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MartinSykes Jun 15, 2011 5:10 AM

Selling Photos Online
Has anyone here used and/or would recommend any of the online sites such as Shutterstock which let you upload your photos for free and get paid when people download them?

PeterP Jun 15, 2011 9:56 AM

Sell RF/microstock images, no. (Places like shutterstock, Istock)
Sell RM images, yes. (Places like alamy (free to setup, 60% sale goes to you), photoshelter (expensive to setup yearly, 90% sale goes to you))

You are better off to try to get on a real stock site with potential for real payout instead of pennies.
give a place like Alamy (based out of the UK) a try
They do either RM (Rights Managed) or RF(Royalty Free) sales, your choice.
And 60% of sale goes to you, unlike the microstock sites where you might get 20% or less of the 1$ they sold it for.

RM pays much better, RF is a commodity market, based on high volume low value product.

In either case they all want signed model/property releases for any people or private property appearing in your shots.

PeterP Jun 15, 2011 10:20 AM

I missed mentioning RM or RF sites they all have minimum quality / file size requirements

for Alamy
your Sony α580 is in the acceptable list (they will accept the images for consideration to be included in their archive)

The Panasonic DMC-FZ38 is in the unsuitable list (they will reject the images)

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