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Off Topic / Mac laptop battery
« on: October 02, 2019, 10:34 »
PSA. If you have a 2015-2017 mac laptop, you might want to call Apple to see if it is on their list of potential exploding batteries. I called them this morning and I was unlucky enough to be one of those customers. They said it takes the service center a week to fix it. You will be denied boarding planes if you have one of these laptops with you.

Edit: Apple called me back to say they double checked after my call and my laptop is not one of those affected.

Illustration - General / iStock - read vector meta data
« on: September 22, 2019, 09:37 »
Just wondering how I can upload vector files to iStock and have the IPTC/XMP keyword metadata read upon upload?

I did a test this morning. My JPG file already had keyword metadata added by Adobe Bridge. DeepMeta was successful in reading the metadata. While esp.gettyimages.com did not read the metadata. How do I get esp.gettyimages.com to read the metadata? Yes I understand I have already discovered a workable path via DeepMeta. I'm more just exploring my options right now. Sometimes I prefer to use esp.gettyimages.com for different reasons.

Edit: I just tried putting the keywords also in the metadata of the eps file and esp.gettyimages.com also did not read it from there either. So perhaps there is no way to get esp.gettyimages.com to read the metadata for vectors. Thus DeepMeta seems to be the only way.

Here's a very lengthy article on the stock photo industry.

So long that it was hard to read. There were some parts that were quite interesting, a lot that I found quite boring and so I skimmed over those parts. But for sure he makes a good argument about some of the problems that micro stock has evolved into. Namely there is too much crap content that has suppressed prices. Low prices make it difficult for pro photographers to want to contribute, the low prices don't justify their time. Thus just ensuring more crap content that fits the low prices on offer.

I don't think he mentioned this or that I skipped over that part, is that, there is so much amazing content already on micro stock sites, it's very difficult to raise prices for new amazing photos. Because few people want to pay more if they don't need to. In my personal life I often look for the cheapest prices for items I purchase.

General Stock Discussion / What's happening with Yuri Acrus?
« on: September 04, 2019, 13:59 »
Just wondering if anyone knows what is happening with Yuri Acrus's business? For the longest time he was THE mega selling photographer. He shoots great stuff. He had a huge staff. I can only imagine his earnings has collapsed like everyone else's. In the era of low prices, I can only imagine his high production costs no longer works. I know some of you are not a fan of him. Let's not say negative things about him. Thanks!

iStockPhoto.com / iStock search: excited Vs excitement
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:29 »
On iStock search

excitement - 601,966 results

excited - 766,167 results

Just wondering why the search results are different? When you upload via the ESP, excited is not even an option in their CV, excitement is the only available option. I 'assume' their CV understands excitement and excited are exactly the same thing, so I would have also assumed their search results for the two words would have been identical, but they are not.

Normally this isn't something I care about or would spend anytime thinking about, but recently I've been quite curious about how their algorithm work. A while back I read a comment from them saying titles and descriptions are just for SEO and don't mean anything on the site, but from random searches I've done on their site, I am forming a hunch that isn't entirely accurate. I 'think' their algorithm does take titles and descriptions into account for search results, to what degree I'm not sure. But I don't think they ignore it entirely for search. 

Illustration - General / Is stock illustration even worth it?
« on: August 28, 2019, 20:54 »
Just thought I'd ask a question that I already know the answer to. While I still upload photos, I mostly haven't uploaded any vector illustrations in 3 years. I stopped when I was getting $0.25 sales. I used to upload very detailed illustrations. Clearly that is no longer going to make any sense with $0.25 sales. As I look into the idea of resuming vector illustrations, I'm slowly looking into seeing how I can dumb down the illustration by a lot and figuring if that even makes any sense with $0.25 downloads. It isn't obvious to me that any effort makes any sense at $0.25 downloads. Vector work is very labor intensive, whereas photos, takes only a fraction of the effort per image. Once upon a time, in my best year, my vector sales was twice my photos sales for that year. Now photos are almost 3 times my vector sales. My sales of both formats have fallen a lot over the years, though of the two formats, vector has been the most, this year it is trending to end the year 87% down from my best year. I'm mostly posting on this forum now because I'm wondering out loud why anyone would bother creating new vector images in the age of $0.25 downloads.

Off Topic / Which compact camera to buy?
« on: August 24, 2019, 17:31 »
I've decided "maybe" I want a compact camera that sort of fits in my pocket. Right now I'm looking at the Sony RX100 VII https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VPQV7BY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

I'm not concerned about costs. I just want high quality and fit in my pocket and I definitely like the 200 zoom.

Thoughts on this or another camera? This camera would become a travel camera. I'm allergic to carrying around my big DSLR with the huge lens.

Edit:I just saw that this camera does not have GPS. Given how often I travel and the wide distance that I often cover, I have a hard time keep track of locations. With the iPhone all photos have GPS built in. So far it seems the lack of GPS might be a deal breaker.

