Our Review: 

Snapixel have announced they will close as of 31 Aug 2012

Snapixel is a website that allows you to upload and sell your images without an inspection process. We have seen this concept before in Mostphotos and Clustershot, and like those sites the lack of review can cause problems with respect to selling images, but it also has a few advantages. The potential for an incredibly long tail of 'randomness' that would not normally be considered stock being one of them. Read the reviews above for my comments on issues posed by this style of site.

A word of caution: You can upload whatever you like to snapixel (with the usual exceptions on adult material etc), regardless of weather or not you have a model release. Read the terms fully and you will see that despite it not being a 'workflow requirement' you do warrant (common sense really) that you have suitable model and property releases for your images, and you are liable to and damages arising if you do not, or upload something that does require a release - regardless of weather or not you knew you needed a release before hand. Be careful what you upload... in fact looking at the terms and how liability all ends back on your lap, be very cautious indeed!


Flickr meets iStockphoto

While Clustershot went for a "smugmug for free" (photographers try to sell photos) feel, snapixel has more of a "flickr community with photo sales" sentiment; in fact in their press release they tag themselves at "flickr meets iStockphoto". 

Like Clustershot I can't quite draw direct comparisons between this style of site and other microstock agencies, neither are out to advertise direct to buyers and sell images, both seem to be more angled towards drawing traffic in other sustainable ways. That said I have uploaded images to see what's going on. Snapixel is in the "developing and collecting images phase", they'll need lots of traffic and things like an API and or affiliate program if they want to generate serious sales on their own terms. For now if I had to pick a single site where I would independently try to market all of my photos direct to buyers it would be clustershot, but to be fair clustershot is more mature, and Snapixel is still developing.

Extended license prices can be varied by user, the guide prices below uses the standard license prices $8.89 for a 'large' image

Like flickr you can use the site to just display images, or give them away as creative commons in addition to being able to sell them under a handful of custom license prices.

Accounts are free for up to 5GB of storage. You can upgrade to a pro account with unlimited storage, currently priced at 9.95 euros yearly. The pro option also comes with the bonus of being to use the service to backup original files.



Snapixel is a quick and easy place to upload a portfolio of pre-keyworded images, and yes indeed Yuri has almost 20k images on there, but for many microstockers, especially the casual photographers time might be better spent concentrating on new images at your chosen agencies. This site is yet another slightly new take on selling photos, flickr have so-far resisted getting into selling digital downloads, with all the similarities between Snapixel an Flickr it leaves me again wondering why? The answer to that question might shed light on to the future success or failure of Snapixel.

Update: Nov 2010

Snapixel have been adding new features since my review, the portfolio feature is a useful addition, and their magazine (jpgmag style publication) is in it's 7th edition... I've had a couple of image sales which is nice to see considering I have done zero promotion of my portfolio there - and as I wrote in the clustershot review I feel it's somewhat unfair to compare a site like this to a microstock who take a larger cut of your sales in return for marketing in your behalf. So far so good. I'm quite happy with this type of site if it simply stays up and running proving that it is viable in the long term.


Site Details
Media Types (in addition to RF Images): 
This site accepts editorial images
This site accepts glamour photography
This site offers a dedicated free section
(sort by agency)
Real US$ Cost of 1 Standard Image: 
8 (compare prices)
Referral Scheme: 
None (compare rates)
Cost of a standard image (1600x1200) 2MP approx: 
8 Credits
Royalty Rate: 
60% (compare)
Cost of 1 Credit (basic): 
$ 1
FTP Upload: 


Site Statistics
Approx. size of photo collection (0 = no current estimate): 
100,000 Images (compare)
Alexa Traffic Rank: 
78218 (a measure of the site popularity, lower number is better)
Alexa 3 Month Change: 
30% (measurement of the increase of site popularity compared with three months ago, negative is a decrease)
@snapixel (list all)
Overall Rating: 
Site Closed / Not Recommended

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alex-virt (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-02 21:55
You wrote "if I had to pick a single site where I would independently try to market all of my photos direct to buyers it would be clustershot". Why? What are the advantages of Clustershot over other sites like Smugmug? Cheap pro membership only or anything else? I have some non-stock images I'd like to sell and looking for options. Thanks!
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Picking a Site

Steve Gibson on Wed, 2010-03-03 06:56

Several Things:

I'd be in the market only to license digital downloads (smugmug has more to offer than just digital downloads of stock photos) and for me it was the price issue - CS was offering such excellent value for money compared to smugmug which was (when I last checked) way over priced - digital downloads only came with the top tier plan. 99% of the people who use these sites (and I'd be one of them) are likely to sell just a few images a month meaning they can't afford to pay a monthly subscriptions. Taking just 12% of the sale and either no annual free or a very low annual free if you want to upgrade to 'pro' (which last time I looked was not mandatory if you only wanted to test the waters for say 6 months) makes it a clear winner for those who sell for microstock prices

smugmug might have a little faster servers, and I've not compared SEO for a while, but I'm talking here about using CS as a solution to 'self serve' buyers who you have already captured.

Fine-art vs. Stock....

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Sarah (not verified) on Wed, 2011-03-16 23:49
I applied to join Snapixel, as I really liked the look of it, and it seemed one of the easiest sites to join. But after completing the registration form and pressing enter, my AVG toolbar informed me that the site wasn't safe, that it didn't recommend I proceed to this page. Has anyone else had any problems with viruses or security alerts on Snapixel? This is the first time I've heard of this happening, and I would love to know why I was told the site wasn't safe! Sarah

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