In short – Me. Ok, so you deserve more than that. I’m Tim Hester, a professional photographer with over a decades experience in the industry and numerous photographic awards.
After contributing to some Right’s Managed stock libraries for a couple of years, I finally got my act together and started submitting to microstock agencies around April 2010. Since then I have managed to dedicate around half my working week to stock photography, with the aim of making microstock my primary income.
The microstock learning curve was a steep one, and when first investigating my options prior to joining any agencies I realised I needed some pointers in order to succeed.
Two years later…enter Microstock Man. I wanted to create a website that covered all the things I wasn’t sure of when I began, as I’m sure many others are in the same boat. Hopefully you can find my experiences and tips to be of use as you start out in the incredible world of microstock.
You’ll notice that there are no flashing ads for cheap pills or discount watches on the site. This is deliberate. Although I feel the site does need to pay for itself (web hosting, domain names and time spent designing and maintaining the site doesn’t come without a cost), I never wanted it to be full of annoying, intrusive ads for things that are irrelevant to the reader. Thus you will only find graphics that relate directly to microstock photography, video and vectors. Basically, advertising for the different agencies that I support.
Few of these ads are paid for directly by the agencies (if you are interested in discussing paid advertising for a microstock related product, please send me an email via the contact form). However, most microstock agencies have some sort of referral program in place as an incentive for getting new buyers or contributors to come to their site. This is a VERY small percentage fee that comes out of the agencies cut of sales / purchases, never the contributors share. In no way does this cost the new customer or contributor – period. Also, if you sign up but never buy or sell a single thing, then the agency never gives me a single thing either!
Hopefully you enjoy Microstock Man and find it a useful tool. If you would like to support the site in any way, please contact me via the contact form.