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Off Topic / Re: Bausch & Lomb 60mm telescope
« on: Yesterday at 12:40 »
Noted. Again, it boils down to the price, especially if it's just a plaything.

I don't have a "decent" telephoto. I mean, it's OK, but I still have to get too close to birds and butterflies and such to be able to pull off a stealth shot.

If it's a Bausch & Lomb 60mm Balscope - that's a spotting scope, smaller than a reflector but it's optical glass, not a mirror. Probably better images. Zoom or fixed? Does it include the tripod mount or stand? Is it clear not getting fogged or growing mold?

I've had the same experience as above, telescopes are not as sharp or bright as a real lens. Adapters are inexpensive. If you can get it for about hlf of the usual Sold For price on eBay, then off to the party and have fun. From the guess at what this is, it's kind of like a long lens without any settings, and you could possibly mount it on a tripod and move around pretty easily. Maybe even hand held.

Outside of the fun aspects, and unless you get it for a very good low price, you are more likely to get better results and value, with a used lens at the same price. There are some very nice manual lenses out there and depending on the camera, with an adapter, you'll be right in the same place as trying to make a telescope into a lens?

Just on an odd note. Years ago there were adapters for camera lenses that made them into scopes, by adding the eyepiece to the camera mount on the back end of the lens.  :)

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Among conservatives, woke has come to be used primarily as an insult. In this pejorative sense, woke means "following an intolerant and moralising ideology". British journalist Steven Poole comments that the term is used to mock "overrighteous liberalism". Romano says that on the American right, "'woke' like its cousin 'canceled' bespeaks 'political correctness' gone awry" Wikipedia

Political correctness' gone awry and "overrighteous liberalism" seems like Woke doesn't just have one strict meaning anymore. And I kind of like the intolerant and moralising ideology
version

But I suppose I have to admit, the guy complaining at the cafe' isn't woke, he's just uninformed and unaware of the actual laws that apply to everyday photography out in public. If you stand outside and take photos, I suppose eventually someone will come up and shout "what are you doing"? I've been asked by the local police, no problem, I explained stock photos, and he said "people do that?"

I've been asked to move by airport police (whatever they were actually) and did, even though I was standing on a public sidewalk.

Yeah, big camera, that scares people. I don't know why. You can shoot with an iPhone all day and it seems no one notices?


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Doesn't matter, there are many portfolios smoothly submitting AI content. There is no way for agencies to track whether the content is AI or not. And even AI cannot tell difference between digitally created and digitally generated images.

That's a fact, but at least there are some that are not allowing the flood.

That just means we can't sell it. Several of the agencies have deals to put AI generators on the sites themselves, and I would think also add AI generated work to the collection.

While also true, it seems a contradiction to the claimed reasons why we can't upload AI created images?

"Because AI content generation models leverage the IP of many artists and their content, AI-generated content ownership cannot be assigned to an individual. Per our Contributor Terms of Service (Sections 13d and 13f), contributors must have proven IP ownership of all content that is submitted. As such, AI-generated content should not be submitted to Shutterstock."

We'll have to wait and see how this turns out. But for the half empty, doomed people, with a perpetual black storm over their head, and who never stop finding what's wrong, their mind is made up, "Artificial Intelligence (is) killing the whole industry".

Nope, just killing our income from the industry. Just like my allusion that Microstock is already dead, that's really just for some artists. AI will replace some of us and make some of our images less valuable, but AI will not kill the whole industry.

Some agency deals mean the AI company will use the agency's collection to train the AI. I am sure terms will be updated soon to say we agree to it if we want to sell through the agency.

Yes and that way, they own the images and control the output and eliminate us. All very possible.

This needs to be decided in the courts before anyone is going to go into Open AI big. I don't see how using all PD and scraped images or paying pennies to an agency for a selection, makes anything infringing? And back to the use argument, where we get paid for allowing our images to train AI, where do they send those pennies?

