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Uncle Pete

« on: March 02, 2015, 11:26 »
+5
SHUTTERSTOCK STATS:
49,916,034 royalty-free stock images = 83,966 to go.

This week, it clicks over to 50 Million



« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 11:31 »
+6
How long will alamy be able to claim they are the worlds largest stock photo collection?

« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 11:55 »
+9
The front page that I see says "Over 40 Million Stock Photos, Vectors, Videos, and Music Tracks" - meaning they are counting everything in the total.

I'm sure images are the biggest chunk numerically, followed by illustrations, I would guess. Given their collection size, I don't know that the counts matter much any more though.

Quality of what you offer, coverage of styles and subjects, amount of new content on a regular basis and quality of search results would seem to be the big areas where bragging rights matter.

Shelma1

« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 11:59 »
+7
It's a P.R. opportunity. I expect a press release as soon as they hit 50 mil.

« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 12:30 »
0
I don't know that the counts matter much any more though.

Quality of what you offer, coverage of styles and subjects, amount of new content on a regular basis and quality of search results would seem to be the big areas where bragging rights matter.

+10. with what has been happening at ss lately, it looks more like istock . time to wake up ss
and get back on track. sales is the only thing that matters to us, and surely clients feel the same.
size only matters to the other web big business.

« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 16:28 »
+5
Gotta say this, folks: so far in 2015, my sales at SS have been noticeably higher than at any time previously. (Except one month last year when 6 ELs came through in one day, but that was an aberration.)

This year, I'm seeing more high-value SODs than before and no drop-off in subs. My port hasn't grown much since last fall, so new uploads are not a factor.

At this point, I'm quite happy with SS. The total number of images in their collection doesn't seem to be hurting me at all. Maybe it's just that I operate in a niche?

Uncle Pete

« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2015, 11:32 »
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Yes I'm sure that press release, will happen. Someone will have to stay late, unless the rate of reviews picks up. I'm calculating 5PM Eastern Time, but it could be sooner or later, that's just a rough figure at 2000 reviews per hour. Let me put it another way. It's already written, just waiting for the image count to click over.  :)

The numbers at this point, don't hurt me much. When it went from 5 to 10 million, people started to see a change, and now 40 million to 50 million, we're already buried and submerged in a flood of new images.

The choices are far greater than the demand for any popular subject or concept. That dilution and piece of the pie is getting sliced thinner and thinner.
 

It's a P.R. opportunity. I expect a press release as soon as they hit 50 mil.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2015, 11:38 »
+4
Yesterday when keywording images I was pleasantly surprised that again I am the only one with images of a subject that had 0 results. Now I am not expecting to get rich, but if a buyer ever need that image, I am the only one who has it, OUT OF 50 MILLION IMAGES ! Yay.

« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2015, 16:16 »
+4
Yesterday when keywording images I was pleasantly surprised that again I am the only one with images of a subject that had 0 results. Now I am not expecting to get rich, but if a buyer ever need that image, I am the only one who has it, OUT OF 50 MILLION IMAGES ! Yay.
The problem is, nobody knows this strange insect that you've photographed, except you  8) 8) ;D

« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2015, 16:21 »
+8
Yesterday when keywording images I was pleasantly surprised that again I am the only one with images of a subject that had 0 results. Now I am not expecting to get rich, but if a buyer ever need that image, I am the only one who has it, OUT OF 50 MILLION IMAGES ! Yay.

I have lots of images which no one else has done though sometimes its like pissing in a dark suit you get a warm feeling but no one notices :D


Any way Alamy has over 55 million ;)

« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2015, 16:25 »
+2
4.20pm EST
SHUTTERSTOCK STATS: 49,999,888 royalty-free stock images

I reckon Wed morning press release is coming out.  8)

« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2015, 16:47 »
+1

I have lots of images which no one else has done though sometimes its like pissing in a dark suit you get a warm feeling but no one notices :D


 ;D ;D ;D

try pissing in the dark against the wind,
at least you get to feel the warm spray hit ...
better still, get someone to shout "garde l'eau! ( watch out  the water!)"
and you won't feel so alone  ;D

Uncle Pete

« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2015, 17:01 »
+4
Recon you are correct.

Just Happened:  SHUTTERSTOCK STATS:
50,006,521 royalty-free stock images

3:58PM CST or about 5PM NY time




4.20pm EST
SHUTTERSTOCK STATS: 49,999,888 royalty-free stock images

I reckon Wed morning press release is coming out.  8)

« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2015, 17:11 »
0
Recon you are correct.

Just Happened:  SHUTTERSTOCK STATS:
50,006,521 royalty-free stock images

3:58PM CST or about 5PM NY time




4.20pm EST
SHUTTERSTOCK STATS: 49,999,888 royalty-free stock images

I reckon Wed morning press release is coming out.  8)



Thanks...
My Heart Collection is reaching 300 soon.  ;)

« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2015, 18:10 »
+4

I have lots of images which no one else has done though sometimes its like pissing in a dark suit you get a warm feeling but no one notices :D


 ;D ;D ;D

try pissing in the dark against the wind,
at least you get to feel the warm spray hit ...
better still, get someone to shout "garde l'eau! ( watch out  the water!)"
and you won't feel so alone  ;D

This whole thing about pissing into the wind is such a guy thing. Those of us of the female persuasion just don't have that problem.

