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.
Pavvyben From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1516 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.
BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1410 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.