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« on: November 05, 2015, 08:11 »
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And what is your best mobile earners?
Rate the apps:
EyeEm
Fotolia instant
Scoopshot
Foap
Dreamstime
Stockimo(only for iphone users)
Getty app (iphone only)
Clashot(desposit)
123rf

P.s you can upload mobile photos to SS and IS too but not through an app , you can just upload them regulary by the internet.
So tell us what is your top mobile earners and what app is your best.

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 08:15 »
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DT has been my best earner for iPhoneography.
I also have images on Fotolia Instant and Stockimo but no sales on either yet.

EDIT: a couple sales on Fotolia Instant with 7 images.

My best iPhone earner on DT sold again last week for $10.38 - it's an editorial image that is usually licensed as a credits sale. Nice to make a little extra from iPhoneography. I've also had iPhone images that I've uploaded to Alamy as reportage zoomed on recently so I'll have to see how they do. "m not turning in my Nikon yet LOL
« Last Edit: November 06, 2015, 14:38 by wordplanet »

« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 08:32 »
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i have only tried eyeem and fotolia. fotolia rejects nearly everything I sent, eyeem takes most of it.

I would like to try dreamstime and twenty20 next.

« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2015, 12:12 »
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I am on Stockimo, 3 sales so far.

« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2015, 14:30 »
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I went on to check my fotolia/Adobe sales and they just licensed one of my Fotolia Instant iPhone photos today - they also licensed another iPhone image for me a while back - so I've had 2 sales with 7 images on Instant.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2015, 14:32 by wordplanet »

« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2015, 22:52 »
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Disappointing to see some of them only have iPhone app :(
I have uploaded some editorial photos taken from my phone to SS and 123RF as regular uploads. One of them has 100+ sales,  another with 50+, and many with 10+.

« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2015, 11:12 »
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When you uploading mobile images to SS do you need some special tag, "mobile" or something like that ?

« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2015, 12:52 »
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Three sales through the SMART collection by Westend61, netting me 130 (about $150).

A few sales with mobile shots on Stocksy United, not sure because I don't really remember which of my shots were mobile or from my Sony NEX.

A handful of sales through Fotolia Instant. I don't track separate sales on Shutterstock and others.

Quite a few sales on EyeEm/Getty over the last year.

Just started a mobilestock experiment on my blog three weeks ago where I upload on Snapwire, Twenty20, Foap etc. First sale on Twenty20 for $1.

« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2015, 22:36 »
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not a lot but i've made a little wwith the getty app

« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2015, 05:31 »
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When you uploading mobile images to SS do you need some special tag, "mobile" or something like that ?
No

« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2015, 05:38 »
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I signed up with twenty20. The files are not exclusive right? I cannot find anything about exclusivity on their site.

Ill upload the files that are not exclusive to eyeem plus a few other things that interest me.

Well see what happens.

I have started to reprocess some of my older series with the smartphonelook. Might give them a new life.

Eta: got a reply from their support that everything is non exclusive.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2015, 18:22 by cobalt »

« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2015, 07:17 »
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I signed up with twenty20. The files are not exclusive right? I cannot find anything about exclusivity on their site.

Ill upload the files that are not exclusive to eyeem plus a few other things that interest me.

Well see what happens.

I have started to reprocess some of my older series with the smartphonelook. Might give them a new life.

Eta: got a reply from their support that everything is non exclusive.
Twenty20 is for iphone only isnt it? did you make something there and on eyeem?

Three sales through the SMART collection by Westend61, netting me 130 (about $150).

A few sales with mobile shots on Stocksy United, not sure because I don't really remember which of my shots were mobile or from my Sony NEX.

A handful of sales through Fotolia Instant. I don't track separate sales on Shutterstock and others.

Quite a few sales on EyeEm/Getty over the last year.

Just started a mobilestock experiment on my blog three weeks ago where I upload on Snapwire, Twenty20, Foap etc. First sale on Twenty20 for $1.
the westend61 sales look great but i think it much harder to get a sale in there compare to Instant fotolia isnt it?
can you please send a link to your mobilestock experiment on your blog?

Disappointing to see some of them only have iPhone app :(
I have uploaded some editorial photos taken from my phone to SS and 123RF as regular uploads. One of them has 100+ sales,  another with 50+, and many with 10+.
Yea i dont get it , why Android isnt getting the support it deserve to...

I am on Stockimo, 3 sales so far.
i heard that  you get paid very well on every sale on Stockimo , is that right?

DT has been my best earner for iPhoneography.
I also have images on Fotolia Instant and Stockimo but no sales on either yet.

