Depositphotos was a great surprise for us. We should have started submitting our stock images to this site long time ago. They tend to grow rapidly, and what is most important, you can expect sales from the very beginning! Most sales on Depositphotos are based on subscription plans (similar to these offered by Shutterstock), but some images sell for Credits too, which obviously provide you with higher royalties.
Their website design and layout looks professional, navigation is easy and all tools are clearly accessible. To start selling your photos you need to register a free account by visiting Depositphotos Registration Page, pass brief examination test and submit a few sample images for inspection. Once approved, you can start uploading.
Inspection times here are one of the fastest in the industry, ranging from a couple of hours to 1-2 days, and their staff is very professional and helpful. For example, if you are not sure to what categories you should assign your stock photos, they will be happy to categorize your images for you in order to increase your portfolio exposure to potential buyers.
As mentioned above, most photo sales are made via subscription and your compensation starts at $0.30 for contributors on Green Level, with $0.01 extra for each level above (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum). You jump to the next level once you reach 500 downloads (comparing to Shutterstock where you have to reach sales of $500). For files purchased via pay-as-you-go credits you receive 34% (comparing to 44% before September 1, 2015 - read more) on Green Level and it will increase by 2% for next levels as above. You can become Depositphotos Exclusive Contributor with royalty starting at 50% or $0.31 for credit or subscription purchases respectively.
For full understanding of Depositphotos Royalty Rates and Contributor Levels please see the tables below: New Royalty Rates implemented on September 1, 2015
Previous Royalty Rates (before September 1, 2015)
Royalty Rates for subscription sales
Contributor Level Structure
Please note that each sale via credits counts as 1 download, while each subscription sale counts as 1/3 download, which means that you need 3 such sales to be accounted as 1 download.
Depositphotos offers many tools for their contributors:
- If you are a blogger or have a website where you want to offer contests with real prizes you can avail of interesting promotional tools, such as Depositphotos sponsorship with free subscription plans for you or the contest winners.
- If you are a top contributor with large portfolio and high quality content you can take part in the Contributor Promotion Program - once you are selected, Depositphotos will pay you $0.10 for every image accepted for their collection.
- Depositphotos have recently introduced Clashot mobile application (available for both iOS and Android devices), which allows you to create, upload, comment and sell images directly from your mobile device. If you like taking pictures with your smartphone visit this page for more details on Clashot project. If you prefer, you can download it directly from AppStore or Google Play. For more details on Stock Photo Mobile Applications read our Go Mobile article.
For Photo Buyers
If you do not want to leave our website, use Depositphotos Integrated Search to find perfect stock photos.
Depositphotos should be considered by any stock photographer with strong quality and attitude for a success, so visit Depositphotos Contributor's Page and register your free account now.
|Location||Fort Lauderdale, USA|
|Stock Media Files||Over 36 Million Royalty-Free Stock Files|
|How to apply||Register, pass a brief test and upload sample images for review|
|Image size||Minimum 3.8 MP (2400 x 1600 pixels) - max. 50 MB|
|Media accepted||Photo, Vector, Video|
|Licenses||Standard License and Extended Licence|
|Credit/image pricing||From $0.96 per image (Pay-As-You-Go Credits) or $0.15 per image on Daily Subscription|
|Contributor rates||34% - 42% per file sold or $0.30 - $0.35 per sale via subscription (all depanding on your contributor's level)|
|Exclusivity||From 50% to 60% per file sold or from $0.31 per sale via subscription|
|Referral program||From 15% for every credit purchase, $0.03 per subscription sale + extras.|
IMPORTANT! New Affiliate Program launched - 30% commission for new and 15% for existing customer purchases
|Upload methods||Web Form or FTP|
|IPTC Data support||Yes|
|Language versions||English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Русский, Italiano, Português, Polski, Nederlands, 日本語, Česky, Svenska, 中文, Türkçe, Español (Mexico), Ελληνικά, Korean, Magyar|
|Depositphotos Extras & Tools||Sponsorship by Depositphotos, Special program for Contributors with large portfolios and top quality content, Clashot Mobile App, Adobe CS/CC Extension for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Payment by SMS|
|Download Releases||Model Release|
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