There's no money in that for us and no way to track use. There are better battles to be fought.

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Off Topic / Re: Bausch & Lomb 60mm telescope
« on: November 29, 2022, 12:41 »
Kind of yes any camera but something you can see through like a SLR or one with a nice viewing screen. There's all kinds of "stuff" up there that you don't need special equipment to photograph.

Personally my telephoto lenses are better than a telescope for photos, but a telescope is better for seeing far away. Some of each one has their own advantages.



Simple adapter, just a hollow tube, you'll have to search. I found this one on eBay. The one end is the diameter of the eyepiece tube and there is an eyepiece still in that, the other is a Canon EF mount. Everything is going to be manual. It wasn't expensive, under $30.

Mostly, have fun!

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Doesn't matter, there are many portfolios smoothly submitting AI content. There is no way for agencies to track whether the content is AI or not. And even AI cannot tell difference between digitally created and digitally generated images.

That's a fact, but at least there are some that are not allowing the flood.

That just means we can't sell it. Several of the agencies have deals to put AI generators on the sites themselves, and I would think also add AI generated work to the collection.

While also true, it seems a contradiction to the claimed reasons why we can't upload AI created images?

"Because AI content generation models leverage the IP of many artists and their content, AI-generated content ownership cannot be assigned to an individual. Per our Contributor Terms of Service (Sections 13d and 13f), contributors must have proven IP ownership of all content that is submitted. As such, AI-generated content should not be submitted to Shutterstock."

We'll have to wait and see how this turns out. But for the half empty, doomed people, with a perpetual black storm over their head, and who never stop finding what's wrong, their mind is made up, "Artificial Intelligence (is) killing the whole industry".

Nope, just killing our income from the industry. Just like my allusion that Microstock is already dead, that's really just for some artists. AI will replace some of us and make some of our images less valuable, but AI will not kill the whole industry.

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Re: Artificial Intelligence killing the whole industry = Maybe Not Yet?

SSTK:
Why was my content rejected as Non-Licensable Content?

Content cannot be licensed due to legal restrictions

If your content was rejected as Non-Licensable Content, it is because we cannot license this content in our collection due to legal compliance restrictions. This type of restricted content cannot be published for either commercial or editorial use therefore it is considered non-licensable.
 
Restrictions could include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:
...
    Appears to have been created with AI-generative technology 

Why cant I claim copyright to AI-generated content if I am the one who produced the query that generated the synthetic content?
 
Because AI content generation models leverage the IP of many artists and their content, AI-generated content ownership cannot be assigned to an individual. Per our Contributor Terms of Service (Sections 13d and 13f), contributors must have proven IP ownership of all content that is submitted. As such, AI-generated content should not be submitted to Shutterstock.


Getty / iStock:

Getty Images does not accept files created using AI generative models. There are open questions with respect to the copyright of outputs from these models and there are unaddressed rights issues with respect to the underlying imagery and metadata used to train these models. Please see https://contributors.gettyimages.com/article/9685 for more information.

AI Generated Content
Wednesday September 21, 2022
Effectively immediately, Getty Images will cease to accept all submissions created using AI generative models (e.g., Stable Diffusion, Dall-E 2, MidJourney, etc.) and prior submissions utilizing such models will be removed.

 

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: November 28, 2022, 11:07 »
...

Another question: I can only filter for "fresh images" and "top images" within my own portfolio. Do you actually get the possibility to filter by "most popular" within your own portfolio?

that's for image portfolio

for portfolio/catalog manager you get the other choices

Ah, okay, thanks - found that in the catalog manager now. I just hadn't looked there at all.

As far as I see it, the difference between Top Images (Portfolio view) sort and Most Popular (Catalog Manager) is just the name. A small test, beyond the obvious first page, Page 4 is identical to page four on either view.

Mine are identical, in the same order. Only thing different is, catalog manager offers Newest or Oldest as a choice. Portfolio calls it Fresh Images and picking the last page takes you to the oldest.

