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01/03/2009 07:23:35 PM · #1
Did some searching here, and only saw one reference to fotolibra; and it was itself a question (and was dated over 2 years ago).

Saw some ads for them online recently and just wondered if anyone had worked with them and/or had any opinions on them...

www.fotolibra.com
"What We Do" page

ETA - I'm specifically attracted to their "Picture Calls," which appears to be what PhotoShelter Collection had (I forgot their term for it) -- where essentially buyers can spec what they need shots of, you can assemble a submission or light box and send it to them for review and (hopefully) purchase.


Message edited by author 2009-01-03 19:29:53.
01/03/2009 07:56:08 PM · #2
You can only upload 12 image with the free account. For more you have to pay a membership fee. So they are still there because you as the contributor are paying them. The rank at alexa.com is only 342672. Do a search for example for "valentines" at Fotolibra and Dreamstime and compare the quality of the images.
01/06/2009 04:31:44 PM · #3
Actually, I have sold a few pictures on fotoLibra and I am really happy with the site. They have a really great system for metadata tagging which means that clients searching to publish photos have a better sampling and that my photos have a better chance of being seen by a wider variety of prospectors. Check it out.
01/06/2009 04:42:14 PM · #4
Originally posted by oboy:

You can only upload 12 image with the free account. For more you have to pay a membership fee. So they are still there because you as the contributor are paying them.


So they make money off me and my images. I'll happily stick with the other guys.
01/06/2009 05:11:06 PM · #5

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' StacyPete, have your sales been from your existing collection, or did you reply to any of their Picture Calls? Either way, have you done anything with their Picture Calls?

I went ahead and joined (the basic account, not a paid account yet) and am trying it out.

I find their Picture Calls especially interesting -- it's just like what Photoshelter Collection had (I still can't remember what their term was for it), but essentially a buyer can request a certain image type (essentially spec'ing a shoot) and you can reply to their requests (with existing images, or you go out and shoot it!).

I find that attractive myself, just because I like/prefer assignment-photography vs. coming-up-with-something-on-my-own. I'm sure that says something about my personality and/or creativeness, but whatever. ;) I just enjoy assignment work...

To me, it's like combining one of the best parts of DPC (the challenges) with one of the best parts of stock photography (i.e. getting PAID!). ;)

With the basic account, you have 12 photo slots -- which I'm going to use for Picture Call submissions. You could conceivably "rotate" your slots to respond to different Picture Calls, but I haven't figured out yet how to tell when it's safe to remove old submissions (I just joined, and am going to do my first submissions this week). Either way, I figure if I sell a couple of shots from that, that will easily pay for a full membership and I won't worry about rotating slots.

I'm sure some won't find it attractive, but for someone like me who doesn't have a large collection of existing stock-worthy shots, I like the "assignment" feel of the Picture Calls; if nothing else, it keeps me shooting and building more stock shots to add to my own collection.

If anyone else finds it interesting enough to try out (even just the basic, non-paid account), you're welcome to use my memberid as the "promotional code" on the sign-up form. I'm not sure it does anything special for you right away, but they are doing some promotion where if you refer some number of people, you (temporarily at least) get a higher percentage on sales (so it helps me by the referral). ;) Anyway, if you want to use mine, it's 21010.
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