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« on: July 21, 2009, 19:54 »
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of total free time to shoot, process, and upload, how many images do you think you could create?

Some of you probably already have that free time but what if you could take a six month break from your day job?


« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 20:07 »
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It would depend on inspiration and how lazy I am. The lack of inspiration would probably be the one thing that hold me back most (because it's already that at the moment).

If I have those 2 things on my side and could do that full time, 5 days a week, 7 hours per day... I'd say at least 100-150 good stock photos a week so about 3000 photos?

« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 21:02 »
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There was a guy on istock with six months, and I think he got about 100 accepted...

« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 22:42 »
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Realistically, I think I could make about 500 images that would be accepted.

Of course I would have shot about 10,500 frames in those six months.... so maybe my number is a bit conservative  ;D

« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 23:09 »
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5000 saleable images with one being acepted to Crestock ;D ;D

michealo

« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009, 06:15 »
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40 - 50 a week so circa 1000

« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2009, 06:31 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2009, 06:41 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

Congrats for getting an image in the Hot Shots istock news letter  :)


« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009, 06:57 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

Congrats for getting an image in the Hot Shots istock news letter  :)


Thanks Freeze, imagine you and the penguins are regulars there.. ;)

michealo

« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2009, 07:33 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

cracking portfolio!

« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2009, 07:39 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

Congrats for getting an image in the Hot Shots istock news letter  :)


Thanks Freeze, imagine you and the penguins are regulars there.. ;)

No, just one time  :)

« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2009, 07:53 »
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six month and how much cash?

« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2009, 08:18 »
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six month and how much cash?

1000s & 1000s. Although some shoots were organized with friends or non-agency affiliated models and cost almost nothing.. That way is possible, but probably not sustainable in the long run. Buyers will demand higher and higher production values, now and increasingly in the future..

cracking portfolio!

Thanks! I can't find yours..

« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2009, 08:20 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

Your profile says January of 2008.  I don't think you could get 950 online in six months starting from nothing.

Nice collection.

« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2009, 08:23 »
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six month and how much cash?

1000s & 1000s. Although some shoots were organized with friends or non-agency affiliated models and cost almost nothing.. That way is possible, but probably not sustainable in the long run. Buyers will demand higher and higher production values, now and increasingly in the future..

... And yet, you'll probably find you won't be able to sustain yourself selling micro on a high price budget.  Bit of a challenge, eh?

« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2009, 08:44 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

Your profile says January of 2008.  I don't think you could get 950 online in six months starting from nothing.

Nice collection.

Thanks Mr. Locke. And, likewise, obviously. ...and true true. There were about 100-150 online in January 09, also allowing sooner exlusivity and further upload slots. But, otherwise, with some moderate initial sales and maximising upload slots, it is possible.


... And yet, you'll probably find you won't be able to sustain yourself selling micro on a high price budget.  Bit of a challenge, eh?

A challenge? yes, definitely. And, as you would be aware of, its a question of timing in regards to when you enter the market.. you brought something new to microstock when you entered several years ago and that is why you have been and will continue to be successful. I (and several other producers who entered before or after me) would like to be able to bring something to microstock today.. This is essential, becuase while you've already carved out your name, this is becoming an increasingly uphill struggle for anyone entering the market now.

It should be a challenge to sustain oneself, otherwise i'd be worried of not putting enough into it.




« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2009, 08:45 »
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Is it true you worked for Disney, in a former life? My first living memory is of seeing Snow White and the 7 Dwarves at the cinema. Anyways.


« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2009, 08:49 »
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Now, i'm spamming. I should be developing.

But to further clarify my point, I'm borrowing a quote that Jonathan Ross linked to in a previous post.

Youve got to push yourself harder. Youve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. Youve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. William Albert Allard

Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/photography-quotes#ixzz0LzoLGQvv

« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2009, 09:25 »
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Pixedeluxe, I did not mean to be rude, I was asking the OT about how much cash in a hypothetical way.  :).
Anyhow thanks for the fact, actually I'm pondering wether to invest in equipment or models.

« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2009, 17:42 »
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40 - 50 a week so circa 1000
In 2 days of 7 hours shooting you would not be able to make more than 40-50 saleable photos? Yikes. In a well planned half-day shoot, you should be able to produce that. Give it another half-day to a day to process and you are still 1.5 day into the week.

« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2009, 17:51 »
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I guess free time is a relative thing.  I don't have a "day job", so I guess that would be considered "free time", but every time I try and up production life and family stuff gets in the way. 

About 100 a month, give or take, is what I can get online and mostly accepted.  More than that and I end up getting burned out and sloppy. 

« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2009, 18:05 »
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Is it true you worked for Disney, in a former life? My first living memory is of seeing Snow White and the 7 Dwarves at the cinema. Anyways.

Yep.  Look for my name after Lilo and Stitch, Mulan, Brother Bear and some others.  Good times.

graficallyminded

« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2009, 19:46 »
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Be realistic, guys ;)  Not just the shooting - the keywording, the uploading, the pushing.  How many agencies are we talking here?  1-5?  5-10?  10-15?  It's a lot of work, and very tiring.  Also very easy to get distracted while working from home.  I don't have kids, but I do have a wife and two dogs (one is a puppy) so sometimes they're just as bad as having kids.

I used to be able to do way more than I'm pushing out now.  I need some motivation, or something.  I don't know what's wrong with me.  I know.  More coffee, maybe?  I'll try that tomorrow.

michealo

« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2009, 05:03 »
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40 - 50 a week so circa 1000
In 2 days of 7 hours shooting you would not be able to make more than 40-50 saleable photos? Yikes. In a well planned half-day shoot, you should be able to produce that. Give it another half-day to a day to process and you are still 1.5 day into the week.

Well no surprise that you haven't any big sellers ...

« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2009, 12:47 »
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I started uploading in January, with maxing out upload limits @ IS. Today i have 950 approved online, with a total collection produced since jan., of 2500. Anything at all is possible, set your sights high.

January 2008 that is. Right? That is not 6 moths but still; your story is really impressive. CONGRATS  ! The Q of this post was also nice :)
Really good work btw. I'd like to be able to do nothing but stock ;) one day.

Now if I'm thinking abut your exclusivity and if that it's really a good move.
After an estimate regarding your earnings you could do a lot more then that if you would not be exclusive, especially looking at what kind of images you have.
Why did you go that way ? Or am i missing something here about the advantages of being exclusive with IS?


« Last Edit: July 28, 2009, 13:20 by clau »


 

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