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« Reply #75 on: October 27, 2015, 11:36 »
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Just out of curiosity, for those of you who are Stocksy photographers, what is your image acceptance rate? I have images with the micros and separately with Getty and my acceptance with the micros has always been very good. Acceptance of images with Getty, via their Moments collection, very hit and miss, sometimes great, often not so much. For every ten images you send Stocksy, how many do they accept? Just average or estimate would be great.

Thanks

For most series, probably about 85% for me.  A few series have been completely or majority declined, which then go elsewhere.


« Reply #76 on: October 27, 2015, 12:26 »
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Just out of curiosity, for those of you who are Stocksy photographers, what is your image acceptance rate?

For most series, probably about 85% for me. A few series have been completely or majority declined, which then go elsewhere.

wow, completely/majority declined???  from even sjlocke??? that's atilla 's kind of slaughter  8)

« Reply #77 on: October 27, 2015, 14:10 »
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Just out of curiosity, for those of you who are Stocksy photographers, what is your image acceptance rate? I have images with the micros and separately with Getty and my acceptance with the micros has always been very good. Acceptance of images with Getty, via their Moments collection, very hit and miss, sometimes great, often not so much. For every ten images you send Stocksy, how many do they accept? Just average or estimate would be great.

Thanks

I'm sitting at right around 95% acceptance.....which means I'm being too selective in what I upload and not experimenting enough....tough to build a portfolio very quickly with that approach.

« Reply #78 on: October 27, 2015, 17:39 »
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My acceptance rate is around 50-60%. Which is fine, especially if they decline the whole series, because then I can keep all files together when I place them elsewhere.

You can also talk to the inspection team and ask their advice directly if you want to, they really are very supportive. It is a small and cozy community.

Always keep in mind that stocksy is a style based collection with a specialized look, files that don't fit with them can make a lot of money elsewhere, especially when you put them into other macrostock collections with higher prices.

Stocksy is not photoshelter, if you want a self publishing portfolio you have to build it elsewhere.

I will probably be trying that next year sometime as well, I really would like to have a place that is all my own. But will my files sell, if they are not in an edited collection? I dont know.

Some artist seem to shoot only for stocksy, others upload to many different agencies.

But sales, at least for photos, are very good on stocksy, even a tiny portfolio can earn more than a large portfolio elsewhere.

So I always recommend applying there, you really cant lose. There is also a lot to learn as well, if you are not yet a superstar photographer, that by itself is worth very much, at least for me.

« Last Edit: October 27, 2015, 18:12 by cobalt »

« Reply #79 on: October 27, 2015, 23:40 »
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Just out of curiosity, for those of you who are Stocksy photographers, what is your image acceptance rate?

For most series, probably about 85% for me. A few series have been completely or majority declined, which then go elsewhere.

wow, completely/majority declined???  from even sjlocke??? that's atilla 's kind of slaughter  8)

Not really because for those rejections the reason most likely is not "out of focus" or "too much noise" but "these look to much like generic stock and not enough authentic to fit in our collection". That's a whole different story. And Sean was the hero in shooting generic stock, so I'd bet he had to make quite some changes to the way he shoots (and directs his models) to make it work for Stocksy.

My personal acceptance is around 50%. It varies heavily because I haven't really found "my Stocksy style" yet. I upload a diverse range of images, not really a lot of shoots planned for Stocksy. It's a good match because it sometimes is a place for images that don't really fit anywhere else. And if I upload three similar images and get two rejected, I assume I will still get most of the sales I would have gotten with all three versions as there is not all that much of a competition for images that are somewhat unique in a collection of less than half a million.

« Reply #80 on: October 28, 2015, 15:15 »
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wow, completely/majority declined???  from even sjlocke??? that's atilla 's kind of slaughter  8)

Not really because for those rejections the reason most likely is not "out of focus" or "too much noise" but "these look to much like generic stock and not enough authentic to fit in our collection". That's a whole different story. And Sean was the hero in shooting generic stock, so I'd bet he had to make quite some changes to the way he shoots (and directs his models) to make it work for Stocksy.

