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    • lemontart
    • By lemontart 7th Jul 15, 6:43 PM
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    lemontart
    You need to upsize them using a program like photoshop.
    Originally posted by shopbot
    Be very careful when upsizing as some stock sites will not accept some
    I am responsible me, myself and I alone I am not the keeper others thoughts and words.
    • patman99
    • By patman99 7th Jul 15, 10:07 PM
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    Personally, I don't do any re-working of my images unless the site I am going to submit to allows it.

    Below, I have listed the requirements for 2 of the sites I use and will add more as I can find them.

    Image requirements for image stock sites.


    Alamy


    Images from at least a 6 megapixel DSLR or more. See site for list of un/suitable cameras.
    • JPEG’s saved at a high quality setting (i.e. Photoshop level 10 or above).
    • Alpha-numeric file names ending in .jpg.
    • RGB files, not single channel greyscale or CMYK.
    • Uncompressed file sizes of more than 17MB. This means you must use a DSLR camera with at least 6 megapixels.
    We do not want:

    • Images from compact/unsuitable cameras.
    • Images that contain a watermark, contain glamour or pornography, or images which infringe the rights of any third party.
    • Images that solely feature a logo or trademark - this is a copyright or trademark infringement.
    • a series of similar images with almost identical compositions or only slightly different exposures.
    We reject images for :

    Camera shake, chromatic aberration, colour cast, compression artifacts, data loss/corruption, from camera on unsuitable camera list, blemishes/dust bunnies/scratches, excessive sharpening, excessive similars (images almost identical), film rebate or border (when scanning films/negs), high contrast, interpolation artifacts, newton's rings/interference patterns, noise, noticeable retouching/over-manipulation, poor exposure, size, watermarking, unsuitable material, soft or lacking definition.
    iStock (now owned by Getty Images)


    Files accepted in RGB .JPG ONLY. Tif, PSD & PNG image formats will be rejected.
    Images must be 1600 x 1200 pixels or bigger.
    NO up-sizing of images allowed.


    iStock accepts images in the following categories -


    Corporate shots, concepts & visual metaphors, food & beverages, groups & teams, holidays & seasonal themes, non-business jobs (i.e. mechanics, builders and Emergency Services), people interacting, religion & spirituality, science & technology, sport and social issues.


    They don't want -


    3D rendered images/texts/modelling, airplane wings/out-of-window shots, flags, light blurs, nature shots (with exceptions), PS backgrounds/fractuals, people doing nothing, shadows of people/headless people, single fruit/food items on white background, sunsets/clouds/skies (unless it is an absolutley stunning image), symbols or your immediate environment.
    Never Knowingly Understood.

    Member #1 of £1,000 challenge - £759.94/ £1000 (that's 75.49%)

    3-6 month EF £240.61/£3600 (that's 4 days worth)

    Do you/your spouse earn less than £197 p/w ?. Fill-in Form R85 and get your Bank interest Tax free.
    • lemontart
    • By lemontart 13th Jul 15, 8:59 AM
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    lemontart
    Seriously thinking about alamy but concerned that usd payments will incur hefty fees to pay into uk accounts, do they offer alternatives such as paypal etc
    I am responsible me, myself and I alone I am not the keeper others thoughts and words.
    • chrisbur
    • By chrisbur 13th Jul 15, 10:35 AM
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    chrisbur
    Seriously thinking about alamy but concerned that usd payments will incur hefty fees to pay into uk accounts, do they offer alternatives such as paypal etc
    Originally posted by lemontart
    If you have a UK account Alamy will pay you in UK pounds, they will convert and as far as your bank is concerned it will be a normal transfer in pounds.

    Paypal is an option if you wish you can see more details about payments here
    http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/financial-transactions-faq.asp#faq4
    Last edited by chrisbur; 13-07-2015 at 10:40 AM. Reason: added link to FAQ
    • LeBerg
    • By LeBerg 19th Jul 15, 12:27 PM
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    Great thread everyone, thanks

    I imagine there are a few people in my position in that i'm no professional, but every now and then I take a good snap! And if i can share those and make a few extra £'s a month then why not.

