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« on: July 15, 2018, 09:44 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(


nobody

« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2018, 11:37 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Of course it is. There are a lot of variables that you will have to address to reach this very obtainable goal:

1. What type of images do you submit (i.e., Travel, still life, food)
2. Do you do holiday images
3. How often do you submit
4. Good Key wording and descriptions

So for example- say you doing only travel images of sea shores. They lack a solid commercial value compared to holiday images so don't expect to make a lot of money. If you truly want $$ than you need to hit the high commercial areas (health, education, holidays, business).

Also if you want us to better assist you send a link of what you have on line- we change give a lot of tips on how you can better present your work.


« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2018, 11:51 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Sure.  Do 3.33 times what youre doing now.

« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2018, 12:00 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Sure.  Do 3.33 times what youre doing now.

... or 3.33 times better...

nobody

« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 12:01 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Sure.  Do 3.33 times what youre doing now.

If I did 3.33 times what I do now I would probably make 50% less  :)


nobody

« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2018, 13:15 »
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final comment(s) from me---

Many 'Artists' don't understand the buyers needs - heck, they don't even understand why they are taking the photos in the first place. Before you shoot answer why first...
« Last Edit: July 15, 2018, 13:25 by nobody »

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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2018, 15:40 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Sure.  Do 3.33 times what youre doing now.

... or 3.33 times better...

...or wait for a 333% pay raise at SS...

« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2018, 00:55 »
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final comment(s) from me---

Many 'Artists' don't understand the buyers needs - heck, they don't even understand why they are taking the photos in the first place. Before you shoot answer why first...

Best piece of advise I've read in a long while.

« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2018, 01:50 »
+1
final comment(s) from me---

Many 'Artists' don't understand the buyers needs - heck, they don't even understand why they are taking the photos in the first place. Before you shoot answer why first...

Best piece of advise I've read in a long while.
Have to say though with some of my stuff I do wonder why I shot it....and they often are good sellers. Having a good "nose" for what sells is probably one of the top skills in this business...wish I possessed it.

« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2018, 06:22 »
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It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images

« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2018, 06:27 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Easily.  Its all about quantity.  If you have 1000-1250 or so images id guess you'll turn over $100 a month or so. 

The "old" rule of thumb used to be an image will earn about $1 per year.  So for $100 a month you'd need about 1200.  The $ per image is dropping on SS a lot due to saturation so its likely more than that.

« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2018, 06:51 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Easily.  Its all about quantity.  If you have 1000-1250 or so images id guess you'll turn over $100 a month or so. 

The "old" rule of thumb used to be an image will earn about $1 per year.  So for $100 a month you'd need about 1200.  The $ per image is dropping on SS a lot due to saturation so its likely more than that.
That figure varies vastly though depending on the portfolios quality.

« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2018, 08:06 »
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It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images
20000 garbage photos maybe...no way 20000 good content all earn you 100 dollar month. i already told you...you have a big problem with quality, quantity won't help yu. that's hy you complain in every thread. if you need 75000 files to reach a 500 dollar level you should first stop uploading b...it...and focus on unity of content.

« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2018, 08:25 »
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It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images
20000 garbage photos maybe...no way 20000 good content all earn you 100 dollar month. i already told you...you have a big problem with quality, quantity won't help yu. that's hy you complain in every thread. if you need 75000 files to reach a 500 dollar level you should first stop uploading b...it...and focus on unity of content.

LOOOL, look who's talking about complaining in every thread.

jonbull and derek, Beavis and Butt-head of the microstock.

« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2018, 08:36 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
How many images have you online at shutterstock?

« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2018, 08:41 »
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It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images
20000 garbage photos maybe...no way 20000 good content all earn you 100 dollar month. i already told you...you have a big problem with quality, quantity won't help yu. that's hy you complain in every thread. if you need 75000 files to reach a 500 dollar level you should first stop uploading b...it...and focus on unity of content.