EDIT: a couple sales on Fotolia Instant with 7 images.

My best iPhone earner on DT sold again last week for $10.38 - it's an editorial image that is usually licensed as a credits sale. Nice to make a little extra from iPhoneography. I've also had iPhone images that I've uploaded to Alamy as reportage zoomed on recently so I'll have to see how they do. "m not turning in my Nikon yet LOL

I dont really like the mobile DT , its like dead for me , i mean i dont even get views on pictures after the photo isnt consider new.
how many photos you have on your DT porfolio and how much did you do in there?

« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2015, 11:13 »
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i heard that  you get paid very well on every sale on Stockimo , is that right?
No, I read someone got paid an insignificant amount for a stockimo sale on their forum.  Its probably like any other sale with alamy, some are good, some aren't.

« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2015, 13:45 »
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You asked about DT:
I have just a handful from "Assignment" contests on there. They all keep selling even nearly two years after uploading - probably because they are exclusive due to the "Assignment" rules. I may pull them off exclusivity when the two years lapses and try them on the other phone app sites, though then they'll lose their DT rank. DT often does okay for me, so I may just leave them there. For the iPhone pix, I get some $10 credit sales and some $0.42 subs. It's a mix. They get licensed fairly regularly.

I don't think DT has an actual app for phone pix - I'm not on there much but the ones I have on there were from an assignment asking for iPhoneography.

I've toyed with jumping on the band wagon and uploading more mobile pix, but I feel like it's a fad and really wonder how many people who are paying for photos (even if they're paying very little) want to pay for an iPhone photo?

I know one woman at Alamy who sells a lot for good prices on Stockimo but she has hundreds of iPhone pix and she shoots them like studio work and does a lot of post.
« Last Edit: November 12, 2015, 13:50 by wordplanet »

« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2015, 18:56 »
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Three sales through the SMART collection by Westend61, netting me 130 (about $150).

A few sales with mobile shots on Stocksy United, not sure because I don't really remember which of my shots were mobile or from my Sony NEX.

A handful of sales through Fotolia Instant. I don't track separate sales on Shutterstock and others.

Quite a few sales on EyeEm/Getty over the last year.

Just started a mobilestock experiment on my blog three weeks ago where I upload on Snapwire, Twenty20, Foap etc. First sale on Twenty20 for $1.

the westend61 sales look great but i think it much harder to get a sale in there compare to Instant fotolia isnt it?
can you please send a link to your mobilestock experiment on your blog?


Sure, these are the two blog posts so far:
http://www.michaeljayfoto.com/distribution-channels/making-money-from-mobile-smart-phone-images-an-experiment/
http://www.michaeljayfoto.com/agency-reviews/the-mobile-stock-experiment-continued/

I will blog about the first month probably next week. And I have asked a couple of others to tell about their experiences with mobile stock, also soon to be published.  :)
« Last Edit: November 15, 2015, 11:28 by MichaelJayFoto »

« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2015, 05:10 »
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I only heard about Foap this week. My only doubt is about the personal information thay ask you to become "verified". They ask you to grant acces to your paypal account and have all kind of personal data taken from there, such as address, birthday and others...it never occured to me that any other agency ever asked me more than my paypal mail for paying me. What do you think about this? I'd like to give them a chance but this is really bugging me


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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2015, 08:04 »
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i have 100 images on twenty20 and two sales, one for one dollar, one for 9 dollars. I upload via tablet or iphone, but most pictures were taken with normal cameras.

I have 1400 images on eyeem, but only one sale on eyeem itself for 9 dollars. But I have 880 images over on getty through eyeem and get between 100 to over 200 dollars a month.

But on twenty20, the images are not exclusive, so I plan to upload a lot more images that I reprocess smartphone style. For eyeem they are exclusive, but I will continue uploading the content that wouldnt sell elsewhere.

Main income is from normal stock sites, but smartphone stock is a lot of fun, so Ill keep doing it.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2015, 08:07 by cobalt »

« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2015, 08:27 »
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I submit images to DT through its mobile app but as someone said above..  Not even a single view. 
And yes ss has an android app which allow u to upload mobile images.  I have some uploaded via this route recently but no sale yet. 
I have not yet tried eyeem.  It seems interesting.  Will see it

« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2015, 14:34 »
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Newbie here!  I just got my iPhone 6s and travel a lot, so I am hoping that I can learn/earn by participating in some of the contests on Twenty20 and Snapwire (before I make the jump to some of the bigger agencies?) 

