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JaenStock

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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2022, 08:24 »
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This is the new normal.
Yesterday he sold 5 images, surely for 0,35...

And is the FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR, I don't think he wants to go unnoticed


Uncle Pete

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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2022, 10:13 »
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Didn't this chap make $$$ millions back in the heyday of microstock? I would of figured he'd moved on to bigger and better investments than microstock long time now.

He has other business ventures that are more important than Microstock and make more money. Maybe this is just to keep is staff busy since they are on the payroll.  ;D

You are correct, and he owns the building.

https://peopleimages.com/




JaenStock

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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2022, 13:46 »
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His photos under both Yuri Arcurs and People Images are still showing as exclusive on iStock:
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/shot-of-an-attractive-young-woman-sitting-alone-on-a-mat-and-meditating-on-the-beach-gm1317735408-405075966
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/printing-at-high-speed-gm519913201-49993468

Maybe (again I have no idea) he's negotiated an exclusive-image deal with Getty?

The crown is not on his name, not on people images and not on Yuri Arcurs. In few time, his images disappear from Getty

ShadySue

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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2022, 14:05 »
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His photos under both Yuri Arcurs and People Images are still showing as exclusive on iStock:
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/shot-of-an-attractive-young-woman-sitting-alone-on-a-mat-and-meditating-on-the-beach-gm1317735408-405075966
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/printing-at-high-speed-gm519913201-49993468

Maybe (again I have no idea) he's negotiated an exclusive-image deal with Getty?

The crown is not on his name, not on people images and not on Yuri Arcurs. In few time, his images disappear from Getty

However, if you click on either of these links, and follow the link next to Signature, it still says "On-trend images that are exclusive to iStock, for 3 credits."
Which presumably, as Jo Ann said above, is misleading.
I have read that when people become indie, their files stay at 3 credits, apparently because iStock's techies can't find a way of changing it. But there shouldn't be a message saying the images are exclusive to iStock if they're not. (iStock's problem, not Yuri's).

« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2022, 04:02 »
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I canceled exclusivity at istock about nine years ago. After canceling exclusivity my images still sold for exclusive prices but i only got non exclusive 16%. Istock wasn't able to fix this. So i canceled my account and uploaded from zero.
I guess there have been some problems with the database at istock. Maybe there have been two different databases running at istock and Getty Images in 2013. But they should have fixed this now.

« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2022, 04:15 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2022, 05:05 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

If you look at the studio from inside you might get why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYkNKP96b84

It's actually really neat. A stock photographers studio, where you need certain settings like office, home, kitchen, etc. has very different requiremenets than a traditional photo studio where almost all you need is good light and different floors and backgrounds on a roll.

Aks1

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« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2022, 05:51 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

If you look at the studio from inside you might get why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYkNKP96b84

It's actually really neat. A stock photographers studio, where you need certain settings like office, home, kitchen, etc. has very different requiremenets than a traditional photo studio where almost all you need is good light and different floors and backgrounds on a roll.
It was ages ago. He hasn't been using fake environments since long time ago.

Aks1

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« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2022, 05:56 »
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I canceled exclusivity at istock about nine years ago. After canceling exclusivity my images still sold for exclusive prices but i only got non exclusive 16%. Istock wasn't able to fix this. So i canceled my account and uploaded from zero.
I guess there have been some problems with the database at istock. Maybe there have been two different databases running at istock and Getty Images in 2013. But they should have fixed this now.
They haven't fixed many issues yet. I had big problems when they found out that some of my pictures were duplicates, being both in Istock collection and a premium Getty collection. They ended up at Getty through Eyeem. I didn't even know Eyeem sent files to premium collection. Si asked Getty a logical question - how did these files get through to premium? Don't you have any kind of control over your files at Istock? It was Getty's fault for letting these files pass through, and Eyeem's fault for lying about exclusivity of files. It was a total mess up.

« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2022, 07:50 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

If you look at the studio from inside you might get why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYkNKP96b84

It's actually really neat. A stock photographers studio, where you need certain settings like office, home, kitchen, etc. has very different requiremenets than a traditional photo studio where almost all you need is good light and different floors and backgrounds on a roll.
It was ages ago. He hasn't been using fake environments since long time ago.

