Has anyone ever used istockphoto?

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WERDNA(Posted 2010) [#1]
Hey folks!

Just wondering if any of you have ever sold photo's on

and if its a respectable site or not. And if its worth it to sell stuff there ;)


xlsior(Posted 2010) [#2]
It's probably the #1 microstock site around right now -- and in my experience sales volumes are much higher there than at the competing sites like dreamstime, canstock and fotolia...

The downside of istock as a photographer is that it's much harder to get accepted there than it is to get accepted at the others.
(Which is kind of a benefit too, since it means higher quality content as well, which leads to more customers and more sales for the people that do get accepted)

WERDNA(Posted 2010) [#3]
Oh nifty!

I'll try getting accepted, lol. It will be a few extra bucks in my pocket, and I generally
take pretty good photo's(Although I'm nowhere near professional).

Thanks xlsior!

D4NM4N(Posted 2010) [#4]
I read somewhere that flickr has something new going on regarding people selling photos (might be worth a look too)

okee(Posted 2010) [#5]
I've bought a good few images off there to use in websites.
They're very cheap 1 or 2 euro for low res versions of photos
which are good enough quality for websites.

maximo(Posted 2010) [#6]

I'll try getting accepted, lol. It will be a few extra bucks in my pocket, and I generally
take pretty good photo's(Although I'm nowhere near professional).

You'd need to have over thousands of uploaded images of good quallity to even start making any few extra bucks. Don't even think that 100 or so images will be enough to make extra bucks per month ;)

do some research on google :)

Brucey(Posted 2010) [#7]
Although I'm nowhere near professional

Could be a bit of a problem then, given the quality already available there...

WERDNA(Posted 2010) [#8]
do some research on google :)

Doing so now :)

Could be a bit of a problem then, given the quality already available there...

Probably. But I'll try anyways :D

Brucey(Posted 2010) [#9]
And as dan the man indicated, there's now an option on flickr which you can enable to add a "license from getty images" link to your photos. So if anyone really, really liked them, they'd could license them via a proper company.

WERDNA(Posted 2010) [#10]
Yeah, thats something I certainly must check out.
Sounds pretty nifty!

Thanks ;)

Winni(Posted 2010) [#11]
It's not only about "good" photographs in terms of that they look nice or artistic or that you own all copyrights to the submitted images. iStockphoto is also VERY rigorous about the technical aspects of the picture quality; for example, with a 6 Megapixel camera you would be on the lowest resolution that they accept. Then, your images need to be very scalable without showing any artifacts when they're being pumped up. Lighting also has to be very good.

When you try to open an account with them, they will request sample images and analyze them according to their standards and should they reject a photo, they will provide you with detailed feedback.

But to keep it short: The "judges" at are very, very picky about what they add to their portfolio and you will have to put some serious effort into getting your account.

By the way, the World Health Organization of the United Nations also purchases photos from (that's how I was first introduced to them) - so yes, this is a serious and accepted website.

Sauer(Posted 2010) [#12]
If you have no experience with this sort thing and no portfolio, its going to be very difficult to get that "few extra bucks" you desire.

The easiest and fastest way to make a few extra bucks: put in an application at your local fast food/grocery story/wal-mart/etc. and work a few days a week.

Zethrax(Posted 2010) [#13]
Another way to monetize photographs is to set up an ecommerce affiliate website (an Amazon astore, etc) and then put your photos up on flickr and similar photo sharing sites, with the photos licensed with a free use attribution license. Specify the ecommerce site as being the site you want the attribution for the photo linked back to (make sure you clearly specify the attribution link and anchor text you want used for the attribution, and make sure the image user doesn't have to jump through hoops to find that information).

Standard aspect ratio images are pretty thick on the ground, so you'll probably find a lot of competition there. Panoramic photos are in high demand for website header images, and have less variety available, so you may find it worthwhile concentrating on those. I do some cheapie wordpress templates and put them up for link sponsorship, and I've hunted up a lot of attribution images off flickr in the past to use for the headers on my themes, with an attribution link at the bottom.

Mr. Write Errors Man(Posted 2010) [#14]

There are a good number of sites offering amateur stock photos for free. See for example .