Jul 05

Melissa Polly Photography

TouchPal Demos Gesture Keyboard with Sliding Input for iOS 8 (Macrumors)

One of the major iOS 8 announcements at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference was support for systemwide third-party keyboards, and a number of prominent keyboard developers have announced their intention to support iOS. Fleksy was the first to share a photo of its keyboard running on iOS 8, and today TouchPal has posted a video of its keyboard in action.

TouchPal's video shows its keyboard supporting gesture/sliding input similar to Swype, as demoed in the stock Messages app on iOS 8. TouchPal also supports autocorrect and predictive word suggestions, although these are not shown in the demo.

While iOS 8's public release is still several months away, it's clear that keyboard developers, many of whom including Swype, Adaptxt and SwiftKey have honed their offerings on Android, are moving quickly to support iOS.

Several major keyboard developers have already been working with iOS, as seen with the SwiftKey Note app with Evernote integration and Fleksy's developer tools that allow developers to add support for the firm's predictive keyboard on an app-by-app basis. As a result, we expect quite a few third-party options ready for the iOS 8 launch.

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Jul 01

Apt C Photography Polly Parsons

TouchPal Demos Gesture Keyboard with Sliding Input for iOS 8 (Macrumors)

One of the major iOS 8 announcements at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference was support for systemwide third-party keyboards, and a number of prominent keyboard developers have announced their intention to support iOS. Fleksy was the first to share a photo of its keyboard running on iOS 8, and today TouchPal has posted a video of its keyboard in action.

TouchPal's video shows its keyboard supporting gesture/sliding input similar to Swype, as demoed in the stock Messages app on iOS 8. TouchPal also supports autocorrect and predictive word suggestions, although these are not shown in the demo.

While iOS 8's public release is still several months away, it's clear that keyboard developers, many of whom including Swype, Adaptxt and SwiftKey have honed their offerings on Android, are moving quickly to support iOS.

Several major keyboard developers have already been working with iOS, as seen with the SwiftKey Note app with Evernote integration and Fleksy's developer tools that allow developers to add support for the firm's predictive keyboard on an app-by-app basis. As a result, we expect quite a few third-party options ready for the iOS 8 launch.

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Jun 27

Tara Polly Photography

TouchPal Demos Gesture Keyboard with Sliding Input for iOS 8 (Macrumors)

One of the major iOS 8 announcements at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference was support for systemwide third-party keyboards, and a number of prominent keyboard developers have announced their intention to support iOS. Fleksy was the first to share a photo of its keyboard running on iOS 8, and today TouchPal has posted a video of its keyboard in action.

TouchPal's video shows its keyboard supporting gesture/sliding input similar to Swype, as demoed in the stock Messages app on iOS 8. TouchPal also supports autocorrect and predictive word suggestions, although these are not shown in the demo.

While iOS 8's public release is still several months away, it's clear that keyboard developers, many of whom including Swype, Adaptxt and SwiftKey have honed their offerings on Android, are moving quickly to support iOS.

Several major keyboard developers have already been working with iOS, as seen with the SwiftKey Note app with Evernote integration and Fleksy's developer tools that allow developers to add support for the firm's predictive keyboard on an app-by-app basis. As a result, we expect quite a few third-party options ready for the iOS 8 launch.

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Jun 23

How to Sell Stock Photos

TouchPal Demos Gesture Keyboard with Sliding Input for iOS 8 (Macrumors)

One of the major iOS 8 announcements at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference was support for systemwide third-party keyboards, and a number of prominent keyboard developers have announced their intention to support iOS. Fleksy was the first to share a photo of its keyboard running on iOS 8, and today TouchPal has posted a video of its keyboard in action.

TouchPal's video shows its keyboard supporting gesture/sliding input similar to Swype, as demoed in the stock Messages app on iOS 8. TouchPal also supports autocorrect and predictive word suggestions, although these are not shown in the demo.

While iOS 8's public release is still several months away, it's clear that keyboard developers, many of whom including Swype, Adaptxt and SwiftKey have honed their offerings on Android, are moving quickly to support iOS.

Several major keyboard developers have already been working with iOS, as seen with the SwiftKey Note app with Evernote integration and Fleksy's developer tools that allow developers to add support for the firm's predictive keyboard on an app-by-app basis. As a result, we expect quite a few third-party options ready for the iOS 8 launch.

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Questions and Answers

What's your experience with selling stock photos, if you have sold before?

Hey, I'm planning to sell stock right now and I have a few questions.
How was the pay? Was it good enough to eventually buy new equipment, etc? Is there a age limit? (I'm 14.) What websites have you sold stock on? Any bad experiences?

Posted by Fabian
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I suggest you don't start selling stock on ''rights managed'' websites. Even though you'll get paid more for a single photo even if it's £100, you'll sell only 1 photo a month max if any. Competition on those websites is tough and you'll be competing with photographers with 20+ years of experience in this industry. Instead, register on ''microstock'' websites listed below. Amount paid for a single photo is much less but you'll sell 20-30 photos a day (it all ads up!). Also, you'll learn a lot from available forums on these sites. First one (Shutterstock) is the best microstock website out there! So, don't waste any time go ahead and register. Age is no problem I think!

Shutterstock -- Http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=4669...
Dreamstime -- Http://www.dreamstime.com/register-resi1...
Fotolia -- Http://en.fotolia.com/partner/201574399
Bigstockphoto -- Http://www.bigstock.com/?refid=tmvNJ1XKG...

Where are the best places to sell stock photos online.?

I'm looking to get started in selling some Stock Photos and I just wanted to know where the best places to sell are? I have a Flickr and people have asked me if i am going to be selling prints...

Also do you have to be accepted to sell your pictures?

Posted by Barney™
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Hi

I sell my photos online at sites called Dreamstime and Shutterstock they are Microstock websites and sell millions of images.
Your pictures need to be good quality pictures - Dreamstime don't need an application, you just upload and they accept what they deam to be good shots and they are immediately for sale.
You can upload up to 50 pictures a day on Dreamstime as long as you keep your acceptence ratio % up.

With Sutterstock - you need to apply - They require you to send in 10 of your very best photos and if they accept 7 of them you are in. It is easier than it sounds though - They are harder to please than Dreamstime and photos need to be well lit and in focus (They both have a critique forum to assist new members in taking the right shots)

Where can I sell my stock photos?

I have joined fotolia.com just this week and well it seems that no one has seen my photo.

