November 14, 2019 at 9:33 am #46454
Hey everyone, I am looking into getting started with Lightstock, and as I understand, you have to have an online portfolio to get accepted.
I currently don’t have an online portfolio, so I’m wondering how to set it up. Do you have to set it up via a portfolio website, or is there another way to go about it??
Right now I don’t really know much about it, so I would be glad for any thoughts or recommendations on getting started with Lightstock.
-ErnestNovember 14, 2019 at 10:38 am #46457John MachenParticipant
I am wondering if you currently use Lightroom? I know that Lightroom classic comes with Adobe Portfolio, which is a free portfolio website creator. You could also use a social media portfolio or maybe Dropbox?November 14, 2019 at 11:51 am #46458
No I don’t have Lightroom. I am still trying to figure out if it would be worth it for someone who doesn’t make very much money with their photography.
You could also use a social media portfolio or maybe Dropbox?
I like the idea…if it would work for this situation. 🙂
I also might try the Adobe Portfolio.November 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm #46470Lydia BennettParticipant
Great question, @ernestf-lloyd! I use a website, Pixieset.com for my online portfolio. It’s easy to use, and free for up to 3G of space.
Another thought is that you could try emailing Lightstock and see if they would be willing to let you directly email a sample of your work.November 15, 2019 at 8:40 am #46476
Thanks a lot @bennett-family! I’ll definitely take a look into Pixieset or just emailing them.November 17, 2019 at 12:11 am #46569Caitlin ComptonParticipant
@ernestf-lloyd, when I went to become a contributor on Lightstock, I didn’t have a portfolio either. I asked them if I could email them some of my best work instead, and they were more than happy with that. 🙂
Multiple of us on the forums are contributors on Lightstock, so if you have any more questions, we may be able to help!November 19, 2019 at 10:55 am #46625
I currently use Zenfolio but there are various reasons why I’d like to move on to something else. I know Lightroom comes with some mobile options but there are limitations there also for a full fledged portfolio. So, at this point I don’t know, but I think I’ll make it the theme of the next Premium Training so I’ll be doing some research for you!November 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm #46630Esther MarieParticipant
Hey guys! I am working on getting started with Lightstock, too. @creative-click-photography or anyone who remembers, how long did it take for you to hear back from Lightstock? I asked for a invitation about two weeks ago and haven’t heard back yet. 🙂November 19, 2019 at 5:11 pm #46631Caitlin ComptonParticipant
Now that’s testing the old memory. 😂 I had a quick look back in my emails. I can’t tell exactly, but I think it may have been a couple of days. I’ve noticed that they sometimes take a little while longer accepting pics etc these days, probably because they have more contributors or something. I guess it’s also a busy time of year. You could always give it another week and then chase it up, just to make sure it went through.
Good to see so many photographers that want to glorify God starting selling on stock sites! 🙂November 19, 2019 at 7:20 pm #46639Esther MarieParticipant
Lol!! 😄 I know! Thanks for looking anyway, Caitlin!
For my portfolio, I gave them a link to my member page here, since this is were I have most of my work. I don’t know if that works, so maybe that’s what’s holding it up… I will let ya’ll know if it does work. 😊March 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm #49625
Hey everyone! Here’s a little update on trying to get accepted into Lightstock/creating an online portfolio.
Thanks to everyone who gave me their experience and ideas. And a special thanks to @jamesstaddon for making a premium training video about online portfolios!
I bit the bullet and got an Adobe creative cloud subscription which I could recommend to anyone.(I got a student [home school] discount which made it so I could get the whole suite for only $20 per month!)
With the subscription comes a free adobe portfolio website. I built my online portfolio using Adobe portfolio, and was quite pleased with the results. I built my portfolio with the purpose of eventually submitting another request to Lightstock,(the first one was declined,) and they just accepted the invite request! I thought that it might be helpful for anybody who is still building up their portfolio in hopes of getting into Lightstock, to take a look at mine to get an idea of what Lightstock is looking for.
I think it helped that I have a few different categories of photos in my portfolio. (I think one thing they look for is diversity in photos.)
Anyhow, here’s the link to my portfolio for anyone interested! My portfolioMarch 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm #49654April 7, 2020 at 10:39 pm #50102
Wow, very nice @ernestf-lloyd! Great foundation now on which you can continually add now! Love how sharp the photos look.April 7, 2020 at 10:40 pm #50103
And for those of you who were wondering, this is the Premium Training that was referred to earlier: https://www.lenspiration.com/video/online-sharing/
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