• Very interesting. Perhaps I should reconsider and invest some more time in stock.

    I had to chuckle as I scrolled down to the comments section and noticed that there was a google ad running directly below your post for Free Stock Photos…

  • Dan,

    I also signed. I’m not a big fan of Getty but they have always brought in more consistent sales and dollar amounts than all the other agencies I have combined. I found the year and a half I was with Photolibrary (they bought out Peter Arnold where I had most of my images) to be very frustrating, few sporadic sales little communication and glacial turn-around time on edits and uploads.

  • I was with some stock sites but very low sales were being generated. Instead I’ve signed with a company that promotes for advertising agencies, magazines, etc which high sales ratio. Less photos being sold but higher chance of bigger dollars for those sales. They preferred that photographers registered with them weren’t with those agencies that offer free images like the google adwords above 🙂 I think I still make more at local markets selling my images and products with images though.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Kathie, targeting local markets makes a lot of sense these days. Although the internet allows photographers us to be everywhere, focusing on local clients can be a very smart strategy for many shooters.

  • Hi Dan, it helps when you live in a tourist region as I do. The local markets are frequent up here in several towns and I frequent two of the major ones. So we get locals and tourists and I’ve created quite a few products now with my photos on them. Great for gifts or just for memories of a trip.

  • Glad to hear you are having success with them. I just couldn’t get past the exclusive clause – I like having the control.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Ron, I wouldn’t exactly call it success yet. As for the exclusive clause, I’m a control freak too, but I’ve made good money with my exclusive agencies. Also, they don’t represent all of my work. It’s all a trade off. I had no plans to pursue Getty, they just fell into my lap. Out of experimentation and experience, I decided to give them a try. We’ll see how it goes from here.

  • Great write up and info. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Thanks for the write-up and report Dan – good info.


  • Cheryl says:

    Hi Dan,
    I am now in the same predicament you were. Lonely Planet Images has now been bought out by Getty and I am trying to decide if I should sign up with them or not. Just wondering what your experience has been since you wrote this post?

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