LOOOL, look who's talking about complaining in every thread.

jonbull and derek, Beavis and Butt-head of the microstock.


sorry i don't talk with people wth that amateur portfolio. t's totally useless.

« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2018, 10:11 »
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It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images
20000 garbage photos maybe...no way 20000 good content all earn you 100 dollar month. i already told you...you have a big problem with quality, quantity won't help yu. that's hy you complain in every thread. if you need 75000 files to reach a 500 dollar level you should first stop uploading b...it...and focus on unity of content.

LOOOL, look who's talking about complaining in every thread.

jonbull and derek, Beavis and Butt-head of the microstock.

My thoughts exactly, I comment on very few threads, and don't mind adding a few tongue in cheek comments here and there. It cracks me up to see how earnest people get.


« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2018, 12:44 »
+1
It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images
20000 garbage photos maybe...no way 20000 good content all earn you 100 dollar month. i already told you...you have a big problem with quality, quantity won't help yu. that's hy you complain in every thread. if you need 75000 files to reach a 500 dollar level you should first stop uploading b...it...and focus on unity of content.

LOOOL, look who's talking about complaining in every thread.

jonbull and derek, Beavis and Butt-head of the microstock.


LoL!

« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2018, 12:57 »
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It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images
20000 garbage photos maybe...no way 20000 good content all earn you 100 dollar month. i already told you...you have a big problem with quality, quantity won't help yu. that's hy you complain in every thread. if you need 75000 files to reach a 500 dollar level you should first stop uploading b...it...and focus on unity of content.

LOOOL, look who's talking about complaining in every thread.

jonbull and derek, Beavis and Butt-head of the microstock.


LoL!

Actually, I don't think you meant to say "LoL" but:

Heh, heh! Heh, heh! Heh, heh! Heh, heh! Heh, heh! Heh, heh! Heh, heh!......

« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2018, 13:00 »
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It is possible if you upload 20,000+ images
20000 garbage photos maybe...no way 20000 good content all earn you 100 dollar month. i already told you...you have a big problem with quality, quantity won't help yu. that's hy you complain in every thread. if you need 75000 files to reach a 500 dollar level you should first stop uploading b...it...and focus on unity of content.

LOOOL, look who's talking about complaining in every thread.

jonbull and derek, Beavis and Butt-head of the microstock.

My thoughts exactly, I comment on very few threads, and don't mind adding a few tongue in cheek comments here and there. It cracks me up to see how earnest people get.

well if your portfolio is like that of DUMB, yes you need 20000 files to earn 100 dollar. i agree with you.

« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2018, 15:42 »
+2
final comment(s) from me---

Many 'Artists' don't understand the buyers needs - heck, they don't even understand why they are taking the photos in the first place. Before you shoot answer why first...

Yes, why would someone buy this, what's the message, if there's no concept or use, why take the photo? Numbers don't make sales, if they ever did. I could delete all but my top 50 on SS and still be making over $100 a month.

I know people here have said this many times before but the message falls on deaf ears. It's not how many photos and not the agencies fault, what are the photos?

« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2018, 15:51 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Sure.  Do 3.33 times what youre doing now.
One of the all time best posts ever.

« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2018, 15:59 »
+3
final comment(s) from me---

Many 'Artists' don't understand the buyers needs - heck, they don't even understand why they are taking the photos in the first place. Before you shoot answer why first...

Best piece of advise I've read in a long while.

DITTO.

« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2018, 14:08 »
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Ive got just bellow 2.000 pictures in shutterstock now. I earn aprox $40 dollars a month. I dont think I have a stellar portfolio, but its not terrible either.
Id say the $1/year rule applies to all of the agencies together. I confess I am a bit bellow that, earning around $0,75 for the for an average of 1500 pictures at all agencies together.
Dont know if Ill continue to increase my portfolio, to be honest. Too much work for little payback.
br,
Joao

« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2018, 16:18 »
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Ive got just bellow 2.000 pictures in shutterstock now. I earn aprox $40 dollars a month. I dont think I have a stellar portfolio, but its not terrible either.
Id say the $1/year rule applies to all of the agencies together. I confess I am a bit bellow that, earning around $0,75 for the for an average of 1500 pictures at all agencies together.
Dont know if Ill continue to increase my portfolio, to be honest. Too much work for little payback.
br,
Joao

That is actually a healthy RPI and above average. Anything newer than two years old will have a RPI of around $0.05 per year.

csm

« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2018, 05:17 »
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Its been said before, but I will say it again too.
People seem to get too caught in numbers and forget at the saleability of each image.
2000 images?
What of?
Doors?
Leaves?
Ducks?
Why not make every image a winner?
Then think, who would buy this image?
What does it say?

Back in the days of RM I used to earn a good living from 500 images.
$1 per image per year was never correct for me.
Probably as a consequence of microstock, I look at newbie portfolios now and I see snaps.
It seems like people buy a camera on the monday and then want to be a stock photographer on Tuesday.
The gap between the two for me was years.

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« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2018, 05:23 »
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It seems like people buy a camera on the monday and then want to be a stock photographer on Tuesday.

Wednesday, they're complaining their images aren't selling and most quitting by Thursday...


« Reply #27 on: July 18, 2018, 22:22 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
How many images have you online at shutterstock?
Few, around 3.000 images.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2018, 22:25 by alexandersr »

« Reply #28 on: July 19, 2018, 18:10 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
How many images have you online at shutterstock?
Few, around 3.000 images.

You should be earning $300/month for 3,000 images.

« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2018, 19:01 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
How many images have you online at shutterstock?
Few, around 3.000 images.


You should be earning $300/month for 3,000 images.

I think it doesn't work in that way. It is not a simple rule of three.

« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2018, 08:00 »
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No, but 40$ with 3k images is very poor performance.

« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2018, 08:30 »
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How long are the 3000 images online. If all uploaded 2008, it won't sell any more.
If all 3000 images uploaded in 2018, it will need some time to start selling.
But if you are continuous uploading at least 1000 images a year you should earn much more than $40 am month.

ShadySue

« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2018, 11:37 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
Bear in mind that it's profit, not sales, which is important.
It could be that the people who have big sales also have big expenses.
So if you are spending $20 on shoots and earn $30, you're doing better than people who have $500 in expenses but are earning $505

nobody

« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2018, 12:21 »
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The old rules (i.e. one image equates to $.20 per month) on inventory size are long gone now.  They isn't any mathematical equation to calculate future revenue.  Just do your best with quality and commercial value and submit them anytime. 

« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2018, 12:26 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
Bear in mind that it's profit, not sales, which is important.
It could be that the people who have big sales also have big expenses.
So if you are spending $20 on shoots and earn $30, you're doing better than people who have $500 in expenses but are earning $505
You are so right....another example of the way people misuse statistical measures. One metric on its own tells you nothing.

« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2018, 12:39 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
Bear in mind that it's profit, not sales, which is important.
It could be that the people who have big sales also have big expenses.
So if you are spending $20 on shoots and earn $30, you're doing better than people who have $500 in expenses but are earning $505
Thanks, one of the best advices i have read here.

« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2018, 12:40 »
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It's been a long time since I've posted on forums like this one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to.  $100 a month? The goal was to be making more than $100 a day not too long ago.

Pathetic. 


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« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2018, 12:44 »
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The goal was to be making more than $100 a day not too long ago.

Speak for yourself. $100 a day?! Pathetic.

« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2018, 13:16 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.


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« Reply #39 on: July 20, 2018, 16:30 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Sure.  Do 3.33 times what youre doing now.

... or 3.33 times better...