Where can I sell stock photos? Or if there is a photomanipulation community, can you tell me a site. PLease. Thank you so much.

Posted by Mike
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Place them with a number of other stock sites such as istock and the like.

There is no "instant" sale on these sites.
Unless you have many hundreds of shots lodged with the agencies then the likelyhood of getting any sales at all is minimal.

Stock photography is a volume business, you need a large volume of pictures on there to make sales and also the shots must be well key-worded so they show up in peoples searches.
Even with a large amount of well taken popular shots it will still be a couple of years minimum before you start to see a proper return on your work.

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Jun 19

Where to Sell My Photos

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Questions and Answers

Who can i sell photos to?

I have taken many photos of places such as the alps, france, and many nature based photos, but how and to whom can i sell these photos? For instance what kind of magazines or how do i do this, and what do people pay for photos in general?
Thanks.

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Firstly are you taking photos to sell them .. If so consider who your selling them to first.

If you don't know then you jsut have stuff you want to get rid of flea markets are great for that.
Really..

Some wayss to sell
Put together a one sheet of info on yourself submit that to magizenes look at the contact info in the magizine unless your work is like beyond the greatest. I would stick with some local magizen or lower rated one.

You can sell them as stock, you can sell them to friends and resturants any new business.

Host a show of your work and selll it there fo rpeoples walls
ask friends and family if you can put your work up in their home and ask them to sell it for you.

In general making a living off of this isn't going to work. Starving artist comes to mind.
But if you enjoy doing it and like to make a little extra cahs on the side then flea markets art fairs garage sales. Oddly i have sold most of my paintings in garge sales for 30 bucks or more each.

How can i sell my photos?

Im a bit of a budding photographer and photography is my passion, i have accumulated a large collection of photos of the years and im ready to maybe earn some money off them. My question was how can i sell them? To who? Where? And anymore advice?

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Selling photos

It is such a lovely dream - walk around, snap some cute photos, and make some easy money.

I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but there are thousands upon thousands of people out there with the same dream.

Even ordinary stock photo sites are very VERY picky about what they accept. They CAN be that picky, because they have a HUGE pool of photos and photographers to choose from.

"Stationary companies", i.e. People like Hallmark who make greeting cards etc, also have millions of photos to choose from.

If you take an exceptionally good photo, you may possibly be able to sell it. Sometimes we're lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and get that very unusual shot, but for the most part you're just one little fish in a huge ocean.

A quick google search for stock photography will get you plenty of websites. Keep trying, cross fingers, and maybe you'll get lucky some day. Just don't count on an income from it.

What has been your experience selling photos?

I'd like to try selling some of my photos. Have any of you done this? I'm considering trying to put some for sale in local coffee shops, that kind of thing. Any experiences, tips or suggestions?

Thanks so much! 🙂

Posted by Polly K
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Sold my work in many different ways.

I have done the coffee shop, local gallery and local craft store/market a few times mainly at the request of the owners or someone else though.
I have however done the legwork and sorted out venues myself.

Coffee shops/restaurants are not a great way to sell work unless the place itself already has a reputation for displaying and selling the work.
Most customers will just think the pictures are part of the decor.

If you do go that route then you need to sort out the commissions or the cost of exhibiting with the venue. If they are doing the selling then they will expect more.

Local craft shops are a good place for selling local views or shots of things the areas is known for.
If your work is good and the shop sells other similar stuff then you can get away with selling the prints to the store on a sale or return basis although your profit on this method will be lower.

Best thing to do to start is get a good folio of your best work together and pound the streets and ask at the places you think would be best.

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Jun 15

Selling Photo Online

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Questions and Answers

Where can I sell my photos online?

I need a free website for selling my photography online. Please do not suggest photoreflect.com, or Smugmug.com as I have tried those, and they are NOT free. Thanks in advance.

Posted by wanderedgraywolf264
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The short answer is there are no free photo sites that will let you sell your images online that are going to meet your needs. My guess is you want to post an image, put a price under it and the site then completes the transaction for you. I'm not sure if you're willing to ship the image yourself or want it drop shipped but here are your options.

There are a number of sites that will let you post images and if people want to buy them the site will take a percentage of any profit of items you sell. For example... ImageKind. You can put your images on the site and they will fulfill your order but they will also take a percentage of your sale. They're free, but if you want anything other then your images among 1000's of others you're going to pay. Their prices for images are also pretty steep so if customers want to buy from you they will pay a lot and you won't make a lot of money.

Another option is Etsy... You can show your items and people can buy them. They also take a percentage of your total sale. The hook with them is you have to print and ship anything you sell to the customer yourself. You can have a "store" but the options are limited. They're also not necessarily known as a "photography" site.

In the end, if you're doing weddings, portraits, babies or pets just bite the bullet and go to a a site like zenfolio or smugmug. They make it easier. They accept credit cards and/or paypal and handle all the transactions. They have shopping carts and make it easy for customers to buy your product. Their prices for prints are fairly reasonable and you can make more money because of that. They do take a percentage of your total sale but from my perspective they're worth it since they fulfill your order and drop ship it to the customer. Their base plan outside of the 14 day trial is $25 or $50 for an entire year. I'm sure smugmug has similar plans and I know they have similar options.

As a side note... If you're doing landscape photography chances are you don't necessarily need a storefront site since you're going to sell more at art shows and, some day, galleries then you will online. You can have your online presence on Flickr or 500 Pixels and put the web address on your business cards if you want to show your work. Just be careful flikckr or 500 pixels don't know you're selling your images and using them as a storefront since it's against their terms of service.

Where can i sell my photos online?

I've started a small photography business, just shooting local horse shows for fun. But now i have people come up to me asking if they can buy them so i was wondering what would be a good website for that. Something where people can add photos to a cart and order them would be good, but i'll take any suggestions.
Oh, and i would really like it to be free (:

Posted by ♪sunrise on the east side♪
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I have a number of online resources to sell photos online in the link below (briefly worked in the fulfillment industry; many of the ones listed are free & charge only when something is sold). Keep in mind that selling photographs online will take some marketing on your end to produce sales.

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Jun 11

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Questions and Answers

Places online to buy photos? Like istock?

I need to find an online place to purchase nice photos to be used for business cards, ads, etc.
I was using istock.com, until I found out how ridiculously expensive it is! Does anyone know of any similar sites where I can purchase photos for a LOT less? Any ideas are much appreciated!

