Category Archives: Tips

Tips & Tricks for picNiche, picWorkflow and Microstock Photographers

Is there still money in microstock photography?

I’ve been asked the question “Is there still money in microstock?” three times, by three different people in the last week alone; and have had very similar questions over the last few months so I figured what a perfect time for a blog post. If you’re one of those ‘pro’ photographers who has a hissy-fit […]
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TOP 10 Tips for New Microstock Photographers

If you’re new to stock photography in general, or even if you’re a seasoned traditional-stock veteran and looking to move into selling your images through microstock photography agencies, there are a few simple tips your really should keep in mind as you start. There are many who will tell you you’re already too late to […]
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TOP 1000 Stock Photo Buyer’s Searches – THE List

I’m finally getting a decent dataset together to answer the burning question: What are stock photo buyers searching for? Here are THE top 1000 searches made by stock photography buyers over the last 6 months to 2 years. This data, and whatever else I can gleam from the various datasets I have (around half a […]
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Promote your Microstock Portfolio with picWorkflow Widgets

The first set of portfolio promotion tools for picWorkflow members has just been launched. You can now easily create your own customisable ajax widgets for your blog (wordpress, blogger, typepad, etc etc all supported) or any other website. The picWorkflow widgets are designed to attract visitors on your website to your images and to present […]
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The Big Guide to Improve Microstock Workflow

A few times a week I receive questions from microstock photographers who have discovered the picNiche toolbar, wondering about how they can make the whole microstock process better. As an experienced computer user (and coder) there are a lot of things I often take for granted about ‘the microstock workflow’, which others sometimes miss or […]
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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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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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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes – Stock Photography over Time

I’ve added a very cool new feature to the picNiche rating system today. I’ve been waiting to add this one for months but didn’t have quite enough raw data to make it worthwhile until now. It’s a little more complex than usual so I figured it would be useful to highlight the key points, and […]
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Microstock Blogs… Blogs… and More Blogs

I’ve been hearing good things over the last few months from the owners of the blogs included in the picNiche toolbars RSS poller, people are seeing the new posts on their blogs quickly and getting involved in the conversation. There are a lot of other fantastic microstock and photography business blogs I read regularly, but […]
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