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03/10/2008 08:00:25 PM · #1
once you have been approved do they still scrutinize each image?
03/10/2008 08:03:32 PM · #2
Originally posted by itch:

once you have been approved do they still scrutinize each image?


Yes, and without mercy.
03/10/2008 08:08:59 PM · #3
thanks..., i have alot of stitches panoramas do you think they would accept?
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03/11/2008 03:04:46 AM · #4
i am guessing you will get the response 'too much editing' on a number of them. They really like their images plain. But I wouldn't let that stop me from trying to submit - it is always worth a try and they may very well get in.
03/11/2008 03:52:14 AM · #5
Odds are better for those images to be accepted when you go exclusive at istock
03/11/2008 06:50:56 AM · #6
Originally posted by eyewave:

Odds are better for those images to be accepted when you go exclusive at istock

That is not so. Image quality does not relate to exclusivity.
03/11/2008 07:14:43 AM · #7
Originally posted by pineapple:

Originally posted by eyewave:

Odds are better for those images to be accepted when you go exclusive at istock

That is not so. Image quality does not relate to exclusivity.


indeed, but subject does.
03/11/2008 10:21:34 AM · #8
I have also heard that exclusive members have an easier time getting images accepted (both faster and less strict). Although this probably doesn't help earnings much because I would think what they normally wouldn't accept wouldn't sell that well anyway.

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03/11/2008 02:12:56 PM · #9
and unless you have some special reason to go exclusive I would highly recommend submitting to the other stock sites. All your eggs in one basket is rarely a good idea.
03/20/2008 09:22:35 PM · #10
Stay away from exclusive for now. Not to mention that you canít be exclusive with iStock until you have 250 downloads and a 50% approval rating. Getting photos approved at first is not easy unless youíre on with your stock game. You need to test the water at all of the most popular sites. I would suggest the following:

Dreamstime
Fotolia
Imagecatalog
BigStockPhoto
123rf

ShutterStock has real strict rules. I would suggest staying away from this site until you have a very well established of really great stuff. They are the toughest Micro site of them all IMO.

Just remember, what is approved at one site may not be approved at another. Be prepared to have your images picked over with a fine tooth comb. What works here wonít always work for stock. They donít think much of filters, effects, lighting tricks or noise. Nor do they Neat Image unless you use it very sparingly. I have stopped all together. The one thing Iíve learned is this. If you have to really work a photo over to get it to look good, youíre not going to get it approved. Get used to solid lighting and consistent exposure. Photoshop is your friend but if youíre relying on it youíre going to have a tuff start. Out of the over 24,000 digital Iíve shot I only have about 50 approved stock photos. Donít get me wrong, one of my big problems is that I have over 1000 good stock images but I donít have a photo release for each person in the shot. The photo release part put a hurting on me when I started. I donít shoot anything anymore with people unless I get a release.

Anyway, good luck with stock photography. Itís worth it for sure, but you will have to go slow at first because iStock doesnít except but 15 images per every 168 hours. Thatís another reason I like the others as well.
04/01/2008 02:22:40 PM · #11
I want to agree with the above comments, do not go exclusive unless you have a really good reason to do so. One good reason might be the one my friend uses. He is exclusive at iStock. he tried SS and found far more sales on iStock, so he went exclusive because he would make a higher commission and only has one site to worry about. I prefer the multi-site approach. For me, it is interesting how my best sellers on one site are usually not my best sellers on another site. Having multiple sites allows some of my pictures that might not sell well on one site to sell on another site. At the same time, I am against selling with every microstock that comes along. There is work involved with working with each site, especially when you need to upload and categorize. I would say choose 3-5 of the best and stick with them. Here are my current favorites:

ShutterStock
Fotolia
iStockPhoto
Dreamstime
Big Stock Photo
Stockxpert


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