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You can buy photos off me! 😉

Also If you just ask people on flickr they might sell you the photos for business cards. Depending on how much you pay, what are you looking to spend per photo?

Use this site to find some of the best photos on Flickr and in the world:
Http://fiveprime.org/flickr_hvmnd.cgi
it searches flickr for the most interesting photos by tags. Then just send the artist an e-mail or flickr mail.

CHEAPEST place online to buy matching photo albums?

Posted by ...
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"Matching" photo albums? I'm not real sure what you mean by that. Any place that prints albums can certainly print two of the them that "match".

If CHEAP is your main concern, Arts Cow is as cheap as they come, and quality is not all that bad actually. It is a China based service, so you have to allow 3 to 4 weeks to get your items back. I have used them at times and never had any problems.

Http://www.artscow.com

steve

ADD: Maybe you mean just empty albums for photos, not an album print service. I would think your cheapest source would simply be Walmart online.

Higlights in hair photo editing?

I need to use the highlights editing option for a picture like from picmonkey or picnik, but picmonkey cost money now and picnik on google + doesnt have it any more. And I can't buy photo shop. Help?

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Fotor

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Jun 07

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Questions and Answers

What is a good site to sell stock photos?

Preferably in South Africa but a well-known site elsewhere would be fine.

Posted by Fenix
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Well, if you want micro stock.
Www.shutterstock.com
www.dreamstime.com
aren't bad!

If you want something more like a traditional stock agency
take a look at
www.alamy.com

Keep in mind that if you put images on a micro stock site you should not put those same image on a traditional stock site.

Strong sell stocks? Site?

Is there a website that clearly states a stock as a strong buy/sell or hold.

Posted by kp000000
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This is my favorite site for such recommendations. It is based solely upon the technical performance of the stock.

Http://www.stockta.com/

Stock trading help?

Can anyone tell me how the stock trading business works? Any sites on how people trade stocks and things like that?

Posted by bizness_girl4eva
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A stock is an investment product that represents partial ownership of a company or corporation. The stock market represents all the companies that sell shares to the public. It is the primary place for companies to obtain financing for their operations and for investors to profit on the growth of those companies. There is therefore a close relationship between the stock market and the economy as a whole.

Thousands of companies in the United States, known as public companies, invite you to become part owners. They do this by selling shares of the company. When an investor buys a share of a company, he or she receives a stock certificate or additional documentation that proves stock ownership. If stock shares are purchased through a brokerage firm, the broker holds the stocks in "street name", which means the brokerage firm maintains the paper-work that proves stock ownership.

It has been said that when it comes to ownership, a public company is the most democratic institution in the world. It is an example of true opportunity. Investing in public companies is the way many people can participate in the growth an prosperity of a company. Selling stock also benefits the company. When a company sells shares, it uses the money to open new stores, build new factories, or upgrade its merchandise so it can sell more products to more customers and increase its profits. As the company becomes larger and more prosperous, its shares become more valuable. There is no guarantee, however, that a publicly-traded company will be successful. A company with a great deal of money raised from the public can suffer serious setbacks or even be forced to close its doors because of a variety of factors.

There are baically two types of stock: common and preferred.

When an investors own a public company's common stock, they are entitled to vote in the election of company officers as well as other important matters, and they often receive dividends on their shares. Since common stock is often riskier than preferred stock, it offers greater potential returns an losses.

Shareholders of preferred stock would not usually have voting rights, but would receive a fixed dividend, or share of a compan's profits, which is paid to preferred stockholders before common stockholders are paid. However, owners of preferred stock pay for that privilege-usually their dividends would't increase when the company's profits increase. When a company does well, the price of its preferred stockholders recoup their investment before common stockholders.

The stock price is the amount an investor pays for one share of a public company's stock at a given moment. Outside events can make a company's share price rise of fall. Other forces that ca affect stock prices include interes rates, national and international issues or events, foreign exchange rates, financial forecasts, and new technologies. Retail stocks are subject to declines during recessions.

Dividends are the distribution of a compan's profit or earnings to the company's shareholders or stockholders-the people and firms that have purchased that company's stock. Dividends are another way that you can share in a compan's growth; they are usually distributed quarterly. Most companies offer a dividend reinvestment plan, which means that instead of paying you by check or depositing the money into your account, the amount of the dividend is used to buy more shares of the company's stocin your name. This is a good way to increase your investment in the company over time.

The terms large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap refer to the issuing compan's market capitalization, that is, the overall value of all shares of the company's stock.

Growth stocks are shares of companies exhibiting relatively fast growth in earnings, which generally causes the stock price to go up. Be certain you understand that growth stocks are the most volatile and can fluctuate rapidly because growth companies are typically in new, or fast growing, industries such as the high-tech sector. Growth stocks are considered riskier and ofter pay lower or no dividends, but appeal to investors who will accept more volatility and risk in hopes of greater appreciation in share price over time.

Income stocks, on the other hand, are characterized as those that would apy high and regular dividends. Stable and well-established industries, including utilities and financial institutions, typically produce income stocks.

Blue chip is the name applied to the stock of large, well-known, well-established companies with good reputations.

Value stocks are those considered to be selling at lower prices or "undervalued" because the companies that issue these shares have had business setbacks or are out of favor with investors. Value stocks have been known to outperform growth stocks in slow markets-and vice versa. But there is still a risk with value stocks because not all companies recover from setbacks.

You can learn more about investing in individual stocks by visiting such Web sites as Valueline Http://www.valueline.com and the Motley Fool Http://www.fool.com . Remember to always make up your own mind about investing based on what makes sense to you-not solely on the opinion of someone else.

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Selling Stock Photography Online

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Questions and Answers

Selling my photography online, where how much?

I take decent photos with my new Canon. I was wondering if anybody would suggest good sites to sell my pictures to. List the site and generally what type of photos they're interested in buying. Thanks.

Posted by Max
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Selling photos

It is such a lovely dream - walk around, snap some cute photos, and make some easy money.

I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but there are thousands upon thousands of people out there with the same dream.

Even ordinary stock photo sites are very VERY picky about what they accept. They CAN be that picky, because they have a HUGE pool of photos and photographers to choose from.

"Stationary companies", i.e. People like Hallmark who make greeting cards etc, also have millions of photos to choose from.

If you take an exceptionally good photo, you may possibly be able to sell it. Sometimes we're lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and get that very unusual shot, but for the most part you're just one little fish in a huge ocean.