Catalog manager you have to click through for each page, portfolio you can just select a page number and ENTER. Catalog manager the filter by keywords is really nice on portfolio it's just search.

But the important part is, the order for Top Images is Identical to Most Popular.

Yes, Pete, by now I also realized that there is no difference between "top images" and "most popular".

I figured you would. 👍 This happened a while back and I suppose that whole discussion became lost to history, because it was pretty irrelevant. But they decided to stop calling them Best Sellers and the said Most Popular, when neither is true. Then it switch on part of the site to "Top Images" which is just a mysterious for what does that mean?

Please bookmark this one (yeah I've never said that before) Top Performers 100 per page instead of the default 25. Makes things much easier to view and review.

 https://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings/top-performers?page=1&date_range=0&sort_direction=desc&per_page=100&language=en

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I think DT has always done better in Europe, so maybe that is Yuri's thinking? You have to have so many baskets for your eggs these days as earnings wax and wane ... look at how far ss has fallen while Adobe has taken over the top spot. I'm surprised he's not with Adobe, especially since they have their higher end collections. But I assume those require real exclusivity.

I haven't uploaded to dreamstime in ages, but uploaded 11 files today and the first 7 were accepted while I was finishing checking the keywords on the last 3, which they also took - really fast.  And no "similars" issues despite all being the same theme.

Dreamstime is weird for me, I once made $325 on a $750 one-year EL of an image that is one of the highest amounts I've earned on a single license, but usually with my small portfolio of 365 images, I'm lucky to get one payout a year. It's generally my lowest earner. But I don't shoot the same content as Yuri. I'd guess he knows what he's doing.

Apparently he is not earning much as well. This amount is a funny number for Yuri for an entire year. He might have thought that this was better than nothing :D

Stupid question maybe but how do you get this info (the screenshot above) for a contributor? Or do you have to have a buyer's account to see that at Shutterstock?

The above screen capture is from Dreamstime not SSTK. That would explain how?


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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: November 27, 2022, 12:23 »
...

Another question: I can only filter for "fresh images" and "top images" within my own portfolio. Do you actually get the possibility to filter by "most popular" within your own portfolio?

that's for image portfolio

for portfolio/catalog manager you get the other choices

Ah, okay, thanks - found that in the catalog manager now. I just hadn't looked there at all.

As far as I see it, the difference between Top Images (Portfolio view) sort and Most Popular (Catalog Manager) is just the name. A small test, beyond the obvious first page, Page 4 is identical to page four on either view.

Mine are identical, in the same order. Only thing different is, catalog manager offers Newest or Oldest as a choice. Portfolio calls it Fresh Images and picking the last page takes you to the oldest.

Catalog manager you have to click through for each page, portfolio you can just select a page number and ENTER. Catalog manager the filter by keywords is really nice on portfolio it's just search.

But the important part is, the order for Top Images is Identical to Most Popular.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: November 25, 2022, 14:32 »

I had a sub to Wile E. Coyote yesterday Acme, United States

Out of curiosity, did the image happen to be of a road runner?

I can't see anymore but it might have been this one?



or this?



I don't have any anvils, rockets, or explosives.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: How Algorithms Work
« on: November 25, 2022, 14:03 »
I liked this part:

- 3.00% unnecessary keywords, number of keywords greater than necessary.
- 5.00% Title and keywords do not match.
- 1.00% keywords contradict each other e.g.: "background" and "isolated".
- 5.00% keywords contradict each other very strongly e.g.: photo of a woman but keyword "men".

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: November 24, 2022, 13:23 »
Yes Pete, I had read the answer from Firn. But I don't know if that is the case with others - except Firn and me. Two people are not representative and can be a pure coincidence.

I guess you didn't recall that mine were also doing the same, old or new, everything with the keyword Christmas is at the end of Most Popular. How many people will it take, in different countries before you say it's not just some pure "coincidence"?

