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What to Shoot for Stock – Double-Whammy!

This is the report of some of the best niches revealed from searches on the picNiche stock photo analysis-engine during the last month (September 2010). I also have a new special addition to the niche list this month of most popular searches among people using The Ultimate Free Stock Photo Search addon for Firefox and […]
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Shafted by latest iStock changes? What Now?

The latest round of changes at iStock represent a loss for most contributors there. Both for Exclusive and Non-Exclusive contributors. The new royalty figures for next year show a clear bias in favour of those contributors who are making the most money for iStock, with cuts for people with smaller or non-exclusive portfolios. These changes […]
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StockPhotoFeeds.com RSS Feeds and Free Stock Photo Finder Firefox Addon

Today I’m launching my latest picNiche-related project: StockPhotoFeeds.com StockPhotoFeeds has two main services: The ability to subscribe to RSS feeds of image-searches across 5 microstock agencies and on SXC.hu free stock photo library. A firefox addon to search among hundreds of millions of free images across over 200 websites. It’s taken a lot of research […]
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Microstock Stock Photo Ideas that Sell

This is the report of some of the best niches revealed from searches on the picNiche stock photo analysis-engine during the last month (July/August 2010). If you want your microstock portfolio to sell more images, and so make more money, you should produce some images on these topics for addition to your portfolio. All of […]
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Earn more from Microstock with the picNiche “Share” button

A new version of the picNiche Microstock Contributor Toolbar was approved by the mozilla reviewers last night and should be rolling out on auto-update today. I want to highlight a new feature of the toolbar which can help you earn more from your microstock accounts by referring image-buyers: The new “Share” button. You can use […]
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Science Themed Stock Photo Ideas To Shoot

I saw this great post on Photopreneur about Science topics being an untapped Niche in Stock Photography. There are some excellent suggestions on what to shoot for microstock and traditional stock photography, but I wondered what else might be highly relevant, and would give a good RPI (return-per-image) for the photographs or illustrations created. I’ve […]
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Stock Photos You Really Should be Shooting

If you want to be selling more microstock images, these are some of the ideas, concepts and subjects you should be shooting. For once, I’m not going to prattle on. 🙂 Here’s a list of the best stock photography niches generated by people on picNiche.com over the last two weeks. I’ll try and make this […]
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Absolutely MUST follow stock photography twits

When advising microstock contributors running the picNiche toolbar to watch my twitter for updates or announcements, I quite often hear: “twitter is rubbish, I don’t care what so-and-so had for breakfast” or “it’s such a waste of time”, or “it’s just not useful to me”. Well here’s my response 🙂 Twitter is helpful for your […]
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Contributor APIs with the new picNiche Agency-Kit

A few months ago, I outlined the issues faced by agencies and contributors when trying to improve the way the submission process works in my post: Microstock agencies: Help me to help you!. Since then I’ve taken the time to design and build a platform for adding a contributor API to any agency. I am […]
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picNiche Toolbar Tips & FAQs

The picNiche toolbars have quite a lot of functionality for microstock contributors and image buyers, and because of the wide variety of tools available, it can be overwhelming to newcomers. I figured I’d add a few tricks & tips to help ensure the picNiche tools are helping you out as much as they can, that […]
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