Author: Dave

iStockphoto.com – Exclusive or not?

iStockphoto has an exclusivity program that photographers can sign up for.  The exclusivity program has requirements and associated benefits. The iStockphoto Exclusivity program is detailed at: http://www.istockphoto.com/sell-stock-photos-exclusivity.php. The benefits of the iStockphoto.com Exclusivity program are: Increased royalty benefits.  The royalty rates for exclusive photographers are 22-45%.  See the royalty rates at: http://www.istockphoto.com/help/sell-stock/rate-schedule. In comparison, rates for non-exclusive contributors start at 15%, so you definitely make more money. Increased Sales Potential.  The iStockphoto website states that exclusivity brings more attention to your portfolio and “makes the most out of all that traffic.  You will see a difference.”  From that statement,...

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Stock Photography – What images sell the best?

The elusive question that every Stock Photographer asks is: “what images sell the best?”  My next question is, “Where can I best spend my time in order to maximize my stock photography potential revenues?” Man, I think about those questions – a lot!  I wish that the various Stock Photography Agencies would just publish a list of what is selling the best.  I would even settle to see a list of what keywords buyers are actively searching with and buying with.  But that is like asking Google to reveal their Search algorithm for the world to see.  I just...

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Best Stock Photography Sites to Sell Stock Photographs

As a Stock photographer, you can choose to become exclusive with one micro-stock agency or you can choose to spread your work across multiple sites.  There are tons of Stock Photography sites that you can sell your photographs on. Here is a list of some of the sites that are available: 123rf Alamy BigStock CanStockPhoto Clipdealer Crestock Cutcaster DepositPhotos Dreamstime FeaturePics Fotolia GlowImages GraphicLeftovers iStockphoto MostPhotos PantherMedia Peopleimages.com Photaki Photokore Pixmac Pocketstock Shutterstock StockFresh StockFuel Veer VivoZoom YayMicro Zoonar Let me know if you have other sites that you are submitting to.  Also, let me know which sites you...

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Stock Photography Keyword Tool

Keywording is a critical part of the stock photography upload process. It enables your images to be found when customers use the search capabilities of the microstock site. The key to keywording is thinking like a designer. What types of keywords would a designer use to search for an image? What elements are part of the image that a designer would identify using keywords? A designer may want an image with clouds or blue sky. The designer may want an image that is portrait rather than landscape. The designer may want an image with women vs men, old vs...

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Dangers of Shooting Pictures on Railroad Tracks

In many photographer’s portfolios, there are images shot with the models posing on railroad tracks or beside graffiti covered trains. There is an allure to shooting on the tracks. The symmetry of the lines of the tracks contrasted against the perpendicular lines of the railroad ties underneath provide a perfect backdrop for shooting a model or a couple. However, shooting along railroad tracks can be dangerous as well. You would think that you would hear or feel a train as it thundered down the tracks, but every year people are killed as they fail to get out of the...

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