Fotolia Review

21 September 2012 Stock Photo Agencies Last update: 21 September 2015

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Our first review in September 2012 wasn't favouring Fotolia due to the fact that our sales were very slow. But since then it went back to normal within a couple of weeks, and this is probably due to the different type of images we have recently started submitting - food, food and food! While all business related stock images sold well elsewhere, here only some office equipment and few landscapes were selling. Good quality food photos have changed everything significantly, which only proves the rule that different types of imagery sell on different stock photography agencies (at least it works in this way for us).

Fotolia is a great opportunity for stock photo contributors as they have huge and what is important high quality stock photography collection tempting all professional designers and photo buyers.

Joining Fotolia is easy so you just need to create a free account. There is no upload limit and no initial review, so you can submit as many photos as you wish. Due to their huge stock photo library, they are very strict in terms of quality and content supplied so get ready for some rejections.

Fotolia offers to their customers two options to purchase images - via credits or via subscription plans. Your royalty will be based on your portfolio exclusivity and ranking:
- from 20% to 63% for single image download;
- from 0.25 credits to 0.40 credits for subscription download.
There is a free images section and you can decide to let your photos show up there if they are rejected from their regular stock photo collection. If you are happy to donate some of your images to increase your portfolio exposure just tick the box while submitting your images for review. For more information on giving your images for free read the article on Free Stock Photos.

Do you like taking photos with your smartphone? Fotolia Instant Photo Application can be something for you - you can upload and sell images in Fotolia's Instant Collection on Fotolia Website. Instant Collection is an online library of creative stock photos taken on mobile devices. It is simple yet professional camera application with manual control of exposure and aperture. With this App photographers can keyword and upload stock photos to Fotolia's image library. It also offers easy creation and uploading of model releases. More information on this and other Mobile Apps can be found here.

Our verdict:

Despite the fact that their acceptance rules are very strict (which is good, as we are tired of seeing tones of poor quality stock images accepted on some stock photo sites), Fotolia is one of the best stock photography agency, and an excellent opportunity for every photographer trying to market their top quality work and make some money from selling photos online.

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Fotolia Details
LocationNew York, USA
Stock Media FilesOver 44 Million Royalty-Free Images, Vectors and Videos
How to applyJoin and start uploading - no initial review
Image sizeMinimum 2400 x 1600 pixels (4 MP) - max. 30 MB
Media acceptedPhoto, Vector, Video
LicensesStandard License and Extended License
Credit/image pricingFrom $0.74 per single credit or $0.19 per image on subscription
Contributor ratesfrom 20% to 63% for single-image download, from 0.25 credits to 0.40 credits for subscription download
Minimum payout$50
Payment methodsPayPal and MoneyBookers
Exclusivityfrom 35% to 63%
Referral program15% commission of net, 5, 10 or 20 credits for subscription plans for up to 12 months pf an affiliate's purchase (no commission for referring photographers)
Upload methodsWebform, Flash, FTP
IPTC Data supportYes
CurrenciesUS Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, Polish PLN, Swedish SEK,
Language versionsEnglish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (and Brazilian Portuguese), Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Korean, Dutch, Swedish,
Fotolia Tools & ExtrasMicrosoft Office Word & PowerPoint Plug-ins, Fotolia Desktop, Fotolia Instant Collection Mobile App, TEN Collection, Adobe Plug-in for Photoshop, Illustrator and inDesign, Range of Special Offers
Download ReleasesModel Release
Property Release

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