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« on: July 31, 2020, 06:13 »
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Looking on the Shutterstock contributor blog, they heightened the activity a lot. So on one side they are stealing money from all contributors - mostly from poorer parts of developed world, but in same time there are at least 2 posts a week about supporting of minorities of any kind. It's really very nice from them and social...self-censorship mode activated.
But I guess it costs them almost nothing and its good smoke screen.


From the business side of the thing - do you see increased demand for such topic? I'm not photographer, but in thousands of images I have few pieces that are more or less about this theme. I saw few sells over years, really nothing significant. But my style is not trendy, so it's possibly problem on my side.

Let me to be clear: I stopped to upload on SS since the announcement. I deactivated my portfolio for several weeks to support the action, but microstock is the only income of my family, so my portfolio is online for now (but it can change) without new content.




« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 06:16 by cosus »


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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 07:34 »
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Looking on the Shutterstock contributor blog, they heightened the activity a lot. So on one side they are stealing money from all contributors - mostly from poorer parts of developed world, but in same time there are at least 2 posts a week about supporting of minorities of any kind. It's really very nice from them and social...self-censorship mode activated.
But I guess it costs them almost nothing and its good smoke screen.


From the business side of the thing - do you see increased demand for such topic? I'm not photographer, but in thousands of images I have few pieces that are more or less about this theme. I saw few sells over years, really nothing significant. But my style is not trendy, so it's possibly problem on my side.

Let me to be clear: I stopped to upload on SS since the announcement. I deactivated my portfolio for several weeks to support the action, but microstock is the only income of my family, so my portfolio is online for now (but it can change) without new content.

You don't have to justify keeping your portfolio up. I have mine up again as well because other agencies are not smart enough to take advantage from the situation. Maybe they just don't care or maybe they want to eventually follow Shutterstock, who knows! So I will grab what is left at SS probably until Jan 2021. Not that it will make any difference because all levels earn 10c these days ;)

Our old work is already nested into SS search and have earned their place. There's no way other agencies (search engines) will pick those up unless they make an effort so we are screwed with our old work. New work is what's important now to secure our future.

Continue uploading to SS will help you short term but will destroy your future in Microstock. So please think twice before continue submitting to SS!

« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 07:55 »
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Looking on the Shutterstock contributor blog, they heightened the activity a lot. So on one side they are stealing money from all contributors - mostly from poorer parts of developed world, but in same time there are at least 2 posts a week about supporting of minorities of any kind. It's really very nice from them and social...self-censorship mode activated.
But I guess it costs them almost nothing and its good smoke screen.


From the business side of the thing - do you see increased demand for such topic? I'm not photographer, but in thousands of images I have few pieces that are more or less about this theme. I saw few sells over years, really nothing significant. But my style is not trendy, so it's possibly problem on my side.

Let me to be clear: I stopped to upload on SS since the announcement. I deactivated my portfolio for several weeks to support the action, but microstock is the only income of my family, so my portfolio is online for now (but it can change) without new content.

You don't have to justify keeping your portfolio up. I have mine up again as well because other agencies are not smart enough to take advantage from the situation. Maybe they just don't care or maybe they want to eventually follow Shutterstock, who knows! So I will grab what is left at SS probably until Jan 2021. Not that it will make any difference because all levels earn 10c these days ;)

Our old work is already nested into SS search and have earned their place. There's no way other agencies (search engines) will pick those up unless they make an effort so we are screwed with our old work. New work is what's important now to secure our future.

Continue uploading to SS will help you short term but will destroy your future in Microstock. So please think twice before continue submitting to SS!

Actually I only don't wanted the discussion about portfolios on the SS in this tread.
If I remove my images from every agency that is unfair to contributors, then I need 10x more images to survive on the very few smaller agencies that left or just go to do something else. So if some miracle will happen, I will support it, but until then I must be realist and survive somehow, so my old images are online on SS in the meantime.

Anyway I'm interested to hear, if you see some high demand about topics I mentioned above, because for me its just niche, not theme for 2 posts every week.

Shelma1

« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 08:48 »
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Looking on the Shutterstock contributor blog, they heightened the activity a lot. So on one side they are stealing money from all contributors - mostly from poorer parts of developed world, but in same time there are at least 2 posts a week about supporting of minorities of any kind. It's really very nice from them and social...self-censorship mode activated.
But I guess it costs them almost nothing and its good smoke screen.


From the business side of the thing - do you see increased demand for such topic? I'm not photographer, but in thousands of images I have few pieces that are more or less about this theme. I saw few sells over years, really nothing significant. But my style is not trendy, so it's possibly problem on my side.

Let me to be clear: I stopped to upload on SS since the announcement. I deactivated my portfolio for several weeks to support the action, but microstock is the only income of my family, so my portfolio is online for now (but it can change) without new content.

All you have to do is look at their C-suite executives to see their real feelings about women and minorities. Seven men, no women, all white. (Yes, there's a woman on the page, but you'll notice she doesn't have a C-level title...but they had to stick a woman in so it wouldn't look quite as bad, and then again she's also white.)

https://www.shutterstock.com/discover/exec-team-page


 

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