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Dreamstime.com / Re: 101$ after 2 years
« on: August 02, 2019, 07:54 »
After 2 years, with a port around 1800 pictures, I finally received my 100$... the day after the collection, I erased all my photos, one by one. Adios Dreamstime. I received a lot more money from my other 3 agencies ... I still have a balance of $ 1.05, I leave it to you Dreamstime, I think you need it more than me!

Your decision to leave Dreamstime was because it was not making as much money as the other sites you're with.

So you decided to punish them by removing your images? And in pursuit of punishing them, you punished yourself by spending days deleting 1800 images one by one. It's incredible how much time people have.

Technically, if he had a 6-month lag between uploads he could have just requested account deletion as opposed to manually doing a deletion of one-by-one.  But either way, I think his post is a good one for future contributors who are trying to convince themselves DT is worth spending the time working with.  They have been horrible for me. I used to make about $200 a month there with about 2800 images, now I make $15-$30  month with somewhat more images. They for sure are hurting and the revenue drop is an insight to their future. Either the revenue is there and my work is being drowned by the upload volume or its usefulness has been outlived.  DT is on par with 123. I really no longer make a monthly payout at either site.  My existing port on DP makes 2-3X those two sites.  11 years in this micro biz and I have seen really nothing but a race to the bottom except for a few video sites like SB who now we know the reason why.  I pulled my port from them after their last debacle. My 4-8 video sales a month there went to 1 per quarter.

So my point is that I am more interested in what contributors end up doing with an agency than how they do it.  My sales will eventually be meaningless at 123 and DT (and probably elsewhere) and I will have a decision to make (as will other contributors).  Do I keep my content there hoping someone will buy up DT or 123? If they are dying, I don't see it happening.  But, perhaps my port gets automatically pulled in somewhere more fruitful, like "www.makeamilliononnicrostock.com".

   

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: June Royalties are in
« on: July 19, 2019, 16:02 »
June 2018: $453
June 2019: $250

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Opt out.

I opted out by closing my account there.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: timelapses from pentax camera
« on: July 07, 2019, 11:43 »
Well, first of all I would just look at the automatic in-camera time lapse video as a preview, not something to sell. You will get MUCH better quality if you take the RAW files and make the time lapse yourself. It will also take much more time of course, but that's what customers pay you for.

Regarding your actual question, should you color grade? Well, in general, yes, but of course it depends on how it looks. You should ALWAYS color CORRECT and fix noise issues. Color GRADING is more of a creative choice, but usually something customers are looking for.

You have many fun hours (weeks, months) ahead of you to learn all this. :)

To expand on mr. I.D.'s comments, color grading also depends on how you post process a TL.  If you are running it through LRT Time Lapse and using Lightroom, you are essentially able to do your color grading in Lightroom with your keyframes images.  I always suggest shooting TL in raw. Far better flexibility in post.  If you are running your images directly in, say, Final Cut Pro, then you would grade within FCPX.  Different workflow there.

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It's half the Adobestock video sales this month now.  1/3 the Pond5's video sales probably.  Since they started promoting their own contents under the Eighth Wonder name, our contents got pushed back on searches and sales started to fall drastically.  I have no hope on Shutterstock at this point to be honest.  Pond5 and Adobestock are our future.  Shutterstock's business model now is to create own contents by imitating top selling contents and keep 100% of sales to themselves.  This week's sale at Shutterstock is like 1/5 of last year's peak.  Horrible.

Maybe you are just shooting the same stuff.

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These are great tutorials.  My first experience with a drone was all manual. I sold everything.  Three years later the technology has made it much easier. Might get back into it.

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General - Stock Video / Re: 123RF for fooage?
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:19 »
Not worth the time. Why? No sales.

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A leopard never loses its spots. 

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VideoBlocks / Re: Storyblocks - any signs of life?
« on: May 06, 2019, 07:57 »
They informed me they would close my account in a month, with a mention they would help me with suggestions to avoid that.
Since I had zero sales for months, I responded they should not wait and get over with it immediatelly!
That was the first time they acted fast and they deleted all my assets in a couple of days, although I am still waiting for the relative email to confirm that!
Now, as I was telling other stock friends, I feel as relieved as if I was going to break up with a girlfriend I knew I was never going to be forever with but was just postponing for a last night with her, to ... kiss her goodbye!

