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Author Topic: Applying to Stocksy - some help needed please  (Read 3945 times)

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Anonystocksy

« on: November 12, 2015, 10:01 »
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Hey ya'll, I am preparing my set for Stocksy and I would like some advise please from peeps who have applied, successfully or not. I hope this is the right place.

Could you let me know how many images you submitted and what kind of subjects?
And for the ones who were successful, what did your set look like, what type of images, filtered, unfiltered, candid, posed, landscapes, people, fine art, etc.

Many thanks in advance



« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2015, 10:50 »
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What others have submitted may not be very helpful to you.  Stocksy is looking to fill gaps in their collection which means they could be looking for something that others have not submitted.

My advice is to just be yourself.  If you have a niche then submit primarily that subject matter but show the breadth of your work in your submission.  Stocksy does an extensive review of prospective contributors so they will be looking at the scope of your work beyond that contained in your submission whether it be your website, Flikr, etc

I honestly can't remember how many images I initially submitted.  If that number isn't in their guidelines I would suggest 15-20 images with links to whatever else you have out there.

Sean has more insight than I do in this process so hopefully he will chime in.

Good luck!

Anonystocksy

« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2015, 04:23 »
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Thank you for that comment, my problem is that I dont have an extensive portfolio and I am looking to change my style a bit as it has been more geared towards micro rather then macro or stylish agencies.

I am building a new portfolio so maybe it is to soon to apply.

Are there more Stocksy members on here that can chime in? Appreciated.

« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2015, 10:34 »
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What others have submitted may not be very helpful to you.  Stocksy is looking to fill gaps in their collection which means they could be looking for something that others have not submitted.

My advice is to just be yourself.  If you have a niche then submit primarily that subject matter but show the breadth of your work in your submission.  Stocksy does an extensive review of prospective contributors so they will be looking at the scope of your work beyond that contained in your submission whether it be your website, Flikr, etc

I honestly can't remember how many images I initially submitted.  If that number isn't in their guidelines I would suggest 15-20 images with links to whatever else you have out there.

Sean has more insight than I do in this process so hopefully he will chime in.

Good luck!

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Also, if you do not have a large portfolio right now, why don't you take your time, build the port and then apply for next year's CfA?


Anonystocksy

« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2015, 12:42 »
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Thank you, Do I need a large portfolio to apply?

When is the next CfA? April 2016?

jen

« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2015, 14:56 »
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Thank you, Do I need a large portfolio to apply?

When is the next CfA? April 2016?
You don't need a large portfolio, but if your current portfolio is not representative of the type of work you would be submitting to Stocksy, then you should wait until you have more relevant images to show. 

The 2016 CTA will be announced next year; there is no set date yet. 

« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2015, 18:52 »
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I'd say if you can come up with 20 unique images (not similars from the same series) within a few weeks, you don't need to wait. That alone would show that you are good (and willing) enough to build a larger portfolio quickly if you'd get accepted.

The key however is that you need to find a unique non-microstock style. You'll find all of the styles/types of images you mentioned on Stocksy, there is no benefit in focusing on something someone else tells you. Do your own thing.

(Then again, I never applied. So maybe I don't know what I'm talking about  ;) )
« Last Edit: November 14, 2015, 18:57 by MichaelJayFoto »

« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2015, 01:53 »
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I submitted around 20 photos; 20 of my best photos. Just submit the stuff that you normally shoot, but the best photos you have. If you shoot food, send those shots that look like they come from Jamie Oliver's magazine. If you shoot hipsters or lifestyle, make sure they as good as from Kinfolk etc. If you shoot travel, landscape or wildlife; well look at Lonely Planet or NatGeo for reference. My point is, don't send stuff that you think look good only on flyers or banners, but good enough for editorial section in popular magazines. Nothing wrong with those photos for flyers and banners, but you can save them later after you got in :).

« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2015, 02:06 »
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2015, 07:16 »
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June-Dec, 2016

https://www.stockperformer.com/blog/interview-series-brianna-wettlaufer-co-founder-and-ceo-of-stocksy/

She doesn't say 2016 in there. She just mentions the Call To Artists as it is right now and the numbers that were received during that period in the past. Though I would not assume it will start again earlier next year, I would also not take this as an assurance it will open again in June.

« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2015, 19:40 »
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June-Dec, 2016

https://www.stockperformer.com/blog/interview-series-brianna-wettlaufer-co-founder-and-ceo-of-stocksy/

She doesn't say 2016 in there. She just mentions the Call To Artists as it is right now and the numbers that were received during that period in the past. Though I would not assume it will start again earlier next year, I would also not take this as an assurance it will open again in June.

I really don't know what will happen, probably you know better. But the interview question was:
"Being able to say I am a Stocksy contributor has become a sign of pride and creativity. How many contributors are you planning to accept in 2016? What do you recommend applicants to increase their chances of success in joining your ranks?"

« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2015, 20:05 »
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I submitted around 20 photos; 20 of my best photos. Just submit the stuff that you normally shoot, but the best photos you have. If you shoot food, send those shots that look like they come from Jamie Oliver's magazine. If you shoot hipsters or lifestyle, make sure they as good as from Kinfolk etc. If you shoot travel, landscape or wildlife; well look at Lonely Planet or NatGeo for reference. My point is, don't send stuff that you think look good only on flyers or banners, but good enough for editorial section in popular magazines. Nothing wrong with those photos for flyers and banners, but you can save them later after you got in :).

but stocksy do not accept editorials, no??? which is why i have not even looked towards
applying to stocksy or canva

« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2015, 20:25 »
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I submitted around 20 photos; 20 of my best photos. Just submit the stuff that you normally shoot, but the best photos you have. If you shoot food, send those shots that look like they come from Jamie Oliver's magazine. If you shoot hipsters or lifestyle, make sure they as good as from Kinfolk etc. If you shoot travel, landscape or wildlife; well look at Lonely Planet or NatGeo for reference. My point is, don't send stuff that you think look good only on flyers or banners, but good enough for editorial section in popular magazines. Nothing wrong with those photos for flyers and banners, but you can save them later after you got in :).

but stocksy do not accept editorials, no??? which is why i have not even looked towards
applying to stocksy or canva

Stocksy doesn't offer editorial licensing. Stocksy favors realistic, editorial STYLE of photos.

« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2015, 20:27 »
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I submitted around 20 photos; 20 of my best photos. Just submit the stuff that you normally shoot, but the best photos you have. If you shoot food, send those shots that look like they come from Jamie Oliver's magazine. If you shoot hipsters or lifestyle, make sure they as good as from Kinfolk etc. If you shoot travel, landscape or wildlife; well look at Lonely Planet or NatGeo for reference. My point is, don't send stuff that you think look good only on flyers or banners, but good enough for editorial section in popular magazines. Nothing wrong with those photos for flyers and banners, but you can save them later after you got in :).

but stocksy do not accept editorials, no??? which is why i have not even looked towards
applying to stocksy or canva

Stocksy doesn't offer editorial licensing. Stocksy favors realistic, editorial STYLE of photos.


ah, finally someone with a specific description of what stocksy really wants!!!
thx 4 the headsup.

Anonystocksy

« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2015, 15:40 »
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Hey guys, apologies for the late reply, thanks to all that commented, it is very helpful. I have read the interview and it doesn't instil me with confidence. I don't have a large portfolio and I my style might not be as consistent as they need it to be. I want to start from scratch, and not sure if that will help my case. I do not want to change my style, I want to return to how I used to shoot, but those photos are not present in an on-line portfolio.

I will see how it goes, thanks again.


 

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