Monday, August 17, 2009

Red Bubble - deep inside art

RedBubble isn't a simple microstock photos agency instead it is an open and inclusive website where you can share your art, photography and design with the world.
Anybody can join RedBubble, you don't need to be a referenced artist, and you're completely free to express; sharing your art in RedBubble will bring you encouragement and positive feedback on your work: RedBubble is a vibrant global community of people with creative interests and carefull to any new entry!
Over the last 2 years RedBubble has shipped 232,800 items of art! They take care of all the hassle. You only have to provide your digital file and they'll turn it into the finished product, deliver it to your customer and take care of any customer service problems.
You control the pricing of your work and decide how much you’d like to be paid (RedBubble doesn’t charge a commission but charges a simple base price).

Buy my art Buy my art Buy my art

How does it work?

For artists, it works like this:
  • you sign up to RedBubble (it’s free)
  • you upload your work
  • people view your work and comment on your writing/images/photographs
  • you can sell your work online (RedBubble handles manufacturing, shipping and payment for you)
  • you gain inspiration and motivation from the artists you meet as you get to know RedBubble

For everyone else, it works like this:
  • Browsing one of the largest art galleries on the web, you can find unique work that suits your interest.
  • When you find something you like, you can communicate directly with the artist.
  • Sign up for free to participate in groups and forums, and introduce yourself to people with similar interests.
  • Shop for wall prints, posters, designer t-shirts and greeting cards.
  • Encourage aspiring artists, and maybe even start creating work of your own

Buy my art Buy my art Buy my art

Selling & Pricing

RedBubble is an online art gallery that makes it easy to sell your art, photos, designs and illustrations as high-quality framed prints, mounted prints, greeting cards, posters, designer T-Shirts and more. Your information is secure and you can cancel any time.

RedBubble will…

  • manage credit card payments for you
  • provide high-quality manufacturing
  • take care of packaging and worldwide shipping
  • send you your earnings!

While you get to…

  • retain the copyright over your art work
  • set your own prices
  • decide which products to sell

RedBubble takes the risk and cost out of selling art. We collect the orders, deduct a base price for making products, and send your earnings to you.

You're totally in control: see when you make a sale, keep track of your earnings.

Start selling your art – sign up now. Buy my art

The growing range of products you can sell includes…

  • Framed Prints
  • Mounted & Laminated Prints
  • Greeting Cards & Post Cards
  • Posters
  • Designer T-Shirts

Unlike your typical art gallery, RedBubble does not charge their artists any fee to sell, or any commission on any of their sales. Instead, they simply set the base price of the product and let the artist set the retail value by adding their 'mark up'.

Approximate base prices are listed below (note that these base prices include VAT* when products are shipped to Europe and GST when products shipped to Australia):


*The VAT rate we use for the UK is 15% and for all shipments to continental Europe we use the relevant country VAT rate, but for simplicity we have used a VAT rate of 20% to display the Euro prices above.

As told before RedBubble lets you set the markup amount for your sales and assuming it's 50% Remember: you can also set it higher!) here you can find a resuming prices table:

Greeting Card

Size Base Price (ex VAT) Your Markup (50.0%) VAT (Approx.) Retail Price
N/A €2.27 €1.14 €0.68 €4.09

Matted Print

Size Base Price (ex VAT) Your Markup (50.0%) VAT (Approx.) Retail Price
N/A €16.25 €8.12 €4.88 €29.25

Laminated Print

Size Base Price (ex VAT) Your Markup (50.0%) VAT (Approx.) Retail Price
Small €9.75 €4.88 €2.93 €17.55
Medium €16.25 €8.12 €4.88 €29.25
Large €31.20 €15.60 €9.36 €56.16

Mounted Print

Size Base Price (ex VAT) Your Markup (50.0%) VAT (Approx.) Retail Price
Small €26.00 €13.00 €7.80 €46.80
Medium €35.75 €17.88 €10.72 €64.35
Large €48.75 €24.38 €14.62 €87.75

Canvas Print

Size Base Price (ex VAT) Your Markup (50.0%) VAT (Approx.) Retail Price
Small €39.00 €19.50 €11.70 €70.20
Medium €52.00 €26.00 €15.60 €93.60
Large €71.50 €35.75 €21.45 €128.70
Xlarge €87.75 €43.88 €26.32 €157.95