I deleted all of my content there manually then asked them to close my account. I got a long email explaining that they know it's been slow, blah blah blah but they really never mentioned my statement to them about how the subscription plan killed our sales. They wanted me to hang on but I had already deleted my port and they finally closed my account.  I had 1,500 videos there.  Had one sale in Jan then nothing since.  My email to them was pretty blunt, how they came in MSG seeking contributors and being all "we are your partner" and now cutting commissions and them effectively killing sales.  Anyhow, I am out as of a couple of weeks ago.

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$5-$15 a month now. Used to be about $200 a month. On life support. I don't bother uploading any new content there.  Them as well as DT are on a ventilator. 

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best in long time

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Mostphotos--Is it working.
« on: April 27, 2019, 07:53 »
I really miss the $6 a year I made there.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Getty payment
« on: April 24, 2019, 05:54 »
Yes and it was TINY. MY 600 per month has plummeted to 200 in March. Each month gets incrementally lower.  It will get to the point where the income will not be worth keeping the account active.  I just closed my account at Storyblocks but manually deleted every file first, then also closed Motion Elements. That place makes you retain clips that have been sold for three years. I have about 40 but went in and deleted all of my keywords for those 40 clips. Both closures felt good and I can see Istock on the horizon. Like everyone else I have a lot of .002 video sales. I see no uptick of any kind there as floods of new content keeps filling their pipeline anyway. Istock really doesnt have anything to worry about, but contributors do.

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Dreamstime.com / Re: Deleting photos
« on: April 21, 2019, 16:03 »
You can delete some percentage of images now but you have to wait 6 months from your last upload to delete all of your images.

Yes, but how can I make it?

Delete everything you can now by going to your uploaded files, then click edit, then at the bottom right is a little trash can. Click it and you can "disable" the image.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: pond5 sales plummet to $0?
« on: April 21, 2019, 10:06 »
Maybe the exclusives are getting preference?

Not sure when that will actually happen but it WILL happen.

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Dreamstime.com / Re: Deleting photos
« on: April 21, 2019, 10:03 »
You can delete some percentage of images now but you have to wait 6 months from your last upload to delete all of your images.

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Re: Vimeo pricing, our list (non-member) prices are $79 for HD and $199 for 4K for non-exclusive footage, and $299 HD, $499 4K for exclusive footage. Paid Vimeo members get a discount of 20%.

So Vimeo wants me to pay them to sell my video?

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VideoBlocks / Re: How to leave as a contributor
« on: April 14, 2019, 07:53 »
I just saw the video about story blocks.. what scumbags  and what a great informative video!




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Going to give it a watch.

Edit: Weeeee I am almost done deleting 1500 videos manually.  Then, POOF! Account closed after.

Edit: Done deleting 1500 clips. Sent a email to close my account entirely.

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VideoBlocks / Re: How to leave as a contributor
« on: April 11, 2019, 19:01 »
What has happened to them? They have gone from quite reliable to very pathetic. I've sent them emails about how useless they've become and they always reply with the same stock standard BS.

They now have ample clips in their wholly owned collection to fill most of their needs. That was the plan all along, to ultimately phase out the paid collection so they get more subscribers that do not have to pay more doe for clips once they lay out the cash for the subscriber model. I think many here pointed that out early on and questioned VBs long term intent.  Those hypothesis came true and sure enough VB cut commissions and could now care less about the contributors who helped make them successful.
I just looked back at what I said about them in 2015 "I've stayed away from VB.  If they become successful they force other sites to lower prices and then what happens if they decide to take 50% royalty or if they stop licensing videos and only promote their free offerings.  I'm going to say away and most likely this year go exclusively with Pond5"
I didn't go exclusive with P5 since then but I did put more work on there than anywhere else.  It should have been obvious to everyone what VB's plan was all along.

Yep. I recall you saying that.

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i am not exclusive, but this video is only in pond5. They still offer 50% because they will start exclusivity 8 april.

they gave 50% after they cut 30% so $99 sale, i get $35...

Lets use the same math for both. Commission will be 40% for non-exclusive video and 60% for Exclusive video.

