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« on: February 01, 2021, 17:04 »
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Dear all,

I am new or very very new to stock footage, Could you please suggest 1 site for stock?
Did some photos earlier on is, ss, fotolia, dt and 123rf.
Closed account on ss and closing on 123rf.

In my mind is Storyblock or Pond 5, anyone of you experienced seniors could aide some light? Thank you.

Regards
SK


« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2021, 08:02 »
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Pond5 sells footage quite well.

« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2021, 04:25 »
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Thank you very much!

« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2021, 09:04 »
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Shutterstock and Adobe stock 1 and 2 place for me

« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2021, 11:41 »
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pond5,ss,adobe....other agencies are a waste of time...

« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2021, 03:48 »
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Dear all,

I am new or very very new to stock footage, Could you please suggest 1 site for stock?
Did some photos earlier on is, ss, fotolia, dt and 123rf.
Closed account on ss and closing on 123rf.

In my mind is Storyblock or Pond 5, anyone of you experienced seniors could aide some light? Thank you.

Regards
SK
If you want only 1 go istock exclusive. They have their upload/submit/keywording tool (deepmeta) and this will be easier.
But if you want go professional and earn more   upload to major 5: shutterstock, adobe, pond5, istock, videohive. You can also try storyblocks. But, as I know, they don't accept new contributors. And, from professional perspective, don't accept scam advises about blackbox or wirestock. Better go iStock exclusive if you want easier way.

« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2021, 12:15 »
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Dear all,

I am new or very very new to stock footage, Could you please suggest 1 site for stock?
Did some photos earlier on is, ss, fotolia, dt and 123rf.
Closed account on ss and closing on 123rf.

In my mind is Storyblock or Pond 5, anyone of you experienced seniors could aide some light? Thank you.

Regards
SK
If you want only 1 go istock exclusive. They have their upload/submit/keywording tool (deepmeta) and this will be easier.
But if you want go professional and earn more   upload to major 5: shutterstock, adobe, pond5, istock, videohive. You can also try storyblocks. But, as I know, they don't accept new contributors. And, from professional perspective, don't accept scam advises about blackbox or wirestock. Better go iStock exclusive if you want easier way.

Be aware though that iStock don't accept editorial/unreleased footage, so being exclusive there might restrict what you can upload, depending what sort of material you produce, as you can't then upload it elsewhere either - although recently they did offer to take unreleased editorial footage on Getty, which would be good, though I've not done any yet.  But I don't know if that offer extends to new contributors;  I've been on iStock a long time.

I upload to Pond5, Shutterstock and Adobe, plus some to iStock.

« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2021, 19:58 »
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istock for no exclusive is the worst of the big agencies...3$ rpd....

« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2021, 03:02 »
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Hi there i'm a fellow newbie on the footage front. What quality do you upload, i've tried a ProRes file but a few seconds file is huge so wanted to know if that should be the standard or can i lower the quality a bit?

« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2021, 18:08 »
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Hi there i'm a fellow newbie on the footage front. What quality do you upload, i've tried a ProRes file but a few seconds file is huge so wanted to know if that should be the standard or can i lower the quality a bit?
Prores if you shoot 10 bit or raw. H264 if you shoot 8bit.
Some agencies (like artgrid) accept only ProresHQ. Pond5 has an option for additional raw or non graded Prores. So it's up to you. But prores is preferred.

« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2021, 07:07 »
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Hi there i'm a fellow newbie on the footage front. What quality do you upload, i've tried a ProRes file but a few seconds file is huge so wanted to know if that should be the standard or can i lower the quality a bit?
Prores if you shoot 10 bit or raw. H264 if you shoot 8bit.
Some agencies (like artgrid) accept only ProresHQ. Pond5 has an option for additional raw or non graded Prores. So it's up to you. But prores is preferred.
Thank you for that info.


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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2021, 09:36 »
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Pond5 and Adobe are kings of the game in the footage department. Forget Istock and SS pennies for clips and getting worse by the day. You will only devaluate your work and clap to your abusers.

Videohive you can dictate your prices and commission is not bad.

« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2021, 07:24 »
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Pond5 and Adobe are kings of the game in the footage department. Forget Istock and SS pennies for clips and getting worse by the day. You will only devaluate your work and clap to your abusers.

