Top Ten Bestselling Crestock Contributors
Posted Tuesday, 17 April 2007 by Lars Hasvoll Bakke in Photography
Have you ever wondered who the most popular contributors at Crestock are?
Well, you no longer need to wonder, here is our presentation of them!
1st place: Kirsty Pargeter
1736 sales | 1985 uploads I do a lot of research and put a lot of time and effort into my images which hopefully shows in the end result. » kirstypargeter
Kirsty just doesn't seem to stop, she's hard working to say the least. Constantly working on research or putting together a funky swirly pattern or some insanely detailed 3D model, Kirsty has been freelancing for 1½ years, and she's reaping the fruits of her dedicated labour. Hard work, knowledge of her tools and a good sense of what's "in" is what racks up the sales for Kirsty Pargeter, Crestock's best selling artist.
2nd place: Yuri Arcurs
1571 sales | 3236 uploadsI try to create high quality, simplistic, colorful and iconic pictures. Pictures I would use myself when designing.» Yuri_Arcurs
Extremely thorough with technical details, you'll be hard pressed to find a photo with slighly missed focus or a spot of dust in Yuri's mammoth portfolio. He's cracked the code on making a (comfortable) living out of microstock, with an even mix of "shiny happy people" and various other subjects, such as real estate, scenic vistas and isolated roses. Of course, none of this would have been possible, were it not for his dedication to research, technical quality, and plain hard work. Read more about his methods and workflow at his personal website.
3rd place: Elena Elisseeva
675 sales | 1822 uploadsMy images are selling well because most of them have very simple composition, so they look good and clear even when resized to a thumbnail size.» Elenathewise
Looking through her portfolio (which incidentaly is also the third largest at Crestock), you'll notice two things. First, you'll notice that she seems to be the kind of photographer that carries her camera everywhere, with a portfolio covering a wide range of topics, all with a distincly natural look to them. Second, if you compare her older photos to her more recent work, there's a noticeable increase in the quality of her photos, with better colours, lighting and compostion, while still retaining the very natural look of her photos.
4th place: Mikael Damkier
485 sales | 558 uploadsI am extremely self-critical of my work, I believe the quality of my portfolio as a whole is what will have a first time customer return to me for new images. I emphasise a clean composition and good lighting in my photos, which I hope gives my portfolio a distinctive look.» mikdam
With an extreme attention to detail, Mikael (known as Micke to his friends) isn't the most productive of Crestock photographers, but his modest output is always quality stuff. He seems to be the kind of photographer who can shoot pretty much anything, and end up with a top notch result. With extensive previous work experience as a professional photographer earlier in life, he was until recently a construction worker, but having had enough of his vile boss, he quit, and is now back working full time as a photographer, a choice everyone here at Crestock applauds.
5th place: Lev Dolgatchov
406 sales | 574 uploadsEven when I shoot 100% business stuff I still do my best to produce art.» dolgachov
Featuring beautiful women (babes) in most of his photos, what sets Lev's images apart from the rest, is his skill at working with his models to get them to open up in the photos, resulting in photos with a genuine look, accompanied by good, sometimes experimental lighting.
6th place: Gudmund Aarseth
354 sales | 753 uploadsBeing a grapic designer in addition to (pretending to be) a photographer, I guess gives me a good insight into what a customer would need in an image.» gudmund
Exclusive at Crestock, Gudmund is, among other things, inhouse designer at the agency, a jack-of-many-trades, Gudmund is also a talented photographer. While his themes and subjects are many and varied, there often seems to be something unusual with the lighting in Gudmund's photos, be it a slight blast of strong light in the upper right corner, or an ominous darkness.
7th place: Leah-Anne Thompson
341 sales | 915 uploadsMy images are clean, sharp and cover a wide range of topics as well as locations, which I think is much of the reason why I sell.» lovleah
Customers like photos with people in them, something Leah seems to be aware of. In a portfolio just shy of 900 approved photos, only a handful shows inanimate objects. Well lit photos with friendly people in various situations is what characterises Leah Thompson's photos.
8th place: Bjørn Erik Rygg Lunde
265 sales | 628 uploadsI'm new to stock photography, and I've got a lot to learn, but I think my best selling point is the quality of my "people photos", and this is what I intend to work more on.» storm
Another Crestock exclusive, Bjørn Erik has been with us from the very beginning, submitting photos of just about everything from reindeer and clouds to isolated photos of puppies and musicians. When he isn't shooting stock for Crestock, Bjørn Erik runs around photographing people in the news, rampaging moose or other newsworthy stories for Pressefoto, the press photo agency he runs.
9th place: Andres Rodriguez
243 sales | 646 uploadsMy images sell because the images try to convey original concepts in a clear and simple manner.» andresr
Fairly new at Crestock, the world's best selling microstock photographer "only" makes 9th place in this list. Providing what could be described as "hardcore stock photos", Andres focuses on images that are always in demand, businessmen shaking hands, golfballs, computers and the likes, all done with a very simple composition that means any one image could be used for a variety of purposes. Andres is invariably described as one of the kindest, most pleasant people in the microstock industry, something Tormod at Crestock could wholeheartedly agree to after being dispatched to write this interview.
10th place: Daniel Sroga
234 sales | 485 uploads» dash
In addition to their bright and colourful look, Daniel's photos can be recognized by the beautiful models that he works with. Throw elements such as cellphones, tea cups and hair brushes into the mix to give the photos a sales angle, and you've got the thoroughly good looking portfolio of Daniel Sroga.
And the runners up are:
Zdenka Micka » zdenkamicka
James Thew » solarseven
Ben Goode » kwest
Carsten Reisinger» badboo
Ivanka Savova » vanias
Dragan Trifunovic » gizmo
Laila Meyrick » Meyrick
Carl Durocher » leloft1911
Rafa Irusta Machin » broker
Simone van den Berg » Fotosmurf
Melanie Taylor » velusariot
Mark Yuill » fotomy
Geir Are Jensen » Boss
Marko Beric » Baloncici
Øystein Litleskare » fogger84
Marilyn Barbone » marilyna
Burcu Sup » BOOJOO
Lidiya Drabchuk » Lidiya
Stelian Ion » stelianion
Konstantinos Kokkinis » 3pod This list was correct at the time of writing, 12 April 2007
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