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Isn't the timing interesting, just a few weeks to go before everybody goes to Tier1 earnings?

Why wasn't he notified a year ago?

Seems like they are trying to anticipate the huge public criticism they will soon receive by using a scapegoat to warn others.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: November 2020 Earnings Report
« on: December 01, 2020, 13:38 »
I'm still surprised and shocked that you're not doing better on Alamy.  :(

They're Personal Usage raping my port.

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General Stock Discussion / November 2020 Earnings Report
« on: November 30, 2020, 13:49 »
Welcome back to another detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times! Link to the blog post:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/11/30/november-2020-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

Hope you're getting a-head in this industry with all the curve balls these agencies are throwing at us.


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Alamy.com / Re: Anyone still getting big sales on Alamy?
« on: November 25, 2020, 09:32 »
All I see lately are suspicious low-priced personal usage licenses.

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Alamy.com / Re: Lets Discuss: Alamy Personal Usage Licenses Misuse
« on: November 16, 2020, 04:36 »
Latest 6 Personal Usage licenses where it appears that buyers are "mistakingly" purchasing the wrong license for cheap ($8-12 gross).

Do these look like wall-hangers or something you'd put on a gift card?

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You seem to have found your calling with book covers! Nice work.

Thanks for the support!

I'm afraid that I've opened up a Pandora's box and there's no way out of the dark side anymore...here's my latest capture...worried they may accept it  :o

(included within a wider context)

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Steve how in the world do you this every month? Make money.

I guess I am reasonably good at what I do...  ;)
To have probably the best cat picture on the whole internet is more than reasonably good!

Don't forget the ice bag! Search for "ice bag" and he's on the first page :D

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Selling Book Covers Blog Post
« on: November 01, 2020, 04:50 »
I have been following Alexs helpful posts about book covers with interest, thank you.

When you applied to archangel did you create a separate website for your portfolio or direct them to one of you micro portfolio like Alamy or adobe? Just for the application process.
 
How many images did you use?

Was a long time ago but from what I remember, I sent them a link to my Photoshelter website where I had/still have a lightbox of fine artsy type shots. Otherwise, Instagram could be a good option if you don't have your own website.

Highly recommend not to include any links to your port at microstock sites. Alamy stuff shouldn't be relevant for book cover market.

Good luck!

Hi Alex,

I was thinking the same thing, if it is wise to list your microstock portfolios... but in their application form they explicitly ask if you are with other agencies (and which). Did you use the application form or did you just send them an email?

Was in 2015 when I applied and they had a different process. I recall now that I included a link to my Fine Art America and Robert Harding ports.

Other agencies, I believe they mean other Rights-Managed agencies...Alamy...Robert Harding...Trevillion, etc. Microstock shouldn't be relevant for book covers and would actually hurt your chances to being accepted.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Selling Book Covers Blog Post
« on: November 01, 2020, 04:19 »
I have been following Alexs helpful posts about book covers with interest, thank you.

When you applied to archangel did you create a separate website for your portfolio or direct them to one of you micro portfolio like Alamy or adobe? Just for the application process.
 
How many images did you use?

Was a long time ago but from what I remember, I sent them a link to my Photoshelter website where I had/still have a lightbox of fine artsy type shots. Otherwise, Instagram could be a good option if you don't have your own website.

Highly recommend not to include any links to your port at microstock sites. Alamy stuff shouldn't be relevant for book cover market.

Good luck!

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Welcome back to another detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times! To recap, September proved to be a terrible month as the travel industry (my niche) fails to recover. Let's see if things improved in October...

Finding motivation can be difficult but we must keep looking around for opportunities as there plenty if you know where to look.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/10/31/october-2020-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

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Alex, Re Alamy. I vaguely remember you outsourced keywording to a third party. Could that be the reason for poor performance of your portfolio?


Hi Tpack,

That's a good point. I'm keywording generally for all stock sites and the way they expect keywording for Alamy is different (and a bit of a mystery to be honest), hence the relatively low CTR.

I've used a keywording service before but was only for a few images and clips.

Highly recommend Clemency Wright if you have premium images that you wish to keyword and don't have much time. As for run of the mill micro images, there isn't enough ROI imo.

http://www.clemency.co.uk/


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Welcome back to another detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times! August proved to be a terrible month but can be somewhat forgiven for traditionally being a holiday month, as well as everything else thats going on.

Let's see how I did in September...

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/09/30/september-2020-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

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Bigstock.com / Bigstock Bullsh*t Earnings
« on: September 24, 2020, 03:54 »
"How to earn less than $1 a month on 3,870 images" by a donkey BigStock contributor

Sept 2019, I earned a relatively high $24 on 3,667 images.

Have your sales also collapsed?

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 23, 2020, 06:00 »
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Can this information be found somewhere? Number of downloads, number of files, number of ......

https://microstockrank.com/

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 16, 2020, 10:26 »
Imo the future belongs to programmers. Those that can create very very realistic models/animals and scenarios using CGI without leaving the comfort of their homes.

