What are stock images?

If a webmaster wants to insert a photo like this one in a page, he won't have to pay a model, find a location and spend a few hours to shoot. He will just have to buy that image from microstock like Shutterstock and Adobe Stock.

Stock images are not just about people, but they also portray subjects like: food, cities, jobs, animals. A huge market for a world that communicates with photos.

What is stock footage?

This is one of the commercials that helped Donald Trump to become President. Inside the video there are clips bought on Pond5, a microstock where everyone can upload and sell stock footage.
I make about 1500/2000 $ a month from that Agency. A part of my collection was shot during my trips around Europe, like I did in Paris:

Please, think about these:

  1. You too can create the photos and videos similar to the one above.
  2. Around the world there are a growing number of websites, TV stations and content creators who buy in microstocks.
  3. Photographers and videographers who want to sell their contents grow more than buyers.

This is my best seller stock footage on Pond5. The only reason I can teach you what you have to do to make money is that... I already make money.

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The biggest mistake that beginners make is to think that profits depend only on the technical quality of the stock images and stock footage they produce. Knowing what the market wants is a lot more important, and it took me ten years to learn the secrets that today allow me to make thousands of dollars every month even if I spend just a few hours a week on microstocks.

How much can I make with stock images and stock footage?

It depends on you. It often takes weeks to have the first sale. If today I bring home what I need to live it's because I worked hard to do it, and unfortunately you have to work hard too to make money.

Why should I buy a course if I already know how to take a picture?

Sales are influenced by the technical quality of the content, but you also need to learn what kind of stock images and stock footage to produce, and you can do that if you study microstocks search engines and you use some online tools I explain in my course.

Why should I trust you?

Because you can watch for free 4 videos I created to start learning what to do to make money. Those videos are my business card and I'm sure after watching them you'll understand I'm not the kind of guru who tries to convince you to buy his products by showing a swimming pool in his background.

Why did you choose this price?

Because it took me months to create it and because you can make a lot more money after watching it. I know that online there are people that sell what they can call a video-course, but that looks more like a voice over commenting on text slides. My course is different, and I can prove it if you watch my 4 free videos.

I created a course for video and photography enthusiasts, whether they are professionals or amateurs, who want to sell their content on microstocks, a growing industry that’s worth hundreds of millions of euros every year.

COURSE PROGRAM

Lesson 1 (7.47) - Introduction to the market.

  • Why stock images and stock footage have become a business for thousands of photographers and videographers around the world.

Lesson 2 (10:43) - How to use microstock search engines to sell more.

  • What is the content most in demand on Pond5 and Shutterstock?
  • What you have to know to understand what kind of subjects to film.

Lesson 3 (7:03) - How to find a profitable niche.

  • How you can make beat your competitors by creating original content not already present in the collections of agencies.

Lesson 4 (15:14) - How to shoot a big city.

  • What to do to go from planning the trip to the editing stage without spending too much time.
  • How to use a website that tracks the sun position on the horizon to have always a perfect lighting of the scene.
  • How I earned thousands of euros with a time-lapse and with a real time video of the Arc de Triomphe.

Lesson 5 (16:11) - How to shoot a small town.

  • What kind of content of the city to create.
  • How to find subjects for buyers who are not interested only in images and footage of the place.

Lesson 6 (17:15) - How to create a time-lapse.

  • How to avoid the flicker.
  • What aperture size to use.
  • How to use techniques that allow you to create original stock footage.

Lesson 7 (7:48) – What to do before editing your time-lapse photo sequences.

  • How to save and organize files on your computer.
  • How to delete birds in the photos with Adobe Photoshop.
  • How to understand when you have to delete a time-lapse after shooting it.

Lesson 8 (10:21) – How to edit a time-lapse photo sequence.

  • How to use Adobe After Effects motion trackers to stabilize the shot.
  • How to choose the right settings to export a 4k video according to microstocks guidelines.

Lesson 9 (10:20) – How to create the tilt shift effect in a time-lapse.

  • How to apply the blur effect with Adobe After Effects to produce a more marketable video.
  • Why you can't sell a time-lapse created with the in-camera tilt shift effect.

Lesson 10 (6:08) – Common mistakes of videos with the tilt shift effect.

  • How to understand what technique to use when filming a specific subject.

Lesson 11 (23:16) – How to create a hyper lapse.

  • What settings to select in After Effects to create a smooth video.
  • When to use automatic stabilizer and when to use motion trackers.
  • Why it's better to export in 4k.

Lesson 12 (10:51) – How to correct flicker from your time-lapse.

  • Which settings should be used in GB-deflicker to avoid the risk of rejection.

Lesson 13 (11:55) – The secrets of real-time shooting.

