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General Stock Discussion / Re: Original Goal vs Current Goal
« on: September 14, 2021, 05:12 »
My goal around 2017/2018 was $2,000/month.

One year from now, if I'm getting over $200/month I'll crack open up a bottle of (cheap) champagne.

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cannot remember who did this but a few years back someone did a wack a mole for SS and they treated them like crap instead of rewarding or even thanking them for their efforts!

For real! He even got banned from the SS forum for a month lol

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It's sad to see what stock has become.

Unfortunately it's not a new issue as they've known about it for many years and have done little.

Useless greedy agency.

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123RF / Re: Trends to Upload for September e-mail from 123RF
« on: September 07, 2021, 11:40 »
123RF are irrelevant

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The Adobe Stock upfront payment program skews results

thats right and:

for this little upfront more you paying in the future for much more less

Perhaps! What is real is the $ now and whatever is in the future is purely hypothetical :)

What makes me happy is that AS selected images, in my case, which barely sell anyway on all agencies, so even $5 for them to turn into vinegar thereafter is a fortune for me since most are so past their shelf-life / usefulness (see graph below).

I put together some of my thoughts on this new business model here (if you haven't already checked it out):

https://xpiksapp.com/blog/free-downloads-microstocks/

A person from Brazil

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
« on: September 02, 2021, 02:07 »
It's all lip-service to their stakeholders, take no notice of a sudden "sensitivity" about race/ethnicity/gender blahblah....if they cared so much about people they wouldn't have cut our commissions during the middle of a pandemic.

Best regards,

A person from Brazil

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Noticed you compared August 2021 to July 2021. Why not compare August 2021 to August 2020 instead?

That's a fair point. The Adobe Stock upfront payment program skews results*.

But in any case, the following are my results for the past few Augusts:

August 2019: $1,075
August 2020: $524
August 2021: $798*

Alex

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Nice write up! Adobe deserved the Gold nugget award!

For real!

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Welcome back to the August 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times. Hope that your summer has not been a wash-out in terms of sales and travel plans.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/08/31/august-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

All the best - Alex

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Another wall hanger licensed today...let's see what Alamy CR will say...

Just received the following reply from Alamy:

"We have no reason to believe this is being used outside of the terms of the licence. If however you do have proof that it has been, let us know and we can then investigate."

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Another wall hanger licensed today...let's see what Alamy CR will say...
I can imagine that one looking nice over a cozy fireplace. Would probably also make a nice greeting card to send to your grandmother for her birthday.

I'll try to contact the buyer to entice him/her to check out some of my more beautiful shots of Lake Como and Cinque Terre instead lol

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Another wall hanger licensed today...let's see what Alamy CR will say...

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Wirestock - sales dried up
« on: August 16, 2021, 08:24 »
Hi meow,

We're in August... :)

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My Nikon D800 from 2013 with the 24-70mm still works great, except for some scratches / mutant dust in the sensor which no amount of cleaning will remove.

Seems risky to invest more than $1k these days on gear due to diminishing returns.

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Sold via Alamy or their partners can take up to 3 months to show up on the sales report.

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Image Sleuth / Re: Another blatant thief at Shutterstock
« on: August 03, 2021, 09:39 »
And after weeks of patience this is the answer oh these *insult removed* :
...

If you misrepresent that material is infringing, Shutterstock may terminate your Shutterstock account, or you may face other legal consequences.

...
Why don't they* do that to actual infringers also? And publicise that they're doing it?

*And all the other agencies/distributors.
...
Imagine the other way... I file a complaint, the account is shut down, while it's investigated. Would you like that? Guilty and convicted without any sort of fairness and trial? So the problem is, SS must have too many complaints stacked up and they are slow to complete the due diligence, before they can terminate someones source of income.

What's obvious for us, on the surface, has more complicated, legal implications. And they can't just close an account because of an accusation.

That's not what I meant.
They're saying they may take legal action over false accusations, to discourage people from making them.
Why don't they also take legal action over proven image theft? (to discourage people from doing it)

I found on of my BSs on iS on Flickr with some bloke claiming copyright. When I filled in the form to make a complaint, it said they would send the accusee my email address, which I thought was bizarre (but I sent a potentially throwaway addy). No word back, but there's a blank where the photo was and a note that it's under investigation for copyright infringement. (Maybe linking to my image on Getty scared them, or maybe it's automatic, but was blanked within 24 hrs.) This guy's whole port appears to be 'lifted', some with accreditation, most (that I checked) not.
And now more exciting news, guess what?:
1. They haven't suspended the thief's portfolio, they just deleted the images I listed to them and let the portfolio online, but better than that,
2. They have deleted my original images!!! and the duplicate online. They deserve a premium gold award for this, I can't believe it ! :-(
Any action with lawyer will take years, money, energy, and even if I delete my account, the duplicate portfolio will continue having a good time. Shutterstock is thievesland, a true paradise!
Reel Anger.... >{

This is why I believe that SS is trying to milk what they can. If they could act to remove your images from the thief's port, then they could have just as easily removed the port. That conscious decision tells me volumes about what SS is now all about.

