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General Stock Discussion / -
« on: June 30, 2016, 20:42 »

I've a lot of infringed images. Any copyright infringement tracking agency you guys can recommend? I'm not wasting my time going over them myself.

Out of curiosity. Are property releases still valid after owner transfer? Signature there would be previous owner's.

Dreamstime.com / I cannot find batch submission on DT
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:26 »
Am I missing something or DT still doesn't have batch edit/submission??

Pond5 / Stuck in Pond5 video review queue
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:50 »
My vids are in pending review for a month now. It has never been this long. Is it just me or you guys are experiencing this, too?

I teach occasionally at a university's photo club. This is part of teaching material. just plug in your numbers and you'll see your result.

*this is a very simplified version of break even analysis.
*earning vs time is more of logarithmic function. I assume arithmetic in this case to make it simple.

As OP, I'll go first. Here's my background. I recently graduated with bachelor's degree in nano engineering. It may sounds great but in reality, I found out I didn't really like engineering in my 2nd year. I dealt with a lot of chemicals especially during my last years in senior project. Also, I finished all the studies just to find out that bachelor's degree can do basically nothing and that I need master's or above.

I started stock photography around 4-5 years ago since my high school years from knowing nothing to knowing a lot of technical stuffs. I can claim this because I do occasionally hold small seminars for juniors at my university's photo club. Stock photography is a really great platform, a playground to learn photography. At least on technical side. I have to admit I lack a lot of artistic skills.

What amazed me was I had only around 350 images online and did not submit much images at all for the last 2 years. (last years of engineering was really hard. I barely had any time). Cumulative earning from that was a lot. A lot more than all wedding gigs I did when I was free. I should have tried harder. I wish I had few thousand images. This is the main reason I'm trying hard at this now.

Now, my goal is to use stock photography to fund my photography school as I lack proper photography education. Books just don't cut it when it comes to artistic view. This is because I don't want to sell images for pennies for the rest of my life. My life goal is to be really great at something. I think it's photography I really like so why not try hard at it? Also, Stock photo is a really good passive income. To work 9 to 5 is like wasting your life away in my opinion.

I don't know if I can achieve that or not. Schools in Japan are crazy expensive. Not to mention the the transportation cost and rent. Kanji is also really troublesome.

So, why are you doing stock photo?

Judging from the poll and my own earning, I think it would nearly instant kill other sites but would that be good for the industry in the long run?

I would like to know how much images we, microstockgroup netizen collectively have online. One member cited that we successfully removed 25% of DPC. How much power do we really have?

Of course, there are many contributors who are not in this forum nor speak english. I don't dare to hope much.

I used to earn a lot few years ago with little images. Now, I started pumping images in but income doesn't seem to directly follow my portfolio size. Images takes money to produce and selling them for pennies is kind of laughable. Now with SS inspector issues it is ever more discouraging.

For people with other main source of income or wanderlust people micro stock is always worth it in my opinion. But what about doing it professionally?

Recently I found 10 pages of one of my image by google reverse search engine and i can't do anything about it. I know where the source is. 500px. never ever upload anything without watermarks. Sites that refuse to have watermarks by default and encourage sharing like 500px and crated should be avoided.

iStockPhoto.com / Edit multiple files with iS
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:42 »
Is there a way to edit multiple files at iStock now?

edit: whoops. I just realised deepmeta can do that

iStockPhoto.com / invalid video file
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:43 »
iS says my files are invalid. These files got through Pond5 and SS just fine.

Here are my compressor settings. Is it because of automatic fps?

edit: found it. there are spaces in my file name

3 years in the future. What are you seeing as a micro stock contributor? What do you think would happen to you and agencies?

iStockPhoto.com / Where do uploaded footage go?
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:41 »
I just started uploading footage to iS. It's been 24 hours but I can't seem to find where they go. Can you tell me where to find unfinished footages?


General Stock Discussion / infringement compensation
« on: May 26, 2014, 22:49 »
I found out people who infringe my images. i.e. watermarks visible. Am I entitled for compensation? In this case it's a shutterstock image used in a blog. Her name is visible. She's in America judging from her mail(Also visible! wow) I suspect there're many others, too.

How should I proceed?

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