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lisafx

« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2010, 14:14 »
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The new Japan lypse that was just announced requires that all images taken there that are uploaded also be sent to TS. Getty's strong-arm tactics at work?

How is that possible?  If the lypses are for IS exclusives and they can't put anything newer than 18 months in the PP??

ETA:

Just caught up with that thread.  WOW!  You are absolutely right KB.  Among the MANY rules laid out in the Japan Lypse thread is that all images have to be on both the partner sites and IS.  So then the 18 month rule is on its way out.  Sooner than I had expected...

I have never been to a lypse before, but I have read the threads detailing people's experiences in the past.  It always sounded like a fun, relaxed trip, full of socializing and the opportunity to shoot and learn at whatever pace you want. 

This one sounds like WORK.  They are choosing "assignment" photographers?  Special privileges for a select few and all sorts of rules and restrictions on everybody.  From what I am reading this is a lot more Getty and a lot less Istock.

I used to feel bad that I couldn't travel and go to the lypses.  Not anymore.  No thanks.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2010, 14:28 by lisafx »


« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2010, 17:54 »
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IStock lypse in Japan.
It is terrific.
It is stellar.
It is EPIC.
IStock is taking over the world!
Just make sure that you shoot until you drop.
Also it is important that you're fully aware of the fact that you're part of the great Getty family. So are your shots.
They go wherever Getty wants them to go.
Fair enough.
Have fun shooting in Tokyo :)

It must be an amazing place.

« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2010, 20:00 »
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Or maybe they've decided they don't like the images that many are sending to TS, and would prefer to populate it by other means.

The new Japan lypse that was just announced requires that all images taken there that are uploaded also be sent to TS. Getty's strong-arm tactics at work?
OMFG. Just checked the thread.. unbelievable. This makes me wonder how long it will take before we get to hear we MUST opt in or bugger off. (we're all part of the family, don't forget!)
Next to that, if i hear the word 'oportunity' once more i'm going to vomit.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2010, 20:02 by Artemis »

« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2010, 20:30 »
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Everything they've been doing at IS lately adds to my suspicion that Getty's ultimate goal is to destroy the microstock model. What I don't understand is, why aren't the exclusives leaving in droves?

« Reply #29 on: August 01, 2010, 01:23 »
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If they did force people to opt in to thinkstock, I think it would be the end of istock.  I can't believe Getty are going to destroy istock, microstock wont go away.  How does it make good business sense to destroy a highly profitable site and strengthen the opposition?  I still hope that contributors will get organised one day and only support sites with a fair commission.  Buyers will go to the sites with the best collections.

« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2010, 05:33 »
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Must admit I am surprised by this move, however temporary. When I joined IS my upload limit was 10 per DAY, even as a newbie, and the limits have only ever become more restrictive. Judging by the current speed of reviews they must have more than enough inspectors to match demand.

« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2010, 06:00 »
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'I used to feel bad that I couldn't travel and go to the lypses.  Not anymore.  No thanks'

Yeah, this one rubbed me the wrong way, for multiple reasons, not the least of which was the forced servitude to TS.  Benefit of the 'free' ticket I guess.

« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2010, 06:14 »
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Must admit I am surprised by this move, however temporary. When I joined IS my upload limit was 10 per DAY, even as a newbie, and the limits have only ever become more restrictive. Judging by the current speed of reviews they must have more than enough inspectors to match demand.
They have raised the limits a few times since I started in mid 2006.  It was always temporary and didn't last long.  Don't know if this is just another temporary raise or if they have worked on getting more inspectors.  We will see when everyone gets back from their summer vacations and start uploading.

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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2010, 16:58 »
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Hey if they reject 48% of my 30 uploads, now they can reject 54% of my 38 uploads, and I'm still left with 15-16 new images added to my port per week.  I'm such a pessimist.

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« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2010, 19:58 »
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Or maybe they've decided they don't like the images that many are sending to TS, and would prefer to populate it by other means.
The new Japan lypse that was just announced requires that all images taken there that are uploaded also be sent to TS. Getty's strong-arm tactics at work?
OMFG. Just checked the thread.. unbelievable. This makes me wonder how long it will take before we get to hear we MUST opt in or bugger off. (we're all part of the family, don't forget!)Next to that, if i hear the word 'oportunity' once more i'm going to vomit.


I've been saying for a while that Getty will soon start rolling out changes where contributors don't have a choice about the partner program. This is the first of many more to come.

http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/thinkstockphotos-com-getty-new-family/msg134505/#msg134505

They're not going to let TS flounder with old macro stuff and IS odds-and-ends. TS needs fresh content and that will increasingly be forced out of IS contributors.

« Reply #35 on: August 17, 2010, 20:43 »
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Just in case I haven't mentioned it:  I hate TS  >:(

Supporting TS is the worst thing stock photographers can do to themselves.
 
And I agree with Artemis, if i hear the word 'opportunity' once more I'm going to vomit. 

« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2010, 02:08 »
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Or maybe they've decided they don't like the images that many are sending to TS, and would prefer to populate it by other means.
The new Japan lypse that was just announced requires that all images taken there that are uploaded also be sent to TS. Getty's strong-arm tactics at work?
OMFG. Just checked the thread.. unbelievable. This makes me wonder how long it will take before we get to hear we MUST opt in or bugger off. (we're all part of the family, don't forget!)Next to that, if i hear the word 'oportunity' once more i'm going to vomit.


