I am writing this story during a vacation during which, in addition to dedicating myself to my family, I can practice photography and my other passions.
Holidays are the best time of the year to think about microstock and make money online:
- There is more time to shape your own strategy
- You can do research on the best subjects
Since I am passionate about photography and video making, dedicating myself to this business does not weigh on me, not even in August nor at Christmas.
The equipment I use to shoot
In 25 years of shooting I have created "an arsenal":
- three cameras (Nikon D3100 APSC, Nikon D300 APSC, Panasonic Lumix GX80 micro 4/3 with 12/32 F3.5/5.6)
- eight lenses (35 mm F1.8, 50mm F1.8, 18/200 F3.5/5.6, and more)
- several tripods (a Manfrotto 290 with fluid head included that I found perfect for shooting stock footage, Manfrotto pixi Evo, Manfrotto pocket MP3).
I always carry my tripods with me when I produce, except the Manfrotto 290, which I use only for some shooting. They are small and light and I keep the pocket MP3 always mounted on the mirrorless (Panasonic Lumix Gx80), the lightest of my three cameras.
I have excellent equipment, but I agree with Daniele when he says that, for beginners, a basic camera and lens are enough unless you have a business project.
You need to have clear ideas to perform well with sales. You have to understand what you want to achieve and work accordingly.
Having a collection of 1000 products (stock images and stock footage) of good quality in your shops (microstock agencies), gives more chances for earning than having much less content but of perfect quality.
This is why it is very important to shape a strategy. Otherwise, you only earn small change.