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lagereek

« on: December 20, 2011, 03:28 »
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So after this turbulant year,  whats your major plans and changes for the coming 2012 ?

Mine:  concentrating a lot more on RM,

          uploading much more to agencies of independant contributors.

           Not standing for anymore nonsense.


« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 03:37 »
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@lagereek what does "uploading much more to agencies of independant contributors." mean?

Me, just more of the same - same number of fingers in the same number of pies.

« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 03:50 »
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I'll continue building my RM and non-microstock portfolio on alamy.  I'll carry on doing timelapses and video clips.  My microstock images production has dropped significantly with every commission cut and that wont change until it looks like the sites are finished lowering them.  I've given up boycotting sites, as there are too many people willing to submit everywhere, so I'm doing the same now.

Every year I have plans to do work other than stock photography but I haven't found anything that I enjoy as much that pays enough.  Hopefully that will change in 2012.

wut

« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 04:11 »
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I'll do more personal stuff and projects, forgetting about the money aspect all together. Photography really needs to inspire me, make me happy, just doing stock photography all the time has a negative impact on my mood. Tired of shooting this BS cheesy smiling generic garbage all the time.

That being said, I'll continue doing stock, I just have to shoot what makes me happy as well. Not that some shoots don't make me happy, they do, but if you wanna sell, you usually shouldn't be too interesting (just look at top sellers, their photos couldn't be more boring). I hope my earnings go up to a level that makes it possible for me to make a living of, without relying to other sources of income.

« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 04:42 »
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I'm going back to concentrating on my freelance work. I still intend uploading but realise too many eggs in one basket is not a good plan. I've been there before but never learn! I've probably replaced my decrease in IS earnings with an upturn in freelance and will carry on in the same vein next year, as well as looking for new opportunities , such as my new website launching in the new year , showing my work but also selling my own branded products.

rubyroo

« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 06:01 »
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I need to make decisions that benefit me as a whole... so I'm intending to spend a lot less time sitting at this blimmin' computer, and a lot more time outdoors in the fresh air with my camera and sketchbook.  

In terms of agencies, I'll just carry on as I am.  Phasing out the poor sellers and commission-cutters and producing more and better work for the ones who reward me for my efforts via either voluminous sales or higher commissions.  I keep saying I'll do some RM work, but always end up opting for RF and best chance of selling.  Whether that'll change next year or not, I don't know.
« Last Edit: December 20, 2011, 06:35 by rubyroo »

Paulo M. F. Pires

  • "No Gods No Masters"

« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011, 07:02 »
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I've a long list:

- Get 4x more images on portfolio ( this year I get 10x more ). I've planned 2 years for a "nice" portfolio with regular income. 2012 is crucial year for me.
- Work on a RM exclusive portfolio for Alamy.
- Own domain and site for "marketing" propose, and , if worth, for direct sales.
- Get 2nd dslr body ( 1st quarter ). Start having some limitations with 450D.

And probably will leave 2 agencies during first quarter.

« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2011, 07:14 »
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         uploading much more to agencies of independant contributors.

Do you feel that fellow contributors are able to handle the legal matters relating to your work, in addition to the handling of financial transactions and marketing, as well as their own photography and business?

I plan to keep on keeping on.

rubyroo

« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2011, 07:16 »
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I plan to keep on keeping on.

Always a good plan  ;)

« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2011, 07:46 »
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Keep doing what I am doing just add more models and great locations

« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2011, 07:47 »
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I plan to stop working for my company/boss on Friday 13th January and do fulltime photography.  To start with :  90% stockphotography and 10% commission work, and see how it develops.  Seems to me that Friday 13th is an excellent choice for such a risky step in my carreer   ;D

« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 08:10 »
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Our plan is to start a seperate LLC for MS and continue to shoot-->upload-->repeat

ShadySue

« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2011, 08:18 »
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Hoping to move away from 'general' stock more towards editorial.
GIS has let me find a lot of in-uses which, while technically OK as uses, I'm not happy with. I don't want to be 'supporting' companies who lie in their adverts.
LIS in another thread, look for smaller, more specialised RM agencies - far easier to track misuses. When a file has sold 10 times, but GIS finds upwards of 40 uses, it can be hard to work out which were legitimate sales and which have been lifted from the legitimate buyers. Sometimes it's obivous, but not always.
Hopefully teaching some beginners' classes, but that's definitely unsustainable in a village: you only have a tiny possible 'market', and I've already taught ten people!
« Last Edit: December 20, 2011, 08:36 by ShadySue »

« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2011, 09:09 »
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keep learning how to and enjoy taking images.

lagereek

« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2011, 09:17 »
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         uploading much more to agencies of independant contributors.

