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Getting Started in Stock: A step by step guide to microstock photography [Kindle Edition]

Steve Heap
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In the updated third edition of this book, you will find all the learning I have gained since I started with stock photography in 2008. Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently start to make money from your own photos. How much can you earn? A recent survey of 800 stock photographers reported that the average annual income was $16000 with the highest reported being $900,000! The median (the income of the 400th photographer if you ranked everyone by sales) was $3000. My aim is to get you above that point, as quickly as possible!

What are my qualifications for this? I am just like you; a competent amateur who enjoys photography. In just six years, I have built my earnings from nothing to around $25,000 a year by following the steps in this book.

The early chapters cover the stock industry, how it developed and what you will find now. The industry is changing fast and with this third edition I wanted to give you access to the most up to date information available on how best to make money from your photographs. You will find an overview of how to get started including a full step by step workflow to efficiently manage your images and get them online on the major agencies. I then describe the main microstock agencies and the pros and cons of uploading to them, adding any tips that will help maximize your earnings. In this new edition, I have included charts and graphs showing exactly how much I earn from each agency and how that has been changing over time to allow you to judge which ones are worth supporting. I think you will be surprised how that has been changing over the past couple of years and I doubt if you will find this level of detail in any other book on the subject of stock photography. Finally, in the later chapters, I delve deeper into keywording secrets and how to try to get your images displayed ahead of the rest to the buyers.

Why wait - your photos are only gathering dust on your hard drive - make a start now in Stock Photography!

Publisher's note: The full color version of this eBook is available as a printable PDF from the author's site:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2404 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00560R9VC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info & good read 13 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didnt know the book existed until I started chatting to a bloke standing next to me taking photos of a stone circle in the English Lake District. I am glad I struck up the conversation - it turned out to be Steve - I am even more glad we discussed Stock and he (without being pushy in any way) mentioned how he had started out, and written a book on how to start out.

The book reads well, and is full of very useful advice. In addtion to gleaning info on how Steve set about starting up in Stock, he provides useful links from in the book to sites etc. You can find lots of this out yourself ... but Steve has done the hard work for you. It also covers a range of helpful tips a number of stock sites.

Steve seems to be keeping the book up to date - my edition is 2012. I just need to get better at bookmarking things on my kindle (amazon - come on).

If you read this Steve - thanks! Any chance you could write a chapter on how you approach random people in to get them to sign model or (propety owners for) property releases?

Recomended? - definitely yes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great eBook 26 Feb. 2013
By Filippo
Format:Kindle Edition
When getting started into stock photography I was looking for a short and useful book that could help me in my first steps into this business. This eBook was certainly the right one. I found it perfect in all its features. It's relatively short, plenty of useful tips and when reading it you can really tell how experienced the author is.
I would recommend it to everyone, beginners and not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Account of Microstock 30 Oct. 2013
By theo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Author has taken great pains to explain almost everything you need to know about microstock photography.
Well written. Will recommend to newcomers to Microstock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome is All There is to Say 18 July 2013
By C. C. McGrew - Published on
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This is the nitty gritty on getting started in a field that is not as easy to work as it seems. I spent 8 years learning my trade writing unpublished novels before I got my first two book novel deal with Random House, and I will say that this is not nearly as hard, but it's up there, folks, and this book gives you the inside scoop on how to make it into a tightly managed arena. Some of it is so technical on work flow etc. that I find that now that I am beginning to have photos accepted by multiple sites I have to go back and take notes from the book to make things go more smoothly. Kudos. I give it five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge the book by its cover! 13 Dec. 2013
By Ozgur Ocak Coskun - Published on
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Don't judge the book by its cover! Even though it says "Get Started in Stock" there are very valuable information for advanced StockRaphers. Easy to understand and follow. I would recommend who is starting and already started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 2 May 2013
By Baileysan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Full of great info and links to everything you need to know. Very informative, timely and thoughtfully written. This book is not a tease, vague or one that will leave you wondering what you learned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for newbies to the business 26 Mar. 2013
By Peter171 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A brilliant factual account of what is involved in stock photography. It certainly opened my eyes, but it has not put me off getting started, in fact just the opposite, it has excited me at the prospect of getting my images off my hard drives and out on to the WWW for people to see, enjoy and hopefully buy.

It is a business I had not even thought of but having bought the Kindle version the read was excellent value for money and money well spent.

A concise and well written document. If you are considering the Stock photo business, READ this book first.You wont regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to enter the tough business of Microstock 28 Jun. 2014
By Thomas Baker - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I wish I had purchased this book first instead of the many others that I did buy- this book guided me into the right direction which is to make money! I highly recommend this book to all photographers (even experienced ones) that want to sell images in the microstock world...

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