Set up an account at . Create a memorable member name and click Check to find out whether someone else has already nabbed it. Log in to the site using the password sent by email, read and accept the site terms and make any changes you wish to your setup using the Account Details, Tools menu.
It’s important that your profile reflects your personality as this is what comes across to other users. This is particularly true of a commercial operation like ours. Your iStock listing will give you a chance to advertise your own website which people may view if they like your work and, hopefully, buy photos directly from you.
To buy photos you need credits. Select Credits at the top of the page and choose as many as you need. The minimum is 12 and the more credits you buy in one go, the cheaper they are. The number of credits needed per photo depends on its size and the resolution required. You’ll need a 72dpi image for web use and 300dpi for print.
Once you’ve got credits you can buy images. Find pictures by typing a subject into the searchbox. We want a photo of someone using a PC so we’ve searched on ‘computer’. Narrow your search using Boolean terms such as AND and NOT. Select a photo, choose a resolution and click Download Now to buy the photo.
To sell photos via iStock, choose your best images, select Apply Now, and your uploaded images will be sent for approval. This can take up to two weeks. To be accepted as an iStock merchant you also have to complete a photography and copyright tutorial. You need to supply some photo ID and short descriptions of each of your three sample snaps.
Once approved, you’ll get an email telling you you’re in. Your photos will then become available for others to browse and buy. Although only your three sample photos will be featured initially, you can upload as many as you like from this point on. However, iStock will continue to monitor image quality before adding your photos to the site.