I counted and in 15 minutes I found the following thieving accounts:

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/judexxx
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/mageo
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Lourens+Myburgh
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Kiro+Nakamuro
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/kadiralpargu
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/iiamtoey
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/DigitalArt98
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Marcia+Alvarez+Martin
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Rehman+Khoso
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Gasnier+Chris
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/lrasonja
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/PARVEEN9634
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Narendra853301
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Ayush+tripathi+740
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Mr.+Picker
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Vaneet+Singhal
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/ChMuhammadAwaisKhaliq
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/MuhammadAamerZaheer
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Wazid+Khan+123
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/BazykaMale
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Farooq+Muhammad
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Super+Firoz

Just imagine I had done this for 4 hours...probably 100,000s or even millions of fraudulent pics uncovered by 1,000s of contributors. What if word got out their investors that even 5% of accounts at SS are fraudulent?!

How did I get started? Well I simply searched for "Unsplash" and found this pic and followed the similar trails. Anybody can do it...

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/unsplash-leafless-tree-on-body-water-2016074543

Oh and this thief need some geography lessons.


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Alex/brasilnut:
#No, I don't think that the older images will have much life, hence why I'm not so bothered to give them away for as little as $5.#

You meant also in case of older travel photos, photos from cities...

I totally agree, if these photos got uploaded already.

But I stopped uploading photos of travel genre when covid arrived and I hope(!), I will upload these old photos from 2020 soon and that they still have a chance to get sales.
Do you agree?

2020 was a strange year and anything captured then probably has value, perhaps not now but in 10-20 years' time as vintage.

I can see some of the Covid pics being used in 2030 on the 10-year anniversary and then 20-year anniversary and so on.

Even if they not directly related to Covid there may be something special about that particular strange year.

I'd still upload them now, they earn nothing from being in the HD and not on offer :)

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I'm betting on travel to return in full swing and as most of my port are made of travel images, hopefully get back to something resembling old normal results.

Brutally honest question Alex: do you think that's still possible, considered the half-life of images? The pandemic impacted travel for one year and a half now.
Of course, travel contributors were also impacted with travel restrictions that made it impossible to shoot new content.

Anyhow, keep up the good work, I love reading your articles.

Thanks for the kind words.

No, I don't think that the older images will have much life, hence why I'm not so bothered to give them away for as little as $5.
Wouldn't surprise if SS soon proposes the same scheme and offers to give away our images for $2/lifetime, then it's not so interesting.

As for new travel images, there are plenty of opportunities especially away from the big cities. Don't know about you guys/gals but I want to avoid big urban centres at all cost. Not scared to get Covid as already had it and survived relatively pain-free (although best not to be too complacent) but there's too much hassle with keeping up with restrictions which often change from one week to another. However, the main factor for avoiding large population centres is the growing risk of social unrest and rising crime. My gear simply stands out like a sore thumb and not worth the risk for what they're paying these days. Plus the market is already saturated for the main centres (London, Paris, Rome, etc. come to mind) so there's no point anymore unless content is captured extraordinarily.

So, perhaps the new travel trend will be for smaller cities/towns...I'll look to explore first in Iberia then elsewhere. Oh and I hope to get a drone soon together with a pilot's license so that should open up some new opportunities. Whether I'll get a ROI, not sure but I'll give it a shot!

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For what it's worth, here's my take on the free-downloads trend including the Adobe Stock Upfront Royalty Payment Opportunity over at the Xpiks blog:

https://xpiksapp.com/blog/free-downloads-microstocks/

Alex

Just read your take....but can you explain in what way do you expect the storm to "finally clear"?

It's an understatement to say that 2020 and 2021 have turned out to be eventful years in this industry.

Perhaps there will be some consolidation and things will come down a bit at least for a while so we can all catch our breaths. No major "exciting news" announcements, I hope.

I'm betting on travel to return in full swing and as most of my port are made of travel images, hopefully get back to something resembling old normal results.

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The title to his new book--"How the heck I ended up in this business in the first place"  :)

Thinking of calling the new book: "My Two Cents" as that's likely what each image will earn on average by the time it's published in a few years the way things are going!

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Welcome back to the July 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gammawe might run out of Greek letters soon!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/07/31/july-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

Hope you had an excellent month.

Alex

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For what it's worth, here's my take on the free-downloads trend including the Adobe Stock Upfront Royalty Payment Opportunity over at the Xpiks blog:

https://xpiksapp.com/blog/free-downloads-microstocks/

Alex

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Just finished preparing August newsletter. This time have 2 more high-level topics than usual, making August a month with record number of ideas.

It's a great time to sign up and create needed content for October! https://stockphotosideas.com/

Looking forward! :)

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Canva / Re: Bad experience with Canva
« on: July 21, 2021, 11:09 »
This is a civil matter, not criminal.

Please don't waste police time.

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