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« on: November 18, 2023, 06:48 »
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Was just going through some old stuff on microstock and came across some vidoes detailing the works and life of Yuri. Whatever happened to him after his apparent departure from microstock? I remember him having a site called people images or soemthing?


« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2023, 07:24 »
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Think he is still around and has ports such as this on Dreamstime... 

https://www.dreamstime.com/peopleimages_info

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2023, 11:53 »
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Think he is still around and has ports such as this on Dreamstime... 

https://www.dreamstime.com/peopleimages_info

Right and this too:  https://peopleimages.com/

Here's the About Us page with all the latest including the Photo Bootcamp:  https://peopleimages.com/more

ShadySue

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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2023, 20:30 »
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ADH

« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2023, 20:53 »
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I guess Yuri will be aware of how hard generative IA is going to hit his business.

« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2023, 21:50 »
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I guess Yuri will be aware of how hard generative IA is going to hit his business.

With a photo and video port like the one ShadySue just linked to, I doubt Yuri will need worry about reaching minimum payout for some time yet.  8) 

« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2023, 22:16 »
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Mat Hayward did a great interview with Yuri in an Adobe Stock livestream about a year ago:
https://www.behance.net/videos/a087140b-0778-47ea-9637-18b592810e3c/Adobe-Stock-Top-tips-from-legendary-stock-artist-Yuri-Arcurs-EN

« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2023, 09:29 »
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Mat Hayward did a great interview with Yuri in an Adobe Stock livestream about a year ago:
https://www.behance.net/videos/a087140b-0778-47ea-9637-18b592810e3c/Adobe-Stock-Top-tips-from-legendary-stock-artist-Yuri-Arcurs-EN

What was the synposis of the interview? (It's funny how most people assume whatever they say in VIDEO format is THE most important thing in the world, but most people don't have an hour or two to "listen" to people ramble). They should have a .pdf/readable format so you can quick scan it, see if it useful/informative, or just junk. What was the synposis/main points of the interview?

« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2023, 09:34 »
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Yuri gave great examples of how he works, how they do their research and how extensive and authentic the post production is. For instance with tech images that show overlayed computer code, they actually have code written by real software people.

When they do team sports images, they actually design the team clothes specifically for the shooting, they work with a lot of authentic locations etcit is very, very impressive how much attention to detail goes into his work.

There are a lot of small tips and tricks that anyone can apply to their work.

This interview should be required standard for anyone interested in doing stock.

So, just go ahead and watch, you will not regret it.

« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2023, 12:39 »
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Mat Hayward did a great interview with Yuri in an Adobe Stock livestream about a year ago:
https://www.behance.net/videos/a087140b-0778-47ea-9637-18b592810e3c/Adobe-Stock-Top-tips-from-legendary-stock-artist-Yuri-Arcurs-EN

That's a great interview.  He says he worked for 70hr/week for 3 years straight when he decided to become number 1 stock photo creator in the world. 
I see often on some other forums relative newcomers with only a few years of experience with not that great portfolio just keep complaining about low sales.  They haven't put any serious work to raise their qualities and create competitive products.  It's annoying. 

« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2023, 12:52 »
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So, he has the "PeopleImages" account on Pond5 with massive 559k clips.
But one think I don't like what he's doing is that he has 66k clips with $25/HD and $27/4K ridiculously cheap low price.  I hope he'll raise prices on these.

Copy and paste the below link.

https://www.pond5.com/search?kw=&media=footage&pricerange=|29&artist=Peopleimages
« Last Edit: November 19, 2023, 12:54 by blvdone »

« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2023, 13:31 »
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It is unlikely he will change prices. You can be sure he has done his homework and that this combo of prices works perfectly well for him.

Also agree that most people are not ready to work hard enough to get their ports of the ground.


« Last Edit: November 19, 2023, 13:36 by cobalt »

« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2023, 19:17 »
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Yuri gave great examples of how he works, how they do their research and how extensive and authentic the post production is. For instance with tech images that show overlayed computer code, they actually have code written by real software people.

When they do team sports images, they actually design the team clothes specifically for the shooting, they work with a lot of authentic locations etcit is very, very impressive how much attention to detail goes into his work.

There are a lot of small tips and tricks that anyone can apply to their work.

This interview should be required standard for anyone interested in doing stock.

So, just go ahead and watch, you will not regret it.

thanks, appreciate the synposis :)

« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2023, 22:07 »
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Yuri gave great examples of how he works, how they do their research and how extensive and authentic the post production is.

Yup, remember learning from a lot of his tips when i had started. He had a free keyworder as well online, plus his commitment to making an amazingly efficient process was otherworldly. I remember some shoot he did to capture some aircraft where he had a ton of flashes pointed at a flying plane to get it lit just right.

« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2023, 06:11 »
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Mat Hayward did a great interview with Yuri in an Adobe Stock livestream about a year ago:
https://www.behance.net/videos/a087140b-0778-47ea-9637-18b592810e3c/Adobe-Stock-Top-tips-from-legendary-stock-artist-Yuri-Arcurs-EN

What was the synposis of the interview? (It's funny how most people assume whatever they say in VIDEO format is THE most important thing in the world, but most people don't have an hour or two to "listen" to people ramble). They should have a .pdf/readable format so you can quick scan it, see if it useful/informative, or just junk. What was the synposis/main points of the interview?

