Partner FAQs

Becoming a Partner

What sells on Lightstock?
Do I still retain the copyright to my content?
How do I start uploading my photos, vectors and/or video clips to Lightstock?
What's the “required info”?
What if I have the content I’m uploading to Lightstock at other stock or distribution sites? Can I still upload it?
How much can I expect to earn?
What's the Apostles' Creed and why do I have to believe that to be a Partner?

Submitting Photos

What are the technical requirements for photos?
Do I need to tag and keyword my photos when I upload them?
Can your uploader handle uploading multiple files at once?
Do you require me to write a title or description of the photo?
Why are you asking for the 'story' of a photo and is it required?
Is your review process automated?
How long does it take for my accepted photos to go live on the site?
How do I delete something I've uploaded?
Do I need a model release for my photos?
What about property releases?
Will I be able to view statistics about my photos?

Submitting Footage

What video clip sizes should I upload?
What should the length of my clips be?
What are the technical requirements for clips?
Can you be more specific concerning compression and frame-rate?
Do I need to upload a proxy file for review?
Can my clips include alpha channels and other unique things?
Do I need to tag and keyword my videos after I upload them?
Can your uploader handle uploading multiple video clips at once?
Do you require me to write a title or description of my clip?
What’s the ‘story’ field all about?
Is your review process automated?
How long does it take for my accepted clips to go live on the site?
Can I delete a video clip that’s already been uploaded?
Do I need a model release for people in my clips?
What about property releases?
Will I be able to see stats about my video clips?
Should I include sound in my footage?

Submitting Vector

What will the downloading options consist of?
Do I still retain the copyright to my content?
Do I need to to tag and keyword my vector files?
What if I have other vector files at other stock sites? Can I upload them to Lightstock?
Do I just upload one file per vector?
Does my vector file need to be layered?
How long does it take my vector files to go live on the site?
How many pieces or elements should one vector contain?
Is your curation process automated?
Can I remove my work at anytime?
What are the technical requirements for vector?
Do I need to upload a preview or thumbnail file?
Once I become a Partner are all of my uploads automatically accepted?
Can I bulk upload my content or do I have to upload one file at a time?
Can I upload logos?
Will I be able to see stats like my downloads and revenue online?

Royalties

What is the Partner Royalty structure at Lightstock?
How much do I make when someone purchases additional licensing options on one of my photos, vectors or video clips?
How do I get paid from Lightstock?
Why do I have to fill out a Form W-9?

Becoming a Partner

What sells on Lightstock?

1. Content that communicates a universal theme. Your photo, vector or video clip should immediately & easily communicate a single concept for the viewer.

2. Content that’s usable. Do your best to avoid distractions in your photos, vectors or video clips. Keep things like backgrounds, props, and costumes clutter-free.

3. Content that is geared for the faith-based community. As you know, photos, vectors and video clips that illustrate Christian concepts professionally and creatively are low in supply and high in demand.

Do I still retain the copyright to my content?

Absolutely and always. You are just utilizing Lightstock’s platform to license your content.

How do I start uploading my photos, vectors and/or video clips to Lightstock?

We’re glad you’re interested. We need more Contributors who share our vision. Lightstock is currently invite-only, so click here to request an invitation. We’ll review your work and get in touch if we’re a fit. Once you’ve been invited, it's as simple as clicking the “Accept” button and filling out the required info.

What's the “required info”?

The required info is your basic information such as Name, Address, Phone, Email, Bank Account or PayPal info, etc. You will be asked to accept our Partner License Agreement and our Terms of Use. You can read those now if you’d like by clicking on their respective links. You’ll also need to fill out and send us a IRS Form W-9 . You can upload that to us by going to "Account Settings" and clicking the Royalties tab. Lastly, we ask you to affirm the Apostles’ Creed.

What if I have the content I’m uploading to Lightstock at other stock or distribution sites? Can I still upload it?

Yes you can. Just understand the royalty percentage is different for non-exclusive content. Non-exclusive content earns you half of the royalty that exclusive content would.

How much can I expect to earn?

That’s a tough question to answer. Our top contributors, who upload faith-focused content every week are realizing four-figure royalty payouts every month. Other contributors uploading consistently every month typically make three-figure royalty payouts.

