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« on: November 30, 2012, 06:39 »
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Microstock or otherwise, what are your goals for 2013?

Are you going to shoot more or less than 2012?  Invest in something else, invest more in micro, spend time on something completely different?

For me, 2012 was a good year for stock and I'm going to continue investing in it.  I think investing 50% of my stock income back into shooting  / production is a realistic goal to shoot for.  This year was closer to only 40%.  Stock is still my #1 income source by far so I feel it is really worthwhile nurturing and trying to keeping growing it while it still seems like a viable income. 

Another important goal for 2013 which I'd like to aim for is to shoot every week.  If I don't have a stock shoot set up then I'd be forced to simply go out shooting on the street walking around or in nature or something.  I find that my job is more and more at the computer / sedentary and that isn't what I really want, even if it is enjoyable and comfortable.   I like being 'out in the world' a lot and simply want to do that more.

I also have a couple other shooting projects I'd like to pursue - which I haven't yet as they have a reasonably large financial barrier to entry ($15,000 or so)  Not a huge amount but enough that other investments have been coming first all 2012.  Hopefully in early 2013 I can put that investment first and get started.  I don't want to be too secret-like, but I'm not about to give away my idea in case someone beats me to my own idea (not that it is original mind you).  I'll plan to upload images from the project as stock as well as hopefully getting a few private clients.   I'm sure I'll post about the project on here once I get it started.  This will also hopefully serve as a bit of a solution to diversifying my income to be less dependent on stock.


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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 07:51 »
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Good stuff Leaf!

2012 was excellent for me but I need to make some changes.

- Do more shoots and step up production to grow my portfolio by 50% this year
- Spend less time being a perfectionist processing images to cut processing time in half
- Major focus on personal website
- Create higher value unique images
- Pick a specialty and submit more RM
- Add more revenue streams to diversify from stock and get the most revenue I can from existing work
- Finish my studio

My personal website will be a big priority. I really haven't done much with it and it's slowly growing in traffic and sales. So I'm going to redesign it and work heavily on SEO and Social media. Just from doing a few basic things I've doubled my traffic in the past month so there's a huge amount of potential.

« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 07:54 »
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My main goal isn't volume anymore.  It's differentiation.  My opinion in order to survive in this industry is to have uniqueness in your port.  When I say uniqueness I don't mean a different angle of an isolated tomato ;D  I did a bit of completely different shots this year and they already have flames on them at IS.  Sometimes less is more. ;)

« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2012, 08:00 »
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My main goal isn't volume anymore.  It's differentiation.  My opinion in order to survive in this industry is to have uniqueness in your port.  When I say uniqueness I don't mean a different angle of an isolated tomato ;D  I did a bit of completely different shots this year and they already have flames on them at IS.  Sometimes less is more. ;)
Yeah, I think shooting niches can be really successful.  If you have a niche that you are totally dominating then even if the searches get shuffled you'll still be showing in the results.. because as the case may be, your images may be the only images in a given search.

Veneratio

« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2012, 08:16 »
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Probably get a lot of similars in this thread Leaf - reject as you see fit!!!

Increase RM portfolio quite drastically.
Publish books of projects currently working on  - even if self published.
Diversify portfolio in RM and RF.
Learn Illustrator!!!
Replace/update equipment - body, laptop, desktop.

I imagine a lot of people will be looking to expand into/increase their RM portfolio. My gut feel is that RM is making a bit of a comeback and it my prove a good time to take advantacge of it.

« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2012, 08:19 »
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Probably get a lot of similars in this thread Leaf - reject as you see fit!!!

Increase RM portfolio quite drastically.
Publish books of projects currently working on  - even if self published.
Diversify portfolio in RM and RF.
Learn Illustrator!!!
Replace/update equipment - body, laptop, desktop.

I imagine a lot of people will be looking to expand into/increase their RM portfolio. My gut feel is that RM is making a bit of a comeback and it my prove a good time to take advantacge of it.

Yeah, I've always thought I'd submit more content to RM and have come close a few times but every time I have a good shoot I could submit as RM I end up submitting it as microstock because I KNOW what the return is going to be and know that it will be good.  Submitting as RM with low (but high) sales always seems like more of a risk, as backwards as that sounds.

