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« on: September 02, 2022, 00:53 »
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Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. Which stock photo agency should I join for my old editorial photos thar are only 2 MB - 2.5 MB in size? (From years 2002 - 2005, camera was 5 Megapixels.) Shutterstock and Alamy reject nearly all, even after editing. Dreamstime accepts them, but looking for 1 more. I heard istock is too cheap, what do you think? Is there another that will accept them and sell at a decent price? Thanks


« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2022, 06:32 »
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I would suggest istock because unless the pictures feature children or interiors, they'll all be accepted. Since they're old and you have nothing to lose, even 2 cents per picture would be better than zero.  And generally, there are at least a few pictures every month that make me a dollar or more. I put pretty much all my mobile phone pictures and old images that won't be accepted anywhere else on istock and they generally make me at least a 100-200 dollars a month.

« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2022, 08:33 »
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Thank you for your answer, I am looking into istock now. I saw that I have to apply seperately to be allowed to submit editorial photos, so I'm doing that.

Does anyone have any other recommendations on which agency, besides SS or i Stock, would be good to submit 15 year old editorial photos??

« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2022, 09:45 »
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I would suggest istock because unless the pictures feature children or interiors, they'll all be accepted. Since they're old and you have nothing to lose, even 2 cents per picture would be better than zero.  And generally, there are at least a few pictures every month that make me a dollar or more. I put pretty much all my mobile phone pictures and old images that won't be accepted anywhere else on istock and they generally make me at least a 100-200 dollars a month.
Thanks, I wondered about istock.

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2022, 09:52 »
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I will presume most agencies will reject old editorial images as there is more often than not a short shelf life.

Unless your content has some sort of archival value I do think you are wasting your time.


« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2022, 13:08 »
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Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. Which stock photo agency should I join for my old editorial photos thar are only 2 MB - 2.5 MB in size? (From years 2002 - 2005, camera was 5 Megapixels.) Shutterstock and Alamy reject nearly all, even after editing. Dreamstime accepts them, but looking for 1 more. I heard istock is too cheap, what do you think? Is there another that will accept them and sell at a decent price? Thanks

There's no such thing as a decent price anymore. Might be 1,2 cents at iStock, 10 cents at Shutterstock, or 33 cents at Adobe. But might as well be 10+ dollar if you get lucky. They sell at the same pricing conditions as new images taken in 2022.

As far as older editorials go: I had no issue getting many of them accepted at iStock (takes nearly everything unless they find it to be unlicensable), Shutterstock (unpredictable rejections, but that's also the case for new images), as Adobe (only takes Illustrative Editorial) and Dreamstime (100% acceptance rate). As long as your image has the minimum amount of megapixels and decent quality (which is obviously more difficult on less advanced camera's), you have a fair chance into getting it accepted, no matter how old it is. Only exception is Alamy, they tend to reject pictures from older camera's or certain smartphones by default no matter the quality.

Do they sell? Depends on the topic, but to my gut feeling indeed less in volume than newer editorials. I once sold quite some, and for a short period of time, images from a building taken in 2008 with a point and shoot. Turns out they renovated it and I guess customers were looking for before/after shots. Earlier today I sold an 2007 image from a traditional folklore festival. And every now and then I see an image in my reports of which I think: "oh yeah, right, I've been there. Djee, already 10 years ago?".

If you have the time to upload them, spread them over all the agencies where you have accounts on. Older editorials are sometimes needed for historical reasons, and some of them can even stand the test of time.

« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2022, 10:11 »
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I will presume most agencies will reject old editorial images as there is more often than not a short shelf life.


That is absolutely not true. Most microstock agencies don't care when your image was taken, editorial or not. And many of the editorial pictures I took in the early to mid 00s still sell on istock. There's absolutely nothing to lose if you have the time to upload them and see what happens.

« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2022, 10:20 »
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Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. Which stock photo agency should I join for my old editorial photos thar are only 2 MB - 2.5 MB in size? (From years 2002 - 2005, camera was 5 Megapixels.) Shutterstock and Alamy reject nearly all, even after editing. Dreamstime accepts them, but looking for 1 more. I heard istock is too cheap, what do you think? Is there another that will accept them and sell at a decent price? Thanks

There's no such thing as a decent price anymore. Might be 1,2 cents at iStock, 10 cents at Shutterstock, or 33 cents at Adobe. But might as well be 10+ dollar if you get lucky. They sell at the same pricing conditions as new images taken in 2022.

As far as older editorials go: I had no issue getting many of them accepted at iStock (takes nearly everything unless they find it to be unlicensable), Shutterstock (unpredictable rejections, but that's also the case for new images), as Adobe (only takes Illustrative Editorial) and Dreamstime (100% acceptance rate). As long as your image has the minimum amount of megapixels and decent quality (which is obviously more difficult on less advanced camera's), you have a fair chance into getting it accepted, no matter how old it is. Only exception is Alamy, they tend to reject pictures from older camera's or certain smartphones by default no matter the quality.

Do they sell? Depends on the topic, but to my gut feeling indeed less in volume than newer editorials. I once sold quite some, and for a short period of time, images from a building taken in 2008 with a point and shoot. Turns out they renovated it and I guess customers were looking for before/after shots. Earlier today I sold an 2007 image from a traditional folklore festival. And every now and then I see an image in my reports of which I think: "oh yeah, right, I've been there. Djee, already 10 years ago?".

If you have the time to upload them, spread them over all the agencies where you have accounts on. Older editorials are sometimes needed for historical reasons, and some of them can even stand the test of time.
Thank you for the tips Roscoe.
I am guessing that you have been with istock for some years already?
They are making me (and others) applying to be a new editorial contributor, to apply separately, and submit a portfolio. I'm crossing my fingers.
Did they make you submit a separate editorial portfolio to become an editorial contributor when you joined istock?

Thanks

« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2022, 12:51 »
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Thank you for the tips Roscoe.
I am guessing that you have been with istock for some years already?
They are making me (and others) applying to be a new editorial contributor, to apply separately, and submit a portfolio. I'm crossing my fingers.
Did they make you submit a separate editorial portfolio to become an editorial contributor when you joined istock?

Thanks

Yes, that's right, several years already and as far as I remember, I could upload commercial as editorial right from the start when I got in.
But I might be wrong, it's already a long time ago and I might as well have applied for both at the same time.


 

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