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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock acquires Unsplash
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:46 »

The more you have listed free on Unsplash the higher you will be ranked on Unsplash Hire for private contract work. Well played.

Uber for photographers ?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock acquires Unsplash
« on: April 05, 2021, 08:33 »
Without istock - Getty Images probably shut down business years ago. Istock is paying the bill for Getty Images, even for the Unsplash deal.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock exciting news : $0.00 royalties
« on: April 05, 2021, 08:26 »
This 0,00x Sales has been so exiting that i canceled istock last year. Never regretted it.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Will Getty buy Shutterstock?
« on: March 26, 2021, 11:49 »
I don't think Getty Images has enough money to buy Shutterstock. Istock was a bargain years ago.
Shutterstock won't be that cheap and i don't think there'll be much return of investment buying a stock photo agency nowadays.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Quality of stock photo
« on: March 10, 2021, 12:13 »
1) Yes / No - technically there has been an improvement, relating to creativity its still the same like 10 years ago.
2) Yes / No - because ten years ago it was much harder to produce large amount, upload it and get it accepted.
Nowadays its not so difficult to produce 400 images a month, edit it and get 90% accepted at istock, shutterstock and AdobeStock..
3) It depends were you are living. If you are leaving in Russia and produce 5000+ images a year, i think its fine.

Nowadays there are about 2800 Competitors with more than 14.000 files at shutterstock.

How do you know?  That's an amazing number.
There is a Website providing these numbers of Shutterstock artist.
Guess Shutterstock is aiming to get it closed
Lolostock  - https://microstockrank.com/shutterstock/contributor/2366-Lolostock

Its not only about portfolio size.
I also depends on average monthly uploads.
In early days of microstock it was possible to compete at a level of 1:1000.
For every 1000 Uploads at shutterstock, contributors were able to upload 1 Image.
Nowadays competition is getting harder and harder. A portfolio with 14000 images was great years ago. Nowadays there are about 2800 Competitors with more than 14.000 files at shutterstock.
Even if your images are better than 90% of the rest at shutterstock, nobody finds your images in this mass volume game.


General Stock Discussion / Re: All down
« on: February 28, 2021, 04:46 »
There is an oversupply of images, a Covid crisis and probably also an economic crisis on the way.
No good time for microstock business.
My sales are OK, but don't expect any growth. Its more a declining of sales month to month.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
« on: February 14, 2021, 12:03 »
I also deleted all images and closed my account at shutterstock.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Learning from GameStop action
« on: January 31, 2021, 05:59 »
Just imagine that a large group of image creators teamed up like the individual investors in shares of the GameStop company against the short sellers and decided to fight the stock agencies and CEO's who sell them short. 

Comparing GameStop and Shutterstock is like......
An investor can buy an image for about $4. But the investors insist to drive the image price crazy upwards. The latest buyers got an $4 image for about $400.
Some of the latest buyers will loose very much. Its a matter of days that the ridiculous high price will drop into nirvana.
I don't believe that this will happen with shutterstock images.

"The future looks bold, bright, and breathtaking".
Really?  ::)
The future looks shuttershock

General Stock Discussion / Re: 2020 vs 2019 sales comparison
« on: December 20, 2020, 07:57 »
Out of curiosity. Is the increase of annual sales revenue due to the Corona niche filled with new images or is it about portfolio growth in general.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: November Numbers have been published
« on: December 20, 2020, 03:32 »
Closed my istock account at March. Its a long way to Australia, seems there are still some of my photos available.
Three sales in Australia, each for $0,08 at November.

There is an oversupply of Content at all agencies.
It won't help only uploading at middle-tier agencies. There is also an oversupply.
Half of the world ist uploading to microstock.
Right now i am only uploading to AdobeStock. It works for me and i get some money to buy some new gear.
Uploading to all the middle-tier agencies is not making much sense for me. Much more work for some pennies i don't need.