Veneratio

« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 08:49 »
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Probably get a lot of similars in this thread Leaf - reject as you see fit!!!

Increase RM portfolio quite drastically.
Publish books of projects currently working on  - even if self published.
Diversify portfolio in RM and RF.
Learn Illustrator!!!
Replace/update equipment - body, laptop, desktop.

I imagine a lot of people will be looking to expand into/increase their RM portfolio. My gut feel is that RM is making a bit of a comeback and it my prove a good time to take advantacge of it.

Yeah, I've always thought I'd submit more content to RM and have come close a few times but every time I have a good shoot I could submit as RM I end up submitting it as microstock because I KNOW what the return is going to be and know that it will be good.  Submitting as RM with low (but high) sales always seems like more of a risk, as backwards as that sounds.

Depends on length of time prepared to wait for return I guess. RM may take a year or two for $500 sale but in that time RF may generate same amount (be a good seller though!)

« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2012, 08:56 »
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2012 was the year where the income from stock reached around 65% of my total revenue ( including my regular job)....

For 2013 my goals are:

1. finish my studio
2. change the photo gear manufacturer ( switch from Canon to Nikon)
3. Become a full timer
4. Increase my port. on stock agencies and RM sites with at least 60%

« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2012, 09:39 »
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Plenty of commissions already lined up for 2013 but really only suitable for RM and macroRF. So thats where I will put my concentration as I pretty much have done during 2012 anyway.

Quit FT and the middle tier agencies, taking my port with me, I somehow dont believe in spreading them around anymore.

As far as supplying micro?  I will be uploading much more to DT, very, very steady agency, good prices and stay clear of all the petty-cash problems other agencies are suffering.
SS? oly God knows.
IS. at the moment selling very, very well for me and I will cary on uploading during 2013.

OTOH.  we might all die during 2013?

Poncke

« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2012, 10:05 »
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I am new to the business, in your terms an amateur, but basically what Paulie said goes for me too.

« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2012, 10:19 »
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I feel much more positive about microstock nowadays so I want to significantly increase my output in 2013 and take advantage of the opportunity to increase earnings that I believe now exists. When previously iStock was dominant I never felt particularly in control of my earnings as a change to the best match could wipe out months if not years of work overnight.

Shutterstock, together with BigStock, now generates over 50% of my microstock earnings and, as a result, I am more confident that the effort to produce good images will be rewarded. It seems to me that SS's default sort-order is a true meritocracy and the money is there to be earned if your images are good enough. I don't anticipate the situation at SS changing much anytime soon either, irrespective of the IPO. What they've been doing up to know has served them extremely well and I think they'll will continue doing much the same for the foreseeable future. All my data suggests that customers will continue to migrate to SS from other agencies and SS is likely to become even more dominant in 2013.

My main concern for 2013 is that the trickle of exclusives that have been giving up their crowns recently could turn in to a flood next year. A couple of bad months at IS might be enough to burst the dam. Not sure what the effect of all those new images appearing at other agencies would have on independents' income but it's unlikely to help.

« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2012, 10:25 »
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- explore video
- plan some complex shoots for the challenge and knowledge gain
- push my creative and technical limits (I know what they are)
- research better
- improve my work
- upload more

« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2012, 10:26 »
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I feel much more positive about microstock nowadays so I want to significantly increase my output in 2013 and take advantage of the opportunity to increase earnings that I believe now exists. When previously iStock was dominant I never felt particularly in control of my earnings as a change to the best match could wipe out months if not years of work overnight.

Shutterstock, together with BigStock, now generates over 50% of my microstock earnings and, as a result, I am more confident that the effort to produce good images will be rewarded. It seems to me that SS's default sort-order is a true meritocracy and the money is there to be earned if your images are good enough. I don't anticipate the situation at SS changing much anytime soon either, irrespective of the IPO. What they've been doing up to know has served them extremely well and I think they'll will continue doing much the same for the foreseeable future. All my data suggests that customers will continue to migrate to SS from other agencies and SS is likely to become even more dominant in 2013.