Is it possible to launch own subscription site? I have a lot of photos, I sell a lot of photos. Like between 25,000 - 50,000 images, per year, mostly all subs. Most of my photos are of one genre that graphic designers use a lot of. If I just charged a $5 per month sub fee, and I got 4,000 people to sign up, that would be $20,000 per month, before expenses. My thought was that $5 per month is a rounding error for almost all advertising agencies. I think my content is good enough that I can get 4,000 people to sign up, BUT I earn enough from iStock's exclusive contract to be weary to experiment, it is the same reason I've never tried to sell to other sites.

Right now I'm just speaking out loud. It is fairly unlikely I'd try this, I don't feel like having my income plummet by going independent.

Off Topic / Compare smart phone sensor to regular camera
« on: July 29, 2019, 12:26 »
How exactly do I compare a smart phone sensor to a handheld regular camera of any sort? I've seen the DXO scores, but from memory the smartphones are only compared to smartphones, and regular cameras only to regular cameras. I use to assume the numbers they give are interchangeable from phone to regular camera, but then doubt set in and I wasn't sure anymore.

Yes I realize the regular camera like a top line Sony is likely much better than the top of the line smart phone. I'd just like to know by how much better in image quality. I have an iPhone X and I usually shoot in RAW on that phone. I have several Nikon DSLR cameras and they are heavy and I don't like to carry them when I'm traveling. I've thought about mirrorless a bunch of times. Though if the iPhone X on RAW is seemingly good enough and it is already on me, I don't care to carry another camera, unless there is a strong reason to. I did recently buy a GoPro Hero 7 and I've learned to clip it on my backpack strap and put it on time lapse photo at 30 seconds interval. And so far I love it. I get so many cool random photos when I go hiking. I liked the GoPro so much that I recently just bought a gimbal for it and I also strap that to my backpack strap, because the hundreds of unlevel photos is a pain to fix one by one. Anyway, point being, I would carry a mirrorless camera if I thought the image quality was a lot better the RAW on iPhone.

General Stock Discussion / Quick keywording tool?
« on: July 14, 2019, 16:20 »
I'm wondering if following type of keywording software exist?

It would show thumbnail views of photos like Adobe Bridge, I would be able to select one or more photos, then I would start typing in the keyword I want, and a drop down box would auto appear showing all auto complete options that I can choose from. Then I can either finish typing or just press enter at any point, or arrow up or down to choose from the selection. Then I can move on and manually select one or more new thumbnails and start over again.

Currently I do most of my keywording in Adobe Bridge, I'd have to manually select one or more images, then move the mouse to the keyword panel and use the search bar at the bottom of the keyword panel to search for previously saved keywords. Then select the one I want. This method works fine, it is just slow. The method I described above would be a great deal quicker.

For several hours today I thought I had lost my GoPro from my month long trip in Alaska. Then I found it in one of my jacket pockets, and I was quite relieved. I recovered 22GB of JPGs on the GoPro.

So now I'm thinking ahead to future outdoor trips where I don't have a laptop with me. How exactly do I make copies of the Micro SD card on the go?

I saw this on amazon, but it is quite expensive. Though I would have paid that much earlier today to un-lose my GoPro and 22GBs of photos.

Just wondering if you guys had other thoughts. My laptop does often come with me when I travel, but sometimes I'm in the wilderness for a long enough time that a laptop's weight is not practical to lug around, and sometimes would be considered a burden.

General Stock Discussion / Auto logo removal
« on: June 06, 2019, 15:23 »
Is there a software that can or can be trained to automatic remove logos in photos or video? I assume no, but thought I'd ask anyway. Because who knows.

Do you think this videographer had model releases for all every single person in this video? There must be around 20 people in this video.


I suppose it is possible the creator got a model release for every person in the video. Though is it also possible he didn't need a model release for any of those people because you can't see anyone face.

I'm mostly asking because I could get a shot like this next week.

General - Stock Video / GoPro on my head
« on: June 04, 2019, 15:55 »
**Disclaimer: I know very little about shooting video. Have never submitted any stock footage**

I went on a hike today up a mountain near me and put my new GoPro 7 on a strap meant for my head. I actually was recording on my way down the mountain. I just got home and started watching some of the footage, and now I want to vomit. It is nauseating watching the footage move up and down with my head. I thought the GoPro 7 had image stabilization? Anyway, obviously it was a terrible idea to strap it to my head.

I also own the DJI Pocket. I bought in January for my trip up Aconcagua. Didn't really end up using it then much. Though I also tried it today on my hike up the mountain. I had it strapped to my backpack strap, by my chest. The footage was a lot easier to watch when compared to the GoPro, way less up and down shaking. Reviewing the videos at home, my thought was, those videos are way boring to watch.

I'm leaving for Denali next week. At this point, I don't really care if I get any useable stock footage from my trip, because it is obvious to me I have no idea how to record videos that don't suck, but I would like to figure out how to shoot some videos that I can show friends and family post trip. Hopefully videos that is not going to induce vomit :P

Tips please!!!

