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The course has enlightened me! - Daniele Carrer's course has transformed me into a microstock monster. He taught me how to be an entrepreneur and convinced me to upload stock footage as well.
Daniele Gay: read my story.
I made $600 with a single sale! - I thank Daniele for his course, his excellent advice, and his answers to my questions, which is an added bonus on top of the lessons!
Ludovica Bastianini: read my story.
I will never stop thanking Daniele - Daniele has been my guide in the microstock business. To people interested in selling stock images and stock footage, I always say, “Go buy his course". Marco Cirone: read my story.
I learned the tools to sell more - Thanks to Daniele Carrer's course, I learned a tool for tracking the sun trajectory and a tool to determine the salability of the photos: both of them helped me to sell more.
Davide Romanini: read my story.
I sold my video to a commercial with Sophia Loren - Daniele's course was a goldmine of information that helped me earning thanks to the passion I have had for photography for over thirty years.
Renato Murolo: read my story.
Changing my job to change my life - Daniele has given me the inspiration to become a professional photographer and believe in myself. It was not just a matter of trying to make money with microstock.
Marco Lazzarini: read my story.
Enthusiasm and earnings - For a long time I earned little with microstock. Then, thanks to Daniele's advice, I started earning $400 a month, and I'm more and more enthusiastic.
Michele Milanese: read my story.
I sold a photo from my vacation for $750 - Thanks to Daniele's course and book, I learned about microstock; since then I have been creating content in my spare time.
Fabrizio Misson: read my story.
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If you don't already know how you can sell your photos and videos online, please read this information
What are stock images?
If an advertiser or a webmaster wants to use the photos above in their projects, they do not have to recruit models, set up lights or go to Paris.
They just have to buy the images from a microstock.
Stock images today are everywhere: posters, television, social networks.
Any photographer, even non-professional, can create them with a camera or with a smartphone. But it's not all that easy.
What drives sales the most are boring things, such as finding the most profitable subjects and learning how to write titles and keywords.
If you don't want the help of someone with a lot of experience, you earn little and lose opportunities.
What is stock footage?
Any video making enthusiast has the opportunity to put their videos on sale for free and then find their creation in one of the commercials that helped a President of the United States to get elected.
The stock footage used on it, can be purchased on Pond5, an agency that, like Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and dozens of others, accepts content created by anyone and sells it in exchange for a percentage of the price paid by customers.
With a low cost camera (or a smartphone) you can create photos and videos that you can sell online for free. Isn't this the most beautiful job in the world?
Yes it is, but there are problems to be solved before celebrating.
The assumption is that there is a big difference between receiving "likes" in social networks and finding people who buy your images.
Whoever starts selling their photos and videos, even professional photographers and video makers, cannot know:
what the most requested subjects are
how to rank your content to make it appear to buyers
which agencies sell well and which ones are a waste of time
what the difference is between editorial use only and commercial licenses
how to transfer titles and keywords from one agency to another one, saving days of work
...and many other things that I explain in my course.
Thousands of photography and video making enthusiasts have managed to get paid for what they used to do for free.
Like Alex Di Martino, who grossed $ 230 his first week:
I discovered this site by chance and it immediately inspired me. Daniele is a fantastic person. There is a lot of information about microstock on the internet, but Daniele is able to give the most useful tips and practical advice in his course.
You can try to do sell your photos without my help, but doing it that way you will lose:
Or you can rely on me and:
start immediately in the right way
quickly earn back what you spend on the course
"risk" only the ability to do what you love (photographing and filming) for much more time
This is the lesson list:
Lesson 1 (7:26) – Introduction to the microstock business
Who buys stock images. Why the total earnings for producers are growing. Why freelance photographers now earn more than studios. Why, if you don't start producing today, it will be soon impossible for you to sell. How to create content that stands out from that of competition. Why, if you don't study the market, you don't sell anything.
Lesson 2 (9:45) – The best equipment to create stock images
The different types of cameras recommended by microstocks. When to use a full-frame sensor or an APS-c sensor camera. What accessories you need. What you need to create stock footage as well.
Lesson 3 (7:00) – The best agencies to sell your stock images
Why you don't have to sell your photos on all the agencies (even if you don't have to pay). The two agencies that sell more stock images. A tool that transfers titles and descriptions from one agency to another. Why, in the microstock business, only entrepreneurs make money, and how I can teach you to become one.