Partners who upload few and far between, can expect to see a royalty payout every four to six months. It's like anything else; if you put more into it, you will get more out of it. Because our customers are desperate for quality faith-based work, the potential for you to make meaningful income is attainable. We see it happen every day with our current contributor base.

What's the Apostles’ Creed and why do I have to believe that to be a Partner?

For nearly 2000 years, the Apostles’ Creed has provided a basic, general statement of beliefs held in common by all Christians. All of the statements in the creed are grounded firmly in Scripture. Click here to read it. Our dream is for a community of kindred-spirits who are using their talents for God s glory–this helps ensure we’re all of one mind and one spirit.


Submitting Photos

What are the technical requirements for photos?

We’re asking for photos that are a minimum of 8.0 megapixels. An easy way to figure out the pixels in an image is to multiply the width by the length (3600 x 2400 = 8.64 million pixels). Also please make sure there are no watermarks, signatures, type, or borders on the photos–and go easy on the filters.

Do I need to tag and keyword my photos when I upload them?

Not unless you want to. It has been our goal all along to make the act of contributing as easy as possible. If you wish, Lightstock will tag and keyword all of your content. Literally, all you’ll need to do is drag and drop your files onto our uploader and click the “upload” button. We’ll take it from there.

Can your uploader handle uploading multiple files at once?

Yessiree. Simply drag and drop all your files onto the upload region and let it go to work. Go take a nap, read a book or fly a kite. When you get back, your files will be done. We’ll take care of everything else. We’ll send you an email when your files are approved and live on the site. In that email we’ll also let you know if we rejected any of your content.

Do you require me to write a title or description of the photo?

No. Lightstock can handle that for you. If you wish, you can make changes to the descriptions we set for your content after the fact.

Why are you asking for the ‘story’ of a photo and is it required?

Many of your photos will have a unique story behind them that only you can tell. It’s certainly not required, but we love when our Partners choose to add depth to their content. Customers appreciate it too.

Is your review process automated?

No. All content uploaded to Lightstock is personally reviewed by a curator. They will be looking at its technical and stylistic aspects. Some photos may be fine from a technical standpoint, but may not fit Lightstock stylistically. Keep that in mind.

How long does it take for my accepted photos to go live on the site?

We strive to get your content live as fast as possible. Expect to see it available for purchase on the site within a week.

How do I delete something I've uploaded?

If you are logged into your Partner account, you can click on the piece of content and then click the “Pull from sale” button at the bottom. This will pull the piece of content from sale immediately, however it will stay in our database for a short time. If you pull a piece of content by mistake, please email us at partners@lightstock.com.

Do I need a model release for my photos?

Yes. If there is a recognizable person in any of your content, you will need to have a signed model release from that person on file. Lightstock does not require you to upload model releases with your content, but you are required to have one on file if it should ever be needed. It is ultimately your responsibility to have the model release on file.

Here is a link to our recommended model release form - Model Release

We also recommend downloading the app “Easy Release - Model Release App” on your mobile device. It s awesome and will make life much easier for you!

What about property releases?

We recommend you get a signed property release if the primary subject of your image contains an identifiable piece of property, architecture, artwork, trademark, etc. Have a question? Email us.

Will I be able to view statistics about my photos?

Yes. We’re crazy about stats and tracking. On your Partner dashboard you’ll be able to see a plethora of data. You’ll be able to check and see how many downloads you’ve received and how much money you’ve made for the given day and month. You’ll also be able to view stats such as accepted uploads, content that’s in curation and see recent downloads at a glance.


Submitting Footage

What video clip sizes should I upload?

The maximum file size we are accepting at this time is 1920 x 1080. The minimum file size 1280 x 720. We do not accept SD footage.

What should the length of my clips be?

We prefer clips between 15 and 60 seconds. We may also consider some clips over 60 seconds, but no longer than 90.

What are the technical requirements for clips?

You simply upload one full-res file. We highly recommend that you make the format for your full-res clip an MP4 file encoded with the H.264 (x264) codec with a bitrate up to 15,000 kbps. You could also upload a QuickTime MOV file compressed with the Photo JPEG codec if you are shooting progressive.