I'd appreciate any thoughts you may have on these sites?  Any tips/tricks for capturing great shots on my 6s?  Are there better sites than Twenty20 and Snapwire for mobile photography?

What about mobile video?  Any resources for shooting great sellable footage?

Thanks so much!

« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2016, 05:46 »
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Sold my first mobile phone photo for $2.  Used a few sites but had no luck in over 6 months, so I will have to upload a lot more images.
https://www.twenty20.com/photos/3fe1283f-f225-42dc-96cb-b0721c630372

« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2016, 23:19 »
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Sold my first mobile phone photo for $2.  Used a few sites but had no luck in over 6 months, so I will have to upload a lot more images.
https://www.twenty20.com/photos/3fe1283f-f225-42dc-96cb-b0721c630372
whats your phone?

« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2016, 03:32 »
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Sold my first mobile phone photo for $2.  Used a few sites but had no luck in over 6 months, so I will have to upload a lot more images.
https://www.twenty20.com/photos/3fe1283f-f225-42dc-96cb-b0721c630372
Congratulations! Is it possible / makes sense to upload DSLR pictures to Twenty20? Will they sell? :)

« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2016, 03:53 »
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Congratulations

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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2016, 03:59 »
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Sold my first mobile phone photo for $2.  Used a few sites but had no luck in over 6 months, so I will have to upload a lot more images.
https://www.twenty20.com/photos/3fe1283f-f225-42dc-96cb-b0721c630372
whats your phone?
I used a Samsung Galaxy Note II

« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2016, 04:01 »
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Sold my first mobile phone photo for $2.  Used a few sites but had no luck in over 6 months, so I will have to upload a lot more images.
https://www.twenty20.com/photos/3fe1283f-f225-42dc-96cb-b0721c630372
Congratulations! Is it possible / makes sense to upload DSLR pictures to Twenty20? Will they sell? :)
I don't see the point in doing that, I already have enough places to sell DSLR photos.

« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2016, 14:46 »
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Sold my first mobile phone photo for $2.  Used a few sites but had no luck in over 6 months, so I will have to upload a lot more images.
https://www.twenty20.com/photos/3fe1283f-f225-42dc-96cb-b0721c630372
Congratulations! Is it possible / makes sense to upload DSLR pictures to Twenty20? Will they sell? :)
I don't see the point in doing that, I already have enough places to sell DSLR photos.
They (Twenty20) also seem not to read IPTC information from files after upload :( Do you keyword your files manually after uploading?

« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2016, 17:35 »
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Who have you guys found to approve the most cell phone pics, the easiest? 

Fotolia for me seems to be easiest to take the few I've submitted.  Keywording on the fly on a mobile is a pain, though.  I can't see this being time effective, or cost effective... but it's fun if you're bored.   Not sure I've ever sold any of my mobile uploads yet.  I remember Shutterstock seeming a bit tougher to get approvals on them. 

« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2016, 18:32 »
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Yup, SS rejected a bunch of mobile photos from my last set due to quality issues. Istock, fotolia and 123rf seem to be more ok with them. Haven't had a sale yet though.

« Reply #28 on: April 09, 2016, 21:20 »
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Used them all, or so I thought. Stockimo, Fotolia instant, snap wire, and The dreams time companion. Without a doubt, Fotolia is my fave. 8 sales in 2 months I've been on. (I am a newbie) so I was happy with that. Turn around time is good, but they don't take editorial, and you can't edit photo info after you upload. DT is really easy to use and has a VERY relaxed acceptance rate IMO. (1 sake there, 88 photos up, many views) Stockimo? Eh. No view counter, so you can't even tell if you're photos are being looked at and no sales for me so far.

« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2016, 03:32 »
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Mobile for mobile, or for a small display/print. It cannot be compared with DSLR by quality, if not post-processed and downsized. Anyway, the main stop for me is typing on a small screen :-)

« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2016, 01:54 »
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I started uploading mobile stockphoto's while commuting, or during bored moments at work. And, I was surprised that sales started flowing in! Not big sales, I won't be selling the 5D yet, or quitting my daytime job yet, but it's fun to see sales coming in.
I'm using, in order of sales:
Shutterstock
Fotolia
iStock
Dreamstime
123RF
Stockimo
Twenty20 (no sales yet)
Thinking of using Eyeem too...

Weird thing about DT: I have between 100 and 200 on each agency (except Twenty20). But DT used to be my bigtime winner in sales, so I put all my effort in that portfolio, and uploaded about 450 at them. Sales (and views) were coming in regularly (not enough, but fun). So I made an extra effort and pushed my portfolio above 500 (37 now). Since then (2 months now), no sales anymore, and almost no views. Anyone else noticed this strange kind of behavior?
Luckily my iStock, FT and SS portfolios kicked off, so I put my effort there now.

« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2016, 12:17 »
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I started uploading mobile stockphoto's while commuting, or during bored moments at work. And, I was surprised that sales started flowing in! Not big sales, I won't be selling the 5D yet, or quitting my daytime job yet, but it's fun to see sales coming in.
I'm using, in order of sales:
Shutterstock
Fotolia
iStock
Dreamstime
123RF
Stockimo
Twenty20 (no sales yet)
Thinking of using Eyeem too...

Weird thing about DT: I have between 100 and 200 on each agency (except Twenty20). But DT used to be my bigtime winner in sales, so I put all my effort in that portfolio, and uploaded about 450 at them. Sales (and views) were coming in regularly (not enough, but fun). So I made an extra effort and pushed my portfolio above 500 (37 now). Since then (2 months now), no sales anymore, and almost no views. Anyone else noticed this strange kind of behavior?
Luckily my iStock, FT and SS portfolios kicked off, so I put my effort there now.


     Same thing here. Funny, Shutterstock has now exceeded Fotolia for in a very short period of time. Dreams time has been, to put it nicely, a big disappointment. Lots of views for many of my photos uploaded early, and like the previous poster, figured, this is the place to be! After my honeymoon period, very few views, no sales.
     With SS, I really like the key wording, as they suggest really good key words. Mobile upload is easy, and they take editorial! Another thing is I feel that with SS, you are getting on the best stock site in my opinion, meaning the best quality photos are being posted, and that if you can get accepted there, your photos have a good chance of selling. I feel DT is too lax with their acceptance, taking many photos just to say "We're the biggest"

« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2016, 09:55 »
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is there a way to protect photos on eyeem because i there is no watermark there ?

« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2016, 17:37 »
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is there a way to protect photos on eyeem because i there is no watermark there ?

Not that I am aware of - it is a reflection that they are a social media site first and market second. For that reason, I am selective about what I put up there. On the flip side, the collection gets high exposure on Getty, and I get regular reasonable sales for images that otherwise would not be accepted at Getty. Uploading via web is easy compared to other mobile apps, and auto keywording is pretty good.

« Reply #34 on: May 14, 2016, 19:11 »
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I started uploading mobile stockphoto's while commuting, or during bored moments at work. And, I was surprised that sales started flowing in! Not big sales, I won't be selling the 5D yet, or quitting my daytime job yet, but it's fun to see sales coming in.
I'm using, in order of sales:
Shutterstock
Fotolia
iStock
Dreamstime
123RF
Stockimo
Twenty20 (no sales yet)
Thinking of using Eyeem too...

Weird thing about DT: I have between 100 and 200 on each agency (except Twenty20). But DT used to be my bigtime winner in sales, so I put all my effort in that portfolio, and uploaded about 450 at them. Sales (and views) were coming in regularly (not enough, but fun). So I made an extra effort and pushed my portfolio above 500 (37 now). Since then (2 months now), no sales anymore, and almost no views. Anyone else noticed this strange kind of behavior?
Luckily my iStock, FT and SS portfolios kicked off, so I put my effort there now.
Awesome stuff...  What mobile are you using? I have a one plus 2 and am trying to figure out if it's me are the phone that's causing all the rejections

« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2016, 03:10 »
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I started uploading mobile stockphoto's while commuting, or during bored moments at work. And, I was surprised that sales started flowing in! Not big sales, I won't be selling the 5D yet, or quitting my daytime job yet, but it's fun to see sales coming in.
I'm using, in order of sales:
Shutterstock
Fotolia
iStock
Dreamstime
123RF
Stockimo
Twenty20 (no sales yet)
Thinking of using Eyeem too...

Weird thing about DT: I have between 100 and 200 on each agency (except Twenty20). But DT used to be my bigtime winner in sales, so I put all my effort in that portfolio, and uploaded about 450 at them. Sales (and views) were coming in regularly (not enough, but fun). So I made an extra effort and pushed my portfolio above 500 (37 now). Since then (2 months now), no sales anymore, and almost no views. Anyone else noticed this strange kind of behavior?
Luckily my iStock, FT and SS portfolios kicked off, so I put my effort there now.
Awesome stuff...  What mobile are you using? I have a one plus 2 and am trying to figure out if it's me are the phone that's causing all the rejections

I use An iPhone 6. Although, I must say that Alot of them are rejected too. Especially if I process them (using enlight).