...or wait for a 333% pay raise at SS...
Haha, funny:-)

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« Reply #40 on: July 20, 2018, 17:43 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

« Reply #41 on: July 20, 2018, 18:54 »
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It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(

Sure.  Do 3.33 times what youre doing now.

... or 3.33 times better...

...or wait for a 333% pay raise at SS...
Haha, funny:-)

Funny,funny! ::)

« Reply #42 on: July 21, 2018, 01:53 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

It was about the industry. That's why it reads "one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to" and then re-affirmed with "My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards".

So whatever you are doubling down on and taking offence about, on behalf of someone else who has not expressed offence themselves, simply doesn't exist.

Those who were here at that start of all of this will remember how a bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day upped their respective games together. At first, our work was laughed at and ridiculed in online forums by the stock production "pros". But collectively we disrupted an entire industry and brought down giants.

That's why it's pathetic and sad that this is what stock has come to - because nobody is benefiting from those early creative efforts if a portfolio of new images cannot make a reasonable return.

ShadySue

« Reply #43 on: July 21, 2018, 02:14 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

It was about the industry. That's why it reads "one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to" and then re-affirmed with "My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards".

So whatever you are doubling down on and taking offence about, on behalf of someone else who has not expressed offence themselves, simply doesn't exist.

Those who were here at that start of all of this will remember how a bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day upped their respective games together. At first, our work was laughed at and ridiculed in online forums by the stock production "pros". But collectively we disrupted an entire industry and brought down giants.

That's why it's pathetic and sad that this is what stock has come to - because nobody is benefiting from those early creative efforts if a portfolio of new images cannot make a reasonable return.
The inevitable slippery slope caused first by RF and accelerated by micros. Always someone undercutting, driving down prices.

« Reply #44 on: July 21, 2018, 02:35 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

It was about the industry. That's why it reads "one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to" and then re-affirmed with "My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards".

So whatever you are doubling down on and taking offence about, on behalf of someone else who has not expressed offence themselves, simply doesn't exist.

Those who were here at that start of all of this will remember how a bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day upped their respective games together. At first, our work was laughed at and ridiculed in online forums by the stock production "pros". But collectively we disrupted an entire industry and brought down giants.

That's why it's pathetic and sad that this is what stock has come to - because nobody is benefiting from those early creative efforts if a portfolio of new images cannot make a reasonable return.

Did those bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day hope one day to create an industry of equality where a portfolio of new images can make a reasonable return.  When they started there was a level playing field where everyone had a chance, now Shutterstock is stratified, which greatly favours the high earners and excludes new contributors just like the old existing agencies did.

« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2018, 02:40 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

It was about the industry. That's why it reads "one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to" and then re-affirmed with "My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards".

So whatever you are doubling down on and taking offence about, on behalf of someone else who has not expressed offence themselves, simply doesn't exist.

Those who were here at that start of all of this will remember how a bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day upped their respective games together. At first, our work was laughed at and ridiculed in online forums by the stock production "pros". But collectively we disrupted an entire industry and brought down giants.

That's why it's pathetic and sad that this is what stock has come to - because nobody is benefiting from those early creative efforts if a portfolio of new images cannot make a reasonable return.

Did those bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day hope one day to create an industry of equality where a portfolio of new images can make a reasonable return.  When they started there was a level playing field where everyone had a chance, now Shutterstock is stratified, which greatly favours the high earners and excludes new contributors just like the old existing agencies did.
Interesting....many on here believe the opposite ;-).

« Reply #46 on: July 21, 2018, 03:00 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

It was about the industry. That's why it reads "one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to" and then re-affirmed with "My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards".

So whatever you are doubling down on and taking offence about, on behalf of someone else who has not expressed offence themselves, simply doesn't exist.

Those who were here at that start of all of this will remember how a bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day upped their respective games together. At first, our work was laughed at and ridiculed in online forums by the stock production "pros". But collectively we disrupted an entire industry and brought down giants.

