto stock. Or you might just prefer the look and feel of film images. Either way, you have to convert analogue film images into bits of data, and that means scanning them. My advice...