My personal acceptance is around 50%. It varies heavily because I haven't really found "my Stocksy style" yet. I upload a diverse range of images, not really a lot of shoots planned for Stocksy. It's a good match because it sometimes is a place for images that don't really fit anywhere else. And if I upload three similar images and get two rejected, I assume I will still get most of the sales I would have gotten with all three versions as there is not all that much of a competition for images that are somewhat unique in a collection of less than half a million.

ok, yes, i should have been more precise in my comment. if it was not those typical renegade OOF absurdity , and is those "not Stocksy kind of work we're looking for", then it is not as bad as i think it is.
yes, too, sjl is our micro type hero like yuri and there is a difference in micro and other types of commercial photography, or even artsy stuff or w eugene smith /man ray/ ansel adams eternal master works. i am sure our great cartier-bresson would have gotten 100% not in focus where we want it to be rejections, and eugene smith and man ray would get the poor lighting rejections from ss  8)

...not to mention david hamilton (100% noise rejection) ;D ;D ;D
« Last Edit: October 28, 2015, 15:18 by etudiante_rapide »

« Reply #81 on: November 03, 2015, 19:38 »
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Hi,
I'm totally new here but I've been reading this thread for months... I applied to Stocksy in July, and still no news. I was OK with that (since honestly I don't think I have a chance) but I just noticed that they visited last month the website I submitted (it's a website I made just for the application and has zero traffic, just me and now two other visitors with stocksy.com as referral). And now that I know that... I'm a little anxious. Do they have a huge rejection mail queue? Ar they considering my application? (even if I get rejected that would be very encouraging)
I know this questions are probably without answers... but I think I just needed to say something, to someone in a similar situation, and I know there ar a lot of people here without nails because of the waiting  :)

« Reply #82 on: November 04, 2015, 04:20 »
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There's no way I am going to apply again if they aren't giving people the courtesy of a response.  I don't like waiting for news that never comes.  There's so many other places to sell my images, if they can't treat people that have taken the time to apply with a bit of respect, I wont waste time on them.

I've no idea if they received my first application, I presume they did and they didn't want me but with no communication, its impossible to know that for sure.  That doesn't give me any motivation to go through the process again.  Even the old agencies used to send out a generic rejection letter, that wasn't nice but was much better than nothing.

« Reply #83 on: November 04, 2015, 05:01 »
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There's no way I am going to apply again if they aren't giving people the courtesy of a response.  I don't like waiting for news that never comes.  There's so many other places to sell my images, if they can't treat people that have taken the time to apply with a bit of respect, I wont waste time on them.

I've no idea if they received my first application, I presume they did and they didn't want me but with no communication, its impossible to know that for sure.  That doesn't give me any motivation to go through the process again.  Even the old agencies used to send out a generic rejection letter, that wasn't nice but was much better than nothing.


I always get responses from them fast and friendly. Did you try message to the support?:
http://www.stocksy.com/service/support

jen

« Reply #84 on: November 05, 2015, 16:22 »
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« Last Edit: November 05, 2015, 16:26 by jen »

« Reply #85 on: November 05, 2015, 19:38 »
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I've been looking for a stock home for my higher end dragons.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2015, 20:15 by MisterElements »

« Reply #86 on: November 06, 2015, 10:28 »
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Yes!  It is taking some time, but everyone will get a response.

https://twitter.com/StocksyUnited/status/661782979291824128 [nofollow]
https://twitter.com/StocksyUnited/status/646021893657640961 [nofollow]
https://twitter.com/camrocker/status/648535037445566464 [nofollow]
etc

thanks for the info! it is very much appreciated :)

« Reply #87 on: November 06, 2015, 16:55 »
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Two of my friends applied after me and they got rejection email within a month, and I still didn't get any response. The more I'm waiting the more I'm confused...really.