A quick google search for stock photography will get you plenty of websites. Keep trying, cross fingers, and maybe you'll get lucky some day. Just don't count on an income from it.

Can you really earn money by selling stock photography?

On stock photo websites?
I know the answer is probably "it depends", but I would love to hear from people who is selling or has sold stock photos online. Can you really earn a decent amount of money? And what is the best website to submit your photos?

Posted by Jenny
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Yes, you can

It's not difficult, but it requires a bit of committment: if you build a growing online portfolio, you will earn proportionately; after a few months you can actually earn a decent amount of money

I am selling my photos at many websites, see list here: www.microstockphoto.co.uk
The first one on the list (shutterstock) is the best - well worth applying and passing the test;
istock is the second best, but requirements are higher, so it's not a good candidate to join first;
Try also dreamstime

the last ones in the list are not actually worth the time unfortunately.

Places to sell photos online?

Me and my boyfriend have started a horse show photography business, and we're trying to figure out a way to sell the photos online- by that I mean like a clothing website where you can just click Add to Cart.

I checked out Zenfolio but I don't want to pay $120/year just to set my own prices and its sort of the same with DeviantArt.

I created a Google Sites page but I don't know if there is any way to sell from those.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Posted by HXC
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Photographers have a growing number of options when it comes to selling photos. Stock photography sites
 aren’t the only option. Many different companies have developed ways to help photographers sell their work online through their own website, and many of these options allow for the sale of both digital (downloadable) files as well as prints. Some of them even handle the printing and fulfillment for you, if that is what you’re looking for.
In this post we’ll take a look at companies that exist to help photographers with selling their work. Some of these options will provide the photographer with a website to display and sell the products, others can integrate with existing portfolio sites, and a few are marketplaces where photographers can upload their work to be sold.
If you’re a photographer you have probably thought about how you can make more sales online, so maybe one of these options would be a good fit for you. If you’re a designer you may have clients who are photographers. Some of these options allow designers to create customized sites for their clients, so if you work with a lot of photographers it can be worth exploring.

SmugMug

SmugMug gives you a customizable website to host your photos. You can choose from their selection of templates, customize it without any coding, or make changes to the CSS to fully customize the look of your site.  SmugMug includes a wide variety of features for displaying and promoting your photos, including the ability to publish photos to Facebook and Twitter or embed in blogs. You can sell your photos as prints or as digital downloads. The prints can be fulfilled and shipped directly to your customers. Prices range from $5 per month to $20 per month (or $40 per year to $150 per year).

Photo merchant

Photo Merchant allows you to choose a website template and customize it to meet your needs. Each plan comes with unlimited storage and hosting so you can upload as many photos and create as many galleries as you like. The websites have an integrated shopping cart to allow you to sell your work to website visitors. You can choose to fulfill orders manually, or auto order fulfillment so prints will be shipped directly to your customers. Prices start at $9 per month, but you’ll need at least the $19 per month plan to use your own domain name or to opt for direct fulfillment.

Exposure Manager

With Exposure Manager you will get a website to sell your photos. You can use your own domain and customize the header and footer. Upload your photos and create galleries, which can also be password protected. For selling your work, photos can be sold as digital downloads or prints. Prints can be fulfilled by their lab, or you can set it up for self fulfillment. Prices range from $14.99 to $24.99 per month.

Zenfolio

Zenfolio allows you to create a portfolio site of your work. You can upload photos, create galleries, password protect galleries, and make your photos available for purchase. For e-commerce, you can choose from different labs to fulfill your orders, or you can fulfill them yourself. Prices range from $25 per year to $250 per year, with a 14-day free trial available.
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DigiLabs

DigiLabs allows you to create photo galleries that integrate with your own website. DigiLabs can fulfill your orders or you can fulfill them yourself. You’ll also have the option to choose a plan with a flat fee or one with a commission from sales. Prices start at $40 per month or $150 per year.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Travel Photography Location (DigitalPhotographySchool)

The one thing that I always wish for on any trip is more time, but I also think that no matter how long I have somewhere I will always wish I had an extra day, week or month. As a photographer, you will rarely have the luxury of time, whether you are on an assignment […] The post How to Get the Most Out of a Travel Photography Location by Kav Dadfar appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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Has anyone used Snapfish to order photos online? How safe is it?

I haven't done much internet shopping in the past and came across this site. I'm not so confident about giving out my credit card details and was wondering if anyone has used it before and how safe and secure it is. It is run by HP I understand. Any comments and suggestions are warmly welcomed!

Posted by Shine
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I use Snapfish all of the time. I've probably order hundreds of dollars worth of photo books, greeting cards and photos from Snapfish.

It's a credible site, and I'm pleased with the final result. I just placed a $100 order for greeting cards the other day, and I expect them any day now. Can't wait!

By the way, if you're making a photo book or greeting card with Snapfish, use CropMom (http://www.cropmom.com) to create the layouts. Then purchase the high-resolution JPEG file of your layout (costs very little) and upload it to Snapfish. The results are GORGEOUS.

Ordering Photo Prints Online?

Hello!
I am searching the NET for a website that offers photo prints. Any suggestions? I prefer low cost solutions.
Thank you in Advance.
P.S. I am from Cyprus.

Posted by Christina
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I have used Http://www.shutterfly.com in the past (when it used to be owned by Kodak. It is an independent company now so might have changed, but I was happy with it when I used it).

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Will I lose SSDI benefits if I successfully sell stock photos or books I publish?

Hi,

I have never held a job before, just recently qualified for SSDI.
My interest is to be an art teacher someday, though at the moment I want to try selling photos I take of scenery, and self-publishing e-books.
Will my benefits be cut or stopped altogether? Or will they be reduced? Thanks.

Posted by Speranza
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Selling photos or anything else is self-employment and any income you receive of $720 a month or more must be reported.

Unlike SSI a person entitled to social security benefits (SSI is NOT social security) is either entitled to the full monthly benefit or none at all. Only if you have earned $1040 a month for 9 months would you be considered to be gainfully employed resulting in the suspension of your monthly benefits and a medical review.

If you receive SSDI go to ssa.gov and read up on disability benefits for the self-employed. You would need to complete form SSA-820 which you can download to see what type of information you must keep track of should you actually sell anything. A word of caution about self-employment and gainful work activity. The income of a self-employed person does not necessarily reflect the VALUE of the work they do and social security must determine it's true value in determining continuing entitlement to benefits.

However, if you are instead entitled to SSI any income resulting from work activity over $85 a month would begin to reduce the monthly benefit.

