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General Stock Discussion / Anyone on
« on: July 23, 2021, 01:44 »

I got a message thru Instagram seeing if I wanted to join with a free monetary bonus on signing up. Has scam written all over it.

But going to the site and not clicking link seems to show its legit. Anyone have experience of this?


Im sure many might find our new site of use at Lots of photography advice and news etc, especially in relation to location advice. Aimed at the photographer with limited time! We also have a free (for time being) Android app that presents this content in an easy to read way



General Stock Discussion / Barewalls Legit?
« on: November 22, 2018, 05:03 »
Just wondering if anyone has come across this site before?

Just found nearly 2000 of my images on there. Presume they are connected to a stock agency and one would get paid if they sold a large print?

General Stock Discussion / My Experiences in Stock
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:12 »

I thought some might be interested in seeing a new article on my site. The first of many that will be stock related.



General Photography Discussion / Thoughts on our new website
« on: October 11, 2017, 00:50 »

We are in the process of launching our new website we have been working on for about 6 months. Its a collaboration between an old friend of mine and myself, based around travel photography advice. Really aimed at helping people to maximize their time at a location for getting great photos. Lots of locations, advice, travel info etc. Places to eat we liked etc etc. I will feature articles about microstock too and my findings pros/cons etc after 4 years of doing stock.

Its a 50/50 mix of paid and free so plenty for people to see easily.

Would love some feedback on what people think of the idea.



General Stock Discussion / Black and white Images
« on: August 08, 2017, 13:13 »
Out of interest do people upload black and white images to stock sites? I presume its not done. I often do black and white for portarits as attached. I guess one could always upload two copies.

7 / Editorial Image Caption Issues
« on: May 17, 2017, 02:30 »
For a couple of months I literally have not had one editorial image approved due to wrong caption and facts etc. Ive been uploading for 4 years so I know how to do this and what type of image can be accepted. Or maybe I dont now haha. Anyone else having lots of issues getting editorial content approved?

General Stock Discussion / Possible Infringement- What To Do?
« on: March 05, 2017, 02:00 »

Im not sure exactly what you get when purchasing an image form a microstock agency and usage terms. I found 2 of my images, the first one in particular are mine. Ive never sold for more than $2.85 from SS which doesnt seem like much money for an image being used like this. Especially for a major hotel brand.

I have submitted a possible infringement with SS but like I say perhaps they are allowed as file size would be quite small.


General Stock Discussion / ImageBrief Payments
« on: December 02, 2016, 18:25 »

Anyone having issues getting payments from ImageBrief. I signed up to Premium, got a sale about 4 months ago. Heard nothing except for receipts of my monthly payments I make. I've emailed twice and get no reply. Very concerning


General Stock Discussion / ImageBrief and Exclusivity
« on: July 20, 2016, 20:50 »
I am currently aligned with 12 Microstock and Stock agencies and have just signed up to the Explorer Plus account on Imagebrief. However upon uploading a portfolio I noticed they cant be for sale anywhere else. Are people actually pulling their images that are currently selling on other sites down. I was hoping to upload my personal favourites (5 star in Lightroom) and move on. Seems like I have to manauly pull images down and take a fair bit of risk.

How are others dealing with it. managing separate upload queues?

General Stock Discussion / 3 Years In - My Findings
« on: September 20, 2015, 21:19 »

As I approached 3 years in stock, I thought I would share my general experience. Interested to see how compares with others. Interested in how images decline in sales over time and 3 years a picture might be forming.

The first year I had a slow start and then a rapid rise off maybe 500 or so images submitted into what is now 12 libraries. All the major ones. Shutterstock is 60% of sales and iStock is 20%. With the numbers of images I still have to edit I really should drop all other libraries and concentrate on uploading more content!

