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« Reply #50 on: February 20, 2013, 11:21 »
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No plans for video, afaik.  Currently.
Editorial, maybe? *fingers crossed*


« Reply #51 on: February 20, 2013, 12:17 »
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I was actually rejected. Sounds like I am the only one who heard back?  8)


Oh, that's a shame.  How did you hear?  Did they email you?  Do you know if they had viewed any of your photos anywhere? 

They emailed me. I had actually submitted 10 photos to them per their invitation. It was a standard application, like with SS or IS. I gave them several best sellers and a few colorful images which I liked, but they apparently fell flat. That's the way the cookie crumbles.   :P

that sounds a little odd, actually.

are you sure it was Stocksy?  sounds like they are only having beta testers and not evaluating portfolios.

« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2013, 12:44 »
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At least you heard back.  Sorry it was a no.  Your work is great IMO, but maybe they plan to go for a particular niche or market? 

I haven't heard back, but hadn't expected to until they are a bit further along.

You are not alone. It looks like this is animal farm  "co-op"  situation for now where "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others".   The key phrase is "founding photographers".  You can be way above black diamond IS and be told "no thanks"  from what I hear.   Which means the "founding photographers" will be given certain advantages. 


« Reply #53 on: February 20, 2013, 15:34 »
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You are not alone. It looks like this is animal farm  "co-op"  situation for now where "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others".   The key phrase is "founding photographers".  You can be way above black diamond IS and be told "no thanks"  from what I hear.   Which means the "founding photographers" will be given certain advantages.

How can you be "way above black diamond IS"? Last time I checked that was the highest ranking possible.

The "certain advantages" that founding photographers might enjoy would probably include stumping up a lot of their own cash as start-up capital and giving much of their time for free, working behind the scenes.

« Reply #54 on: February 20, 2013, 17:36 »
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Vectors will be accepted?

« Reply #55 on: February 20, 2013, 17:37 »
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How can you be "way above black diamond IS"? Last time I checked that was the highest ranking possible.

There's a fair number of people, I think who've far exceeded the 200K needed for Black Diamond. I'm pretty sure that's what's meant here.

EmberMike

« Reply #56 on: February 20, 2013, 18:13 »
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Vectors will be accepted?

Yes, eventually.

« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2013, 18:35 »
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I thought leaving our email addy on the site at this stage was just to receive a bit more info about them. 

If they invite you do they give you any information at all?  Do they tell you how it will all work?  Do they show you the terms of use and licencing details etc.?

So far it's all exciting and it all sounds great but there will be people like me who don't allow certain licencing terms.  For example, I don't sell on sites that offer a print licence that allows reselling on PODs like CafePress or Zazzle (because I sell there and don't want others competing against me).

Anyone know a bit more detail about them? 

I'm really excited about this site.  Even if they didn't accept me or if I couldn't join for the reason above, I will still be very supportive of them. 

« Reply #58 on: February 20, 2013, 19:19 »
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I think everyone who is accepted get to invite up to 5 other people, this people need to pass inspection/curation before they get accepted.
They are NOT looking for regular stock photos. they are looking for "Vetta" and "Agency" type only, more or less.
Artsy photos also work.

« Reply #59 on: February 20, 2013, 19:28 »
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I don't see me as having a snowball's chance in hell in getting in then. But I wish them the best of luck.

« Reply #60 on: February 20, 2013, 19:36 »
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I think everyone who is accepted get to invite up to 5 other people, this people need to pass inspection/curation before they get accepted.
They are NOT looking for regular stock photos. they are looking for "Vetta" and "Agency" type only, more or less.
Artsy photos also work.

The great thing about that is it will give people who are not exclusive with IS somewhere to put those images. Sounds like a great opportunity :)

« Reply #61 on: February 20, 2013, 20:33 »
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I think everyone who is accepted get to invite up to 5 other people, this people need to pass inspection/curation before they get accepted.
They are NOT looking for regular stock photos. they are looking for "Vetta" and "Agency" type only, more or less.
Artsy photos also work.