  • Why the microstock industry is not yet ready for slow motion footage.
  • How to choose the best lens set.
  • When it's more convenient for your sales to shoot a real time video than a time-lapse sequence.

Lesson 14 (6:24) – How to organize your files to avoid problems when uploading in microstocks.

  • How to avoid double names and to find your photos and videos years after creating them.

Lesson 15 (7:02) – How to convert videos.

  • How to choose the right codec using the freeware software Mpeg stream-clip to make your stock footage compatible with microstocks guidelines.

Lesson 16 (19:46) – How to create stock footage with Adobe Premiere.

  • What is the best workflow to be fast and accurate.
  • How to choose the best part of the footage to give buyers what they want.
  • How to choose the right duration according to microstocks guidelines.

Lesson 17 (11:20) – How to create stock footage with Final Cut Pro 7.

  • How to select the best part of the shot when you filmed an animal.
  • How editing can fix the problems encountered while shooting.
  • What are the main commands of the program.

Lesson 18 (8:37) – How to create stock footage with Final Cut Pro X.

  • Why the X version is more stable than the previous ones.
  • Why FCP X is the best editing solution for a beginner.
  • Why knowing how to use this software can give you a lot of work opportunities.

Lesson 19 (14:54) – Technical requirements of images and footage on microstocks.

  • The difference between 4k multiple resolutions.
  • How many frames per second you have to choose.
  • Where to cut audio from the footage.
  • What video codec to choose.
  • When to use RAW and when to use jpg .

Lesson 20 (10:39) – What are the best microstocks.

  • Why stock images and stock footage business model became mainstream.
  • Which agency is good for selling images, which for footage and which for both.
  • Why you don't have to trust forums.
  • Why it is better to earn less but to save time (sometimes).

Lesson 21 (9:31) – The secrets of Storyblocks/Videoblocks.

  • How to subscribe.
  • How to choose the best payment method to be paid.
  • How to develop a professional profile.
  • What documents will help to reduce your tax rate.
  • When social networks can be important for your collection.

Lesson 22 (10:04) – The secrets of Pond5.

  • How to subscribe.
  • How to choose the best payment method to be paid.
  • How to develop a professional profile.
  • What documents will help to reduce your tax rate.
  • What Pond5 sales program to subscribe.
  • What settings to select to receive only useful emails from the Agency.

Lesson 23 (8:28) – The secrets of Shutterstock.

  • How to subscribe.
  • How to choose the best payment method to be paid.
  • How to develop a professional profile.
  • What documents will help to reduce your tax rate.
  • How to use control panel statistics.
  • What kind of license to use to sell your stock images and stock footage.
  • Why you have to avoid search engine hacks.

Lesson 24 (11:44) – How to describe and keyword stock images and stock footage on Pond5.

  • How to use artificial intelligence to automatically keyword your photos and videos.
  • How to upload files.
  • How to create a template that can save you hours of work.
  • How to choose the price to sell your footage.
  • How to change the thumbnail.

Lesson 25 (9:48) – How to describe and keyword stock images and stock footage on Shutterstock.

  • How to upload files.
  • How to use multiple compilation.
  • Understanding the difference between editorial license and commercial use license.
  • How to change the description when the file has editorial license.
  • How to change the thumbnail.

Lesson 26 (9:28) – How to transfer descriptions and keywords from Pond5 to Shutterstock and Storyblocks.

  • What are .csv.
  • How to upload files on Storyblocks.
  • What to change in Shutterstock website interface after uploading a .csv file downloaded from Pond5.

Lesson 27 (6:41) – The best mindset to make more money.

  • How to use sales reports.
  • Why lifestyle subjects can make you earn more than others.
  • The right timing to become a full time producer.
Vendite del corso su come vendere foto e video online

I had 380 orders for the Italian version of this course. You can be one of the first person to buy this brand new version in English that I'm launching today.

Here I was in Berlin in 2013. In that period you only need to tour the city with your camera in 3 days to bring home thousands of euro of royalties. Today things have changed, because the competition increased and producers who improvise earn only cents.

If you think you already know everything about producing stock images and stock footage you'll lose a lot of money: Storyblocks pays 43 dollars for a single sale of HD stock footage, and I earn every month on that Agency more than what my course costs.

Don't trust my words, trust my sales reports, like this of Shutterstock:

If you want to sell your stock images and stock footage, please take a look at the free content I created for this website, but:

  1. Without using the learning path I created you will be confused.
  2. You need to start selling as soon as possible, because the competition grows fast and it's much easier to make money today than it will be tomorrow.

The choice is yours.

You can access the course throught a membership area. You will be redirected to the membership area immediately after paying. If you need more information please contact me.
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