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General Stock Discussion / Re: How was January?
« on: February 02, 2019, 04:15 »
IS - not bad regarding DLs. $ we will see at 20th
SS - not bad regarding $
AS - quite good - $ and DLs

Off Topic / Re: Global Economic Slowdown Ahead
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:33 »
If there a recession is coming some people will lose their jobs. So they have more time to produce stock images. The number of uploads could increase. If this happens some Russian stock producers will think 5000 images a month won't be enough and will produce 6000 images a month.
This could lead to a declining RPI. Stock producers are smart people - so declining RPI needs more images and increase their production.
The next recession will be a great time. We will see the most productive stock producers ever, breaking every month a new stock production record.

I guess its not about the "best quality". It depends on "best sale able content". Meaning lifestyle would sell good at signature collection. The typical pets and dogs images are to expensive at signature collection.

No. It's a marketing ploy designed to persuade people to spend more money at iStock in order to get the "best" rather than settling for "second best".
They're taking advantage of the fact that image quality is a subjective judgement, so while you and I might think image A is better than image B they can claim that their judging it by different criteria. But the bottom line is that they are telling purchasers that it is better for them to pay for the higher priced image.
Been some time exclusive at istock. My experience was that exclusive for most contributor doesn't make sense if you don't get enough images at Getty Collections. If you don't shoot lifestyle its hard do get enough images accepted at Getty Collections like Veta.

29 / Re: November stats in
« on: December 21, 2018, 10:47 »
November was a very bad month at istock. November RPI on Shutter is about 5,7 Tims higher than istock November RPI, November RPI on Adobe Stock ist about 5 times higher than istock November RPI.

Signature files are provided by iStock exclusive artists.
No more, no less.

OK - Thanks!
Seems kinda stupid to filter results according to the contributor agreement and not the content quality - but it is what it is...
It means that should a customer wish, they can look first at files that aren't available elsewhere.
Which might make sense if their website stated it that way. But instead it's shown as 'Lowest price' vs 'Best quality'.  ::)
This issue came up on their forum a while back (it may have been their old forum, I can't remember), and I said that all I attested was that my images are exclusive to iS, I don't claiming they're better than any others. To my surprise, that didn't spark off any replies.

Of course, 'best quality' is subjective - what's 'best' for a particular project isn't necessarily the one you or I would think was 'best' as a standalone file. And what any two people would think 'best' (for a project or standalone) wouldn't necessarily coincide.
I guess its not about the "best quality". It depends on "best sale able content". Meaning lifestyle would sell good at signature collection. The typical pets and dogs images are to expensive at signature collection.

Adobe Stock / Re: Upload page not working?
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:41 »
Adobe contributor site is quite slow. Guess lot of contributors changed uploading from Fotolia to Adobe stock site.

General Stock Discussion / Re: November Sales
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:38 »
Downloads at AS and Shutter about 20% down compared to oct. But higher RPD. So November income is not so bad.

General Stock Discussion / Re: November Sales
« on: November 24, 2018, 13:35 »
I guess its more about deleting an image.
If the image is deleted it can't be found and some work of an AD may be destroyed.

34 / Re: October Earnings Post
« on: November 16, 2018, 13:43 »
Sales are good but almost 40% of them are in $0.03-0.15 range, RPD this month is just $0.165.  :'(

And now my images there are competing with the same images in AS and SS that provide far far far better RPD.
RPD oct
Shutter - 1,02
Istock - 0,99
AS - 0,96
unusually equal RPD in Oct.

35 / Re: October Earnings Post
« on: November 16, 2018, 12:06 »

Depends where you live, here in Serbia a middle class man has around 300euros
If you managed here to somehow pull out about $1000 monthly from stock, you'd be the king of the world all while doing what you love the most.
I guess its the same at Russia, Ukraine, etc,. If you hit $500 a month. You can make a living from shooting full-time stock photos.
If you have done the step shooting full-time Stock-photography its possible to produce enough stock photos doing the next step to $ 1000 a month, $1500 a month, etc.

37 / Re: Problems with Istock/Getty
« on: November 01, 2018, 10:22 »
Actually i would not realize if there are some images lost on istock.
They get a few hundred images every month, thats it.
If they lost some, they are lost. I don't mind.
Exclusivity at istock could be good or bad. Its good if lots of customers are willing to pay lots more money for an image.
Its bad if they don't.
My experience was that i don't shoot enough people images to profit from exclusivity.

I guess its not about the second account. Its about tax fraud.
Has your aunt known about her account and properly filled out the tax form?
I guess not.

39 / Re: september stats are online
« on: October 22, 2018, 12:01 »

40 / Re: Has Shutterstock returned to normal for you?
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:42 »
Very good month

41 / Re: July stats in
« on: August 23, 2018, 04:51 »
When was the last time anyone anywhere uploaded something to Istock? Surely at least a year or two now given their greedy unethical commission % and sales prices
I upload 200 - 500 photos every month. I can't complain.

42 / Re: July stats in
« on: August 18, 2018, 03:56 »

43 / Re: no tracks of june earnings ...
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:49 »
I heard that Thinkstock closed.
In June i had no Thinkstock sub sales, but some Thinkstock ext sales. Whatever this means.

44 / Re: no tracks of june earnings ...
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:25 »

How long are the 3000 images online. If all uploaded 2008, it won't sell any more.
If all 3000 images uploaded in 2018, it will need some time to start selling.
But if you are continuous uploading at least 1000 images a year you should earn much more than $40 am month.

It's possible to earn $100 selling images on shutterstock per month. I earn approximately $30. :(
How many images have you online at shutterstock?

please see my istock monthly sale stats, my revenue constantly decreasing in a terrible way, I dont understand why is so much down while I still constantly upload new images, can anyone explain this if understand? is it real or just a joke?

Well you are uploading more, but are you uploading enough.
Trying to explain my guess. If your uploads to all uploads may had a ratio from 1:10.000 in the past.
You may upload more now, but your ration may decrease to 1:20.000 - because uploads to stock are rising more and more.
There is an interesting article at stock performer - are you uploading enough ---
As you can see, there are lots of uploads at Shutterstock not uploaded to istock till the end of 2016.
If sometimes istock is flooded with this images available its getting worse and worse.
Shutterstock seems not selling as well as in the past. Some people may upload more to istock to compensate decreasing income from shutterstock.

48 / Re: Shutterstock Milestones
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:38 »
I think, in the end, it comes down to how good the search algorithm is, if the spam and low quality gets pushed deep down, it doesn't even matter if it's being uploaded or not. And it's probably good enough for now.
On the other hands, of course there are very good photographers with quality material that join up everyday, that's the real supply we should be afraid of.
It will take years for them to make a profit.
Even in countries there living is cheap.

49 / Re: Exclusive vs Not
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:42 »
I have been exclusive to istock till 2013. I am shooting mostly food. Downloads were decreasing every month since 2011.
My content just doesn't fit to the exclusive collection. It was just to expensive. Customers getting much more of the same or better work for less money at istock.
If you are doing a search at istock exclusive vs non ex and filtering the last 30 days of upload date.
At Food there are 1/11 of the new images exclusive content.
A very hard competition for food photographers being exclusive at istock.
You need a joker to compete, like a medium format camera with 50+ MP, a good food stylist, etc.
At Lifestyle images there are about 1/3 of the new images exclusives.
If you are good at shooting lifestyle you probably can win the exclusive game.

50 / Re: Exclusive vs Not
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:48 »
ok, but how can you get to Signature + collection?
Can only talk about photography.
First - you must be an exclusive contributor.
second - shoot highly demanded images - like lifestyle.
third - luck.

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