Site Related / Re: Where is Everybody?
« on: December 02, 2020, 12:07 »
I have deleted my portfolio at all microstock agencies except AdobeStock.
There is no reason to work hard for microstock - you just don't get paid for hard work there.
I will do microstock just for fun in the future.
So i am more at creative positioned sites than at business positioned sites like MSG.

I don't see any future anymore in deliver all the micros especially since SS did cut earnings!
At the moment i only have images at Adobe Stock.
Its more about the fun.
Earnings ? What the f.. is earnings, its microstock.

Adobe Stock / Re: Undiscovered Assets
« on: October 22, 2020, 06:29 »
Its not much a problem for me. When is shoot food, i don't take only one pictures. I shoot series of about 10 images.
If there are only two images of a series that sell its OK.
There is some kind of oversupply. So it is necessary to upload as many images as possible, because they are getting found only at new images search. So you need to upload many new images every week. They are lost after a month, ore two. Because of the flood of new images. So you must be part of the flood. The game must go on, shoot - upload - repeat.

Never activated Adobe bonus program.
Think i am to lazy for activating.

It is years ago that i canceled exclusivity at istock. Since i keyword in LRC it was easy to upload my portfolio at other micros. I must admit that i shoot mostly food. So there is no MR or PR needed.
About the earnings. There was not much difference between istock exclusivity and delivering the big five.
Its just more work. Nowadays there should be an advantage at istock exclusivity. There ist no upload limit at the micros. At istock signature collection there is some selection that prevent flooding the collection.

General Stock Discussion / Re: How do you keyword?
« on: October 12, 2020, 06:42 »
I use LR classic. Title and description in Meta data, keywords from keyword list.
At series with mostly similar keywords i synchronize these keywords to the other images.
Last step save meta data in file - done.
Agencies reading out metadata from file.
With istock there is some work in DeepMeta. Adobe stock is also some work with essential keywords placing in front. There should Adobe Bridge do better. But i have no workflow with Adobe Bridge. I import, develop, and keyword my images in LRC an do some changes in PS.

General Stock Discussion / Re: How do you keyword?
« on: October 11, 2020, 05:28 »
I use Adobe Lightroom with self built keyword catalog. Works fine and fast.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 20, 2020, 03:36 »
This ist not the way for me to upload more and more images. I have already closed my account at istock and Shutterstock.
My Goal ist to upload top 100 images at Adobe Stock every month. Its like in the old days of analog photography when i send every month some images to photography magazine competitions. I won't win prices at Adobe Stock. Its about a personal competition to create some top images every month.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: August 2020 data is available ESP
« on: September 19, 2020, 12:33 »
Closed my istock account months ago, still sales at istock.
I don't care much about but wondering why they payout less than $1 ?????

iStockPhoto.com / Re: July stats disappeared?
« on: August 23, 2020, 05:09 »
8 sales at July, got $0,5
Wow :'(
Otherwise i closed my account months ago.  8)

I am not sure the analogy is precise but I do not see similarity neither. Epic is using the Google/Apple system and agreed that the Google/Apple system will be taking fees if something is sold through that system. Epic used their system but collected fees elsewhere, so there is clear violation of the policy. It is more like editing an already uploaded and approved image to Shutterstock with a link to alternative payment method. The image will be found with the help of SS system but paid somewhere else if a customer wishes to do so. That is basically not correct especially if Epic agreed not do so (as it is in the Play Store/App Store policies).

And even if Epic wins the lawsuit, it does not relate to our situation. It is about monopoly. SS is not monopoly at all. You have hundreds of microstock sites where you can sell your images and even though SS has a high market share, it is far far far away from monopoly. Really, no connection with SS case. Do not hope for any change at SS in relationship with Apple/Epic case.
There ist some kind of near-monopoly at microstock.
Either you go exclusive at istock, or deliver the big three - istock, shutterstock, Adobe Stock.
Because of this market power shutterstock is in the position to cut fees.
There are no more independent microstock producers. At least for stock images.
Deliver all of the big three, go istock exclusive or leave the game.

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