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    Getty Images?

    Getty wants some of my shots. But I would like to know a bit more about the licensing etc before I make my move.

    Rather than read the fine print I was hoping someone on here can give me a bit of a summary.

    Also for those that have images on there already, do you make any money from it?

    Thanks
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    Youll need to provide more detail. what do they went them for is a good think to know
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachamp View Post
    Getty wants some of my shots. But I would like to know a bit more about the licensing etc before I make my move.

    Rather than read the fine print I was hoping someone on here can give me a bit of a summary.

    Also for those that have images on there already, do you make any money from it?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Read the fine print! Failure to do so, and just use advice from members on AP, will not legally cover you if you do have an issue in future with them.
    I will read the fine print, but currently seeing if its worth going to the trouble, as to see the fine print you need to regiester.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Youll need to provide more detail. what do they went them for is a good think to know
    Getty Images is a stock site. They just want them to be included in there millions of stock photos that they sell.

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    Can I be really rude, no I guess not

    Definitely read the fine print, if you are unsure seek proper legal advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkChap View Post
    Can I be really rude, no I guess not

    Definitely read the fine print, if you are unsure seek proper legal advice.
    I will read the fine print when I get there. But as said above, there is a process, first regiester, then they send you the contract, then you send photos, then you are locked in.

    I want to know, for those that have images on getty images, that have read the fine print, what are the key points.

    Also for those that have images on getty images, have you made any money from it?

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    Ok, re stock, and its a very general statement based on what I know

    To make money out of stock:

    You need to load 1000's of images
    They need to be different and of high quality (hi res, low iso, sharp etc)
    You need to be lucky

    So, sure, roll the dice, read the fine print, just dont deposit any $$$ on the Ferrari quite yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Ok, re stock, and its a very general statement based on what I know

    To make money out of stock:

    You need to load 1000's of images
    They need to be different and of high quality (hi res, low iso, sharp etc)
    You need to be lucky

    So, sure, roll the dice, read the fine print, just dont deposit any $$$ on the Ferrari quite yet
    Well said. Most stock libraries work on volume. The more photos you have, the more chance someone might want one. Don't expect to make a good income from this, you may make a few dollars each month.

    When you consider the number of photographers on stock site and their work what are you offering that is different and will be wanted? Maybe do a keyword search of Getty for the type of photos you intend to upload and be honest with yourself, what is it about your photos that would make a buyer want them over one of the thousands of other similar photos? If you have got a niche, that no-one else has come up with yet, and is in demand, then you might make some money.

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    im curious as to whether they sent you a personal specific request for images or the generic email they send to squillions every day ...

    and if youve ever submitted photos to a stock site, youll know that the images need to be technically FLAWLESS, particularly Getty. Some are more lax.
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    Have a look on Flickr, there is some discussion on there in the Getty Images group. They have 3 levels, apparently.

    One is micro stock (they own 1 of the big micro stock agencies, I can't remember which one) which means you get peanuts for it
    One is slightly better
    One pays very well

    I would not sign up without reading every word of the contract at least twice if I were you.
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    I remembered selling stock images a few yrs ago when I first started out, for istock, image vortex, fotolia and all that rubbish

    to actually make a lot of money on Getty, or Alamy at the higher level is very very hard and time consuming. As they require images to be up-rezzed up to like 40-50mb each, noise free at 100% crop so shooting at base ISO all the time is needed, EXIF data intact, I remembered only some cameras were accepted back then, think it has changed a bit now. These are for images that can sell for a few hundred dollars each. Not to mention you need to scan/fax model releases with accompanying photos if there are people in there. A shot of a group of 8 people - thats 8 model release forms you have to scan/fax through

    Otherwise, your photos will be in the generic bin and sell from 50 cents to a dollar per image.

    Waste of time

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    I've been asked myself to submit specific images to them, but haven't taken it up since I've been too lazy to go through the fine print, plus I'm aware of how stock works and the pitfalls invovled.

    The OP's question is a valid one though. Of course, it still comes down to the fine print, but generic answers here that stock is a waste of time aren't helpful and if someone has had actual experience with Getty itself, that would be useful.
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    It's not a waste of time you're right Dave.

    But who here hasnt been down the "im going to make a fortune from stock photos only to realise that it's not quite that way" route before ?

    But yeah, some people do really well out of it, even FT

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    I know someone who shoots for Getty currently. I think they should be ok with you asking them a couple of questions. Ill get their email tonight and post it to you personally.
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    Getty Images?

