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I was one of the first here to admit that their keywording was unacceptable to begin with...probably a 12 year old native English speaker could have done better back when they started 2 or 3 years ago.

Even nowadays, I see things that make me cringe...but they have improved and are improving. Also put out an ad for a freelance keyworder, although the pay isn't very high which may mean that only monkeys accept to be paid in peanuts.

Without sounding like a frustrated socialist, we should be helping Wirestock to help us! They will listen and will take on constructive criticism to improve.

For specialist editorials, best to upload ourselves to places like Alamy and keyword ourselves. They aren't geniuses to know details of relatively little known places, unfortunately.

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What I like most about Wirestock is that in their Slack Group, which any contributor is free to join, you can directly ask the management questions and they will reply almost right away! Which other agency does this?!

That in itself, plus the in-house keywording of both commercial and now editorial images, is well worth the 15% commission they charge on sales!


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The clue is in their name.

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Welcome back to the June 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times!

In addition to my monthly earnings, I discuss my first experience with capturing and uploading drone footage.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/06/29/june-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

How did you do this month?
Looking at yours numbers, I think it's not worth investing in equipment for microstock . For me last month (June) I made profit on  image stock sites around $ 40. That earning include Adobe Stock, 123Rf, Dreamstime, Alamy, FAA, Deposit Photos, Pond5 and Istock. I was banned from Shitterstock .. Thank God I have other jobs, because if I only have microstock, I would be lost! .

Absolutely not worth investing in equipment for microstock, at most a gorilla-pod lol

Purpose of the drone will eventually (once I have a license, etc) be to do real estate / property recording for clients, which should earn substantially more than microstock earnings!

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Btw, Does Steve no longer post his monthly report here? I'd be interested to know how he did in June.

https://backyardsilver.com/making-money-from-stock-photography-in-june-2021/

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Welcome back to the June 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times!

In addition to my monthly earnings, I discuss my first experience with capturing and uploading drone footage.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/06/29/june-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

How did you do this month?

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That's against the terms and conditions.

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General Photography Discussion / Re: Paul Hardy interview
« on: June 19, 2021, 13:36 »
Would anybody from the pre-microstock days be interested in being interviewed for the blog...particularly interested on earnings before microstock and current earnings, as well as stories about how things used to be. Come forward! :D

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General Photography Discussion / Re: Paul Hardy interview
« on: June 18, 2021, 08:54 »
Thank you Alexandre for this interesting interview. It always helps to hear others stock photographers experience.
What puzzles me is how come he has only 300 pictures in his portfolio after all these years?
Also, why doesn't he shoot high lifestyle productions if that is what editors use? (He mentions it in that part about importance of photo editors - great point! - and people submitting flowers and sunsets).
Generally, I don't like people crying over "old good days" and blaming others for their failures, but, all in all, very interesting interview!
Also, he should be aware that his 90s success should not be credited exclusively to his skills. He was extremely lucky to live in London and to be able to travel to New York at the time when stock market was relying on physical contact, prior to internet. At that time I (living in so called third world country) was not able to participate in the game. I even think we are about the same age, and I was recalling my struggle to get to the market at the time, while reading the interview (war, poverty, afforded few long distance calls with European representative of american stock agency without much success and got in debt for these calls at the time, hard times). So, luckily, internet was invented, Istock and Shutterstock popped up, and now, I'm rich. As soon as I was able to participate in the game, as soon as I was given a chance, I climbed the ladder, and he was sitting there, spoiled and too relaxed, I think he was not even aware what hit him. Sorry man!

Thanks TaxcoBoy for publishing and shutterview for your comments.

I prefer not to speak on behalf of Paul. He'll soon reply to your comments / questions!

I suppose he was lucky but I believe that he made his luck...he knew what he wanted to do at a young age, learned the craft and ventured off traveling (alone)...met people, networked and got some gigs.

The pre-internet days presented their own set of challenges, as well as the barriers to entry (and he's discussed)...I did dabble a bit with film in the late 90s and remember ruining a whole roll by being careless haha. Nevertheless, the potential earnings were astronomical compared to now.

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I once successfully negotiated from a life-time ban on the SS Contributor Forum to just 30days.

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No one is going to pay for an image on one site that he can get for free on other sites

This seems true until you factor in laziness / apathy or pure ignorance that an image is available for free on the part of many buyers.

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Everybody got problems with the so-called "similar images" which get rejected by SS, for example. Why not upload these "similar images?
The question is, how reliable is Wirestock? Will they disappear from the market after some years? Will they change their policy like other agencies.

I'm in close contact with their management and they do listen to the community. They have a slack group and their management do respond to suggestions directly, ask for advice, etc. This just doesn't happen at SS, for instance. Wirestock are building up a great community and if other contributors do well then everybody does well if you think about SS's now silly tiered system.

As for whether they'll disappear, it depends on the agencies that they support...whether they will disappear! About a year ago iStock opted out but they're turds anyway with their controlled vocabulary nonsense.

They now accept clips, which is a positive step forward.

I'm going all in on them and sending all my commercial images (with editorials going to Alamy).

Wirestock did have issues with keywording a while back but have improved considerably. Still some ways to go but they'll get there. By the way, they're hiring remote keyworders:

https://jobup.am/jobs/wirestock-15/hiring-keyword-specialist-1223?fbclid=IwAR2E5VSV1nQY8uZtBrRwC3yFUKVBug7bzEEqOgcw56sULyHjgxcAjF05FNw

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I think there is another reason why some people might not be so keen on sharing their earnings anymore. People are so set on the microstock market going to downhill and talking down on agencies like SS or iStock, that people who still submit to them get criticize a lot - we are blamed for "selling out or work for pennies", etc. And when someone is actually making decent money with these agencies it gets worse. It doesn't seem to fit into some people's view of the world. Just like a lot of people complain about Shutterstock's reviews being unjustified because they get "70% of their submission rejected". And when you then say that you have a rejection rate of less maybe 1% or that you have 4-figures earnings, you get attacked for it. I was once called a "Shutterstock fanboy" (am a women btw) for talking about them in a positive way and also to "go fuck myself" when I pointed out that if someone gets that many images rejected, there must be something wrong with the images. Some people don't want to hear about other people doing fine on these agencies, so I rather keep my earnings to myself.

