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General Stock Discussion / Re: To sharpen or not to sharpen?
« on: October 07, 2013, 15:24 »
Personally, in Canon RAW I use a sharpening strength of 3.

I do the same. No other sharpening.
If an image is a bit soft, then I sharpen and downsize. I never submit full-size sharpened photos.

It also helps to have sharp lenses (I shoot only with primes), less need for sharpening. Of course you have to shoot sharp images also (fast shutter speeds, strobe, tripod, good focus)

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I upload to the sites with best earnings, and also to all low earners that have a easy upload (only a few clicks to get my monthly batch uploaded).

The funny thing is, that agencies go up and down, and to bet on the right agency can be a very difficult task. For example one particular agency has made me about $5 or $10 per month, but for the latest months it has for some reason generated me between $100 and $150 per month. I find it a good thing to be submitting my work there...
I won't be saying here what agency that is, I don't want you all to rush uploading there :)

Now I have three "secret" sites :) http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/do-you-have-%28microstock%29-secrets/

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just search "shutterstock <keyword>" on google images and set the search to "large" size, there are TONS of full size stock images.


You can find tons of images just searching on torrent sites
http://isohunt.com/torrents/shutterstock?iht=6&ihp=1&ihs1=3&iho1=d

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http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/522541981/shutterstock?tab=summary
Actually 3280 seeders

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I have indicated this to SS months ago, but I see that these files are always online.
So I wonder if SS is really doing something to fight this kind of "business"


I don't think there is much that can be done. If they were, there would not be torrent sites full of pirated content.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: more or less keywords
« on: September 28, 2013, 17:29 »
I just put as many keywords I find relevant. For some images it's only 10, for some 25 and for some 47.

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Stockfresh ain't a big hassle, FTP everything and then a single click everyday until you finish all your uploads

Yes, but I would rather go there only one day of the month...

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in a hurry to upload to Stockfresh and Crestock? ;D

Not really :)

They are only places to dump my images to get a few extra dollars, but they are making it just too difficult.

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Everything that is zeros and ones can be manipulated, including raw-files.

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When I'm making new images, I'm only submitting them to a few sites straight away. The rest of the sites I upload only in the end of the month. What really bugs me is the sites with daily (or weekly) upload limits. For example Stockfresh allowd me to upload only 50/day. I think they should move to a monthly limit, or at least a weekly limit. How about 300 images/week or 1000 images/month would sound?

The other ridiculous example is Crestock, how can they afford to have upload limits (I think it's 75/week) and yet they seem to take months to review my images...

All sites with daily upload limits, could you consider a weekly limit instead? And those with weekly limit, could you consider a monthly limit? This would help contributors that upload in bulk, and also new contributors.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: OFFSET opened doors
« on: September 25, 2013, 15:12 »
What makes an image Lifestyle?

What makes an image 'authentic'?
Meaningless marketspeak, probably, like 'real people, real places', which means nothing much. A model in a studio is a real person in a real place.

A model that looks like a model in a setting that looks like a studio backdrop isn't a "real person in a real place", I don't know anyone hanging around on a seamless backdrop in their spare time.

Authentic = Real looking people, real settings and places. Doing things people really do. Light looks like it's either from nature (=sun) or real lighting of the place. Candid, not posed.

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Sor for anybody who wants to sell such content, exclusivity at iStock does not work - because it's artist exclusivity, not image exclusivity.

+1

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Where to buy !! images?
« on: September 18, 2013, 13:48 »
Axel, I fully applaud your stance regarding not wanting to rip photographers off but I am rather confused.

You don't want to buy using exploitative sub model but you sell on the largest sub site there is?

How is that confusing? I submit my images to iStock, but I wouldn't never ever buy there (or recommend the site for anyone)

Rather hypocritical don't you think? Your images are good enough to sell there but you are too good to buy there? Why wouldn't you buy from there?

I don't think I'm being hypocritical. I'm open and honest about this. Why do you think I should buy at IS? Or recommend them to someone? Because they treat their contributors nicely? They pay their contributors well? They don't even have a slick, working site... :P

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Where to buy !! images?
« on: September 18, 2013, 06:56 »
Axel, I fully applaud your stance regarding not wanting to rip photographers off but I am rather confused.

