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« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2019, 12:13 »
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the content are good but really in 2019 with all the template and word press the graphic is very basic. don't know if it's just an hobby or you wanna make some money with blog, but really will be so easier to make it more interesting and easier to navigate with a smile wordpress template.

This thread seems to be going in an awful lot of side directions, but this story of evolution of how I got into stock might somehow (in some tiny way...) relate, so here goes:

In 2010, I was traveling in Cambodia, and writing an email to friends about what we were seeing and doing. Every day, I would get emails from others saying that my prior email had been forwarded to them, and asking to be added to future travel emails, and oh-by-the-way, would I send the prior ones so they could catch up?

After a month of this, I decided it was too much, so I slapped up a quick blog page, and dumped my earlier emails into it (we were in Vietnam at the time, so it was a pretty slap-dash job). That allowed me to just point people to the url each time.  Solved the problem for that trip.  When I got home, I spent a bit more effort and cleaned up the web site a bit.  I have since updated the site twice more, the most recent being last year.

However, it has zero monetary element to it.  I write it for two reasons:

1) My wife and I are both 69.  We have visited 82 countries so far, including 20 in the last 6 years, since retiring.  It starts to blur together.  With the blog, I can go back (and do every year or less) to reread what we did where, and remind myself what the heck we have seen and done.  Believe me, it gets harder to remember as you get older, and as the volume increases.

2) For friends and family. Initially just our immediate family.  As word has spread, we now have a mailing list of just under 500 people who have asked to get a monthly email summarizing the prior month's posts.  Google Analytics tells me there are about 2000 people (plus spiders? not sure if they are counted in GA or not...) following our posts.

Frankly, it is a kick when people see the photos and read our commentary, and say they like them.  But that is just a bit of an ego boost. No money involved, and none wanted. We are retired and just don't need any more money, so I don't want to do anything that requires chasing dollars.

This thread is presumably about selling stock videos vs photos.  Yes, I do submit to both.  Yes, I do make a small amount of money from both (a couple thousand $ per year from each). Basically a small enough amount of money that it is just a nuisance to gather the docs each year to give to my accountant (which I had to do yet again just last week, since we file in October).


« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2019, 17:04 »
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the content are good but really in 2019 with all the template and word press the graphic is very basic. don't know if it's just an hobby or you wanna make some money with blog, but really will be so easier to make it more interesting and easier to navigate with a smile wordpress template.

This thread seems to be going in an awful lot of side directions, but this story of evolution of how I got into stock might somehow (in some tiny way...) relate, so here goes:

In 2010, I was traveling in Cambodia, and writing an email to friends about what we were seeing and doing. Every day, I would get emails from others saying that my prior email had been forwarded to them, and asking to be added to future travel emails, and oh-by-the-way, would I send the prior ones so they could catch up?

After a month of this, I decided it was too much, so I slapped up a quick blog page, and dumped my earlier emails into it (we were in Vietnam at the time, so it was a pretty slap-dash job). That allowed me to just point people to the url each time.  Solved the problem for that trip.  When I got home, I spent a bit more effort and cleaned up the web site a bit.  I have since updated the site twice more, the most recent being last year.

However, it has zero monetary element to it.  I write it for two reasons:

1) My wife and I are both 69.  We have visited 82 countries so far, including 20 in the last 6 years, since retiring.  It starts to blur together.  With the blog, I can go back (and do every year or less) to reread what we did where, and remind myself what the heck we have seen and done.  Believe me, it gets harder to remember as you get older, and as the volume increases.

2) For friends and family. Initially just our immediate family.  As word has spread, we now have a mailing list of just under 500 people who have asked to get a monthly email summarizing the prior month's posts.  Google Analytics tells me there are about 2000 people (plus spiders? not sure if they are counted in GA or not...) following our posts.

Frankly, it is a kick when people see the photos and read our commentary, and say they like them.  But that is just a bit of an ego boost. No money involved, and none wanted. We are retired and just don't need any more money, so I don't want to do anything that requires chasing dollars.

This thread is presumably about selling stock videos vs photos.  Yes, I do submit to both.  Yes, I do make a small amount of money from both (a couple thousand $ per year from each). Basically a small enough amount of money that it is just a nuisance to gather the docs each year to give to my accountant (which I had to do yet again just last week, since we file in October).

thanks for the insight.
anywyay i suggesst you use a more modern and fascinating template., it will help organize and show your memory better.

« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2019, 17:44 »
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anywyay i suggesst you use a more modern and fascinating template., it will help organize and show your memory better.

Well, I suppose I'd welcome a specific suggestion.  However, it needs to be one that integrates well with Lightroom for the galleries (which right now are only slightly more than drag-n-drop to the Publish section of LR)...

« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2019, 12:39 »
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What camera do you use for video creation?

« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2019, 16:39 »
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I do photos and video and can say that photos bring in much more than video does. I guess the lower prices of photos make it much easier for buyers to make that decision whereas an $80 clip is harder to justify.

« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2019, 20:46 »
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What camera do you use for video creation?

My trusty ol' Canon 7D DSLRs.

« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2019, 23:17 »
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I do photos and video and can say that photos bring in much more than video does. I guess the lower prices of photos make it much easier for buyers to make that decision whereas an $80 clip is harder to justify.

I suspect it's also that photos simply continue to be more needed and used than videos.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2019, 23:21 by marthamarks »

« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2019, 18:04 »
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What software do you use to process your videos? Any suggestions for a beginner on a MAC? 
What length videos sell best. A range would be helpful to know.
Thanks

« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2019, 20:06 »
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What software do you use to process your videos? Any suggestions for a beginner on a MAC? 
What length videos sell best. A range would be helpful to know.
Thanks

I'm a Mac user. Started shooting videos two years ago this month. My choice for video-editing software was Apple's Final Cut Pro, and I've been happy with it.

There's a steep learning curve, but I expected that. I've currently got 350+ clips on Pond5 and Adobe (which you can see on the links below).

Stock sites want videos between 5 and 60 seconds.

Good luck!
« Last Edit: June 10, 2019, 21:08 by marthamarks »

« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2019, 08:59 »
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Hi Marthamarks, do you believe that iMovie is an ok starting point for a newbie? All I do is trim any movies down to 10 seconds, lose the audio and maybe a slight colour balance check, then export in 1080p.. What would Final Cut or Premiere offer that iMovie can't for very simple edits

« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2019, 09:14 »
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Hi Marthamarks, do you believe that iMovie is an ok starting point for a newbie? All I do is trim any movies down to 10 seconds, lose the audio and maybe a slight colour balance check, then export in 1080p.. What would Final Cut or Premiere offer that iMovie can't for very simple edits

Wish I could answer your question but I can't because I've never used iMovie. Sorry.

I will say that one thing I like about Apple's FCP is that it's a one-time payment, not an ongoing lease arrangement like Adobe's PP. Over time, that adds up.

« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2019, 09:30 »
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Hi Marthamarks, do you believe that iMovie is an ok starting point for a newbie? All I do is trim any movies down to 10 seconds, lose the audio and maybe a slight colour balance check, then export in 1080p.. What would Final Cut or Premiere offer that iMovie can't for very simple edits

Instead of that why don't you just use DaVinci Resolve. If you are only exporting 1080p then the software is absolutely free. Work on simple edits etc. for now while you learn the ins and outs of full blown editing and colour grading software and move up to the studio version later if you decide you need  4K capability. Lots of tutorials online and once you get a grasp of the basics it's pretty intuitive. Very similar to PP actually.

« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2019, 09:39 »
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Hi Marthamarks, do you believe that iMovie is an ok starting point for a newbie? All I do is trim any movies down to 10 seconds, lose the audio and maybe a slight colour balance check, then export in 1080p.. What would Final Cut or Premiere offer that iMovie can't for very simple edits

Instead of that why don't you just use DaVinci Resolve.

Because FCPX is much faster and she already has it. ;)

« Reply #38 on: June 11, 2019, 09:49 »
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Hi Marthamarks, do you believe that iMovie is an ok starting point for a newbie? All I do is trim any movies down to 10 seconds, lose the audio and maybe a slight colour balance check, then export in 1080p.. What would Final Cut or Premiere offer that iMovie can't for very simple edits

imovie is like a simplified version of FCP.  It's a good low cost place to start.  Not sure about the export settings though.  Used to lack 4k and prores 422... but it probably got updated. 



« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2019, 09:52 »
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Hi Marthamarks, do you believe that iMovie is an ok starting point for a newbie? All I do is trim any movies down to 10 seconds, lose the audio and maybe a slight colour balance check, then export in 1080p.. What would Final Cut or Premiere offer that iMovie can't for very simple edits

Instead of that why don't you just use DaVinci Resolve.

Because FCPX is much faster and she already has it. ;)

I think David K's question was intended for the OP, not for me.

But for me, your answer is 100% accurate! :)

« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2019, 10:28 »
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I think David K's question was intended for the OP, not for me.

But for me, your answer is 100% accurate! :)

Ah, you're right, of course! :)

Haha, anyway, if going for a paid solution, I would recommed FCP X for any Mac user. Download the free (fully functional) trial why don't you? The color correction tools are now really good (wasn't that way until recently). And did I mention it's fast?

DaVinci is of course very good, but also slow compared to FCP X, and while you can do "After Effects stuff" in there, that learning curve is a steep one... Very steep.

For simple edits and color grading, FCP X will do the trick.

« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2019, 14:10 »
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Wow, you have a very interesting story. So is your mirror on the moon something that disproves people claiming the moon landing was a hoax?

I don't want this thread to get too sidetracked, but... that is a question that comes up surprisingly often.

1) Do you really believe that a project with thousands of people over a decade of time could be faked?

2) Did you watch MythBusters "back when it was still good"? (jab at current wanna-be crew...).  In 2008, they did an episode specifically debunking such nonsense.  One of the ways they did that was to go to a telescope and actually saw the mirror I designed that was put on the moon in 1969.  They then bounced a laser off that mirror (which is what it was designed for), and saw (on an oscilloscope) the returning photons.

That entire episode can be seen here -- https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2m7k1z

I love that we're referencing MythBusters here and totally agree that the new crew is ehhh.


 

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