Do you feel that fellow contributors are able to handle the legal matters relating to your work, in addition to the handling of financial transactions and marketing, as well as their own photography and business?

I plan to keep on keeping on.

Hi Sean!

I dont know mate, but your philosophy. keep on doing what one is doing,  well, seems to be the best one.

merry x-mas and happy new year to you.

helix7

« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2011, 09:46 »
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I'm going pretty much all-in on microstock. I've slowly been phasing out client work over the last few months, and will only be keeping 2 regular clients and doing web design/dev work with them going into the new year. And one of those accounts is pretty much just small maintenance work, so it's occasional. Meaning 90% of my time will be spent on microstock.

It's something I wish I had the cojones to do a few years back.

tab62

« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2011, 10:31 »
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Finding a camera that will do the following for me:

1. 50mp or higher
2. Provide its own lighting
3. Key word all my photos automatically
4. Know exactly which markets to submit my photos
5. Able to tell me my RPI on each shot
6. Never out of focus
7. Never any aberration no matter how extreme the conditions
8. Light weight see less that a pound with large lens included
9. Develop photos directly without using Photoshop
10. Upload files via WiFi as soon as you finish shooting- the camera knows exactly what each photo senior editor will accept
11. Never needs batteries for at least five years
12. Memory card can hold at least 10,000 RAW images and cleans the card each time you shoot
13. Displays which markets are hot thus telling me which photos to take each day

Now that is what I want for 2012 a camera that can do this for me...

T


« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2011, 11:06 »
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I'll be spending much less time on photography next year because of the weekly cooking show that I film and edit. I'm not the host, but I do pretty much everything else and it has eaten my life. I'm kind of scared to post the link, but I guess it will help me develop thicker skin.  ;)

Anyone interested can check out the episodes that have aired so far at www.cnyflavor.com.

Merry Christmas or whatever holiday that you celebrate!

« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2011, 11:23 »
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My plan is to only submit images that will sell ;)

« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2011, 14:10 »
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I plan to keep on keeping on.

I plan to do more of what Sean is doing.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2011, 14:55 »
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Que Sera Sera.

Go with the flow; don't stress; and don't take myself too seriously.  

ED:  spend more time listening to the Blues Station.   :P
« Last Edit: December 20, 2011, 14:58 by WarrenPrice »

lisafx

« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2011, 16:46 »
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I intend to finally finish my endless renovations and get my studio back.  Then I plan to shoot and edit a lot to make up for the last several months of inertia.  Also going to be spending more time outdoors at the dog park with my new four-legged "child".  :D

« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2011, 16:47 »
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My plan is to only submit images that will sell ;)

I think you meant this tongue-in-cheek, but that is actually my plan.  

In 2011, I focused on increasing my output, but now I'm rethinking that strategy, focusing less on uploading everything I can and more on creating more of what sells, even if I end up uploading less.

I'm in the middle of doing an analysis of what subjects and styles are selling well and what are not.  I am making a list of subjects and styles that I am retiring from my upload routine and will concentrate more on what is actually performing well for me.   It has really opened my eyes to see that certain picture types that I had thought were underperformers are very high earners, and more recent ones that I have been proud of are doing poorly and should be discontinued, as much as it pains me to do so.

Plus, I will be testing some new subjects and styles and performing my analysis on a more frequent basis.   I'm shocked that it has taken me this long to view my results this way and make some tough choices, but I'm excited by the ROI that I expect to see by listening to what buyers want or don't want.  

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2011, 17:57 »
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My plan is to spend less time debating the future of microstock and more time shooting new pictures. In the end, our port is the only asset we have.

Of course only in the free time left from more serious occupations such as having fun, travelling, going to gigs, drinking beer...
« Last Edit: December 20, 2011, 18:02 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2011, 19:52 »
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I'm switching from Stolichnaya to Jameson.  :P

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