Our Review: 

My first impressions of mostphotos a while back were "oh no not another one"... but on deeper investigation I find a rather slick piece of web development (lots of nice 'ajax' instant response settings where you don't have to press a save button at the bottom of the page).

Images cost 25 euros, (about $38 US) putting them at the high end of the microstock pricing structure (anything over $50 is not usually considered to be microstock). One interesting point is that images are not reviewed by moderators or image inspectors but by actual site users who vote if an image has artistic and commercial value. It's up to the photographer to make sure that the images are suitable for stock sales.

The lack of a review process does leave contributors and the site open to legal action if they ignore warnings about uploading images that feature trademarks, logos, people without model releases etc. On the more traditional microstock sites you have a safety net of the image inspector. The plus side of this is that you can upload any image you think will sell and is of decent artistic/commercial merit. mostphotos offer a series of guidelines which you have to agree to, which, if you break, will no doubt be dealt with by the community voting your images as poor quality or reporting them.

The site has a definite community feel to it, with a comment list under each image where users can comment on your images. There are forums, an instant chat room, and users can critique each others images. The whole thing is very likeable and a world away from the corporatised major players. There is a photographer search so that buyers can find photographers in their area opening the possibility of gaining commissioned work. Users are also incentivised into rating work so that good images appear at the top of search results, hence image buyers don't have to sift through mediocre images.

Uploading is very streamlined, I wish it was this simple to upload your images to some of the other agencies! you choose your own categories for your images.

 

Conclusion

Wow - what a difference a couple of years makes - just goes to show you should NEVER give up on an stagnant agency once you have made the investment to upload - sure you can stop uploading but never undo your hard work by deleting those approved images.

  • 5+x increase in earnings for 2014 compared to 2011

I'm not getting rich quick here! but I am seeing growth, and with the massive improvements made to the site in recent years mostphotos has definitely stepped into middle tier. 2015 sees earnings continue to flow, and their position in my earnings table move up to 11th - not wonderful but firmly in the 'middle tier'.

MostPhotos may be playing with legal fire allowing users to upload what they like unrestricted. Be very careful what you upload images of (perhaps submit to a different agency first if you are not sure).

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Site Details
Media Types (in addition to RF Images): 
This site accepts editorial images
This site accepts glamour photography
(sort by agency)
Real US$ Cost of 1 Standard Image: 
13.8 (compare prices)
Referral Scheme: 
Yes, 1 Euro ($1.70 approx) per sale from a referred photographer or buyer, for as long as they use the site. (no time limit on referrals) (compare rates)
Cost of a standard image (1600x1200) 2MP approx: 
1 Credit
Royalty Rate: 
50% (12.50 Euros per download - approx 19 US$) (compare)
Cost of 1 Credit (basic): 
$ 13.8
FTP Upload: 

Address: ftp://mostphotos.com
Username: [YourEmailAddress]

Subscriptions: 

Monthly, 10 web res images/day $99
Monthly, 30 high resolution images/day $199

(compare subscriptions)
Site Statistics
Approx. size of photo collection (0 = no current estimate): 
13,000,000 Images (compare)
Alexa Traffic Rank: 
149513 (a measure of the site popularity, lower number is better)
Alexa 3 Month Change: 
57% (measurement of the increase of site popularity compared with three months ago, negative is a decrease)
Launched: 
2007
Community
Facebook: 
fan page link (list all)
Twitter: 
@mostphotos (list all)
Photographers: 
48000
mostphotos.com (dec13)
Overall Rating: 
4/10 (compare sites)

pdtnc's picture

Good write up

pdtnc (not verified) on Mon, 2008-09-15 17:34
interesting to see anothers take on Mostphotos, thanks.
Anonymous's picture

No hurt to give a try

Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2008-10-01 16:50
No hurt to give a try. I have used the fileZilla(free ftp software) to ftp upload over 4000 images in few days very easily. If I can get 2 sales a month it would beat some of my other sites. I did not see any downside yet. I will give an update when I get a sale. You may see my images at http://www.mostphotos.com/gary718. If you want to join, I would appreciate it if you put gary718 as a referral. Thanks, Gary
Anonymous's picture

Mostphoto New Version

Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2008-11-17 14:06
Development of Mostphotos.com has almost stood still for the last few months as you may have noticed. I would just like to inform all our members why. We are currently developing Mostphotos 3.0 and we have put all development of the 2.0 platform on hold due to that. The new version of Mostphotos is a big rebuild of the site which will lead to a better and faster user experience. We will also be adding new features in the new version. One big difference will be a brand new design and logo, you can find a sample here: http://www.mostphotos.com/v3/ The new version will be up and running in the begining of next year. But we would really like your input on features we should add and things we should redo to make the site even better. So please send your suggestions to info@mostphotos.com and put "Suggestion" in the headline. Best regards Michael Lindfors Mostphotos.com

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