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LookStat announced it is offering a free trial of its new microstock keywording and uploading services to stock photographers who are active in microstock. “We’re committed to creating technology and services to enable stock photographers to streamline their workflow and to spend their time on what they do best – creating great images,” said Rahul Pathak, LookStat’s CEO & Founder. LookStat offers the following services: • Keywording – IPTC-embedded title, description and 30-50 keywords that are SEO friendly and microstock compliant. • Retouching – All image post-processing including RAW conversion, color correction, cleanup and logo removal. • Uploading & Submission – Uploading and submission of images to up to 10 microstock sites. This includes complete management of the submission process including upload quotas, model release attachment and resubmission. • Anal... (more)

Fotolia Celebrates Fifth Birthday

NEW YORK, NY, December 22, 2009 – Fotolia is part of a handful of companies that grew during the global recession, and this month, the online image provider celebrates its fifth anniversary. During 2009, the company saw its online library double to over 8,000,000 images and nearly 2 million images were downloaded every month. Since December 2006, membership increased nearly 10-fold, with over 1.5 million people worldwide now signed up to the site. CEO Oleg Tscheltzoff explains the secret to Fotolia’s success: “Sourcing photos, vectors, and videos that are legal for commercial and promotional use from the most talented artists around the world has enabled Fotolia to provide incredible value. Designers, marketing, and creative professionals traditionally paid upwards of $500 per image in the past. Fotolia offers the same quality and usage rights starting at $1.” Also... (more)

Microstock Charts official launch

The Microstockcharts.com Project by Lee Torrens & Amos Struck The Microstock  Charts project is a free, easy and useful website tool for microstock contributors to track and compare data. After some months of testing and with the  UserVoice feedback of a restricted number of users, a first version of the website is now online at www.microstockcharts.com . In a nutshell: you can enter, manually in this first release, month by month, earnings, portfolio sizes, number of downloads for each of your microstock agencies starting from these data, MicrostockCharts is able to plot the graphs of the 3 metrics and, automatically from these main metrics, you will obtain a total downloads chart, a total earnings chart, Return per Image and Return per Download charts you can choose to keep your charts private or to publish them (with or without figures) choosing a username. Here’s ... (more)

Microstock Portfolio Analysis with Free LightBurner Tools

New free microstock service LightBurner keeps adding new functionality and new customers. The latest software update includes more new stuff in the Analytics sections of the subscribers account. We will review here just one group of LightBurner' Microstock Portfolio Analysis tools, discussing how they can help microstock photographers and graphics artists to sell more stock photos and illustrations via microstock photography sites. Disclaimer: all numbers, stats and graphs in this article are used for illustrative purposes only. LightBurner Analytics: The SEO Tools This group of graphs shows the current status of customer's LightBurner portfolio from the SEO perspective. Microstock is a part of the Internet domain and online stock photography agencies play the Internet game following the common SEO rules. If you want your images to sell well you also have to know thes... (more)

Shutterstock Reaches 500,000 High-Quality Video Clips, and Introduces HTML5 Player

NEW YORK, April 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shutterstock Images LLC, a leading provider of high-quality stock photography, vectors, illustrations and footage, today announced it has surpassed 500,000 video clips in its collection, solidifying it as a top provider of royalty-free stock footage. The global image marketplace has also unveiled a new HTML5 player for videos, making it possible for users to browse hundreds of thousands of clips on leading mobile devices, including the new iPad. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111103/NY99505LOGO-b) Committed to the highest quality content, Shutterstock reached this milestone by securing material from some of the best cinematographers in the world. "We're working with top contributors in every category," said VP of Content, Scott Braut. "This includes timelapse, editorial, landscapes, fashion, and others." With some ... (more)

How To Earn Money Selling Your Photos on Internet

Stock Photography on Ulitzer Got a digital camera? Now you can earn money selling your pictures on the Internet! If you have a good eye and if you are a creative person, you can generate very nice monthly income by selling your pictures on stock photography web sites. In a month or two you will start collecting monthly PayPal transfers for few hundreds bucks from any agency you decided to work with. You probably can not live from a few hundreds bucks a month, but come on – at least it pays you back for all that nice and expensive photographic gear you have purchased last year, and pays back quit fast. I truly love online stock photography phenomenon, since it is the first in the world and probably the only business model which allows amateur photographers like you and me to earn some money from they lovely hobby. In fact, if you are a talented photographer and you ... (more)

Pixamba CEO Launches Stock Photography Topic on Ulitzer

Pixamba CEO David Mail launched today Stock Photography topic on Ulitzer. David Mail is a CEO of Pixamba Ltd (http://www.pixamba.com), a royalty free stock photography agency and media services company. Pixamba offers microstock and midstock images at affordable prices starting from $0.75/image. Pixamba is also a developer of ProStockMaster software (http://www.prostockmaster.com), the first in the world desktop workflow management application for contributing stock artists. Stock photography consists of existing photographs that can be licensed for specific uses. Publishers, advertising agencies, graphic artists, and others use stock photography to fulfill the needs of their creative assignments. (Wikipedia) A customer who uses stock photography instead of hiring a photographer can save time and money, but can also sacrifice creative control. Stock images can be p... (more)

First Week Fast Growth

Stock Photography So, the first week "on the air" went very well. Not an easy week, but remarkable good. We rapidly increase our midstock and microstock collection of royalty free images and this keeps our hands busy all the time. The infrastructure we choose for www.pixamba.com is extremely versatile and can be adjusted according to the system load and storage capacity. Since both the load and the images collection growth all the time, and fast, we work around the clock ensuring high system uptime and short response time. It seems that we are on the right way: the response time of the system is very good even now and it is going to be even faster soon, when we'll do some more IT & development work. Meanwhile, our editors receive daily hundreds of adorable new royalty free photos and illustrations like this one:   Thank you all, our new customers for your support ... (more)

Pixamba.com Beta Opens to the Public

Stock Photography I am very excited to show you up some initial results of our hard work for quite a long time. Pixamba.com opens it doors for the contributors and image buyers. You are warmly welcome to join us and start selling your photos and illustrations with Pixamba. We offer high resolution stock images at very affordable prices and we are here, online and offline for any question or suggestion you may have. Original post blogged on Pixamba Blog. ... (more)

Work in Progress

Stock Photography The number of submissions grows daily, hope it will keep going this way. The MIN upload size went down from 6 MP to 4 MP, thus helping our contributors to submit many stock illustrations that were prepared for other stock agencies at smaller sizes. We also have found and fixed a few site issues, including MS IE tricks with our categories tree. Original post blogged on Pixamba Blog. ... (more)

Fotolia’s Top-Selling Contributors

What are the most popular microstock clichés? Let’s discover them through Fotolia. We can visit the Fotolia’s “from this month Best Sellers” page (here a screenshot) Fotolia’s Bestsellers page or we can browse round the Top Selling contributors portfolios to know them and to see what are their most popular works. A special thanks to Amos Struck for his Microstock Photo Plugin for Wordpress that let me buy and insert, in a few clicks, all the Fotolia’s pictures of this post, directly with caption, referral links, title, alternate text. Multi-ethnic pile of hands © Yuri Arcurs #5270375 A classic pile of hands, people formally dressed, business team concept. Full Yuri’s porfolio © Yuri Arcurs – Fotolia.com business team work © Andres Rodriguez #4665940 Business work team concept with the addiction of another great cliché: jigsaw Full Andres’ Portfolio © Andres Rodriguez... (more)