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« on: April 19, 2011, 08:33 »
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I honestly haven't looked much yet, but do the MicroStock agencies take the more artsy shots or strictly commercial appeal?  For example:



I've sold several prints of this in a gallery along with similar art portrait shots and I'm curious if it's worth submitting to ShutterStock, Dreamstime, etc...


« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 09:36 »
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I wouldn't think that one would sell. Then again, one I submitted with the same expectation became one of my better sellers. Best thing is to try a few representative images across many sites. Dollars vote.

Slovenian

« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011, 10:25 »
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I honestly haven't looked much yet, but do the MicroStock agencies take the more artsy shots or strictly commercial appeal?  For example:



I've sold several prints of this in a gallery along with similar art portrait shots and I'm curious if it's worth submitting to ShutterStock, Dreamstime, etc...


I'm sorry, but this isn't artsy at all

« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2011, 10:37 »
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I like it.  Cutcaster.com is happy to take more unconventional work.  And you can set your own prices.

« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011, 12:43 »
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I'm sorry, but this isn't artsy at all

Agree.  Cutting off the head isn't really "artsy".  Plus all the reflections.

« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011, 12:51 »
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I don't think shutterstock would accept it.  They don't like shallow focus, they like everything in the photo sharp.  Give it a try though, you might be lucky and get their sensible reviewer.

« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011, 20:20 »
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I'm sorry, but this isn't artsy at all

Agree.  Cutting off the head isn't really "artsy".  Plus all the reflections.

I would be artsy if it was a Chippendale dancer in those reflections   ;D

« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2011, 21:29 »
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I don't call it artsy either, but unconventional as Cora described it fits well.

grp_photo

« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2011, 03:07 »
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I don't call it artsy either, but unconventional as Cora described it fits well.
+1

grp_photo

« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2011, 03:07 »
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...and I do like the reflection in the glasses.

rubyroo

« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2011, 03:17 »
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I like it too.  Not 'stocky' in the usual sense, but more like a still from a film.   It draws me in and makes me curious... what is she looking at?  Is she frightened of what she's seeing, or did she just miss a train?  An intriguing picture.

« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2011, 09:02 »
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Well,I like the Image! ...for cases like this I started my own Agency Project, mostly because I am fed up with the creative limitations of the usual Agencies: www.artshader.com
(Please note that I am still in the beta-testing phase, but the site is fully functional)

« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2011, 10:55 »
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Thanks... Artsy might be wrong... but it's not typical stock material so I didn't know if it would be worth submitting.  I guess I called it artsy because I have prints of it in several local art galleries where it sells well.

--Dave

« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2011, 11:08 »
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So does Zooey Deschanel have a twin?

« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2011, 15:13 »
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I guess I called it artsy because I have prints of it in several local art galleries where it sells well.

I really can't understand why you would like to degrade the image by selling the image on microstock sites (Why not sell it as RM?)

« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2011, 15:27 »
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I like it too.  Not 'stocky' in the usual sense, but more like a still from a film.  

Totally agree it looks like a capture from a movie.  Not much use for stock, but interesting.

« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2011, 18:14 »
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Thanks... Artsy might be wrong... but it's not typical stock material so I didn't know if it would be worth submitting.  I guess I called it artsy because I have prints of it in several local art galleries where it sells well.

Curious, I would never imagine people buying that for decoration purposes. But then, there is a lot in art galleries that I would never buy either.


« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2011, 22:35 »
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I guess I called it artsy because I have prints of it in several local art galleries where it sells well.

I really can't understand why you would like to degrade the image by selling the image on microstock sites (Why not sell it as RM?)

The only RM sites I know of tend to also only accept "commercial appeal" images as opposed to stuff like this.

« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2011, 22:41 »
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Thanks... Artsy might be wrong... but it's not typical stock material so I didn't know if it would be worth submitting.  I guess I called it artsy because I have prints of it in several local art galleries where it sells well.


Curious, I would never imagine people buying that for decoration purposes. But then, there is a lot in art galleries that I would never buy either.


Not really sure either.  I did a print for an "Art Walk" in our downtown more to show it off than any expectation of selling it and it sold pretty quickly (I told the buyer he could have it at the end of the evening) and even after I put "sold" on it, I had two others who wanted to buy it.  I made them prints a few days later.  A couple of the "Arts District" galleries asked for prints for their show rooms and it sold a few more times.

Interestingly, one of the large poster prints was sold to a video production company downtown and is in their lobby.  I don't know where the others ended up.

This one of her has also sold 3 times as poster prints:


« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2011, 01:33 »
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I guess I called it artsy because I have prints of it in several local art galleries where it sells well.

I really can't understand why you would like to degrade the image by selling the image on microstock sites (Why not sell it as RM?)

The only RM sites I know of tend to also only accept "commercial appeal" images as opposed to stuff like this.
Alamy accept everything, as long as its technically OK.  They might never sell it but they also might sell it for a really big commission.

« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2011, 02:44 »
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Alamy accept everything, as long as its technically OK.  They might never sell it but they also might sell it for a really big commission.

Thanks, I'll check them out.


 

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