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« on: February 04, 2014, 15:40 »
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I am very interested in hearing your thoughts?


« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 15:49 »
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Goofy

« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 15:59 »
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so, now we get punished (negative heart) for posting a question especially from a newbie? What's up with that? Isn't this a site for folks to ask questions and not be fearful no matter what they ask? 

Thus I was address their question-

What is the future in the business for 2014- still has opportunities for those that have a special niche or willing to put on the effort to bring in quality images that have a good commercial concept.

 

« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 16:07 »
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Maybe some sort of Hunger Games... I'm not really sure.

« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 16:21 »
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The question is legitimate and relevant, and quite easy to answer:
Competition will be tougher and returns will fall for most people.

Because:

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 16:25 »
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I can't answer, my crystal ball is broken

« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014, 18:02 »
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Give me a year to think about it.

« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014, 20:48 »
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It's fair to ask questions, but if you make the questions amazingly general and offer nothing about your own situation - illustrations, photographs, 3D renders, video etc. - you'll get an answer that's largely useless or at best, funny (I assume that was a magic 8-ball?).

« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2014, 22:06 »
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It's the same as it was in 2006, when they said this "wave" was soon to crash and the sky was falling... similar to what was said in 2008, and 2010, and 2012, etc, etc...

What's the latest doom and gloom? 

Here's what I have noticed.  RPI has dropped incredibly.  That's a given, and it will continue to fall like a stone as the number of images in the photo pile continue to increase, as your production rate does not.  Is it all doom and gloom?  I don't know, as me again in a few more years.  I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.

Keep making images, keep making money, branch out into things you've never tried before like stock footage (your camera probably does that now), constantly test the waters with new agencies to spread your work out and sell more places (yeah i know, it's a pain but you have to unless you want to be a lazy schlub and go exlusive with big G)

onward and upward.

Rinderart

« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2014, 01:05 »
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Well said.

grey1

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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2014, 03:48 »
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Nothing wrong with Wun-tung soup and noodles. :)

« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2014, 06:14 »
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Nothing wrong with Wun-tung soup and noodles. :)

still here?

« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2014, 10:01 »
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""I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.""

One small can of decent tuna fish is 6 shutterstock downloads  ! ! ! !

« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2014, 10:08 »
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""I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.""

One small can of decent tuna fish is 6 shutterstock downloads  ! ! ! !

or...

Six cans of tuna fish is one decent shutterstock download. ;)

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2014, 10:12 »
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""I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.""

One small can of decent tuna fish is 6 shutterstock downloads  ! ! ! !

I have sold mine only 5 times :(

« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2014, 10:25 »
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""I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.""

One small can of decent tuna fish is 6 shutterstock downloads  ! ! ! !

or...

Six cans of tuna fish is one decent shutterstock download. ;)

Heck, I can afford to buy a grocery bag full of nice lobsters with what I just earned off two "single & other downloads" sales today.  $105 on two sales, can't complain when we have those, though they can sometimes be elusive.  The image was just a photo texture I must have shot 7 years ago when I was back in my "shoot anything and everything for microstock" mode.  EL's seem to have picked up a bit this month on SS as well.

« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2014, 15:41 »
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""I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.""

One small can of decent tuna fish is 6 shutterstock downloads  ! ! ! !


or...

Six cans of tuna fish is one decent shutterstock download. ;)


or...

A case of 48 cans of tuna fish is a nice Shutterstock SOD. Today's haul in return for a picture of Aruba :)


« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2014, 16:20 »
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Good stuff, Jo Ann  8) More incentive to book your next cruise!  I still have a decent chunk of Bermuda photos to edit and submit from last October. Never enough time in the day.

« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2014, 17:41 »
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If I were to take a cruise I'd be taking pictures of people ill with norovirus - not such a great seller probably :)

But I am heading for the Caribbean again this year, though not Aruba - lots more SODs needed before it pays for the trip though!

« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2014, 18:19 »
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""I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.""

One small can of decent tuna fish is 6 shutterstock downloads  ! ! ! !

or...

Six cans of tuna fish is one decent shutterstock download. ;)

Wow! That's a sharp reappraisal!

« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2014, 18:20 »
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""I'm still not down to eating ramen noodle soup and cans of tuna fish for dinner just yet.""

One small can of decent tuna fish is 6 shutterstock downloads  ! ! ! !

or...

Six cans of tuna fish is one decent shutterstock download. ;)


And remember, if you take photos of the tuna fish (and your groceries in general) and upload it, you can use it as a tax deduction   ;)
« Last Edit: February 05, 2014, 19:35 by oxman »

« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2014, 19:00 »
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Straight and level flight. Downloads up, uploads up, RPI down.

« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2014, 21:11 »
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No matter what you upload, there are several factors that won't go away.

1. pricing/commissions will continue to be squeezed
2. Supply will be way higher than in 2013
3. demand will probably be similar to 2013

The way I see it is that the same number of buyers are going after a larger and larger pool of content, which spreads those sales to a broader range of contributors. You can take it from here.

Goofy

« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2014, 21:24 »
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"No matter what you upload, there are several factors that won't go away.

1. pricing/commissions will continue to be squeezed
2. Supply will be way higher than in 2013
3. demand will probably be similar to 2013"

Than you better produce better images than what is currently in the inventory. And find a niche as well that gives you the edge...

« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2014, 21:31 »
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"No matter what you upload, there are several factors that won't go away.

1. pricing/commissions will continue to be squeezed
2. Supply will be way higher than in 2013
3. demand will probably be similar to 2013"

Than you better produce better images than what is currently in the inventory. And find a niche as well that gives you the edge...

This is totally correct. Produce work that is needed, different and hard to recreate (copy).


 

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