Photo Stock agency -- recommendations?

I wanted to get my photos into a stock agency so that i could get some income from them. Having heard about iStock, I submitted there -- especially because I use a compact camera and leave it set on 2 or 3 megapixels most of the time. IStock accepts large files like the pro agencies, but also small ones down to this size which are sold at lower rates.

Their submission process requires three images. Two of mine were immediately accepted. The third was rejected, and I received a note explaining that there was too much "post-processing" so that the image showed "artifacts" at 100% magnification. The fact is that except for in-camera sharpening, I took care after the first rejection to leave the pictures exactly as they were, and to shoot at no higher than 100ASA.

I would appreciate your input. One proviso -- hopefully beyond "quit screwing around and get a pro camera and shoot RAW files". Is there another good and reputable agency that accepts these smaller JPEG files where I might start fresh? I even get the feeing that some character at iStock has perhaps singled me out for rejection. Crazy -- but things like this do happen these days.

Posted by titou
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I have some of my photography in three different stock agencies - Dreamstime, Fotolia, and BigStockPhoto. Let me tell you... The process of getting your photos accepted can be extremely frustrating and you will indeed feel as if you're being singled out. Alas, believe me, you aren't... It's like that for everyone.

First of all, since two of your photographs were accepted, you're off to a good start. In my beginnings, each agency rejected at least 60 of my photographs for a variety of "canned" reasons. Not sharp enough, "snapshot" composition, insufficient keywording... Or the dreaded, "it's nice, but we've already got a bit too many photos like this."

So, suffice to say, after a couple dozen rejections from each agency, I began to get much more picky about my OWN selections. I asked myself," Is this photograph, for all intents and purposes, perfect?" In other words, if it were my job to evaluate these photographs and present them as the pick of the litter... Would this photo make the grade? If you're honest with yourself... And I mean brutally honest... You'll find that there ARE the slightest imperfections in many photographs that you once considered to be top picks.

Stock agencies are VERY, VERY picky about what they will and will not take. They simply have so many millions of photos already that they can afford to scrutinize every detail of a photograph for any imperfection whatsoever... No matter how miniscule. This is especially dissappointing because each agency has only three or four rejections notes and each note could represent potentially a dozen different flaws in a photograph... It's sometimes difficult to discern what exactly they were uhappy with.

Now, It's getting to a point at which 2 and 3 megapixel photos are going be accepted by less and less agencies. Unfortunately, you're living in an era in which new, cheap $100 digital cameras boast comparatively huge resolutions between 10 and 12 megapixels. Granted, image quality isn't improved by the mere addition of more pixels, but for stock use it really helps if an image can be resized to fit a poster or if a tiny piece of your photo can be cropped out without the result showing JPEG noise artifacts or pixellation. Those extra megapixels are very useful for the individuals that may be buying your photos.

I'm not going to tell you to go get a pro camera, because quite honestly, most people aren't nearly industrious enough with their photography to make back the money it would cost them to buy a D-SLR. Stock photography is not really a big money business for the vast majority of photographers... It could potentially take years and years on an agency to make back even the $1000 you could spend on an entry-level DSLR. Those that make $1000 each month generally have stock catalogs of 1000 images or more... And even still, that's only about $12,000-$15,000 per year in income for a whole lot of work! A rare few make enough money at stock photography to make it their profession...

Back when I was using my Canon and Sony compacts, I got some similar rejections to you: "shows noise artifacts...overprocessed". Sometimes a 1:1 look reveals that JPEG artifacts can be found even in photographs DIRECTLY off the cameras memory card. It happens... It's a sad fact of JPEG compression that sometimes it doesn't produce as nice a result as we might hope.

My advice... 1) don't get discouraged, 2) always assume the reviewers are right in rejecting a given photo, and 3) try to genuinely learn something from every rejection. Sometimes, you will truly feel like the reviewer made a mistake rejecting a certain photo... I still feel that way sometimes. But remember, your job as a stock photographer is to please the reviewers... Leave satisfying customers up to the agency... It's not your problem. Pleasing the eyes that accept and reject should be your prime concern. Only after you don't really have to worry about rejections anymore should you start thinking about what is going to sell well as opposed to just collecting digital dust on the agency's website.

There's one exception, though. Sometimes, a photograph will be pretty much perfect -well-composed, tack-sharp, good lighting- but it lacks the originality required for an agency that has practically seen it all. When you start to notice a lot of rejections that read something like, "Too many of this subject already" or "We don't need any more pictures of X", it may be time to try and streamline your material to better fill niches that have demand.

Also, bear in mind that the reviewers ARE human. Between all of my photos on stock agencies, most of them were rejected by one agency, but accepted by the other two. There isn't much consistency there... They are all looking for different things and have slightly different quality standards. By and large, though, they all have the same criteria: the photo should be truly impressive, or it doesn't make the cut.

Anyone sell photos with a stock agency?

Anyone have their own stock agency? How do you choose an online agency? Any good ones to recommend? Do you set your own prices, and how do you know how much to charge? Lots of questions, eh??

Posted by lottabumps
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Hi,

I have just started out selling my photos with stock agencies (3 months).
I have registered and have portfolios on what are considered to be the top 3 sites for earnings.

I do not have many pictures online - 40 on one site, 26 on another and 24 on the 3rd.
They are quite picky about the quality of the image, but then that is there business. Lets face it, a rubbish shot is not going to sell anyway and could make them look unprofessional.
All 3 sites have different standards so that is why one site has 40 of my shots they are not quite so tough on quality.

You are not going to get rich quick and I just look at it as a little extra money for camera gear.
If you work hard at it for a good while or already have a lot of really good pics then you could make a good amount reasonably quickly. My small port is not making much but then I'm not giving up my day job!

I just think that if pics that are just sitting on my hard drive could make money then why not?
Money for nothing right?

They set the prices of the image and you make a commission. Marketing and designers are the usual customers. Some have subscriptions the the stock site and regularly buy there.

Here are the links to the 3 sites that I am registered with and there are many more out there but as I said these are considered to be the top 3....

Dreamstime here:-
Http://www.dreamstime.com/register-resi1...

Shutterstock here:-
Http://www.submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=...

iStock here:-
Http://www.istockphoto.com/ck10_9

Good luck!

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A couple questions on stock photo sites and selling photography?

How much have you made per photograph?
Do you set the price of each?
How many times can purchaser use the photograph?