My main concern for 2013 is that the trickle of exclusives that have been giving up their crowns recently could turn in to a flood next year. A couple of bad months at IS might be enough to burst the dam. Not sure what the effect of all those new images appearing at other agencies would have on independents' income but it's unlikely to help.

That dam already has some pretty big holes in it.

lisafx

« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2012, 10:26 »
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My goals for past years have been money oriented.  I think the focus on money has dampened my creativity and enjoyment of photography.  This coming year I would like to focus more on shooting what I enjoy and what brings me personal fulfillment. 

That said, I would like to at least maintain my stock income.  :)

« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2012, 10:45 »
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I haven't firmed it all up, but I'm thinking...

- An image goal. I did 4k last year, but I may tone it back to 2k this year.
- A financial goal. I always have one of these and I don't think I met my one from last year, so that will probably get rolled over.
- I need to work on my SEO and marketing, so that definitely should be a priority. Is setting a goal to have some goals in this a goal?

« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2012, 10:54 »
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My goals for past years have been money oriented.  I think the focus on money has dampened my creativity and enjoyment of photography.  This coming year I would like to focus more on shooting what I enjoy and what brings me personal fulfillment. 

That said, I would like to at least maintain my stock income.  :)

Best philosophy ever! first then you will produce stuff you wouldnt even dream you were capable of!  ( Irving Penn).

The danger with micro is. Once you become dependant on only ONE agency for say 50/60 percent of your total revenue, well, youre not much better of then an exclusive being dependant to 100%, are you?  because if that agency falls apart, which any of these micros can do at any given time,   its all over.
Judging an agency becase of its turnover and present balance-sheeth and present success,  is probably the biggest mistake one can do in the world of stock-agencies. Been like that ever since 1985.

Poncke

« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2012, 11:20 »
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My goals for past years have been money oriented.  I think the focus on money has dampened my creativity and enjoyment of photography.  This coming year I would like to focus more on shooting what I enjoy and what brings me personal fulfillment. 

That said, I would like to at least maintain my stock income.  :)
Back to why you picked up the DSLR in the first place. I am still in that zone because I am new to photography. I hope it all works out for you, in terms of personal and monetary satisfaction.


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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2012, 11:26 »
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My goal for 2013 is to create at least 2k videos and hope to earn 20% more than 2012 and buy B&W Nautilus 804 diamond speakers.

« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2012, 15:11 »
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It's still a bit early for this discussion.  Let's have another thread late on New Year's Eve when I'm sitting at the computer with a glass of bubbly.

« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2012, 15:24 »
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pretty much work harder and better, will try to clean my HD that is quite full and of course keep on shooting, hope that my income will be enough to pay all bills and expenses, don't plan on buying any new equipment in 2013 like I haven't in 2012 ;)

velocicarpo

« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2012, 16:18 »
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1. World domination
2. A huuuge Yakuzi in my bedroom
3. Learn to do the perfect Sushi california rolls
4. Eat the California rolls in the Yakuzi
5. Share the Yakuzi and the California rolls with some beautiful Models

« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2012, 16:27 »
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My goals are still small as I'm just getting started.

As for me I'd like to get my goal of 100 Illustrations online by the end of December  I'm at about 75-80 at the moment.

For the new year  I'd like to get 500 or more illustrations online by 2014.

Another goal for me is to improve my illustration quality.

Getting out of the house a bit more often and staying healthy will also be part of my goals. 


I wish everyone luck with their goals!  Especially Veloci,  World domination seems to be expensive...  XD

« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2012, 16:29 »
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This year I had a goal for making a certain amount of images. I didn't quite accomplish my goal, but I have thought that measuring the quantity of images makes no sense and might prevent me from creating more time-consuming imagery.

So next year I will have only a goal measured in earnings. Depending on how much I earn in december, the goal is somewhere in the +20%...+24% region for next year.

My goal is also to do less commissioned shoots this year, that leaves more time for stock and more freetime.
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2012, 16:32 »
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1. World domination
2. A huuuge Yakuzi in my bedroom
3. Learn to do the perfect Sushi california rolls
4. Eat the California rolls in the Yakuzi
5. Share the Yakuzi and the California rolls with some beautiful Models

Whaaat?
Do You read my minds?
  8)

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2012, 16:56 »
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My goal is to have a goal. After years of microstock there's a risk of doing thinks automatically without a plan. I need to take a pause and analyse things.

