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Everything posted by balajisrinivasan

  1. 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.
  2. I think you'll be getting a lot more than 10 cents if someone buys a print off the shutterstock collection at art.com. That's not a subscription download. It's an individual sale.
  3. Yes, I always submit images in ones and twos. Uploaded a few today and could do about 5 batches. Maybe the OP tried submitting too many pictures and they restricted the uploads.
  4. Thank you, Wilm No apologies needed. Your remark was highly accurate!
  5. Thanks! And can't wait for the 50 percent pay raise. Maybe there's a chance I'll get rich with the microstock thing after all.
  6. Milestones don't come more generic than this but I learnt that I turned Level 4 yesterday. To commemorate this glorious event, the kind people at SS showered me with 6 consecutive 10 cent sales.
  7. Always been the case for me. But yeah, it's more pronounced the last couple of months. About 40 percent of my port is Commercial but Editorials account for over 80 percent of my sales.
  8. My bow has a few strings and thanks to the pandemic, it's picked up a few more. With restaurants and street food places shutting down, I now know a thing or two about cooking. And because of all the free time, I can now play a few chords on the guitar. And because the shops were shut for so long, I learnt how to grow potatoes on my balcony. So, worst case scenario, I won't starve and could doodle on the guitar to keep myself busy during the jobless time.
  9. Appears to be a worldwide phenomenon at the moment. So little work... I was hoping for things to pick up on the corporate side by June or July but looks like bad times are going to go on for a while.
  10. Topsy turvy ride. February and May were fantastic. There was a (possibly covid) dip in March and April and a "new earnings structure" dip in June. But the steady growth in July and August are encouraging.
  11. It maybe hard to believe but I don't consider keywording or describing images painful at all. Digging a ditch is, yes, painful. Shooting video too. Not keywording. In fact, I used to do it even before microstock because I always liked to organize my pictures meticulously so I could find them whenever I wanted. I did it when I uploaded to flickr and instagram. So most of my images have already been described and keyworded in my lightroom catalogue. With stock, I just need to add a few more targeted keywords. As for hourly income, I don't care. I care about it for my regular job not for my hobby. Because, like I said, every dollar and cent is a bonus. These pictures were never taken to make money. But a bit of extra money is nice and as long as they buy me a cup of coffee or a mug of beer, I'm content. If I get more greedy, all I'll do is lose my sleep and the only thing I like more than photography and cinema is sleep.
  12. Well, firstly, some of us don't really depend on microstock money. For instance, I have a day job and photography is something I do in my hobby time. I hate shooting videos and I seriously wouldn't want to spend my spare time doing something I don't like. I've been doing photography for over 15 years and didn't make a cent (apart from a couple of nice flickr sales) because I just truly enjoy the process. I've only been submitting to stock agencies for the past year because, well, I would rather they make 10 cents than zero. But I consider every cent I make a bonus. And, secondly, I'm a video editor and I know that it costs an insane amount of money to buy equipment to shoot good quality video. For photography, I have a trusty old DSLR and a few lenses that have served me for over 10 years and that still work remarkably well. So I don't have to invest an extra dollar in equipment. As for time, I spend maybe 20 minutes a day keywording and submitting images. Most pictures I submit to microstock agencies have already been taken and processed years ago. So I spend no time doing that. And the money I make is probably good enough for that amount of work.
  13. Well, there's an easy way out of that situation. Don't submit But yeah, pixel peeping is essential if you're selling images because when you print an image, every defect is going to show up, defects you won't notice when you look at your images at 25 percent. Anyway, if you really want to avoid pixel peeping rejections, reduce resolution and submit. Sometimes does the trick.
  14. You just reminded me that I'm out of fabric softener. Gotta buy a new one. Thanks!
  15. That's already happening. I have had 80 percent less work the last 4 months than the same period last year. And that's not just because of Covid. It's also because of production houses being able to find editors working for cheap on platforms like Fiverr.
  16. It is profit maximisation at any price and with covid19, we're seeing brute force capitalism at its worst. Companies need agencies because they don't have inhouse expertise to make campaigns and it is much more expensive to put together a full-time team than pay an agency per project. In the case of my clients, what happened is, the companies slashed budgets for the campaigns. So the agency had to cut corners to maximize profit. A few years ago, it might have been difficult because high resolution footage and images of such quality were practically impossible to come by for free. Now there are hundreds of thousands scattered on the web and are incredibly easy to find. So the agencies design the campaign based on what's available for free. The company that pays them neither knows nor cares as long as their video looks good.
  17. 10,000 pictures in 2 years is a lot of pictures and must have needed much hard work and efficiency. And your images aren't as similar as many of the other ports I've seen here. So congrats and hope you make more money with these images in the future.
  18. Maybe the reviewer who approved the picture made a mistake.
  19. Well, it is a threat to my secondary income, which is why I only upload my black and white, grainy, posterized, double exposure work there and that too, only a very few. Because I want to see how they do and if there's demand for that kind of work (there apparently isn't). But the photographers like myself aren't the problem, it's the advertisers and the advertisers are stock photography sites. It's strange for companies to fund their direct competition that's increasingly taking customers away but that's exactly what's happening. If you go on Pexels or Unsplash, you even get a discount if you want to buy a similar shot from Adobe or istock but why would anyone?
  20. I work as a professional video editor for my day job. For the last three projects I did in June and July, my clients (big advertising agencies) didn't have the budget for either stock footage or images for the AVs we were cutting. These are clients I've worked with for years and usually we grab all our images/video from stock websites but this time we only got the very few we couldn't find on the free sites. Earlier this year, I cut another 9 minute AV with stock footage pulled entirely from Pexels and Videezy. So that's where the wind is blowing. It doesn't help that the free sites have the tacit endorsement of the microstock sites who appear to be funding them with ads on the sites.
  21. My August was marginally better than July in terms of earnings from about 28 fewer downloads than July. Still worse than my months before the pay cut. But I think I'll take less downloads more earnings over more downloads less earnings. Future looks bleak but a bit of a silver lining this month.
  22. I seriously don't care. These are images I play with like a video game and don't know where to showcase.
  23. Same reason why people upload to instagram and flickr. To see how people react to their images. While the free sites make it far easier to steal your work, if your images are up on the internet, they're there to be stolen, regardless of where they are. I upload a small fraction of my work to the free sites as well, but only highly experimental photoshopped versions of images that won't be accepted on any of the micro sites and reduced to the lowest acceptable resolution. And the reason I do that is, like it or not, the free sites are the immediate future. I find it somewhat valuable to test the waters and see what happens.
  24. Fantastic images, all of them! Thanks for sharing
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