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« Reply #50 on: March 25, 2013, 15:53 »
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The total amount of content might be a bit light for a full on site launch though. They have just under 120 contributors and perhaps about 50,000 images online or less. That probably does not offer enough subject coverage yet to make it a worthwhile stop for designers yet. They will have to grow that a bit more first I think.

I Agree, and only 2,200 people images... a bit tiny for a launch.

I think its funny when people say you need x amount of images considering on istock if you think back to positioning on best match in a search subject.   First page top left first slot of best match gets more dl than the second photo, second gets more than 3rd.  First row photo gets more than second row.  second row gets more than 3rd row.  1st page gets more than 2nd page.  1st image on 1st row on popular best match search word could 50 dls a day.   4th page photo could get a couple of dls if it was moving up.   

  Knowing this the drop off of interest on past the first page is like of a cliff, how many images are needed on a search word? People stay in the shallow end when looking for images on a search word. 


« Reply #51 on: March 25, 2013, 15:56 »
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I dropped istock exclusivity a short while ago but haven't got around to uploading elsewhere yet except for an initial submission to Alamy (which was accepted). Yesterday I found a link on Stocksy to send an email if interested in contributing, but doesn't seem to be there today, just one link to create an account. I doubt that my style would suit Stocksy but as its image exclusivity if they want anything I guess I should offer it there first. Anyone know how to go about it now?

If you create an account, then click on the 'support' link at the top of the page.  Then scroll down to the very bottom and you'll find a 'Call to Artist's' link on the bottom bar.

Good luck!

« Reply #52 on: March 25, 2013, 16:02 »
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I think the size of the collection is quite reasonable comparable to many curated collections on other stock agencies. They all have editors to bring together a certain style and who go over the millions of file to find the best ones for whatever new gallery they are putting together. Think of the flickr collection, vetta when it started out...etc...

As long as it is strongly focussed a designer will know what to expect when he or she comes to stocksy.

Poncke

« Reply #53 on: March 25, 2013, 16:07 »
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I dropped istock exclusivity a short while ago but haven't got around to uploading elsewhere yet except for an initial submission to Alamy (which was accepted). Yesterday I found a link on Stocksy to send an email if interested in contributing, but doesn't seem to be there today, just one link to create an account. I doubt that my style would suit Stocksy but as its image exclusivity if they want anything I guess I should offer it there first. Anyone know how to go about it now?

If you create an account, then click on the 'support' link at the top of the page.  Then scroll down to the very bottom and you'll find a 'Call to Artist's' link on the bottom bar.

Good luck!
Y0u dont have to sign up. Just click on an image and the call to artist is at the bottom

Poncke

« Reply #54 on: March 25, 2013, 16:07 »
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Lomography comes to mind

« Reply #55 on: March 25, 2013, 16:16 »
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"The emperors new clothes" comes to mind.

« Reply #56 on: March 25, 2013, 16:28 »
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http://www.stocksy.com/blog/30

For some reason that link goes back to the homepage for me.


Non-contributors do not have access to the same things contributors do.

Yes, it is image/series exclusive.  If images are on other sites still, they are probably in the process of being removed.  This is not some hard case police state.  We're all working together for success.

« Reply #57 on: March 25, 2013, 16:31 »
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  This is not some hard case police state.  We're all working together for success.
How refreshing to read that :D

« Reply #58 on: March 25, 2013, 16:33 »
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I do love the simplicity of the pricing.  I suspect buyers will too. 

« Reply #59 on: March 25, 2013, 16:34 »
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Looks like Stocksy and Shutterstock's Offset are going after the same target market. I bet Offset's launch will be a lot slicker, with a lot more choices, including illustrations. We'll find out March 27th. Lots of talent on both sites.

« Reply #60 on: March 25, 2013, 16:37 »
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I think the size of the collection is quite reasonable comparable to many curated collections on other stock agencies. They all have editors to bring together a certain style and who go over the millions of file to find the best ones for whatever new gallery they are putting together. Think of the flickr collection, vetta when it started out...etc...

As long as it is strongly focussed a designer will know what to expect when he or she comes to stocksy.

I suppose it could draw some buyers who like the flickr look and enjoy browsing photos. But if you want anything specific like a picture of a family having dinner, you'll see Sean's 18 photos and... well that's all.

They have updated the format and got the css file referenced correctly now though so the photo detail page looks real good.


gillian

  • *Gillian*

« Reply #61 on: March 25, 2013, 16:39 »
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I would not know what and how to shoot to make pictures like that.

I would :) cos I shoot editorial for a magazine and that's how they like it, and up til now I've had less success getting that work across as stock with the usuals. oh, now I'm dying to be accepted!

there's clearly no camera list, as the first image I clicked on was taken with a D90.

