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Messages - Stefan Dahl

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Is this your portfolio?

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/randymckown?search_source=base_gallery&language=en&page=1&sort=popular&measurement=px&safe=true

If it is, then I think I would only go for SS and AS. The other sites could be a lot of work for pennies!

Best wishes

Stefan

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We gone from 35 to 21 megapixels when we switched from Nikon D810 til Canon 1Dx MKII. Still sell 25.000+ files every month even though the less pixels - Nothing changed there.

This Citibank add just got printet in New York - Its a crop from 35MP file

This fitness add in the metro in Paris is from a 21MP file.

Both are enlarged hugely with no problems. Shoot it well and it will be fine - We sell smaller files to even larger prints every week!

Stefan :)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fair Royalty Split
« on: April 04, 2019, 13:32 »
Deleted because I don't want to participate in the discussion anyway :)

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Adobe Stock / Re: What is your position?
« on: March 01, 2019, 10:17 »
60! Btw Adobe says it can be a shared position between other contributors - So there can be many on the same position :)

Have a nice weekend.

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We run a pretty successful stock business! Funny enough we never got invited (would not have time btw), and all the "invites" who ever tried to help us was novices!

These days when we contact SS, we write in the first mail that we don't want help from the "affiliates"!


It simply doesn't make sense, that somebody on that level should help us out! Sorry to say it, but its only a way for SS to try and save some money (man power) by outsourcing this matter!


Regarding "Helping others to the top" as mentioned, I really can't see how that could be the case! The only one who can help anybody to the top is a really good photographer and a really good producer!!

Keep grinding boys and girls.


Best
Stefan

Flamingo Images

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Stocksy / Re: Is it so simple to get in?
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:24 »
No you are not accepted into Stocksy! You are being bid welcome to upload your files for review.

You will get a email written by a real person, personalized for you only if accepted.  Crazy right ;-)

Keep grinding and best of luck to you.

Stefan

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DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos Is it the devil? ( tax form)
« on: January 10, 2019, 13:38 »
Aha ;D ;D

Well I don't think Deposit works like that! High quality, like in REALLY high can sell (because they have so much crap), but still they are really not trust worthy.

I wouldn't waste my time on them! There are so many agencies out there that will give a better revenue, and actually "respect" the work.

Alamy, Adobe, Shutterstock, Creative Market and Stocksy to mention a few.

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DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos Is it the devil? ( tax form)
« on: January 10, 2019, 13:29 »
Deposit!!!!! One word - Run!!!!!!


I mean it. One of the most unserious business is this branch. We had some serious business going on with them, and was part of their Enterprise pack. Cool communication and stuff - Right until we questioned their new pricing plan. They totally ignored our emails and phone calls for one month. Then over night we deleted our complete portfolio. Guess who called us the next day!


So pathetic!

Advice from one of the few serious stock companies here :)
Are sales good there? I have almost my same portfolio and not a lot of sales. Considering no uploading more but it's pretty easy tho. I love their interface

Same portfolio as us? Please provide a link :)

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DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos Is it the devil? ( tax form)
« on: January 10, 2019, 13:23 »
Deposit!!!!! One word - Run!!!!!!


I mean it. One of the most unserious business is this branch. We had some serious business going on with them, and was part of their Enterprise pack. Cool communication and stuff - Right until we questioned their new pricing plan. They totally ignored our emails and phone calls for one month. Then over night we deleted our complete portfolio. Guess who called us the next day!


So pathetic!

Advice from a pro stock company   :)

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Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:12 »
So the good thing is that it looks like you are always carrying a camera! That is a good starting point when the subject you want to sell is like it is in your portfolio.


The bad thing is, that there are many really really bad images in your portfolio, both in subject, framing and postproduction.


So - If you want to improve, then I think the first step is to stage your pictures way more. Stop with the random snapping away, and spend time planning a picture with commercial value. "Random" pictures takes weeks in the same spot to just happen ;)

When you shoot the stuff you do, then shoot it with more space. Your files are in generel way tight framed.


And of course you gotta ask yourself if this is a hobby, or if you want to approach it serious as a business. Two different animals :)


Keep grinding and you will get there.

Best luck :)

Stefan

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Stocksy / Re: Call To Artists is Open!
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:43 »
Thats good for you Chris :-)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: November stats in
« on: December 19, 2018, 19:09 »
We just dropped 1000$ in revenue from last month! Thats a first timer!

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Suspicious behaviour OnePixel
« on: December 13, 2018, 15:58 »
And a happy new year  ;D ;D

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General Stock Discussion / Its Christmas soon
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:33 »
Happy Holidays  ;D ;D


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New Sites - General / Re: Chad Bridwell / OnePixel
« on: December 11, 2018, 11:04 »

 :-\

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Microstock News / Re: Onepixel stock new agency????Help
« on: December 07, 2018, 04:28 »
They don't know what they are doing!

