LookStat Offers Traditional Shooters Guide to Microstock Photography

Posted on 2/26/2010 by Julia Dudnik Stern | Printable Version | Comments (2)

Microstock keywording, retouching, uploading and analytics platform LookStat has released a free guide to microstock, designed specifically for rights-managed and royalty-free stock photographers. The guide contains details on how to establish accounts, submission requirements and profiles of the top microstock agencies.

LookStat chief executive officer and MIT alum Rahul Pathak says many traditional photographers interested in learning about microstock often do not know where to start. “There is a great deal of information for new photographers but there is less out there for professionals looking to diversify their stock revenue streams. We wrote this guide to fill that gap, he explains.

The LookStat guide to microstock provides an overview of the segment and details on how to get started. It covers topics ranging from agency submission requirements to maximizing earnings. The guide also offers information on top agencies and other resources.

Not alone in this sentiment, Pathak says that microstock is an important and growing part of the stock industry. For traditional photographers, he says, the guide and the broader array of LookStat services can help. Based in Seattle, LookStat provides back-office support with the goal of freeing up photographers’ time to shoot, while the platform handles tasks such as keywording and uploading.

The free guide, along with special deals for LookStat back-office services, is offered on signup.

Copyright © 2010 Julia Dudnik Stern. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz


  • Rahul Pathak Posted Mar 2, 2010
    Hi Julia,

    Thanks for mentioning our guide. It's available via email at:


    Please let me know if I can answer any questions.


  • Gerard Fritz Posted Mar 2, 2010
    Once upon a time the purpose of an agency was to do all the distribution and record keeping for their 50% cut. Now most agencies expect the photographer to do all the prep work, keywording, re-sizing, etc. And, of course, every agency wants it differently, so you have to do all the work over and over. At least Lookstat has a one stop fix for one portion of the stock photo business. Good idea. Now if someone would do the same for RM.

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