Shooting a lot of pictures and uploading to every possible agency provide it's easy probably worked for a while, but it doesn't work anymore for me. I will concentrate on quality over quantity, and also weed out a number of useless sites - from 30 down to 20, losing less than 0.5% and saving a lot of time; I won't delete ports, just quit uploading.

I finally realised time is the most valuable commodity. And I don't mean just time=money. I mean time to do things I like, and to travel for the sake of travelling. And this could also result in new ideas, more shooting opportunities and eventually more money, although money alone is not at the top of my list at present.
« Last Edit: November 30, 2012, 17:09 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

lisafx

« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2012, 17:10 »
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My goals for past years have been money oriented.  I think the focus on money has dampened my creativity and enjoyment of photography.  This coming year I would like to focus more on shooting what I enjoy and what brings me personal fulfillment. 

That said, I would like to at least maintain my stock income.  :)
Back to why you picked up the DSLR in the first place. I am still in that zone because I am new to photography. I hope it all works out for you, in terms of personal and monetary satisfaction.

Thanks Poncke and Claridge for the encouragement :)

I have an interesting personal project in mind.  I take pictures for my church, and of family, friends all the time.  Over the last year four people whose portraits I had done at one time or another passed away.  In every case, my portraits of them were used for the memorial services, death obituaries, etc.  And also in each case the families told me how much the portraits meant to them and captured their loved ones personalities. 

I realize I know quite a few elderly people, and would like to start a project to take a beautiful, meaningful portrait of each of them who are interested.  Not a moneymaking opportunity, and not stock either.  Just for them to have a nice portrait of themselves as they look later in life, and something they can share with their families.   Sort of my own little charity enterprise. 

rubyroo

« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2012, 17:20 »
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That's a wonderful idea Lisa.  Wishing you well with it and with your fresh approach to the work generally.  I'm sure it will bring your heart back into it and reinvigorate you!  ;D

For myself... I just want to carry on as I did this year, keep focused on quality and always endeavour to improve on the last shot. 

Oh... and like Tyler, I also want to spend less time on the computer and get out more!


« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2012, 18:09 »
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I won't do a photo unless it interests me and is aesthetically appealing in some way. - nothing specifically for 'stock'.   

I'm not interested in new agencies unless prices and commissions make sense.  And any agencies that continually frustrate me, or patronize me, or stop selling my stuff - screw 'em, I'm pulling out. 

 Microstock - cheap photos sold by web companies -  has had its day; it's in a downward spiral that's only going to accelerate.   Something new has to take its place, but it hasn't emerged yet.


I'm going back to taking photos I like, period.   Actually I already have.  And I'm already experimenting with other ways to market them. 



« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2012, 18:11 »
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1. World domination
2. A huuuge Yakuzi in my bedroom
3. Learn to do the perfect Sushi california rolls
4. Eat the California rolls in the Yakuzi
5. Share the Yakuzi and the California rolls with some beautiful Models

I am a sushi lover, have tried to do it twice but nothing like in a good restaurant (too bad the prices), even in the market tuna is at 30 pounds >:(, that said I love meat too!

gillian vann

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« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2012, 19:15 »
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* My goal is to have myself published in Country Style magazine here in Australia. This isn't a monetary goal as magazines don't pay well I've found; it's just personal. I've always loved their photography and to be accepted would be a thrill.

* More corporate and high end work to help pay the bills.

* Increase stock, but it's not my main income. (Husband is the breadwinner so I have to help him in his business too... perhaps hiring a bookkeeper for him is my next goal.)  I had set myself a goal of 500 images by year's end and while I've probably got that many shot they aren't all edited and online, that part is just so time consuming, so I've fallen short. However, my graphs are all going up which is good. I'll still set myself a goal of 1K files by next December. We're spending two months at the beach this xmas so I'll have come up with some new ideas and find myself a niche.

* learn video. Most of my clients now want videos on their websites so I'm going to have to either buy a video camera or upgrade to D800.

