istock are clawing back with a little marketing this month, along with a double royalty day for exclusive photographers they are offering double ($20 instead of $10) for members who refer a new member during September. New referred members are required to purchase pay as you go credits or a subscription.
StockXpert have caused a furore over the past week with changes they planned to make to their image sub licencing options, and despite the title of this post I'm sure they did not do it for the media attention!
There is nothing to panic about, after a lot of pressure from the microstock contributor community they have modified their planned changes.
Update: March 2014 - Getty have announced the end of their flickr partnership
A recent post on flickr makes for interesting reading. It's long been anticipated that flickr would include some way for users to sell their images, and until now there has been lots of debate about how this might be implemented. Because flickr is photo sharing for the general public, it's less likely that photo editors / image users are going to want to wade through screen after screen of pictures of kids and pussy cats. Flickr is also not really the place that photographers think about selling photos; while flickr has many quality images, it is still by it's nature, 'amateur'.
Shutterstock recently announced the acceptance of their 4 millionth microstock image. They post themselves as the worlds largest microstock agency, and it would appear that their subscription system rather than 'cost per image' business plan is working better than ever.
By Steve Gibson Written 05 June 2008 Revised 25 August 2008
Snapvillage have launched after being off line for a short period. The site has had a (much needed) make over.
The site was previously in beta, I do not perform full reviews on beta sites, but in my previous partial review I noted a few significant problems, mostly that the site seem to be aimed at amateurs, and had the feel of one of the 'bottom 100 microstock sites'. With microstock becoming an ever more competitive and less 'amateur' the old site was looking a little behind the times.
photokeywords is an experimental tool which allows you to gather keyword info from a microstock site. I have to say I'm not to sure I condone the harvesting of keywords like this, it's better than just cutting and pasting the keywords from another photo.. but not much!
The concept is simple, you enter a say three keywords and the site searches the database at shutterstock for some images. You select the images that are most like yours and then photokeywords displays all the keywords within those images as a list. It orders the listing by the most popularly searched keywords. You can then select and reject which of the keywords are relevant to your photo and finally a list of the keywords is displayed for you to cut and paste.