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  1. I agree... on AS I get a sale every alternate week, and on DT every alternate month.
  2. You hit the nail on the head. The long term effects are seriously scary and no one is talking about it. Hence the lack of awareness. This virus has been with us for such a short time that we are only just now beginning to learn of the side effects of the disease. I know of people who got it in May and then had to go to hospital months later for lung and liver ailments, people with no history of lung or liver ailments before covid and with no comorbidities. A famous Indian singer died a couple of weeks ago. He had contracted Covid in August and died more than 45 days later of lung ailments. So yeah, I don't know what the world is going to do but I'm going to err on the side of caution even if it might make me seriously lonely and alienated.
  3. Er no... I have lived in Mumbai all my life and can tell you with perfect certainty that no one has ever died of small pox or the plague in my lifetime here.
  4. Things are pretty strange here in India. At the moment, it's the 2nd worst hit country in the world with over 7.5 million recorded cases and over 115,000 casualties. But when you go out, it doesn't look like it. There are plenty of people on the streets, markets are fully open, public transport is running, half the people have stopped wearing masks, festive season is on. This, when we're still seeing over 50,000 cases and over 700 deaths every single day. So I'm in a self imposed lockdown. I haven't left my locality in the last month. I have pretty much everything home delivered and go to my building rooftop to get fresh air and take walks. I'm avoiding as much contact with people as possible. This is going to be a long haul.
  5. Congrats! Hope it brings you some high value sales. I have just about given up. There's no way I can get "models" because no one I know will ever agree to be one. And I'm the laziest person alive.
  6. The NIkon 70-300 AF-P with VR is absolutely fantastic for shooting wildlife on a budget. I also use it for street and landscapes too and it never disappoints. If you can extend your budget, the Nikon 200-500 is the only lens you'll ever need for shooting birds and wildlife. Gives you unbeatable reach on a crop sensor. Costs about 5 times the 70-300 though.
  7. Actually, only Shutterstock is obsessed with noise in the microstock world. Pretty much everyone else is okay with a bit of noise and minor focus issues in your images. I've had zero rejections for noise/focus elsewhere. But yeah, you're right about strategising differently for different agencies.
  8. I've been working on my travelogue for the last 3 years. Hopefully, it will be finished and published in the next 10! I might throw in a few pictures in there whenever it happens. Thanks for going through my photos. Glad you enjoyed them
  9. Thank you, Awana! You have a fantastic port as well. Many truly terrific images there. I'm on many of the other agencies but SS and iS are the only sites that give regular sales. The other sites have hardly made me any money.
  10. Thank you, Patrick. And yeah, I guess the fact that I don't have any video does adversely affect the earnings.
  11. Probably because most of my downloads have been from India and all of them have been subscription sales. That's one of the reasons the rate cut especially hurt my port. All of my ODD's and SOD's came from Europe, America, Japan and Korea but they make up less than 20 percent of my downloads.
  12. His prediction wasn't entirely wrong either. After three months, I had one ODD. In the next nine months, I had over 40. What hurt was the rate cut in June because I've had a lot of downloads since July and most of them were 10 cents. If the sub rate was 25 cents, the amount earned would have been closer to 200$.
  13. So now that it's been a year, I thought I would update this post instead of starting a new thread. Images:- 2523 Downloads - 614 Earnings - 171$ It's probably not an earthshaking first year but I had lowered my expectations considerably after the first 3 months. So in that sense, has been pretty okay. There was a covid dip in March, a bigger dip in June but the last 3 months have been steady. I couldn't buy a nice property on the beach with shutterstock money but could afford a few decent meals with the money earned.
  14. I think it's about the same everywhere. It's 22 cents per image for the cheapest plan here. And 2000$ a year isn't that expensive if you're a big agency/corporate who needs images every day.
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