This article is about the impact of a well organized online stock on its creatives’ community.
If you’re a blogger you’ll know plenty of online stock, in particular if you like taking pictures.
We’ve got big agencies’ stock stores, like Getty Images or Corbis, which target on many different kinds of customers,
betweek which you, as an author, have to manage with your products, working with these teams (and communities of contributors) require an high level of consciousness on what your product is about, and a good portfolio.
As a suggestion you can use the material from Selina Maitreya
‘s web page to achieve this consciousness, or keep yourself
updated with the BnH video tutorials
, seeing what professional photographers can teach about their market.But the main part of stock images web stores are focused to one kind of customers, like fotolia
values relevant mainly images about products or people; this way of filtering images may cause a lot of frustration
on contributors, who see many beautiful images rejected because of weird reasons, often not explained,
like the fotolia policy
So you can choose between a lot of stock web portals, and often the image that the one rejects the other accepts; I found out that on envato stores you can get a more compelling interaction with a community of designers, coders and creatives.
I consider as creatives also people who write code for web pages, and I evaluate this one as the better online stock store for the interaction level between contributors and for the revenue.
Envato is a “creative ecosystem”, a group of stock markets, dedicated to the exchange of web themes, code stock, flash and photos, graphic design, music, video and 3D.
I’m not going to go deep on their policies or technical requirements for every marketplace, what I’d like
you all to know is how interaction between the market’s communities is favorited by a team which also stimulates
the growth to new markets with the most wantedinitiative and ensure the community updates with tutorials for each marketplace, to keep the community competitive, and a job list also.
For example often the theme creators feature the author of the images and code they use while selling the theme, this practice makes the fortune of many photodune and codecanyon authors, and many users have passed time on explaining to “newbies” tips to help them in using the store, you can find the tips on the forum.
The dynamics of a community are perfectly managed to create an online store in which everyone works on or for the other, perfect symbiosis.
At the moment I’m most interested in the Photodune marketplace, because of the way they choose images, appreciating the spectacularity,
This is probably due to the fact that images are often used for web themes, which need this quality (but I noticed that medical images tend to sell good also).
Photodune has a specific forum to request items, in which you can notice how many images are needed to build a consistent web theme.
But what I prefer is the use of collections to spread themed researches, giving the chance to feature them on your profile page, which lets you help authors who take beautiful picture about their favorite subjects and build a little personal community inside photodune, to exchange and let grow your favorite poetic.