Then I really don't know what for he is using that big ass studio in Cape Tow, that was finished in 2017, according to his blog.
 Which, by the way looks pretty much like fake environments to me, you can look at the photos on Google maps,
Fake living room, fake office, oh, there is even a fake beach!

I don't knwo whether Yuri personally uses them, but his current studio, the buidling that was shown above in the photo, has them for sure.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2022, 07:54 by Firn »

« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2022, 07:53 »
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I don't care

ShadySue

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« Reply #36 on: February 20, 2022, 07:54 »
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Aks1

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« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2022, 07:59 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

If you look at the studio from inside you might get why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYkNKP96b84

It's actually really neat. A stock photographers studio, where you need certain settings like office, home, kitchen, etc. has very different requiremenets than a traditional photo studio where almost all you need is good light and different floors and backgrounds on a roll.
It was ages ago. He hasn't been using fake environments since long time ago.

Then I really don't know what for he is using that big ass studio in Cape Tow, that was finished in 2017, according to his blog.
 Which, by the way looks pretty much like fake environments to me, you can look at the photos on Google maps,
Fake living room, fake office, oh, there is even a fake beach!

I don't knwo whether Yuri personally uses them, but his current studio, the buidling that was shown above in the photo, has them for sure.
Yes, that one in Cape Town is much more modern and scenes look more authentic. It relies on daylight for more natural look. In Cape Town, it is like in Hollywood - mostly sunny, so it can be shoot all year long. Although, his wife and him use real environments more and more. I was referring to the Danish studio, it is outdated and they gave up on productions there. Maybe because of high costs of production in Denmark also, and high taxes.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2022, 08:01 by Aks1 »

ShadySue

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« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2022, 12:15 »
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I canceled exclusivity at istock about nine years ago. After canceling exclusivity my images still sold for exclusive prices but i only got non exclusive 16%. Istock wasn't able to fix this. So i canceled my account and uploaded from zero.
Weren't you getting 16% of the 3 credit price?
And now you're getting 16% of the 1 credit price?
Looks like you were shooting yourself in the foot, UNLESS you get more than 3x sales when the prices are lower, which is perfectly possible; though like many things hard to prove cause and effect, as your reuploads would get different best match positioning.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2022, 06:30 by ShadySue »

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2022, 13:40 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

 :)

Or a furniture store?  "Roche Bobois is a world leader in furniture design and distribution."

« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2022, 04:39 »
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I canceled exclusivity at istock about nine years ago. After canceling exclusivity my images still sold for exclusive prices but i only got non exclusive 16%. Istock wasn't able to fix this. So i canceled my account and uploaded from zero.
Weren't you getting 16% of the 3 credit price?
And now you're getting 16% of the 1 credit price?
Looks like you were shooting yourself in the foot, UNLESS you get more than 3x sales when the prices are lower, which is perfectly possible; though like many things hard to prove, as your reuploads would get new best match positioning.
Income at istock was going down. At macrostock I could only sell RM because of istock exclusivity.
So it was an easy decision.


ShadySue

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« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2022, 06:21 »
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I canceled exclusivity at istock about nine years ago. After canceling exclusivity my images still sold for exclusive prices but i only got non exclusive 16%. Istock wasn't able to fix this. So i canceled my account and uploaded from zero.
Weren't you getting 16% of the 3 credit price?
And now you're getting 16% of the 1 credit price?
Looks like you were shooting yourself in the foot, UNLESS you get more than 3x sales when the prices are lower, which is perfectly possible; though like many things hard to prove, as your reuploads would get new best match positioning.
Income at istock was going down. At macrostock I could only sell RM because of istock exclusivity.
So it was an easy decision.
I wasn't questioning your decision to become indie.
I was questioning your decision to voluntarily reduce your income by 2/3rds, and waste some time and effort in so doing.


