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05/31/2007 10:12:55 AM · #1
-not that I am good enough-

But do people on DPC sell their photos to stock sites?
What sort of money can be made by doing this, and whos the best company/site to go with?
05/31/2007 10:24:21 AM · #2
you can find tons of discussion about that right in this forum section dedicated to stock photography. enjoy ;-)
05/31/2007 10:27:53 AM · #3
Originally posted by kenobi:

-not that I am good enough-

But do people on DPC sell their photos to stock sites?
What sort of money can be made by doing this, and whos the best company/site to go with?


First, glad you are asking.

Second, this belongs into the "Stock Photography" section of the forums.

Third,
I sell my pictures on the microstock sites fotolia, shutterstock, dreamstime , iStockphoto.com and 123rf.com.

shutterstock has the most sales, but the lowest payout rate.
dreamstime has a very high payout rate, but sells only about a fifth as much images. istockphoto is similar.

fotolia is somewhere in between.

Forget 123rf.com.

Your income depends very much on the number of images you upload monthly, newer images often sell better /at least that's the case at shutterstock).

The payout rates are higher, if you sell a picture exclusive on one site (but you have less chances to sell it).

I won't post in the forum, how much I earn with stock, but it is more than enough to buy all the equipment I need.

05/31/2007 10:40:02 AM · #4
I just had a quick look at your profile, and I can see why you make money alright.

I think I have a wee bit of improving to do before I'm able to sell images like that!

Apologies for placing it in the wrong forum.

Message edited by author 2007-05-31 10:44:50.
05/31/2007 10:44:54 AM · #5
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Message edited by author 2007-05-31 11:43:51.
05/31/2007 10:59:53 AM · #6
Originally posted by eyewave:



Forget 123rf.com.



Amen to that.
06/01/2007 08:14:21 AM · #7
In this order from best to good Shutterstock is the best for me!

Shutterstock
Fotolia
Dreamstime
Istockphoto


06/05/2007 05:57:05 AM · #8
123rf are easy to upload to and I was surprised by their sales. Not as good as the top sites but I did read that one photographer makes $500 a month there. I will be pleased with a tenth of that. They are much better than some of the other small sites that have very few sales.

//www.123rf.com/portfolio/wayoutwest/1.html

Message edited by author 2007-06-05 06:01:04.
08/08/2007 03:43:49 PM · #9
Originally posted by kenobi:

-not that I am good enough-

But do people on DPC sell their photos to stock sites?
What sort of money can be made by doing this, and whos the best company/site to go with?


I for sure think you should give it a try. You never know until you try. For me, I tried about a year and a half ago and found that I could do an OK job. Since that time, I have learned a lot more about composition, lighting, PhotoShop, and many other aspects of photography. I am having a great time with and ph skills are improving. I still have a lot to learn, but it is great to be able to have my hobby funded through sales, and maybe someday it will be my only source of income.

I work with Alamy and microstock sites. I recommend starting with microstock. It is a good experience adn will help you learn a lot if you stick with it.

I am using multiple stock sites to take the most advantage of the time I spend shooting, editing, and keywording my photos. I am with the following sites (and my links to them):

ShutterStock
Fotolia
iStockPhoto
Dreamstime
Big Stock Photo
Stockxpert

I have been with all of these sites for about a year and a half. The following are my general impressions of them for me.

Shutterstock – This is by far my best earner. This is due to the large number of downloads I get from them and income that comes through referrals. I highly recommend this site. They are easy to upload to and reasonably quick on reviewing pictures. To become a contributor, you need to submit 10 files for approval. If they approve at least 7 of them, you are in. If you don't make it, you can try again, but you need to wait 3 months, so do the best you can the first time and hopefully everything will work out. Photo approval difficulty rating: 4.

Fotolia – This is a great site also. I also highly recommend this site. They are my second biggest earner through image sales and referral revenue. Upload is easy and review times are also fast. They are relatively new on the scene, relative to the other sites on this list, but they have quickly become a serious player. I think they will continue to be a great place to sell. Photo approval difficulty rating: 2.

iStock – Another site that I am happy with. They are currently third on my list of earners. They might be higher if they paid for referrals, but they do not. Uploading to this site is quite an effort and very time consuming. You must upload one picture at a time. Picture reviews are good in that they seems to provide the most valuable and consistent feedback when they reject a submission. You must apply to the site by submitting a few photos. If they don’t’ feel what you submitted quite fits what they want, they will ask you to give them a few more samples. Hopefully, it will take no more than a try or two. This site take more time but it is worth the effort. Photo approval difficulty rating: 5.

Dreamstime – Many have reported good earnings on this site in the forums, but this site is just OK for me currently. Uploading is easy and it is easy to become an approved contributor. Sales for me vary a lot from week to week, but in the long run, sales seem to be pretty consistent. This site is worth submitting to if you submit to several. If you are just going to do one or two, this might not be one of the sites. Photo approval difficulty rating: 3.