If that is the case then Stocksy will be ruling out 95%+ of contributors and/or their portfolios (and most probably same percentage of potential buyers too). It certainly has little or no chance of making a significant contribution to current microstock earnings with that plan. Most of the money spent on stock imagery is via simple images that illustrate their subject well rather than fancy 'photographic masterpieces'. There is a market for such stuff, especially at premium prices __ it's just a relatively small one.

« Reply #62 on: February 20, 2013, 20:52 »
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A couple photos posted on Instagram @stocksyunited of filming something with Bruce today...

« Reply #63 on: February 20, 2013, 20:54 »
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I think everyone who is accepted get to invite up to 5 other people, this people need to pass inspection/curation before they get accepted.
They are NOT looking for regular stock photos. they are looking for "Vetta" and "Agency" type only, more or less.
Artsy photos also work.

If that is the case then Stocksy will be ruling out 95%+ of contributors and/or their portfolios (and most probably same percentage of potential buyers too). It certainly has little or no chance of making a significant contribution to current microstock earnings with that plan. Most of the money spent on stock imagery is via simple images that illustrate their subject well rather than fancy 'photographic masterpieces'. There is a market for such stuff, especially at premium prices __ it's just a relatively small one.

Gostwyck, you are so wrong.

« Reply #64 on: February 20, 2013, 20:58 »
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dbvirago

« Reply #65 on: February 20, 2013, 21:06 »
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If and when they accept me, I will upload images. If they sell some, I will upload more. If they don't accept me, I will not do anything.

« Reply #66 on: February 20, 2013, 21:10 »
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If and when they accept me, I will upload images. If they sell some, I will upload more. If they don't accept me, I will not do anything.

that was deep, have you written it yourself? ;D

EmberMike

« Reply #67 on: February 20, 2013, 21:33 »
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If that is the case then Stocksy will be ruling out 95%+ of contributors and/or their portfolios (and most probably same percentage of potential buyers too). It certainly has little or no chance of making a significant contribution to current microstock earnings with that plan...

There's a site called ClipartOf, which is a highly selective vector graphics and clipart agency. Selective in terms of "portfolios that fill a need/niche" and not necessarily just who's the best. They have a very small number of contributors, and don't take on new ones. I've tried to get in there, many times, without any luck. Although that's probably due in part to a little forum fight Jamie and I got into a while back.

Anyway, from what I hear, artists there do very well. Some people have earnings there that rival their earnings at SS.

Just because something is done in a system that's counter to what we're used to, that's never an indicator that something will fail. In fact, I'm kind of surprised that the method of doing things differently isn't embraced more around here. It's almost like the only thing people will get on board with is something that's exactly like something else they already know. Don't we have enough of that already?

I don't know if Bruce and his team will have an interest in my work, but regardless, I say good for them for doing it their own way. I'd love to be a part of it, but if I'm not a good fit, I get it and I will still watch with great interest to see where they take things in the coming months and years.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2013, 21:36 by EmberMike »

« Reply #68 on: February 20, 2013, 22:58 »
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If that is the case then Stocksy will be ruling out 95%+ of contributors and/or their portfolios (and most probably same percentage of potential buyers too). It certainly has little or no chance of making a significant contribution to current microstock earnings with that plan...

There's a site called ClipartOf, which is a highly selective vector graphics and clipart agency. Selective in terms of "portfolios that fill a need/niche" and not necessarily just who's the best. They have a very small number of contributors, and don't take on new ones. I've tried to get in there, many times, without any luck. Although that's probably due in part to a little forum fight Jamie and I got into a while back.

Anyway, from what I hear, artists there do very well. Some people have earnings there that rival their earnings at SS.

Just because something is done in a system that's counter to what we're used to, that's never an indicator that something will fail. In fact, I'm kind of surprised that the method of doing things differently isn't embraced more around here. It's almost like the only thing people will get on board with is something that's exactly like something else they already know. Don't we have enough of that already?

I don't know if Bruce and his team will have an interest in my work, but regardless, I say good for them for doing it their own way. I'd love to be a part of it, but if I'm not a good fit, I get it and I will still watch with great interest to see where they take things in the coming months and years.

I'm one of those people at Clipartof. It is a great site, and the earnings have been strong. I wish there were more sites out there like it. Not just for me, but for others. It's an interesting concept of keeping the site with a limited number of contributors that fill a particular need on the site.