« Reply #42 on: February 21, 2022, 12:28 »
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I canceled exclusivity at istock about nine years ago. After canceling exclusivity my images still sold for exclusive prices but i only got non exclusive 16%. Istock wasn't able to fix this. So i canceled my account and uploaded from zero.
Weren't you getting 16% of the 3 credit price?
And now you're getting 16% of the 1 credit price?
Looks like you were shooting yourself in the foot, UNLESS you get more than 3x sales when the prices are lower, which is perfectly possible; though like many things hard to prove, as your reuploads would get new best match positioning.
Income at istock was going down. At macrostock I could only sell RM because of istock exclusivity.
So it was an easy decision.
I wasn't questioning your decision to become indie.
I was questioning your decision to voluntarily reduce your income by 2/3rds, and waste some time and effort in so doing.
My income was higher becoming indie than being exclusive at istock. As it has been higher before becoming exclusive at istock.
But not very much. Exclusivity just saves some time.


50%

« Reply #43 on: February 22, 2022, 06:06 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

If you look at the studio from inside you might get why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYkNKP96b84

It's actually really neat. A stock photographers studio, where you need certain settings like office, home, kitchen, etc. has very different requiremenets than a traditional photo studio where almost all you need is good light and different floors and backgrounds on a roll.
This was his old studio in Denmark (a former greenhouse)

50%

« Reply #44 on: February 22, 2022, 08:37 »
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You are correct, and he owns the building.

From a purely architectural pow, this building looks more like a tile store than a photographer's studio to me.

If you look at the studio from inside you might get why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYkNKP96b84

It's actually really neat. A stock photographers studio, where you need certain settings like office, home, kitchen, etc. has very different requiremenets than a traditional photo studio where almost all you need is good light and different floors and backgrounds on a roll.
It was ages ago. He hasn't been using fake environments since long time ago.

Then I really don't know what for he is using that big ass studio in Cape Tow, that was finished in 2017, according to his blog.
 Which, by the way looks pretty much like fake environments to me, you can look at the photos on Google maps,
Fake living room, fake office, oh, there is even a fake beach!

I don't knwo whether Yuri personally uses them, but his current studio, the buidling that was shown above in the photo, has them for sure.
some photos on Google maps doesn't show his studio they are location shots from a production by him that someone uploaded to Google Maps but they are unrelated to his studio space.

« Reply #45 on: February 22, 2022, 13:32 »
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I don't care

That makes two of us.


Aks1

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« Reply #46 on: February 22, 2022, 13:58 »
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I don't care

That makes two of us.
The only reason a care about (follow) his work is because I'm a lifestyle stock photographer, which makes perfect sense to learn, or at least, to be informed about what an elite lifestyle stock photographer is producing and how. And also, to be informed about his earnings and costs, which helps me decide on my own productions and which helps me stay informed about health of the market, because major stock photographers' moves reflect the health of the market. I can also get informed about trends in shooting styles, popular types of models, or popular clothing, or popular lens used. I keep updated about available locations for shooting, about countries which are good for productions because of low costs, or countries that are tax friendly.
But, of course, if you are landscape, wildlife, still life or news photographer it is obvious that you don't care. No need for underlining it.
« Last Edit: February 22, 2022, 14:00 by Aks1 »

« Reply #47 on: February 22, 2022, 16:43 »
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Then what are you doing here, wasting your time in a thread you don't care  ;D

I don't care

That makes two of us.

« Reply #48 on: February 22, 2022, 22:12 »
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I think DT has always done better in Europe, so maybe that is Yuri's thinking? You have to have so many baskets for your eggs these days as earnings wax and wane ... look at how far ss has fallen while Adobe has taken over the top spot. I'm surprised he's not with Adobe, especially since they have their higher end collections. But I assume those require real exclusivity.

I haven't uploaded to dreamstime in ages, but uploaded 11 files today and the first 7 were accepted while I was finishing checking the keywords on the last 3, which they also took - really fast.  And no "similars" issues despite all being the same theme.

Dreamstime is weird for me, I once made $325 on a $750 one-year EL of an image that is one of the highest amounts I've earned on a single license, but usually with my small portfolio of 365 images, I'm lucky to get one payout a year. It's generally my lowest earner. But I don't shoot the same content as Yuri. I'd guess he knows what he's doing.

 
« Last Edit: February 22, 2022, 22:16 by wordplanet »

« Reply #49 on: February 23, 2022, 08:43 »
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