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#1 paulvanharte

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 12:57 PM

Not sure if this is the right spot. Does anybody use any online sales sites, such as Istock etc etc. I know you are not going to get rich, but would like to know your experience with these sites and what sites people use.Thanks in advance for any feedback.


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 06:27 PM

I will second your curiosity and query.

 

I too would like to know.

 

I know you can use:

 

500px.com (Canadian Company, believe it or not.... based in Downtown Toronto)

 

 

Best I can tell you for know, but I will update the list as more come to mind.  I don't currently use any....


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Posted 21 June 2017 - 12:02 PM

Art, I'm gobsmacked!  I like 500px.  Now I like 'em even more!  

 

Paul, I'm not presently selling anything, but Art is right about 500px.  Sites like Zenfolio or Smugmug are geared towards photographers, with tools for direct sales to clients.  I'll stop there.  :)


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Posted Yesterday, 06:13 AM

There are a number of strategies for specific business models.  I'd suggest The Photographer's Market for a deeper discussion.

 

I use Zenfolio for hosting my website.  It's a good place to post photos and information about me and my photography.  The way I make money with it is by using it to host photos from events.  The site is used for viewing, ordering, and fulfillment.  Clients order photos online but it takes a good bit of effort through social media and other channels.

 

As far as stock is concerned, it's a business rather than something occasional.  You need to carve out specific niches or themes and produce thousands of images per year to add to your stock library.  For fine art or print sales, 20-50 great photos of black bears is enough for a portfolio.  For a stock library, you want 2000 images including paws, tracks, eating, cubs, etc. in all types of weather and light,  A submission of feathers would be 400-500 feather images.  You need enough very good images to provide choices for all different buyers.  You'll only make a few cents per sale, so volume needs to be significant.  You also need to do a great job with keywords including marketing terms and concept terms to help the images turn up in searches.


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