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« on: March 24, 2014, 12:48 »
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Hi All,

Macrografiks is now accepting other type of images apart from closeups/macros. After many interviews and surveys done to different stock image customers we realised this is the best way to take, that is what most customers prefer and what they recommend to us.

It is important to note that we will keep a high-quality standard and a strong focus on artistic images, avoiding the typical and traditional photos widely offered on many popular agencies.

We are still in the process of implementing the model release option in the platform, so at this time we are not taking images of people that can be identified. This should be ready soon though.

Find more information at:
http://macrografiks.com/join

Thanks
FA

*See attachment for a reference of the type of images we aim for.


Goofy

« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014, 15:58 »
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Hi All,

Macrografiks is now accepting other type of images apart from closeups/macros. After many interviews and surveys done to different stock image customers we realised this is the best way to take, that is what most customers prefer and what they recommend to us.

It is important to note that we will keep a high-quality standard and a strong focus on artistic images, avoiding the typical and traditional photos widely offered on many popular agencies.

We are still in the process of implementing the model release option in the platform, so at this time we are not taking images of people that can be identified. This should be ready soon though.

Find more information at:
http://macrografiks.com/join

Thanks
FA

*See attachment for a reference of the type of images we aim for.



I have mixed feelings on this move- If you accept what all the other companies accept especially the big companies (Top Tier) how can you compete with them? You will most likely come and go by the way side. On the other hand if you have a niche (ie Macro) buyers will go directly to your site if they are looking for that niche.

Just my thoughts...


« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014, 16:30 »
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I have mixed feelings on this move- If you accept what all the other companies accept especially the big companies (Top Tier) how can you compete with them? You will most likely come and go by the way side. On the other hand if you have a niche (ie Macro) buyers will go directly to your site if they are looking for that niche.

Just my thoughts...

Hi G.

We thought the same when we created Macrografiks, and the main idea for keeping the gallery mostly about closeups was to specify our content. However, after talking to many people(customer point of view) we realized this specification didn't have any real value for them, for different reasons:

- The 'closeup' thing is just a technical characteristic, there is no real target-audience there.
- Most customers don't even know what a macro/closeup photo is.
- Customers want to find other type of images, so they can use the same gallery for many projects.
- Other agencies offer a good deal of macros too. We weren't offering something different really.

So we have decided to be specific about the style of the images, which is not a technical characteristic but a quality value.

Also we found out that the macro specialty was very much appreciated among photographers only, not customers.

We will keep macros as a strong part of our gallery, but offering other categories too.

Goofy

« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014, 16:36 »
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can you show us a link of what type of images your seeking?

Stockbo is also gearing up on a similar approach as well.

« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2014, 16:55 »
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can you show us a link of what type of images your seeking?

Stockbo is also gearing up on a similar approach as well.


A good place to see the type of images that we like is this Pinterest board:
http://www.pinterest.com/macrografiks/photografiks

That's the ideal of course, we'll be more flexible when it comes to approve content.

Goofy

« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 10:02 »
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after  looking over the images maybe 'Stocksy' would be the best place to host these.  Once again you're going up against a power house....

« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2014, 10:41 »
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can you show us a link of what type of images your seeking?

Stockbo is also gearing up on a similar approach as well.


A good place to see the type of images that we like is this Pinterest board:
http://www.pinterest.com/macrografiks/photografiks


That's the ideal of course, we'll be more flexible when it comes to approve content.

These are very fine pictures, far better than stocksys because they are not cultish, but are founded on quality (in my opinion). Go for it.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2014, 10:45 by JPSDK »

mlwinphoto

« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2014, 12:34 »
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For those of you on the fence over whether or not to participate at Macrografiks I can tell you that FA is the best agency owner I have ever dealt with....very open to suggestions, very respective of contributors, and very fair in submission selections. 
It may be off to a slow start with the focus having been on macro but the hope is that the move to a more generalized content will bring in a wider buyer base.  The prices are decent and the commissions fair, the imagery is of high quality; worth a try, IMO.  You are the key to its success.
If nothing else take a look at the site and see what you think of the design and the content. 
Time for us to migrate away from the corporate greed of the likes of iStock and others and support the 'little' guy.

Goofy

« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2014, 12:42 »
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For those of you on the fence over whether or not to participate at Macrografiks I can tell you that FA is the best agency owner I have ever dealt with....very open to suggestions, very respective of contributors, and very fair in submission selections. 
It may be off to a slow start with the focus having been on macro but the hope is that the move to a more generalized content will bring in a wider buyer base.  The prices are decent and the commissions fair, the imagery is of high quality; worth a try, IMO.  You are the key to its success.
If nothing else take a look at the site and see what you think of the design and the content. 
Time for us to migrate away from the corporate greed of the likes of iStock and others and support the 'little' guy.

Ditto

« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2014, 15:41 »
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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2014, 19:53 »
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For those of you on the fence over whether or not to participate at Macrografiks I can tell you that FA is the best agency owner I have ever dealt with....very open to suggestions, very respective of contributors, and very fair in submission selections. ...
Time for us to migrate away from the corporate greed of the likes of iStock and others and support the 'little' guy.

I agree in principle but I looked at the Pinterest board. Looks just like Stocksy and I can guarantee that if that's what they really want, they'll hate my work. So then they'll go after those people who produce Stocksy work - which might be hard 'cause anyone who can do that will be with Stocksy.

I am still with GL Stock - small outfit and fair royalties - although the sales have been very anemic, at least for me. I'm in the process of dropping Veer (crappy partner situation with no opt out). I would put my images on a torrent site before I'd give them to Deposit Photos.

I'm very open to a serious new site - if Stockbo finally gets their metadata reading problems fixed I'll give them a shot perhaps. I can't see my work fitting in with Micrografiks view of their future though.

« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2014, 01:33 »
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I'm going to apply this weekend. Excited!


 

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