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« on: August 19, 2018, 00:08 »
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My sales in the getty moments collection seem to now all be in the 1-3 dollar range, and because of the small exclusive portfolio it seems to be a very very low earner 10-15$ a month.

Am i doing something wrong or has getty dropped its rates (portfolio https://www.gettyimages.in/search/photographer?family=creative&photographer=amlan%20mathur#license)

What next, what other macro stock sites should i be looking at now, westend61 seems to be more of lifestyle pics for europe, I've been active on Alamy, what else.


« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 02:31 »
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My sales in the getty moments collection seem to now all be in the 1-3 dollar range, and because of the small exclusive portfolio it seems to be a very very low earner 10-15$ a month.

Am i doing something wrong or has getty dropped its rates (portfolio https://www.gettyimages.in/search/photographer?family=creative&photographer=amlan%20mathur#license)

What next, what other macro stock sites should i be looking at now, westend61 seems to be more of lifestyle pics for europe, I've been active on Alamy, what else.

I quit Getty macro and it'll probably cost me money in the short and long term. I've redistributed some of the photos on micro sites and the editorial majority to Alamy. I did this because despite the odd very decent sale, Getty sales had over the last couple of years, diminished to micro sales, but they had still retained strict exclusivity. Losing total control of your photos to an exclusive contract with Getty is inhibiting and I'd rather take a financial hit to gain control back over my images. As for Istock, any employer of Getty should be ashamed of the royalty % they pay contributors. There's very little in the way of ethics there. I'll miss the big sales but not the company ethos
« Last Edit: August 19, 2018, 02:33 by pkphotos »

« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 08:26 »
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That's been my biggest challenege, total exclusivity and then getting almost microstock rates for most of the sales. I've gotten one or two huge sales as well, but its like finding bigfoot

« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2018, 09:00 »
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That's been my biggest challenege, total exclusivity and then getting almost microstock rates for most of the sales. I've gotten one or two huge sales as well, but its like finding bigfoot

Yeah your portfolio is very small. I had 8000+ photos mostly RM, just a few RF. Revenue peaked around 2015 and then plummeted over the next three years. This happened to all contributors. The only safe ones either had massive portfolios of high quality imagery or very creative portfolios. Sales volume in particular, dried up and then the micro size sales became increasingly prevalent. I was waiting for a recovery or huge month but it never came.

« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 21:27 »
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Aren't there any other macro stock photo sites other than getty? Does it make sense to try for offset, westend or some of the others?

« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2018, 01:21 »
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If you can get in, Westend is a good choice because they have a huge network of macro partners, but of course including gettyimages. So you will be getting a huge mix of sales, including low ones fro:getty, but also very large ones from places you have never heard of.

They are very focussed on what they want, but if you have high quality, talk to them.

Otherwise there is offset, there is a premium macro collection on Adobestock etc...

Cavan images seems to be popular these days, they distribute across the macrostock world. I dont know of they are more successful than westend, but I think if you do macro, then working with a distributor that also explores all the small boutique collections, seems like a good idea.

Then there is stocksy, good if you can get in, but also very specialized in themes and styles.

Or you work with several places individually, arcangel, stockfood etc. 

But I dont know a single agency of plattform that you can send all types of content exclusively and that only give you high end macro returns.

Only on stocksy is the lowest I get around 7 dollars.

Everywhere else seems to be a mix of high volume ultralow prices, including prices lower than on the micros, and the occasional higher sale.

Most of my friends find a mix of macro and micro agencies to work with, some have completly given up macro and resigned themselves to the micros, others have stopped production altogether or just upload to their own portfolio on photoshelter.

The easy days are over, the stock market is getting nearly 2 million files a week and the flood will keep growing.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2018, 09:32 by cobalt »

« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2018, 11:33 »
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If you can get in, Westend is a good choice because they have a huge network of macro partners, but of course including gettyimages. So you will be getting a huge mix of sales, including low ones fro:getty, but also very large ones from places you have never heard of.

They are very focussed on what they want, but if you have high quality, talk to them.

Otherwise there is offset, there is a premium macro collection on Adobestock etc...

Cavan images seems to be popular these days, they distribute across the macrostock world. I dont know of they are more successful than westend, but I think if you do macro, then working with a distributor that also explores all the small boutique collections, seems like a good idea.

Then there is stocksy, good if you can get in, but also very specialized in themes and styles.

Or you work with several places individually, arcangel, stockfood etc. 

But I dont know a single agency of plattform that you can send all types of content exclusively and that only give you high end macro returns.

Only on stocksy is the lowest I get around 7 dollars.

Everywhere else seems to be a mix of high volume ultralow prices, including prices lower than on the micros, and the occasional higher sale.

Most of my friends find a mix of macro and micro agencies to work with, some have completly given up macro and resigned themselves to the micros, others have stopped production altogether or just upload to their own portfolio on photoshelter.

The easy days are over, the stock market is getting nearly 2 million files a week and the flood will keep growing.
Will read about soem of these and try.

« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2019, 18:46 »
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I'm reviving this old thread. I've been forgoing micro stock for the last few years and focusing on Getty because I was earning much higher sales at Getty, and a better RPI. Suddenly, the last three months have been nothing but micro stock level sales. Last month, one image sold for 72 cents and my take was 14 cents, on Getty images, not iStock. I couldn't find much discussed about this on the Getty forums. Just curious if other Getty shooters here have noticed a recent change in sales. I'm used to a fair number of 200 to 500 dollar sales every month, now my biggest is under 20, most around $1.25.

« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2019, 04:19 »
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I'm reviving this old thread. I've been forgoing micro stock for the last few years and focusing on Getty because I was earning much higher sales at Getty, and a better RPI. Suddenly, the last three months have been nothing but micro stock level sales. Last month, one image sold for 72 cents and my take was 14 cents, on Getty images, not iStock. I couldn't find much discussed about this on the Getty forums. Just curious if other Getty shooters here have noticed a recent change in sales. I'm used to a fair number of 200 to 500 dollar sales every month, now my biggest is under 20, most around $1.25.

I don't sell directly to Getty but via Eyeem, and I see the same.
Big sales seems no longer exist, big fall from last year.
Of course they had lowered royalties for subs, but this could be accepted if some high price sales would still be available.

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2019, 09:23 »
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My number of downloads is rising steadily but totals earned is all over the place. July 44cents RPI is very disappointing.

(i was on a 3-year boycott of istock and only started uploading against about 10 months ago)


Clair Voyant

« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2019, 13:12 »
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it's the state of the industry. it's in free fall.


 

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