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« on: April 17, 2013, 00:38 »
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I finally got selected in shutterstock and iStock. 
My portfolio. http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-1249963p1.html

I have few questions.
1) I am not a regular photographer as it takes a lot of time for the entire process. Should I load my portfolio to all the websites? I am currently on fotolia as well.

2) I had few sales in fotoli 13c each and shutterstock it is 25c each  is this the payout most of you het  and shutterstock. Fotolia the payout is around
« Last Edit: April 18, 2013, 01:06 by leaf »


« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2013, 04:07 »
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I finally got selected in shutterstock and iStock. 
My portfolio. http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-1249963p1.html

I have few questions.
1) I am not a regular photographer as it takes a lot of time for the entire process. Should I load my portfolio to all the websites? I am currently on fotolia as well.

2) I had few sales in fotoli 13c each and shutterstock it is 25c each  is this the payout most of you het  and shutterstock. Fotolia the payout is around


I'd think you need to make a decision if you want to make some money or not. If the decision is "yes", you should upload your image to multiple sites, at least the top 4 on the right side, preferrably also the middle tier agencies. If you got accepted at both, Shutterstock and iStock, you won't have problems at other sites.

Also to make money in the long term you need to produce and upload new images regularly; set yourself a goal, even if it's just 3 images per week or 10 a month. But stick to it for a long time, at least a year.

I'd think it takes a few hundred or even more than 1,000 images to make microstock worth the time you spend. If you can't come to a certain level, chances are that you will lose interest before ever making the payout limits on any of the sites and end up with no money at all.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2013, 04:11 by MichaelJayFoto »

« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013, 04:54 »
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What about payout per download?

lisafx

« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 10:34 »
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What about payout per download?

Payout per download is less important than total money earned to most of us or we wouldn't be doing microstock in the first place. 

MichaelJay has it exactly right.  If you want to make money with your images, you need to be on (at least) the top selling sites.   

« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2013, 20:54 »
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Thanks for your replies. Let me put the question this way.

How do you rate all sites in the ease of submitting photos? I love SS. Once I have edited, added key words , categories etc in light burner, I can simply go to SS and select all and submit. In Ft, I have to go one by one

« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 04:33 »
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In Ft, I have to go one by one
No you don't.   Go to My Files and then Indexing and you can batch submit.

« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2013, 05:44 »
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Thanks for your replies. Let me put the question this way.

How do you rate all sites in the ease of submitting photos? I love SS. Once I have edited, added key words , categories etc in light burner, I can simply go to SS and select all and submit. In Ft, I have to go one by one


I am submitting to several agencies and almost all of them allow batch editing. The two exceptions are IS and DT.

For IS I recommend downloading DeepMeta (http://www.deepmeta.com/) - it's free and helps a lot preparing images locally and then upload them from the app. It makes a lot of tasks (copying data, categories, model releases) much easier than the on-site process. IS is selling good even on low royalty percentages, so despite upload limits and complicated upload process I think it's a must have if you are in it for business.

For DT I don't have a good solution, though there are tools allowing the upload across agencies out there. For me, DT is the agency with the most difficult upload process, highest rejections (mostly for "similar" images if you upload more than two of the same series), and compared to IS the sales are quite limited. If sales don't improve, it would be the first agency to drop for me.

CanStock, 123RF and GL Stock are the easiest to submit to. FTP, confirm, done.

« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2013, 06:26 »
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Thanks for your replies. Let me put the question this way.

How do you rate all sites in the ease of submitting photos? I love SS. Once I have edited, added key words , categories etc in light burner, I can simply go to SS and select all and submit. In Ft, I have to go one by one


I am submitting to several agencies and almost all of them allow batch editing. The two exceptions are IS and DT.

For IS I recommend downloading DeepMeta (http://www.deepmeta.com/) - it's free and helps a lot preparing images locally and then upload them from the app. It makes a lot of tasks (copying data, categories, model releases) much easier than the on-site process. IS is selling good even on low royalty percentages, so despite upload limits and complicated upload process I think it's a must have if you are in it for business.


yes, the closest you will get to IS batch processing is through DM.  They allow you to selectively copy various data and paste it into other images.  Too lazy to check but I think you can use your CTL key and select multiple images then paste, closest to batch you can get.

« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2013, 03:20 »
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Thanks. Tried indexing. :)

Had another sale at SS but it was part of 25-a day plan and again got 25c. Not sure if I'll be able to get more than this per download. I have uploaded the same images to big stock but there is not even a single sale


 

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