Back in the Seventies and Eighties I founded and ran several Fleet Street photo agencies specialising in stock images of celebrities from pop stars to politicians. These were syndicated to the National and International press and Television. These days I am active in the Microstock world and this blog charts my journey as well as, hopefully, providing inspiration and ideas to others. Image buyers should also find this blog useful with links to my portfolios and regular updates on new uploads. Unless otherwise stated all images are my copyright and may not be reproduced or copied. Comments are very welcome but will be reviewed before publication. Enjoy your visit. Regards, David.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

In at Shutterstock!

An exciting step forward this week when (at second attempt) I got accepted as a contributor at Shutterstock. This New York based image library specialises in subscription sales, paying contributors from 25c per download (the amount goes up once you reach a certain sales level). This may not sound a lot but Shutterstock gets high volume sales. Some new photographers I know have had loads of downloads in just a few weeks with just a few files online. Many Microstock photographers give this as their top earning agency. So my hopes are high. Now I just need to "feed the beast" to borrow a quote from the forum. Photographers wanting to sign up to Shutterstock can follow my link on the left hand column of this blog. Picture buyers can use the link below (in both cases I get income under Shutterstocks referral program). Regards, David


Anonymous said...

How's it going at Shutterstock or is it too early to say? I like the site a lot in terms of sales, but still get a lot of rejections. However, they have an easy uploading process and review the images fairly quickly compared to others.

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Hi Komar, thanks for your comment. Now up to 64 images live with 14 downloads to date. About 98% acceptance on the editorial archive images and a lot less on the more general ones. Not quite the rollercoaster of sales that some report but I am happy with progress. Just need to keep "feeding the beast". Trouble is I am also trying to keep Veer Marketplace fed at the same time! Regards, David