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Cogent Marketing

« on: August 15, 2011, 13:32 »
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It appears Depositphotos.com are on the look out for some new photographers with large portfolios. This was an emailed link I received from them earlier today, although I already have a small portfolio on their site.


Link below to their site.

http://depositphotos.com/for-photographers.html


« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 15:04 »
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I received that email as well, and was pretty pi$$ed off to see that they plan to give "higher positions in search results" to large contributors! Anyone else?

« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011, 15:12 »
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Me too. It must be a real crisis when I'm considered to be high volume photographer.

helix7

« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2011, 15:17 »
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Don't forget preferential review time, as well. VIP status gets you faster image inspections.

Pretty ballsy for a new company to be trying to push down people they see as part-timers or hobbyists. Especially when there are so many great pros in this business with what DP would probably consider small portfolios.

« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011, 18:09 »
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Anyone have any idea how large your portfolio needs to be in order to be one of the "VIP" contributors?

« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011, 18:10 »
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I think that it is more about quality than size.

« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 18:23 »
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Don't forget preferential review time, as well. VIP status gets you faster image inspections.

Pretty ballsy for a new company to be trying to push down people they see as part-timers or hobbyists. Especially when there are so many great pros in this business with what DP would probably consider small portfolios.

Interesting that they promised the same thing in terms of placement to many of "us small people" 4-6 months ago. It is nothing more than lip service in my opinion.  They are making promises that have a foundation of sand.

helix7

« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 19:18 »
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Interesting that they promised the same thing in terms of placement to many of "us small people" 4-6 months ago. It is nothing more than lip service in my opinion.  They are making promises that have a foundation of sand.

They're a shady company. Been so since the beginning. It's no surprise that they would be making promises they can't keep, or perhaps never had any intention of keeping.

« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2011, 02:12 »
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Their email didn't make me happy at all. I am their contributor and they have many of my images. They have sent me this email probably to let me know that others will get some money for uploading, but not me and the contributors that will join DP later than me will get higher positions in search results. If I understand it well - these advantages cannot be applied to current contributors - or did I miss something?
In fact I feel like deleting my content more than uploading the rest of my images.

eggshell

« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2011, 03:34 »
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"...All photographers with large and high-quality portfolios automatically get VIP author status at Depositphotos, including top priority with image inspectors and higher positions in the site search results. .."

That's a pretty bad PR move - it looks more like an all-in bluff than else . I'll refrain from further uploading for now
« Last Edit: August 16, 2011, 03:36 by eggshell »

« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2011, 04:26 »
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They're a shady company. Been so since the beginning. It's no surprise that they would be making promises they can't keep, or perhaps never had any intention of keeping.

What promises don't they keep?

I am new in this bussines and have portfolio only on depositphotos (shutter did not accept my images :( ). And I saw that somebody was saying about low cost subscription commisions. How mush shutter pay for download by subscription?

Cogent Marketing

« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2011, 07:13 »
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They're a shady company. Been so since the beginning. It's no surprise that they would be making promises they can't keep, or perhaps never had any intention of keeping.

What promises don't they keep?

I am new in this business and have portfolio only on depositphotos (shutter did not accept my images :( ). And I saw that somebody was saying about low cost subscription commissions. How mush shutter pay for download by subscription?
0.25 cents per subscription download. -which is rubbish.

This month-to-date I have 24 subscription downloads ($6.56) this includes x1 one on-demand download at the slightly higher rate of $0.81.

Last month 37 downloads for a total $9.25. Wow I can just about buy a couple of beers!

donding

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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2011, 09:02 »
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They're a shady company. Been so since the beginning. It's no surprise that they would be making promises they can't keep, or perhaps never had any intention of keeping.

What promises don't they keep?

I am new in this bussines and have portfolio only on depositphotos (shutter did not accept my images :( ). And I saw that somebody was saying about low cost subscription commisions. How mush shutter pay for download by subscription?

It depends on what your sales totals are, the more sales volume the higher your tier which in turn you make more than .25 and their on demand downloads are greater also. Deposit photos is kinda like that...the more $ worth of sales the higher tier you become which means more per download, but the difference at the time is the sales volume. Maybe someday Depositphotos sales volume will be as good as Shutterstock, but as of now it is not....for me anyway. I have more photos on Depositphotos than I do on Shutterstock but my sales volume is much higher on Shutterstock. That is the big difference. It's the sales volume is what makes the difference.

lagereek

« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2011, 09:52 »
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Just joined them!  Istock-Diamond- status, Getty-RM contributor and big! portfolio, whatever this is worth?  I certainly havent received any prefferential treatment. So if they are trying to recruit ?  theyre going the wrong way about it.

Anyhow, like their site, nothing wrong.

donding

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2011, 12:52 »
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Well if my sales suddenly drop dead I'll know why...all the big boys are getting on the band wagon....lol ;)

Cogent Marketing

« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2011, 13:05 »
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Shutterstock Payment Tables
Here it shows the full description and breakdown of payments for all types of image purchases.

Still hard to fathom that even with an excess of $10,000 lifetime earnings that on a 25-a day subscription you would still only earn $0.38 cents per download - only $0.13 cents more than someone with less that $500 lifetime earnings.

Here's the link:

http://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings_schedule.mhtml
« Last Edit: August 16, 2011, 13:08 by Cogent Marketing »

lagereek

« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2011, 13:34 »
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Shutterstock Payment Tables
Here it shows the full description and breakdown of payments for all types of image purchases.

Still hard to fathom that even with an excess of $10,000 lifetime earnings that on a 25-a day subscription you would still only earn $0.38 cents per download - only $0.13 cents more than someone with less that $500 lifetime earnings.