We need to ask more people to look at Catalog Manager > Most Poplar and see what's last on the last page. For me it's all my Christmas images.

So far the count on that is 3 for 3.  ;D

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: October sales statement in
« on: November 24, 2022, 13:07 »
Actually Deep Meta was working in the same manner because it was the same information. You would see the views and interactions dissapearing after a (running) month but it did keep the last view or interaction date, as I remember correctly.

Still there, except the last update was April 2022. Yes it showed Views last 30 days and Interactions last 30 days. Also last view and last interaction.

I'll have to see if there's any reliable relationship with that and sales. On Alamy, the views aren't always registered and people get sales with no view. Back to, entertaining but not reliable. Some days I think that all this watching and studying doesn't make a difference, because the buyers will download what they want of what they see and could be viewing 100 files, to find the one they need.

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So it all started now.

https://pixelvibe.com/

Hey there 👋
Welcome to PixelVibe 🙌
We're building the world's best collection of AI stock photos and videos.
If you have any questions, just reply to this message.
Max


Yeah, please drop dead PixelVibe. I can't see any benefit of buying a license for an AI image over a real one, and I mean the ones they have?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: November 23, 2022, 13:53 »
I have no idea, Annie. Only the suspicion that the AI or the selection team suspects keyword spamming behind it because it doesn't associate the image with Christmas.

Or I'm listed as a contributor incapable of providing saleable Christmas images.

I will delete it again, remove the word christmas and upload it again.

Did you see this answer?

Wilm, I actually have an idea what the problem is. Does your new image by any chance happen to have a keyword related to Christmas? I looked at your port and noticed it is having the same weird behavior regarding Christmas images than mine: They are all glued to the back of your port.

To me this suddenly happened maybe 2 years ago. Suddenly all my Christmas images went to the back of my port.
...
And then, sometime in December all my Christmas images suddenly were sorted back to were they belong - and then after Christmas they all went back to the last pages of my port. So maybe it's not even a glitch, but an intended feature where Shutterstrock sorts Christmas images different out of season. But I never noticed anything similar with for example easter or Halloween images.

Either way, seeing as in your port all your Christmas images seem to be sorted on the last page, I suspect it's the same with your port as with mine.

And that would make it, nothing personal and at the same time, the same for everyone, which means, out of our control and not worth the worrying. Of course, yes, you can leave out the work Christmas and there you are.

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As for taxes, and like everyone else says, you'll need to consult someone who knows the local laws.

Contrary to what someone else wrote, you can't deduct equipment, at least not in the US. You depreciate the equipment over a period of time. I don't know your laws or the UK laws.

Equipment youll use for more than a yearincluding cameras, lenses, lighting, light boxes, filters, tripods, computers, and hard drivescounts as capital expenses. Each year you can deduct a portion of the cost of capital expenses over their useful life....

in the US if you use cash accting as small  business can deduct gear at full price in the year purchased. ymmv

Yes that is an option. Generally not the best way to do that, for most people or most businesses, but yes, it's allowed. What I mean is, I'd prefer and many accountants would say the same, to take depreciation, over the life of the equipment, rather than a lump sun, one time.

I have the list. When I bought something and I also track if I sell it. At some point I should be able to stop listing Canon 10-D 2004, but I haven't asked, so I don't know. I pay someone who knows more than me and she takes classes every year and knows the tax laws. She has a good sense of humor too, because she needs one with my documents and paperwork. "No you can't deduct that..."

I bring in a red shoulder bag, full of receipts, notes, files and printouts of income and expenses from various sources. Now she jokes about the "Red Bag". (maybe when I'm not there she calls it the Devils bag?)


Till recently I was not thinking about stock photography and taxes, because I didnt withdraw any money and my income was low,
this is now changing a bit, and I want to prevent any bad surprises in the future.



make sure you understand when money is taxable in your jurisdiction.  Not withdrawing might not mean it's not taxable.  Check between earned VS paid VS vested

Right, another fine mess. When is it reported, when was it paid, what does the tax bureau see vs what's real. Fairly messy sometimes, and in the US with duplicate forms, can be even worse.