Yet another clear proof of superiority??? ::)

« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2015, 20:52 »
+1
Searching the SS database by those keywords didn't result in any matches, so this cenceptual category might be a promising niche.

Uncle Pete

« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2015, 22:45 »
+1
Maybe you haven't been camping in the rough like ladies I know. Buy I expect women are smart enough to test the wind direction first, unlike some other people.  :)

pissing in the wind
betting on a losing friend
making the same mistakes
we swore we'd never make again

pissing in the wind
and it's blowing on all our friends
we're gonna sit and grin
and tell our grandchildren
about the time I called this guy
it was four in the morning
to teach me the words
to the song I was humming
he just laughed and said that
the old grey cat is sneaking down the hall
and all he wants to know is
who in . is paying for this call...




I have lots of images which no one else has done though sometimes its like pissing in a dark suit you get a warm feeling but no one notices :D


 ;D ;D ;D

try pissing in the dark against the wind,
at least you get to feel the warm spray hit ...
better still, get someone to shout "garde l'eau! ( watch out  the water!)"
and you won't feel so alone  ;D

This whole thing about pissing into the wind is such a guy thing. Those of us of the female persuasion just don't have that problem.

Yet another clear proof of superiority??? ::)


« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2015, 22:46 »
+1

I have lots of images which no one else has done though sometimes its like pissing in a dark suit you get a warm feeling but no one notices :D


 ;D ;D ;D

try pissing in the dark against the wind,
at least you get to feel the warm spray hit ...
better still, get someone to shout "garde l'eau! ( watch out  the water!)"
and you won't feel so alone  ;D

This whole thing about pissing into the wind is such a guy thing. Those of us of the female persuasion just don't have that problem.

Yet another clear proof of superiority??? ::)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D that's true, guys concede on both counts...
pissing and making babies

good call :)

although i know some gals who prefer standing up when nature calls.
better back to topic before it gets too wet and hairy here  :o
« Last Edit: March 03, 2015, 22:48 by etudiante_rapide »

« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2015, 22:56 »
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although i know some gals who prefer standing up when nature calls.
better back to topic before it gets too wet and hairy here  :o

FWIW not many gals of my acquaintance stand up when nature calls. Not even when camping out in the woods.

But yes, you're right. Back on topic, guys. :-*

« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2015, 01:28 »
+2
maybe - the owner of 50 millionth file will get an award - one million dollar

« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2015, 02:32 »
0
yeah..a nice prize would be a week without stupid rejections

« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2015, 03:05 »
0

I have lots of images which no one else has done though sometimes its like pissing in a dark suit you get a warm feeling but no one notices :D


 ;D ;D ;D

try pissing in the dark against the wind,
at least you get to feel the warm spray hit ...
better still, get someone to shout "garde l'eau! ( watch out  the water!)"
and you won't feel so alone  ;D

This whole thing about pissing into the wind is such a guy thing. Those of us of the female persuasion just don't have that problem.

Yet another clear proof of superiority??? ::)

Never heard of the "she-wee" then?  ;D

« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2015, 04:43 »
0
Sorry guys, I am obsessed with these numbers now....

SHUTTERSTOCK STATS: 50,035,379 royalty-free stock images
so if I do this math right, 35378 images approved in less than 12 hours!
WOW!

Hobostocker

    This user is banned.
« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2015, 05:22 »
+13
yeah yeah but the point is : more images doesn't mean more sales !

they can bring in 200 millions images if that matter and it won't change anything, there's only one way to grow their business and it's called customer acquisition.

and since the market is pretty stable the only way to acquire new buyers is grabbing market share from their competitors, IS in particular.

but how and why we should be concerned about this ? what we're witnessing is the cheapest player in the market growing and growing on the shoulders of underpaid stockers .. while many of us will agree that SS is one of the few agencies that is still delivering and that is still loyal to their mission the drawback is that they're pushing the whole market into a price-war to the bottom that will finally kill any incentive for pro photographer to join this business as oversupply will make sure that even big portfolios will be unable to produce decent returns unless you're in the top-10 best sellers or you're a photo factory and we could debate this factor as well since Yuri moved to greener pastures and he was both a top seller and a photo factory ... if even Yuri can't make profits, who will ?

which is the same scenario facing musicians on iTunes or Beatport, and writers on Amazon, and what about stock video, stock audio, android/ios apps, journalists, and much more  ?

i mean i see horrible things even in the freelancer sites if that matters, buyers asking for a logo and designers offering custom products for a pittance, buyers asking custom softwares and expecting to get away with 500$ or less ...

the biggest and most devastiting consequence of digital and the internet is that it made everything a buyer's market and while everybody want to play and see and watch nobody seems to be wanting to pay enough or even to pay at all.

the respect and the value for photography and photographers has never been as low as today, our work is basically seen as worthless and we're seen as disposable unless the same image is printed and framed into an art gallery with a 5000$ price tag.

photography for the masses has been a total disaster, ironically even for camera makers as nikon and canon now are struggling to sell their DSLRs and their pocket cameras.


« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2015, 09:06 »
0
was there a thread somewhere with the size of the SS library on certain dates? I would like to work out how much the library is increasing in percentage terms and how much this is going up i.e. whether the rate of increase is also accelerating or not. I am hoping that it will get so big in absolute terms eventually that the percentage increase per period of time will start to stabilise or decrease eventually.


 

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