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General Stock Discussion / Re: $/image/month
« on: September 04, 2007, 18:01 »
Here is the way you calculate it: Go to for example Istock, look at your numbers and divide the income of August by the number of your images. Example: $200 income in August, your portfolio there: 100 images. $200/ 100 = $2. You do the same for the other agencies. (We should limit it to the Big 6). Lets assume you have 2$ for IS and $0.25 at DT.
Then you calculate them together: $2+$0.25=$2.25. So your average $/image/month would be $2.25 if you have images only at DT and IS.

I do not really agree with this calculation, especially if you upload all your photos to all agencies.

Your effort is represented by the total number of photos. Therefore the maximum number of photos approved should be the basis (on whichever site that is, most likely FL or BS). Or even the number of photos submitted if available.

So I would calculate: total monthly income from MicroStock / Max of approved photos per site.

Guess that would decrease the numbers as it considers rejection rates.

Just my 2ct. ;-)

Shutterstock.com / Re: FTP at SS
« on: July 15, 2007, 19:19 »
was ok again after a few hrs,

Shutterstock.com / FTP at SS
« on: July 14, 2007, 21:17 »
Is FTP currently working for you at SS?

It always worked ok for me, but somehow I can't connect to their server at the moment???


Adobe Stock / FL Issues
« on: June 20, 2007, 03:07 »
I currently can not upload (via FTP) and can not convert credits at FL.

Anyone else?


First time I see a usage. Actually it is in the IS designer spotlight.

Would you try to contact the agency/ customer for a sample/ reference? Not sure what the "industry standard" is here?

Designer: Arjun772
Creative Direction: Arjun
Agency: Digital Designs
Client: ICI AutoPaints


StockXpert.com / Re: Another sitemail...........spam??
« on: March 22, 2007, 20:57 »
got a couple of them recently at StockXpert. here is the latest one ... do you need 1 Mio USD? LOL

Dear One,
I am introducing my self as Ms. Nathalia Clementina Andian, the only Dauther of late Chief and Mrs Deborah Gabriel Andain I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction. I got your contact from a member of this your site,(http://www.stockxpert.com)
And I wish to invest in Manufacturing Or real estate management in your country.

I have Seven million Five houndred thousand united states dollars.USD($7.500,000) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in receiving the consignment in your country for investment purpose. I will be gladly to give you 15% out of the total sum for your assistance.

please it is very important you contact me immediately on my private email address:( [email protected]) further explanation on how we will proceed.
Awaiting your immediate response

Thanks and God bless.

Best Regards
Ms. Nathalia

if you are in Australia

you might want to read this:

and make a few prints of this:

after having been questioned, details recorded and almost arrested for taking photos on the sydney harbour bridge, I always have these with me. it was 5am+tripod, but so what.

the scary thing is that - as far as i understand it - they want to make photography in public illegal but at the same time the government is installing more and more security cameras in the same places ... that just does not sound right for me ...

I noticed the same that title and description don't get read anymore. I got a reply from support saying "their technicians are aware of the problem and working on it".

Well,let's see ...

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Canon DSLR: Body vs. Glass
« on: February 19, 2007, 20:56 »
Now I wonder if there other things which I implicitely sacrify by shooting at f8. Does it affect contrast or color? In my photo series, should I try going down with the f-value and see if I can get better photos with, e.g., f4? Will certain characteristics of my image quality improve by that? Which ones?

Many thanks,

2.8 lenses are expensive. You need them for shooting in low-light handheld or for the artistic effect of a shallow depth of field.

For most stock work this is rarely required.

If you are on  a super-budget, get a used Canon XT and a 50mm 1.8 prime. The 50mm is about 100 US$. I like the 20D much better than the XT, so you might want to check used prices. Also I might add that I personally find primes (=fixed focal length = NO zoom) quite inconvenient. But they deliver great image quality and are "relatively"cheap.

If you can afford a bit more, I would recommend the 28-135 IS USM lens. Its a very solid lens. Not really wide enough, but has advantages compared to the 17-85 EF-S.

Also I would wait 2-3 more weeks. PMA exhibition starts soon and most likely many new products will be announced/ released. Prices for "old" models might fall.

Feel free to check out this article about lens selection on my blog.

It explains a few details for Canon Lenses and gives you a few hints on how to start.


Hi Xenia,

vielen Dank fuer die Informationen. Werde mir die Agenturenmal ansehen. Alle Keywords zu uebersetzen macht wuerde aber ordentlich Arbeit machen. Werde wohl eine Auswahl treffen muessen  :)

Great Info.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Got accepted..
« on: February 07, 2007, 17:22 »
My inclination is to try to get to 'exclusive' level with iStock and forget the others, but experience over the next year will help me refine those thoughts.

It is a good idea to wait some time before you go exclusive. I guess (!) most IS exclusives have been there a long time. Well before other agencies became popular.

Once you get approved at SS (or even DT) you don't want to be exclusive at IS anymore. Uploading there is sooo much faster. And the numbers speak for themself. From my own experience (and what I read here) SS makes between 25% and 50% of income.

I initially uploaded to the big 5 agencies and recently added StockXpert. Uploading there is very fast. And the rejection rate is very high  :-\


is it worth it? How many photos do you have online in one agency? And how many do you sell on average per month? Or what EUR per image per year would you expect?

What I read so far the $ per photo per year is better in microstock. Also for most non-micro you need to up-size images and burn them on DVD and send them to the agency by mail. More work. Some agencies require exclusivity?!

