Microstock craft today

Microstock tools, tips, tricks

“A bad workman quarrels with his tools”,
Proverb

What is the best tool set for people who working with microstocks? Anyone has his own preferences. Nevertheless, I’d like to draw your attention to several desktop and mobile tools, and web services.

All web links mentioned below are made purely for information purposes, none of these links are referral. Also you may share this stuff if you wish...

Desktop apps, plug-ins, cloud services for microstockers

Read more...  Interview with lead developer of StockSubmitter…

¬ StockSubmitter is a tool that helps with the editing of metadata and autokeywording images, and with uploading and sending them to reviewers. Submissions are made automatically to many popular microstock agencies with all necessary fields and forms filled

¬ Microstock Analytics — track sales and performance of your portfolio at Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Dreamstime, Fotolia and 123RF

¬ Stock Performer — track your sales in real-time, slice and dice your earnings. Cross-agency all in one cloud service

¬ Microstockr Pro — quantify your sales at leading agencies (Shutterstock, iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, Depositphotos, 123RF, Bigstockphoto, Canstockphoto, Pond5, YayMicro, Photodune) by four categories detailing how much you earned today, this week, this month, and the total balance available for withdrawal. See how well your pictures are sold or which didn’t quite return the investment

¬ Stockhub — a simple tool for Microstock Photographers to track sales in real time; currently supports Shutterstock, iStock and Fotolia

¬ picWorkflow by Robert Davies — image-management and distribution pay-as-you go service for stock photographers

¬ Stockuploader — free upload tool for microstock photographers with integrated reference to the MicrostockGroup Keyword Tool

¬ Easy Stock by Fulvio Massini — one-click microstock upload tool for Mac users (Shutterstock, Dreamstime, Fotolia, Bigstockphoto, Graphic Leftover, Canstockphoto, 123RF, Mostphotos, Pond5). Easily upload image batches to multiple agencies at the same time, diagnose potential problems before upload (missing metadata or non sufficient image resolution), trace your uploads

¬ ProStockMaster — powerful tool for microstock contributors helping them to sell photos online (simultaneous uploads to multiple agencies, automated keywording, earnings statistics etc.). Available for Mac and Windows

¬ MyKeyworder by Sam Chadwick — nice online service for keyword generation (also appointed with a range of other useful features) based on APIs from Google, Shutterstock, Flickr and AlchemyAPI (famous natural language processing service); free plug-in for Lightroom that adds a powerful keywording tool to Lightroom v5 and v6 on both Mac and PC (v4 compatibility will be available soon)

¬ DeepMeta — assists you in managing your iStockphoto portfolio; any iStockphoto contributor will find this software useful

¬ GO Stock — simple free application (for Mac and Windows, Java 6 or higher is needed) for uploading your images to microstock agencies’ FTP Servers

¬ Export to FTP with Lightroom — Lightroom plug-in by Presets Heaven (based on Adobe Lightroom SDK sample plug-in) which saves a lot of workflow-time for Lightroom users who need just export the images to an FTP server (without any html or flash galleries)

¬ Microsoft Pro Photo Tools (Windows only) — convenient tools for editing metadata (including EXIF, IPTC, and GPS) in image files

¬ Exif Pilot (Windows only) — free EXIF editor that allows you to edit EXIF, GPS, and IPTC data as well as to import/export EXIF and IPTC from/to CSV or MS Excel files

¬ Photo Meta Edit (Mac only) — simple photo metadata (EXIF, GPS, XMP, IPTC) editor for JPEG and TIFF files with batch editing feature

Mobile apps for wireless photographic workflow

¬ ShutterSnitch by 2ndNature — if you have a wireless image transfer system for your camera (ShutterSnitch supports a range of Canon and Nikon wireless transmitters as well as Eye-Fi and similar SD memory cards), you can browse and analyze your images after transfer to check their shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length, and light level

¬ Photosmith by C² Enterprises Inc. — Lightroom companion for iPad. You can import photos to your tablet, add keywords, edit metadata and then sync changes with Lightroom (via Wi-Fi)

¬ PhotoVia by onOne Software Inc. — automatically mirrors your Lightroom library to view and sort your photos on all of your iOS devices (also edit Lightroom stars and flags). Works silently in the background over the Internet. Supports multiple Lightroom catalogs. No Creative Cloud © subscription required

¬ PhotoPhile by Jim Keir — helps to sort, find and manage photo collections. Add star-ratings, labels and comments to your photos, edit their metadata and then sync with Lightroom

¬ Adobe Lightroom mobile — edit and organize images anywhere and anytime on your iPad, enhance photos using powerful tools, automatically sync all your mobile edits with desktop version of Lightroom