I've been saying for a while that Getty will soon start rolling out changes where contributors don't have a choice about the partner program. This is the first of many more to come.

http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/thinkstockphotos-com-getty-new-family/msg134505/#msg134505

They're not going to let TS flounder with old macro stuff and IS odds-and-ends. TS needs fresh content and that will increasingly be forced out of IS contributors.

The question is, are they willing to sacrifice istock for TS?  Istock also needs new images, if they get rid of the TS opt out, that could be the final straw for a lot of us.  Istock seem to of biased their search so that it is very hard to sell new images.  If all I could get is $0.25 subs, I wouldn't bother uploading there.  Not only is it the lowest subs commission, they also have the slowest most tedious upload procedure.  I wouldn't waste my time if my images were going to end up on TS.

« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2010, 09:45 »
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The question is, are they willing to sacrifice istock for TS?  Istock also needs new images, if they get rid of the TS opt out, that could be the final straw for a lot of us.  Istock seem to of biased their search so that it is very hard to sell new images.  If all I could get is $0.25 subs, I wouldn't bother uploading there.  Not only is it the lowest subs commission, they also have the slowest most tedious upload procedure.  I wouldn't waste my time if my images were going to end up on TS.

Sharp, I definitely respect your convictions.  But as long as I've been in microstock I've watched 99% of the contributors say "if X happens I'll pull my portfolio."  Yet nobody wants to give up revenue when push comes to shove.  I don't believe for a second that contributors will pull out of iStock if the TS opt out is removed.

What I can see happening is a lot of Exclusives might go Independent if the TS opt out is removed.  Of course if IS sales remain as putrid as they have been, the potential will increase.

« Reply #38 on: September 22, 2010, 03:10 »
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Hi all,

in istock, if you are illustrator and photographer, your upload limit is counted as vector and photos combined, right?

if you contribute video, audio..does it combined as the upload limit too?

it isn't quite right to combined vector and photo image as the upload limit..

Pixel-Pizzazz

« Reply #39 on: September 22, 2010, 09:24 »
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Hi all,

in istock, if you are illustrator and photographer, your upload limit is counted as vector and photos combined, right?

if you contribute video, audio..does it combined as the upload limit too?

it isn't quite right to combined vector and photo image as the upload limit..

You make a really good point.  How are they going to handle that with the new model?  Since the targets have been separated it only stands to reason that each catagory should have a full upload limit.

« Reply #40 on: September 22, 2010, 09:49 »
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Hi all,

in istock, if you are illustrator and photographer, your upload limit is counted as vector and photos combined, right?

if you contribute video, audio..does it combined as the upload limit too?

it isn't quite right to combined vector and photo image as the upload limit..


Video and audio have their own limits.

You're right, it isn't reasonable to keep photos/illustrations/flash together as one - not for upload limits or for exclusivity. They've said they'll look at the latter, but no timetable for any action.

« Reply #41 on: September 22, 2010, 10:04 »
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The new Japan lypse that was just announced requires that all images taken there that are uploaded also be sent to TS. Getty's strong-arm tactics at work?

How is that possible?  If the lypses are for IS exclusives and they can't put anything newer than 18 months in the PP??

ETA:

Just caught up with that thread.  WOW!  You are absolutely right KB.  Among the MANY rules laid out in the Japan Lypse thread is that all images have to be on both the partner sites and IS.  So then the 18 month rule is on its way out.  Sooner than I had expected...

I have never been to a lypse before, but I have read the threads detailing people's experiences in the past.  It always sounded like a fun, relaxed trip, full of socializing and the opportunity to shoot and learn at whatever pace you want. 

This one sounds like WORK.  They are choosing "assignment" photographers?  Special privileges for a select few and all sorts of rules and restrictions on everybody.  From what I am reading this is a lot more Getty and a lot less Istock.

I used to feel bad that I couldn't travel and go to the lypses.  Not anymore.  No thanks.

to comment on the 'lypse - the big iStockalypses I have never attended.  This Japan one has too many rules for me so I totally agree with you on this.

On the other hand, the "minilypses" that are NOT put on by iStock staff but rather by photographers who do all the work themselves are great.  They are definitely a great place to meet other stock photographers, share, learn and socialize - not to mention get a lot of great photos.  Independents can attend these for sure, the only requirement is that the photos taken at the minilypse are only uploaded to iStock.  I think you sign a release to that effect.  iStock, in the past, used to provide some funding to help out with these along with some Swag (tshirts, lanyards, etc).  These days they don't fund them (as far as I know) but they still provide swag and have specific model/photographer/property release forms that help expedite the release process.  I've attended 5 of them - coordinated one myself and helped with several others.  The friendships I gained at these and the things I learned working with other photographers were well worth it. 

-- so I just had to add that bit -- now back to the upload limits topic at hand :)

Pixel-Pizzazz

« Reply #42 on: September 22, 2010, 11:21 »
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Hi all,

in istock, if you are illustrator and photographer, your upload limit is counted as vector and photos combined, right?

if you contribute video, audio..does it combined as the upload limit too?

it isn't quite right to combined vector and photo image as the upload limit..


Video and audio have their own limits.

You're right, it isn't reasonable to keep photos/illustrations/flash together as one - not for upload limits or for exclusivity. They've said they'll look at the latter, but no timetable for any action.
Look at it later - LOL - I don't suppose they would have any reason to be witholding good news  ::)

As well, I can't understand how then can expect to still blanket exclusivity for photo, illo, flash and audio.


 

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