Posted Sat Mar 2 12:56PM
How do I link my similar files?
If you look at the file close up pages, that is the page where an image can be bought from, you will see many of them have image links in the description area that link to similar files. There are two main ways linking, either by having small thumbnail images that link to other individual images or by having an image that links to a group of files in a private lightbox or set of search results. The image files used for the links in the description area cannot be GIF format, just JPEG and PNG files only, thanks.
There is an article here explaining exactly how to create links to similar files.
You can use Deep Meta to add individual image links.
The UBB thumbnail link generator by Sirimo also does a similar thing.
(Edited on 2013-05-22 03:22:34 by kelvinjay)
Posted Tue Mar 5 3:49PM
What are private lightboxes?
A private lightbox is a tool that allows site members to create collections of files. For example, buyers and designers may add files to a private lightbox, so that they can show them to their client later or just to make a note of them for future use. You can manage your lightboxes on the lightbox page. Private lightboxes are not strictly private, in that they can be shared and the contents made visible to others if you wish.
You can add a file to a lightbox from the link beneath the preview on the file close up page or from search results by clicking icon showing a little light bulb with a plus sign which is displayed below the thumbnail image. Files can be removed from a lightbox by clicking the light bulb with a minus icon when viewing a lightbox's contents.
The other main use of private lightboxes is by contributors who wish to group together a set of files in order to promote them as a series. If you wish to create a series of similar files in a lightbox as outlined here, in order to promote them in the decription area of the file close up page, you can do so using a private lightbox.
Posted Tue Mar 5 5:01PM
What are public lightboxes?
Public lightboxes are intended to be used to show the works of multiple contributors, not just one. Public lightboxes are added to the Lightbox Search on the lightbox page. In order to create a public lightbox, you must have at least 20 files in it and at least one must be from another contributor.
You do not need to create a public lightbox just to link your own files and promote them. For that purpose you can simply create a private lightbox and follow the instruction in the post here.
If you would like to have your work added to a public lightbox that was created by someone else, please sitemail the owner and politely ask them to consider adding your work to their lightboxes. They're not obliged to add your work, but many will, if the content is relevant. It's also best if you actually add links to the specific files in your sitemail.
If you are planning on creating a public lightbox you must add the files of other contributors and click on the box to make it public on the edit page before adding the contributors to it as admins, otherwise the tick box to make it public will not display.
(Edited on 2013-08-04 12:30:33 by kelvinjay)
Posted Tue Mar 5 5:50PM
What's exclusivity? How do I become an exclusive contributor?
To become an exclusive photo contributor with iStock you need 250 downloads and a 50% acceptance rate. You can also apply for exclusivity when you have more than 500 DLs, regardless of your acceptance rate. Vector, Video and Audio have their own requirements, please check the Exclusive Program page for more info.
Exclusive contributors cannot license their files on a Royalty Free basis through any agencies outside of the Getty Images family. iStock exclusivity applies to the artist, not just to individual files, so it is not enough to have certain files exclusively available here. Exclusives can still sell prints, do work for hire or license files on a Rights Managed basis outside of iStock though. Please contact Contributor Relations with any questions.
If you're applying to become an iStock exclusive, you will need to remove your files for the relevant media from all other sites before submitting your application. Some other agencies may lock your files for six months, so it's important to think ahead. If you have any issues applying for exclusivity, please open a Contributor Relations support ticket.
Some of the benefits of being an exclusive contributor include being able to submit work to the higher priced collections, including the Vetta collection. Your files sell for more credits as well as earning a much greater percentage royalty. The Best Match has historically favoured exclusive work too, so your files may also gain some prominence in that.
Exclusives can choose which, if any, of their work will be made available on the Partner Program sites, but as of June 2013, new files may not be added to the Partner Program. Exclusive contributors also have faster file inspections, no rejections for keywords and you can attend official lypses as a full participant. You also gain access to exclusive forums and exclusive creative briefs.
(Edited on 2013-10-27 04:59:04 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Mar 6 9:45AM
What is the Main Collection?