You don't want to buy using exploitative sub model but you sell on the largest sub site there is?

How is that confusing? I submit my images to iStock, but I wouldn't never ever buy there (or recommend the site for anyone)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStockphoto Relaunch Sept. 17, 2013
« on: September 16, 2013, 15:56 »
Haha... I was hoping for a brand new, fast site. All I got was a new logo.

At least it's fast.

At least it has got dots.

(Need to rebrand my avatar soon!)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStockphoto Relaunch Sept. 17, 2013
« on: September 16, 2013, 14:16 »
There are propably about 1,000,000 posts on the internet that are anti-iStock. By changing the name they will wash away all the bad stuff. Clever.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: September Sale looking very low
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:27 »
It's a bit comforting that most of us are having a very bad month. But I'd rather have "every one is having BME"...

Does anyone have any clue why the sales are so bad? Summer vacations are over, the economy is slowly picking up (both in US and Europe). Of course there is the old over supply argument, but something has clearly happened after May.

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If you need accuracy (instead of quick adjustments) you might like geared heads. Example: http://www.manfrotto.com/405-geared-head

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Winter of our discontent
« on: September 12, 2013, 05:59 »
a.  Keep griping and keep uploading - business as usual !  ;)
b. Go exclusive to one agency of choice
c. Be non-exclusive and upload to as many agencies as physically possible to spread income effect
d. Say hasta la vista to microstock and commit effort elsewhere to substitute the income
e. Go independent such as own site or Symbiostock

My sales are also falling (Now I understand why this season is called "Fall" :P )
I will do all the above except d.

a. This is my main storyline, uploading and griping
b. I would like to make some exclusive shoots. My favorite choice would be Stocksy, but I haven't heard from them yet... Going totally exclusive makes no sense in this turbulent industry.
c. I have been doing this for years, and will continue. If I find out a new site with easy upload and at least some sales I will upload there...
d. Not quitting yet, the trend is down, but maybe there will be a end-of-year boost... and some sites are doing well.
e. Very interested in creating a Symbiostock site for some of my more special images (and also the regular ones). I just don't know where to get the time to do that...

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I find it really hard to grasp: They take 83% of all my sales... where do they put that money???

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: IS Newsletter - A collection of excuses
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:41 »
And

"IPTC for Vector Submissions:

It's coming. We are really close."

Omg, the technological progress in the microstock world today, it's a-ma-zing!

Wow! They are just one step away from hovercars!

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Some noise, but that's what cameras with bayer sensors do with blue color.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: The Graph Say It All - sales vs $
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:08 »
in every other industry they try to slash suppliers' costs to cut costs, why micro should be any different ?
we're a cost, not a scarce resource that needs to be incentivized and paid properly, IS is not a boutique agency with hard to find specialists.

You are wrong. You can produce - let's say - potatoes, and negotiate their price. But in microstock world some potatoes sell 1000 times more than other potatoes. Everyone wants to sell those potatoes.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: The Graph Say It All - sales vs $
« on: August 11, 2013, 07:38 »
My stats look very much like Lisa's :(

This is the closest I've ever been quitting IS. Their cumbersome (and slow!) upload system is just too much work considering that their earnings have dropped dramatically and I also hate them deeply. I haven't been able to stop uploading there because the earnings from IS have been a significant part of my income. As it looks now, they make me only 10 to 15% of my earnings. I really could afford quitting this time (and I would of course leave my portfolio there to earn some small change)

I'll wait for a couple more months, and if they downhill continuess I will stop uploading there (what a relief that would be!)

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Veer / Re: Cannot upload via browser
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:54 »
Haven't been able to upload to Veer for the last few weeks. Some images goes through the system, but some don't. They either say it's an error, or they get stuck in uploading the first image. I hope they fix this soon... :(

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There is no "typical" rate for this. It all comes up to you: Where are you living? How much do you need? What is your skill level?

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Newbie Discussion / Re: Moldels and Money ?
« on: July 28, 2013, 11:45 »
First time I do a quick session at my studio, just to test out how a person acts in front of my camera and how the images turn out. The images are just tests, they are not for stock. They can have a few freebie images from this session.

If I liked the person and the results, I will pay a modest hourly rate. Because it's fair, professional and makes my models almost certainly turn up on the day and time of the shoot.

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