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Photo Stock Agencies

Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:34 pm

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.
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RE: Photo Stock Agencies

Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:57 pm

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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RE: Photo Stock Agencies

Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:22 pm

There are a quite a number out there.

Acclaim Images - - 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.


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RE: Photo Stock Agencies

Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:26 pm

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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RE: Photo Stock Agencies

Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:39 am

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.
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RE: Photo Stock Agencies

Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:34 am

I've been with for about 12 months now and haven't sold a single pic. Go figure...  Yeah sure
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RE: Photo Stock Agencies

Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:55 pm

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