    I need to take a good look at some of the sights mentioned, but I get the impression that Alamy or Ghetty are the way to go for someone like me. Any thoughts on this choice would be useful

    Secondly has anyone tried selling Instagram pictures?

    I have the originals of course, but they look much better quality after being tweaked slightly. I'm guessing the size of these may be an issue though as they're all annoyingly square

    Thanks again everyone
    • patman99
    • By patman99 19th Jul 15, 4:32 PM
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    Trouble with Instagram is that their user-base is shrinking. They lost 50% of their user base when they dropped Twitter support and a shed load more when they changed their T&Cs to state that 'Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, subject to the Service's Privacy Policy.'
    Never Knowingly Understood.

    Member #1 of £1,000 challenge - £759.94/ £1000 (that's 75.49%)

    3-6 month EF £240.61/£3600 (that's 4 days worth)

    Do you/your spouse earn less than £197 p/w ?. Fill-in Form R85 and get your Bank interest Tax free.
    • LeBerg
    • By LeBerg 19th Jul 15, 6:05 PM
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    Do you mean as an advertisement tool for the pictures? I put everything on Insta but there a few that I would like to publicize and sell on if i can. If they're good enough obviously
    • chrisbur
    • By chrisbur 20th Jul 15, 9:40 PM
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    chrisbur
    Great thread everyone, thanks

    I imagine there are a few people in my position in that i'm no professional, but every now and then I take a good snap! And if i can share those and make a few extra £'s a month then why not.

    I need to take a good look at some of the sights mentioned, but I get the impression that Alamy or Ghetty are the way to go for someone like me. Any thoughts on this choice would be useful
    Originally posted by LeBerg
    Alamy (A) and Getty (G) are very different.
    A So long as you use a suitable camera and pass QC you will be accepted.
    G Getty will decide if you are accepted or not based on the quality and whether they feel your pictures will sell.
    A Everything you send will be accepted onto the site provided it passes QC that is they are technically correct eg correct exposure no dust spots or artefacts etc. No judgement will be made on content.
    G Same sort of QC but then what you send will be edited down to what G wants and thinks will sell.
    A You get 50% of what the picture sells for.
    G You get 20% for royalty free 30% rights managed for foreign sales 40% rights managed for UK sales. (I am assuming you come from UK which if correct will mean US sales have witholding tax on them.)
    A You will not be paid until you have $75 in cleared funds, if you are really lucky that could be one sale but more likely to be anything up to about 10.
    G A similar arrangement but a slightly lower payout level and funds do not have to have cleared, this does mean that now and then you get a minus figure deducted from your payout.

    A and G Extra work will be involved in preparing your submissions.
    Compare your work with that on the sites; do you feel you at least match it?
    Are you prepared to possibly change to taking pictures that will sell rather than hoping the pictures you like to take will sell?
    Do you really want to sell pictures, if so start checking books/magazines to see who sells, checking sites to see what sells, and what is required and start sending in submissions. Believe in your own ability and take no notice of any advice on sites like this.
    Good luck let us know how you get on.
    • madoxegy
    • By madoxegy 7th Oct 15, 6:43 PM
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    There is no legal process of copyrighting, if you take a photo, you own the copyright straight away.
    • specialmonkey83
    • By specialmonkey83 25th Feb 16, 9:39 AM
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    123stock.co.uk
    There's a new stock image site out 123stock.co.uk you could check that out to sell your images etc
    • sharpshot
    • By sharpshot 25th Feb 16, 10:48 AM
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    sharpshot
    I would avoid any new site, there's already too many of them. A bit like a corner shop taking on Tesco but without any advantages, they don't have much of a chance. Having seen a few fold and not pay me, they aren't worth it.

