How To Sell Photos: A Complete Guide

There’s recently been a lot more people using picWorkflow, many of whom may have missed out on some of my earlier posts about the stock-photo/microstock industry, so I figured it’s time for a review post listing some of the most useful previous posts covering various techniques, tips and advice on both getting started in microstock and improving sales of your stock photos and illustrations in your existing portfolio.

Beginning Microstock

My guide on how the industry has developed over the last few years: Is there still money in Microstock photography?

Must-read Microstock blogs covering all the latest news and changes in the industry, as well as thoughts, tips and tricks, processing tutorials and all kinds of other useful info.

Must-follow Microstock bloggers, agencies and knowledge-leaders who announce the news/events, share what they know, and give you access to everything you need.

My Top 10 tips for new microstock photographers.

A complete (90min+) video of how microstock has developed in the last few years, and where it seems to be moving in the near future.

Finding/Refining a Market for Your Images

A massive TOP 1000 Image-buyers Searches, gathered over more than a year and with some decent niches highlighted.

A few review posts of picNiche data showing some excellent photography niche subjects, photoshoot ideas, subjects with a lot of opportunities for sales, some science-themed shoot ideas, some more stock ideas. And just to balance it out, some photo subjects you should either avoid, or be prepared for very challenging competition in the field.

Some awesome blog posts from others on choosing what to shoot for stock sales.

Improving Your Workflow/Process

Use Image Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to maximize your visibility to image-buyers.

A huge list of stock photo agencies to sell photos with to choose from.

Spring-clean your stock portfolio for better buyer-targeting and improved sales (conversion/performance) on the agency’s search engines.

My HUGE guide to improving your photography workflow, everything from basic prep through to uploading and submission processing.

Have I missed anything? Tell me in the comments 🙂

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  1. Posted March 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this. I would like to start taking and selling more art and nature photos.

  2. Posted July 4, 2016 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    In your personal experience, what do you think sells better: illustrations or photography? Especially with agencies like Shutterstock seem to sell a lof of vectors…

    • bobbigmac
      Posted October 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      I find that illustrations have a higher conversion rate over photos for a comparable subject, though this is partly because of the more generic appeal and tighter focus of illustrations. Makes it easier to represent an idea or subject without distraction, and so are often more cross-country/culture appropriate.

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