Lesson 4 (12:43) – Everything you need to know about Shutterstock
Why Shutterstock sales grow every year. How to sign up. How to optimize your profile to be found by buyers. The best way to get paid. What extended licenses and licenses for sensitive use are. How to read your sales statistics. How much Shutterstock pays for photo and video sales.
Lesson 5 (12:02)– What kinds of photos are sold on microstocks?
Why it is not convenient to start by uploading the photos you now have in your archive. What kinds of subjects the market wants. What you have to do if you want microstocks to show your content to buyers. The case study of a photographer who sold one stock image hundreds of times.
Lesson 6 (11:45)– What are the best keywords to use for your photos?
A free tool that tells which subjects sell the most. How to avoid the typical mistakes of beginners when describing your images. How the same photo described with different keywords can sell three times more.
Lesson 7 (8:43) – How to avoid having copyright and privacy issues with your photos
What you risk if you sell content protected by copyright (logos, modern buildings, monuments, etc.) or if you sell images or footage of people without asking for a model release. The difference between photos sold with commercial use license and those sold with editorial use only license. When you need to ask for authorization to photograph a location.
Lesson 8(11:38)– How to use your photos to create a time-lapse
Why time-lapses sell for 100 times more than stock images. Why a normal camera is enough to create a time-lapse. What settings you have to use to shoot a time-lapse sequence. Which interval is best to use in different situations?
Lesson 9 (8:14)– How a photographer can easily start to create videos (and multiply their earnings)
Why you can create videos with the same equipment you use for photos. Why there is less competition in the stock footage market than there is with stock images. Why you can earn more than 100 dollars with a single sale. How I earned more than $500 on Shutterstock with a 10 second video I shot in Berlin.
Lesson 10 (17:19) - The technical requirements for stock images and stock footage
In which format and resolution you need to upload photos. At what number of frames per second you have to export stock footage. When you have to cut the audio from the stock footage. Which video codec must be chosen? When it is best to work in RAW and when in JPG.
Lesson 11 (13:56) – The best agencies for selling stock footage
Why it is better to send your footage to only a few agencies. At what prices microstocks sell videos. When you have to refuse new agencies invitations. How to calculate your net earnings.
Lesson 12 (24:33) – How to use agencies’ search engines to sell more
How to understand the market by analyzing the ranking pages on Pond5 and Shutterstock. Why, by focusing on niche subjects, you can sell more. What you have to do to sell content of subjects with a lot of competition.
Lesson 13 (13:08) – How to find niche subjects which allow you to earn more
What a niche is. Why, at the beginning, it is better to avoid subjects with strong competition, even if these are the most requested by buyers. How your earnings are a passive income that you still receive even if you stop producing. How to find the right situations to produce content that sells.
Lesson 14 (16:36) – How to shoot a big city
How to plan the shooting. How to use sun trackers to always have perfect lighting. Two case studies of content shot in Paris that made me thousands of euros. Why choosing a new technology can make the difference in sales. Which cities are the most requested by buyers?
Lesson 15 (18:09) – How to create the best content of a small city
What the most profitable content is in a small city. A case study that shows how much you can earn by shooting a place visited by tourists. How to shoot subjects that are requested regardless of their location. How to use a tool that tells you if a city is in demand. How to understand which keywords are searched by buyers, and copying them with a click.
Lesson 16 (19:25) – Advanced tips for shooting a static time-lapse, a tilt shift and a hyper-lapse
How every camera can create 4K time-lapses. In which format you have to record the photos of your sequence. How to avoid flicker by selecting the right shooting mode. Why photo sequences are better than sped-up videos. What shutter speed you have to set, depending on the situation. What shooting mode to use. How to shoot a time-lapse tilt shift. How to shoot a hyper-lapse (moving time-lapse).
Lesson 17 (9:58) – How to use software to transform a sequence of photos into a time-lapse
How to use motion trackers to stabilize a sequence in Adobe After Effects. A step by step guide to exporting the time-lapse in 4K, according to the guidelines of the agencies. Why you don't need color correction.
Lesson 18 (10:10) – How to create the tilt shift effect in your time-lapse
Why the human eye thinks that tilt shift time-lapses always portray miniatures. How, with just a blur effect applied with Adobe After Effects, you can produce niche content that improves your portfolio. Why the built-in tilt shift effect of some cameras doesn't work for stock footage.