I am now at 1100 odd images uploaded. In the last year I have uploaded far less, mainly due to scanning family slides for past few months. Sales have flatlined at around US$700 a month. Its a nice bonus at this amount and pays for all camera gear, internet, phones, TV etc. Basically the family is seeing some proper benefit now. Though obviously its not enough to do much else with.

My concern that even though im uploading less, I would expect to see increasing sales. They are ever so slightly on average, maybe US$20 a month. I am starting to see perhaps the decline over time of sales for most images. My best sellers still sell as much as ever but ones that sold occasionally now dont sell. I really feel 50 images are 95% of earnings. Some newer images have become good sellers which is good but way too many havent sold at all. If I had a big effort I feel I could go further and I will. But no doubt rate of increase has decreased.

My bet is that most people peak at about amount im doing. They then either stay same as this is their second job, or go to the next level and do proper stock shoots etc. Most my stock is tacked onto family holidays and revolve around travel etc.

How are others finding over a few years?


12 / Shutterstock Approval Frustrations
« on: July 21, 2015, 19:40 »
Anyone else having wildly differing approvals on SS lately. Its driving me nuts. Id say im a medium  level contributor. Have over 1000 images with probably about 75% approval rating generally. Last few loads I get 0 out of 20 images approved. I resubmit and then then they all go thru. Today 20 images got excessive noise, and excessive noise reduction applied. Driving me nuts. These are images shot at ISO 200 in middle of the day on a 5D Mark 3. Insane

Hi All,

So I just clocked my first year and I thought id post my experiences up which might help others. Ive had lots of help on here including reading Steheap's excellent book on my kindle. Ive been shooting images for 8 or so years all over the world thanks to my day job. Im also pretty competitive so I always aimed as high as I could. Getting up for sunrise and doing sunsets is the norm for me on vacation. Family or not. It wasn't until I read this book that I realised potential of selling images that really were just on Facebook as a portfolio and on my site ( doing nothing. So after a monster roadtrip across the US with my young family, I decided to give this a go. A really good go. SO I set about signing up to the big libraries with a portfolio. Had trouble with Alamy and Shutterstock at first but fine with about another 5. I have since added BigStock, Veer and Photodune to varying successes. So as to not to wabble Ill do some dotpoint findings:

-I have between 400 and 800 files online. Fotolia the worst and DepositPhotos the best. iStock and Shutterstock hovering around 600 mark.

-I was uploading around 100 images a month at the start which is back to about 50, but shooting more so not concerned. I aim for an image a day minimum and upload in batches of 5-10 in a similar topic for easy metadating.

-Overall sales has risen gradually and I $400-$600 a month. Nov was high at $965. My first month was $1.03, then $14.75, then $145 etc etc

-Shutterstock is the booming library. About 50% of overall income comes from them. iStock is maybe 15% and Photodune another $15%. Alamy kicking on now to at perhaps 10%. All other libraries make up 10%.

-$ per downlaod is easily highest with Alamy, then PhotoDune, then Canstock. Shutterstock is $0.66 and respectable.

-Not sure on Symbiostock which ive got installed. Had no success but also havent put much time lately into it. I feel like i need to remove that part of my site as its confusing for custoemrs of other parts of my business.

My concern is that my sales are skewed towards a key few images. Maybe half of my collection has sold, and half hasnt. 20 images sell very well. I have one clothing image that sells maybe 5 shots per day. Was taken as part of a corporate shoot so that extra income on that job is nice.

I am continuing to push thru and trying not to get too hung up on think conceptually for stock. I find when it comes to family holidays this ruins your photos a bit. I love moody black and white portaits of my children for example and need to shoot that for me/wife. Shooting the children with 'child on beach during summer' is not good for me. Becomes more robotic and less arty. Occasionally Ill shoot my city and think stock wise.

Ive also given up removing logos etc on city skylines. I just upload as editorial to iStock and Shutterstock now. Not sure if that's right approach or not but I hate fine editing.

That's all I can think of for now. Thanks for help everyone and ill keep on uploading!


