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Rolls Royce Silver Star

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The Rolls Royce Silver Star is a concept that recalls the characteristic of a yacht in a luxury coupe.

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BMW X E

 

BMW XETwo door electric SUV

 

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Dreamstime

I  recently started selling images on Dreamstime, this is my Profile and Portfolio.

If you want to sell images yourself or want to know more about the site, you should also check out these links.

Dreamstime Home Page

Dreamstime Registration Page

 

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Microstock

Microstock is the collective name for sites where images are sold by individuals through the site to advertisers, agencies or to anyone who needs an illustration for a specific purpose. The main goal of these sites is to provide royalty-free, high quality images for a set price.

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Sailing Competition

I started selling on Shutterstock in February, 2013. Prior to that I had to register to the site, and I had to go through a trial of submitting 10 images from which at least 7 had to be accepted to be accepted as a contributor.

At first I submitted photographs, but they were rejected  (it turned out that my camera had some problems), so following that I decided I will have a go with 3D-rendered images. I have a degree in product design, and I know how to use 3D modelling softwares so I went for it. After I submitted the batch of 10 renders for review, 9 was accepted.

Truck Render

Truck Render

At the moment I have 172 images online in my portfolio, both renders, vector illustrations and some photographs which is enough for making some pocket money at the moment in my case.

The answer to the question of how much someone can earn from Shutterstock or any other microstock site depends on several aspects. It is mainly  a numbers game. If someone has lots of really good quality and sought-after images, then s/he can make a serious earning. This however takes time. To build a portfolio such size and quality one needs to constantly think of new topics, photograph them, create them in a 3D modelling program, as a vector illustration or in an other media. It is also worth researching what are the best selling topics on the different sites, and thinking of ideas which fill in sought-after but not yet filled-in topics. A portfolio of 10-100 images will probably generate around 10$ a month, in some cases it might be more or less. According to others’ experience, having over 1000 images will start to generate a significant revenue.

Billboards

Billboards

At the moment Shutterstock is the largest microstock site being followed by Istockphoto. All of these sites have millions of images offered for sale, so most contributors will only make modest earnings. There are of course phenomenons like Yuri Arcurs who is one of the best selling commercial photographer of the world and made a fortune form selling stock images. He started in small, while he was still at university and he has built a company from his hobby and employs many people in his own company now.

Referral programs also exist on most of the sites. If someone registers on your referral link you will receive a small amount after his/her earnings.

If you like taking photos, you are passionate about 3D modelling or in other digital arts, selling on microstock can be a source of pocket money, some side earning or for some a full time job. It all depends on how much time you spend on building your portfolio and promoting yourself.

Retro Cell Phone

Retro Cell Phone

 

My Portfolio on Shutterstock

Shutterstock Main Page

 

Other microstock sites worth checking out:

Dreamsitme main page and my Portfolio

Istockphoto

Fotolia

Canstockphoto

 

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My Shutterstock mini portfolio



My latest images for sale at Shutterstock:







My most popular images for sale at Shutterstock:






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CNC “Snow” Apocalypse

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Chick

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Cab Hotrod

Just for fun

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Ikarus concept

Ikarus was a great Hungarian bus manufacturer and I thought about for a long time to create a concept which could be a new bus for the campany.

This is my concept:

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Renault 4

A new design concept for a Renault 4

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