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Print on Demand Forum / imageopolis
« on: July 28, 2014, 21:50 »
Anyone know anything about this site -

Looks like its a photo sharing site that runs like its a non-profit with a donate button.  They just started setting up a gallery on FAA and I was wondering if the participants even know they are selling their photos.

Print on Demand Forum / photo4me
« on: June 13, 2014, 10:47 »
Anyone using the UK POD site "Photo4me"?  I just put some stuff up.  Its curated.  I know of one fellow FAA member who had a sale there recently.  Anyone else with experience?

So far I'm just getting a ton of "I like it" comments in my inbox.

Print on Demand Forum / FAA Launches Art Licensing
« on: April 07, 2014, 16:20 »
FAA's new licensing site "" has been officially launched (not to be confused with plain old which sells phone cases and art or the original flavor which sells art but not phone cases or licensing).

Time to add FAA to the list of stock sites?

Microstock News / Big Stock and Greeting Card Universe
« on: November 23, 2013, 07:37 »
GCU pays about 10 cents a card sale so can you image the Big Stock royalty?  1 cent perhaps?

"In partnership with BigStock, GCU is excited to roll out a soft launch of a new feature - Stock Card Creations.  This targets card creators who are good with words and verse and/or have clever ideas but do not have access to high quality art / images. 
The intent is not to replace the creative artists in our community today but to open the same opportunity to new contributors, different types of contributors.  These cards by nature will not hold a candle to the highly stylized designs that we revere on GCU, but will shine in other ways.
Here are some highlights:
1. Access to millions of high-quality stock images licensed by GCU (no charge to card creators)
2. Simple interface to create cards
3. Standard earnings  (these cards are exempt from premium earnings and will not apply to meeting quarterly earnings thresholds)
4. GCU review process and Submission Guidelines apply however since images are pre qualified reviews will be much quicker
5. Cards must be marketable & serve less populated and niche categories on GCU.  GCU will decline cards deemed not marketable, considered more of the same and with little to no added value.  This will be very subjective.  Simply overlaying Happy Birthday over the image of a cake will not pass muster.
6. Cards automatically appear in Private gallery until reviewed
7. Approved cards are limited to this category: Collections >> Off the Cuff.  Over time top selling cards may be moved to their functional occasion based category
8. Card visibility relies on self promotion and search (search engines & onsite search) cards will thrive or not by their metadata (title, keywords, artist notes, etc.)
9. GCU artists can participate within their existing store "

Veer / Veer's New Direction
« on: September 26, 2013, 15:46 »
According to the latest email promotion from Veer, they have decided that the more "traditional" stock that has been around for a while - white backgrounds, smiley happy people is now "Bad Stock" according to them and their new direction.

This is all well and good.  Yuri might not like his work considered bad stock but it gives a site like Veer a way to differentiate themselves from the pack.

Personally I like the idea of creating more creative and less "bad stock" type of images.  If some does produce they type of images Veer is looking for it then comes down to whether or not to trust that agency with these images and deciding where to put such images to get the best return.

If an agency like Veer is going to become a boutique agency then they should be charging for it and rewarding the contributors accordingly.

I haven't uploaded anything to Veer in a long time after initially starting a port there because lack of sales.  I've seen promotions to buyers but not to contributors.  You'd think they offer some incentives for contributors to upload more interesting and unique work.

New Sites - General / Greeting Card Universe - Bye Bye
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:49 »
The constant interest in growing the market for my images lead me to try Greeting Card Universe about six months ago.

For those who are not familiar with GCU, its a greeting card store that promises cards for ANY occasion.  If your wounded veteran brother is having a sex change and getting married on Halloween - they have a card for that.

I started out enthusiastic.  The promise of 50 cents a card and ease of converting my images into greeting cards made me optimistic in experimenting with this new market.  Why not right?  It doesn't compete with microstock really, more like competing with POD sites.  Any they let you put a little branding on the back of the cards.

Then came the reality.  Review times that lasted months and then pain in the butt revisions from the reviewers.  Then a recent commission cut that only rewarded the very top volume contributors (who must have spent years getting there).

The latest insult was a Groupon offer they sent out.  In a 500 card order from a customer in Turkey, I had one card in the batch and it sold for $1.49.  My commission?  An amazing 7 cents!

GCU is crashing and burning.  When the geniuses in marketing come up with the brilliant plan to just give the product away, you know the end is near.

I used to work with magazine salespeople and the worst ones always gave away the pages at deep discounts because they sucked at sales.  Anyone can give things away.  There is no strategy in giving things away for free except for desperation.

