Improve Your Microstock Earnings: Attend a Conference

It’s a very exciting season for me, and for Microstock this autumn. I’m speaking at both STOCKinRUSSIA and MicrostockExpo, so I figured I’d let you know a little about each conference, and what I’ll be presenting about at both:

STOCKinRUSSIA – Moscow – (30 Sept-01 Oct, 2011)

STOCKinRUSSIA has an excellent programme of photographers and microstock experts sharing valuable information on Copyright, Hardware, The History of Microstock, Stock Footage and Developing your microstock workflow. There’s a great lineup of presenters, including a workshop from Andres Rodriguez on making the most with limited resources.

My Presentation

I’ll be talking about Maximising your Earning Potential in a Mature Microstock Marketplace and will focus on these topics:

  • I’ll run through the microstock world when viewed from the ‘raw data’ perspective, showing you what I’ve learned about how microstock works over the last few years, and looking into the future.
  • I’ll talk about how you can best develop your microstock portfolio and methods/techniques to stay ahead of the competition and expand your sales.
  • I’m showing various photography-subjects from picNiche (ups and downs) and I’m explaining how to research and review your own portfolio for maximum market reach.
  • I’ll look at workflow, and how to optimise your image-production.
  • I’m presenting the ‘raw’ and rational view on how microstock is changing now, and over the next 5 years.

MicrostockExpo – Berlin – (5-6 November, 2011)

Microstock Expo has an awesome programme laid out and is offering something for everyone, from discussion panels looking at distribution, workflow and the microstocker’s lifestyle, to workshops, events and parties too!

I’m really excited to see MicrostockExpo come around, I’ve been disappointed by the lack of microstock content at most of the established stock conferences, and I’m delighted to be speaking on the workflow panel:

The Microstock Workflow Panel

The workflow panel will explore different workflow methods, from post-processing, keywording, through to distribution, including submission…

We (myself, Jean-Marie Guyon of CandyBox, Jazz Mandair of JaincoTech, Rahul Pathak of Lookstat) will explore different options for each step of microstock workflow, to suit different lifestyles and different production rates, as well as different content. Whether you work alone or in a big team, do everything or outsource everything, produce a handful or a truckload, you’ll walk away with some useful enhancements to your workflow.

Don’t miss out!

What ever you’re doing when these conferences are on… cancel it! Go to Moscow and Berlin instead ๐Ÿ™‚
These will be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bobbigmac,
    Do you only talk about photography on these conferences? I think vector illustration and especially icon design (which is my thing of course) plays an important role in microstock. I’m curious to see / hear your future expectations on both photo and vector, and perhaps audio and video too.
    Berlin is not too far away, so maybe we could meet there.
    grts, Hemmo

    • bobbigmac
      Posted September 23, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      Generally, whenever I use the word ‘photo’, I am referring to photos AND illustrations (vector and raster), from a data-perspective there is little difference. There are a few areas where illustrations ‘rank’ higher than photos, and vice versa, though on the whole I refer to both under the same “stock photos” catch-all term.
      Footage is however ‘quite’ different, so on the rare occasions I address that, I do so on it’s own ๐Ÿ™‚

      Looking forward to Berlin, will see you there ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Posted December 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Definitely worthwhile, it can’t hurt networking with industry professional on microstock. Good ol’ fashioned Word of mouth works just as well sometimes.

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