Content: All new uploads by non exclusive contributors will go into the Main collection by default. Under-performing files may be moved down into this collection from the higher priced collections. Higher performing files in this collection may also be moved up to a higher priced tier.
Mirroring: The Main collection will not be mirrored on Getty Images but exclusive legacy files that have previously been mirrored to Getty Images will remain mirrored there, regardless of subsequent file movements between collections here on iStock. All non exclusive files in all collections will be mirrored on the Partner Program sites. Exclusive contributors may choose to opt their files in or out of the Partner Program according to the normal rules.
Credit Price: XS 1, S 2, M 3, L 4 XL 5, XXL 6, XXXL 7
(Edited on 2013-07-10 11:55:19 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Mar 6 10:09AM
What is the Signature collection?
Content: The majority of regular new uploads by exclusive contributors will be added into the the Signature collection by default. Under-performing files in the Signature collection may be moved down into the Main collection. Under-performing files in higher priced collections may be moved down into the Signature collection. Higher performing files in this collection may also be moved up to a higher priced tier.
Mirroring: The Signature collection will not be mirrored on Getty Images but exclusive legacy files that have previously been mirrored to Getty Images will remain mirrored there, regardless of subsequent file movements between collections here on iStock. All non exclusive files in all iStock collections will be mirrored on the Partner Program sites. Exclusive contributors may choose to opt their files in or out of the Partner Program according to the normal rules.
Credit Price: XS 5, S 7, M 12, L 17, XL 20, XXL 25, XXXL 28
(Edited on 2013-07-10 11:56:49 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Mar 6 10:58AM
What is the Signature Plus collection?
Content: Files from the former Exclusive Plus collection make up the majority of the Signature Plus collection. Under-performing files may be moved down into the Signature Plus collection from the Vetta collection. Higher performing files from lower priced collections may be moved up into Signature Plus.
Mirroring: Exclusive files in the Signature Plus collection will be mirrored to Getty Images, any non exclusive files will not be mirrored, at least to start with. All non exclusive files in all iStock collections will be mirrored on the Partner Program sites. Exclusive contributors may choose to opt their files in or out of the Partner Program according to the normal rules.
Price: XS 10, S 20, M 30, L 40, XL 45, XXL 50, XXXL 55
(Edited on 2013-07-10 11:57:46 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Mar 6 11:49AM
What is the Vetta collection?
Content: The new Vetta collection contains much of the former Vetta collection and does not contain any non exclusive files. The files that were formerly in the Agency Collection (TAC) have been be added into Vetta. Exclusive contributors have an unlimited number of Vetta nominations, to propose files for inclusion in the Vetta Collection. High performing files from lower price points that are deemed suitable for the Vetta collection may also be moved into it by admins.
Mirroring: The files in the Vetta collection are mirrored on Getty Images as they were previously.
Price: S 35, M 55, L 75, XL 105, XXL 135, XXXL 160
(Edited on 2013-07-10 11:58:29 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Mar 6 12:10PM
What is the Value Bin collection?
The Value Bin collection, formerly called the Dollar Bin, is now a defunct collection that no longer has any content, but which you may still see on your my_uploads page in the collections drop down menu. There is no way to nominate files to be part of this collection.
(Edited on 2013-07-10 12:06:32 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed Mar 6 2:19PM
Is there a list of things we're not allowed to upload?
There are certain subjects that iStock cannot license due to intellectual property issues. Some of these are listed in the iStock/Getty wiki. The wiki is updated regularly, so please check it to see if a subject is currently acceptable for upload or not.
Posted Wed Mar 6 2:27PM
What is a Creative Network?
The Creative Network is used to connect site members together, and it works a bit like an address book. There is no prize for having the biggest CN so most people keep it to people who have helped them, people they respect, or friends you may have made here. When inviting someone to join your network, we suggest putting in some comments as to why you are trying to add them - many people won't accept an invite without some personalised greeting.
Posted Wed Mar 6 2:36PM
What's with the acronyms? BME? WMTY Huh?
Best Month Ever! Worst Month of The Year! There are quite a few acronyms flying around the forums among the regulars and it can be quite confusing for newcomers. However, we have a link here to an old thread that explains most of them Click here to find out more.