Interesting point and I do agree with you. Most people are overwhelmingly supportive but once in a while I do get some negative comments / emails.

By no means am I doing "well at Microstock". I've been at this game for 8 years of which 4 have been strongly devoted and to report incomes of $600-$800/month on average with the number of assets it's disappointing. That's why I'm investing so heavily on book covers as I don't see much future in micros.

Steve, as seen above is an inspiration to maintain consistent income over the years.

Covid has no doubt taken a hit on my earnings and May saw a small recovery...not celebrating too early but with things opening up and people being able to travel, albeit with restrictions, hopefully I'll see a return to pre-Covid earnings of around $1k a month. Even at that I'm still not doing "fine". I'll only consider it a "fine earning" at above $2k and I'm still a long ways.

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Some nicely-priced sales came through (originating from AS) on last day of May...

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Welcome back to the May 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times!

April was a real stinker at $546, surely I managed to surpass that...

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/05/31/may-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

Alex


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123RF / Re: 123RF: Images not reviewd for over a month
« on: May 23, 2021, 06:46 »
123RF are a waste of time

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To the op :
Your statement: "capturing and submitting editorial photos in a legal mess, but as the risk is very small its not something I would worry about"
Maybe you should have more respect for people in public places (I remember picture of homeless people that you sell without their consent).
Spannish "Aggressive Shepherd-Painter" is agressive but... maybe we can understand his reaction.

Such a fuss over some photons. Anyway, the general rule of thumb is that consent is not required when shooting in public, but depends on jurisdiction and needs further analysis. UK being the most liberal and photography-friendly. Portugal/Spain/Italy less so.

Homeless people were remunerated accordingly, unless unconscious.

In an alternative reality, the Shepherd would have asked nicely and I would have replied nicely by removing both images, sending him high-resolution copies for his marketing and I would have helped to promote his work. In this reality he can fk off to his pastures.

Photography is not a crime. You should support freedom of the press.

Thank you for a great informative post once again and congrats on your successful month on Alamy. Hope that you will see more of those big sales!
 
The Shepherd case is INTERESTING. Maybe he had several reasons to be furious. Some people do think that having their photo (or photos of their property) taken means trouble of some kind. Can you blame them. Some stranger has images of them and can do whatever with them. Others of course feel at home in front of camera and have 100s of selfies taken daily, but this guy probably didn't belong to the latter group.

A photographer has his or her rights but a person has a right to be left alone. I usually think in situations like this, "what if this would be me?" Do I want somebody to point a camera at me when I walk on the street? NO!
OK, then I will have to give the same privacy to others, too.

Research by CCTV.co.uk concludes that in London there is now 1 CCTV Camera for every 13 people, meaning there are now 691,000 CCTV Cameras in London (2020/21)

Source: https://www.cctv.co.uk/how-many-cctv-cameras-are-there-in-london/
https://www.usnews.com/news/cities/articles/2020-08-14/the-top-10-most-surveilled-cities-in-the-world

Then a civilian someone goes crazy over a tourist capturing a few stills while on holiday! Oh, the irony!

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To the op :
Your statement: "capturing and submitting editorial photos in a legal mess, but as the risk is very small its not something I would worry about"
Maybe you should have more respect for people in public places (I remember picture of homeless people that you sell without their consent).
Spannish "Aggressive Shepherd-Painter" is agressive but... maybe we can understand his reaction.

Such a fuss over some photons. Anyway, the general rule of thumb is that consent is not required when shooting in public, but depends on jurisdiction and needs further analysis. UK being the most liberal and photography-friendly. Portugal/Spain/Italy less so.

Homeless people were remunerated accordingly, unless unconscious.

In an alternative reality, the Shepherd would have asked nicely and I would have replied nicely by removing both images, sending him high-resolution copies for his marketing and I would have helped to promote his work. In this reality he can fk off to his pastures.

Photography is not a crime. You should support freedom of the press.

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It's that time of the month again and welcome back to the April 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/04/30/april-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/


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Thanks for sharing the link to this interview :)

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I'll gladly take <$1 when Alamy also gives >$200+ as I've seen today.

Thanks Alamy, after 6 months I no longer want to be broken up with you...
Good times are gone! :(
A macrostock became a microstock site! Sad!

Take a look, your image is on The Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/01/the-mystery-of-the-gatwick-drone

Oh that sale only earned me a whopping $15.62 gross, which is gross.

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I'll gladly take <$1 when Alamy also gives >$200+ as I've seen today.

Thanks Alamy, after 6 months I no longer want to be broken up with you...

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Alamy, please don't venture down this path...

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Welcome back to the March 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/03/31/march-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/
Nice job. I have a question. Can you live with microstock earnings in your country?

I'm in Madrid, Spain. No, cannot.

Yes, working at the office as my push in 2016-2019 to make a living off this business wasn't enough to live off (most I ever made in one month was around $1400).

Source: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/madrid

 

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I created a blowing up Houses of Parliament in London inspired by V for Vendetta and the Gunpower Plot. It's on Arcangel as a book cover...no sales (yet).

Here's the post from Steve Heap's BackyardSilver that discussed the Game of Thrones concepts (among others).

https://backyardsilver.com/keeping-up-with-current-events/

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