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« on: September 22, 2011, 22:59 »
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I have a collection of 30,000 images spanning 20 years of amateur/family photography and international travel AND international living (residents get different pictures than tourists).

The first 10 years are all film scans (which I plan to re-scan in higher resolution).

The second 10 years are mostly digital in progressively higher resolutions... 3MP, 5MP, 7MP, 12MP, 16MP.

The photos are tagged by country (includes U.S., Caribbean, South America, Europe, Middle East).

Any photos with people in them don't have model releases. Any photos from private places don't have property releases.

Where is the best macro/micro-stock site where I can simply "dump" all these images without having to organize them, and let the potential buyers sort through them?

Ideally the site should provide statistics so I can slowly over time tag the images that I think would be in higher demand.

Thanks


nruboc

« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2011, 23:14 »
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I have a collection of 30,000 images spanning 20 years of amateur/family photography and international travel AND international living (residents get different pictures than tourists).

The first 10 years are all film scans (which I plan to re-scan in higher resolution).

The second 10 years are mostly digital in progressively higher resolutions... 3MP, 5MP, 7MP, 12MP, 16MP.

The photos are tagged by country (includes U.S., Caribbean, South America, Europe, Middle East).

Any photos with people in them don't have model releases. Any photos from private places don't have property releases.

Where is the best macro/micro-stock site where I can simply "dump" all these images without having to organize them, and let the potential buyers sort through them?

Ideally the site should provide statistics so I can slowly over time tag the images that I think would be in higher demand.

Thanks

I've heard member Edstock is doing a similar dump over at IStockphoto.com, should give them a try

« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2011, 23:52 »
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You are going to need keywords so buyers can find them but Alamy might be your best bet. .. it'll still take a lot of work getting them online.

Alternatively you could check out a site like photodeck where you can manage your own sales, but that also means you need to find your own buyers.

« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 23:52 »
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@atramos. I don't think any of the microstock sites would take images on that basis. And for anything to sell it needs to be keyworded. Dreamstime has a keywording service, but (a) you'd have to pay and (b) editorial images (what you'd have to do for the unreleased images) have to have a detailed description, date and place shot, and you have to enter that.

Unless you have some jaw-droppingly wonderful images in there, I can't imagine any agency doing the work it would take to sort out 30K images for you.

« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2011, 01:58 »
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Flickr

michealo

« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2011, 03:22 »
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RT


« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2011, 03:39 »
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Where is the best macro/micro-stock site where I can simply "dump" all these images without having to organize them, and let the potential buyers sort through them?

Well you could 'dump' them all on Shutterstock and many people do each month, but if that's how you value your work I don't think you're going to make any real money, the days of just dumping stuff on micro or macro sites are long over.

« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2011, 05:02 »
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It's not really worth the effort of scanning/keywording/captioning 30,000 images in order to 30,000 rejections from Shutterstock. They guy obviously has no idea what stock is about and I'll lay odds that not one shot in 100 would meet current microstock standards.

As for Alamy, given the choice between shooting myself and sitting down to keyword, caption, upload, reupload minus failed files (and repeat), enter location, tick the boxes, make shorter captions and then select primary, secondary and tertiary keywords for 30,000 images of doubtful value ... well, who can lend me a gun?

« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2011, 05:27 »
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I think the best way is interest you more about what microstock is... i presume that the majority of the 30k will be rejected due to the today requirements in industry.... If you want to be more easy for you to manage that quantity of files i think exclusivity to one agency is the best way....

« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2011, 05:29 »
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There is no way you will get them onto any stock site without considerable work on your part and be prepared for many rejections.

« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2011, 06:14 »
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You don't say if they are all your personal photographs or indicate your level of experience, but I'd say that unless these images were taken by someone with at least reasonable skill and with a view to marketing as stock, it's unlikely that more than 1 or 2 in a hundred would ever be likely to be worth the effort it would take to prepare them - so your first task is to identify, say, the best 500 or so and work with those.

There's no short cut - you may have 30,000 images, but the agencies have 30,000,000 or more between them, already tagged and captioned.  They're not going to do the work for you.

ShadySue

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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2011, 06:52 »
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The above posts have nailed it. Which site wants a 'lazy' contributor?
Try putting that on a job seeking advert in a shop window or local paper -
Job wanted for lazy person.
I'm looking for a job where I don't need to get out of bed until noon and can go home at 3 p.m.
Please don't ask me to do anything when I'm there.

RT


« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2011, 07:01 »
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I'm looking for a job where I don't need to get out of bed until noon and can go home at 3 p.m.
Please don't ask me to do anything when I'm there.


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rubyroo

« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2011, 07:04 »
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 :D

« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2011, 07:09 »
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Where is the best macro/micro-stock site where I can simply "dump" all these images without having to organize them, and let the potential buyers sort through them?

T'aint how it works, brotha.

« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2011, 08:05 »
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Flickr

+1

I wouldn't put my dirty laundry on flickr somebody would steal it.

« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2011, 22:10 »
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mostphotos.com seems interesting. It appears they don't review / censor their images at all, sort of like Flickr... Any thoughts? I see they're at the bottom of the Low Earners. Which, wouldn't be a problem for me, I value convenience over income :-) (and no I'm not actually lazy, I just happen to have other stuff going on, such as a full-time job)


« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2011, 23:05 »
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Even with mostphotos you still have to title and keyword each image. Also you have to mark each image if it is editorial or not. Without keywords nobody will ever see or buy your images.

« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2011, 23:29 »
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you can always drop the 30k files into https://www.picworkflow.com/

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2011, 01:09 »
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I'm afraid just dumping pictures - with a minimum of keywording still necessary - will not work, because the only sites which will accept (some) of them are the ones which won't sell much

What about going through your 30,000 choosing the best ones - likely just a few hundred or less, even if your photos are great, due to technical problems with old film scans and old digital cameras - and submitting to all sites after proper keywording with IPTC, like we all do?

It's a lot of work, but will lead to something.

Sjlocke said it better than me in just one sentence:
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T'aint how it works, brotha.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2011, 01:28 by microstockphoto.co.uk »


 

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