« Reply #88 on: November 10, 2015, 05:06 »
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I applied in July of last year and was accepted in December. It was a painful wait but it was worth it. Hang in there!

jen

« Reply #89 on: November 10, 2015, 14:16 »
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Two of my friends applied after me and they got rejection email within a month, and I still didn't get any response. The more I'm waiting the more I'm confused...really.

https://twitter.com/camrocker/status/648535037445566464
If your still waiting to hear about your application at @StocksyUnited you might be on our shortlist. Be sure to update your portfolios!

« Reply #90 on: November 10, 2015, 15:42 »
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Tnx jen and sketchyt  :) Maybe waiting is a good sign  ;D

« Reply #91 on: November 10, 2015, 16:08 »
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Tnx jen and sketchyt  :) Maybe waiting is a good sign  ;D

To me last year was not :(

« Reply #92 on: November 10, 2015, 18:06 »
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Tnx jen and sketchyt  :) Maybe waiting is a good sign  ;D

To me last year was not :(

Oh, I'm so sorry  :(
How long did you wait? Have you applied again this year?


« Reply #93 on: November 11, 2015, 01:03 »
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Tnx jen and sketchyt  :) Maybe waiting is a good sign  ;D

To me last year was not :(

Oh, I'm so sorry  :(
How long did you wait? Have you applied again this year?

I don't remember, but was around November last year, this year was faster rejected. I'll apply again, because i like them very much.
They try to arrange a photo puzzle where every photographer to bring specific content(piece of the puzzle) which to not be in competition to the others part of the puzzle. All this puzzle parts have to build the amazing image of Stocksy with great unique content. But there is a big problem with this, because after acceptance almost every photographer starts to upload different content. Since I shoot everything what i like i have less chance to be accepted, although in this days i have a very intelligent approach of image selection for every agency.

Good luck!
« Last Edit: November 11, 2015, 01:25 by Deyan Georgiev »

MxR

« Reply #94 on: November 11, 2015, 04:55 »
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You can be the best night bats photographer and best in your niche...with different content... but when you are acecepted in stocksy, at the end, you need take Lifestyle photos for earn money because is stock.


« Reply #95 on: November 11, 2015, 05:20 »
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You can be the best night bats photographer and best in your niche...with different content... but when you are acecepted in stocksy, at the end, you need take Lifestyle photos for earn money because is stock.

Absolutely agree, but this overall can work fine for every particular photographer or every distribution agency not for Stocksy as it must be comprehensive and diverse in order to attract more final clients.

« Reply #96 on: November 11, 2015, 05:58 »
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Hi all, do you think I still could apply if my works have never been published (I only have my microstock portfolios online)? Or I shouldn't even bother?

« Reply #97 on: November 25, 2015, 18:10 »
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Good to hear that you guys are selling images on Stocksy, by the look of it though you are only selling each image once. Yes you get a couple of hundred dollars, but unless that images sells many more times how will it cover your ROI, if you shot a model and had to hire equipment or a studio. Does not really matter that you got a couple of hundred dollars for a one off sale infact if you look at it like that it is a bit of a rip off.
I should think thet stocksy makes you exclusive and certainly the client will want exclusivity.

« Reply #98 on: November 25, 2015, 19:13 »
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Good to hear that you guys are selling images on Stocksy, by the look of it though you are only selling each image once. Yes you get a couple of hundred dollars, but unless that images sells many more times how will it cover your ROI, if you shot a model and had to hire equipment or a studio. Does not really matter that you got a couple of hundred dollars for a one off sale infact if you look at it like that it is a bit of a rip off.
I should think thet stocksy makes you exclusive and certainly the client will want exclusivity.

Why would you think we only sell a file once? Personally, I have many sales on numerous popular files, and I am sure this is the norm not the exception.

« Reply #99 on: November 25, 2015, 19:51 »
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The files sell multiple times, like any other RF file ( unless a market freeze EL is bought).


 

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