Framed Print

Size Base Price (ex VAT) Your Markup (50.0%) VAT (Approx.) Retail Price
Small €52.00 €26.00 €15.60 €93.60
Medium €65.00 €32.50 €19.50 €117.00
Large €87.75 €43.88 €26.32 €157.95


Size Base Price (ex VAT) Your Markup (50.0%) VAT (Approx.) Retail Price
Small €13.00 €6.50 €3.90 €23.40
Medium €22.75 €11.38 €6.83 €40.95
Large €32.50 €16.25 €9.75 €58.50

Get creative on

My personal impressions

Since I joined RedBubble I had the impression that this community has a great sense of the relevance of art. Basically everybody is free to join and to post their art work, but browsing groups and keyword related searches I can only find quality images, symptom of the presence of a strict self-regulation with the purpose to keep the level elevate.
Another importan issue is the presence of theme related groups, the same day I add my photos I also receive invitations to join related groups; I accepted of course and, once submitted my photos, I received comments and constructive criticism. This way it's easier to find people with your same subject passion and get/give advices on how to improve approach and method.
The focus is oriented on art and not on selling art, although rewards are considerable you feel like an artist trying to look for inspiration than a merchant trying to sell at best price.

Long life to RedBubble!!! Buy my art

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fotegrafik - The East Conquest

Welcome Asian Style

Fotegrafik is a relatively young microstock agency because they operate in this market since July 2007 but is building the world’s largest and most comprehensive library of commercial and editorial images of Asian topics and interests. So Fotegrafik is preferably oriented towards the growing asian economy and this give them a great profit margin. On the other hand, asian oriented doesn’t mean asian exclusive! A great capture is a great capture, so don’t be shy and upload your best shots because also asian people can recognize a great photo!

Being still in the startup phase the website is rapidly becoming the platform of choice for many sales of the best photographers and rising stars in the field. The database is not so large and many topics and subjects are not yet well covered then some discarded images by other stock agencies are most likely accepted by Fotegrafik.

How it works

1. Registration - Fill in the registration form and accept the contributor agreement.

2. Activation - Click on the link found in your confirmation email, this will activate your account.

3. Audition - Upload 5 (or more) of your images that showcase your work, we will then review the images and confirm your registration.

4. Upload and Manage – You are then able to begin uploading images, add captions and keywords, add release forms and apply licenses.

5. Review process – When the images are ready, our editors would review them for quality control and may add additional keywords.

6. Sell – Your images are then ready for sale. While we do the work of selling your images, you can track your revenues and performance statistics, while submitting more and more content.

Once uploaded you can control which one of your images is on sale and which one is not. You can either freeze the image from being offered to customers, or you can completely delete it from the system. In both case, you have to give Fotegrafik an advance notice of 180 days, since the process of reviewing, storing and keywording your image is costly, and we would like to be given a chance to sell it.

Selling & Pricing

Payments are processed once a month, and are made at your request, by filling a short online form in your account pages on the website and as long as your account balance (net of Fotegrafik’s commissions) is above US $200. You may request various payment methods (e.g. Cheque / Wire transfer / Paypal) but the banking administration charges would be charged to your account and deducted from your net balance.
Please review the contract for the full terms and conditions before selling your images on Fotegrafik’s website.

Prices for images are based on market standards. As Fotegrafik is a premium provider of quality stock photography, typically our prices average more than several hundred US dollars, although wide variations can occur. Rights Managed images have a calculator that will adjust the price for each individual sale, depending on the intended usage of the image, while Royalty Free image prices are based on the size. You are able to view the standard prices on your account pages on the website, but the final sale prices may vary depending on the discount rates and agreements with our customers.

You, as a contributor would earn between 50-70% of the sale. We strongly believe in long-term relationships, sharing the success and paying more to high performing contributors, which is the basis of our commission bonus scheme:

  1. New contributor accounts begin with a revenue share rate of 50% on revenues.
  2. An additional bonus of 1% would be automatically given to new sales for every 30 photos that you uploaded (and were accepted) up to a total bonus of 10% (for 300 photos).
  3. Example: If you keep a portfolio of 180 photos you would earn an additional 6%.
  4. A bonus of 1% would be given to your share automatically for every US$2,000 of sales, up to a total bonus of 5%. The more you sell the more you get paid.
  5. An additional bonus of 5% would be given to contributors by promoting your images by becoming your own sales agent. Fotegrafik will provide you with a special URL that you could use as a link in your website / email signature / blog… this URL would link back to your portfolio on Fotegrafik website. In the event that a customer completes a purchase which originated from your link – you would be credited with a bonus of 5% from that sale.

