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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.


I decided it's time to write a review of mostphotos.com, not because they are new, but I have recently noticed that their marketing as ramped up with press releases etc, any company spending marketing money to attract buyers and photographers is worth a closer look. In the case of mostphotos what they are doing is somewhat unconventional...

read my full site review here


istockphoto.com have launched their subscription service, you can visit their site for all the latest details. The big question is how will this affect sales and photographer incomes - hopefully, in some part, I've answered that here.

istockphoto subscription stock photo service

 (monthly costs)


Cutcaster have taken another step towards being credible with the launch of their affiliate program.

They provide 10% of buyers transactions and 5% of referred photographers earnings for a whole 2 years, a pretty good deal in our opinion.

It's still early days for cutcaster, but if they keep up development at the rate they are going (launch was back at the start of April this year) then they might soon start to grab a slice of the market. The do need to do some more improvements with that upload system though!

Full review of Cutcaster.com


Lucky Oliver has closed. it's a pitty to see it go. It was a professional looking site, and the first credible microstock site that I have seen fail. For referenece our review of the site was here.

Update: 6 FEB 2009, Scoopt have stopped accepting new uploads. As an alternative you could look at our list of microstock agencies that accept editorial images

Scoopt describe themselves as the worlds first commercial citizen journalism agency, specially created to connect members of the public with (the vicious world of the - ed) mainstream media.


How to Title your Photos, Writing Descriptions that Sell!

Microstock by its very 'public' nature a highly competitive place to be. While great images are most important, choosing the right site and keywording vital, having the right title and description should also be high on your list of priorities.

Images should be titled and described with catchy but not too cheesy descriptions and titles. Do keep in mind that the title tag is not a place for 'over zealous marketing speak' or clever puns. Titles in many cases should be literal. The description can be a little more conceptual, and is the place where you can be somewhat more 'artistic' about the image content and its potential uses.


It's an attractive idea to sell images direct to customers, but can you attract enough customers? and at microstock prices is it worthwhile?


Some Background

IPTC

Back in the 70's when ties and collars were wide and suits were brown, images were wired across the world on a machine that printed a single row of pixels and a time and could take 30 minutes to send a photo. To help newspapers organise images which were being telephoned in from around the world the International Press Telecommunications Council defined a series of attributes that could be assigned to images.

Leap forward to 1994 and apple worked out a clever way of embedding that information into jpeg and tiff files (to be specific jpeg files with embedded exif data)... back in the day tiff files were 'THE' format for exchanging images on different computers.


You could call this post the three 'best' ways to undersell your work, either way here are three great ideas that you DO NOT want to touch with a barge pole...

 


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