Stock Images needed vs. Selling the Rights

posted on 2nd of november, 2009

I was happy to see that today I made my first SR-EL sale. I was curious to see what image it actually was. To my surprise it was a photo of one of our cats (similar to the one shown here) that sold 8 times over the course of 2 years prior to selling the rights.

The photo in question had been rejected in many agencies with the reason that the image was not "sharp" enough.

I hope this shows that for those choosing to sell images through multiple agencies that each agency has different requirements and different markets (sometimes hard to learn). A rejection elsewhere doesn't mean rejection here and vise versa.

Learn to create good quality imagery and your image will get accepted, and hopefully 1 day you will sell the rights as well. It is well worth it.

Comments (17)

Posted by Fzy826 on February 28, 2010
congratulations!Remarkable achievement!!
Posted by Jacetan on November 05, 2009
congratulations! I hope the cat gets an extra fish this evening!
Posted by Frantab01 on November 03, 2009
Congratulations, cute pic :)
Posted by smartview27 on November 03, 2009
Very good point of view! I subscribe to your opinion!
Posted by Picstudio on November 03, 2009
Posted by Fotogeek on November 02, 2009
Well done Paul, congratulations!
Posted by Marilyngould on November 02, 2009
Very beautiful kitty, congratulations! Maybe time to buy a new cat toy for your star? :)
Posted by Mani33 on November 02, 2009
Great! Congratulations! Give the cat extra food this week :))
Posted by Noonie on November 02, 2009
Great cats, they SHOULD be stars!

Thanks y'all..... you sound like me.... :))
Posted by Wildmac on November 02, 2009
Posted by Fultonsphoto on November 02, 2009
Well done Paul...
Posted by Phakimata on November 02, 2009
Thanks y'all!!
Posted by Weewer on November 02, 2009
Posted by Littledesire on November 02, 2009
Hey, that's great!!!!
Posted by Maigi on November 02, 2009
Congrats! Your cat is a star! :)
Posted by Inganielsen on November 02, 2009
congratulations!! The cat is beautiful :)
Posted by Roberto1977 on November 02, 2009
Congratulations Paul (and also to your model :-) )!

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Paul's extensive portfolio is created while helping models who are starting in the business. His work is mainly focused on lifestyle and headshots trying to capture the beauty of individuals and their unique expressions. Equipment: • Canon EOS 40D • Canon EOS Rebel XT • Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM • 2 Profoto ComPact 600R • Canon 580EX II Flash • Sigma EF-500 DG Super Flash • PocketWizard II (multiple) • Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster Flash Meter • 2 Umbrellas • ... [Read more]

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