* love my kids more and devote some time to them each week. Poor things whinge alot about how much time I spend on the computer.

Ed

« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2012, 19:22 »
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Another important goal for 2013 which I'd like to aim for is to shoot every week.  If I don't have a stock shoot set up then I'd be forced to simply go out shooting on the street walking around or in nature or something.  I find that my job is more and more at the computer / sedentary and that isn't what I really want, even if it is enjoyable and comfortable.   I like being 'out in the world' a lot and simply want to do that more.

I had this same goal last year....and it will be my goal for this year as well.

tab62

« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2012, 19:45 »
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My goal is very simple one for my 2013 Microstock Business- "Stop running my business as a hobby and start running it as a business"


 :-X

Cheers

Tom

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« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2012, 20:57 »
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Finish my Welding courses, get a job, gain experience then hopefully move out to Colorado to work and live. Shoot when I can or when the urge hits.

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« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2012, 22:42 »
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This is kinda like a new years resolution thread about what you are going to do next year right?

So here it is plain and simple.

First thing is dont plan on anything because life happens and there is nothing you can do about it you just have to be like water.

Live and enjoy the day because you may not make it to the next, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

Work to live never live to work, it will ruin your life and you will loose many never to be had again first moments in your journey not to mention the time lost as well.






rubyroo

« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2012, 03:21 »
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A wonderful and wise post ruxpriencdiam!   I'd like to give you ten hearts for that one, but the system won't let me.

That's very meaningful for me to read.  Particularly this morning.  Thanks.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2012, 03:33 by rubyroo »

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« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2012, 12:38 »
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A wonderful and wise post ruxpriencdiam!   I'd like to give you ten hearts for that one, but the system won't let me.

That's very meaningful for me to read.  Particularly this morning.  Thanks.
Thank you.

And you are welcome.

« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2012, 13:34 »
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Im just going to make a photoshop action.
Thats not much.

I have one already that tempers the pics for shutter.
Now I want one more, that can isolate  things in just one click. Also hair.


« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2012, 15:48 »
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This is kinda like a new years resolution thread about what you are going to do next year right?

So here it is plain and simple.

First thing is dont plan on anything because life happens and there is nothing you can do about it you just have to be like water.

Live and enjoy the day because you may not make it to the next, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

Work to live never live to work, it will ruin your life and you will loose many never to be had again first moments in your journey not to mention the time lost as well.

It's a one man operation over here, so if I don't make the plans... nothing gets done.

tab62

« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2012, 16:14 »
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I forgot to mention not to go to jail as well for 2013  ;D

gillian vann

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« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2012, 16:43 »
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This is kinda like a new years resolution thread about what you are going to do next year right?

So here it is plain and simple.

First thing is dont plan on anything because life happens and there is nothing you can do about it you just have to be like water.

Live and enjoy the day because you may not make it to the next, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

Work to live never live to work, it will ruin your life and you will loose many never to be had again first moments in your journey not to mention the time lost as well.
sorry, I have to disagree also. The world's most successful people don't just drift along enjoying the ride.

There is great enjoyment to be found also in working hard, achieving your goals and enjoying the fruits of your success.

Each to their own of course, and you can tread your lifepath however you choose. 
:)

rubyroo

« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2012, 17:03 »
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That's not what he said at all.  He's really talking about responding to misfortunes that are out of your control and setting priorities in the right order to keep your heart and sanity.  There's nothing in there at all about not working hard - it's about working hard 'enough', and not working so excessively that it destroys you (which renders all goals redundant anyway). @ cthoman, there's a subtle but important difference between 'plan' and 'plan on'.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2012, 18:33 by rubyroo »

« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2012, 17:12 »
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That's not what he said at all.

What did he infer then because I happen to agree with vanphoto, although Barry's comments do have some real meaning if you place them in the right context.

rubyroo

« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2012, 17:17 »
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I was adding to my previous post as you were writing that, sorry.  See above for my take on it.  I think I'm reading it from the same sort of mental space that he wrote it in.