If you have sold a decent amount of images, what types tend to sell most? (please vecery specific,)

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Posted by Labatt113
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I think the best advice I can give you is to go to the local bookstore and purchase Stock Photo books. There is a ton and it gives a good starting point. The short answer to your questions is that there are a myriad of ways to use images for potential clients. Each "use" is specific. It's specific to size, where it will be used, how many copies and so on. Your price is based on that as well as the image itself. Obviously, if the image is a picture you took in your backyard you probably wouldn't charge as much as one you took of an active volcano.
I have sold images but to give you a price wouldn't really help you because the price has to be based on the things previoulsy listed. BUT, when I am stuck on what to price I will often research the stock photo sites to see what they quote for "usage fees" . Also, FOTOQUOTE is stock pricing software. I am thinking of purchasing it myself.
Shoot what you love. Develop a collection. What are your hobbies and what do you know about. Then it will develop into something you can sell.
One more thing, the usage agreement would state how and when the client can use the photo. For example they may be able to use it exclusively for 3 years on cards only. You would negotiate all of that based on their needs. (unless of course it's royalty free)

Hope that helps.

Can you actually make money on stock photography sites?

Sites like Fotolia and Dreamstime, stock photography sites, can the average person make any real money on those sites? I can't seem to find anywhere what the average pay out is, or what the chances are someone will buy your photo, etc. Has anyone done this before? Any tips?

Posted by Julia
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Sure you can. Here is how to make money on stock photography sites.

1) Browse through your photo collection and identify sharp, well exposed landscape or nature photographs. Look for ones that do not have visible people or private buildings to avoid copyright issues. The one above is an ideal example.

2) Carefully examine and perhaps reprocess image to get the white balance correct, good exposure and details in the shadows. Don't have blown-out highlights. Check for noise - tiny speckles of color - and remove if necessary with your editing software.

3) Save the file as a JPEG at maximum quality - this is important to avoid compression artifacts.

4) Join a stock photography site. The ones that are easiest for beginners are Dreamstime and BigStockPhoto. Once you have developed a portfolio of good quality images, you can try Fotolia and Shutterstock - latter is best earner for most photographers. Upload your photos and don't be disheartened if first few are rejected!

5) Once you have learned what works and what doesn't, try taking photographs specifically for sale. This one is in big demand at the moment! Good luck.

Stock photography sites?

What sites can I contribute photos to and are very trusted?
I'm already signed up for istockphoto

I want ones that have an adult content filter, if there are some that don't.

Posted by mr. Person
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Hmmm sxc.hu and deviantart.com are what come to mind for me.

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Getty Images now lets you hang iconic photos on your wall (dpreview)

In March, stock photography house Getty Images rocked the industry when it announced it would allow people to embed images for free on websites and other electronic uses. Clearly looking to monetize the vast collection of images currently gathering digital dust in its archives, it has launched Photos.com by Getty Images to sell prints directly to customers. Learn more.

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Like These Getty Photos? Now You Can Hang Them On Your Wall (fastcompany)

Until now, Getty Images have mostly been reserved for editorial use. This week, Getty launched Photos.com, where you can buy high-quality framed prints of the best photographs from Getty's archives.
Getty Images, the world's biggest stock photo agency, has a treasure trove of historical photographs typically reserved for editorial use. In its archive of more than 80 million images, you'll find Obama on his campaign trail, the Beatles in a swimming pool, Earth as seen from the moon, and Eadweard Muybridge's famous study of a horse in motion. Now, Getty is making those images available to anyone through Photos.com by Getty Images, a site where you can purchase high-quality framed prints of the agency's best photography.
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What are stock photography agencies ?

I am new to photography and I am looking foreward to join it professionally.
I heard these agencies pay us for uploading picture at their websites.
I am interested but I don't have any1 to guide me in this field.
People please guide me!
I own a canon eos 550d with a 18-55mm lens.

Posted by Hardik
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There are two types of stock agencies ... The traditional stock agencies and Micro Stock agencies.

Forget about getting in with a Stock agency, not gonna happen. You;d have to be one of the best photographers in the world to get a contract. MicroStock on the other hand MAY BE within your reach but it;s not worth it.

Microstock agencies offer images as ridiculously low prices to their clients .. The problem is that you, as a supplier of images, get a RIDICULOUSLY low cut from those minuscule sales.

Here is an example:
IStockPhoto - a REALLY good image (people in the scene) with model release at high resolution will sell at about 80$, let;s say 100$ to make the math easier. Istock keeps 80% of that sale so 80$ and you get 20$.

Your landscape pictures, pictures of you pets or macro shots of flowers aren;t even accepted anymore on most MicroStock agencies because they have too many of those images already.

Http://www.istockphoto.com/help/sell-sto...

Now you might think "That's great! I get 20$ every time I sell that picture!" but there was a cost associated with shooting that image, travel, wear and tear on your car, gas, you had to hire models, you had to print out contracts and model releases for the models ...

The images that sell the best are images with people in them, doing something interesting. The problem with that is that you need model releases from the people in the shot or the MicroStock agencies won't accept the images. So you'll need to HIRE MODELS.

A beginning model for a shoot can cost you anywhere from 25$ - 100$ AN HOUR! So you have a shoot with 3 models (let's say 25$ an hour each), an assistant (25$ an hour) and a hair/makeup artist (20$ an hour) for a four a hour shoot. Your cost for this shoot JUST IN LABOR costs is 500$.

So just to pay for your labor costs (we haven't looked at your other costs yet or your own salary) you'd need to sell 25 images from that shoot. And that's a full resolution image and not one of the cheaper options like web sized or things of that nature where you'll be making 25 cents a sale.

On top of that, you don;t have any backup gear or lighting gear. You don't have the lighting gear that will allow you to produce marketable images and if your ONE CAMERA fails mid shoot, imagine all that lost money ... You still have to pay the models, the assistant, the stylist but you have no images to show for it?

The odds are right now that you don't even have the skills needed to produce images that would be accepted by the better MicroStock agencies anyway. Start by learning the art and science of photography before trying to turn this into a revenue stream.

Think about it this way ... I just bought some nice lagastina post and a gas powered stove and I want to start selling food. How do I start? Does that question make sense?

Stock photography tips please?

I am extremely new to photography. In other words, I am a beginner. So any tip, advice or suggestion will be highly appreciated. Thanx.