¬ Eye-Fi app for iOS and Android — works with Eye-Fi Pro X2 SD cards to transfer photos from camera (compatible with numerous of cameras) to your mobile device or desktop computer wirelessly

¬ Wi-Fi SD Utility for iOS and Android — streams photos and videos from your digital camera with Transcend Wi-Fi SD card to iOS or Android devices as soon as they are taken. Can operate in two modes: Direct Share Mode (activates the dedicated wireless connection between the camera and your gadget in any location) and Internet Mode (connects the Wi-Fi SD card to a nearby Internet hotspot). Up to 3 devices can access content from the Wi-Fi SD card at the same time

¬ FlashAir App for iOS and Android by Toshiba Corp. — ensure easy setup of your wireless FlashAir SDHC memory card to download images to your iPhone or iPad. Also able to share received files via E-mail/Twitter/Facebook

¬ ez Share Wi-Fi SD by LZeal Information Technology Co., Ltd — designed for patented ez Share Wi-Fi SD card. Users can view and download images and videos from your camera with ez Share Wi-Fi SD card wirelessly, also allows to back-up camera’s images into your iOS gadgets automatically. Supports JPEG/RAW/AVI/MP4/MOV

¬ Canon Camera Connect by Canon Inc. — free application for convenient remote shooting, image browsing and transferring images stored in your camera to your iOS device via Wi-Fi. Takes the place of EOS Remote and CameraWindow for EOS, IXUS and PowerShot families

¬ Wireless Mobile Utility by Nikon Corp. — creates two-way wireless connections between Nikon cameras and iOS devices. Pictures taken with the camera can be downloaded to the iOS device, and the camera can be controlled remotely, with the iOS device displaying the view through the camera lens

Mobile apps for microstock analytics and sales statistics gathering

¬ Microstockr for iOS and for Android by Paul Pirosca — an app that helps you to track sales on microstocks (35+ microstock agencies). It displays current balance for each agency and a list of latest downloads for photos submitted

¬ Stock.Stats for iOS and for Android by Yangfei Wu is a mobile app to check your earnings at the microstock agencies (Shutterstock, iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, 123RF, Bigstock, Alamy, Photodune, DepositPhotos, Veer, Canstock, Pond5) and notify you when you get new sales

¬ Deep Stats for iOS and for Android by Yangfei Wu is an app to check your microstock image and footage earnings at Shutterstock and explore your earnings by many means (by date, by download type, etc.). Shows RPD, earning notifications, most popular images and keywords lists

¬ Shutterstock Contributor by Shutterstock Inc. — easy way to upload and submit images as well as to check your Shutterstock earnings anywhere, anytime. Learn how customers interact with your portfolio. Find out what’s trending and what you should be creating next

¬ StockAgent for Android by pixel-nest — allows you to check your stock media sales at a glance (automatically or with a single swipe), 25 microstock agencies are currently available

¬ MicroStock Sales for Android by Fisherss — makes checking your microstock portfolio income more easily, currently supported: Shutterstock iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime and Pond5, more agencies and functions will be added in future

¬ iLucidata for iOS by Theasis (Martin McCarthy) is an app that aims to elucidate your iStock sales data. It provides you with current balance and total earnings, uploads and downloads totals, and this month’s downloads and earnings. Also graphs of this year’s and this month’s downloads and royalty. Plus details of which files have recently sold, which collection they are in, the size and the royalty earned for the sale. You also get a sales history for those files in the recent-sales list

¬ LiveStock for iStock for Android by Theasis — application and widget for iStock contributors. Details of all your recent downloads, pending subscription sales and Extended License sales. Filter by Vetta/ Agency/ Exclusive+/ Photo+/ Editorial/ Dollar Bin. Many options including: sales stats by month and by year, compare to previous periods, graphs and tables of sales by age of file sold, sales by file size, best days and months, best selling files etc.

¬ Photo Sales by Teosoft.it — simple and useful iPhone app to see your earnings from Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Dreamstime, Fotolia, Depositphotos, 123RF, Bigstockphoto, CanStockPhoto, Crestock, Pixmac and Yaymicro (Attn: not available now)

¬ Dreamstime Photography Companion by Dreamstime, Inc. — empowers aspiring photographers to make money by selling their images. You can easily upload images (mobile and high-res) directly from your iPhone into the Dreamstime marketplace, track your sales and earnings as well as image statistics

¬ iStockphoto by Getty Images Inc. — official Getty Images’ iPhone app to search entire iStockphoto library, create lightboxes and more; contributors can use this app to quickly check their sales and download statistics

¬ PHOTOanalytics by PPC Interactive GmbH & Co. KG is the indispensable mobile companion for Fotolia contributors. It provides you most important data and facts of your images