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« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2012, 20:16 »
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I was adding to my previous post as you were writing that, sorry.  See above for my take on it.  I think I'm reading it from the same sort of mental space that he wrote it in.
Yeah your on track :)


RacePhoto

« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2012, 21:10 »
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It's still a bit early for this discussion.  Let's have another thread late on New Year's Eve when I'm sitting at the computer with a glass of bubbly.

Sounds good but my answer will be the same.

Microstock or otherwise, what are your goals for 2013?

Live to see New Years Day 2014  :)

I do agree with Lisa's discovery. I figured the same for myself a few years back. (and why people here sometimes criticism me) Everything isn't about how to monetize and market everything you take. I was driving down the highway thinking, can I shoot that, will that be good stock. And I said to myself, I'm not seeing things anymore. I don't enjoy nature, and the fresh air. I'm not enjoying the scenery or the ride. I'm only thinking MONEY!

That's when I decided I'd upload one new photo a month and stop thinking about "can I sell that" Now I take what I like and some days I actually get something for Micro.  ;D

It's a trap. When art or enjoyment and why I started taking photos in the first place, becomes all about work, money and business, I lost the energy and love for making pictures. I do admire the people here who have worked so hard and fought through adversity (yes there is that, the agencies, the cuts, the reviews, the standards and more) to make a good collection that produces some useful income. Good work!

So go ahead call me a hobby shooter. It's true. I'm not offended by the truth.

When I'm going for a walk down a hillside, through a tunnel, and across a stream, just because I want to see "what's on the other side", some of you will be lining up lights, standing inside, behind a tripod, worrying about any tiny flaw or shadow, that will cause the image to be rejected. I'll come home and laugh, show my photos to friends, and maybe print a couple. Does anyone print their Micro and hang it on the wall. Probably not much or often.

So enjoyment trumped money, I'm back where I was in about 1968. Wide eyed and Snap Happy, just looking at things and being amazed at the world around me.  [ Oh yeah and taking pictures of stinky, loud, gas guzzling, tire burning race cars! And railroad equipment. ] I always liked that since I was a kid. Hey, maybe it's just a second childhood, or third or fourth in my case.


« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2012, 21:51 »
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Live to see New Years Day 2014  :)

I do agree with Lisa's discovery. I figured the same for myself a few years back. (and why people here sometimes criticism me) Everything isn't about how to monetize and market everything you take. I was driving down the highway thinking, can I shoot that, will that be good stock. And I said to myself, I'm not seeing things anymore. I don't enjoy nature, and the fresh air. I'm not enjoying the scenery or the ride. I'm only thinking MONEY!

That's when I decided I'd upload one new photo a month and stop thinking about "can I sell that" Now I take what I like and some days I actually get something for Micro.  ;D

It's a trap. When art or enjoyment and why I started taking photos in the first place, becomes all about work, money and business, I lost the energy and love for making pictures. I do admire the people here who have worked so hard and fought through adversity (yes there is that, the agencies, the cuts, the reviews, the standards and more) to make a good collection that produces some useful income. Good work!

So go ahead call me a hobby shooter. It's true. I'm not offended by the truth.

When I'm going for a walk down a hillside, through a tunnel, and across a stream, just because I want to see "what's on the other side", some of you will be lining up lights, standing inside, behind a tripod, worrying about any tiny flaw or shadow, that will cause the image to be rejected. I'll come home and laugh, show my photos to friends, and maybe print a couple. Does anyone print their Micro and hang it on the wall. Probably not much or often.

So enjoyment trumped money, I'm back where I was in about 1968. Wide eyed and Snap Happy, just looking at things and being amazed at the world around me.  [ Oh yeah and taking pictures of stinky, loud, gas guzzling, tire burning race cars! And railroad equipment. ] I always liked that since I was a kid. Hey, maybe it's just a second childhood, or third or fourth in my case.

I agree, but...

I took a break from stock for a few months in 2009 and realized I missed it and really enjoyed making new images. Also, I've worked on the other side doing freelance and working a 9 to 5 doing illustration and design. I find creating stock has a lot more freedom to do whatever you want. I think it is really about finding a balance between what you enjoy and what sells.

gillian vann

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« Reply #46 on: December 01, 2012, 22:51 »
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That's not what he said at all.  He's really talking about responding to misfortunes that are out of your control and setting priorities in the right order to keep your heart and sanity.  There's nothing in there at all about not working hard - it's about working hard 'enough', and not working so excessively that it destroys you (which renders all goals redundant anyway). @ cthoman, there's a subtle but important difference between 'plan' and 'plan on'.
I think something in that resonates very well with you.



rubyroo

« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2012, 03:29 »
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I think something in that resonates very well with you.

