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« Reply #75 on: June 12, 2014, 18:19 »
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I did some searches over there but I found very few travel images.

I don't think they actually work on Stocksy, am I right?


ShadySue

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« Reply #76 on: June 12, 2014, 18:35 »
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I just tried two random countries and saw lots of travel images.

Problem was that a good number of them weren't taken in the country I searched, especially 'France'. (some I didn't understand why they'd been returned in that search, others had both 'Austria' and 'France' in the keywords, others ...)

BTW, good luck, Martha.

« Reply #77 on: June 12, 2014, 19:10 »
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...Now... to see if I've got anything that would fit into their collection.

That's the only issue I have :)

I love the idea of Stocksy and I'd be willing to do exclusive images, but while I don't think my images are typical stock, they're not the Stocksy look either.

My hope is that as they grow, they might broaden their "looks" to include a few that I might be a fit for.

« Reply #78 on: June 12, 2014, 20:40 »
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BTW, good luck, Martha.

Thanks for that, Sue!

I just started the sign-up process and right away spotted something that may be a roadblock for me. They want to see how active a contributor is on social media. Not really my forte!

Plus, the more I look at their curated collection, the less I think my stuff will appeal to them.

Sounds like two strikes against me. But hey, it may still be worth a try. I'll keep ya'll posted.

« Reply #79 on: June 12, 2014, 20:43 »
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I did some searches over there but I found very few travel images.

I don't think they actually work on Stocksy, am I right?

What kind of 'travel images'?  There are lots of images from people traveling all over the world.  Regular walk around pics of local buildings and usual landmarks probably aren't what they want.

« Reply #80 on: June 13, 2014, 00:01 »
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Thanks for letting us know that we can give it a try now - keeping my fingers crossed for all of us!

« Reply #81 on: June 13, 2014, 03:50 »
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You can have content that was previously on other sites as long as it is deleted. You can still sell POD.

Hi,

what is POD or POD sites?

Thanks,

Kalevi

ethan

« Reply #82 on: June 13, 2014, 03:51 »
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You can have content that was previously on other sites as long as it is deleted. You can still sell POD.

Hi,

what is POD or POD sites?

Thanks,

Kalevi

Print on demand

Or as far as the text generation refer to it "Passed out Drunk"

:)
« Last Edit: June 13, 2014, 03:53 by ethan »

« Reply #83 on: June 13, 2014, 03:54 »
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What kind of 'travel images'?  There are lots of images from people traveling all over the world.  Regular walk around pics of local buildings and usual landmarks probably aren't what they want.

Like better than average landscapes of exotic places... some countries I found 0 results.

Also, the technical standards there are higher than SS?

« Reply #84 on: June 13, 2014, 04:12 »
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Print on demand

Or as far as the text generation refer to it "Passed out Drunk"

:)

LOL!!!

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #85 on: June 13, 2014, 06:23 »
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What kind of 'travel images'?  There are lots of images from people traveling all over the world.  Regular walk around pics of local buildings and usual landmarks probably aren't what they want.

Like better than average landscapes of exotic places... some countries I found 0 results.

Also, the technical standards there are higher than SS?

1. So you may have a niche.
Trouble is that you can't see from the site (until you're 'in') what sort of images sell, so impossible to guage if it's worth your while holding your image sets off other sites.

2. Apparently not, but a different aesthetic.

« Reply #86 on: June 13, 2014, 06:40 »
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I'd say the technical standards allow a much larger room for play than Shutterstock or iStock or other micros.  Stocksy seems more about capturing an aesthetic or feeling than fulfilling an arbitrary set of technical standards.

example: an image can have noise or be a bit blurry if it contributes to the feel of the image.

« Reply #87 on: June 13, 2014, 08:11 »
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Thanks for the answers guys.

I just don't think that a buyer would look into Stocksy if searching for pictures of such countries.
If the images were non exclusive I would definitely give it a try.

« Reply #88 on: June 13, 2014, 08:34 »
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what should be the minimum size of 25 sample images ? and as it is for evaluation purpose so can one send images which are already on any other site ?

jen

« Reply #89 on: June 13, 2014, 09:23 »
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what should be the minimum size of 25 sample images ? and as it is for evaluation purpose so can one send images which are already on any other site ?

I'm not sure about the number of sample images but yes, you can submit images for your application that are already on other sites.

« Reply #90 on: June 13, 2014, 09:36 »
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Thanks Jen

ShadySue

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« Reply #91 on: June 13, 2014, 09:38 »
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Bearing in mind your images aren't supposed to look stock-y.

« Reply #92 on: June 13, 2014, 09:46 »
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Bearing in mind your images aren't supposed to look stock-y.

Just "stocksy"... whatever that is.  :-\


« Reply #94 on: June 13, 2014, 11:19 »
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What about the size requirements? I have plenty of old 4MP images, some might fit over there.

« Reply #95 on: June 13, 2014, 11:34 »
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It's the old story, size doesn't matter! But seriously, there are lots of iPhone photos in the collection, so that will not be one of the main criteria I would assume. More the aesthetic.

« Reply #96 on: June 13, 2014, 12:28 »
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http://www.michaeljayfoto.com/agency-news/stocksy-launches-new-call-to-artist-should-you-apply-as-contributor/


That's a good article. Two things Michael has written especially chime with me:

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Which are the photos that I really loved taking? .... Potentially even that much that you didnt upload them into your microstock portfolios because you knew they would just sit there, ignored in the masses of images in those libraries.


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They were not produced with the I shoot this because it will sell mentality that stock (especially microstock) has put into our minds. Its the I really like this, I have to shoot this.


And I could imagine applying to Stocksy or some other agent within the next few years. But I'm not in a hurry. I'd rather work on producing a coherent body of work which I actually care about first. That matters more to me than money TBH. I've been making small steps recently. It's been great to start again from scratch. Instead of the directionless this-and-that stuff I have done over the past few years. I really kind of lost my way.

I am definitely sitting on better work at the moment. The changes at iStock have made it seem rather pointless uploading content since it never gets seen or used anyhow. It certainly seems increasingly as if microstock in general is going towards being the preserve of factories producing pictures of business teams. As Sue and others have pointed out here previously a huge amount of new work even from very well performing photographers is not being surfaced anymore.

So it's good IMO that Stocksy have made something which isn't a shoe-in. It would be great to hear about other smaller sites doing well too.

« Reply #97 on: June 13, 2014, 15:42 »
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When I submitted my application yesterday, it stated the files must be at least 5.8 MP.. if that helps some.. though wish I would have researched more before submitting.. :/ Excitement got the better of me after waiting for so long for it to open back up!

« Reply #98 on: June 13, 2014, 17:50 »
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« Reply #99 on: June 13, 2014, 20:13 »
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Here's an image on Stocksy that really blows my mind.

http://www.stocksy.com/224056

Can anybody explain the appeal of an image like that?


 

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