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Slightly strange choice of answers. I.e. how much drop do you expect... none, 30%, 50%? And how much less content will you produce? Surely those who have a full time job... who are now working from home, have reduced hours or have been made unemployed... might be producing slightly more or a lot more content?
I have a day job and did not made much photos past 2 years.
Since corona crisis i just work two days a week so i have much time for new photos.
Before corona i produced 300 images a year, now i make 300 images a month.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Feb stats are in
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:39 »
Feb stats - $ 8,26
Its OK

I have some Downloads a week, but not DL every day.
Till now i have about 12 DL in February wich earned about $8.
Not so much, there have been better months.
My Port ist about 3000 images.

About cheap production costs.
I have a day job and doing microstock just for fun.
My production costs are near zero.
When i come home from work at evening it is not much work to pimp up my dinner and make 5 images.
It takes me not much time to edit this images and upload it to some microsotock agencies.
This little effort generates enough money tp buy a new DSLR or lenses from time to time.
I am sorry about the pros here, otherwise i mainly shoot food and landscape / flowers.
So no directly competition for pros.

Photography Equipment / Re: best paint for photo studio ?
« on: January 23, 2020, 13:24 »
Paint it black

iStockPhoto.com / Re: December 2019 Royalty Stats report
« on: December 23, 2019, 04:05 »
Yeeaaahhhh - BME

Just joking

Money is quite cheap. If the bank gives you the money - everybody can buy Adobe for $260 billion at zero interest rate :-)

iStockPhoto.com / Re: I QUIT iSTOCK
« on: September 21, 2019, 02:57 »
I've done it. After 15 years and six months I finally gave them the boot.

 With the latest earnings down to less than $30 this month (for about 6,000 files, I made more than $10 in my first month with just a few dozen shots) it's not a major loss. Maybe it will lead to an uptick in sales as Shutterstock to compensate.

Its not about the portfolio. Its all about your time invested. 6000 files in 15 Years is about 400 files a Year, or 33 files a month.
I am shooting mostly food. For 33 files a month i invest about 3 hours work. For 3 hours work you get $30 at istock and maybe $ 100 from the others. Meaning you get $130 at month for only 3 hours work. Or $43 for one hours work.
This isn't bad if you are doing stock beside a full-time job.

Wow !!!
July was really poor. So i didn't expect August will be much better.
So i was real surprised by this good August numbers at istock.
There are alway lots of sales at istock. But sometimes ( or most times)  RPD is very low. This time downloads were better than usual for August and RDP was better than usual for istock.
Didn't expect a good month at istock, but it was.

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: September 08, 2019, 02:22 »
I don't care about the money, its just about the fun.
I fiddle about a workflow to shoot and upload 300 food images a month with less than 1 hour work a day.
To shoot quick and good food photos with minimal effort. This is a competition. Maybe i should say its about the completion. Like it was in earlier days at photo competitions. Finding a way that works - after work one hour jogging and one hour shooting.


Stock photography is about 4% of my income. Guess its impossible for me to make a living of it.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: June Royalties are in
« on: July 20, 2019, 03:49 »
Bad month  :(

Looks great. Not doing drone footage now. Still waiting that regulations for drone of commercial use are the same for all European countries.
In Austria i would have to pay 350 a year to register a small drone thats capable for doing video. In Italy it won't bee much cheaper, i guess.
I like this drone videos a lot. I heared that 2020 should came a solution for Europe. Then i will start my "drone carrier" :-)

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Deep Meta dead?
« on: June 26, 2019, 11:15 »
DeepMeta is alive - istock is dead - very few sales - probably most sales are this  unspectacular $0,0000000001 South Korea sales  :'(
Are these Connect? Or ...?
I have only a very few South Korea sales (not surprisingly), and they each netted me 25c.
Every one of my Connect sales is designated as Region: California and every one of my 'Rev Share Ad Based' sales, which seems to be the extremely few Connect files which have aggregated sales to over a cent is designated as Region: Washington.
Oh i was wrong. All south Korea sales (since last year) are about $0.19. Except one $0.05 and one $0.06 sale.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Deep Meta dead?
« on: June 24, 2019, 12:27 »
DeepMeta is alive - istock is dead - very few sales - probably most sales are this  unspectacular $0,0000000001 South Korea sales  :'(

iStockPhoto.com / Re: May's numbers are out.
« on: June 20, 2019, 00:54 »
I am not happy, not at all.

My impression is that they never accepted anything from me lol
My impression is that i was right not to accept PC as distributor of my photos  8)

Hi Everyone. Been at this full time now for a while now (video) and trying to figure out pension ideas?
I've been putting a % away into crypto for a couple of years and that is doing OK. Keeping it long term for retirement.
I've been toying with the idea of either a private pension or second buy to let home for a future retirement investment too?

I'm also hoping my portfolio will see me right too as I'm hoping it will bring in $$$ even when I stop producing (if I ever do?)

What are other full timers doing in regards to pensions???
In long term nothing works. I guess we will see ab big financial crisis next years, maybe this year.
The economy would not recover after another financial crisis, like 2008. So we will see a collapse of the finance system and then an XXXXL economic crisis starting in the next 10 years.
It doesn't matter what you have and how much you have, everything will be lost.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Latest DeepMeta 3
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:53 »
Thank You, latest mac version works great !!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Latest DeepMeta 3
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:22 »
The worst update ever !!!!  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
How can i go back to a previous version ?

If you'd be so kind, can I ask whether you use Mac or Windows?
Also is it just the keywording that's worse (which I'm working on), or other things as well?

Thank you!
I use mac. And the latest version of DeepMeta ist getting me nervous when editing photos.
Wenn i edit keywords there are accepted keywords and keywords suggestions.
The Keyword suggestions on the right are jumping in the first row when i close a suggestion at the bottom.
I don't know if this behavior has been before. But it never has been so annoying.
Also i don't need the model release window next to the keyword suggestions. Since i don't shoot models. But i can't turn it off. This is making me crazy.
It has always been so fine using DeepMeta. I cant use the ESP Side at Getty because the usability is awful. Its making me crazy.
But now the usability of DepMeta seems to get closer to Getty.
Getty is the worst side to upload images. DeepMeta was the only comfortable way to upload to Getty.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Latest DeepMeta 3
« on: April 02, 2019, 12:45 »
The worst update ever !!!!  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
How can i go back to a previous version ?

very bad month  :'(

Title says it all. I'm genuinely interested in figuring out how can I make $150k/year from stock photos/videos?
It's fun to do - now I'd like to figure out how to reach those numbers.
Its quite easy. Upload 3000 images at the big three. Wait a year, to get the RPI / Year.
If your RPI ist 1 - you just need to upload 150.000 images. The Lifetime of an image may be 3 Years.
So you just have to upload 150.000 images every 3 Years. Quite simple.

If istock is thinking your contend would doing well exclusive they will contact you.
It ist quite hard to get an exclusive contract at istock nowadays.
I don't know what you are shooting. But shooting lifestyle makes it easier to get an exclusive contract.
Good luck.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: January Money in Feb. 2019
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:43 »
BME  :)

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