ChrisRabior wrote in post #8416949
But, what I was saying.. why do you choose to stick with micro? You know you can always test out macro stock, and if you don't like it, go back to micro.
Speaking for myself (although I imagine this would be the case with others as well), it is the accessibility of microstock that made me decide to give it a shot.
I quite literally was able to load my entire library (at the time) of stock-worthy images up onto a micro site during my lunch break at my real job. There was no barrier to entry other than filling out a registration form online and uploading a bunch of images that I already had. A few minutes of effort, and my images were available for sale (after passing review).
When I looked into macro (and I admit, this was a long time ago), the process seemed quite different. All of them required far more work, and the relationship seemed far more akin to something that you'd see with a "real" job. Some examples: requiring that images be upsized to higher resolutions via interpolation (which seems pretty silly), requiring that images be submitted via mailed CD instead of FTP, etc.
Also - I've seen many of these "micro vs macro" threads, on this site and others. From the people that are actually willing to post their own sales numbers (very rare), the overall $/image difference between macro & micro does not seem to be very significant. I read a thread a couple months ago (on these forums, I think) where somebody was bragging about his own success on Alamy over the past year and calling microstockers "stupid". While he had a handful of sales over the year that amounted to a few hundred dollars each, it came out that he had over 2000 images posted with Alamy. His $/image figure was quite low - it might sound great to be able to say "hey, I made $3000 last year on macro, and it only took 15 sales earn it" - but if you have 2000 images available, then you only made $1.50/image (which a microstocker would likely easily clear on their own images). I wish people would stop posting useless "I made $500 on one macrostock download!" comments and start giving out some information that might actually allow others to make informed decisions.
Frankly, I don't expect to make much money from my images via either route. I don't go out with the intention to shoot stock - I shoot for my own enjoyment. If I happen to get a few shots along the way that appear appropriate for stock, then I'll upload them. I've paid for all my gear this way (and then some), so I'm quite happy with the results. I'd be happy to try macro as well, provided it was as easy to get into as microstock - I'm not looking to feel like I have a part-time job.