Indeed.  ;)

« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2012, 13:01 »
+7
Since I just turn 86yrs. old, my number one goal is to survive another year.
Also it would be nice if I could continue to fly and take aerial photos.
Making a little more money from my microstock port would be icing on the cake

Smiling Jack

« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2012, 14:01 »
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Since I just turn 86yrs. old, my number one goal is to survive another year.
Also it would be nice if I could continue to fly and take aerial photos.
Making a little more money from my microstock port would be icing on the cake

Smiling Jack

I hope so too. It's great to have you around here Jack

RacePhoto

« Reply #50 on: December 02, 2012, 15:17 »
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I agree, but...

I took a break from stock for a few months in 2009 and realized I missed it and really enjoyed making new images. Also, I've worked on the other side doing freelance and working a 9 to 5 doing illustration and design. I find creating stock has a lot more freedom to do whatever you want. I think it is really about finding a balance between what you enjoy and what sells.

Good attitude! I'd agree. Balance is the answer.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #51 on: December 02, 2012, 16:42 »
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Stop Thinking; Start Doing.


« Reply #52 on: December 02, 2012, 16:49 »
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Since I just turn 86yrs. old, my number one goal is to survive another year.
Also it would be nice if I could continue to fly and take aerial photos.
Making a little more money from my microstock port would be icing on the cake

Smiling Jack

I hope so too. It's great to have you around here Jack

A BIG ++ to that!!

« Reply #53 on: December 02, 2012, 17:25 »
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Well, I have a big change coming in my life, I am getting a place that needs some work, so I plan on making it habitable (and hopefully getting some good stock photos of the process). After living in my truck for many years, this is huge for me, and although exciting, it is also daunting.

In Feb I will be in an adventure race in Patagonia - unfortunately I won't be taking photos during the event - at least not w/ my dslr - in fact we will be lucky to finish. I plan to get the training in before then so that I am not only not the weakest link but so that I can contribute meaningfully to the team's finishing. Hopefully before and after I can get some good photos. In any case it will be an amazing experience. I am excited and terrified.

In the stock front I would like to catch up on some of the backlog of photos I've taken this year. I would also like to explore a few more stocky niches and do a better job of taking people photos during my adventures (and a better job of getting model releases).

My photography goals are mostly to do a better job of documenting the human side of my adventures. I also would like to do a little more with video - especially to tell a story.

« Reply #54 on: December 02, 2012, 18:24 »
+1
Increase portfolio by 365 photos. (1 per day realistic goal ?) Microstock is only very part time.
Have more than 52 surfs
Ride 2500km
26 bake dinners
World domination is already taken so can't choose that.




gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #55 on: December 03, 2012, 02:02 »
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Increase portfolio by 365 photos. (1 per day realistic goal ?) Microstock is only very part time.

that's what I thought this year but only just got over 200 done.

velocicarpo

« Reply #56 on: December 03, 2012, 08:53 »
+2
First thing is dont plan on anything because life happens and there is nothing you can do about it you just have to be like water.


Lol, If I don`t plan and try to achieve things I magically somehow always end up in the next pub and flow with the beer :D


rubyroo

« Reply #57 on: December 03, 2012, 10:01 »
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To 'not plan on anything' usually means that the person knows nothing in life is guaranteed.  More like the phrase 'Don't bank on anything'.

It's not the same as saying they don't plan anything.  Just that plans are made in the full knowledge that life can throw you a lemon and scupper those plans at any time.
« Last Edit: December 03, 2012, 10:58 by rubyroo »

lisafx

« Reply #58 on: December 03, 2012, 12:46 »
+1
Since I just turn 86yrs. old, my number one goal is to survive another year.
Also it would be nice if I could continue to fly and take aerial photos.
Making a little more money from my microstock port would be icing on the cake

Smiling Jack

Congrats Smiling Jack!  You are my hero :D

rubyroo

« Reply #59 on: December 03, 2012, 12:54 »
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Yes, you're brilliant Smiling Jack.  I'm sure you'll outlive me!  Keep on keepin' on :D

« Reply #60 on: December 03, 2012, 15:08 »
+1
Buying the Pentax 645D!

