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Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #50 on: July 25, 2013, 15:16 »
+1
i dont understand all this negativity and envy towards Yuri.

he's also making clear that after endless talks with the micro agencies owners there's no way at the horizon to see a raise in price or fees, so this should finally settle the question once and for all.

i've the feeling for many here it will mark the "end of a dream" but they can't say they've not been warned since the beginning, it was obvious to see a clear pattern where the top sellers moved out to greener pastures or started their own agencies and where agencies became greedier and greedier leaving nothing to their suppliers.

Yes. Greener fields. Hmm. You are right.


« Reply #51 on: July 25, 2013, 15:17 »
+4
Could u be kind enough to answer my question please Yuri as to why you still have images on DT?
Thanks

I actually don't know. I will have to reference my distribution team tomorrow. I presume most will be removed quite soon.

There are 176 pages of your images on DT

« Reply #52 on: July 25, 2013, 15:18 »
+18
"Regardless of how you look at it, our redrawel of images from microstock constitute the first substantial setback in microstock history."

Yeah, ok, lol.

I think Yuri is under-selling his own impact there. He really should be describing his 'redrawel' of a few images in the greater context of WORLD HISTORY. His impact is probably somewhere between the exodus of humankind from Africa and the landing of man on the moon __ maybe a bit bigger than both of those come to think of it.

It might even be the greatest 'redrawel of images' ever. It's certainly the first one I've ever heard of.

Donvanstaden

« Reply #53 on: July 25, 2013, 15:18 »
+7
Could u be kind enough to answer my question please Yuri as to why you still have images on DT?
Thanks

I actually don't know. I will have to reference my distribution team tomorrow. I presume most will be removed quite soon.

There are 176 pages of your images on DT

35,107 images... easy to miss

Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #54 on: July 25, 2013, 15:19 »
-1
Yuri,

- a lot of photographers expected You to have social responsibility - being a major player in the field You have b seen seen as a "protector" and leader of contributors. Now You have "abandoned" them. Can You please comment on that

- do you think mobile photography is the only future income source for part-time photographers which get their moderate income on microstocks nowadays

- where do You stand in recent "Google case" Getty have had ?

thank You in advance

Now this is interesting. I know I have that status and I know it will look like I'm abandoning my post-keeper position. However. Read this post in 6mth from now. I have a gameplan, but you wont see it now.

« Reply #55 on: July 25, 2013, 15:21 »
+1
Jeg hedder nu Jens.
One thing, Yuri, your business decisions seem very sharp, they have always done.

But you are not the best at telling the story, not as good as you could be, just look here, people ask the wrong questions and doubt your motives.

I suggest you take a week off at some tropical island with a good amount of shade providing palm trees and then do ONE WEEK of serious self education.
Simply by reading Winston Churchills books. First he provides a detailled description of many things you did not know, alone that is interesting. But he really could twist a story so it supported his interests. He was a master of spin. Levels and levels of it.

« Reply #56 on: July 25, 2013, 15:23 »
+17
Good luck with your endeavours, Yuri. May your success be even bigger than your ego.

« Reply #57 on: July 25, 2013, 15:23 »
+2
Could u be kind enough to answer my question please Yuri as to why you still have images on DT?
Thanks

I actually don't know. I will have to reference my distribution team tomorrow. I presume most will be removed quite soon.

There are 176 pages of your images on DT

35,107 images... easy to miss
You guys sound as though you are personally injured by this. 

Good job Yuri, I can't find any fault in you doing what you think is best for you.  Do you have any info that you can share on upcoming changes at Istock?

Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #58 on: July 25, 2013, 15:24 »
+5
Yuri, from your experience and knowledge,

1. do you believe there will be any raise of .38 SS subscription royalty bar, maybe at quite high sales level, in the nearest future (let's say 12 months)?

2. do you believe prices for credit sales on major microsites will go any higher than current level in next 12 months or you believe we will see exactly the opposite?

3. now you obviously see a new horizons in raising income for YAP, comparing to horizons you've seen on micros, how big it is? the number you expect to have in 2014 and 2015 financial years now, how does it relate to the numbers for 2014 and 2015 you would expect to have if would stay on micros?

thank you!

1. No. Absolutly no. I would expect the opposite from a company that spends 30% on google addwords and is public. Where will they get the money from? What will happen if they  spend 25% next year? Stocks will drop.!

2. Ask me in 6mth. There is a gameplan.

3. I have been very fortunate in business and yes we continue to grow. In 2013 we are forecasting to be awarded as the fastest growing corporation in Denmark! :)

EmberMike

« Reply #59 on: July 25, 2013, 15:26 »
+11
...My question is why would you defecate all over the agencies that feed our children? You seem like a really smart guy, can you not figure out a way to make you millions without pulling down the companies that we rely on for our daily bread?

Don't think for a second that he has that much pull. We all are the microstock business, not any one of us, not even Yuri. One man coming or going doesn't make or break the business.

« Reply #60 on: July 25, 2013, 15:26 »
+1
again your warnings/predictions since 1900 about this evil industry, once more you are helping us, so happy to have you around!

it's not the micro industry being inherently evil, it's the agency owners making it such a bad place for suppliers.

instead of ripping each others off they could easily make a mafia round table and setup a "cartel" like in any other corrupt industry, triple the prices for buyers and double the contributors fees ...  nothing would radically change for buyers as they've no way out and no escape but the agencies would make even more money and we would get paid a bit more fairly.



Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #61 on: July 25, 2013, 15:27 »
+2
Hi Yuri,

Thank you so much for taking 1-2 hours out of your precious schedule for us mere mortals. My question is why would you defecate all over the agencies that feed our children? You seem like a really smart guy, can you not figure out a way to make you millions without pulling down the companies that we rely on for our daily bread?

