Rudy Umans

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  1. My 3 cents

    Thank you and yes, absolutely. (That's part of the being a manager part). It is one of the reason I always use my real name like you do. I want people to remember my name before they remember my pictures. People tend to remember great photographs, but seem to have a hard time remembering who actually took that shot. That's why the name comes before the work. (just ask Tina Turner. All she wanted from her divorce was her name) Every business, no matter what, is about sales and only sales. Everything else (incl. technical skills !) is there to support sales. Every full time pro can tell you it is 90% marketing/sales and 10% actually taking pictures. However, this is microstock and basically we hired agencies like SS to do most of that part for us in exchange for a percentage. Like Howard Hughes said. " I don't work for you Senator". "You work for me". Now if those agencies only can remember who they really work for, we would all be happy. I know you know all that Alexandre, so this post is not personal per se
  2. My 3 cents

    Besides, the decline of the stock industry as a whole really started when the subscription model was introduced about 14 years ago and images started to sell for pennies to the dollar. We cannot blame anybody that many contributors were (and some still are) wearing blinders and rose colored glasses for all that time. This was always, and still is, a business and not the Kiwanis Club (even though some think it is) and to run a successful business, you have to be able to be a technician, a manager, and also an entrepreneur that looks way ahead. Only if you are all three, you have a chance. (An Australian contributor/friend who posts here sometimes is all 3, doing well here and is living proof of that notion.) Many contributors are for the most part technicians and a lot like many little Ma and Pa businesses, they run their business from month to month only to be eaten by a big box store sooner or later. Microstock has plenty of those too, called "factories" and since they bring in 80% or so of the money, they get the most attention and the remaining 20% is divided by the other 100,000 or whatever contributors. It is still possible to make a few dollars here, but hard work alone is just not enough. Be the best in your craft (Never compromise on quality, nothing like that hit and miss and reviewers suck stuff people post about, and remember, learning never ever stops), Manage your time, your resources, and what you submit and when. (research, research, research), and try to look 5 years ahead and prepare for that starting today. Anyway, what do I know? I am like a road sign. Have you ever seen a road sign that says New York or any place that way and actually also goes that way?
  3. when graffiti strikes back

    Agree. It is a matter of risk management
  4. infringement of copyright ?

    Somebody told me once that she would love to use one of my images as a reference image for a painting. Worst compliment I ever got!
  5. Printers selling my images

    time to close my bigstock account.
  6. Printers selling my images

    i. AN ENHANCED IMAGE LICENSE grants you the right to use Images (which rights are in addition to 1-5 above and exclusive to Enhanced Image Licenses): In any manner permitted under a Standard Image License, without any limitation on the number of reproductions, impressions, or budget; Incorporated into merchandise intended for sale or promotional distribution (collectively "Merchandise"), including, without limitation, textiles, artwork, magnets, wall-art, calendars, toys, stationery, greeting cards, and any other physical reproduction for resale or distribution, provided that such Merchandise incorporates material creative or functional elements apart from the Image(s). In wall art (and without requiring further creative or functional elements) for decorative purposes in a commercial space owned by you or your client, and not for sale. Incorporated as elements of digital templates for sale or distribution. Who can we trust?
  7. Using other people’s work in my own photos?

    apparently not too many people know (Thanks SS. I might start charging SS for every educational post about this site and how things work. -retroactive of course- .I have a one hour minimum. Hawaii, here I come)
  8. Using other people’s work in my own photos?

    Think again. ii. AN ENHANCED IMAGE LICENSE grants you the right to use Images (which rights are in addition to 1-5 above and exclusive to Enhanced Image Licenses): In any manner permitted under a Standard Image License, without any limitation on the number of reproductions, impressions, or budget; Incorporated into merchandise intended for sale or promotional distribution (collectively "Merchandise"), including, without limitation, textiles, artwork, magnets, wall-art, calendars, toys, stationery, greeting cards, and any other physical reproduction for resale or distribution, provided that such Merchandise incorporates material creative or functional elements apart from the Image(s). In wall art (and without requiring further creative or functional elements) for decorative purposes in a commercial space owned by you or your client, and not for sale. Incorporated as elements of digital templates for sale or distribution. HOWEVER. The Standard and EL license terms are the Buyer's Terms of Use and don't even apply here. What does apply are the Contributor's terms and they clearly state that all submitted work, in whole or in part, has to be the contributor's own https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006656?q=contributor+guidelines&l=en_US&fs=Search&pn=1 ANYBODY WHO NEVER READ THESE (like the OP apparently) THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. I asked SS on numerous occasions to put an obvious link to stuff like this on the contributor's landing page in the additional resources section instead of dumb stuff like how to create a cover for an e-book, but what can I say..... This post of mine here should NOT have been necessary
  9. Can I hire a pro-photographer?

    profitability was not the question. The question was if he/she can, and yes, he/she can (with conditions) I seriously think, the OP's question got lost in the translation a little. He/she just wants to hire somebody to do the work for him/her and that is not as uncommon as you might think (If I agree with that or not is also not the question)
  10. Can I hire a pro-photographer?

    I remember. Even I did very well. Still not too bad, but I haven't uploaded anything for I don't know how long. Anyway, you know I am technically no longer here. I just get those convulsions every now and then
  11. Can I hire a pro-photographer?

    Yep. I remember the guy with the golden man. Can't think of his name right now.
  12. Can I hire a pro-photographer?

    Depends what country you are in and what the local laws are. Here in the US, you can do that if you have a "work for hire" agreement (in writing) As far as SS is concerned, you can sign up as a business as opposed to an individual contributor. https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006556
  13. Can I hire a pro-photographer?

    Not ridiculous at all. Plenty of contributors did and do just that. Both photographers and designers. Especially the larger ones with 100.000 plus uploads and I am pretty sure they make substantially more money every month than all the regular forum goers here combined.
  14. Submit is not working

    Don't be sorry Alex. You are a good guy and we all know and understand that you really try, but there is only so much you can do (assuming you are not the highest person on the totem pole lol)
  15. Lawyer Cold Call?

    No need to do difficult. Next time, get his name and number and call him back (or not) In the meantime, you can go to the bar association and look him up. If he is legit, ask him what he can do for you. Use it as an opportunity to educate yourself. If he is not legit, there probably is no call back number or a bogus one