That's why it's pathetic and sad that this is what stock has come to - because nobody is benefiting from those early creative efforts if a portfolio of new images cannot make a reasonable return.

Did those bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day hope one day to create an industry of equality where a portfolio of new images can make a reasonable return.  When they started there was a level playing field where everyone had a chance, now Shutterstock is stratified, which greatly favours the high earners and excludes new contributors just like the old existing agencies did.
Interesting....many on here believe the opposite ;-).

That may still be the case, just depends which part of the strata you are on.


« Reply #47 on: July 21, 2018, 05:12 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

It was about the industry. That's why it reads "one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to" and then re-affirmed with "My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards".

So whatever you are doubling down on and taking offence about, on behalf of someone else who has not expressed offence themselves, simply doesn't exist.

Those who were here at that start of all of this will remember how a bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day upped their respective games together. At first, our work was laughed at and ridiculed in online forums by the stock production "pros". But collectively we disrupted an entire industry and brought down giants.

That's why it's pathetic and sad that this is what stock has come to - because nobody is benefiting from those early creative efforts if a portfolio of new images cannot make a reasonable return.

Did those bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day hope one day to create an industry of equality where a portfolio of new images can make a reasonable return.  When they started there was a level playing field where everyone had a chance, now Shutterstock is stratified, which greatly favours the high earners and excludes new contributors just like the old existing agencies did.
Interesting....many on here believe the opposite ;-).

That may still be the case, just depends which part of the strata you are on.

i agree. i see in fotolia many established photographer uploading nothing in the lat years still earning a lot due to th mechanism of these agencies while those who wanted to improve and upload a lot struggle. i hope every agency kill the popular tab, even losing the sales of y popular images, and use other categories.

« Reply #48 on: July 24, 2018, 16:01 »
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My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards. Not about my goals or what our team is achieving, much less the pat on your own back self-affirming your own apparent giddying success.

It is really about someone asking if it's possible to make $100 a month from SS. It's sad - and pretty pathetic that this is where the industry has finds itself.

No, your comment was insulting to the OP, which you've just doubled down on by adding sad to the list... so I just thought I'd give you a taste of your own medicine.

It was about the industry. That's why it reads "one and can scarcely believe that this is what stock has come to" and then re-affirmed with "My comment is about how far this industry has gone backwards".

So whatever you are doubling down on and taking offence about, on behalf of someone else who has not expressed offence themselves, simply doesn't exist.

Those who were here at that start of all of this will remember how a bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day upped their respective games together. At first, our work was laughed at and ridiculed in online forums by the stock production "pros". But collectively we disrupted an entire industry and brought down giants.

That's why it's pathetic and sad that this is what stock has come to - because nobody is benefiting from those early creative efforts if a portfolio of new images cannot make a reasonable return.

Did those bunch of amateurs with no hope of contributing to the existing agencies of the day hope one day to create an industry of equality where a portfolio of new images can make a reasonable return.  When they started there was a level playing field where everyone had a chance, now Shutterstock is stratified, which greatly favours the high earners and excludes new contributors just like the old existing agencies did.
Interesting....many on here believe the opposite ;-).

That may still be the case, just depends which part of the strata you are on.

i agree. i see in fotolia many established photographer uploading nothing in the lat years still earning a lot due to th mechanism of these agencies while those who wanted to improve and upload a lot struggle. i hope every agency kill the popular tab, even losing the sales of y popular images, and use other categories.
:(

« Reply #49 on: August 03, 2018, 05:42 »
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i hope every agency kill the popular tab, even losing the sales of y popular images, and use other categories.

I quite like popular provided other rankings are done correctly.
Buyers are happier with a good image rather than a less good newer image.

OF course, SS main problem now is they dont actually QC or review images at all and just accepted everything.  The quality has dropped massively.  So "popular" is pretty much guaranteed to give the buyer a better quality of image to choose from than "New" as a default.


 

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