IStockPhoto ‘on fire’ – new royalties

Istock - competition and conflict

IStock ISchanging

That’s been an extremely hot information, caused a hughe discussion, disappointment, some call that outrage. There is so many words to describe that single news about new royalties on IStockPhoto, new  yearly contributor level changes, secret redeemed credits, changes to Vetta and new content in premium collections.
After the forum thread has been locked a new, more clear statement had to be published by IStockPhoto.

Because it was nearly the same as a previous one, no answers to contributors question after saying “we read each post and we gonna address it”, the next thread got on fire again. It’s really sad to see those reactions of both sides.
But more exciting is the future, what will hapen because of that big change.

This change will affect the whole market because many IStock contributors aren’t exclusive there (work for other agencies) and even those exclusive aren’t satissfied with this new policy.  So the discussions burn on Shutterstock forums, Microstockgroup forum, Twitter – almost everywhere a single IStock artist is present.

Personally I won’t do anything by now, just need to observe the situation and ongoing changes, will see the numbers and then I’ll decide. Besides, I am not the biggest contributor there. Also I’m not an exclusive IStock contributor and wonn’t ever be an exclusive in any microstock, got  my alternative agencies and prefer to stay freelance.

Asking questions
Act Three – The God of Pathos arrives – which means probably – it’s all over and new rules are on.

So the petition of contributors calling for changes is on the way.

Microstock earnings February 2010

Winter sun raysPhoto sales summary for February 2010 ( previous stats: January 2010 ).

After the December’s craze, February as the shortest month did not look promising.
Fortunately it turned out to my Best Month Ever 8-O. It was even more surprising since I just stopped to watch the stats.

This time I show You one chart less as I have already accidentaly summed up March results so it would be misleading.

Wykres sprzedaży zdjęć w Lutym

Monthly Income Chart
with averaged progress line ( February 2010 )

First lines – February to January

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Stock images earnings – January 2010

Stock photo sales in January 2010 – the eleventh month of my microstock ‘career’ (previous:  December 2009).  Finally I found some time to upload new  images.  Still it was not a big number, about 15 images prepared and some sites accepted less.

The biggest issue is my learning curve which i try to keep steady and steep but some topics and subjects consume a lot more time than i thought.


January 2010 was the last month for StockXpert :(, now it is just a simple backend for the site. You can  see it or read more about closing StockXpert.

Too bad because it was obvious that sales are pretty steady and i need just upload more, though.  On the other side it’s really interesting what will hapen to other stock sites earnings, where the customers will go etc. Ok, and now as usual my stats:

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Stock images earnings – December 2009

December 2009 was my tenth month of selling images on microstock  (previous:  November 2009 earnings). I have been quite busy in a real life and did not uploaded too much pictures.  Also i have almost zero seasonal, Christmas images.. anyways the overall result was pretty good.


More photos from Warsaw on SS

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Stock photo earnings September 2009

September 2009 – the seventh month of my microstock activities  (previous: August earnings).
It was a second month without submitting any images. Just in last 3 days I’ve added some photos thus these don’t count at all. I’ve changed slightly the chart for proper display (corrected the total agencies count (factor from 5 to 7) throughout the whole period).

Chart of  photo sales

Monthly Income Chart
with averaged progress line (September)

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Stock photos earnings in June 2009

June – the fourth month of my microstock activities (May report).

According to latest month charts:

Earned on microstock salesThe progress line means month to month: -1,82%, +11,13%, +54,23%, +34,96%

So the overall trend is pretty nice altough i don’t like the  instability of some sites results. And it’s not about wanting more every day.. but just the pure logic need. There is just fuzzy logic involved ;)  Get  each site policy, programmers skills, vision, customers count and other factors and that mix will always lead to unpredictable results – if You  don’t really know the numbers (e.g real buyers, real microstock site incomes etc. ).  You can read example thread or just my post about those fluctuances at Dreamstime forum.

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Dice images gallery enhanced

Updated my favourite illustrations motif  – Dice – with four new clean sets (thumbnails link to high resolution images at Dreamstime).

Black diesDice Yellow and black stack  5 black diceRed dies

Same designs for download available:

1.  super black (Fotolia, cropped, much closer and without the mirror and shadow as in article Black Dice on white background)
2.  unique yellow (Fotolia)
3.   juicy cherry red (123RF)
4. low key design (Shutterstock) study as a variation to previous Black dice (post).

All illustrations  available on my stock photo galleries, altough each agency selects completely different artworks.
Example Dreamstime  dice collection, 123RF dice lightbox, Shutterstock dice collection or my  dice images selected by Fotolia.

Find out more through out the images collections page.

Update 04.02.2010:

Some  designs now available on real customizable gadgets/gifts! like…

Roll the dice
Winners accessories

Craps game image

Today at least I’ve finished this high resolution 3D Craps partial table view.

Casino craps  3D realistic illustration

I wanted it to be clearer than a photo, without any noise and well arranged as well without 100% photo look . Hope the scene looks like that ;)  Table material isn’t especially textured to ease further reuse and to avoid the noise.

I’ll add about three another illustrations covering this topic with some additional features. Now I just have to take a break and do something else.

If You don’t use Fotolia service, check out my portfolio page, following to other photo agencies.
At Dreamstime – Craps or Shutterstock – Casino Craps game.

Have you ever play Craps?

Nice game where there is  more control than playing roulette or black jack.
Altouhg chances are 44 to 66 % there is a lot of fun even just watching others play.

You can play Craps online too, for free, watch many tutorial videos teaching how to play, or read a lot about the game, players, strategies and so on. Amazing stuff.

These links above are just selected of thousands so if  You’re interested – search the internet and have fun.

Update Feb 16, 2009

below are the next two versions at high resolution  and fourth coming soon.
First thumbnail links to Shutterstock , second to Dreamstime. These might look similar but first one uses shallow Depth of Field effect and is more realistic.

Craps table

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Craps table WIP

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