General Stock Discussion / November Sales
« on: November 27, 2013, 18:20 »
Are they going thru the roof for others? Ive only been doing this for 6 months but sales are triple other months. Had lots of big image sales including my first large TIFF at around $70 with Shutterstock. Just not sure if its my collection going well, or seasonal. Im suspecting the latter:)

MicrostockSubmitter / First Impressions of Microstock Submitter
« on: October 29, 2013, 19:15 »

Thanks to this forum I fell upon this piece of software and have been testing it out over the past couple of days. I found it a little confusing at first, mainly because I wasnt expecting it to be able to upload and submit.  It is a very powerful and fully featured product. I find uploads very reliable and I dont get the image failing on uploads I was seeing previously. Im not sure I trust the categorizing enough to submit and I find the submitting hit and miss. For example I uploaded 10 images to all my libraries (10 of them). They 95% uploaded but maybe only 25% actually submitted. All randomly across libraries. one did all and the others maybe 1 or 2. The application then crashed which probably upset the submission process.

Does anyone have any tips? Im thinking Ill not submit as it causes confusion. Just let the software upload. Mind you if I work out the right hand side of the software for categorising then it might be better. Seems risky letting it submit for you though.


General Stock Discussion / My 6 month Stock Assessment
« on: October 01, 2013, 23:17 »
Hi All,

6 months ago I decided to jump into stock seriously and read ltos about it and started applying for libraries. 6 months later I thought id give my results to see how others compare and I wanted to say thanks for all the help I have received on here. A great community.

I am signed up to ShutterStock, iStock, Alamy, PhotoDune, Veer, BigStock, Dreamstime, DepositPhotos, Fotolia, 123RF, Canstock and my own SymbioStock site just recently.

I have made around $1000 from approx 400 images online. Numbers range from 271 on Fotolia (worst for approving) to 470 on Dreamstime. Shutterstock is on 360 and by far my best selling library. I sold 448 images in September and both sales and revenue have been increasing at a static rate. I try to get 100 images a month submitted from my extensive library of mostly travel images.

ShutterStock is by far the biggest of my earners at about 60%. iStock is next with approx another 20%. The other libraries fill out the final 20% so not very good. I have been very diligent to fairly upload to all to get a fair comparison. ShutterStock kills it and with the recent increase to 0.33 a download I expect this to further improve. Scary reliance upon one library though.

As for where I want to go its tough. I will keep going and I get great satisfaction selling older images that were doing nothing. Selling a big $28.00 download is highly satisfying as it makes the effort at that point in time fully worthwhile. I have sold hundreds of images done whilst on a corporate job which has essentially doubled that income. Amazing. From a wage per hour point of view I wouldnt even want to contemplate. Its poor. Very poor. But, who knows how long these can sell for. Its essentially years of earnings and that per hour wage value will increase.

Probably one of the best outcomes is turning my wife around to the idea and being able to structure family holidays towards awesome travel photos. Always a struggle. She was totally against 25 cent stock but as numbers have increased she is slowly getting the point. Its not a per download problem, but more the quantity. The fact that Shutterstock is one of the worst payers but is 60% of my income proves this.

Its been fun


StockUploader / Image Upload Issues - Truncation
« on: September 25, 2013, 21:23 »

I am trying to get used to stock uploader and I find it works mostly well except that maybe every 4th image is truncated and I have to delete and reupload. This happens across all libraries. Is there a way to stop this. Its costing me a lot of time to sift thru what hasnt uploaded properly and what has


Symbiostock - General / New User Registration Spam
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:49 »
Since ive joined Symbiostock ive noticed a sudden increase in registrations. Obviously people have to sign up the site to purchase. Is there a way I can check this or should I be concerned? Can I do much to stop this. I had maybe 5 in 3 years just on Wordpress. Ive had 10 in a week since joining Symbiostock


Does anyone know of a way ( I have Googled lots) of having a keyword search term in an image as an image category. I was hoping that under the 'cities' preset category I could have a further option for 'Chicago, London, Rome' etc So that the menu item would look at image keywords and return a gallery of images of that city. Not keen on setting up more image categories and having to mark off for every image and city ive been in.


