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General Stock Discussion / Re: Current photo/art project?
« on: Yesterday at 21:11 »
With the change of seasons and a bit of fresh snow on the mountains I have been getting up early for some sunrise pics - combined with the moonset recently.  I have a huge backlog of hiking photos to get through, but it isn't really worth it for micro prices. but if I am working on something I might keyword and upload it.

I would say one photo sale should be enough to buy a cup of coffee but not at $.10 anymore especially at starbucks  :(

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Current photo/art project?
« on: October 23, 2021, 19:59 »
I tend to shot seasonal --- like autumn things which will go to the stock companies. I like to pick what I want to shot and when I feel like it. I will not allow the microstock business create stress especially on the wimpy price per images...

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Pond5 / Re: How has Pond5 been in 2021?
« on: October 23, 2021, 10:30 »
 "the exposure from wirestock will be better than my few videos now"

I feel they wirestock would benefit you the most. Sure you get a more $$$ on single sale with exclusive on Pond5 but lose the potential of more sales that Wirestock could produce for you. 

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And lots of images on the free sites are stolen images so you have to investigate just to find the original copyright owner. Best to pay for a license to use the image you want.

If only all followed that process-- we would have some nice $$ in our pockets for our hard work  8)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: This month's sales
« on: October 22, 2021, 08:48 »
that's really good! You're moving in the right direction with promise.  8)

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ok thanks for the answers..that saved me lots of trouble

might have saved you from retaining a lawyer  8)

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DT= Deep Thr*@%    8)


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 "Unfortunately we can no longer keep online images with Caucasian white people wearing American Indian attire (or any other type of native people). This is now considere cultural appropriation so images, even with children, need to be removed.

My neighbor is 25% native American and looks pure Caucasian white male. He is member of his tribe here as well. So he cannot wear his tribe clothing anymore? 

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General - Top Sites / Re: The paranoia question
« on: October 18, 2021, 15:30 »
Lol! Four days without sales. That will teach me not place paranoia topics like this :)

Get use to the no sales day-- sadly they are getting more and more common. Years ago most of us got sales even on weekends feeling we had a bright future.

A few years ago I asked my mentor what my future was in the microstock business -- she said, "Close your eyes and tell me what you see?" I told I her that I see nothing but darkness. She didn't say anything afterwards...

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Still appears you are guilty until proven innocent  :-[

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Thanks Mat!


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Personally, I don't agree with what not to shoot. If you can do the image/video very well and capture it uniquely it can bump off other top selling images. The top sellers will be come stale and buyers will be looking for something fresh.  Objectively and being creative are key to competing with millions of images...

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What if the OP works for the agency? Would they be considered a double agent spy (007)  8)

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If the OP is the original artist, they will re-instate his account and return the money.



Are you Shutterstock liason? Curious how you state as fact.

BINGO!!! There's a perfect example of the hostility that we really don't need brought in from elsewhere.

Having hung out for many years on this forum with Pete, I'd bet my life that he is not a Shitterstock liaison.

Also knowing Pete for many years the only liaison that he is: Green Bay Packer fan, scotch drinker and taking great race car images!

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thanks  8)

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General Stock Discussion / Photoshop Subscription via Adobe
« on: October 17, 2021, 12:45 »
Hey Folks,

Do you know the folks that got photoshop for free if it was for one computer or two computers?

Thanks

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General - Top Sites / Re: The paranoia question
« on: October 15, 2021, 15:59 »
...
 I also think that the difference will be more noticable the more sales you have.
You say you sell between 10 and 20 photos a week - If you think about it that's actually quite a high fluctuation of 50%, so not really stable at all. It just seems so similar to you, because the number 10 is rather close to 20. But if you upscale the numbers to 100 compared to 200 sales or even 1000 compared to 2000, which is the same ratio, you will see much clearer that your sales aren't as stable as you think.

but it's unlikely that will be the case - small sample size will have much greater swings & variation - eg, 1 buyer taking a series of 5-10 images will distort an average of 15, but have no effect on sales of 100-200.  this is the reason we get so many worries/complaints about swings when really it's to be expected. it's called regression to the mean - will happen quickly for large samples, slower for small ones.

well stated! Commonly referred to as the 'Wall'--- once hit it no matter how many images you add the income levels stay the same or even drop...

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Adobe Stock / Re: Bulk delete content from Adobe
« on: October 15, 2021, 10:35 »
the clear this one up-- Do you want to remove all your images on AS? If so, than closing your account is the smartest and fastest way.

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DT must have a lot of mentally deranged buyers  :(

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General Stock Discussion / Re: This month's sales
« on: October 15, 2021, 07:25 »
In this business the reviews are slow and the pay is low that is how we go (Rap song)... 8)

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General - Top Sites / Re: The paranoia question
« on: October 14, 2021, 16:04 »
truly depends on what you submit. For example, backgrounds can sell all year long. Food and health sell all year long.  Seems like you have some good commercial images to get regular sales.  Good start...

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Impact of stopping uploads
« on: October 14, 2021, 15:45 »
thank you everybody, you helped me a lot. I am doing illustrations with open source software and an old machine. I have no extra expenses. After 12 years in the business (almoste every day) I need some time-out...

I've taken a few months off here and there during my 10 plus years in this business. And I've drank my share during the shooting and processing of my images  ;D

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Impact of stopping uploads
« on: October 14, 2021, 12:55 »
Impact/benefits of not uploading anymore--

1. Waking up and finally realizing that this business is well past it day
2. More free time to spend on things you enjoy (family, travel, beer)
3. Getting a real paying job instead of wasting time dreaming
4. Not wasting $$$ on expensive equipment anymore

 8)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Impact of stopping uploads
« on: October 13, 2021, 08:30 »
for me none. My new images are not getting sales only the old ones  :-[

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