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01/22/2005 10:22:51 AM · #1
I just wanted to get a feel from fellow photographers; which of these three do you like best, and which one in your experience is the most profitable?

1) ShutterStock
2) iStockPhoto
3) DreamsTime

And by profitalbe I mean wether you were able to sell stuff or not, not how much it pays per download.

Thanks, I think the answers might be interesting to all who are contributing to them.
01/22/2005 10:32:26 AM · #2
I make the most money off Istock right now, but I have been there longer....I make money off all these three!
Istock is different prices - plus they are going though a price change there right now! Shutterstock is .20 per download and $.03 from your downline. Dreamstime is $.50 per download

01/22/2005 11:03:37 AM · #3
Hi Dimitrii. Istock has been the best for me also.
For your work, I would suggest you go to Alamy(?) or another rm site first. It looks to me as if you do a lot of concept work. That is one field that can pay good money if you go with rm. Then put some of your regular work on line at the other rf sites. That way you can get the maximum profit for your work. You really have some nice pictures.
You might want to think about doing a series of concepts using the same models and/or style so an editor can grab a consistant group of photos for their projects.
01/22/2005 06:39:03 PM · #4
Thanks guys, this helps.
01/22/2005 06:57:46 PM · #5
I've made the most so far at iStock, but at the rate things are going Shutterstock will soon be my best, as I've made almost as much there in about half the time. I'm not finding Dreamstime worthwhile at all, though some people seem to be doing quite well there. Seems my stuff just doesn't fit in with what their customer want.
01/24/2005 03:02:02 PM · #6
right now i'm making more money per day off shutterstock, so i would rank them in this order:
1) shutterstock
2) istock
3) dreamstime

dreamstime is definitely the smaller of the 3. istock is huge, and has an enormous customer base... however shutterstock is growing extremely quickly, and has a "different" marketing approach. I'd say that splitting your efforts between those two is the best use of time. dreamstime is good too, and i think would be great as they get bigger... but time will really tell there.
01/24/2005 03:18:13 PM · #7
istock is paying out double what they did before...so that will likely be your best.

I've recently joined the "what a shame" camp, though...some of those images are worth hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars.
01/24/2005 03:59:21 PM · #8
I did well on shutterstock for a bit (although since I have no new images it has slowed down) while i have not sold on dreamstime and I do not have images on iStock.

I like shutterstock, but I wish they gave me more money lol (hey don't we all want that? lol). I find that they are a lot easier to get images accepted though, while dreamstime are ok and istock is the hardest.
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