Various useful mobile apps for microstock contributors

¬ Microstock Keywords for Android by Alexey Podoinikov — finds keywords, titles, descriptions by asking you for a few specific keywords. You can apply results to your image or save to text file

¬ Photo – Infos by Henrik Lehnerer — displays information about photography, and stock photography industry; helpful for photographers, illustrators, designers as well as for buyers

¬ PixMuse by Rasmus Rasmussen — Photo Concept Generator for photographers who shoot stock and microstock photos, generates photo shoot ideas based on some of the most popular and best selling stock concepts

Mobile apps for work with mobile photobanks

¬ Stockimo by Alamy Limited — first choice free app from Alamy for creative people who take photos using their mobile phones, want to make money and showcase their work to a global audience

¬ Clashot by Depositphotos — easy and comfortable way to create and publish photo reports and sell photos (Depositphotos stock photo agency only)

¬ Fotolia Instant — photo app that allows you to make money off your Smartphone pictures. Pictures uploaded via Instant are sold in Fotolia’s Instant Collection on Fotolia.com

¬ 123RF On-The-Go — provide you an opportunity to monetize the photos in your mobile device by shooting and uploading them to 123RF.com at any time, from anywhere

¬ RooM by Pocketstock — is for commercially driven, quality photographers. New iPhone App is built around Briefs, which direct shooters to take images that clients buy. Briefs are written to work around your everyday activities, the very activities clients buy images of daily

¬ Scoopshot by P2S Media Group Inc. — free Scoopshot application makes anyone a potential news photographer and lets you earn money and fame with your smartphone photos — successful Scoopshooters have earned thousands of dollars and made the front-page news

¬ Foap — is a photo application that turns your iPhone photos into dollars by letting you to snap a photo and then upload it to Foap Market where it will be available for purchase. Photographers can earn 50% of sale value, which is a good royalty. Moreover, Foap has a unique scheme of approval by community members who are reviewing all the photos and has the power to decide if they should get approved or not

¬ Pictorama — lets you earn money with your iPhone. Simply take photos with the app, or import them from your camera roll (Attn: not available now)

Mobile apps for image search on microstock sites

¬ pixolution by pixolution GmbH —  visual and keyword image search service to find specific images fast and simply just by clicking an image

¬ Stock Photo Power Search for Android and iOS by picWorkflow —  lightweight and fast app which makes it easy to search millions of stock photos across the most popular microstock agencies. Useful both for buyers and contributors

¬ Shutterstock by Shutterstock, Inc. — official Shutterstock’s mobile app to browse through the Shutterstock image library, search images and view their high-res previews, create, organize, and share lightboxes as well as see unique content curated by Shutterstock editors

¬ Depositphotos by Depositphotos, Inc. — official Depositphotos’ mobile app to offer microstock buyers the best photos, vectors and videos on the go

¬ 123RF Stock Photo app by 123RF Limited (Attn: for iPad only) — offers speedy access to millions of stock photos and vector illustrations. You can manage your lightboxes, search images by keywords, categories or sort it by various properties (recency, popularity, etc.) and view your entire search results on one single page

¬ iSearchPhoto by Massimo Riccardi — allows to browse and search through the Fotolia image library on your iOS device, displays detailed information about a selected image

¬ YAY Images for iPad by PGS Software S.A. (Attn: for iPad only) — introduces an easy way to browse YAY Micro library, buy and download images directly on your iPad using In-App Purchase

Mobile assistants for model & property release processing

Read more...  Comparison of apps for release management…

¬ Easy Release – Model Release for iOS and for Android by ApplicationGap — replaces inconvenient paper model release and property release forms with a slick, streamlined application designed by professional photographers for professional photographers
Strongly recommend by iStockphoto

¬ Releases by Snapwire Media, Inc. will help you to create, sign and send model and property releases on your iPhone. Includes all industry standard templates from Snapwire, ASMP, Getty Images and Shutterstock. Sends a PDF version of you release by email or add it to cloud. Supports all major cloud services: Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Evernote and OneDrive

¬ Releases by 500px — a free app that makes process much easier to handle. In seconds you can draft the appropriate release and have the property owner or model sign it with their finger right there on your iPhone or iPad screen. A ridiculously simple interface helps you draft a legally-binding model or property release in seconds and save it to apps like Dropbox or Box

¬ ASMP Releases by 1337pwn.com — allows to create templates, take a photograph of the subject, specify the uses for the images. The models can then sign the release and a PDF is emailed to the photographer, agent, model and client as needed. Provided by ASMP (The American Society of Media Photographers)

¬ Image Release by UBQO Limited — allows photographers to process model & property releases entirely on a mobile device. Image Release has been developed by a professional photographer and a leading software company, merging industry experience with technical expertise. Approved by Alamy