    For clarity, there is a big difference between shooting for Getty and shooting stock for Getty

    Getty can access all flickr for stock now too so i understand


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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    For clarity, there is a big difference between shooting for Getty and shooting stock for Getty

    Getty can access all flickr for stock now too so i understand


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    Spot on Darren. And very valid point.


    I know that Dave has already said that generic answers that stock is a waste of time is not helpful, but as the question was actually this:
    Quote Originally Posted by bachamp View Post
    Getty wants some of my shots. But I would like to know a bit more about the licensing etc before I make my move.

    Rather than read the fine print I was hoping someone on here can give me a bit of a summary.

    Also for those that have images on there already, do you make any money from it?

    Thanks
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    Then that final question is utterly valid in answering and far from a waste of time Dave, is my genuine response to that final question. So please bear with me before discarding any negative response as not valid.

    Yes I'm approached about 10 or 12 times a year by various stock agencies wanting my work. Seems its an almost constant battle for them to get more and more stock. I've not agreed to any, and I doubt I ever will. Once bitten twice shy. Seems to me that you the photographer supplying stock have absolutely no way of proving wether the stock agency is telling you when one of your images is sold or not.

    I had this happen to me with what I thought was a reputable agency. They had my work for approximately 5 years and according to them never sold any of my work. Trouble was that I found a few of my images being used and when I approached the companies using them, all referred me back to the agency. Long story short, all blame was placed on the sacked manager, I never received a cent, and the agency closed its doors one year later.

    With so many agencies/libraries dying a slow death (huge famous one in Europe/France went under just last month), it seems to me a bit pointless responding to the constant call for images from different agencies around the world. True, Getty has a nice ring to it, and you would hope that they're up front. But as yet, although I've heard many many stories of people actually making a living off stock, to date, although I've met many many photographers over my time, I have never met that mythical creature of the full time stock photographer. I do know of one photographer who has (in his mind) "done quite well out of stock" (his words, hence the quotes), and after submitting approximately 800 or 900 images, his total sales last year was A$84. Better then a a poke in the eye I suppose, but hardly going to cover the cost of the bank cheque for the Ferrari.
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    Getty Images?

    I listened to an interview of reputadly Americas most succesful ft stock guy, he estimated in the states that there were a total of 6 ft stock photographers, now that's in a population of 200 million




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    Quote Originally Posted by davesmith View Post
    I've been asked myself to submit specific images to them, but haven't taken it up since I've been too lazy to go through the fine print, plus I'm aware of how stock works and the pitfalls invovled.

    The OP's question is a valid one though. Of course, it still comes down to the fine print, but generic answers here that stock is a waste of time aren't helpful and if someone has had actual experience with Getty itself, that would be useful.
    Not Getty, but have experience with Alamy. Yes I made a few dollars (less than $50) for a while, but I think to get the big dollars you have to be very proactive and uploading new stuff all the time. I know someone who has over 10,000 photos on Alamy and they don't make a living from it. It was hard work to get photos approved, and from what I know Getty are stricter than Alamy. Yes stock photography can work, but there are only a select few that make a living out of it, and don't need other income. In 2009 one person made over $200,000 from Alamy, 3 people made over $100,000. There are over 20 million images on Alamy.

    Now to put it all in perspective, in 2009 Alamy paid out $8Million to photographers. Remember there are 20 million images on the site. There are a lot of photographers not making much, given these stats. Yes you could be one of the select few that make over $100K, but are you willing to put in all the work needed, to do so?
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    Smile Always worth a try.

    I submitted my first images to a Melbourne Library in 1987, a slow start followed and just as sales picked up they sold out to their next door neighbour/competitor!!. Many slow years followed until they closed up shop about 5 years ago.

    At times I was represented by several Big Libraries world-wide through affiliations, small returns though. Since 2001 I've been in an on-line Library based in QLD, decent start but has dropped right off. I also have my own site, still slow.

    I have been tempted to join Micro stock sites and many contributors have done Very Well but most of the images are People oriented. I'm not!!

    As has been mentioned, images are every where these days, some computer savvy 'youngster' gets a camera and has hundreds on line before you can say Microstock. If Getty has asked you to submit some then I would do it and enjoy what ever returns you get.

    I made around 37K over the years which has paid for gear, Holidays and helped out when Weddings were slow.

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    Btw, Longshots, did you have quite a few images in the Adelaide Yellow Pages many moons ago, you sound familiar.
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