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.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

New Year, New Agency:

Signed up today at Mostphotos.com. This Swedish based agency sells all images at a fixed 25euro price and pays 50% commission -so that's a pleasing 12.5 euros for every sale. Better still, you can request payout of your commission after just one sale. No waiting months/years/forever to reach the minimum payout. You can also download your own images free of charge -making it a useful back-up. My thanks to http://www.microstockposts.com for making me aware of that! Too good to be true? Well the downside is that many people find sales are few there. They take Editorial images so I'm hoping my archive political and celebrity images get some sales there. Uploading is lightning fast and your images do not have to be reviewed -My first image (Boris Yeltsin) was online and on sale within a few minutes. My referral link is on the left of the screen should you wish to check them out.

Meanwhile, Shutterstock picking up nicely this month with 39 dowloads to date, with my BDE this week when I had 14. Thirteen of those were Seventies pop stars Thin Lizzy/Motors/Flamin' Groovies/Radio Stars and the other one was from last years Hastings Half Marathon (so probaly different buyers then!).

Finally, delighted to hear from http://www.picturenation.co.uk this week. I cannot go into details here but what I was told left me in no doubt they are coming back online and are currently working full out to make it happen. Regards, David

6 comments:

Luis said...

I don't know anyone reporting there sales, I guess Matt from NIL to MIL have a few sales! keep us updated ok?

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Thanks Luis, you can be sure I'll report any sales! I just thought I'd see if my Editorial stuff got some interest there. It is amazingly quick to upload and get images onto the site so I am not losing much if nothing happens. On the other hand, a few 12.5 euro sales would be very welcome! Regards, David.

David said...

I hope PN does come back. Seemed a friendly place and i was all geared up to upload some quite UK specific illustrations when they went down. Look forward to seeing them up and running again.

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Totally agree with you there David. It would be nice to see a British site do well and I have had some good sales there. No date yet -but it is a case of when not if they relaunch. Regards, David.

David said...

Well, checked them (PN) this morning and looks like they are back.

Some minor problems so far: keep being asked to log back in and their referral page doesn't work (for me at least) but it's a start. :)

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Yes it's great to see them back. I have already uploaded a bunch of photos! They are aware of problems with the referral thing -I tried and failed to get the link on my blog (didn't like some of the characters in the link). They have new IT people now and will be sorting that. Regards, David