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Author Topic: Newbie question...Should I post to all agencies at same time?  (Read 3222 times)

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« on: October 05, 2006, 22:34 »
I've been anamateur and  semi-pro photographer for many years now and thinking of diving into the stock arena. My question is.....with the many agencies available...can I / should I send my pics (the same ones) to all of them? I am interested in Alamy for ex.....should I also be sending those to the other micros? Does it make sense to just have them on different sites with different pricing? Will the agencies have a problem with this?
I just don't want the situation where,say, I am holding out for Alamy to accept some images...and then submitting the rejects to the micros...Seems like a bit of bother and waiting ,when I would rather just get them all out there...
Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!

« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2006, 02:06 »
The general opinion is to keep photos on marco and micro sites different, otherwise, submit all photos to the micro sites.

The problem is is that Alamy accepts almost everything from what I hear so you need to be selective and only submit unique photos to them.  Then upload everthing else to all of the mirco sites.  Not sure if you have joined them yet but to give an indication of how well the different sites do, here are my percentages from last month:

9% fotolia
0% Canstock
5% Featurepics

As you can see, shutterstock and dreamtime  normally do the best unless you are high up at istockphoto

« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2006, 02:30 »
yep, to echo what Cjphoto said.

don't hold your breath on alamy rejecting anything.. as long as your technical specs are in order they will accept EVERYTHING.  So you have to have to make the decision what you want where first.

I genearlly decide by, things with low sales potential I send to alamy, because there will only be a few people who want the image, then I may as well sell it high.  High sales potential - the micros.  There are so many images on alamy it is hard to get sales no matter what images you have good or bad.  I think my best chances on there are the ones with the low sales potential, which also happen to be more rare type images that not many other people have and not many other people want.

To submit to... start with Istock, fotolia, shutterstock, and dreamstime and see how you like it.  Istock DOES have really good sales if you can get images accepted there and you feel like spending the time uploading.  shutterstock is perhaps the best in my opinion and then fotolia and dreamstime are about equal.

« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2006, 01:19 »
Alamy take their time letting you know 4-6 weeks (now they have updated their home pages 6.2 million images) I would agree with the others obscure shots for them as otherwise they may never been seen let alone sold.

I think with iStocks low upload limits if you have had a busy week its best to upload to FT,DT + SS first see how they do there and then pick the best 20 for the mighty iStock.


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