There is an Australian girl who is a talented and prolific shooter I has come to know of. She shoots exclusively for only one site.
And she has made enough money from it to buy a house and send her husband to uni solely from its earnings.
So now I can expect someone to post a question like, "Which site is that?"
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Also a very 'Singaporean thing' - try all, and hope you hit something with your bullets (sorry, couldn't resist ;-)).
Alternative - focus your energy on what you shoot; and upload your best. Figure out what sells - and don't waste your energy on uploading (that's the most boring part of all - happy to outsource it, if someone wants to do it for me). Gives me more time for taking pictures
At least it works well for me ;-)
Mmmh, I guess it depends on how you view it. It is harder to get into iStock, but once you are in, you have a better chance of generating steady income from even a small portfolio, without constant uploading of new pics.
If you go through iStock's tutorial carefully and follow their teachings strictly, together with a bit of luck, it is not that hard to get accepted. Two of my friends were accepted at their very first attempt.
Last edited by Sion; 14th April 2009 at 08:52 PM.
deep roses with 2,225 downloads, you would imagine many would have bothered about the uneven lighting.. seems the best bet is to go and try, shoot and upload, ask and learn..
Not interested in this line of work, but find the discussion about how this markets operate interesting!
Yes, the limit is initially a hurdle, but be patient, work hard, and you can become exclusive in a few months, and they will raise your limit. I can't fill mine any more.
BTW, they didn't change their search algorithm, but what is called 'best match'...
Review time is no big deal; try video and you wait 4+ weeks, or upload to Getty, and you wait 6+ weeks
Isn't this a nice challenge?
...but I wonder how many other professions will follow in the same way as micro-stock photo libraries in the future.. ebay is an interesting change (the new sell and buy your ware).. paypal (the world's bank for transactions kind of thing??).. the world is changing fast, quick take a snap to remember it!!!
I have earned close to USD200 with just about 50 photos in Shutterstock. Mostly landscapes. However, my recent upload of 40 landscape (sunset) photos got rejected with the reason 'limited commercial value'. As mentioned here, have to know what they want and what to upload. You have to be willing to shoot boring stuffs and a lot of them.
Hah ... which stock agency likes landscapes ?