Posted Wed Mar 6 2:47PM
How much do you make in a year?
This question gets asked quite a lot by new contributors, possibly because they want to determine if time spent doing iStock will be "worth it". It's a difficult question to answer. Like many pursuits, we have full time dedicated professionals and some part-time hobbyists. We have people earning thousands of dollars a week and others who may only collect a hundred a year, and everything in between. People generally are quite cagey about supplying their income information to strangers, so don't expect much of a detailed answer if you pose this question in the forums.
Posted Wed Mar 6 2:50PM
How can I buy iStock content using money I earned here?
If you go to your main page and click on the financials tab, there's an option there to convert earnings to credits. You can convert just some or all of your earnings and then use the credits to buy a file. Here's a short-cut: Convert earnings to credits page. Converting earnings to credits is probably the cheapest way to buy iStock content for most people.
Posted Wed Mar 6 2:55PM
How do I change my site username?
You cannot change your site username yourself. If you would like to change your iStock site username then you will need to send Contributor Relations a note, telling them exactly what you want it changing to. They can change it for you in a day or two. Remember this is a business and a stupid username can potentially scare away buyers.
Posted Wed Mar 6 3:02PM
When will I receive tax forms for my iStock earnings?
iStock does not send tax forms to contributors residing outside of Canada. Contributors outside of Canada should keep track of their earnings and consult a tax advisor in their country and comply with all laws regarding taxation of earnings. iStock does not give tax advice to contributors. As rough guidance, Canadian contributors usually receive their T5 forms sometime around the last week of February or first week of March.
Posted Wed Mar 6 3:49PM
How do I request a payment of earnings?
When you have earned more than $100, you can request a payout of earnings. There is a link on the Financials tab of your user page here. Clicking on the Request Payment of Earnings will then allow you to choose your method of payment be it Cheque, Paypal, Moneybookers or Payoneer.
You will be prompted to provide your Payout Account and then be asked to Confirm Payout Account - what this means is that you need to enter the same thing twice - so if you are requesting a Paypal payout, for example, you would type in firstname.lastname@example.org and then type that email address in again.e.g.
For any issues over payouts, please contact Contributor Relations.
The 2013 Payment Schedule is here.
(Edited on 2013-06-17 07:36:41 by kelvinjay)
Posted Tue Mar 26 10:46AM
How do I deactivate a file?
If you would like to remove a file from your iStock portfolio, you can deactivate it by following these steps. First, go to the normal file close up page for the image, that's the page where it can be downloaded from, not the edit page. On the right hand side below the keywords and other data there is a link titled Administration, click on that.
You should then see a new bar appear at the top of your screen that looks like this:
If you mouse over the Manage File option, you can then just click on "Deactivate this file" at the bottom.
You should then see something like this:
You can add a quick reason in the box for your own future reference and hit the Deactivate file button below it. That's it, the file is deactivated and you should receive an email right away confirming that this has happened.
Files that you deactivate are instantly made no longer available for download. Although deactivations are instant, the file will still show up in searches, including lightboxes and portfolio searches, until the site index runs again, which is usually every 24hrs although not on weekends.
(Edited on 2013-11-18 10:27:05 by kelvinjay)
Posted Tue Mar 26 3:57PM
How come I sold a file but it has no views?
There are two ways a buyer can buy a file without registering a view.
1: From a page of search results, a buyer could add your file to a lightbox and then later download the files from their lightbox page. As the buyer has not actually visited the file close up page, no view is registered.
2: From a page of search results, a buyer could add your file to their shopping cart and then pay for the file using direct payment i.e. cash or credit card but not using credits. Again, because the buyer has had no need to visit the file close up page, no view would be registered.
Posted Wed May 1 5:04AM
How does the view counter work?
The file view counter is only triggered when a logged in iStock member with a buyer account looks at a file close up page i.e. the page that files can be directly downloaded from. A contributor viewing their own file page will not register nor will any other contributor viewing that page. A file being moused over and viewed with the loupe function in search results does not count either. Views will only count if they are made by an active non-contributor iStockphoto account.
(Edited on 2013-06-12 15:57:12 by kelvinjay)