« Reply #36 on: May 15, 2016, 08:07 »
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Oh, same here, although i guess i dont post process them as much as i would a RAW file from my camera. Need to figure out shooting with a phone from scratch

« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2016, 11:02 »
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Doing pretty well with mobile, in fact my sales at the 'mobile' websites are outperforming microstock nowadays. I'm considering to pull out of microstock and only doing macrostock and mobile for images.
I've kind of had it with all the changes at the (greedy) microstock agencies.

« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2016, 12:43 »
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By mobile websites you mean eyeem and all? O

« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2016, 14:01 »
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Good question! Does eyem and 20twenty and the likes work for you?
I'm also seeing a good increase in mobile stock. But macro stock isn't really working anymore. Which one works well for you? I'm on alamy and used to be on photographersdirect.com


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« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2016, 15:08 »
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What about footage? Do agencies accept the quality from a phone?

« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2016, 15:20 »
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Mobile sites like 20twenty and EyeEm but not Snapwire, I don't get them. I have the feeling they don't want any new photographers and always have the same people getting nominated.
Westend61 for macro, they distribute to Offset, Getty, Fotolia and others as well and accepts mobile.
I always find keywording too troublesome at Alamy, my portfolio there is tiny and sales are almost absent. Not sure if they change the keywording procedure at Alamy nowadays.
In order of importance for me at the moment: Westend61, Getty, mobile, microstock agencies with Westend61 getting my best images and microstock my worst.

« Reply #42 on: May 15, 2016, 15:23 »
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What about footage? Do agencies accept the quality from a phone?
Yes they do

« Reply #43 on: May 15, 2016, 15:26 »
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Mobile sites like 20twenty and EyeEm but not Snapwire, I don't get them. I have the feeling they don't want any new photographers and always have the same people getting nominated.
Westend61 for macro, they distribute to Offset, Getty, Fotolia and others as well and accepts mobile.
I always find keywording too troublesome at Alamy, my portfolio there is tiny and sales are almost absent. Not sure if they change the keywording procedure at Alamy nowadays.
In order of importance for me at the moment: Westend61, Getty, mobile, microstock agencies with Westend61 getting my best images and microstock my worst.
Nah...
Key wording for alamy is still a pain... Which is the main cause for my portfolio there being stuck at 900, which I reached about 5 years ago...

« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2016, 15:30 »
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Lol well that's good to know, thanks.

« Reply #45 on: May 15, 2016, 15:31 »
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What about footage? Do agencies accept the quality from a phone?

I'm don't upload too much iphone clips as I love using my professional cam but in some instances mobile clips are great. Must have it in manual mode to stop the aperture from flickering and I also put it in manual focus. One of my best selling clips on Getty was filmed on my old iphone 4s quite a few years ago. Still sells today. As long as you use the equipment to its full advantage the content will sell the clip and do all the hard work for you.

« Reply #46 on: June 18, 2016, 09:02 »
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Doing pretty well with mobile, in fact my sales at the 'mobile' websites are outperforming microstock nowadays. I'm considering to pull out of microstock and only doing macrostock and mobile for images.
I've kind of had it with all the changes at the (greedy) microstock agencies.

I can't believe it. Mobile stocks outperform shutterstock and istock? You are kidding...
With what mobile stocks do you work?
« Last Edit: June 18, 2016, 09:25 by spacedrone808 »

« Reply #47 on: June 18, 2016, 09:05 »
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What about footage? Do agencies accept the quality from a phone?

I'm don't upload too much iphone clips as I love using my professional cam but in some instances mobile clips are great. Must have it in manual mode to stop the aperture from flickering and I also put it in manual focus. One of my best selling clips on Getty was filmed on my old iphone 4s quite a few years ago. Still sells today. As long as you use the equipment to its full advantage the content will sell the clip and do all the hard work for you.
Just wondering, what camera software do you use on iPhone for stock?


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« Reply #48 on: August 14, 2016, 07:57 »
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Since I use Pixendr app for Androidhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.pixendr uploading directly from mobile is more fun and easy and earnings started to fly for me. I currently submit to 10 agencies but Fotolia rejects a lot :(
My best earners for mobile content are by far Shutterstock and Dreamstime.

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« Reply #49 on: August 15, 2016, 10:33 »
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Does Pixendr or any other app add the iPTC directly to the image file or is it just stored in in Pixendr?

« Reply #50 on: August 22, 2016, 11:17 »
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Does Pixendr or any other app add the iPTC directly to the image file or is it just stored in in Pixendr?
Is added to the image file so all the agencies can read it

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