Is it safe to submit our ID to stock photo sites?

@sdas86 (6076)
Malaysia
January 31, 2012 3:54am CST
I am joining some sites to make money from photography but they are asking for Government ID. Is it safe to upload to stock photo sites? Is there anyone using stock photos sites to make money online?
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@my_OSH (44)
• Austria
31 Jan 12
normally when there is a need for me to submit a scan ID, I will make some watermark on the photo files. I will make sure the mark say only for that site. sure, I will have my finger cross that the ID is not be miss-use
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
31 Jan 12
How do you add watermark? What software are you using? I am trying tmake money using ShutterStock.com. I want to try my skill. :)
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• United States
31 Jan 12
When you are submitting to stock photography sites, do NOT add a watermark. That will be automatic rejection. The site will add its watermark to prevent from unauthorized downloads if they accept your photo for sale. I see you are going for one of the best -- ShutterStock. Good luck. Their standards are quite high.
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@my_OSH (44)
• Austria
3 Feb 12
LaDeBoheme, in my case its not the photo upload to stock site... only for my ID photo for approval. Im afraid of it being missuse by other.
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@LaDeBoheme (1988)
• United States
31 Jan 12
Yes, it is safe and required of the reputable stock photography sites. You should see the secure icon in your browser when submitting personal info. I have portfolios at Dreamstime, Fotolia, 123rf, BigStockPhoto, and DepositPhotos. I've sold a few downloads, but microstock is very competitive and I don't devote enough time to it to be a serious seller. The elitest of the sites have rejected some of my photos that other sites have accepted and I ultimately sold. There is money to be made, but you must be a devoted and exemplary photographer. Good luck with your venture.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
1 Feb 12
Hi, Thanks. I will try my best to sell as many photos as possible. I am a new in photography but I am very serious to make money from photos. I will make sure I make a lot of money from my photos.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
3 Feb 12
I've very very careful about who and what gets my id. I will not submit it online and if i have to submit it to somewhere...i request the copy back and shred it. Even at hotels.
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
4 Feb 12
Thanks. But, if we submit it online, then it would be very dangerous.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
5 Feb 12
I feel that it would be...you dont know who is receiving it...or what they might do with it afterwards. I might be a little paranoid when it comes to that but...id rather not provide my photo idea..scanned etc...for someone else to have a copy of...they can view it but they cant have it.