Can you be more specific concerning compression and frame-rate?

Set your compression quality to 95% or to 'Best' or 'High'. We accept frame rates from 24fps to 30fps.

Do I need to upload a proxy file for review?

No. Just upload the one full-res clip.

Can my clips include alpha channels and other unique things?

Yes to alpha channels and things like ‘clips-within-clips’. However, avoid uploading footage with text or borders.

Do I need to tag and keyword my videos after I upload them?

Not if you don’t want to. Lightstock will tag all of your clips for you; all you need to do is drag and drop your files onto the uploader and click “upload.”

Can your uploader handle uploading multiple video clips at once?

Yes. But I wouldn’t go over 10 video clips at once. Many times browsers can crash during an extended period like that. In the future, we will have an FTP solution for footage and images, but we do not have an option like that at this time. You will receive an email letting you know when your files have been approved and when they are live on the site.

Do you require me to write a title or description of my clip?

Not if you don’t want to. Lightstock is happy to fill it in for you if you choose to leave it blank.

What’s the ‘story’ field all about?

Often clips will have a unique and powerful story behind them that only you can tell. It’s not required, but we love when our Partners choose to add depth and layer to their content. Customers appreciate it too.

Is your review process automated?

No. Every video clip that is uploaded to Lightstock is personally reviewed by a curator. They will be looking at the technical as well as stylistic aspects of your clip. If your clip is rejected, you will typically see a reason for the rejection.

How long does it take for my accepted clips to go live on the site?

We strive to get clips live as fast as possible. You should see your accepted clip available on the site within one week, Sometimes it can take longer if a large number of uploads come in at one time.

Can I delete a video clip that’s already been uploaded?

Sure, it’s your content. If you are logged into your Partner account, click on the video you wish to remove and select “Pull from sale”. This will pull the photo from sale on the site immediately. It will, however, stay in our database for a short time. If you pull a clip by mistake, please email us at partners@lightstock.com.

Do I need a model release for people in my clips?

Yes, if there is a recognizable person in any of your video clips, then you will need to have a signed model release on file from that person. Lightstock does not require you to upload model releases with your content, but you are required to have one on file should it ever be needed. It is ultimately your responsibility to have the model release on file.

Here is a link to our recommended model release form - Model Release

Download the app, “Easy Release - Model Release App” on your mobile device. It’s a great alternative to paper copies!

What about property releases?

We recommend you get a signed property release if the primary subject of your clip contains an identifiable piece of property, architecture, artwork, trademark, etc. Have a question? Email us at partners@lightstock.com.

Will I be able to see stats about my video clips?

Yes. We’re crazy about stats and tracking. On your Partner dashboard you’ll be able to see a plethora of data. You’ll be able to check and see how many downloads you’ve received and how much money you’ve made for the given day and month. You’ll also be able to view stats such as accepted uploads, content that’s in curation and see recent downloads at a glance.

Should I include sound in my footage?

No, unless it's integral to the clip.


Submitting Vector

What do the downloading options consist of for customers?

Customers are able to download an EPS file and/or a supporting JPG. Of course, anyone can download a complimentary comp file, but it will be watermarked.

Do I need to to tag and keyword my vector files?

Not unless you want to. We have a team of taggers who will happily do it for you. When you upload your files you will see an option to add your own tags, but the default is that we describe and tag your content.

Do I just upload one file per vector?

Yes. The file must be in Illustrator 8 or Illustrator 10 files format (EPS). This will ensure your file is compatible across all platforms.

Does my vector file need to be layered?

We highly recommend that you layer your files to make it easier for customers to work with them. Files that lack organization and tidiness may be rejected.

How long does it take my vector files to go live on the site?

You should typically expect to see your vector files available for purchase on the site within a week. Sometimes it can take longer if we get inundated with uploads.

How many pieces or elements should one vector pack contain?

This is a good question. You should try to provide what you think is at least $10 worth of value. With that being said, we probably won't accept a pack containing 100 icons or badges, etc. 25 pieces within a vector file should be a good rule of thumb to run with. We’ll ask you to break those up into smaller quantities. Certain exceptions can be made. Just reach out to us if you have a question about it: partners@lightstock.com

Is your curation process automated?

