Monday, 24 March 2008

Book: How to make money from your digital images

Microstock Photography: How to make money from your digital images by Douglas Freer

It has taken a while but someone has finally published a book on how to make money from microstock. I haven't read it yet as I don't think it has actually hit the shelves yet, but it looks like it is targeted at the new entrant. It covers the basics from what sells and what doesn't, technical issues, equipment, setting up a studio and 20 top tips and tricks to winning on microstocks. It also has a few appendices with useful links which I assume are web links to the microstock sites and helpful tutorial websites.

Apart from the cheesy "stock" photo on the cover, the photos inside appear to be of very high quality.

It should be a worthwhile book for new entrants. I will try and get my hands on it to do a review but until then, the description below is the official blurb:

Be a part of one of the worlds fastest growing imaging phenomenons: microstock photography. Microstock photography provides both professional and amateur photographers an opportunity to diversify their income and expand their artistic visibility by turning day trip photos or photography portfolios into viable business investments.

Douglas Freer has written a comprehensive book that details the technical and commercial processes of the microstock industry. A must read for entrants into the microstock photography field, Microstock Photography shows you how to:
  • Choose the right microstock agency
  • Shoot work that will sell
  • Navigate the strict technical requirements
  • Understand the likely financial returns
  • Review licensing models
  • Understand copyright issues
Over 60 illustrations and photographs help you improve your skills, learn new techniques specific to shooting stock photography and better understand what the microstock market demands. Anyone can shoot digital stock photography, but in order to make money and be successful, you need the practical advice that can only be found in this book.
  • Learn how to start earning money fast from your personal photos or professional portfolio
  • Contains invaluable information on the crucial technical and commercial requirements you'll need to meet to be successful in the microstock industry
  • Over 60 full color images show you what sells and what doesn't

About the Author: Douglas Freer is the former principal of a niche online rights managed stock photo library, a semi-professional photographer and the London based senior partner of the law firm he founded in 2004. He is highly regarded in the industry of microstock photography and has founded one of the largest microstock forums. He is a contributing photographer for IStock, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, 123Royaltyfree and Fotolia and a member of the Royal Photographic Society.

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