Following the recent launch of our brand new website with a newly designed search engine, the new Special Collections Search Function aids customers in finding their desired image or video by refining their search criteria in specific categories. Based on an internal keyword search, dynamic results include both video and image content from Providers’ collections, photographers’ submissions and age fotostock shoots. The selections are live - the daily upload of new content on the THP platform delivers fresh results in every category, every day.

A new search experience. age fotostock always improving

The special categories include:

Only People
From portraits to groups, every image is model released.

Food
The selection that tickles your tastebuds, offering food, drink, gastronomy and cuisine.

Architecture & Decoration
Traditional and contemporary works from architects and designers across the globe.

Gardening
Horticulture, complete species of plants and flowers, gardening and gardens.

Wildlife
The animal kingdom reigns, from domestic species to the most rare and wild.

Travel
The world’s bounty of exotic locations, vibrant, diverse cultures and stunning landscapes. 

Art & History
Educational and visual imagery covering archaeology, ancient & fine art, people and historical achievements.

Celebrities
Famous stars and personalities

Julieanne Eason, the Content Manager and International Coordinator at age fotostock, comments, "These special categories have been designed specifically with the customer in mind. They both ease the customers ‘search stress’ by offering the first relevant step into a specific search, as well as making our small yet outstanding collections more visible.”

Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock, adds, "We have listened to our clients and are developing the new search engine and all collateral functionalities based on their advice, that says that while having millions of images is great, the reality is that finding specialized images is often a pain. Searching within specialized groups of images contained in a large collection is adapting the search to today’s needs, requirements and demands.”


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The number of images received from photographers the first working week of 2011 has decreased by 6.16% compared with the same week in 2010; however, the number of photographers sending images has increased by 61.61%. In other words, we see more photographers sending smaller selections of images, more frequently. Is something changing?

Our acceptance rate has also increased, growing from 36.05% to 47.17% during the same time period. Clients want to see new content everyday and among some photographers, quality is increasing. If the acceptance rate for any submission sent to us is over 47.17%, you are actually doing very well. Congratulations!!

However, one wonders, how can photographers possibly think that selections of dull and uninteresting images like these below have good sale possibilities? The old rule in stock photography has always been “Color, color, color, and more color.” Are certain photographers suffering from color blindness?

There is another kind of color blindness that we observe among other photographers. Time and time again, they send us underexposed images like the ones below.  Are they working with the correct screen gamma?

Understand that if your images don’t have well-photographed and interesting subjects with strong color and saturation, they won’t sell. A surprisingly high number of photographers don’t take the time to finish and polish their work.

I think it’s time to wake up, Friends, because I must say: many of the photographers sending images for age fotostock, and surprisingly, for easyFotostock, understand color very well. Their images are highly saturated and colorful, probably something that some of them have learned in the highly competitive microstock market. 

Coffee mill with coffee beans Healthy woman smiling Composition with raw vegetables and wicker basket Posing with a brush young woman
Figs Happy woman in sunny hotel A golden spire, at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok Thailand Fresh Sage Salvia growing

Well, Photographers, not all is lost, at least many shooters have learned to create bright and highly colorful images. Why not all of you? 


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