Videohive you can dictate your prices and commission is not bad.
Don't listen to advices like this.
If you want to be professional look what professionals do. All of top authors/studios upload to ss and istock

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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2021, 08:03 »
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Pond5 and Adobe are kings of the game in the footage department. Forget Istock and SS pennies for clips and getting worse by the day. You will only devaluate your work and clap to your abusers.

Videohive you can dictate your prices and commission is not bad.
Don't listen to advices like this.
If you want to be professional look what professionals do. All of top authors/studios upload to ss and istock

Was that a joke or are you serious? You recommend SS and IS, two of the lowest paying video sites on the planet.

Pond5 and Adobe are kings of the game in the footage department.


Worth the repeating.

« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2021, 08:22 »
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So you are a professional. I doubt it. I am for the last 25 years as a photographer the last 13 living only from stock.  Do you live from Stock ? If so you will not soon if you keep uploading to Istock and SS. I plan to keep living from this in the next 3 years at least. And not in the Ukraine but in western Europe where cost of living is much more expensive.  Planning ahead of that in this convoluted industry is too unreliable.


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Don't listen to advices like this.
If you want to be professional look what professionals do. All of top authors/studios upload to ss and istock
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2021, 16:23 »
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If you want to be professional look what professionals do.

This is excellent advice! Although I've never seen a professional telling someone to ignore advice from another professional.

« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2021, 13:24 »
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Was that a joke or are you serious? You recommend SS and IS, two of the lowest paying video sites on the planet.
If ss and is make 25-30% of income in big portfolio why give it up?
Also, there's big community of istock exclusive authors who live from istock and, I'm sure, they wouldnt agree with your position about their only stock agency 🙂
I also can recommend storyblocks. But I'm not sure if they accept new contributors.

This is excellent advice! Although I've never seen a professional telling someone to ignore advice from another professional.
It's not professional to give up part of income. But he gives advice about this 🙂 When you live from this, you should maximize income. Istock and ss make weighty part of my income and some people, that I know.
If I recall it right, maybe it was you, who wrote something like this in another topic: "until agency gives at least 1$ why give it up"?
« Last Edit: April 01, 2021, 16:13 by Teraphim »


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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2021, 15:55 »
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Congratulations to everyone who is doing well.


You have to differentiate between forum professional, microstock professional, veterans and old legends not updated with the current market. There is a lot of ambiguous term here, hard to define, confusing words. To speak in this forum, you have to put on your war helmet. It is very normal for the agent to go to this forum and only read, do not participate. The difficult thing is to participate here.

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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2021, 01:38 »
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Was that a joke or are you serious? You recommend SS and IS, two of the lowest paying video sites on the planet.
If ss and is make 25-30% of income in big portfolio why give it up?
Also, there's big community of istock exclusive authors who live from istock and, I'm sure, they wouldnt agree with your position about their only stock agency 🙂
I also can recommend storyblocks. But I'm not sure if they accept new contributors.

This is excellent advice! Although I've never seen a professional telling someone to ignore advice from another professional.
It's not professional to give up part of income. But he gives advice about this 🙂 When you live from this, you should maximize income. Istock and ss make weighty part of my income and some people, that I know.
If I recall it right, maybe it was you, who wrote something like this in another topic: "until agency gives at least 1$ why give it up"?

Dayum straight... never quite understood people who go out of their way to earn nothing. It's like... "I was earning $1000 a month which I was happy with, but now I'm earning $250 a month which I'm not happy with, so I'm going to remove all of my items so that I'll earn $0 a month, which I'll be happier with than earning $250". Does not compute.

« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2021, 08:34 »
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The problem is the same video brings 1,50$ on SS and 26 on Adobe. And it's not like SS sells 20 times more videos to compensate with volume at least. Also trying to squeeze every penny from your work is detrimental for all contributors in the long run and it shows you're missing the bigger picture. You're 1,50$ richer now but that same behaviour will lead to your income being cut in half or by 2/3 in 3,4,5 years
« Last Edit: April 03, 2021, 10:17 by thx9000 »

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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2021, 18:45 »
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If the agencies are squeezing every last penny from our work then we may as well too... and the market is going to do whatever it is going to do whether we upload to x, y and z agency or not.

Yes, if every single one of us stopped uploading to one specific agency then that one specific agency will shut down, but that's never going to happen. I mean, Shutterstock saw less than a 1% drop in content from the supposed boycott which had been replaced by new content before the week was out.

Our influence on the future of stock is a lot less than you think, and whatever the future looks like it's going to be dictated more by buyers and agencies than it is us lot.


 

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