P.S. I'll probably go on Youtube and see how other people filmed their mountain climbing videos for their own personal use and take some notes.

I only sell photos. I was wondering what it was like selling videos? That is for those who sell both photos and videos, in general terms, how do photos compared to videos when considering the amount of effort/time/money spent producing each format versus some general expected return over time? I haven't tried selling stock footage because I haven't want to spend the time learning a new skill. And I don't know if it is worth it. As in opportunity cost, that is I could be taking more photos instead of learning to shoot stock footage. I use to make stock illustrations, the money use to be good once, and it was the majority of my stock income, then prices collapsed and I haven't uploaded any new stock illustrations in several years (whereas I still upload stock photos). The expected dollar return was too low for how time consuming stock illustrations were.

I was just reading this article on Petapixel.

Apples First 8-Core MacBook Pro Runs Photoshop Up to 75% Faster

I "thought" most photoshop processes only run sequentially and do not multitask. Thus it would only use one core at a time, versus many cores at the same time. There are a number of articles online that go back a number of years that all say other than a few filters, most tasks in Photoshop do not use more than one core.

Is my knowledge wrong? I have a 2017 MBP. I'd seriously consider getting the new machine if it really ran photoshop 75% faster.


I'm an iStock exclusive, in February I earned about $1.90 per download on average. That is total amount earned, divided by total number of sales.

I'm curious about what other people's average per download is, especially those who sell on several sites. I was reading on one of the other threads here about someone that sells 25,000 images per month and my first thought was - wow that is a huge number, then my next thought was, I wonder what their average per download was?

General - Stock Video / Newbie to video...
« on: December 16, 2018, 17:42 »
I've been selling stock 'photos' for a long time, over a decade. I just recently bought the DJI Osmo pocket and thought maybe I'll dabble in seeing if I can sell some stock footage. Especially since I travel to far away places some what frequently.

I know almost nothing shooting video or editing video. What are some term I should use to search on Google or Youtube that would help me understand how to both shoot and edit video clips? Also if you have any lessons learned the hard way, and would like to share to help me not make the same mistakes, I would appreciate it.

Also a couple of questions that come to mind.
1) What happens with logos in videos? Say I was in a big city? With a photo, I'd just retouch it out.
2) The DJI OSMO Pocket has a mechanical gimbal, which works great when I'm snowboarding, but when I'm just walking around in an urban area or even on a mountain trail, I see consistent slight bumps up and down as a I walk. I find that a bit irritating. Is this the best I can expect, especially since I've seen so many glowing reviews of the Pocket on youtube from vloggers.

iStockPhoto.com / Download history of individual files?
« on: February 17, 2018, 13:46 »
Is it possible to see the download history of individual files on iStockphoto.com or on the ESP on Gettyimages.com.

Right now I can see the downloads on the monthly tab on the Getty ESP, but I have no idea how a file is doing over time. I clicked around iStockphoto.com today and on esp.gettyimages.com and I did see where I can find this data for sales over time of a particular file.

If you guys had a reasonable amount of money saved, say between $100,000 - $500,000, is there some other type of photography related business/job you would start? If so, how much would you hope to earn yearly?

General Stock Discussion / SSTK stock price
« on: July 12, 2016, 10:21 »
Does anyone understand why Shutterstock's stock (SSTK) has surged 13% today, 31% in the last 30 days, 44% in the last 3 months?

I have some Shutterstock shares and have made a nice small profit. I'm trying to understand why Shutterstock is still doing really well, or even better than before, despite the entrance of Adobe stock.

I did a Google search just now to see if Nikon was still not able to tether with Lightroom CC in OS X El Capitan.

Just looking at the results Google brings up, it seems after 9 months this problem is still not fixed. I'm posting here incase someone knows something different. I'm using OS X that is one generation back to keep the tethering ability with Nikon and lightroom.

I think there will be a new Macbook Pro announced later this year and I think I'll get it because my current laptop is 4 years old. Just wondering in advance if I'll need to downgrade the OS on the new machine.

Are there any generic tips on finding locations to shoot city skylines? I've got 3 weeks to drive around Europe later this month. From past trips around the USA, I sort of worked out that if the city is costal, then getting on the river boats is a great way to shoot the city skyline. Sometimes I just look at google maps and have a guess where to go. Sometimes the city will have a tall building with an observatory. Sometimes I'll just Google it.

I'm mostly a studio photographer. I don't do much outdoor photos. I will be traveling a lot this year. About 3 months in total this year. Which means I can shoot thousands of images for stock. In the past I would have just sat down and retouch each image one at a time, but given how low the return on investment is these days for stock photos, I don't think it is worth my while. Especially compared to studio work where the lighting is always controlled. What software can I use to batch process all my images. The end result don't need to look amazing, just better than whatever came out of my camera. I have a D800. In the past I've often used Topaz Adjust or Nik Effects.

In the other poll (http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/poll-earning-per-photo-per-year/new/#new) I did recently I saw all these people that were making more money per file per year than me and so I started wondering just how much gross income did other people make last year, 2015?

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