Symbiostock - General / Lightroom and SymbioStock
« on: August 22, 2013, 02:02 »

Thanks for everyone's help thus far. Things working out well.

Currently I have Zenfolio really well setup with smart collections that I publish and everything auto uploads/deletes etc to Zenfolio from within Lightroom. Its great. Obviously Zenfolio has poor SEO and I want to join SymbioStock for the community it has. Not sure if its going to replace my Zenfolio (, or supplement it. Ill decide in time:)

Does anyone have same dilemma and has any form of uploading from within Lightroom? I guess one can FTP from within Lightroom but I was kinda after some form of syncing with smart galleries. Like I have with Zenfolio.


Symbiostock - Technical Support / HomePage Plugins
« on: August 21, 2013, 20:11 »

Thanks to help here and lots of research I have got this far in a couple of days:

Lots of formatting and cleaning up to do. Had issues with watermark for ages but happy with it now. Kinda need to get it right first time.

Some quick questions if I may?

1.) Can someone recommend a recent uploads plugin for my home page. I want a quick spiel and recent uploads below that

2.) Im thinking Ill have small pictures with direct links to image categories. Obviosuly thats manual creating a table and adding images etc.

3.) If I want to change fonts, colours and the look of the search button that is done in the CSS of the theme right?

Believe it or not I used to make webpages. No doubt Wordpress makes this simple. Its just where to find options that is not intuitive at times. Then you add plugins and it confuses it more.


Symbiostock - General / Recommended Extras
« on: August 19, 2013, 20:43 »
Alright ive taken the plunge. Setup the site and thrown some images for testing up. Will try and do all logos tonight. I was wondering if many are using the child theme or the official plugins and for site analysis etc. I see the sitemap tool looks great. Ther clean theme looks good too. Just wondering if people are sticking with base setup or going this.


Symbiostock - General / Should I Join SymbioStock??
« on: August 18, 2013, 21:03 »

I have been shooting for perhaps 6 years now ( and only recently got into selling stock seriously. In March I started and am now signed up to 10 libraries and selling 40-70 images  a week, which is maybe $30-$60 a week. I think thats OK and I need to keep pushing for it be worthwhile

I have maintained my own blog type site, semi successfully and had images on Zenfolio which is great in all aspects, including for wedding clients, but gets zero sales thru Google etc. Terrible SEO and a known issue. SymbioStock interests me but straddling to this and uploading here also seems odd. I could keep Zenfolio purely for wedding and corporate etc. Move everything else into SymbioStock. I use Wordpress already so the switch should be quick.

I see SymbioStock has nice galleries, great SEO and eay uplaod via FTP etc. Im hoping blog feature is good. One question I have is whether galleries can be locked for sale or not. Id like to use a blog generally for things I do but a few events I cant sell images from even though I want them up in a blog and online for viewing. Zenfolio has excellent galleries and im worried about losing functionality

A little bit of persuasion and I think ill start playing:) Might allow me to properly separate Zenfolio to what it does best and also to organise my site in general.


General Stock Discussion / Distorted Images on Upload
« on: August 08, 2013, 20:55 »
I was just wondering if anyone else ever got the occasional distorted image on an FTP upload. Im using Filezilla and also Stockuploader with both having same results. Maybe 1 in 10 get lines across image. Time consuming having to manually upload those to each site. Totally random.

Adobe Stock / Rejections Lately
« on: July 17, 2013, 23:57 »
Anyone else experiencing a rediculous amount of rejections. I started at about 50% and got up to 70% acceptance. Last 3 uploads have been 0% (10 images ) and 15% (for 20 images). What . is going on?! Accepted by other libraries.

Should I just wait and resubmit later on?


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