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« on: March 23, 2017, 10:45 »

How much is it important to upload images in high resolution? And why?
How many megapixels make sense? 20? 30? 50? More? Why?
If you want to answer, please add your years of experience, just for our information and if you please! :)


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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2017, 10:53 »

How much is it important to upload images in high resolution? And why?
How many megapixels make sense? 20? 30? 50? More? Why?
If you want to answer, please add your years of experience, just for our information and if you please!

SS has a 30 megs limit.

Imo it's a bit overkill to submit huge files when they will be used for web-usage 95% of the time + you'll be paid in subs.

« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2017, 11:31 »
30mb is not 30mp

a 30mp image could easily be under 30mb

high resolution images give you the opportunity to crop in different ways and still have enough pixels left for decent size images to submit to the agencies.

Nikon's 36mp camera gives you a lot of flexibility. but I find that 22.3mp is enough to play around with

also, if you have noisy 36mp images or soft images at 100%, you can reduce the size by 50%, and still have a sharp, noise free appearing image at 18mp


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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2017, 15:50 »
Never found low mp images to sell differently in terms of usd per image. Some of my best selling images are even at 4.1 mp, which is practically at shutterstock's 4 mp minimum. In terms of cropping, noise reduction, etc. megapixels give you more options. Storage will be an issue too, especially if you're "trigger happy."

« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2017, 16:06 »
you said: "SS has a 30 megs limit."

I am pretty sure their limit is 80 mp.

I uploaded an 80mp photo as a test.

The issue I see is that many companies are upresezing photos (which are being purchased), and that there are few uses for high res imagery. Most photos are probably being purchased for blogs, which do not need to be high res.

« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2017, 14:07 »
I usually downsize. I dont like to send 36mp files to the micros.  I recall Scott Braut warning against downsizing because of customers who want and will pay for big files.  Unfortunatly the sods are practically non existent thesedays. I cut my 36mp in half usually.

« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2017, 14:16 »
I am pretty sure their limit is 80 mp.

I don't think they have limits for FTP uploads. You can upload files larger than 80Mpx.

« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2017, 16:24 »
A six MP image will give a decent 10x8 inch print, assuming the image is properly shot (and I've seen one of mine that size enlarged well beyond A4 for use on a roadside advertising board without any problems).  It's a bit cheeky to demand more than that from microstock at the prices people pay.
That said, I've got a lot of 12MP and 20MP images in the mix.
And - to answer your other question - I've been doing this for 13 years and have about 7,000 different images online in one place or another.


« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2017, 16:16 »
I had been sending 6000x4000 pixel images since last September and guess what!

Sales continue to fall and they don't sell any better than smaller files.  I tend to reduce all images to 4500x3000 pixels less storage space on the hard drive

« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2017, 18:10 »
My big sale was from an iPhone 5  :D so who cares anymore.

« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2017, 21:11 »
Generally it doesn't make a difference, the price is the same regardless. Except! On Fotolia I occasionally get a sale where the price is based on the image size. I only even noticed because I had two images from a series purchased simultaneously one day. I had inadvertently forgotten to downsize one of them, and made more on it as a result.

« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2017, 21:41 »
My old 8mp images I uploaded 10 years ago still sell. I went from 8mp to 12 to 16. I'm still shooting and submitting 16mp images to all the micros but mostly Getty, virtually all get accepted. I keep talking myself out of a new, higher mp camera because it probably won't increase my sales any, not enough to pay for itself.

« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2017, 15:40 »
I haven't experienced a correlation between file resolution and sales. Have had very succesfull images shot on GoPro Hero 3.

« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2017, 16:15 »
Some of my best sellers are about 4mp. Some of my worst sellers are closer to 100mp (stitched panos). So obviously there is more than just straight size, Every once in a while I get a large or extra large credit sale on the sites that have them and that is nice. Sadly 90% of my sales seem to be subs these days.

Of course there is nothing to stop a site from dropping the position in the search based on image size.

For SS I generally downsize. I got sick of them rejecting entire batches for out of focus when everyone else took them. Large $ image sales don't seem to happen there anymore, and that might be why - although I did get them 2016 and before.


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