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UPDATE: Ok, there's definitely something to this shot, 'cause is sold 25 times in as many days. Again, no complaints, but it seems weird that the others wouldn't sell at all...




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nevers
Aug. 15th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
i would definitely say the perspective. the last two especially don't seem very useful as stock photos. the second one seems to highlight the age/tatteredness of some of the books more than the first, so that might make it less popular, too, since it's less generic.
dw_photoprojekt
Aug. 16th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
i was thinking about adding pics to istockphoto.

how much do you get for one?
blaneyphoto
Aug. 16th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Here's a chart of the royalty structure:



So, looking at the chart above you'll see several film cannister icons across the top. (left to right - clear, bronze, silver, gold, diamond) Those represent how many downloads a photographer has. Photos sell for between 1 and 40 dollars depending upon size (small=1credit/dollar, XL= 10credits, etc) and your royalty is a percentage of that amount. The royalty increases as you get more downloads. After 500 dls, you become "bronze" and are eligible to become exclusive with istock. You get higher royalties when exclusive. So, a brand new photographer selling an xl image gets 2 dollars, but a gold photographer would get $3.50.

My advice is to read the forums and look around the site quite a bit before joining. Try to understand the community and how things work at iStock. You definitely need to understand that its a game of volume - lots of small payments which eventually add up. It takes time and effort to build a large portfolio - although some people do quite well on small amounts of photo. Be prepared for getting photos rejected for reasons you don't agree with - standards are super high, particularly for grain, noise, lighting, etc. All "people photos" have to be model released using a release very close to, or exactly like the istock one.

I think the overall key to success in working with iStock is to make your photos cost nothing, and therefore everything earned is profit. I do this by submitting vacation photos, outtakes from other shoots, etc. It adds up to a couple hundred bucks a week for me now, so its a nice extra income for almost no effort!
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