Here's the link:

http://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings_schedule.mhtml


Sorry cogent!  I dont understand your post at all. Im Swedish,  thick,  you know ;D

donding

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« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2011, 13:35 »
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Shutterstock Payment Tables
Here it shows the full description and breakdown of payments for all types of image purchases.

Still hard to fathom that even with an excess of $10,000 lifetime earnings that on a 25-a day subscription you would still only earn $0.38 cents per download - only $0.13 cents more than someone with less that $500 lifetime earnings.

Here's the link:

http://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings_schedule.mhtml


I have a total of 319 images on Shutterstock. I haven't uploaded to them but maybe a few in over a year. I make pay out every two sometimes three months with my port just sitting there. I average about $30.00 a month, sometimes more. That's more than I make at any of the other stock sites. There are some on here that make payout on a monthly basis and many make more on there than they do on iStock with the large portfolio's.

My attention has since turned to more marketable avenues where I make a lot more money. Microstock doesn't really interest me any more and I'll just let my ports sit there and earn what they will. I'll probably upload some every now and then but they are no longer my top priority.

KB

« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2011, 13:45 »
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Shutterstock Payment Tables
Still hard to fathom that even with an excess of $10,000 lifetime earnings that on a 25-a day subscription you would still only earn $0.38 cents per download - only $0.13 cents more than someone with less that $500 lifetime earnings


"Only" 52% more? That sounds like a pretty decent amount to me.

lagereek

« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2011, 13:48 »
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Well if my sales suddenly drop dead I'll know why...all the big boys are getting on the band wagon....lol ;)

No, No,  the big boys arent getting anything. I can assure you ;)

Cogent Marketing

« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2011, 14:21 »
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Shutterstock Payment Tables
Still hard to fathom that even with an excess of $10,000 lifetime earnings that on a 25-a day subscription you would still only earn $0.38 cents per download - only $0.13 cents more than someone with less that $500 lifetime earnings


"Only" 52% more? That sounds like a pretty decent amount to me.
OK I take your point the percentage increase looks like a lot but when your talking incremental increases in cents not dollars.......it does not add up to much

« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2011, 15:03 »
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OK I take your point the percentage increase looks like a lot but when your talking incremental increases in cents not dollars.......it does not add up to much

That's the nature of Shutterstock's subscription plans.  Small revenue for each sale, but a lot of sales.  And buyers on subscription download a lot more than individual image buyers.  I've seen a lot of downloads of related images, which either means the buyer figured he or she would decide which one to use later, or they just liked something about the series and used their unused download quota to get them.  Either way I win.  And between subscription downloads and individual sales, I make a lot more on Shutterstock than on any other agency.

« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2011, 20:06 »
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I'm beginning to think these people aren't sure what they are doing. I got this rejection yesterday for "The photograph infringes or seems to infringe a copyright or trademark.
We do not accept images of objects protected by copyright or trademark, such as logos or other objects that are the intellectual property of third parties."

 Please tell me, is God mad because I took a picture of his/her lightning?

« Last Edit: August 16, 2011, 20:42 by jcpjr »

« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2011, 12:09 »
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Well, disregard the above....it appears they must be reading here because they changed the rejection to approved...had to be an error on the reviewers side....anyway, thanks DP....jp

« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2011, 13:53 »
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Wonder if the rejection is related to the recent fuss - I forget where - over using filters and 3rd party software to "edit" images. I'm not saying that you did but there are a ton of tutorials and plugins that make lighting in PS.

Milinz

« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2011, 11:38 »
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Interesting that they promised the same thing in terms of placement to many of "us small people" 4-6 months ago. It is nothing more than lip service in my opinion.  They are making promises that have a foundation of sand.

They're a shady company. Been so since the beginning. It's no surprise that they would be making promises they can't keep, or perhaps never had any intention of keeping.

Notice when somebody writes some bad comment here a new user shows up to defend them. Notice they are ranked at growing on the site survey bit that doesn't match the forum post. New members ad new votes DP has always green arrow. Makes them look like good place to sell. This is the way they work and I don't trust them at all. Now making offer that speaks from both sides of their mouth. Promises better deal for new uploads. but forgets the people who helped them start up. I won't join some place I can't trust.

« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2011, 13:19 »
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Am I am the only one here that has increase sales every month at DP? I group on facebook I see that other have increased sales too. Therefore the green up arrow on the right site here does not surprises me. I would even go so far to say that soon they may hold their place in the Top
Tier - Big 4.

I think every agency has their way to VIP some contributors in on way or the other in their search engine. They are only not so upfront about it. And their strategies is changing from time to time too.

This promotion system was there at DP right from the beginning. The only different was that in the first 3-4 month everyone qualified and then they change it to an VIP status. They just don't talk about it all the time.

And as long as I have an increase in sales every month, I don't care if there are some contributors have a VIP status and get paid for their first 500 accepted images.

« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2011, 13:43 »
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I've had 14 sales there in almost 2 years. They are no where near my top 4. I'm also not thrilled with this new VIP program. I came in just after they stopped paying for images. If I had known they had stopped I probably wouldn't have joined at all. I stopped uploading there and have been considering closing my account. Just haven't gotten around to it.

« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2011, 13:58 »
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Is you portfolio size equal compared to Shutterstock or Dreamstime?

« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2011, 09:09 »
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I uploaded the same images in the beginning. A combination of Deposit rejecting my best sellers at SS and DT and my stopping uploading due to lack of sales has left Deposit with around 100 images less than SS and DT.

« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2011, 13:32 »
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Don't know if it makes a difference with DepositPhotos or not, but I try to upload a minimum of 5 images per week. Maybe that makes me more visible? Just as it used to be with Shutterstock, that you had more sales if you upload on a regular bases.


 

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