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Newbie Discussion / colour or black and white images
« on: August 22, 2012, 15:49 »

For my 'normal' photography I tend to prefer black and white images but have usually stuck with submitting colour images for stock.  I am starting to ask myself why?

Does anyone have any experience on acceptance rates and/or sales of B&W images?  I mainly submit to dreamstime.


Newbie Discussion / Question about the earnings poll
« on: November 07, 2010, 15:35 »
OK, please don't shout at me too loudly for this.  I am sure the answer is somewhere obvious on this site but I haven't come across it.

What exactly does the earnings rating on this site show, is it just a way of ranking or is it earnings per image per year or something?



Newbie Discussion / Hooray Front Page - progress!
« on: October 13, 2010, 17:12 »
Ok, well as regulars will know, I'm new to all this.  I just wanted to share some good news, one of the images I had accepted to Graphic Leftovers has been added to their GL Collection and appears on their front page!

I still don't have enough pictures to get a sale, but at least this gives me some hope that I am getting some things right.

This is the photo:


Newbie Discussion / How many agencies do you use?
« on: October 07, 2010, 17:36 »
Ok, so as most of you will know (and is apparent cos this is the newbies forum  :P) I am new to this.

So far, I am concentrating on building my portfolio with 5 agencies, which are spit across the top middle and bottom in the ratings here. I feel quite happy with this number and tend to be a loyal kind of person.

I am just interested in how far most of you spread your portfolios around, do you upload to every agency you can find, or just a few which you come to know and like?


General Stock Discussion / Gearing Up
« on: September 03, 2010, 10:14 »

The biggest limitation I am finding with Microstock is finding the time to sort out enough quality images to increase the size of my portfolio.

I was wondering about the possibility of employing a freelance photographer, or buying unique images directly from one, so I can upload them on to my accounts.  Thisis intended to be 100% above board from a copyright perspective.

So, has anyone else ever used others to take photos for them and if so, what sort of price would you pay per image?


Microstock Services / Constant Content
« on: August 31, 2010, 11:21 »
Hello All

I've found a potentially fertile new microstock ground.  Has anyone else posted photos at Constant Content?  http://www.constant-content.com/?aref=44613

This site originally focussed on website text content and I believe has established a good reputation with authors and purchases.  They are now selling user submitted photographs.  I've had a look and it looks good because:

a) there doesn't seem to be too much competition on there yet
b) you set your own sale price!
c) you can sell your images either "usage rights" or "full rights". You can charge much higher for full rights but the image must be exclusive and never ever sold again if sold in this way.

Has anyone else used it, any views?

Website is


Off Topic / Attention all you passive income seekers!
« on: August 24, 2010, 15:59 »
Ok, so this isn't really much to do with microstock but I have just come across another way to make relatively 'easy' money from blogs and posts and promoting your photos/sites.  The site is called hubpages and you publish your own pages, posts etc (much easier than creating individual blogs/pages).  Ads and affiliates are provided by google and amazon and earnings go straight to your existing accounts. You can also promote your own photo sites, blogs etc via your pages.  It really is quite easy.

Excuse the hard sell (I know some will moan), but I have just found it and think it is great and I hope it will genuinely be of interest to you all.  Link is here:


Newbie Discussion / isolating objects
« on: August 20, 2010, 09:32 »
Hello everyone again.

I am hopeing that someone can help me. I have taken a close-up of an object for a microstock picture but the white background is not perfect.  I have read references to isolating the object in photoshop (i have elements).

Please could anyone tell me the easiest way to get the perfect white background?

Thanks a lot

Newbie Discussion / Shutterstock for Newbies
« on: August 18, 2010, 04:15 »

Newbie Discussion / Referral Links
« on: August 10, 2010, 16:37 »
Hi Again

Another quick question.  Everyone seems to be keen on promoting their various referral links to these sites - is it a bit earner?  Do you actually earn much cash via this route?



Newbie Discussion / Expectations?
« on: August 10, 2010, 13:51 »
Hi All

So I am another budding photographer..  I recently bought my first dSLR and identified micro as a great way to learn how to shoot lots of different things and earn a bit of extra cash for some more equipment and maybe some lessons.

I aim to become a good portrait photographer but starting my micro with everyday things.

I started at the weekend and have submitted to 123 and GraphicLeftovers.  13 images accepted so far but the ones on 123 aren't showing up yet.

The link for my GL is:  http://graphicleftovers.com/designer/jwsc101/ref=jwsc101/

My first target is to generate about $100 net a month (i.e. my share).  I know this is difficult to answer but how many photo's do you think that would take and is it sendible just to start on 2 sites?


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