Upload 140 NEW images per week to multiple microstock sites- DO IT!

Step #10 – How to Upload 140 Per Week

It’s important to get your images up! Even if images are coming back rejected, it will give you an idea what where you need to focus on technically. Over the last few months, I’ve dug through over twenty microstock agencies and took an in depth look at where I feel images are selling, and what agencies I would recommend people working with.  You can get your images up with just an hour or two of work per day, maybe two hours a night after work.

I have outsourced my keywording  and my uploading.  This really frees me up to take pictures!  You look on Craiglist, or at the local university for someone who might me interested.  With outsourcing my keywording and uploading, I’m able to spend my time taking photos.


  • July 13, 2012 - 2:41 am | Permalink

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you
    write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who
    aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  • July 16, 2012 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I agree, Steve. You’ve gotta be motivated to succeed in what you do. Don’t go half way in the stock world, go all the way. I got my istock account when I was a freshman in high school and would come home to shoot and upload after school. I figure if I could do it while trying to get decent grades while going to school full time, most people can find a few hours a day to shoot and upload too.

    Thanks for sharing the info! Recently after watching an older video here, I’ve been determined to upload my limit each week on istock. Again, it’s all about being motivated to succeed!

    • sjharmon
      November 12, 2012 - 7:21 am | Permalink

      True Tim, you have to set goals for ANYTHING to happen in life and the have PLAN, FOLLOW THROUGH & patience. If you have Dreams (goals without a plan) you will get nowhere!

  • Narin Chauhan
    July 26, 2012 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    Hello Steve.

    Information you have provided in this video should be very helpful to stock photographers worldwide.
    I am freelance keyworder who is currently working with a few stock photographers in U.S and Canada and really appreciate after watching this video many photographers will start outsourcing which will be very helpful for people like me.

    I would appreciate if you give it a try yourself by giving me a few samples and if it is not possible for you, you can kindly suggest me how to grow my business. Any forums, blogs, individual photographers I can approach and offer my services.
    Would appreciate a reply.

    Kind Regards
    Narin Chauhan


    • sjharmon
      November 12, 2012 - 7:24 am | Permalink

      Thanks Narin, this is a great job and opportunity for us photographers. I would post on Odesk, go on forums, etc anywhere. Offer your services, I am guessing you could probably build a great team and a great business the better you get at this. It is a global market and keywording and image correction is a HUGE Market. Please share with us your business plan, pricing, etc.


  • Jeff Fawcette
    August 16, 2012 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Hello Steve,
    I am very excited to see this website and can’t wait for more. I have followed all but this step :) I am submitting my photos and so far have been getting rejections. Hopefully soon I will have one accepted. I have so far uploaded to stock(3 rejected) , fotolia (submitted 1 and rejected, and Yay Micro and haven’t heard a response on the 1 i submitted to them. This is my very first attempt at this. I absolutley love shooting everything. I hope I am able to see something from it. Has your family / kids been able to be accepted now and seeing any return?
    Return would be nice, but just getting one accepted would be awesome.

    Thank you much for this site and again, can’t wait to see more.
    Thank you,

    • sjharmon
      November 12, 2012 - 7:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Jeff, make sure your demo images are the BEST OF THE BEST, share them with others even friends you make on the stock sites before uploading. I would suggest Shutterstock as well, cux you can upload a ton of images at a time. My Wife’s account is moving slow and I need to ramp up!!! My Daughter was approved but I need to get he shooting more.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • renato.calo.m@gmail.com
    November 12, 2012 - 3:30 am | Permalink

    Goodmorning and compliments for your fine and pleasant blog.
    Thank to you, I have finally decided to start uploading images to iStockphoto and, if you let me, in order to do it properly, I would like to take advantage of your kindness and know how and ask you few questions:

    1) Usually when I shoot I end up with several different situations of the same subject (i.e. different color background, or different nature background, different posing, vertical or horizontal size, different composition, etc.). Is it possible to upload images of this same subject, as I described, at the same uploading time? I am asking you this, because a friend of mine, who is an iStockphoto contributor, is telling me that it is not convenient and it is better to wait between uploading.

    2) I have downloaded the software you suggested to use (DeepMeta) and I have seen that it allows you to save model releases, in order to apply them to the pictures. If I shoot pictures of the same model, in different locations and dates, do I have to make everytime a new model release, or can I utilize the one saved into DeepMeta?

    3) If for istance I find myself in a savage location, shooting the local tribe dancing around the medicine man, do I still have to use a model release? And if so, how can I convince somebody who only speaks Swaely and is seeing a white man for the first time, to read and sign the model release, which maybe I have in my iPad?

    Let me thank you in advance for your help and best regards.

    • sjharmon
      November 12, 2012 - 7:17 am | Permalink

      Hello, thanks for the comment! I am glad you jumped on board & I will answer you as best I can.

      1. As far as uploading the subject (person or otherwise), I would suggest staggering those images with other images, this will help your approval rate (possibly). I would also have a least a 30 min upload interval as you are uploading in deepmeta, this way your images should go to different inspectors and one inspector will see bunch of duplicates.

      2. Unless the image is of you (you the photographer and the subject) you have to use a different model release for each separate shoot. You possibly CAN shoot the some model at different locations etc, within a consecutive date range (ie may 1st-3rd) you should be able to put that down on the release and also include all the types of locations and themes.

      3. I have received this question a bunch, but in the end it really does not matter on your circumstances at all. If it is a person or a group of people you NEED model releases for EVERYONE. If you cannot get one and if the image is editorial in quality, then try for an editorial only upload.

      Hope this helps!

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