DepositPhotos

DepositPhotos

Deposit Photos opened to the public in 2009 and is growing quickly. Time will tell if they will carve a piece of the Microstock market. Their photographer compensation and affiliate program are on par with other agencies. They have a custom “Buy by SMS” option to order photos over your mobile phone.

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Dreamstime

Dreamstime

Dreamstime continues to be one of the best agencies availible for both photographers and designers. Their massive colleciton is approaching 10million images, but do to a progressive pricing of images, seem to still sell new images well. Dreamstime’s system of image pricing makes images with fewer downloads cheaper to designers. This means if you have old and successfull images, they can cost a lot more (even for blog sized images). New photographers can succeed at Dreamstime by shooting high quality photos to compete with their expensive older version. Most photographers report a good experience with the submission process at Dreamstime although it is a little more tedious than systems used at...

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Shutterstock

Shutterstock

  Agency Link – Seller: submit.Shutterstock.com – Buyer: www.Shutterstock.com Founded: July 02, 2003 Images: 25,000,000 Shutterstock is one of the first Microstock Image agecies. Unlike iStockphoto, they rely mainly on a subscription model where a customer pays a large amount, but downloads almost unlimited photos. Shutterstock continues to be one of the easiest agencies to submit images to. Photographers report that getting their initial portfolio approved can be difficult. However, the ongoing submission process is lightning fast and earning can come in quickly (especially at first when subscription owners grab your image for the fun of it). Give your vote and thoughts...

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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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iStockPhoto

iStockPhoto

Agency Link: istockphoto.com Total Files: 15,000,000 Video: Yes Audio: Yes Photos: Yes iStockPhoto is what started the Microstock Industry.  It was originally an ‘indie’ site start by Bruce Livingstone and was later purchased by Getty Images.  Today it has become an icon of big business in the microstock industry and lost much of it’s community feeling other smaller sites still possess.  Sales are generally quite good but commissions are among the lowest in the industry. Have opinions or thoughts about iStockPhoto, leave them below and share your experience. Updated: April...

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