Getty vs Alamy

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Poch, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. Poch

    Poch Guest

    [Based in the UK] I am wanting to join a stock agency and upload 30 or so
    images to start with and hope to provide about the same number per year.
    Does anyone have any experience or opinions on Getty or Alamy, or any

    Poch, Jun 15, 2004
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    smd Guest

    If you're only going to upload 30 images, you're wasting your time joining a
    stock library. Do the math. The large libraries stock millions of pictures
    - what are the chances of your 30 being chosen? In any case, many agencies
    won't take fewer than a couple of thousand images as an initial
    contribution and most expect photogs to continue to contribute a couple
    more thousand a year. That's because there's an administrative overhead
    managing each photographer's account and it's not worth it unless you're
    pulling your weight.
    smd, Jun 16, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    From what I've read, I agree they want and expect more volume in the number
    of pictures (and your chances of making a sale are increased the more
    pictures you contribute), but a couple of thousand? I doubt I've taken a
    couple of thousand good pictures in my lifetime. Who is so prolific that
    they generate a couple of thousand good pictures per year?

    I think (again from what I've read on the topic) that a portfolio of a few
    hundred pictures is sufficient, with regular additions as time goes along.

    Mike Kohary, Jun 17, 2004
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    smd Guest

    Well, I'm speaking both from experience (having been a pro photographer for
    over 20 years) and from everything I've heard. Working professionals
    shooting for both commission and stock can easily generate several thousand
    pictures a year of stock quality. I put several hundred pictures into a
    library from one assignment (covering the Reno Air Races, plus landscapes &
    travel shots taken during the trip).

    And remember that stock agencies are geared towards serious photographers,
    not amateurs who fancy making a bit of pin money out of the odd spare
    photo. Most will ask for 30-50 pictures just to assess the quality of your
    work and will want far more as a submission. They need you to submit
    reasonable quantities otherwise they simply won't get the turnover of
    pictures that will justify the management overhead, insurance (decent
    libraries now indemnify photographers against lawsuits), etc.

    Some libraries will accept the occasional small batch of photos, especially
    if you're willing to sell outright. But my previous caveat still applies.
    Submitting 30 images to a library of several million means you'll be lucky
    to cover the cost of the postage. It's more likely you'll never sell a
    single pic. You'd be far better off trying one of these online services
    that sells pictures for peanuts but might offer a good enough turnover to
    make a few bucks if your images are truly outstanding (and if they're not,
    then you're *really* wasting your time with a stock agency).
    smd, Jun 18, 2004
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    Poch Guest

    Thanks for your recommendations guys. I think you are right, there is no way
    I'm going to generate thousands of images at all let alone each year.

    Poch, Jun 20, 2004
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