Category Archives: Stock Photography 2013 – 2014

What Is The Shortest Time For Selling One Of My Images?

The other day #4 asked “What is the shortest time for selling one of my images after having it accepted at a stock photo site?” I told her I was pretty sure it was 24 hours; but I thought I’d spend a little time today double checking that fact.

I searched through page after page of information on all three of the stock sites that I currently have images on. I easily found what I was looking for at Dreamstime.com and Fotolia.com; but I just can’t seem to find it at 123RF. [I’m sure I must have missed it somewhere but I have given up on that one; for now.]

Fotolia-Stock-Photo-Pumpkin-PieI was right! The shortest time for
one of my images to sell after
being accepted and appearing
on a stock photo site is one day!
That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

So just for fun here’s a quick list, links included, of a few of my quickest selling stock photos.

Let’s start with Fotolia.com:

sold in 9 days… Assorted Grocery Coupons On White Background
sold in 8 days… Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes
sold in 6 days… Otragopan Bird
sold in 5 days… Piggy Bank Standing On Grocery Coupons
sold in 3 days.. Piggy Bank With Many Grocery Coupons and
Coal Fired Power Plant Coal Yard with Wildflowers
and sold in only 2 days… Handmade Doll with Blanket and Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

stock photos handmade doll toys crochet handcrafted craftsmenship

And my quickest selling stock photos at Dreamstime.com:

sold in 5 days… American Flag on Windy Day and Sam’s Hall of Fine Arts at KWU in Salina, Kansas
sold in 4 days… Tomato and Onion with Pasta, Toy Nativity, and Teddy Bear with Grocery Coupons
sold in 3 days… Bennett Computer Center at WU in Topeka, Kansas, Growing Your Money, and Prescription and Non-Prescription Medications
sold in 2 days… Bubbly Soda
and sold in only one day… Glass Stones Background image, Snack Battle – Healthy Vs Un-Healthy,  Memorial Union at FHSU in Hays, Kansas, and Nichols Hall at KSU in Manhattan, Kansas.

stock photos blue white glass stones background shiny decorative decor light

Well now that’s a variety of topics! Thanks for the question #4; I had a good time searching for the answer.

More Stock Photo License Options – Extended Licenses

One more post about stock photo licenses!

In addition to Royalty Free and Editorial there are also Extended Licenses that can be purchased when you need to use a stock photo.

I’ll bet you didn’t know there were so many options when it came to downloading stock photos.

Once again this information is directly from Dreamstime.com.

The following licenses offer extended types of usage for our [Dreamstime.com] regular Royalty Free or Editorial licenses. Note that not all images are available for this type of license.

Unlimited seats (U-EL):
This license extends regular Royalty Free / Editorial license to an unlimited number of seats within the same organization. It is an additional license to the usage included within the regular Royalty-Free / Editorial license that awards rights for a single person within the same company. The U-EL license is applied only for the staff of the organization that holds the account. The maximum amount limit of 500,000 copies applies for the total amount of work resulted from all designers involved.

Increase Max Copies (I-EL):
Extends regular Royalty Free / Editorial license to a maximum amount of printed copies of up to 2,500,000 copies.
This is an additional license to the rights included within the regular Royalty-Free / Editorial license. Note that the other restrictions still apply.

Web Usage (W-EL):
Electronic Items for Resale/Distribution: this license includes the right to use the photos for webtemplates that are sold to more customers, screensavers, e-cards, powerpoint presentations or as wallpapers on cell phones. Maximum number of electronical items is 10,000 copies (applies as a total of each type of usage). If this amount is exceeded you need to acquire this license once again. The new license will provide you with the standard amount of copies.
This is an additional license to the rights included within the regular Royalty-Free license. Note that the other restrictions still apply.

Print Usage (P-EL):
Physical Items for Resale/Distribution: includes the right to use the photos for t-shirts, postcards, greeting cards, mugs, mousepads, posters, calendars, framed artwork that is to be sold to other customers for a maximum amount of 10,000 copies (applies as a total of each type of usage). If this amount is exceeded you need to acquire this license once again. The new license will provide you with the standard amount of copies.
This is an additional license to the rights included within the regular Royalty-Free license. Note that the other restrictions still apply.

Sell the Rights (SR-EL):
This license represents a full ownership of the downloaded image. The buyer can use it exclusively (exclusivity applies from the moment that the file was downloaded using this license; buyer must take into account potential past downloads made for the image and choose it accordingly or investigate further via support), and include it in any type of design with just a few restrictions: sensitive subjects may still apply and the buyer may not claim that the file was created by him nor resell it as a photo. The agency will disable the image immediately after the buyer acquired this license. The photographer is required to disable the file permanently from all other places where he may sell it, as soon as possible after the sale occurred, but no longer than 72 hours…The photographer acknowledge and agrees to provide the buyer with full ownership for the file retrieved using the SR-EL license.

Time Limited Exclusivity (SR-EL1, SR-EL3):
This license represents an exclusive right to use the downloaded image, but such exclusivity will only last for a limited period of time. The buyer can use the image exclusively (exclusivity applies from the moment that the file was downloaded using this license) during the time period selected, and include it in any type of design with just a few restrictions: sensitive subjects may still apply and the buyer may not claim that the file was created by him nor resell it as a photo.
Dreamstime will disable the image immediately after the buyer acquired this license. The Contributor will be required to disable the file permanently from all other places where he or she may sell it, as soon as possible after the sale occured, but no longer than 72 hours. The Contributor acknowledges and agrees to provide the buyer with the exclusive right to use the file retrieved using the SR-EL1 or SR-EL3 licenses, for the duration of the selected exclusivity period.
The length of time for the exclusivity period depends on which license is selected. SR-EL1 will grant an exclusive right to use the image for one year. Similarly, SR-EL3 will grant an exclusive right to use the image for three years. The print run for both licenses is unlimited and continues after the exclusivity expired. At the end of the exclusivity period, the buyer`s license will continue as before, with all of the same rights, except for the right of exclusivity, and the image will again be added to the available library of images on Dreamstime.com and again be made available to all users for purchase. After the end of the exclusivity period, the Contributor will also be free to offer the image for download from other places where the Contributor sells his or her images.

I know that’s a ton of information but I also know that the great people over at Dreamstime.com would be more than happy to answer any questions you have!

Now get out there and add some life to your blog posts, newsletters, text books, newspapers, and just about everything else with the millions of stock photos that are available everyday!