Making money selling Stock Footage it’s not easy but it’s a great way to create a passive income. Is the video series created by the video maker Daniele Carrer helpful? Read my review to find out more.
One of the most successful articles in this blog is about how to sell microstock pictures. It might seem strange if you think that this is mainly a Travel Blog. But the truth is that selling pictures is a great way to make money WHILE traveling and therefore could be the perfect solution if you want to become a digital nomad.
The main problem with this kind of income is that it takes quite some time to figure out how to actually get started. You’ll have to learn the basics of software like Photoshop, you’ll need to learn how to use your gear to shoot pictures that people are willing to buy and you’ll also figure out which agencies will help you to make money and would be worth your time.
It took me some years to learn all those skills because I basically learned everything by myself.
A subject closely related to selling pictures (aka Microstock) is selling stock footage.
Stock Footage: what is it and is it worth your time?
Selling stock footage simply means selling short video clips through specialized websites. The video clip could be for example a short time-lapse video of a flower blooming, a real-time video of some tourists walking in front of a famous landmark, or something like that.
Who buys stock footage? Anyone can buy stock footage. They are often used on news, movies, documentaries, websites, etc… The concept is basically the same as microstock. If for example, a producer needs a 5 seconds video of a rain forest in Brasil, instead of actually flying all the way to South America, he can simply buy the clip from a specialized website.
Is it worth trying to sell stock footage? I would say that the answer is yes and mainly for two reasons:
- You’ll make more money selling stock footage than selling microstock. You’ll also learn some new skills that might be helpful in the future.
- If you are already selling microstock most probably you already have everything you need to start selling stock footage. Besides a good DSLR, you’ll need a few lenses, a tripod, and a computer. That’s pretty much it.
A common mistake many people do is to think that’s selling stock footage is quite difficult. Though it’s true that it’s a bit more challenging that simply selling photos, I can tell you that it’s not difficult at all, especially if you have the right resources from where you can quickly learn all you need to know.
How you can start selling stock footage
If you think stock footage is a good option for you, I suggest you take a look at this website, one of the best resources on the internet to learn how you can start selling stock footage.
The video series made by Daniele Carrer (the most successful stock footage producer in Italy) is very useful and will help you to save a lot of time. It did help me to get started and I learned a lot of info that helped me to sell my first stock footage videos. One of the most interesting aspects of the video series is the list of agencies you should start working with.
This information alone will save you a lot of time and money (time is money after all).
There are 27 lessons and this is the list of topics you’ll find in the video course:
Lesson 1 (7.47) – Introduction to the market
Lesson 2 (10:43) – How to use microstock search engines to sell more.
Lesson 3 (7:03) – How to find a profitable niche.
Lesson 4 (15:14) – How to shoot a big city.
Lesson 5 (16:11) – How to shoot a small town.
Lesson 6 (17:15) – How to create a time-lapse.
Lesson 7 (7:48) – What to do before editing your time-lapse photo sequences.
Lesson 8 (10:21) – How to edit a time-lapse photo sequence.
Lesson 9 (10:20) – How to create the tilt-shift effect in a time-lapse.
Lesson 10 (6:08) – Common mistakes of videos with the tilt-shift effect.
Lesson 11 (23:16) – How to create a hyper-lapse.
Lesson 12 (10:51) – How to correct flicker from your time-lapse.
Lesson 13 (11:55) – The secrets of real-time shooting.
Lesson 14 (6:24) – How to organize your files to avoid problems when uploading in microstock.
Lesson 15 (7:02) – How to convert videos.
Lesson 16 (19:46) – How to create stock footage with Adobe Premiere.
Lesson 17 (11:20) – How to create stock footage with Final Cut Pro 7.
Lesson 18 (8:37) – How to create stock footage with Final Cut Pro X.
Lesson 19 (14:54) – Technical requirements of images and footage on microstock.
Lesson 20 (10:39) – What are the best microstock.
Lesson 21 (9:31) – The secrets of Storyblocks/Videoblocks.
Lesson 22 (10:04) – The secrets of Pond5.
Lesson 23 (8:28) – The secrets of Shutterstock.
Lesson 24 (11:44) – How to describe and keyword stock images and stock footage on Pond5.
Lesson 25 (9:48) – How to describe and keyword stock images and stock footage on Shutterstock.
Lesson 26 (9:28) – How to transfer descriptions and keywords from Pond5 to Shutterstock and Storyblocks.
Lesson 27 (6:41) – The best mindset to make more money.
As you can see, the topics are very practical and many of the things explained can also be applied to both microstock and stock footage. Daniele explains how he managed to make more than 1000€ with one video only a few seconds long and why he never made any money with some other clips.
It will tell you which mistakes you’ll have to avoid and will definitely help you to start earning your first money selling stock footage. You will understand that there are no legal ways to get rich quick but you will learn the right method to become a professional stock footage producer and therefore you’ll be able to maximize your earnings.
To conclude this article, I personally recommend this video series if you are seriously thinking about selling stock-footage. The course is not cheap but if you’ll apply what you’ll learn, it will pay itself out in a short time.
Here you can find my review to one of the best Photoshop Plugins to merge two or more exposures. Here’s the list of the best Microstock agencies. Here’s my review of LRTimelapse, to create professional time lapses.