« Reply #61 on: December 03, 2012, 16:52 »
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Buying the Pentax 645D!

Ohhh. I likes. I have dreamt of medium format a while too but never put it at the top of my investment priority list.

tab62

« Reply #62 on: December 03, 2012, 17:01 »
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I will not buy any equipment for 2013! Now that is going to be a hard goal since I love to spend at the camera store...

« Reply #63 on: December 03, 2012, 18:46 »
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I will not buy any equipment for 2013! Now that is going to be a hard goal since I love to spend at the camera store...

You'll probably be a lot further ahead in the end if you invest in shoots instead of gear.

tab62

« Reply #64 on: December 03, 2012, 19:50 »
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I have my new theme- "Invest in Shots'  ;D

I like it!

Tom

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #65 on: December 04, 2012, 00:28 »
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It's still a bit early for this discussion.  Let's have another thread late on New Year's Eve when I'm sitting at the computer with a glass of bubbly.

Sounds good but my answer will be the same.

Microstock or otherwise, what are your goals for 2013?


I do agree with Lisa's discovery. I figured the same for myself a few years back. (and why people here sometimes criticism me) Everything isn't about how to monetize and market everything you take. I was driving down the highway thinking, can I shoot that, will that be good stock. And I said to myself, I'm not seeing things anymore. I don't enjoy nature, and the fresh air. I'm not enjoying the scenery or the ride. I'm only thinking MONEY!


actually I find I see the world differently thanks to my photographer's eye. I see the way light dances across the back of leaves, or even the back of a grubby fence, and i am delighted. Somedays I feel like I was blind before. Somedays I think others are blind. Somedays I think "it can't be this easy, I see the light there, looks amazing, shoot it". Some days it's not easy and on those days I am frustrated.

I love that everything I do/buy can be photographed for stock. I'm looking at a huge pile of receipts and stuff (doing tax work in my office) and I think, "that coud be a cool shot", so even during the drudgery of office work I see something that would work and it cheers me up. I don't always shoot it, but I capture the moment in my head and I feel good for it.

perhaps in a few more years I'll feel differently?

Paulo M. F. Pires

  • "No Gods No Masters"
« Reply #66 on: December 04, 2012, 06:11 »
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I will be selling, exclusively, photographs about 21th December doomsday. :D


« Reply #67 on: December 06, 2012, 14:43 »
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I just registered to tell you how inspiring your goals/messages are. Thank you.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2012, 14:50 by soundworks »

« Reply #68 on: December 06, 2012, 16:09 »
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Enjoy what I'm doing. Earn at least as much as this year. Get better at using my large format gear. Take some stunning pics.

« Reply #69 on: January 08, 2013, 16:38 »
+1
Guess I'm answering this late but my goals for the year are:

1. Get out from in front of the computer more and walk everyday even when it's freezing outside (with or without a camera in my hand).
2. Get through some of my huge backlog of images and upload half to the micros and half to old and some new macros, with appropriate photos to FAA and for sale on my own website. If I can prepare and upload 1000 unique images among the various sites, I'll be extremely happy. I only managed about 375 this year and mostly those went to Alamy, fotolia, alimdi and FAA.
3. Spend less time processing images and get more of them online faster.
4. Have my work in at least 5 gallery shows - I got an invite on Dec 28 to submit work for a local gallery show in January and one in March so I'm on my way to meeting that goal already - an awesome start.
5. Market my work to various magazines, calendar companies, etc - not just old clients but those outside my comfort zone.
6. I've been hemming and hawing for 3 years now about whether to try for a few specialist libraries. This year, I want to take the plunge and at least try.
7. Shoot like I have a roll of film in my camera and not a 16GB card - shoot with more discernment so I can spend less time on the computer, helping out with goals #1 & #3.  8)


 

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