Posted by Crazzy
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Look up stock photography agencies on google or yahoo. Checkout their websites and rules for photographers. Some pay very little, some pay good, some require a lot of photos every week, some may pay by assignment of photos they need.
Be prepared to sign over copyright (ownership) of the photos you sell them. This means they can sell the photos over and over and over again making tons of money from your one shot. If possible, find out of you can sell the publishing rights, but keep the copyright. This means you maintain ownership of the photos, but give them permission to sell your photos to be published. Then you keep making money when your photo is used.

If they ask for sample of your work, make sure you send low resolution stuff with your name and copyright on it with year you shot it. Yourname©2010. Here's how to make the copyright symbol. Hold down the ALT key and type 0169. This will work for any computer program, including on the net.

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Celebrate the importance of Birkenhead Market with festival of fun - Wirral Globe

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Shutterstock, the stock photography firm, is branching out into music.
The New York-based company introduced Shutterstock Music on Tuesday, which lets companies pick background music for videos, commercials and podcasts, among other uses. The company's site lets you select music by genre, mood and tempo. Prices start at $49 for a standard license (broadcast audience cap: 1 million) to $419 (unlimited audience). The site now offers 60,000 tracks, thanks to a deal with Rumblefish, a music licensing warehouse.
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Wyatt Jenkins, VP of product for Shutterstock, says an established business already exists for linking deep-pocketed advertisers with well known artists' work (like the Rolling Stones catalog, for example). The small- to mid-size market is comparatively underserved Read more...
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Stock Photography sites questions?

On stock photography sites, they often have images available in a very large size and the quality of the image is still very good. How are these companies able to make the images so large without losing photo quality?? Is there a way that you can do this at home with your own images??

Posted by luckylady0012
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Well, it would have been a bit more helpful if you specified exactly what you consider to be a "very large size". I suppose that to an individual taking photographs with an old 4 megapixel Canon point-and-shoot, my 12.2-megapixel Nikon D-SLR seems to have "huge" photographs. To me, "huge" photographs come from cameras like Nikon's D3X, which generates image files at nearly 25-megapixels! So, depending on exactly what you consider to be very large, the whole "trick" may be in nothing more than the camera itself.

Of course, there is at least one technique used largely by landscape photographers to produce some truly massive digital photographs. Most of us are familiar with panoramas... The concept being that numerous photographs get stitched together to create a single, larger photograph. In practice, the ordinary person uses this technique to capture the full breadth of a landscape that doesn't fit in the frame. So, most panoramas tend to be very long, skinny photographs that track a horizon. Landscape photographers, however, will oftentimes stitch together a series of between 3 and 6 individual photographs of a landscape in order to create a much larger photograph that has the same proportions (height x width ratio) as an ordinary image. These photographs don't have the awkward "long rectangle" shape we usually associate with panoramas, so we usually don't even realize that they are panoramas, at all... You would swear that they are single shot of a landscape that use a really wide angle lens. You only realize that they are multiple, stitched photographs when you see the total megapixels. Using my 12-megapixel camera, I've created some decent panoramas that total almost 48-megapixels... Yet because they maintain the proper height:width ratio, they "look" like single photos. Individuals that have cameras like the Nikon D3X could use the exact same technique to create panoramas that total well over 100 megapixels! That's an enormous photograph!

But that technique generally applies only to landscape photographers, and from personal experience, I can say that landscapes tend not to be the biggest sellers on online stock photography sites.

So, is there any other way to increase the size of a photograph? Well... Yes AND no. There ARE ways to make photographs bigger through a process known as "interpolation". Basically, you open the image a graphics editing program and blow-up the file to be, say, twice as large as it originally used to be. Using this technique, a 12-megapixel photograph can suddenly become a 24-megapixel photograph... Voila! Not so fast, though... The problem here is that, in order to make the photograph so much larger, the editor is simply expanding the existing information in the file. When it does this, every important quality of the photograph suffers... Sharpness decreases and detail becomes pixellated. For stock photographers that need to be able to offer the highest quality to customers, this technique is really not acceptable. In fact, most stock agencies specifically warn contributors that this technique is not allowed under any circumstances. The only time this technique is acceptable in the world of photography is when you're producing a truly massive print... By that, I mean a print that exceeds over four or five feet on the long side. In all other cases, it's better to simply use the file at its original size.

Now... The final question is: are you looking at print sizes or megapixel sizes? Print sizes can go much larger per megapixel than one might think. The industry-standard printing resolution is 300 dots-per-inch (dpi)... So, for example, a photograph that is 3000 pixels on the long edge could make a top-quality print that is 10 inches long on the long edge (3000 pixels / 300 dpi = 10" print size). But, in practice, 300 dpi is not always required for big prints since they will be viewed at a distance. Oftentimes, only 150dpi to 200dpi is required for very big prints. In the case of a photo that is 3000 pixels on the long edge, these lowered DPIs will allow larger print sizes of between 15" and 20". Some people even claim that 100dpi is acceptable, which could get you a 30" print out of a photo that is only 5-megapixels.

How do you go about starting a stock photography company?

I've got a camera and the niche target market but I'm not sure about what sort of business registration or tax ID type things I need. Are there any other sort of legal things that need to get filed?

Posted by Lauren
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You fail to mention any photographic training. Stock photography is a big business and before you go to the expense of starting your own company which will need a good web site, tax id, promotional budget, business license, business plan etc, perhaps you should see if your stuff will sell.
This is my shutterpoint page
Http://www.shutterpoint.com/Photos-Brows...
(I am sure it will but if you have a client base first it will help you immensely.) Might I suggest you get free accounts at the current stock photo sites and test the waters? Shutterpoint is a pretty good one to start with although there are some limitations on how many photos you can post unless you pay a fee.
This is my photo & travel web site
Http://www.silvaspoon.net/
I also design and put together websites like the silvaspoon one.
There will also be getting your web site onto the search engines which takes some time and effort.. I have a program to analyze and make suggestions to increase your ranking in the search engines..
Until you declare yourself a business your social security number can act as your tax id.. Depending on your location your business license can come later when you know you have an income to pay the annual renewal fees and company taxes as well as personal taxes. (you as a freelancer just declare your income on your tax return)
There are a number of other places to put your stock photos out there for sale that already have people coming to their site to find what you are going to sell, so I would do a search and list with as many of them as you are able to.(some will require some submissions to judge if they think your work is good enough to sell.)
I also do a photography blog
Is your current work anywhere to have a look at?
Good luck in your new business either way. (as in going with established sites first or opening your own)

In regards Stock Photography, does anyone know of any legit Companies (Websites) that are Canadian?

