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Author Topic: Gettyimages invites everyone to try to go exclusive. Who is interested?  (Read 1795 times)

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ShadySue

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« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2022, 06:22 »
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I haven't heard /read of any iStock contributors who have been accepted into Getty in the last few years.
Any I've read about were told their work was "more suitable for iStock".

Maybe those who have been successful have chosen, or been told (?), not to post about it.

Maybe you know someone who has made the leap recently (in the past, it was possible and known about).

I had an invite from Getty back when they had a deal with flickr more than 10 years ago. Took the invite, submitted images, and after 5 years, had made less than a 200$ in sales. So I closed the Getty account and applied for istock, put the same images in and a few thousand more and now they've netted over 5k in 4 years. So I'm not really sure if being on Getty as big a deal (you still get a ton of 2 cent sales). Maybe it works much better for people who shoot exclusive briefs but I was doing primarily editorial and travel.

I was accepted to Getty via iStock exclusivity, to my extreme surprise, about ten or more years ago.
I didn't accept on the grounds that I would have had to fill in a US tax declaration. I didn't know what that meant and didn't want to do it, so I declined.
Also, at that time Getty and iS were totally separate and you couldn't post sisters/similars across the sites, and similar was very broadly interpreted.
Ironically, I had to fill in the form via iS a couple of years later. It wasn't what I'd thought it was.
I don't think I missed too much -  My editorial files get mirrored on Getty as 'iStock unreleased', (which sounds dodgy, IMO), as does a small selection of my other files (seems to depend on the 'whim' of the inspector, there's no other rhyme or reason to it).



ShadySue

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« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2022, 11:47 »
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I haven't heard /read of any iStock contributors who have been accepted into Getty in the last few years.
Any I've read about were told their work was "more suitable for iStock".

Maybe those who have been successful have chosen, or been told (?), not to post about it.

Maybe you know someone who has made the leap recently (in the past, it was possible and known about).
So we are talking only about the Exclusive contributor with the Fast Track to Custom Content program. Exclusive for this specific program.
I see nothing in the text on the link you posted as the OP which suggests they're only offering exclusive for custom content. It's all about iStock exclusivity as a whole. I didn't watch the video, just read the text.

« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2022, 14:45 »
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Who would actually go out their way to shoot something specific they are told to for stock money? I think its far more productive to shoot 100 road signs in a shorter time and make more money from that, than to follow a lead given by iStock or any micro stock company

« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2022, 16:52 »
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Who would actually go out their way to shoot something specific they are told to for stock money? I think its far more productive to shoot 100 road signs in a shorter time and make more money from that, than to follow a lead given by iStock or any micro stock company
Well, there are many people who make money freelancing. A lot of people. Not everyone can work abstractly, guess the conjuncture and then sell it. Many people need a specific order.

ShadySue

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« Reply #29 on: November 03, 2022, 18:15 »
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Who would actually go out their way to shoot something specific they are told to for stock money? I think its far more productive to shoot 100 road signs in a shorter time and make more money from that, than to follow a lead given by iStock or any micro stock company
Well, there are many people who make money freelancing. A lot of people. Not everyone can work abstractly, guess the conjuncture and then sell it. Many people need a specific order.
Yes, but (as said above) in this case your images are up against those of anyone else who wants to take on the brief, and Getty takes 70%. If someone else's images are favoured, you're heavily out of pocket, as it's hardly likely you could use the files as general stock because of the branded product. (they don't allow 'posed' or 'set up' editorial in the general collection)
However, if you feel it would work for you, why not just try it? Or as 'they' say, "knock yourself out".

« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2022, 03:24 »
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However, if you feel it would work for you, why not just try it? Or as 'they' say, "knock yourself out".
It's a question of exclusivity on iStock. If, in order to participate in the Fast Track to Custom Content program, I have to close all my accounts on other stocks, then this is not interesting. If iStock were to introduce exclusivity only for videos that are filmed for the Fast Track to Custom Content program, that might be interesting.
It is not at all clear why the Getty started this program at all. What is the purpose of the getty. If you find authors who will shoot for the Fast Track to Custom Content program, then why put a condition on complete exclusivity. It seems that they want not so much to find authors for this program, but to lure people into exclusives on iStock.
I know that the authors who are exclusive to the Getty are satisfied with the income. But I don't know if the authors who are exclusive only on iStock are happy with the income.


 

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