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« on: November 22, 2013, 04:01 »
looks like Getty is joining the mobile stock photography (again) with a new contributor app. Anybody else here got the email about their new Moments app?
Can't count them anymore already it's pocketstock, foap, clashshot, scoopshot, the fotolia app, eyeem........., You have a lot of apps to download to join the mobile stock photography market.

« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 04:14 »
Yeah, it is certainly getting hard to keep track of them all.  I think that in a year or so they'll be dropping like flies as fast as they are starting up this year.

another one - TWOP (the world of pictures)


« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 04:18 »
Yes it will be interesting which ones will stay, if any.....

« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 08:54 »
Thought about giving phone stuff a bash but the sales over at IS for mobile images are not that encouraging - 260 pages using the keyword mobilestock, less than 13k images and into single figure downloads by page 2

I'm still intrigued, however and it would be useful to hear stories from anyone pursuing this niche.


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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 19:33 »
I wonder if this is tied to the Yuri/Scoopshot deal.

I think if the obstacles get sorted out that mobile stock is going to be a significant part of the industry in the next few years. The model is still young. But buyers have been asking for more "real" and timely pictures and we now have higher megapixel phones putting out good-enough images. Seems like the timing is right for this.

With Scoopshot the big obstacle seemed to be quality control. There's no review process. Some of the images I saw were interesting but most seemed unusable. How would they weed out completely unusable images? With Moment, using existing experienced contributors with a review process mostly overcomes that problem.

But in order for this to be effective they will need a lot more contributors in order to get worldwide content to fulfill requests quickly. That means they will probably wait to see what gaps they end up with and then start letting in a lot more amateur mobile contributors. We already had this pro vs amateur shakeout with marco and micro. Looks like a potential flood of mobile amateurs could be coming. 

Will be an interesting next few years.


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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2013, 00:49 »
We should be happy that companies like Getty are serious about monetizing mobile images, can't see how is this bad for photographers.

What's bad for us is cr-ap like Google Images, Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest, but no one is moving a finger, even Microsoft is happy with Bing Images despite owning and running Corbis.

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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2013, 11:52 »
Eventually one will grab the market interest. Hopefully that will be by making an attractive opportunity for "citizen journalists" and fruitful for buyers, at the same time.

If you pay artists almost nothing, you get what you pay for. Total crap.

If you have ineffective reviews, you populate the site with unattractive images that will drive potential business away, forever. Buyers don't want to wade through pages and pages of snapshots.

I thought the promo for Scoopshot was somewhat like assignments, where people make a request and the photographers fill that order? (I could be wrong about reading that into it)

I might add for anyone watching, that many of the sites I've looked at, claim to be phone shots and the best photos are from Nikon and Canon DSLRs, not Phone Cameras. Basically the phone is just the way to upload through an App. There are some nice phone cameras and images, but the best quality are many times someone's entire Microstock portfolio, reduced or ported over to the phone and uploaded.


Check out FOAP and see what's there. Kind of a self review where in order to upload, you must review others. Very strange. But look at the metadata on some of the photos and you'll start to see, they are not phone camera shots, in many cases.

Getty Introduces Moment App:

Notifications when new photo requests are available Sounds like Scoopshot? How about Imagebrief?

Yes it will be interesting which ones will stay, if any.....
« Last Edit: November 25, 2013, 12:01 by Uncle Pete »

« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2013, 20:40 »
I was invited and have had a few images accepted already. I've been contributing mobile-generated shots to Getty for a while now though. There's a small number of us who were invited 2 years ago (maybe 150 photographers?) and I think we were the test case for producing this app. I have quite a few mobile images that sell regularly, so I really think that when buyers understand what they're getting, they shop for the look of the photo - not pixel perfection.  It can be a real win-win.

« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2013, 20:44 »
What kind of "mobile image" is it that is selling?  What defines it as a "mobile image" apart from being shot on a phone?  Is it something you couldn't do with an SLR?  Is it released?

« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2013, 21:04 »
What kind of "mobile image" is it that is selling?  What defines it as a "mobile image" apart from being shot on a phone?  Is it something you couldn't do with an SLR?  Is it released?

Its just a "mobile image" by virtue of coming from my iPhone.
The same images could theoretically be produced with an SLR  and then post processed to achieve the same look.  Personally, I prefer to achieve the look in-camera/phone by understanding how my composition/lighting/etc will work with the particular app I'm using. Not just pointing and hoping for the best, but knowing that this app (or setting) will achieve XXXX under "ideal" circumstances - so what will it do if I move  left? OR block some light? OR get down on the ground? OR whatever.

By "is it released" do you mean model released?  If so then yes,  if its a creative image featuring people. My editorial shots are not, because they don't need to be.

« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2013, 23:44 »
Images from Getty Moment contributors have gone live today on the site, for those who might be interested.

« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2013, 01:02 »
I've sold some mobile pix on DT - I have a few that have sold 4-7 times, so they won't make me rich but nice to see them selling. Variety of images but my most don't really have a mobile phone feel to them - only one that's really a snapshot type editorial image was purchased a couple times including one large file for 17 credits so again the quality is good enough I guess - I'm expecting it to start selling again when baseball season starts.

I assumed that when people would be searching for iPhone pix they'd either want a certain aesthetic or they'd want fast editorial pix uploaded on the spot - though I'm selling news pix I took with mine a year later because they also work as general editorial, so if the quality is there I guess the fact that it's taken with a phone camera is really irrelevant. I'm betting there are many "phone aesthetic" pix taken with Nikons and Canons that are selling as well.

I love my iPhone but dread the thought of a million amateurs' files competing with ours so perhaps we should all upload more of them, until the next new thing comes along. If I get something good with my phone, I might as well take advantage of it while I can. 8)

I know it's not Getty but thought I'd share how it's working out elsewhere.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2013, 01:05 by wordplanet »


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