General - Top Sites / Re: Feb earnings breakdown
« on: February 02, 2007, 08:07 »
Fantastic month for me as well. Top results on all sites and my first EL at DT. Have to say that I uploaded a lot in Dec and Jan. Guess thats the return  ;)

Also StockXpert is a positive surprise. Was there only half the month and uploaded about 30% of my photos so far.

SS   42%
DT   23%
IS   13%
FL   7%
BS   10%
StockXpert   5%

Off Topic / Re: Hosting my picture library
« on: January 31, 2007, 19:01 »
Checkout Smugmug: https://www.smugmug.com

It is fully customisable. No limit on number of photos or storage space. Great forum and quick/ good customer service.  To sell you will need the pro account. I use the power user account and I am a happy customer for about 2 years now.

If you like them, feel free to use my referral code in the 'Referred by' field on the signup form:

It will save you 5$ and me a few bucks as well.


General - Top Sites / Re: How many images
« on: January 29, 2007, 15:38 »
Interesting data. I also read that IS has over 30k images in the queue. IS has 25k added last week alone.

And in the SS forum even some contributors with large portfolios start to notice a slowdown (while uploading more images).  http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16101&start=0

Seems that things start to get crazy on the supply side of the business.
Whats your experience?

My sales went up in Jan, but I increased my portfolio a lot as well in Dec/Jan.


Dreamstime.com / Post at DT: 4000 US$ image sale
« on: January 22, 2007, 15:38 »
Have you seen the post regarding the 4000 US$ sale in  the DT forum (sell all rights)?

Seems that the seller is admin and exclusive at DT. And it was mentioned that the result is 400$ extra due to exclusivity.

Well, thats a nice pile of $$$.

Adobe Stock / Re: How is FT for everyone these last two weeks
« on: January 18, 2007, 15:59 »
Strange to see how sites that work for some just dont work out for some individuals. 

The ranking in terms of income is pretty constant for me. SS (40), DT=IS (20), FL (>10), BS (<10). Although IS has the largest variation for me.

And of cause extended lisenses can always impact the income statistics/ ranking. Which is a good thing  :D


General Stock Discussion / Re: Hello! And a few questions ;-)
« on: January 18, 2007, 15:49 »
Wow, it's great. My first FTP batch at StockXpert has been reviewed within 12hrs and acceptance was around 80%. Also had 2 sales already. I always thought it would be a great hassle to upload all images to a new place. Not there.

Realy don't want to imagine how much time this would take at IS  ;)

Thanks again.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Hello! And a few questions ;-)
« on: January 17, 2007, 15:58 »
I uploaded my first batch to StockXpert via FTP today. Wow, the user interface is unique. I hope I got it right, but the bulk editor is great! Let's see how it works out.

Is there any "submit button" ... or do I just wait?! I transferred the photos from the " briefcase" into a "briefcase sub-folder" and assigned categories via the bulk editor. That's it?

If it is really that simple, I will have all my images up in no time  :)

Thanks again for pointing out StockXpert!

Shutterstock.com / Re: worth signing up?
« on: January 10, 2007, 16:21 »
It is a must ;-)
For most SS makes up for 30-60% of all micro income.

I was rejected the first time as well. And it was 3 months wait for re-applying at that time. Think now it's 4 weeks?!


I use Exifer. I heard the only way iStock recognizes the keywords is by entering them in Photoshop.


Site Related / Re: Suggestion for the "Up and Coming" list
« on: January 04, 2007, 16:01 »
I do see more a Top4 than a Top6. According to my own numbers - and the ones posted here - I would not put BS/ StockXpert in the same league as SS, IS, DT, FL.

On the other hand, the Top6 matches my "worth-submitting-to list".

Just my thoughts  ;)

Big 6

other thoughts?

Off Topic / Re: Final numbers for 06
« on: January 01, 2007, 16:18 »
SS   42%
IS   18%
DT    20%
BS   10%
FL   10%

I applied at StockXpert early Dec, but no response yet  ;)


Bigstock.com / Re: BigStock Sales
« on: December 18, 2006, 20:27 »
BigStock is consistently the lowest $ earner for me. But the upload process is very easy, so it is worth continuing. It varies between 10 and 15 % of my income. I have no galleries


Off Topic / Re: Favorite websites
« on: December 15, 2006, 15:27 »
I like http://www.smugmug.com/

I use it for private photo sharing. Look and feel can be customized, access restricted, upload originals, no advertising ... their forum is not bad too  ;)
However, they have a yearly fee depending on account type.

It looks like a great site. Is it worth the annual fee?

I think it is the best site and I did quite some research (more than a year ago). Of cause there are free sites, but they all have limited upload capacity, no customisation ... plus all the ads! So if you are willing to pay, go with smugmug! I hesitated, because I wanted something free, but I do not regret it (otherwise I would have canceled already). 

They have 3 account types. Standard (unlimited storage, some customisation, ...), Power User (full customisation, video) and Professional (all about selling). Their support answers really fast! And the forum is very helpful and friendly!

I went for the Power User, because I wanted customisation. There are many examples online (and in the forums) to copy templates and code. It is relatively easy. However, if you know some programming (not me) you can do amazing stuff. Check out the samples.

If any of you want to sign up, please enter qi3v6QCmJsUN2 in the 'Referred by' field on the signup form. It will save you 5 US$ for the first year ... and save me some too.



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