No it is not. We have curators who review every file manually. This is very important to us. We’re passionate about ensuring customers don’t have to wade through subpar work. Our curators will be looking at the technical as well as stylistic aspects of each vector. If your file is rejected, you will typically be given a reason.

Can I remove my content at anytime?

Sure, it’s yours. If you are logged into your Partner account, click on the file you wish to remove and select “Pull from sale”. This will pull it immediately, however it will remain in our database for a short time. If you remove a file by mistake, please email us at partners@lightstock.com.

What are the technical requirements for submitting vector?

Here is a quick run down… for more info you can click on some of the links below:

Vector Guidelines PDF
Example EPS File

The file must be in Illustrator 8 or Illustrator 10 files format (EPS). This will ensure your file is compatible across all platforms. No raster effects. They do not transfer well between versions. Max file size should be 50 MB Make sure your files are clean and tidy.

Do I need to upload a preview or thumbnail file?

Nope. Our system will take care of all the necessary files. You just upload one file, that is an EPS 8 or 10 file

Once I become a Partner are all of my uploads automatically accepted?

No. We review every file that’s uploaded to Lightstock manually.

Can I bulk upload my content or do I have to upload one file at a time?

You can upload multiple files at once! It’s so easy. Drop as many files on our uploader and it will take care of the rest. It’s really quite painless.

Can I upload logos?

A brand is something that should be unique. For that reason we're not accepting full logos with font and all. We will, however, accept icons that could be used as an element within someone’s logo.

Will I be able to see stats like my downloads and revenue online?

Yes. We’re crazy about stats and tracking. On your Partner dashboard you’ll be able to see a plethora of data. You’ll be able to check and see how many downloads you’ve received and how much money you’ve made for the given day and month. You’ll also be able to view stats such as accepted uploads, content that’s in curation and see recent downloads at a glance.

Royalties

What is the Partner Royalty structure at Lightstock?

We have two different royalty structures based upon our two different customer payment models:

Pay-As-You-Go

Every time a customer downloads one of your photos or vectors using a Pay-As-You-Go download, you receive $4. Because video clips cost 4 downloads, each time a video clip of yours is downloaded, you will receive a royalty of $16.

Subscriptions

Every time a customer downloads one of your photos or vectors using a Subscription download, you receive $1.25. Because video clips cost 4 downloads, each time a video clip of yours is downloaded, you will receive a royalty of $5.

Boosts

We also have "boosts" which give you the opportunity to earn up to an additional $1.00 per download by meeting certain Upload/Download milestones each month.

You can see the boost tiers for Uploads & Downloads below.

Note: Downloads of non-exclusive content would earn you half of the exclusive royalty value.

Uploads Boost

Accepted Uploads Boost Amount
25 $0.10
100 $0.25
200 $0.50

Downloads Boost

Subscription Downloads Boost Amount
10 $0.10
50 $0.25
200 $0.50

*Videos count as 4 uploads and 4 downloads for boost tiers. Videos also count as 4 downloads for royalty calculations.

How much do I make when someone purchases additional licensing options on one of my photos, vectors or video clips?

Good question. We price our additional licensing options at $80 a piece. If the content being licensed is exclusive, you will receive $40. If the content is non-exclusive, you will receive $20. Keep in mind, you’ll still receive your standard royalty on top of the additional royalty revenue from an extended license.

How do I get paid from Lightstock?

Lightstock will process payments to Partners monthly on or about the fifth business day of every month for the previous month's Royalties. Payments are automatic, so you don’t have to request a payout at any point, however the minimum payout amount is $100. You can receive a payout via Direct Deposit or Paypal. The fastest way to get your royalty is through Direct Deposit. We highly recommend it.

Why do I have to fill out a Form W-9?

If you are a “US Person”, you must submit a signed and completed IRS Form W-9 to Lightstock in order for Lightstock to make payments to you. You can find instructions on how to download and submit the form to us on your Partner Dashboard.

A W-9 is used to certify under penalties of perjury that your social security number is correct and that you are not subject to backup withholding taxes. You will also receive a 1099 from Lightstock at the end of the year with your royalties accurately reported.