« Reply #62 on: March 25, 2013, 16:59 »
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Love the photography up at Stocksy! Having said that, it's not imagery that I think will sell at a high volume. Which, of course, is fine but if that's the case the prices are kinda low.  Speaking of pricing, it seems to be at a mid-stock level.  What agency that has entered the market with mid-stock pricing has ever succeeded?  There may be one but I can't think of it.

It'll be interesting to see where Stocksy goes from here.  I wish them the best!


Edited to add:  Forget what I said about mid-stock pricing.  I hadn't yet seen the extended pricing options.  Definitely not mid-stock.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2013, 20:49 by stockmn »

gillian

  • *Gillian*

« Reply #63 on: March 25, 2013, 17:05 »
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there's still plenty of "proper"images there, ie nicely exposed, crisp with true to life colouring. Like Sean's work. it's not all gloomy and blue temp lomo'd cupcakes  (not that there's anything wrong with that!) :)

« Reply #64 on: March 25, 2013, 17:24 »
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there's clearly no camera list, as the first image I clicked on was taken with a D90.

I found several taken with an Iphone. Which is fine. If you can take those pictures with a phone, there's nothing wrong with it...

« Reply #65 on: March 25, 2013, 17:42 »
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Looks like it's not image exclusive, as was speculated earlier. At least as far as I can tell. Some of Simon's stuff is the same stuff I've seen elsewhere, including the famous twitter bird.


It is image exclusive.  If someone has the same image elsewhere I'm guessing it is in the process of being removed (if it isn't gone already)

RacePhoto

« Reply #66 on: March 25, 2013, 18:01 »
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I do like the approach though with the real names and faces of the contributors and a page so you can see all the contributors at a glance. It gives it that home grown, organic feel, it says who the real people are behind it all, gives it an honest and approachable feel, and I think that will appeal to designers.


Yes it's professional not like some of the standard Microstock identity crisis, anonymous BS. It's also good for branding and the artist as some people have risen to the top of the market. Real People and honest.

Some people have said page "looks like" and in this case, here's one that's very similar in the way it extends the pages down as the viewer moves down. http://foap.com/market

Nice clean look, nice photos, hope they find the buyers and take off. Did someone write about co-op for a few years? Here it is...  :)

Go getem' Stocksy!

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #67 on: March 25, 2013, 18:22 »
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Looks like it's not image exclusive, as was speculated earlier. At least as far as I can tell. Some of Simon's stuff is the same stuff I've seen elsewhere, including the famous twitter bird.


It is image exclusive.  If someone has the same image elsewhere I'm guessing it is in the process of being removed (if it isn't gone already)

Tyler, you and Sean beat me to it.

it has taken time for contributors to get our images online at Stocksy and removed elsewhere, but image exclusivity is the goal/required.

« Reply #68 on: March 25, 2013, 18:22 »
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Frankly, unless I am part of it I couldn't care less how they do. Cheering for the sucess of an exclusive agency that you are not part of is just dumb. And that's being realistic, it's not sour grapes.

« Reply #69 on: March 25, 2013, 18:33 »
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Frankly, unless I am part of it I couldn't care less how they do. Cheering for the sucess of an exclusive agency that you are not part of is just dumb. And that's being realistic, it's not sour grapes.

That's understandable. I guess I see things as a bit different. If models like this are successful, then it creates the potential for similar models to pop up. Or for this model to expand to include me or you. The big four are already competing against my best interests (whether I contribute to them or not), so I'd rather see my competition putting out a site that offers great royalty rates and prices.

« Reply #70 on: March 25, 2013, 19:07 »
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« Last Edit: March 25, 2013, 19:58 by Travelling-light »

« Reply #71 on: March 25, 2013, 19:13 »
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Frankly, unless I am part of it I couldn't care less how they do. Cheering for the sucess of an exclusive agency that you are not part of is just dumb. And that's being realistic, it's not sour grapes.
It's only image exclusive, not full exclusivity so why aren't you going to be part of it?  I'm going to try to get in, they didn't reply when I sent a link to some of my portfolio but I've not had a rejection, so I'll do some new stuff over the next few weeks and see if that will be OK for them.  I don't know if Stocksy will be big in a years time but it has to be worth getting in to.



EmberMike

« Reply #74 on: March 25, 2013, 20:15 »
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Tyler, you and Sean beat me to it.

it has taken time for contributors to get our images online at Stocksy and removed elsewhere, but image exclusivity is the goal/required.

Thanks everyone for the info.

Guess it's just a bit of an overlap in transitioning/deleting portfolios elsewhere to move stuff to Stocksy.



 

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