My name is Michele Milanese. I am 26 years old and I am a:
- video maker
- drone operator
I work near Udine, Friuli, Northeastern Italy.
My story as a microstock producer: the first year
I started being a microstock contributor a couple of years ago.
For a long time I earned little, because my portfolio and strategy were limited: I sold a hundred photographs, uploaded only to Shutterstock (learn more about Shutterstock).
Many of those stock images were not created to be sold on microstocks, but taken during my travels prior to signing up.
So, in my first year I only got about thirty sales, because my mentality was:
Let's upload and see what happens!
I was producing mostly for fun, as many had advised me not to start uploading, given the strong competition that had been created over the years.
My worst mistakes
Finding time to dedicate to microstock while knowing at the same time that most of the photos are sold for only 25 cents, it is very difficult to stand for many photographers.
I have a tip for those who think so:
Do not get emotionally attached to your shots, because that way you may not notice if they are useless for those who, unlike you, do not know how much time and effort they cost you.
Wrong attitudes lead photographers to blindness
When I was studying photography in Milan, a teacher of mine told us:
If you want to pass my course, don't take pictures of cats! Unless they have a firecracker in their ass!
The stock market is driven by an imperative:
The content sells only if it is useful to those who are interested in buying it
This is a thought that expresses concepts that Daniele Carrer often explains in his course (learn more about Daniele's course) and that were the basis for my qualitative leap in the production of:
- stock footage
- stock images
making me stop doing the mistakes I made when I started, such as:
- thinking that good earnings can be achieved with little effort
- believing that a small portfolio could be enough to become a good producer
- avoiding to create photos and videos just for microstock