    I've been selling photos online for over 9 years now and Alamy is my favourite site. Shutterstock used to be good but they are getting close to 1 million new images a week and that makes it harder to make money with them. Pond5 are good for selling video clips.
    • chrisbur
    • By chrisbur 25th Feb 16, 11:55 AM
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    chrisbur
    There's a new stock image site out 123stock.co.uk you could check that out to sell your images etc
    Originally posted by specialmonkey83
    Had a quick look, seems to have about 60 pictures in total; all the ones I looked at by some tog called Special Monkey, could not see anyone else on the site.

    These new sites spring up every now and then and disappear again after a while. Problem is very few if any buyers will consider using these new sites until they have a wide selection of saleable pictures; and the togs who produce saleable pictures will not submit until they feel the buyers are looking there.
    If you were looking for a picture for a magazine front cover where would you start 123stock with less than 100 pics or Alamy with over 65 million, or to take my speciality (flowers and plants) where would you look for a tulip, 123 stock with 1 picture and that not even keyworded as tulip but just flower or Gapphotos with over 5000 tulip pictures nearly all keyworded by species and/or cultivar.
    Last edited by chrisbur; 26-02-2016 at 8:50 AM.
    • bloomfelt
    • By bloomfelt 9th Nov 17, 6:29 PM
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    bloomfelt
    Selling Photographs for extra cash
    Hi All

    I was just wondering if there is anybody out there who has used a stock site for selling their own photos?
    I'm just wondering if anybody has recommendations of safe, easy to use sites that are good for a keen amateur who has the occasional decent pic but not going to be uploading hundreds a week.
    All advice would greatly appreciated.
    £5 a day December £90.51/£155
    £5 a day 2017 (so far)£1262.02
    • Nic880
    • By Nic880 10th Nov 17, 7:58 AM
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    Nic880
    I don’t know unfortunately but will keep checking this post for any suggestions!
    • Kayalana99
    • By Kayalana99 10th Nov 17, 8:35 AM
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    Kayalana99
    Shutterstock is easy to set up but I have been uploading odd extra wedding photos (nothing major just detail shots etc) I've literally had 2 sales and it came to 50 cents...plus you need a min amount to withdraw. I have around 40-50 photos and honestly my photos are pretty good quality images as I used to be a professional photographer.

    Unless you are planning on making it a real side income, like actually going out and shooting for stock (whilst researching what would sell) I wouldn't bother.
    People don't know what they want until you show them.
    • fewgroats
    • By fewgroats 10th Nov 17, 8:37 AM
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    fewgroats
    Create a Pinterest account and say you have similar photos for sale?
    • bloomfelt
    • By bloomfelt 10th Nov 17, 5:36 PM
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    bloomfelt
    Shutterstock is easy to set up but I have been uploading odd extra wedding photos (nothing major just detail shots etc) I've literally had 2 sales and it came to 50 cents...plus you need a min amount to withdraw. I have around 40-50 photos and honestly my photos are pretty good quality images as I used to be a professional photographer.

    Unless you are planning on making it a real side income, like actually going out and shooting for stock (whilst researching what would sell) I wouldn't bother.
    Originally posted by Kayalana99
    Thankyou Kayalana99
    I was aware that these sites normally have high and low demand items so just seeing if anybody had used them and what they have sold.
    Going from your reply sounds like its not really worthwhile.
    £5 a day December £90.51/£155
    £5 a day 2017 (so far)£1262.02
    • bloomfelt
    • By bloomfelt 10th Nov 17, 5:38 PM
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    bloomfelt
    Create a Pinterest account and say you have similar photos for sale?
    Originally posted by fewgroats
    Fewgroats is this something you have done, I haven't got the time to mess around getting prints done etc just looking to sell the images themselves.
    £5 a day December £90.51/£155
    £5 a day 2017 (so far)£1262.02
    • chrisbur
    • By chrisbur 10th Nov 17, 7:33 PM
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    chrisbur
    There is a thread about this; though has not had anything added for nearly two years.

    Threads have now been merged.

    Some of the sites mentioned will probably no longer exist but might give you an idea of what is involved.
    Last edited by chrisbur; 11-11-2017 at 9:40 AM. Reason: Removed link to old thread as now merged with it.
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