Depositphotos Review

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Depositphotos is one of the few micro stock start-ups that was successful early on (Veer would be another example). Initially, both sites offered paid photo submissions. Essentially the contributor was paid $0.10 for each photo submitted on Depositphotos for up to a total of 1000 photos. I was able to make a quick $100 using Depositphotos and $1,000 in Veer, just by uploading my work during this initial timeframe.

Depositphotos Pros

Depositphotos’ contributor dashboard is nicely structured and there are some definite benefits to the site such as a low payout ($50), an ultra fast FTP (you can feel the speed even when uploading heavy footage) and the contributor commission is 34%-42%. For beginners, Depositphotos may even provide a more stable stream of revenue than Shutterstock.com (Review) which is great (this is probably because of the challenges that beginners face trying to get photos accepted on Shutterstock). From my experience, I would say that the revenue potential is at about the same level as for Dreamstime.com (Review), Veer.com (Review) and 123RF.com (Review)

Want to know how much it is possible to earn? Here is my income report of 2009-2016

Popular on Depositphotos
Footage also is accepted on Depositphotos, however, I did not upload my videos until 2015 because photo sales were not going that well, so I didn’t think videos would do well either. When I did upload video, it took about 2 months to get my first sale, so we’ll have to see how it goes.

Depositphotos Cons

What I don’t like about this stock is that the owners decided to release a nano stock called Clashot.com. Nano stocks are generally geared towards lower quality stock offered at lower prices. Unfortunately, this tends to lure some of the micro stock clients away and leads to fewer revenue stream opportunities for contributors of Depositphotos, and even if you were to provide your photos to clients on the nano stock site, you would not be able to recoup the revenues lost due to the cheaper prices offered to clients.

Busines Model

Depositphotos has a similar subscription model as Shutterstock. but it is much more flexible. Lets compare shall we?

On Depositphotos a subscriber can download 30 images per day at a rate of $219 per month (equivalent to paying $0.24 per image). With Shutterstock, you pay $249 per month and are able to download 25 images per day (so $0.33 per image). A yearly subscription with Depositphotos costs $1899 ($0.18 per image) while Shutterstock costs $2559 (image price is $0.28). As we can see Depositphotos offers much cheaper prices to it’s clients, however, at the end of the day they do not have the same popularity or traffic that Shutterstock.com has and therefore trying to compare these two micro stocks is like comparing apples to oranges. Overall, as a hobbiest, I would say that Depositphotos is not my last choice for micro stock sales.

Depositphotos Details

Contributor rate34% - 42%
Image sizeMinimum 3,8 MP
ExaminationYes
Minimum payout$50
Referral program$0.03 subscription sale, 15% (now 30%) Pay-by-Credit purchase, 4% - 10% subscription plan purchase.
Media acceptedPhoto, Vector, Footage
LicensesStandard License, Enhanced License
Payment methodsPayPal, MoneyBookers
Exclusivity50% - 60%

Monthly Subscription

Subscription lenght
Images per month
Price
$ per 1 image
1 Month
2
$20
$10
1 Month
10
$49
$4.9
1 Month
30
$99
$3.3
1 Month
50
$119
$2.38
6 Month
10
$249
$4.15
6 Month
30
$499
$2.77
6 Month
50
$589
$1.96
12 Month
10
$439
$3.66
12 Month
30
$909
$2.53
12 Month
50
$1119
$1.87

Daily Subscription

Subscription lenght
Images per day
Price
$ per 1 image
1 Month
10
$99
$0.33
1 Month
30
$219
$0.24
1 Month
50
$349
$0.23
6 Month
10
$529
$0.29
6 Month
30
$999
$0.19
6 Month
50
$1599
$0.18
12 Month
10
$979
$0.27
12 Month
30
$1899
$0.18
12 Month
50
$1899
$0.16

Pay-As-You-Go Credits

Credits
Price
$ per 1 S image
50
$53
$1.06
100
$100
$1
150
$148
$0.99
500
$480
$0.96
1000
$955
$0.96
Level
Name
Sales to reachRateSubscription sale
1
Green
up to 499
34%
0.3
2
Bronze
500 - 4999
36%
0.31
3
Silver
500 - 24999
38%
0.32
4
Gold
25000 - 149999
40%
0.33
5
Platinum
150+
42%
0.35

Note: Each file downloaded using credits counts as 1 download toward your Level. A file purchased via subscription plan counts as 1/3 download toward your Level. 3 files downloaded via subscription plan count as 1 download toward your Level.

   

About the Author

Alexander JemeljanovSiebel Consultant / System Analyst with more than 8 years experience. Main hobbies include - photography, videography, and microstocking with more than 6 years experience. I also enjoy sports activities, blogging, and trying new things.View all posts by Alexander Jemeljanov →

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