All I can find is illigitamate companies that say, "i promise you this, this and this, for only $(enter crazy amount here). I applied to one once, and got nothing from it.

I don't want to be burned again. I know there are a lot of "American" Stock Photography sites, but I don't know if I would actually get paid for my contribution, being I am Canadian.

Posted by Autumn Sangria
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I don't know who you've been dealing with but there are a ton of legitimate stock agencies in America (USA). The two biggest legitimate players in the global stock photography industry are Getty and Corbis. If you get in with either of these agencies you will be making a heck of a lot more money than any other agency in the world.

If you just happen to like stuff from north of the border try Masterfile. They are a very good Canadian agency.

To be honest with you it doesn't really matter what country you reside in as long as you shoot images an agency can sell to their market. If your images are general then you can place them at just about any general agency.

I submit to Alamy and age fotostock. You can also try Acclaim Images and World of Stock. They are smaller agencies. They accept new photographers from time to time. Alamy is the easiest to get into. It may not be the easiest to actually make a sale at. I think World of Stock is Canadian.

Of course you can also sell your precious art for pennies to corporations at Shutterstock, et al. I would steer clear of that dubious option. If your pictures are worth using they are worth paying for. Even a small mom and pop business can afford to pay more than $1 for a virtually limitless license.

Other "legitimate" agencies include Veer, Superstock, and photolibrary. I've left out a bunch.

Certainly libraries are good for certain images. You have to discover which libraries are best for which images.

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What do you think of stock photography?

Can you make decent money from stock photography?
What type of images could I upload to stock photography websites? (Wildlife, nature, commercial...)
Pros and cons?

Posted by Curious?
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Stock photography can work for some people. You would have to shoot a LOT of images. They have to be HIGH resolution. They have to be TOP NOTCH quality. Then, if you are lucky, one might sell. Don't count on making a living or even a large amount of money. This would be the rare exception.

Photography.....?

I want to try to sell some of my pictures, and it all cost money to try to sell them, is there a website i can go to to do that lets me email pictures to someone who can sell them online??

Posted by Kaitlynn :]
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Have you checked into stock photography agencies? Depending on what you shoot, how often, etc., that might be the way to go. Again, I have no idea what you're shooting. Do some research on it, as well as any agencies you come across. Some are quite demanding about how many images you submit to them in a given time frame.

Another option to check out: The Photographer's Market book. It comes out every year around this time and you can get it from most book stores or Amazon. It lists magazines, book publishers, stock agencies, etc. All kinds of places to get your images out there and make some money.

What is a stock photography?

Is it like HD pictures?

Posted by Neidine
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HD is a video format. Nothing to do with still images.

Stock Photography is where you have a collection of images which can be purchased and used on a royalty free basis. You buy a licence to use the images, the cost of the licence usually depends on how you are going to use the images. Many stock photography websites allow you to purchase either low resolution images for use on the net, or high resolution images for use in publishing/printing. Generally the lower the resolution, the cheaper the images.

Check out a site like istockphoto.com - you'll soon get an idea of what is on offer, and the costs involved.

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Does Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens go with Nikon D3200?

Please suggest some best wedding, fashion and commercial photography course DVD.

Does anyone know what is stock photography?

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Posted by RyanF
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1. Yes

2. David Ziser's book on wedding photography is good;
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3. Stock photography is shooting images for sale via a stock agency - they are used commercially for companies that want images eg for advertising, brochures or webpages.

What is the best stock photography website (or websites) to send macro photographs?

Posted by Zachery C
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FOTOLIA
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or PHOTOSTOCK+ (got to pay to run your own gallery / store)
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How can I sell my stock photography to magazines?

I have searched online and I want to stay away from Istockphotos.com it seems like a big joke. Do I just send emails to magazine companies I want to sell photos to? Or what? What does it take to start making money off photos? Don't respond with, take a good photo. My question isn't about the photo, it's how to get my photo to different magazines to sell!

Posted by max
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If you are in the UK then buy the book The Freelance Photographers Handbook, there is a similar tome in the US but can't find my copy at the moment.
This lists most of the magazines on the market with contact details and what their basic requirements are.

Alternatively, go along to your nearest big magazine store with a pen and notepad and jot down the address and the name of the picture editors or art directors and write to them detailing what shots you have and asking where to send samples etc.

It is just a case of marketing yourself properly.

If you don't want to use istock or other micro sites then look at the bigger or more specialist sites.

Namedeleted.... Thats the book I meant for the US.

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Where to sell stock automotive photography?

I work at a dealership where I shoot cars for their website. I shoot about 5 cars a day and take 20-30 pictures per car. I was thinking I might be able to submit these images to a stock photography site to make extra income. With the wide variety of cars/trucks I shoot it seems viable that I can make a bit of money doing this but I'm having trouble figuring out which stock photo agency would be best for these kind of photos. Does anyone have any recommendations or suggestions from their own experience?

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Max S
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If you are using the dealerships camera, you have no rights to sell the images.

If you are photographing the cars as an employee, you have no rights to sell the images

Only if your contract with the dealership allows you to retain the copyright can you sell the images to a secondary market (like a stock house)

The pest stock agency is Getty Images.

You can also try iStockphoto.

How can I sell stock photography?

I see stock photos being sold on CDs and online. How can I get my pictures available to these publishers to be resold by them or used directly? What pictures are in demand today? Is it necessary to buy na high-end digital camera? I have a basic Olympus F-270.

Posted by HappyBull
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produce quality professional images, search micro stock photographic agents or something on the internet, read the term and conditions of the agents, passs the test they set to check you read the conditions, then submit some stuff for them to decide if your up to it or not

you might need to upgrade your camera a bit, you have time to learn all about stock and photography until then.

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I love my taking photographs. I have a few pieces that are really great. I know people who like them and tell me I should sell them. Does anyone know how I could go about doing this?
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Posted by Just who I am!
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You should try shutterstock. It's a stock photography site, which means that the goal is to sell lots of images in bulk, as images don't sell for a lot individually. I'm not going to lie, it can take a while to build up a portfolio of good work, but once you do, it can be a really rewarding experience. Not to mention, the more you work at it the better your photography will become. There are lots of sites that do stock photography, but the one that provides me with the highest return is Shutterstock. I'd recommend you check them out, and let me know if you have any questions! Here's the site: Http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=1825...

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