@cobalt has given a short synposis so I won't add to that but I just wanted to say that I agree that it is a lot quicker to get info in text form. I hate searching up a problem I'm having with Blender and ending up having to watch a 10-minute YouTube tutorial because there are no good text-based alternatives. I rarely watch the Adobe Stock livestreams but in the case of this Yuri Arcurs video, it really grabbed my interest and I was hooked throughout. I also learnt a lot from Mat's recent chat with Terry White about new features in Lightroom. (Even though there was a lot of irrelevant chitchat at the start!)
« Last Edit: November 20, 2023, 22:39 by synthetick »

« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2023, 16:56 »
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Yuri gave great examples of how he works, how they do their research and how extensive and authentic the post production is. For instance with tech images that show overlayed computer code, they actually have code written by real software people.

When they do team sports images, they actually design the team clothes specifically for the shooting, they work with a lot of authentic locations etcit is very, very impressive how much attention to detail goes into his work.

I wonder what his annual production costs were to generate all his microstock photos and clips? 

« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2024, 19:32 »
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Yuri gave great examples of how he works, how they do their research and how extensive and authentic the post production is. For instance with tech images that show overlayed computer code, they actually have code written by real software people.

When they do team sports images, they actually design the team clothes specifically for the shooting, they work with a lot of authentic locations etcit is very, very impressive how much attention to detail goes into his work.

I wonder what his annual production costs were to generate all his microstock photos and clips?

I would say that the costs were astronomically high, but they were worth it in the good old days.

I once found a blog article from the well-known German microstock photographer Robert Kneschke from 2008, in which he writes that he had a seminar with him in cooperation with Fotolia.
The statement from Yuri was that he had earned between 25 and 50k (!) with a single photo shoot with about 100 photos.

In 2013, Kneschke had written another article in which the information was that Yuri had hired over 100 employees with a huge photo studio at the time and already needed 30 months to refinance his photo shoots. That was the reason why he opened his own agency back then.

But in any case, no aspiring amateur would make it that far today up to this pro level because the earnings are only a fraction of what they were back then.


« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2024, 08:41 »
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Mat Hayward did a great interview with Yuri in an Adobe Stock livestream about a year ago:
https://www.behance.net/videos/a087140b-0778-47ea-9637-18b592810e3c/Adobe-Stock-Top-tips-from-legendary-stock-artist-Yuri-Arcurs-EN

Thanks for sharing. That was very beneficial.

« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2024, 11:23 »
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lol, I saw today that even Yuri offers AI-generated images on freepik.
https://de.freepik.com/search?ai=only&author=61840215&authorSlug=YuriArcursPeopleimages&format=author&last_filter=ai&last_value=only

The funniest thing about it is that he generates just the identical content stuff as thousands of other AI contributors.
There are even better contributors on Adobe.

I wonder if he will still doing classical set productions or switch completely to AI for micro stock production.

« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2024, 16:00 »
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Mat Hayward did a great interview with Yuri in an Adobe Stock livestream about a year ago:
https://www.behance.net/videos/a087140b-0778-47ea-9637-18b592810e3c/Adobe-Stock-Top-tips-from-legendary-stock-artist-Yuri-Arcurs-EN

What was the synposis of the interview? (It's funny how most people assume whatever they say in VIDEO format is THE most important thing in the world, but most people don't have an hour or two to "listen" to people ramble). They should have a .pdf/readable format so you can quick scan it, see if it useful/informative, or just junk. What was the synposis/main points of the interview?

@cobalt has given a short synposis so I won't add to that but I just wanted to say that I agree that it is a lot quicker to get info in text form. I hate searching up a problem I'm having with Blender and ending up having to watch a 10-minute YouTube tutorial because there are no good text-based alternatives. I rarely watch the Adobe Stock livestreams but in the case of this Yuri Arcurs video, it really grabbed my interest and I was hooked throughout. I also learnt a lot from Mat's recent chat with Terry White about new features in Lightroom. (Even though there was a lot of irrelevant chitchat at the start!)
Try increasing video speed on Youtube. There's not a single video I watch on 1x speed. Mostly 1.75x or even 2x for some slow speakers. Saves a lot of time :)

« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2024, 16:54 »
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« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2024, 20:53 »
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I would assume he's sitting on a beach somewhere enjoying the fruits of his work.

« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2024, 09:58 »
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Mat Hayward did a great interview with Yuri in an Adobe Stock livestream about a year ago:
https://www.behance.net/videos/a087140b-0778-47ea-9637-18b592810e3c/Adobe-Stock-Top-tips-from-legendary-stock-artist-Yuri-Arcurs-EN

What was the synposis of the interview? (It's funny how most people assume whatever they say in VIDEO format is THE most important thing in the world, but most people don't have an hour or two to "listen" to people ramble). They should have a .pdf/readable format so you can quick scan it, see if it useful/informative, or just junk. What was the synposis/main points of the interview?

@cobalt has given a short synposis so I won't add to that but I just wanted to say that I agree that it is a lot quicker to get info in text form. I hate searching up a problem I'm having with Blender and ending up having to watch a 10-minute YouTube tutorial because there are no good text-based alternatives. I rarely watch the Adobe Stock livestreams but in the case of this Yuri Arcurs video, it really grabbed my interest and I was hooked throughout. I also learnt a lot from Mat's recent chat with Terry White about new features in Lightroom. (Even though there was a lot of irrelevant chitchat at the start!)
Try increasing video speed on Youtube. There's not a single video I watch on 1x speed. Mostly 1.75x or even 2x for some slow speakers. Saves a lot of time :)

Hehe, I'd like it if they added 3-4x the speed now. I find many people just have verbal vomit, and it takes a long time for them to get to the point.


 

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