Thanks again for your time.

Turn that around. What do you think happens at the end of a downward spiral?

U11


« Reply #62 on: July 25, 2013, 15:27 »
+7
I have a gameplan, but you wont see it now.
You can not kill stock industry twice
or ... can you ? ;D

« Reply #63 on: July 25, 2013, 15:28 »
+1
I don't dispute photo crowdsourcing emerging as a new player in the photo market or crowd sourcing market in general. After all several newspapers are asking their readership to send in photos in lieu of staff photogs.  However, to suggest that photo crowdsourcing will replace stock photography is kind of bold and rather premature. Photos that require careful planning, skill and a professional approach is and will be in demand for the foreseeable future as we know it.   I understand you've made a large investment in a company with a new business model and now must extoll the virtues of your investment in your favour but I for one will continue building my own portfolio of increasingly unique photos.
 
I don't agree with everything you've mentioned but cannot disagree with an emerging platform as a new tier of photos.

One question.  Will your staff be carrying iphones instead of DSLR'S? ;)

Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #64 on: July 25, 2013, 15:28 »
+2
Hi Yuri

How do you see the future of subscription sites like Shutterstock? Will they loose more quality producers?
What direction will the micro agencies go? Will they lower commissions further for short term profits? Or do you think major agencies like Shutterstock is finally going to wake up and realize that they need to pay their top photographers more, if they want them to stick around?

Yes to all

farbled

« Reply #65 on: July 25, 2013, 15:29 »
0
One man coming or going doesn't make or break the business.

I agree, but I think if you change this word to "collection" it would put the whole discussion into proper perspective.

I wish you much success Yuri, but this isn't really relevant to those of us that do not shoot people/lifestyle the same way that you do. My stock sales have either remained unchanged or have gone up. If you were making the case that Microstock images specific to your subject areas might be impacted, well, maybe. I wouldn't know. Good luck!

Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #66 on: July 25, 2013, 15:30 »
0
Other than echoing other people's comments that you need to get an editor to look over your work before you post it, I can only suggest that you keep a weather eye on your new business partner. Good luck beating the odds - their past performance speaks volumes.

I think you're way off base on the mobile photography business (and I have no real axe to grind one way or the other) but time will tell. If it is a big new thing, we all own the means to join in (a mobile phone) .

Your enthusiasm reminds me a bit of some of Bruce's posts after Getty acquired iStock. Just about every promise Getty made then has been broken, multiple times.

We'll certainly all be watching your progress with interest.

Tell me why mobile photography is NOT a threat. I would rather hear that.


« Reply #67 on: July 25, 2013, 15:32 »
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However. Read this post in 6mth from now. I have a gameplan, but you wont see it now.

let me guess ..if it's about startups i guess Yuri is already on talks with a few big VCs in the valley, Hardersen-Horowitz, Sequoia, etc etc .. maybe as a small stakeholder or consultant on photo-startups due to his hands-on experience and knowledge in the stock industry.


« Reply #68 on: July 25, 2013, 15:32 »
+10
3. I have been very fortunate in business and yes we continue to grow. In 2013 we are forecasting to be awarded as the fastest growing corporation in Denmark! :)

How can you be the 'fastest growing corporation in Denmark' when you've actually relocated to South Africa ... so that you don't have to pay Danish taxes?

Would those be the same Danish taxes that paid for your education, that employes both of your parents, provides healthcare, etc, etc? Have you 'outgrown' Danish society as well as microstock in your eyes ... except when it suits you?

« Reply #69 on: July 25, 2013, 15:33 »
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Hey Yuri

Har du nogle tips omkring SKAT og microstock i Danmark.

« Reply #70 on: July 25, 2013, 15:33 »
+3
quality of images.

Mobile photograpy can provide editorial images that can easily comepete with press photos.
To a degree they can also compete withy autenthicity in stock images.
But they cannot provide high quality commercial images.

Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #71 on: July 25, 2013, 15:35 »
0
I don't dispute photo crowdsourcing emerging as a new player in the photo market or crowd sourcing market in general. After all several newspapers are asking their readership to send in photos in lieu of staff photogs.  However, to suggest that photo crowdsourcing will replace stock photography is kind of bold and rather premature. Photos that require careful planning, skill and a professional approach is and will be in demand for the foreseeable future as we know it.   I understand you've made a large investment in a company with a new business model and now must extoll the virtues of your investment in your favour but I for one will continue building my own portfolio of increasingly unique photos.
 
I don't agree with everything you've mentioned but cannot disagree with an emerging platform as a new tier of photos.

One question.  Will your staff be carrying iphones instead of DSLR'S? ;)

Yes

Yuri_Arcurs

  • One Crazy PhotoManic MadPerson
« Reply #72 on: July 25, 2013, 15:37 »
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However. Read this post in 6mth from now. I have a gameplan, but you wont see it now.

let me guess ..if it's about startups i guess Yuri is already on talks with a few big VCs in the valley, Hardersen-Horowitz, Sequoia, etc etc .. maybe as a small stakeholder or consultant on photo-startups due to his hands-on experience and knowledge in the stock industry.

I know Sequoia very well and was on a call with them as late as yesterday. We are saying no to investments in Scoopshot.com. If you have a good product  you don't really have to look for VC's. They come to you.

« Reply #73 on: July 25, 2013, 15:39 »
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Tell me why mobile photography is NOT a threat. I would rather hear that.

quality, for instance.
iphone images are still a long way from the quality provided by the cheapest entry level DSLRs.

on top of this many photos will be cropped and overfiltered.

« Reply #74 on: July 25, 2013, 15:39 »
0
Is Nikon and Canon going into the phone cameras with sensors as good as those now in DSLRs?


 

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