Going Stock

We don’t blame you. Stock imagery is a great business, and why shouldn’t you join all the fun? But how do you know where to start or how to get there? That is where Emancipated Artist comes in – you see we happen to know a few things about going stock. We’ve shared our resources with you below and are always adding more.


Traditional Stock

SAA Guide to Stock Photography (PDF)
50+ lush pages, in magazine format, from the Stock Artist’s Alliance, with articles on such topics as Stock 101, metadata, legal issues, editorial and commercial stock, custom stock and business advice.

StockPhotoTalk
Andy Goetze on the stock photo industry, picture business, photo agencies, professional photography, portals, technology, footage.

The Next Generation Stock Photographer (PDF)
What can be more challenging than running a business during a recession at the same time that technology and business models are morphing before our eyes? Article from the The Picture Professional Magazine featuring 25 “pearls of wisdom” from stock photographer Jack Hollingsworth.


Microstock

Complete List of Microstock Agencies
From Microstock Diaries, on of the web's best compilations of the major microstock sites. Updated periodically.

List of Photo-Sharing Sites on Wikipedia
60+ sites and counting.... Includes brief descriptions, number of registered users (if known), storage space allowed, Alexa page ranking. Also includes a very useful table comparing site features like file formats accepted, upload methods, folder/album structure, file size/storage limits, and more.

25 Free Stock Photo Sites
Digital Images magazine comes up with this list of "25 good, solid resources," including a site with public domain photos, a site focusing on macro photography, and a site with imagery suitable for corporate websites.


Earnings Blogs

NiltoMil
Follow Matt and Sarah Antonino's microstock journey as they work toward their first $1 million in the earnings. They’re confident that they’ll make it: “We have real business experience, we are marketers and most of all we are a team. We have worked together for five years building two businesses already. Photography, marketing and selling – that’s who we are.”

PixelsAway
Monthly earnings charts with detailed agency-level information about portfolio size, number of downloads per month and seasonal trends, as well as occasional equipment reviews and discussions of market strategy.


Microstock Agencies and Photo-Sharing Sites

Snapixel
Snapixel makes it easy to upload, sell or share photos. Buy & sell stock photos from the Snapixel photo marketplace.

Stockvault
Stockvault.net is a stock photo-sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their stock photos and images. All images on Stockvault.net are free for personal and non-commercial usage.

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