Eventually, dedicated photographers with good sales and good-sized portfolio would earn up to 70% of the sales. A RF (Royalty Free) image is usually sold at about $ 80, while a licensed RM (Royalty Managed) image varies according with the usage that the customer will do with it: generally it starts from a minimum of $ 100, and get over $ 1000.

My personal impressions

I joined Fotegrafik since some weeks ago so sincerely I still can’t produce a checked and reviewed opinion (I will inform if significant changes will occur). Certainly I can assure the gear of uploading and reviewing the images is working without problems, the internal search engine is equally operating, but in this moment I had some visits and no sell. Maybe in my uploading selection I didn’t meet the asian tastes or maybe I better wait more to get the first sell, anyway it’s an amazing challenge that a stock photo contributor should take! The rewards look very attractive so why not!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ghiacciaio Vatnajökull

Island, letteralmente "terra dei ghiacci", sembra essere il nome più appropriato per quest'isola di 103125 km² "sospesa" tra l'Europa e la Groenlandia. Circa 1/6 del territorio è ricoperto da ghiacciai ed il più grande di questi è il Vatnajökull, che si estende nella parte sudorientale dell'isola per ben 8100 km².
Si tratta di un colosso lungo 135 Km e largo 100 km con uno spessore medio di 400-600 mt e un picco di 1000 mt nella parte centrale dove raggiunge i 2119 mt sul livello del mare. Dalla foto è facile intuire che si tratti di un ghiacciaio "a calotta" in quanto il rivestimento del terreno sottostante avviene in maniera pressochè omogenea ed il risultato è un paesaggio sinuoso dove si alternano altipiani e gole.
Il versante più famoso è sicuramente rappresentato dal Fjallsjökull, una lingua di ghiaccio che prende il nome dall'antica fattoria Fjalls, inghiottita durante il secolo XVI, e si estende verso sud fino ad arrivare ad un piccolo lago glaciale collegato al mare attraverso uno stretto canale: la laguna di Jökulsárlón che, con i suoi 18 km² costellati da iceberg di vari colori e dimensioni, è sicuramente una delle mete obbligate per chi visita questo paese.
Inesorabile, col passare degli anni, il gelo contribuisce a consolidare le abbandanti nevicate conferendo al Vatnajökull un aspetto imponente ed immutabile, facilmente ammirabile dalla Ring Road, la strada che lo lambisce per decine di kilometri sul versante sud, soprattutto all'ora del tramonto quando il ghiacciaio si arricchisce di splendidi riflessi dorati.
In realtà il Vatnajökull è solo in apparenza un'immensa coperta poggiata su un territorio ondulato: la parte nordoccidentale del ghiacciaio si estende su alcuni vulcani attivi tra i quali il Grimsvötn, che nel 1996 diede vita ad un importante fenomeno sismico che originò un cratere dal quale affiorò una nuova montagna, la cui cima era originariamente situata 200 mt sotto la calotta. Il risultato fu una piccola isola circondata da un catino di acqua bollente a sua volta circondato da ghiacci perenni. La tracimazione verso sud delle acque calde provocò l'inondazione di una zona desertica rendendola così paludosa; oggi, le nevicate hanno ricoperto tutto e l'unica traccia visibile è un lago vulcanico, anch'esso meta imperdibile per chi si avventura da queste parti.
Jokursarlon icebergs
© Photographer: Clivo

Glacier lake Jokulsarion
© Photographer: Franfoto

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

BigStockPhoto - ...ancora microstock

Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search

Si tratta di un sito esclusivamente in inglese ma, una volta che ci si è registrati, diventa facilmente navigabile anche grazie ad uno specifico tutorial per chi aspira a diventare fotografo dove vengono descritte le regole del sito.
Prima di essere accettati come fotografi è necessario superare un test specifico con il quale BigStockPhoto si assicura che l'utente abbia capito quali siano i propri diritti e i propri doveri.
I formati accettati sono JPG, EPS, AI, PSD, PDF e PNG; è necessario che tutte le foto o le illustrazioni siano opera esclusiva di chi esegue l'upload.

Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search

Il pay rate è pari al 50% del fatturato di BigStockPhoto derivante dalla vendita, ma può anche salire nel caso in cui una foto/illustrazione venga venduta con licenze d'uso speciali.
Il pagamento avviene attraverso assegno oppure tramite Paypal o MoneyBookers.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009