Microstock News / Yayimages - Streaming Microstock
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:33 »
This sound innovative:

"The music, film and image industry faced a new reality when the world became digital. Content became digital, and people got used to digital content being free. While the music and film industry have taken steps to stop illegal use and increase their revenue by offering a better alternative, we still haven?t seen any effective steps being made in the image industry.
It?s estimated that 85% of all images used online are being used without a license. So what to do? Getty has chosen to stay out of it, as long as the users don?t make money on the content. At YAY we want to try a different approach. We want to create an online solution for online image users. We?ve looked at other industries that have managed to turn non-paying customers into paying customers, and we hope to achieve the same.   
Therefore we are releasing our new product for online users: YAY Streaming.
YAY Streaming will give users a link, instead of a file, to use on their online sites. They will also get the option to edit the image and add filters directly in their browsers.  The image will be app. 600 pixels on the largest side. On the new site users will experience the latest in search technology with a cutting edge similar image search from Pixolution. The search will help users to not only to find the right image, but also help the creative process ? and it will give a better exposure of the entire image base. Our target audience for streaming is professional bloggers, small businesses, and small websites.
With a streaming model we?re able to cut the prices, host the images ourselves ? and maintain control over how and where the images are used. The web subscription will not include downloads - only online streaming. Users can upgrade their subscription to larger sizes, and they can also choose to include downloads. 
We?ve looked into other streaming products, such as Netflix and Spotify, and we?ve set the price point accordingly, at $9.90.  This is low compared to other image products on the market today, but it?s not meant to compete with other high-res subscriptions ? it?s to open up a new market. Ideally we would?ve chosen a higher price, but taking into consideration the result from our initial customer survey, and looking at the prices of other consumer services, such as free blogs and Netflix for only $7.99, we found it difficult to set the price any higher than $9.90. We?re trying to convert non-paying customers into paying customers, and the key to earnings is volume. If we together can change the attitude of online image use to a paying model, there is a potential for a new dawn for microstock images."

Image Sleuth / Photo to Illustration
« on: August 26, 2013, 22:13 »
Found this article on a possible cover design rip off.  The illustration certainly looks a lot like this microstock photo.  You be the judge

How often does this happen?

Symbiostock - SEO & Marketing / Offering Free Images
« on: August 26, 2013, 16:43 »
Ok, back from vacation in Yellowstone.  Beefing up my Symbiostock site - with 500 plus images at this point.  Blogging, linking, SEOing away.

One new idea for marketing that I've put into place is offering a few free images.  So far I just have one offered and its 72 dpi and limited to small size AND it has my URL on it.

My thinking is that it would give an interested party a way to test out my site without spending any money.

If anyone wants to test it out here is the link:


General Stock Discussion / Flashback to 2007
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:40 »
Ran across this today - oh the good old days before I even jumped in!  How many of these have changed for the worse?  I think maybe DT and SS are the same?


As of 2007:

Photographers earn a $.25 flat fee per image download. After a photographer has sold $500 of images, the rate goes up to $.30 per download.

Pricing method is based on the exclusivity of the image. For exclusive images (images that are only available on Fotolia), a commission of 50% - 64% is offered. Non-exclusive images receive 33% - 47% commission.

The percentage of commission is based on the rank of the photographer-- the higher the rank, the higher the commission. Rank is earned by the number photos downloaded (sold). To reach the maximum earning percentage, a photographer must have sold 500,000 photos.

A flat rate of 50% of the sale is offered for non-exclusive images, while exclusive images command a 60% commission. If the photographer is exclusive* to Dreamstime, they get a bonus of $.20 per submitted photo.

*Being an exclusive photographer means you only post your work at one agency.

A 20% commission on sales is offered for non-exclusive photographers. That rate doubles to 40% if the photographer is exclusively represented by iStockPhoto.

Photographers selling photos at StockXpert earn a 50% straight commission on all sales.

Carnies (photographers) receive a 30% basic royalty on sales. Exclusive images earn 35% - 50%, based on the number of sales a photographer has generated.

Individual image sales earn 50% each, while subscription-based downloads earn $.36 each.

Big Stock Photo
Photographers earn $.50 to $1 for each photo downloaded, based on the resolution of the image sold.

General Stock Discussion / Freerangestock - the new low
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:08 »
"Enjoy free photos? Consider contributing some of yours for others" offers the lowest commissions yet in the world of microstock - "0"

Upload your images to be given away for the chance at sharing in advertising revenue.  I think this is the new low until they charge a fee for giving away photos.

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