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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 23
Posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Am looking for advice on choosing a photo stock agency, for aviation photos and also other photos.

Which ones are good, which ones to avoid, etc.

Any info appreciated.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3783 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Quoting Viv (Thread starter):
which ones to avoid

Microstock agencies and the others that sell your photos royalty-free for close to nothing... The stock site and the customer are the only one's gaining profit basically. I thought about joining one about a year back but figured out it's not worth uploading hundreds of files to receive 0,50 eur a sale.

To be honest I didn't yet find a stock site (which takes non-av photos too) that seems to be fair and worth uploading.


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User currently offlinePavvyben From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

There are a quite a number out there.

Acclaim Images - http://www.acclaimimages.com/ - are supposed to be quite good, 50/50 on photo sales. There not as fussy there compared to here regarding photo's being uploaded, just upload everything as a JPEG from a RAW file. You must have a RAW file for the image you upload to them.

I agree with Florian, stay clear of microsites, the only people that make money from that is the site itself. Doesn't justify your work to get paid a ridiculously small amount of money for a good photo.

See how it goes.



User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

Also make sure you don't sign up to upload a certain amount of photos on a yearly basis.

Easy the first year when you have a lot to upload, but it gets tougher each year to come up with new top shots that hasn't been added.

One more thing to look out for is the payout plan.
At what level will they pay you ?
and How ?

Tommy Mogren

[Edited 2006-10-30 11:42:58]

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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1638 times:

I had one regular client that used to not only tell me that I was competing against Getty Images, but they would actually email me the photo that they were considering using!

Though my experience in working with stock agencies is minimal, my biggest concern would be their policy on exclusivity and any non-compete clauses that they might have. Make sure that you still retain all rights to your photos that you've submitted, or maybe even if you can work for multiple agencies to get the most out of your work.

Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 1607 times:

I've been with http://www.fotolibra.com/ for about 12 months now and haven't sold a single pic. Go figure...  Yeah sure

User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

I have joined PhotographersDirect. 80/20 on photo sales.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
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