A Photographers Intro

Getting Started in Stock Photography Selling photography and illustrations through stock image agencies is a great way to make money. Tens of thousands of amatuer and professional potographers around the world make a great side income this way. There are hundred of photographers that have made “microstock” their day job and earn enough to live by selling their images through multiple stock image agencies. Selling photography and illustrations through stock image agencies is a great way to make money. Tens of thousands of amatuer and professional potographers around the world make a great side income this way. There are hundred of photographers that have made “microstock” their day job and earn enough to live by selling their images through multiple stock image agencies. In this area you will find information to help you learn how to sell your images effective and earn the most money with the least amount of time.   Agency Lists View the agency review list for photographers looking to make money with selling their images. The statitics and reviews are geared toward people looking to sell, although the information might be interesting to designers as well. Photographer Articles Life would be much easier if every image was accepted and sold well at every agency, giving you enough cash to retire in a month. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen and certainly not in a day. These articles will help you make more money without finding yourself depressed from the constant changing environment of stock photography. Recommended Equipment (coming soon) The great thing about microstock photography is that it doesn’t require a studio to get started. Many people shoot with their “family camera” using their family as their models. However, as you try to compete with other photographers you will find that you need to invest into some better equipment. Find our recommendations and other users...

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Making Money with Referrals

One of the most overlooked methods of making mone with microstock agencies like Fotolia and 123RF is to take part in their referral programs. While it may sound easy at first, you need to understand a few things about why agencies offer refferal programs and which programs will really work out best in the end. Top Referral Programs In our first table I list some of the best microstock referral programs availible today. Each part of their program is important. A referral program needs to pay a good percentage for a long time in order to be effective. You don’t want to spend a great deal of time getting a great referral only lose out on the referral money after 3 months. Agency Percent /Terms Duration Cookie Fotolia 15% Designer / Buyer 10% Photographer / Seller 5 Years  15 Days   Fotolia is generally the most attractive referral program out there, a long 5 year period means that if you can get a few busy graphic designers under you, you can significantly increase your income for a long period. Shutterstock 20% Designer / Buyer 10% Seller Buyer : Only first sale Seller: Permanent 30 days   This would be my second pick for a top referral program, especially for photographers. On the buyer side, we don’t see many referrals, but when we get them, they are VERY NICE, generally $30-$40 per referral Dreamstime 10% Designer / Buyer 10% Photographer 3 years  30 days Dreamstime recently improved their referral program by going form 1 year to three years. This is greatly important for photographer referrals where it often takes longer to build a large portfolio. 123RF 15% Designer / Buyer 10% Photographer / Seller Buyer: 1 year Seller: 6 months  1 Year While the buyer referral program is very attractive, a 6 month photographer referral programs is not worth much. About the Photographers We have learned a lot in the last two years about referring photographers. In many ways it seems better than buyers, because photographers should be ongoing income where buyers can just stop buying after the first package. However, remember that it takes a photographer 1-2 years to get a good portfolio together (unless he/she has it already in place from other agencies). A photographer referral program for less than a year is not normally going to make you much money. Other Agencies There are many other agencies...

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DEPOSITPHOTOS.COM PROMO VERIFIED

Several Microstock startup agencies have offered a compensation for submitting pictures. I have tried several of them and while I have a nice $20-$50 in my “account” I have never actually earned enough to get paid.DepositPhotos.com sent my first payment yesterday. DepositPhotos.com seems to be a rather solid microstock startup. Competing with popular stock agencies likeDreamstime, iStockPhoto and Fotolia will not be easy. Their marketing people tell me this is a “large and serious project”. I am not sure what that means, but I am impressed with the site. Impressive web design is not enough to sell images. It takes a lot of marketing and hard work (trust me, I tried and failed). Deposit Photos has done two things which has quickly brought their image total up to near 1 million images: Contributor Program – DepositPhotos will pay you $0.20 for every single original photo you upload for sale to our library, up to 500 photos. They will pay you when earnings have reach $50 or 250 accepted photos. Referral Program – DepositPhotos will pay you $0.05 for each approved photo your referral uploads for sale in our library – for up to 1000 photos! You can make a good amount of money before the agency actually starts selling images. Now this kind of earning can’t last forever and eventually they have to start selling images, but it makes the hours required to upload images a little more palletable if you know there is some compensation involved. I have uploaded images to probably 5-8 agencies that I still haven’t got a first payment from. Its all a guessing games as to which will survive.  I was wrong about Lucky Oliver, I was sure they would On the compensation side, Deposit Photos offers a Fotolia like compensation scale: Take a look at the reviews for DepositPhotos, write a review if you are working with them. For a more casual look, check out the dedicated DepositPhotos forum topic. Or, if you are in a hurry you can jump straight to their...

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The Feel Good Folder

… You have been shooting and uploaded stock photography for 8 months. While the sales are consistent across several microstock sites and the checks are coming in every month now, you still have yet to see where the hundreds of images you sell each month go. You think… someday I’ll be famous and then it happens… You are driving down the road, look up to that same old billboard for Leslie’s Lollypop Shop and … wait a minute…. That’s your son up there, licking a lollypop you bought from Wal-mart… Your first sighting and it is 11 feet by 40 feet wide. After wrecking your car into the nearest stationary object and pulling out your camera, which you never leave home without, and start shooting for memories sake… You call your wife (or husband, or aunt, or … well somebody) and say “hey, get over here”. Maybe you go into Leslie’s Lollypop Shop for the first time and buy something to celebrate. And then the truth hits you…. The funny thing is that they only paid $5 for that image and you made $2.50… If this has ever happened to you, then welcome to the MicroStock club. I have been through this and similar experiences several times and learned to worry about how much they paid, but to let the experience inspire me forward. After my first contact, I started what I call the Feel Good Folder. This is a folder of magazine snips, emails thanks, and web screenshots of places I have found my images. I am grateful that some agencies (like Dreamstime) give the buyer a chance to write a comment as they download the image. Sometimes they leave a URL, of a magazine name. I am inspired by the feel good folder for two reasons: 1)      I am actually a published photographer – Now I am not sure if some people would like that definition of published, but I have snapped-the-shutter for images used on book covers, in magazines and on countless websites. That is COOL! 2)      For every one that I see, I know that there are thousands which I don’t (and probably won’t) see. While many people gripe about the amount that I make per image sale, the truth is that people choose my images for their projects every day. Now I know that some are just group purchases that never made it past...

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Fotolia

Fotolia

Agency Link: www.Fotolia.com Images: 22,000,000 Referral Program: Yes Free Images: Yes Updated: April 2013 As one of the first truly global agencies, Fotolia boost a massive image set. Having recently crossed 4 million images, one sometimes wonders how to shoot something new. Fotolia offers the best referral program availible as of this...

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