Since anyone can have two accounts, we can choose. Do you want a video to make 60% at only one place or have it on many sites, but still get 40% on Pond5?

This has sort of been my point.  It is my opinion that unless exclusives get super special search placement every day, every week all year long, P5 will not generate enough volume for it to be worthwhile going exclusive.  I see what amounts to a zero sum game here. Let's just say that volume is there as an exclusive.  What happens next? A lot of contributors will go exclusive, muting the value of being exclusive in the first place when you are now competing for placement once again.  As I walk through the whole scenario it just does not make long-term sense, but perhaps it does for the short term.....assuming the marketing is there to drive traffic to the site.

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VideoBlocks / Re: How to leave as a contributor
« on: April 01, 2019, 11:44 »
What has happened to them? They have gone from quite reliable to very pathetic. I've sent them emails about how useless they've become and they always reply with the same stock standard BS.

They now have ample clips in their wholly owned collection to fill most of their needs. That was the plan all along, to ultimately phase out the paid collection so they get more subscribers that do not have to pay more doe for clips once they lay out the cash for the subscriber model. I think many here pointed that out early on and questioned VBs long term intent.  Those hypothesis came true and sure enough VB cut commissions and could now care less about the contributors who helped make them successful.

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VideoBlocks / Re: How to leave as a contributor
« on: March 31, 2019, 18:26 »
I was just going to post to see if anyone is leaving SB.  I think I am going to close my account there. My 3-4 sales a month has gone to zero a month once they made the "good news" announcement.

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Q How do we push agencies like SS, istock, getty to offer a fair share of royalties
A We cannot

Q How do we work with the agencies to prevent the race to the bottom
A We cannot

Q What agencies are inherently unfair - low pricing, very low royalty, that should be boycotted
A We cannot

Q How can we create enough of an impact to make the agencies correct this
A We cannot

The ONLY way to answer "WE CAN" is to choke the agencies of content, particularly from those contributors who drive high-sales for the agencies.  To accomplish this "broad-brush" style would pigeon hole so many artists who make their sole living at photography/videography/illustrations that it makes influencing agencies to the extent of this thread title impossible. The idea of unions is nice, but completely impractical this far into the maturity of the MS business.  Microstock is well beyond the peak of the S-Curve and the leverage is lost from an industry standpoint.  Sure, there are instances where we can stand up to a single agency and make some waves, but from the broader goal of yielding a much more robust model that better benefits the artist across all agencies, that opportunity is over.  It's probably a good idea to expand into specialty (Stocksy) or macro stock, in addition to self-hosting (if you have the discipline and technical savvy to do that). But micro stock is as we see it....a declining market being chewed up by mass inflow of content which provides serious leverage to the agencies, not the artists. 

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock earnings March 16th 2019
« on: March 27, 2019, 10:20 »
I am at $200 for the month. That is HORRIBLE for my trend.  My $1000 a month went to $800, then $600 and now $400 in a matter of about two years.  That came with consistent video and still uploads.  This is less than a zero sum game..




Probably shooting the same kind of stuff over and over?

I hear that and your probably right.

Rinder, look who is talking you flippin hypocrite. You constantly claim to be the best at all things microstock yet you shoot the same * all the time. What a * phoney you are.

You are in here bitching about sales declines all the time. Well, i guess you shoot the same thing all the time then. Which you do, of wrinkled old people. I have been pretty reserve commenting on posts you make but that time has ended. You are among the most hypocritical people in the group and, in many cases, a laughing stock.

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Pond5 / Re: Letter to pond5 and quick Poll for contributors
« on: March 26, 2019, 12:42 »
The thing everyone going exclusive have to understand is that of all the times agencies do something along these lines and do not follow up with all the marketing needed to drive traffic to P5, when that exclusive journey fails you have to re-upload all your clips back to the agencies you just yanked them from.  The sales volume at p5 is so miniscule for me that i would never go exclusive there. They WILL HAVE TO HAVE A MASSIVE marketing campaign and be able to fund it. Perhaps their plan is to fund their marketing from the ones who refuse to go along with exclusivity. I wonder if anyone is getting a special deal to be positive about the whole thing. Because without any plan to grow and sustain foot traffic through costly marketing, bringing broad awareness to exclusivity then having the content to back it up, then exclusivity is really a moot point.

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