My name is Renato Murolo and I am a photography enthusiast and video producer from Venice, Italy.
Thanks to this site (and the Italian version of it, stockfootage.it) and to Daniele Carrer and his course, which I bought almost two years ago (it has been a precious goldmine of information), I discovered a world that I never even imagined in: microstock, and I started focusing especially on stock footage.
Daniele Carrer explained to me how to use my thirty years of passion for photography to create something concrete that has also allowed me to have extra monthly income.
I tried to apply the principles that the course explains and now, after a little over a year, I can confirm that they work.
How I've become a microstock producer
I started by uploading a thousand photographs of my archive created over the years to major agencies:
This strategy allowed me to practice with the upload procedures, and learn how to keyword my stock content. It also gave me confidence, since every now and then I made some sales. They didn't earn me a lot of money, but they gave me the satisfaction of knowing that someone around the world paid to use my images.
For example, this photo of mine:
has already been downloaded 26 times from Shutterstock.
However, as Daniele has always said, the sale of stock images does not bring great earnings, at least for those producers who started uploading in the last few years, even if some satisfaction has arrived anyway.
The discovery of stock footage
So one day I started dedicating myself to creating videos, which in the microstock business are called stock footage.
And thanks to this, things have begun to also give me greater satisfaction in economical terms: