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« on: December 23, 2014, 00:00 »
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As an iStock exclusive I am not clear on where else we can sell and license our work.

It appears, by the Artist Agreement, that we can sell prints online at Print-On-Demand sites like Fine Art America, Crated, etc... and on our own sites and through "our own" POD sites like Zenfolio, Smugmug, and Photoshelter.

Also, can we license our images through other-than-Getty, Rights Managed sites like Almany? Are there others?

As an IS Exclusive, where do you sell your work other than iStock and how effective are those other channels?

Thanks so much for your comments.  :)


« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2014, 04:04 »
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Also, can we license our images through other-than-Getty, Rights Managed sites like Almany? Are there others?

As an IS Exclusive, where do you sell your work other than iStock and how effective are those other channels?

(I do not know anything about POD.)

We can licence different content elsewhere as RM. Not the same images as we are selling at iStock as RF. It's a good positive opportunity to do something completely different.

I have a completely different portfolio at Alamy. All RM. I started uploading there in 2012. Initially I was only uploading non-commercial (aka typically editorial) content. Today I have about 700 pictures with them. It starts slowly there for most people typically. This month I have 5 sales reported so far netting slightly over $200. That's a good month for me at Alamy. So very much less than iStock - but from rather different images. Also - I feel like I am making progress there where as I stopped feeling like I was making progress at iStock. Alamy are helpful and friendly to deal with. That's a big plus.

I  think that it is also worth having the best of our legacy images sorted and keyworded ready to upload elsewhere - if we choose to or if iStock scraps the exclusive program. About 1/4, perhaps less, of my legacy RF stuff I will bother with again.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2014, 04:07 by bunhill »

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 06:57 »
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This month I have 5 sales reported so far netting slightly over $200. That's a good month for me at Alamy. So very much less than iStock - but from rather different images.

Wow, that's good RPD. I'm on just under $200 GROSS for 4 sales this month.

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I  think that it is also worth having the best of our legacy images sorted and keyworded ready to upload elsewhere - if we choose to or if iStock scraps the exclusive program. About 1/4, perhaps less, of my legacy RF stuff I will bother with again.


In the context of Alamy, which I know you weren't directly referencing here, it might be worth people who don't already submit there knowing that not only are they far stricter than e.g. iS on what consitutes a 'person' needing a release, but all releases MUST include provision for sensitive use.
http://www.alamy.com/blog/2014/12/ive-signed-model-release-rights  (subhead "Sensitive use ...")

« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 07:10 »
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I  think that it is also worth having the best of our legacy images sorted and keyworded ready to upload elsewhere - if we choose to or if iStock scraps the exclusive program.

Good advice. Take it from someone who is facing a mountain of metadata to climb, you're well advised to do this from the start.

« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2014, 07:39 »
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This month I have 5 sales reported so far netting slightly over $200. That's a good month for me at Alamy. So very much less than iStock - but from rather different images.
Wow, that's good RPD. I'm on just under $200 GROSS for 4 sales this month.

1 of those sales is at only 30% - so it turns out it is slightly under $200 NET. 75c less than $200 ! My mistake. But yes - it is still good. Now I need to build on that.

250 @ 50%
6.14 @ 50%
85.38 @ 30%
73.63 @ 50%
17.10 @ 50%

ETA  (24th Dec): another sale showed up this morning making 6 this month and taking me back over the $200.
« Last Edit: December 24, 2014, 10:32 by bunhill »

« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2014, 07:55 »
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Take it from someone who is facing a mountain of metadata to climb, you're well advised to do this from the start.

PhotoMechanic is meant to be very good for doing metadata. I wonder what others here think about that software.

« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2014, 20:00 »
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any other comments?  :)

« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2014, 21:06 »
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As an iStock exclusive I am not clear on where else we can sell and license our work.

It appears, by the Artist Agreement, that we can sell prints online at Print-On-Demand sites like Fine Art America, Crated, etc... and on our own sites and through "our own" POD sites like Zenfolio, Smugmug, and Photoshelter.

Also, can we license our images through other-than-Getty, Rights Managed sites like Almany? Are there others?

As an IS Exclusive, where do you sell your work other than iStock and how effective are those other channels?

Thanks so much for your comments.  :)

Or you can just quit the exclusive program. And you can upload your file anywhere you want.

« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2014, 02:10 »
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As an iStock exclusive I am not clear on where else we can sell and license our work.

It appears, by the Artist Agreement, that we can sell prints online at Print-On-Demand sites like Fine Art America, Crated, etc... and on our own sites and through "our own" POD sites like Zenfolio, Smugmug, and Photoshelter.

Also, can we license our images through other-than-Getty, Rights Managed sites like Almany? Are there others?

As an IS Exclusive, where do you sell your work other than iStock and how effective are those other channels?

Thanks so much for your comments.  :)

Or you can just quit the exclusive program. And you can upload your file anywhere you want.

And that was helpful how?  ::)


 

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