Stockxpert – This is a nice site. Some find it difficult to get photos approved. I find it is hit and miss. Sometimes I get a lot rejected and other times I get a lot accepted. Some have mentioned that they do not want travel photography, but sometimes they are OK with it. I guess it just depends on the pictures. Uploading is easy. Review times are extremely fast and you do not need to categorize if you do not want to. Photo approval difficulty rating: 4.

Big Stock Photo – This site is slow and steady for me. They are easy to get into and probably are the easiest to get photos approved. Upload is easy. Photo approval difficulty rating: 1.

I am using a few other sites too, but they are so slow for me, that I don’t feel they are worth mentioning. A site can be so slow on sales that I don’t even feel it is worth the time to upload to the site and categorize my pictures.
08/14/2007 08:08:24 AM · #10
I have read from all about stock photography and I must say it was a great help with loads of info. Thank you very much.
Ansi
08/14/2007 01:56:34 PM · #11
i've got a question.
i've tried signing up for a few stock photo sites, and they seem to require identification, such as a driver's license or photo of my passport. is it like this with all stock photo sites?
my dad doesn't feel too good about me putting a photo of my passport online..
08/14/2007 02:01:32 PM · #12
Originally posted by itakephotos:

i've got a question.
i've tried signing up for a few stock photo sites, and they seem to require identification, such as a driver's license or photo of my passport. is it like this with all stock photo sites?
my dad doesn't feel too good about me putting a photo of my passport online..


It won't be visible anywhere, you can trust the big agencies. The ID is for tax purposes only.
08/14/2007 02:11:08 PM · #13
that's what i assumed as well.
any ideas on how to convince him of it?
08/14/2007 02:18:25 PM · #14
Originally posted by itakephotos:

that's what i assumed as well.
any ideas on how to convince him of it?


I've got no idea, but those companies can't legally enter a contract with you without a legal guardian co-signing since you're a minor.
08/16/2007 06:01:07 PM · #15
Originally posted by kenobi:

-not that I am good enough-

But do people on DPC sell their photos to stock sites?
What sort of money can be made by doing this, and whos the best company/site to go with?


would have to agree with the rest

shutterstock is the best, then dreamstime, istock and fotolia
08/23/2007 08:19:08 AM · #16
shutterstock asks for a scanned copy of your drivers licence or pass port. I'm not too sure about uploading such info onto the web. Should I be worried or am I over reacting?
08/23/2007 08:24:31 AM · #17
Originally posted by Penny Lane:

shutterstock asks for a scanned copy of your drivers licence or pass port. I'm not too sure about uploading such info onto the web. Should I be worried or am I over reacting?


They do?

Must be something they have added, I wasn't aware that was the case.

I sell at Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Istock.

Shutterstock is by far my most productive site.
08/23/2007 08:26:56 AM · #18
Originally posted by Node:

Originally posted by Penny Lane:

shutterstock asks for a scanned copy of your drivers licence or pass port. I'm not too sure about uploading such info onto the web. Should I be worried or am I over reacting?


They do?

Must be something they have added, I wasn't aware that was the case.

I sell at Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Istock.

Shutterstock is by far my most productive site.


yup, i tried making an account there the other day, they needed a photo of one of those.
maybe it's a new procedure.
08/24/2007 06:53:11 PM · #19
I decided to try it at shutterstock. Is there any problem with dpchallenge if I try to sell one of my own challenge-photos there?
08/24/2007 07:14:44 PM · #20
Originally posted by Node:

Originally posted by Penny Lane:

shutterstock asks for a scanned copy of your drivers licence or pass port. I'm not too sure about uploading such info onto the web. Should I be worried or am I over reacting?


They do?

Must be something they have added, I wasn't aware that was the case.

Shutterstock and also iStock ask for an upload of your passport or drivers license during the application process.
08/24/2007 07:17:06 PM · #21
DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF DPC HAS ANY PROBLEMS IF I'M TRYING TO SELL ONE OF MY OWN CHALLENGE-PHOTOS?
08/24/2007 07:27:47 PM · #22
Originally posted by Isi79:

DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF DPC HAS ANY PROBLEMS IF I'M TRYING TO SELL ONE OF MY OWN CHALLENGE-PHOTOS?


Some of my best sellers started out life as challenge photos. They are still your photos so you can do what you want with them.
08/24/2007 07:34:52 PM · #23
ok, thanks a lot, Gina! didn't know if there is any rule about this. I don't want my dpc-account to be deleted. ;-) so I'll try my luck at shuttestock!
08/24/2007 08:30:55 PM · #24
Originally posted by Isi79:

ok, thanks a lot, Gina! didn't know if there is any rule about this. I don't want my dpc-account to be deleted. ;-) so I'll try my luck at shuttestock!


make sure you choose really stock orientated images with absolutely no noise or artifacts. Otherwise you probably gonna rejected the first time.

good luck would I say.
08/25/2007 05:31:45 AM · #25
thanks stefan! hope it works.
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