Lesson 19 (10:28) – Why microstock is the first step to creating a steady income with photography
The mistakes to avoid when shooting and editing a time-lapse tilt shift. Why producing original content is the key to your success. Why it is better to focus your collection on a few subjects. What kinds of projects you can easily launch after understanding how the microstock business works.
Lesson 20 (22:17) – How to post-produce a hyper-lapse
How, by creating a hyper-lapse, you can still sell content of places with a lot of competition. Which settings you have to select in the After Effects stabilizer to achieve a smooth motion. When to use the automatic stabilizer and when to use the manual one. Why you have to export in 4K.
Lesson 21 (10:40) – How to remove the flicker from time-lapses
How to fix flicker with the GBdeflicker plug-in for Adobe After Effects. What kinds of issues in your stock footage can cause rejections?
Lesson 22 (12:51) – How to shoot stock footage
Why the market does not yet sell slow motion video (and how you can take advantage of this). When you don't have to raise the ISO to avoid rejections by agencies. What lens is best to use. When it is more convenient to shoot a real-time video and when a time-lapse.
Lesson 23 (18:31) – How to edit and export your stock footage
What duration must your stock footage be in order to sell. How to choose the best part of the footage to give buyers what they are looking for. How to use Adobe Premiere to transform rough video into stock footage in just a few steps.
Lesson 24 (6:33) – How to archive photos and videos to find them easily and avoid naming problems when uploading
How to name and archive the files in your collection. How to avoid duplicate names. How to set up folders to easily find the file you are looking for even years after you created it.
Lesson 25 (6:34) – How to convert your videos with codecs accepted by agencies
How to use the free MPEG streamclip software to convert video format, resolution and compression. Which codecs are accepted by microstocks. When it is necessary to change video settings.
Lesson 26 (11:35) – Everything you need to know about Pond5
Why Pond5 is the agency that facilitates the biggest sales of stock footage. How to sign up. How to choose the best method to get paid. How to set up a professional profile. Which agency sale programs you have to subscribe to in order to earn more. Which settings you have to change to receive only useful emails.
Lesson 27 (20:25) – How to create titles and keywords that boost your sales on Pond5 (and save a lot of time)
How to use artificial intelligence to automatically create keywords for your photos and videos.How to choose between FTP software and website interface to upload your content. How to work with templates. How to find the keywords that increase the salability of your footage. How to choose the best price for your content. How to set the editorial use only license. How to change the preview frame of videos.
Lesson 28 (10:47) – The best strategy for describing your photos and videos on Shutterstock
Why you have to upload stock footage with FTP software and stock images with the web interface. How to use multiple selections to save days of work. How to change the description when a file is sold with the editorial license. How to change the preview frame of stock footage.
Lesson 29 (9:20) – How to transfer descriptions from Pond5 to Shutterstock in just a few clicks
What are .csv files. Why tools like Stocksubmitter are not the best option to choose for stock footage. How to adapt a .csv file downloaded from Pond5 to Shutterstock.
Lesson 30 (10:24) – What you have to do to make photography and video making your job
Why photography and video making can boost the sales of every online business. How microstock can teach you what you need to know to make money with the internet. How to track your sales without wasting time. Why lifestyle content makes you more money. How to find the moment to become a full-time producer.
In each lesson: videos, texts, links and extra content.
Microstock helped me in my work as a photographer - On Daniele's course, I learned how to optimize my work and use an effective method to save time. Then I applied these teachings to the other jobs I do as a professional photographer, making more money. Simone Tognon: read my story.
I earn more money each month - My sales continue to increase. Much of this is due to the teachings of Daniele Carrer. Domenico Fornas: read my story.
My turning point after the disappointments - After earning 20 euros a year with stock images, I discovered Daniele Carrer's course and earned more than 600 dollars in my first year. Simone Scalise: read my story.
From zero to $300 a month - I was naive to think that someone would buy the first content I published. But after buying the course, I got the help of Daniele, who has so many things to teach thanks to his years of experience. Pier Paolo Mansueto: read my story.
From a YouTube channel to the stock footage business - After I bought Daniele's course, the revenue of my stock footage has become 3 or 4 times more than what I earn from YouTube. Ruggero Piccoli, passionate about video shooting: read my story.
I'm a professional photographer and now I watch Daniele's lessons after work - Daniele convinced me with his concreteness and preparation, with his clear teachings and without frills or illusions. Camillo Cinelli, professional photographer: read my story.
Unfortunately, you need to be in a hurry, because competition is increasing every day. Buying now, you have the best price, because in the future the course will cost more.