There are many stock photo and 3d model sites in the internet where you are
able to sell your photos and also 3d art. However these
stock photo sites will not usually give you much royalties
if anything. It´s never fair to take over 50% of the profits
because they are not really doing anything to market the
Perhaps they will only add the most viewed and most popular
images on customer newsletter but still the largest part of thousands or even
millions of photos and images just sit on their servers.
Basic math: If you make 15% then stock photo site gets 85%.
I think that´s totally disgusting. You can better sell your stock photos in your
own site and also might be able offer a photography service as a freelancer.
How to submit your content into stock of 3d model site?
Stock photo industry will let artists only starve to death. You will get better payment
when selling your 3d models, textures, shaders of plugings. In Stock photo most 3d art are
those gray men characters, symbols and other different themes that can be used
in advertising and magazines.
You can propably upload some images and have some exposure if your portfolio
is good. Generic and simple 3d art is most useful for stock photo sites.
It´s no good idea to upload complex 3d models into stock photo site
because you might have invested very much time for creating the model.
If you have made some complex models like cars, mobile phones etc. these
are more suitable for 3d model site such as The 3D Studio.
Their royalty rate is 70% which currently very good. It´s quite hard to get
sales if you don´t have many models.
However you can use your time by upgrading your model stock when you have no client works.
There´s also other 3d model sites like TurboSquid.
They have bad royalty rate of 40% but SquidGuild members will get 60%.
You should read the terms carefully because
there can be some paperwork included such as U.S. tax forms etc.
Worst royalty rate?
For example the lowest royalty rate I have seen is in iStock.
You will only get 15% for each downloaded file which is rather
Their contributor site says:
What Does iStock Pay?
iStock pays contributors a base royalty rate of 15% for each file downloaded.
If you are an Exclusive contributor you can earn up to 45%.
That must not be right!
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