People talk about being exclusive to agencies, but don't mention that maybe the agencies should be somewhat exclusive to them as well. There are a lot of interesting concepts out there for micro sites, and hopefully more new sites will step outside the box to explore those. With so many contributors, there is probably no one method that is going to work best.

« Reply #69 on: February 20, 2013, 23:10 »
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The key phrase is "founding photographers".  You can be way above black diamond IS and be told "no thanks"  from what I hear.   Which means the "founding photographers" will be given certain advantages.
If I was Bruce I would say 'no thanks' to all contributors, included black diamonds, posted all "exited" "F5" "great news" in iStockapocalypse thread. Is simply disgusting. How these people could participate to this masquerade after what has been done to SjLocke (aka Robin Hood)?

« Reply #70 on: February 21, 2013, 01:34 »
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I think everyone who is accepted get to invite up to 5 other people, this people need to pass inspection/curation before they get accepted.
They are NOT looking for regular stock photos. they are looking for "Vetta" and "Agency" type only, more or less.
Artsy photos also work.

If that is the case then Stocksy will be ruling out 95%+ of contributors and/or their portfolios (and most probably same percentage of potential buyers too). It certainly has little or no chance of making a significant contribution to current microstock earnings with that plan. Most of the money spent on stock imagery is via simple images that illustrate their subject well rather than fancy 'photographic masterpieces'. There is a market for such stuff, especially at premium prices __ it's just a relatively small one.

Gostwyck, you are so wrong.

That's what you told me when you went exclusive __ only to change your mind a couple of years later! Time will tell, as usual.

« Reply #71 on: February 21, 2013, 01:50 »
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How these people could participate to this masquerade after what has been done to SjLocke (aka Robin Hood)?

Because he's no Robin Hood.

I'm 100% with Getty on this story.
You can not blackmail the company who's feeding you.

You signed a contract, if you dont like it move elsewhere or start your own agency.

« Reply #72 on: February 21, 2013, 03:09 »
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I think everyone who is accepted get to invite up to 5 other people, this people need to pass inspection/curation before they get accepted.
They are NOT looking for regular stock photos. they are looking for "Vetta" and "Agency" type only, more or less.
Artsy photos also work.

If that is the case then Stocksy will be ruling out 95%+ of contributors and/or their portfolios (and most probably same percentage of potential buyers too). It certainly has little or no chance of making a significant contribution to current microstock earnings with that plan. Most of the money spent on stock imagery is via simple images that illustrate their subject well rather than fancy 'photographic masterpieces'. There is a market for such stuff, especially at premium prices __ it's just a relatively small one.
I disagree.  Do you think there's any point in having yet another site with images that look the same as all the others?  That's part of the problem with the istock exclusive collection, lots of it is very similar to non-exclusive images on other sites.  I've not used many niche sites but I have seen people reporting that some of them do quite well.  If they have a smaller collection of images, they wont need too many buyers to keep their contributors happy.  That's another big problem with new sites, they get swamped with images and then never attract enough buyers, the sales get spread too thin.

I think a significant number of buyers would like an exclusive Vetta style site, without having to wade through millions of images that they've seen everywhere else.  Of course lots will be happy with what they have already and anyone starting a new site has a big task but I'm pleased to see that this one has a USP.

rubyroo

« Reply #73 on: February 21, 2013, 03:19 »
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I'm just a bit confused as to why they called it 'Stocksy' if they want more artistic stuff.  Why didn't they call it 'Artsy' instead?  :)

But anyway... if the first submissions are rejected, and if there's enough information in the rejections and emerging galleries for us to learn from and create work that's a better 'fit', we can just do that can't we?

If some shooters have no background in arts and/or struggle to find a more artistic eye, then they can work on developing that.  If it's worth it and they want it enough, people can learn and adapt.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2013, 03:45 by rubyroo »

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« Reply #74 on: February 21, 2013, 03:23 »
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How is the invite sent? From other photographers or from the Stocksy only?
I think I'm not qualified for their wish levels, I didn't even get an invite. :0(



 

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