Imagine lifestyle photography without the hassle and administration to shoot models in fun scenarios.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/28/tech/ai-fake-faces/index.html

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Alamy has responded to Photo Archive News that kindly shared my post on https://photoarchivenews.com/news/stock-photographer-i-love-you-alamy-but-im-breaking-up-with-you/

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Alan Capel : Commercial Director:

Our business is in good health, even during these challenging times, with investment and growth plans in place as part of the PA Media Group.

Alex has raised some interesting points but we dont see his experiences as representative of all our contributors. As with any large-scale diverse platform, there will be peaks and troughs for content creators. Many factors play into that, including the quality and diversity of imagery, visual trends, comprehensive metadata and crucially, demand from customers.

We will continue to listen to our photographers and contributing agencies and build a business that rewards great photography and meets the needs of our current and future customers.


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As a matter of interest do portugese/Spanish newspapers use alamy?

On very rare occasions and I do have many pics uploaded in Iberia.

I have seen Eastern European newspapers often license from Alamy, with significant discounts.

I re-read my post, which I thought was perhaps a bit harsh (Covid-pity) but then checked my results for Sept and it still shows 0 sales and $0 earned and maybe I was not harsh enough.

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Ive always liked Alamys business model. For years theyve worked hard to keep license fees relatively high by carving out an editorial niche in a crowded marketplace. Their commission levels continue to be one of the better ones within the major agencies, at 40% for non-exclusive and 50% for exclusive. In addition, they have top-notch contributor customer services.

However, for the past year Ive noticed within my port, reduced sales and low low prices. Easy to blame Covid but Ive noticed this trend long before March 2020. So lets dig deeper at whats going on at Alamy! Be warned that this way a a very stats-based post.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/09/13/i-love-you-alamy-but-im-breaking-up-with-you/

How have your sales at Alamy been for the past year?

Alex

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General Stock Discussion / August 2020 Earnings Report
« on: August 31, 2020, 11:48 »

Welcome back to another detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times! July proved to be a great month only due to some impressive book cover salesat micros, its been extremely frustrating. Lets see if August saw an uptick on sales

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/08/31/august-2020-brutally-honest-earnings-report-some-brutal-stats-inside/

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Anything is better than what's going on.

Seeing microstock prices but midstock volumes for the past 4 months.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: So they do use AI to review then...
« on: August 09, 2020, 04:31 »

I'm of the particular opinion that breaking news editorial images take in the heat of the moment shouldn't be rejected for stupid reasons such as noise. I can't take out my tripod in a protest and have a perfect exposure/composition at ISO 100!

I agree, however SS is hardly an industry source for breaking news photos... not even a close second or third source.

Was merely a hypothetical example, although I have noticed that some of these more candid street shots were rejected so I wouldn't even bother with breaking news.

Agreed that SS isn't right agency for breaking news and they have an editorial arm anyway (REX Features now Shutterstock Editorial).

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Shutterstock.com / Re: So they do use AI to review then...
« on: August 08, 2020, 15:13 »


However, some of these can get through on an average of a third try. The maximum I've submitted to be accepted was 6 times.



And this is one of the problems with the whole industry today.

In today's whiny self entitled world one actually tries on an average of 3 times to get rejected work accepted and up to 6 times and eventually they will get accepted.

All that tells me is you need to up your game or find another hobby.
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My port is open for all to see.

I'm of the particular opinion that breaking news editorial images take in the heat of the moment shouldn't be rejected for stupid reasons such as noise. I can't take out my tripod in a protest and have a perfect exposure/composition at ISO 100!

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Shutterstock.com / Re: So they do use AI to review then...
« on: August 08, 2020, 06:23 »
I suspected AI about a year ago when some dozen of my images were reviewed within 5 seconds of uploading

All rejected or accepted?

All rejected for silly reasons. No human can review a dozen images in 5 seconds!



Do you think that if you had sent more images, they would have approved one? It is not No, and someone decided to reject all your images as soon as they were uploaded. Be it 12 or 129.

It seems they're using a combination of AI with humans. First filter is AI and rejects for the easy stuff like editorials with wrong captions and software that detects graffiti. These are the super quick rejections I wrote about.

However, some of these can get through on an average of a third try. The maximum I've submitted to be accepted was 6 times.

More borderline cases gets sent to humans for a closer look.

SS seem to be streamlining their workflow by cutting costs - they are a technology company after all. By no means am I completely against AI, after all they receive 100,000s submissions a day, but seems strange that they've outright denied it for a long time on the SS forum (Jeff).

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Shutterstock.com / Re: So they do use AI to review then...
« on: August 07, 2020, 17:13 »
I suspected AI about a year ago when some dozen of my images were reviewed within 5 seconds of uploading

All rejected or accepted?

All rejected for silly reasons. No human can review a dozen images in 5 seconds!

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