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  1. On 6/10/2020 at 2:49 PM, mpessaris said:

    how is Picfair actually?? any sales over there? worth the uploads?

    Foodio's work looks a lot like Brent Hofacker's

    @Fernando..there's room for everyone..i've been doing this for 10 years...shooting my plates on a budget and i can tell you that if you can invest a little and shoot a lot you can make sth..perhaps not with SS anymore but elsewhere...you have good styling skills so i'd recommend shooting a lot if you can...microstock can still make you money if you have time and energy for it coz you need quantity to earn and obviously quality which you have..so shoot a lot

    @mpessaris I love your work, and from what I see you must've sunk so many hours and ingredients to get work done, of this good quality. It's saddening that SS would do this to several thousand longtime contributors.

  2. @FernandoZ  I like what I see a lot! I'm a food photographer and stylist, so the only feedback regarding your pics from me would be to get a bit closer to the food. At least most of the pics I saw - the food looks delish but it's as if I see the plate from a distance, whereas as a viewer I should be able to see those colors, textures, drips and sauces up close. 

    About the sales part - I've been lazy here and have only 76 images so far, but SS does make me decent sales, given my portfolio is very small. In June, even after the disastrous announcements I got 3 sales so far - $1.66, $.10, $.22 so I decided I'll upload more images and see how it goes. The timing could be wrong, but quality images sell. Yes, there are some brilliant food photographers here so we do what we do to keep learning, refining our craft and up our game. If it doesn't seem worth the effort, I'll stop uploading once I'm convinced. For me, AS, Alamy have fetched a neat zero in 3 months, and surprisingly BS has gotten few good sales.

    I wish you all the best for your stock ventures :)

  3. 1 hour ago, balajisrinivasan said:

    But if you had uploaded the same pictures to SS, AS, P5 and IS/GI, there's no chance of this happening because none of them sell your pictures on the other sites. So it's perfectly safe to upload your pictures everywhere except EE.

    Yep, this reaffirms my intuition to not upload on EE. Aside from here I'm on AS, Alamy, DT and BS. BS, surprisingly got me good sales (for a start) despite a very small portfolio. And despite the meager commissions, SS does bring me traffic (37 DLs off 70-odd images) so I can't yet decide to quit here. I understand how betrayed long-time contributors feel - can only wish those shifting to EE make an informed and weighed decision.

  4. June 2020 seems to be a blowback in many ways, what with SS's devastating payment models and now I read on microstockgroup about Eyeem and GI deleting the accounts which have common pictures. Mind you, this is with accounts which were non-exclusive at iS and Eym, and yet over 7k accounts (allegedly) were deleted.

    I see several of you inquiring here as to which other sites are recommended, and market-model sites like Eym and Wstnd61 are being recommended widely. My question is this: if I have similar content on websites like SS, P5, AS as well as the aggregator sites like Eym, do I risk deletion of my account sometime in future? Is this risk something we keep in mind while applying as contributors there?

    Thanks in advance for all your helpful insight.

    P.S. the spelling shortening was intentional :P

  5. 4 hours ago, Doug Jensen said:

    Sonia, if you cannot afford a new camera there are some excellent deals to be had on used professional cameras that are designed to shoot videos (not photos) as their primary purpose.

    THAT I did not consider. I'll hunt for a few and see if I can get a good bargain. Incredible inputs here and on your videos. Thank you for taking the effort to offer such in-depth insight. 

  6. 13 hours ago, Doug Jensen said:

    If someone was serious about getting into stock footage, but didn't want to break the bank on gear, B&H has the Canon C100 for half-price at $1300  That's a hell of deal for a camera that is actually designed for shooting video, especially if some already has Canon lenses.  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1040919-REG/canon_7428b002_eos_c100_cinema_eos.html


    I don't own a C100 and have never used one, but I'm certain it would be great way to get started doing footage the RIGHT way.

    Thanks for the useful inputs, Doug! I'm in similar place - am a photographer yet to get started with stock footage. Is there a Panasonic/ Nikon equivalent of a video camera that doesn't break the bank? I'm looking at GH5s but even that is steep for me and can be bought after I keep saving for over a year. Any suggestions would be useful.

  7. On 12/28/2019 at 7:04 AM, Mike Kuhlman said:

    As others said, yeah, make some money now off HD clips.  Yeah, they'll eventually be obsolete, but not yet.  With the current price premium of 4K, not too many of our customers can AFFORD 4K.  Even if you had 4K clips, most can only afford the HD version anyway.

    You can always start with a cheap 4K camera like the Panasonic Lumix or even a GoPro to get your feet wet in the 4K game, then upgrade to a full-fledged 4K camera with 10-bit 4:2:2 color and ProRes codec later as funds begin to come in.

