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General Stock Discussion / Favorite stock photographer websites
« on: August 20, 2006, 10:03 »
New thread. Among all the agencies we submit to there are thousands of photographers who have their websites linked. Other than your own website (which most on here have in their proflie), list three of your favorite stock photographer websites for us to peruse. Here are my three choices:

1. danwilton from iStock - www.danwilton.co.uk - something to be said about simplicity. I just love the photoblog style of this site. Very little information given, but I suppose for an exclusive reviewer on iStock he doesn't need that much exposure.
2. scubabartek - my-walkabout.com - very clear and informative, but the galleries are a bit of a mess. I learned about Stock Exchange and Big White Box from this site.
3. abu - http://www.bubutim.com/ - another iStock exclusive. My favourite photog out there. I have absolutely no idea, how . he achieves these colours in his photos. Beautiful gallery out there.

This is the thread. Place your bets. WHO is the photographer on iStock that will win the 1,000,000th image race.

My bet goes to:

Hidesy or Abu

Adobe Stock / Extended license sales and pricing
« on: August 12, 2006, 08:52 »
How is everyone doing in the extended license department here and what are you pricing them at? Since going up to the next level, I popped all my extended licenses to $40. Not really a lot of money, but ever since I had none bought. I've had several previously purchased at $10 and $20 (which was pitifully low). Are designers so stingy they don't want to shell out $40?

Bigstock.com / BigStockPhoto going into oblivion
« on: August 09, 2006, 04:59 »
First we had the renegade admin, then the RIDICULOUS long queue (now averaging more than two weeks) only exceeded by CanStock, now we have idea thrown around of subscription model paying out 20 cents...

To top it off sales are SLACK. Totally slack. I have the largest portfolio on BigStock and now sell more on 123RF (with a third size portfolio), 5 times more on Fotolia (with half size portfolio), 10 times more on Shutterstock (with equal size portfolio), iStock (with half size portfolio) and Dreamstime (with 2/3 size portfolio).

Into the Abyss with BigStock

I think after a couple of years the strata are clarifying:

1st division: iStock, Dreamstime, Shutterstock
2nd division: Fotolia (with a possibility of an upgrade), StockXpert
3rd division: 123RF, CanStock (with a possibility of a downgrade), BigStock (under review for a downgrade)
the rest...

iStockPhoto.com / Is it just me?
« on: August 02, 2006, 04:42 »
Or is iStock really starting to suck big time? Lowest commission of all sites, big corporate sell-outs, massively censored forums, FREE use of OUR images on blogs with no benefit to the photographer, ridiculous favoritizing of exclusive photogs, the louziest affiliation program of all. It used to be my best selling site providing a serious payout every single month, but now I'm considering dropping it entirely! It's still a good money maker, but with Dreamstime and Fotolia catching on fire, I might not need those couple hundred dollars each month from the big ugly monster.

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