iStock Review

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I started to work with iStock back in January of 2009. As a beginner I was impressed with the features and the details that iStock had to offer. There was a huge community involved in this microstock. Image reviewers were very meticulous and they often reduced images to minimize iso noise and camera lens imperfections. However, reviewers gave clear explanations on what was wrong with images that were not accepted onto the site - this advice helped me learn the nuances of micro stocks. At that time iStock was in top 2 of the micro stock list together with Shutterstock.com (Review).

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

Uploading here was more difficult and time consuming than it is on any other micro stock, in fact, it was a real pain. The only saving grace is that it offered sales that made of for the hassle encountered during uploading and motivated you to keep going back. Sad girl

 

Commission decrease

At the end of 2011, iStock announced a significant contributor commission decrease. Prior to 2011, non- exclusive contributors received a 20% commission (already low) and this was reduced to just 15%. To reach a 16% commission, a contributor had to achieve a total of 1500 credits during last year, and for hobbyists and semi-professionals this number was unattainable. This change in the contributor commission rates caused a great deal of displeasure among contributors and as a result some members switched from non-exclusive to exclusive contributors. Some, on the other hand, were so displeased they deleted all of their media and quit altogether. I was in the “quitting” category but did not delete my works. 15% is just too low even if iStock did sell them well. At the end of the day, I would be better off uploading my images to a website that didn’t have as great of sales but offered a commission of 30%, versus a few additional sales with iStock at a mere 15%. For this reason, I can’t say that I have a lot of experience with iStock, but I wouldn’t recommend it because of its pathetic contributor commissions.

iStock Details

Contributor rate15% - 20%
Image sizeMinimum 2 MP
ExaminationYes
Minimum payout$100
Referral programExclusive contributors only
Media acceptedPhoto, Vector, Footage, Flash, Audio, Logo
LicensesStandard License, Enhanced License, Editorial License
Payment methodsPayPal, Bank Transfer, Cheque, Prepaid Mastercard
Exclusivity25% - 45%

Subscriptions

Essentials - Exclusive images presented only on iStock.

Signature - Non-exclusive images.

Subscription lenght
Images per month
Monthly price $
Monthly price €
1 Month Essentials
250
$199
€169
1 Month Signature
250
$399
€339
1 Year Essentials
750
$159
€133.25
1 Year Signature
750
$309
€266.58

Image price

Image type
Credits
Essentials
1
Signature
3
Essentials video clip
6
Signature video clip
18

Credit price

Credits
USD
USD per credit
EUR
EUR per credit
3
$33
$11
€24
€8
6
$60
$10
€44
€7.33
12
$115
$9.58
€84
€7
24
$220
$9.17
€160
€6.67
36
$325
$9.03
€236
€6.56
60
$520
$8.67
€378
€6.3
Redeemed credits
Non-Exclusive
Exclusive
1,200,000
20%
45%
125,000
19%
40%
35,000
18%
35%
11,000
17%
30%
1,500
16%
25%
Default
15%
25%
   

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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