    I just had 2 4K clips sell (in their HD versions) for $11-$15 that I shot with a GoPro Hero 6!

    Your portfolio is exemplary! If you say that GoPro Hero 6 videos can sell, maybe I have hope of delivering 4K content too. I feared I'd have to buy GH5s for good quality film and clips.

  8. On 12/29/2019 at 3:28 AM, Crowing Hen said:

    Thanks for this.  I also found the book on Amazon which makes it easy to read on my kindle.  I haven't got far into it yet, but I love the writing style.

    That's super helpful. I much prefer reading on Kindle, too. Will need to see if it's available on the Indian Amazon, though as downloading from .com extension doesn't seem possible for a device registered on .in . I will still get the pdf file if that's the case.

  9. 20 hours ago, Foodio said:

    Hello Sonia, welcome aboard!

    First I just want to say I love your work. I don't know what else I would add that P&S has not already said (he knows his stuff) other than to me the artistic apect of your work sets it apart. Personally I think that is an increasingly important factor even for microstock, and the more you can distinguish yourself through subject matter and style the better your chances for developing a following and long term success. Not just here, but elsewhere as well. IMO.


    @Foodio And may I add I love your portfolio - the crisp lines and simple efficiency that each image portrays is something I look forward to develop in my work too. Thank you for the kind encouragement. I shall try on to convey my artistic sensibilities into every pic I upload.

  10. 12 hours ago, Crowing Hen said:

    I'm hungry now.

    Delicious photos.  

    Think about what's trending in your circle.  Where I am, wholesome food with fresh ingredients are very popular.  I could see that corn picture being used in local advertising next june/july but also pictures of uncooked corn are popular.  


    Thank you for the kind praise and helpful inputs :) I'm going to add some fresh ingredients as well.

  11. 11 hours ago, PlopandShoot said:

    Hi Sonia, you have beautifully styled food photos! Love the darker look and feel to your work. For me, if I had to pick one technical thing to work on, its your keywords. If a buyer cannot find your photos, they cannot license them. You do not have enough keywords.

    2 sales in only a few weeks for so few photos is very good. If you plan on earning that much money in a year, you need to heavily research your target markets and cater to those. Variety, quality, good keywords (especially on-trend keywords) plus volume are what should drive sales. I would suggest if you do ingredients, that you do "sets" so that a buyer has a reason to get multiple images from you. Some central theme so that they can be used in recipes and the like. Again, just my opinion.

    The drawback (to me) is that your photos are very artistic. That makes a great photo, but sometimes it makes it hard to sell over and over and over again for different uses. Offset and Stocksy do more artistic and themed works if you can get in there. I think your challenge will be about target markets more than image quality here. It can take time to build your following, so patience is necessary as well.

    @kuvona Jelena might be able to offer insight, she is a brilliant food photographer. 

    Best of luck! Ask anything.


    @PlopandShoot Those are some valuable suggestions, and I see you share my concerns too about the artistic quality of my pictures. Thing is, as I'm learning food photography I've only focused so far on creating well-styled and composed picture. Now that I'm getting started here, maybe I need to produce some generic-use pictures as well that are more relevant to stock photography.

    Your point about Offset compels me to think - may be I should reserve the artistic ones more for Offset and Stocksy, while I click and upload simpler pictures here.

    "Variety, quality, good keywords (especially on-trend keywords) plus volume are what should drive sales." - This is solid gold! I'm going to concentrate my efforts on strengthening these factors.

    Thank you for the kind critique and valuable suggestions. Off to check out your ebook :)

  12. What's your advice for people who've just started with stock photography - Individual uploads or StockSubmitter paid version? The free version only supports 33 uploads a month - way too less for me, and I'm not sure the paid version will even lead to breakeven for me.  How do you proceed into uploading on various sites?

  13. I'm a food photographer and stylist, still learning. Have just set up an account and am still in the process of uploading. I've had 2 downloads within 2 weeks of starting here, but I need wayyyyy more to accomplish my goal of making USD 10000 by Dec.2020 from Shutterstock (Kindly do ignore this if the money-talk seems crass to you). I also travel extensively and intend to post some landscape pictures.

    Here's my portfolio: https://www.shutterstock.com/g/SoniaVadlamani

    I specialize in concept pictures, and wish to know if that's what sells in the food stock photo niche. Or should I also do generic ingredient shots like cereal, 99011-food-photographyfeedback-neededpasta shapes, salt and sugar shakers etc. NOT demeaning the latter by any means; just testing the waters as to what will help me maximize my reach to potential buyers. If you could cite from your experience as to what kind of food pictures sell more, I'd be grateful.



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