Are you wondering how you can stand out as a microstock photographer? I might have a tip for you:
Take pictures of “the darker sides of life”.
For each “domestic violence” image we have we have 2100 images of “beautiful woman”.
For each image illustrating “eating disorder” we have 630 images of “business man”.
Show us drug abuse, a man with a needle in his arm, a male or female prostitute, an upper-class alcoholic or domestic violence. We want images of successful people with problems and less successful people with problems. The bum in the park or the divorcee with too many wine bottles in the trash.
Show us the parents mourning their child – on a beautiful summer day and on a dark grey evening, parents fighting about custody, the scared child or broken homes, the girl being bullied on her way home from school or the father being bullied at the office. Show us the boy with an eating disorder, the female alcoholic, the abusive mother or the frightened man.
Try to take both the classic and the more subtle shots.