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Microstock Or Not Microstock – That Is (Not) The Question…

Gilles & Yann spoting Ladakhi wildlife, Tso Kar, Ladakh, Indi

Gilles & Yann spoting Ladakhi wildlife, Tso Kar, Ladakh

What is Microstock?

Microstock Agencies are Stock Agencies that:

  1. Source their images exclusively via the Internet,
  2. Accept pictures from a wider range of photographers than the traditional Stock Agencies (including Amateurs)
  3. Sell the pictures at very low rates (generally less than 1 or 2 USD for a royalty-free image).

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • It is definitely easier to be listed as a Photographer in a Microstock Image Agency than in a classical Stock Image Agency
  • It is much easier to have pictures accepted than at a classical Stock Image Agency, where expectations can turn downright frustrating
  • But: once you are working with Microstock Agencies, the odds are that no classical Stock Image Agency will ever work with you.
  • For that reason, we would strongly recommend not to go towards Micro Stock!



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