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And then you have people that submit something that they are not. Most likely in the high brackets. So the results might be questionable, like the poll on the right of your screen. Can't imagine the Microstock world just consists of Adobe and Shutterstock while at least Istock/Getty's or Pond5 should have some slice of the pie, right?

There are many variables and conditions, but as this is just one simple question, income and not about how that's achieved, fair enough to limit my conclusions to that?

What I see developing is an inverted bell curve, and it makes sense.

The results on the right are in order of earnings, even if we can't see all those numbers. That's interesting. Also iStock Exclusive has vanished from the poll. But what I find more interesting is Self Hosted beats all the agencies, except AS and SS. At least for 5 people it does.

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Biden said Anybody who can go down 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for Gods sake!   :o  So anyone who can push a button or edit a photo can learn some new tricks too? The Prez says so.


That's why presidents have the ultimate wisdom and we have not :) :) :)

Yes, the current one and the last one.

Just amazing, as that's who's the figurehead that runs the country? Actually for anyone who has been in a club or on a board, the President presides and can't even make a motion. (Presidents don't write laws) He rules and is supposed to maintain control. "The chief administrative duty of the president is to represent the organization. The president signs all legal documents; supervises the employees and the activities of the organization; represents, or speaks for, the organization; and presides at meetings." That and commander in chief of the military.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: October sales statement in
« on: November 23, 2022, 13:11 »
2.) the great number of views were on some of my images that are among my seasonal best-sellers and have sold excessivly around this time last year, so when last year "many views" on certain images translated into "many sales", I don't see a reason to assume it would be different this year and in fact it wasn't. It's not the sale number that's different than what I expected, but the earnings. With iStock's ridiculous 0.02$ sales 100 sales of an image could end up earning you only 2$.
So, yes, at least in my case, many views did lead directly to many sales. It just did not lead to the expected earnings. But, as said, it was still a good month for me.

Help me out please. <--- ME

Where do I see views for iStock? I looked on DM, last showing there is from April. I looked on IS, I can't seem to see where I can find that information?

And yes, I might get as many downloads, but they could be connect, for pennies of what they used to be. 


https://esp.gettyimages.com/app/stats?from_contribute=true
hope that works for you when you are logged in

third parties will not be supplied anymore with this information, like Deep Meta

Thank You, recent activity! Shows last 30 days, and that's what we get? I suppose, now I need to look and see how many views = a Download? (just a joke, 1 could be a winner and 29 could mean nothing) But at least I can see what might be being viewed for download.

THANKS

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DepositPhotos / Re: Site down today for you?
« on: November 23, 2022, 13:04 »
Site down today for you?
Cant log in says Service Unavailable Error code: 503, did I miss something?

Yeah, the stock answer. Bookmark this: https://www.isitdownrightnow.com/depositphotos.com.html

You can enter any other site name in the box. Hey look at the comments, seems like you are experiencing something usual for them?  :(

Can't Login! 503 error: the two most common reasons are that the server is overwhelmed with requests or is having maintenance performed on it.



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iStockPhoto.com / Re: October sales statement in
« on: November 23, 2022, 12:56 »
2.) the great number of views were on some of my images that are among my seasonal best-sellers and have sold excessivly around this time last year, so when last year "many views" on certain images translated into "many sales", I don't see a reason to assume it would be different this year and in fact it wasn't. It's not the sale number that's different than what I expected, but the earnings. With iStock's ridiculous 0.02$ sales 100 sales of an image could end up earning you only 2$.
So, yes, at least in my case, many views did lead directly to many sales. It just did not lead to the expected earnings. But, as said, it was still a good month for me.

Help me out please. <--- ME

Where do I see views for iStock? I looked on DM, last showing there is from April. I looked on IS, I can't seem to see where I can find that information?

