Want to make money with your digital artwork? EverythingMicrostock.com is a site dedicated to helping artists join the exciting world of microstock and start earning passive income. Whether you create photos, videos, animations, illustrations, music, sound effects, or some other digital media, microstock is the number one platform for selling your artwork online.
If you already have the equipment you need to take a photo, shoot a video, or create an illustration, then there are no other fees or startup costs required to start selling through microstock. You and your agency get paid only when you make new sales.
Keeping the ownership and control over your artwork is important – selling your art through microstock doesn’t mean giving that up. With standard microstock agreements, you keep ownership and copyright of your works, and buyers just buy the rights to use them.
You are in complete control of your schedule, time, and effort. Work as little or as much as you want to build your online portfolio. The best part is that even when you’re not working, your art will still be selling. That’s the magic of passive income.
Dive Deeper! Five Commonly Asked Questions About Microstock
If you’re brand new to the world of microstock, you probably have a lot of questions about what it is, how it works, and how you can make money with your photos, videos, or other original digital creations. So we’ve pulled together links to several of our posts to direct you to the basic information you’ll need to know to get started. Don’t see your question here? Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.
Who is microstock for?
The opportunity to sell in the microstock market is for anyone motivated to make passive income selling digital items online. Photographers, videographers, illustrators, graphic artists, animation & motion graphic artists, musicians, voice actors, sound effects producers – these are just some of the many types of artists that can participate.
Selling microstock is not a get rich quick scheme, but it can be a creative and rewarding business. It’s easy to get started, and you have the freedom to decide whether you want to dabble part-time, or make microstock your full-time career.
For more information on the opportunity for your type of art, choose below:
How does microstock work?
Microstock is an online marketplace where companies and individuals can find digital media to use in their creative projects, like websites, magazines, brochures, billboards, tv shows, and so much more. This media is supplied by a huge community of photographers, videographers, artists, and musicians.
The microstock model is really pretty simple.
- You create your artwork (e.g. photo, video, illustration, audio)
- You upload your artwork to your microstock agency
- Your agency markets 24/7 to buyers all around the world
- A buyer selects your artwork and pays your agency
- Your agency pays you
Find out more about how microstock works.
Why do I need an agency, and is there a charge for using one?
Microstock agencies are the foundation on which the whole microstock model works. These agencies/websites differ from other photo or video sharing sites in that they create a marketplace where you, the artist, can offer your artwork for sale, and buyers can search through them to find just the right photos, videos, and other media for their projects. And the best part is, there is no cost to join an agency. You, and the agency, make money when your artwork sells. Learn more about what microstock agencies can do for you.
What equipment will I need to get started?
It’s hard to find a veteran microstocker who doesn’t have a closet full of fun equipment. Most of us love experimenting with gear, and using it to make creative artwork. But the truth is, to start out, you’ll only need a bare minimum of equipment to get started.
For photographers, you’ll need a camera that shoots at 6 megapixel size or higher. We recommend a DSLR, but a good point-and-shoot will work. Videographers need a camcorder or DSLR that can at least shoot at 720P, with 1080P being a strong recommendation. For illustrators and graphics pros, you probably have everything you need in your home computer or laptop.
As you develop your microstock career, you’ll probably want to add new gear. Reinvesting your microstock earnings to pay for these items can be a great strategy. But above all… don’t wait! Get started with what you have, and let your equipment arsenal grow as you grow your business.
What types of things should I shoot?
One of the important mindsets for a stock shooter is to always be thinking in terms of what a commercial buyer would want. Although the subject matter can be most anything, your shots will need to be well composed, high quality, and commercially relevant. Typically lifestyle (with people), health and fitness, business, and unique scenes will sell better than landscape, nature, and pets.