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Stock agencies - but which one?

chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2007 5:19AM
Am thinking of preparing images for submission to stock agencies, I think Alamy is to vast to be noticed in, flowerphotos.com looks ok, bearing in mind my type of photography has anyone any other ideas


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Stockczech 11 445 Czech Republic
1 Sep 2007 7:24AM
As has been mentioned many times before Smile the link you need is BAPLA

chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2007 9:49AM
thats to vague, I need specifics

Stockczech 11 445 Czech Republic
1 Sep 2007 10:03AM
Well sorry! Sad

Was trying to be helpful - don't have time to do your research for you!

chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2007 10:53AM
thanks for your help, wasnt expecting anyone to do research, but if some people are using a particular website that I dont know about they could point me in the general direction Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2007 7:40PM
I did some research so will share it with you. I wanted to go with Photographers Direct, had to submit 10 images for approval before accepted. Once accepted, I realised my file sizes were too small so am now shooting in higher res. In the meantime, found Shutterpoint, who take lower res pics. It's an interactive site, which I like, unlike Ph.Dir. I looked at several others and was advised to steer clear of the micropayment sites, which I did. I got a lot of useful information by searching the forums on ePz for Stock Photo Sites, and reading what others had been saying about them..... even PMd some members who contributed to those forums and they were very helpful.
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2007 5:33AM
thanks for that Pam, very useful will go and have a scout around
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
2 Sep 2007 12:17PM
Hello friends,

this may be off the wall in this day and age, but do any agencies still accept images on slide? If so, do I send the original or get a copy?

loweskid 16 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2007 4:37PM
Very few agencies ever accepted 35mm slides - most would only accept medium format, and only originals (never copies). I'm still with a small specialist agency which still accepts transparencies which he then scans and puts online.

Edit - if you feel the need to keep a copy yourself then just take two exposures at the time - far cheaper than getting copies made later.
Stockczech 11 445 Czech Republic
2 Sep 2007 4:55PM

Quote:Very few agencies ever accepted 35m slides

I started submitting 35mm trannies to a stock library nearly twenty years ago.

There are several agencies that do accept film, but it should always be the original - if the library wants a dupe they will make it themselves.

ckristoff 13 994 Wales
3 Sep 2007 1:17PM
Shiela and Loweskid,

thanks very much for your replies. What I meant was for a duplicate for myself and Loweskid already answered.

I'm just enquiring at present, as I'm not too confident about my standard of images just yet. And no way do I have hundreds to offer anyone!

In a way, I'm slowly improving, as no longer do I waste shots, however cheap film is at present.

bazhutton 11 25 England
4 Sep 2007 7:53PM

Quote:Once accepted, I realised my file sizes were too small so am now shooting in higher res.

Is there an industry standard for file sizes- I seem to remember reading 50mb TIFF? How far up the camera ladder would you need to buy to be able to cover agency requirements for file size?
loweskid 16 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2007 8:14PM
There isn't an industry standard as such but I suppose the yardstick that most people go by these days is alamy's. They require a minimum of 48mb, uncompressed. I use a D200 (10mp) now but have loads of pics on alamy which were taken with a D70 (6mp). You need to be able to shoot in raw and uprez as you convert from raw. I don't want to start any 'raw verses jpeg' / 'best way to uprez' wars but that's my opinion anyway - after doing my own tests this is the best method I've found.
10 Aug 2008 4:46PM
Does anyone use IStock or Getty Images? Trying to get 3 of my pictures accepted onto IStock but keep getting turned down, does anyone have any tips on getting onto Istock? What sort of photos are they after? Any advice, much appreciated, thanks.
Chris_H 14 1.5k 1
10 Aug 2008 7:13PM
There is a big difference between Istock & Getty, Istock is microstock so you will only make about 30 pence if you happen to sell an image. With traditional stock sites I submit to my average is around 100 per image.

Getty is high quality stock and strong with editorial images.

It looks like you have an intrest in Natural History style images so why not check for agencies that deal with these type of images from the BAPLA website, agencies such as the Nature Picture Library.

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