Wednesday, January 23, 2008

PhotoShelter and Stock Photography II

I received an email this morning from PhotoShelter, indicating that their editors had reviewed the images I had submitted, and for me to go to the site for further instructions. Of my eight landscape photos, three had been accepted outright, two rejected, and three were "Soft rejected"
My accepted images, which are now "Live" on the system.

Photoshelter from the inside, after the jump.
The website guided me through the process of keywording and captioning the images, along with specifying a category (News, creative, etc.) and stating whether model and property releases were available or necessary. Once these tasks were complete, they offered a choice of pricing models, either rights-managed or royalty free, along with editorial.
Their rights managed pricing models include an example calculator based on the popular fotoQuote software, which allows you to quickly see how pricing for you image would be for potential buyers. I was surprised and encouraged by some of the numbers I saw, most ranging from a few hundred dollars to well over $1000. Here's one example:

My three "Soft Rejected" were deemed by the editors as more suitable for the "News+" category, and as such, needed full captions before they could be accepted. I added captions including locations and dates, and re-submitted them. I also added several more images, still mostly nature and landscape stuff. It's what I have available at the moment, but I will be expanding my offerings very soon.

The final two images, the ones that were rejected outright, were actually the most encouraging for me. They attached the following message to the images: "We've pretty much hit critical mass with this sort of subject matter, and we don't want to inundate our buyers with too much similar content. That in mind, we are currently only accepting work of this category if it's really outstanding in terms of composition, exposure, and a fresh point of view. Thanks for your understanding!"

This is a good thing, in my mind. They are controlling their content submissions, which will definitely improve the overall quality of the material available for buyers.

My personal webpage on the PhotoShelter is here. Check it out!

I'll continue to post as I get more feedback from PhotoShelter, but I'm very encouraged by what I've seen so far.

1 comment:

StockPhotoJourney said...

Thanks for the info on PhotoShelter, I had no idea they where getting into this. I have applied and I am getting my 5-10 images all picked out.

It will be interesting to see how it compares $ wise to the microstock sites. I expect to sell less but hopefully make more.