And yes, I might get as many downloads, but they could be connect, for pennies of what they used to be. 

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The microstock business was created by digital cameras and computers. It put the old stock photo guys out of business.


no - many of us old stock guys (since 1976) made the transition.  evolution in action


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How will all this play out? Will people still pay for the best images...

why assume digital cameras will always produce 'better' than AI?

Because I'm behind that camera and I'm real, not artificial?  8)

AI created images do have a place. I still see them doing some impossible things that real photos won't. Look at what CGI has done for movies. They also have AI screen writers to help with the script. This isn't an attack on photography and stock, the whole world is being advanced by AI assistance. Sure, that also means some people will not be needed, as computers fill in gaps and positions.

Robotics have taken over in manufacturing. Those real life workers have been replaced.

Biden said Anybody who can go down 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for Gods sake!   :o  So anyone who can push a button or edit a photo can learn some new tricks too? The Prez says so.

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This is a Microstock forum, you should expect that the best people will be members here.

I think that's a fact. Some of the best people in the world and the hardest working artists, come here to read and get ideas, or maybe discover what's in the news. That was true years ago. In the time, back when we could see iStock and earnings levels, based on the poll on the right, the top 5% of people who worked stock, visited here.

That was about ten years ago, and people have left, times have changed, but I don't think that top earning people have just vanished and from this poll so far, they are still here.  :) Maybe not writing, but reading.

Reminder. SS artists, also back when data could be found, only 10% of people who opened a SSTK account had over 1 image. And that's just image counts which doesn't always equal money, but 90% are non-starters. This poll, how much in an average month, includes video, photo and everything else. New markets, old collections.

$1,000 and up, per month, is a pretty good level of earning for anyone.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Free Collection: Video Nominations
« on: November 22, 2022, 11:48 »
In my opinion, we were greatly deceived, hmm. They waved dollars in front of their noses and showed the muzzle.
Why reassure people if you werent going to take a lot of videos anyway.
Adobe drew mountains of gold for the authors, and as a result threw a handout. This is not correct behavior.

Why were you deceived? Were did Adobe claim that they would accept all or even a great part of the nominated videos into their free collection? Adobe has been pretty transparent about this. If you thought they'd take all or most videos then that's because you didn't read or understand the offer properly.

Yeah, you understand right.

Nowhere did Adobe PROMISE you any amount of $ at all. All they did was give you a selection of images to nominat with absolutely no promise of accepting them into the free gallery.

Also correct.

If there are those who take part in this program and think that adobe did not fool them, write about it.

Adobe did not fool me because I can read and they offered a chance to nominate.


And no, Adobe was very clear. This is the EXACT text of the message:

Quote from: Adobe
You've got X eligible assets that could earn up to X upfront if seltected for the free selection.


Once again, spot on. And I thought you said you didn't understand English perfectly? Seems you do just fine.


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Contrary to what someone else wrote, you can't deduct equipment, at least not in the US. You depreciate the equipment over a period of time. I don't know your laws or the UK laws.

Equipment youll use for more than a yearincluding cameras, lenses, lighting, light boxes, filters, tripods, computers, and hard drivescounts as capital expenses. Each year you can deduct a portion of the cost of capital expenses over their useful life.


Yeah, but he is not in the US.  Here I can deduct the full price of the equipment at once. Only when a single piece of equipment is over 952 I have to  depreciate the equipment over a period of time and the time varies depending on what kind of quipment it is.

So it's really little use giving advice here, because it could be completely different in the Netherlands.

Wow is there an echo, but no quote for what I actually wrote?

"As for taxes, and like everyone else says, you'll need to consult someone who knows the local laws."

Odd, I think I said sometimes equipment must be depreciated, not deducted all at once. Some expenses are deductible for each year.

https://www.taxgate.nl/which-costs-are-tax-deductible/

Dutch:
Digital photo camera
Data carriers (CDs / CD-Rs, memory cards).
Software.

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