We have had 3 long phone calls with them, and still Chad Bridwell keeps sending mails, like he has no clue what's going on.

I would urge people to NOT join them. They are only trying to dump market prices, and thats one thing we should not support. When we stand united we have so much leverage its unbelievable.

Like when Deposit tried to dump prices, and at the same time didn't answer mails and calls. Over night a lot of the best photographers pulled down their portfolios, and Deposits market quality wise was cut in half.


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Microstock News / Re: Onepixel stock new agency????Help
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:42 »
Read more about the bad idea of joining here. Let's not actually help with dumping prices!

(The link does not work, so copy/paste instead of hitting it)


http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/onepixel-is-now-open-for-business!/msg521485/?topicseen#new

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Onepixel is now open for business!
« on: November 16, 2018, 04:23 »
I have had a couple phone conversations with one of their recruting partners. She was trying to get us to contribute at the site.

First of all, I pointed out too her the very bad revenue. She claimed it was market standard.

We run a very successful stock business with huge numbers of sales, from which we can make detailed statistics that actually gives a broad view on the market.

Her statement is not true. We sell loads of expensive licenses at Shutterstock every day ranging from 20$ to 120$ REVENUE!!!

Beside that we sell lots and lots of files on Adobe on normal subscriptions with 0,99$

Again her statement is not true!



The worst thing though was that she was lying to us about the business structure. I asked straight up if Chad Bridwell had anything to do with Onepixel. I had information that stating he was. She said "no no no, I know Chad but he had nothing to do with Onepixel".


What happened next was that she sent us a draft of the licenses and terms, which included a link to a www somewhere in the plain text. There we could read that Chad Bridwell was part of the business.


Partners who straight up lie is something we all should avoid.


Beside that selling 1$ files will attract all the customers who do not want to pay the correct price for any given license im pretty convinced.


Let's all support the good guys in the business instead. There's plenty of them, where good quality lead to lots of sales.

Best
Stefan Dahl


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Alamy.com / Re: Caution: Don't Question Alamy
« on: October 23, 2018, 03:54 »
Been with Alamy for several years now!

Never meet anything but really professionel and kind people there. Always helped out with problems within a super short time frame, and no questions asked bout anything. Just help!

Can't recognise the topic no matter how hard I try!


Keep it up Alamy - You are one of the good guys/girls!

Stefan Dahl

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Stocksy / Re: Call To Artists is Open!
« on: October 11, 2018, 13:52 »
First time I applied was 4 years ago! That time it was just a "Thanks but no thanks" - I can see why today! Our portfolio was not what Stocksy wanted - Even though it already had high value (Dollars).

This year we applied around jan/feb with what I thought was some REALLY good images.

This time we was given critique with the rejection! So we took the critique seriously, and applied again.

Rejected again, but now with only one critique point left.

Spend a couple months shooting with all the critique in mind!

And then we got accepted.


Oh and thanks AngelaWaye :)




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Stocksy / Re: Call To Artists is Open!
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:47 »
Congrats! I'm so happy for you. So glad someone from the forum got through.

Wishing you lots of success in the next couple of busy months :)




Thanks you, means a lot :-)

I can remember that you also applied before! In hindsight I can only say this, to people want to get in.

- Take the advice/critique they give you seriously
- Accept the critique and improve ( Improvement is a LOT easier when critique is accepted)
- Be extremely picky when editing the selects for application

And thats really it I guess :)

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Stocksy / Re: Call To Artists is Open!
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:33 »
Thanks Sean and visualhr :)

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Adobe Stock / Feature movie on Adobe! See how we work.
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:13 »
Cant get link to work! If anybody can tell me how I will post it ::)

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Stocksy / Re: Call To Artists is Open!
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:42 »
Stocksy replied to our application with 48 hours this time 8)

And finally we are on board ;D So thrilled - These guys rock! It a completely other experience :)

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Bigstock.com / Re: Many rejections because of Title?
« on: October 06, 2018, 08:58 »
I wrote Bigstock 10 months ago about the issue. Then again 6 months ago. Then again two months ago.

First two times they just said "please don't use the bulk editor - Our team is fixing the issue now"

Third time they never responded! Guess they don't cares we deleted our portfolio and stopped uploading to them! If all do the same, maybe they will get more serious and fix the issue. As for now, everything uploaded and batch edited you might as well just delete! No customers will be able to find them as both keywords and titels ducplicate the first file!

Bravo Bigstock!

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