How do I set up a contributor account on A4StockPhotos?
To set up a contributor account, just register on the site and click on the 'my profile' link to go to your account area. In the first instance you will need to upload 10 sample images for assessment. If they are the kind of subject matter that we think will sell and if they are up to the necessary standard, you will be approved as a contributor.
Do I need to do anything in particular to my images to get them approved?
You will need to ensure that all images uploaded have all title, copyright and metatag information contained in the EXIF data (file > info in Photoshop) before uploading. Files lacking this information cannot be found by search engines or customers except via the 'categories' index, so it is in your interests to ensure that all files are properly tagged.
Image quality must be of the highest possible as we sell high resolution images for printing and display purposes. It is unlikely that photos taken on mobile phones or tablets will be accepted, and all images must be a minimum of 15mb when opened. JPEGs only please, saved at settings 8 – 10. Below 8, compression artefacts will become visible and above 10/11 no one will notice the difference!
It's never easy to predict what stock photos will sell best, but generally speaking images containing people, business, industry and industrial processes are most popular. Obviously topical images will usually sell, but this requires you to be quick off the mark (except for seasonal holidays, Christmas etc.). However, there is always a market for good landscape and still life images if they are striking enough and well executed. The best thing is to try it and see!
How long do I have to download a purchased image?
The download permissions on any purchased image will expire after 15 days of purchase. Obviously this will not affect credits or subscriptions, but bear in mind that if you download the same image after 15 days you will be charged for another download.
We recognise that A4StockPhotos still has a lot of growing to do to get into the big league, but we do try and offer some more unusual images, which don't fit into the selection criteria employed by some of the larger image libraries. If you can't find what you want in the A4StockPhotos selection, all you need to do is toggle the search menu on the catalogue page to 'Fotolia' and you will have direct access to the Fotolia collection, one of the largest in the world and certainly our favourite, which is why we are pleased to be associated with it.