¬ PixRelease by Richard Abery — the app for creating professional Model and Property release forms in three easy steps. Integrated with Google Drive to store your Release Forms

¬ Top Model Release by Catherine Hall — a sleek, intuitive iOS app which allows you to create, customize, and store your release forms for models and property (in a dozen languages). Crafted by professional photographer, approved by copyright lawyer and stock agencies Getty Images and iStock. Supports Dropbox and iBooks Integration as well as sync via iCloud (Attn: not available now)

¬ Visual Media Release by Tom Suey Inc. — created for professional photographers by a professional photographer, is the total digital solution for all image makers to create, capture, store and send model/ minor or property release forms that will be accepted as a legal document in both JPEG and PDF formats. Approved by world leading stock image agencies including Getty Images, Corbis/Veer, Alamy, ImageSource and so on (Attn: not available now)

¬ Model Release by Mist Labs Inc. — app for fashion photographers, wedding photographers and filmmakers. You can create and customize any number of model and property releases, generate PDFs and email or print them, collect signatures and attach a photo to every release (Attn: not available now)

Mobile drawing tools

¬ Procreate by Savage Interactive Pty Ltd — simply the best and the most powerful digital illustration app available for iPad. Numerous of professional features (up to 16K canvas size, 64-bit colour, responsive smudge sampling, 250 levels of undo and redo, continuous auto-save, huge set of customizable brushes, Dropbox integration etc.) and real convenience for digital artists. Localization for 15 languages as well

¬ Tayasui Sketches by Tayasui — beautiful tool for beautiful drawings: from note taking to quick architectural sketches, cartoon, illustration and watercolor painting. Stunning brushes, layers and pressure sensitive stylus support framed by a cutting-edge user interface

¬ Graphic by Autodesk, Inc. — the most feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app available on the iPad and iPhone; Graphic has all of the tools you need to create everything from detailed technical illustrations to beautiful works of art

¬ Inkpad by Taptrix, Inc. — an open-source vector illustration app designed for the iPad and supports paths, compound paths, text, images, groups, masks, gradient fills, and an unlimited number of layers (Attn: not available now)

Other valuable mobile apps for photographers

¬ Pixelmator by Pixelmator Team — powerful image editor that gives everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iPad

¬ Photogene 4 by Omer Shoor — the ultimate tool for all your photo editing needs: RAW support, metadata editing, really outstanding set of image editing features, TIFF export, a wide range of upload destinations, including Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, FTP and e-mail

¬ Photo Mate R2 for Android by TS Systems — complete RAW-developer, image organizer and editor which provides the most professional editing features for photographers. Supports full-size RAW decoding of almost all formats (Canon CR2, Nikon NEF, Sony ARW, Pentax PEF and many more)

¬ Snapseed by Nik Software — admirable photo app for convenient editing on tablets. Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software. Supports RAW files

¬ PhotoMeta by Galarina — displays, prints or copy comprehensive photo metadata from of JPEG & RAW files, supports IPTC metadata (including star rating). Displays exposure histograms, geotages, focus points (if the photo contains the required info), calculates additional tags like depth of field, hyperfocal distance

¬ PhotoPicker for Lightroom by Roman Gishtimulat — is intended for performance of rating and selection of photos from Lightroom catalog on the iPad. Easily works with catalogs which contain thousands of photos

¬ ShotSort for Lightroom by House of Bits — lets you browse your Lightroom catalog on your tablet computer or smartphone using familiar Catalog, Grid and Loupe views. Quickly organize your photos by setting star ratings and color labels on individual photos. Connect multiple tablet computers and smartphones to one Lightroom instance to enable rapid photo sorting in a group (Attn: not available now)

¬ Photocat Viewer for Lightroom by House of Bits — offline browsing of multiple Adobe Lightroom catalogues on the iPad and iPhone. Browse by folder, collection, smart collection or keyword. Search by metadata or keyword. View a grid, individual image or image with metadata

¬ Photo Studio Light Setup by Alex Maxim — allows users to create their lighting setups with high precision and to document lighting diagrams that can be shared between devices via iCloud. Includes a wide variety of professional photography lighting equipment, studio props and photography subjects

¬ PhotoBuddy by Ambertation — personal mobile assistant which provides convenient ways to calculate some of the most needed camera settings (e.g. DoF, shutter speeds, exposure changes etc.)

¬ DoF Viewer by Arnaud Kerckhoeve — an application used to calculate the depth of field; also calculates the hyperfocal distance as well as the near and far boundaries for acceptable sharpness

¬ Simple DoF Calculator by Dennis van den Berg — calculates the near limit, far limit, total depth of field, hyperfocal distance, distance in front of the subject and distance behind the subject

¬ FotometerPro by Kit Da Studio — iOS-based light meter which supports reflected and incident mode of measurement