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I'm not sure if you had seen my post in another thread, Charles, so I'm copying this in here as well:   2012:  23 million images 76 million ("paid") downloads 40.000 cont

I like stats! I'm 25%

Although its incredibly rare, very occasionally SS can still throw a good one out.  Sadly the $0.10s dont really make up for it.  

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4 hours ago, Former_Poster said:

Last time SS released official states (which was a few years ago) it was claimed 91% of their library had never sold.

 

I assume that was a motivation in setting up  Shutterstock Unlimited. Presumably a good proportion our 10 cent image and 25 cent video sales come from there. 

For info, in case anyone reading hasn't previously seen this, here is Kate Shutterstock's explanation of how they are selecting images for SU:

 

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1 hour ago, MrSorbias said:

I could easily fill my portfolio with all kind of bad quality images, but it makes my portfolio overall look very messy and I don't like it. 

As the saying goes 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. 

I took a photo of a screw when I got my macro lens and was playing with focus stacking. An ordinary common or garden screw. But it sold! Who knew? Someone needed a photo of a screw. 

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5 hours ago, Former_Poster said:

Last time SS released official states (which was a few years ago) it was claimed 91% of their library had never sold.

Its likely far worse now with the lower acceptance standards, similars and so on.

FWIW 32% of my image portfolio has sold.

No idea for video - no easy way i can see to get the same stats.

 

From memory, the average port is pretty small - less than 500 - and probably hasn't been touched in years. Maybe someone thinking they can make easy money from their snap shots which were never very good to start with. Then SS went through a period of accepting pretty much everything including vast numbers of similars. So SS ended up with a huge library of not very good and similar photos that nobody wants. 

I'm honest with myself; my early photos were not that good. But I've been getting better both technically and in composition (still a long way to go) and understanding the business better so my later photos have sold well and that is pushing my percentage up (33% as I stated earlier).

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14 minutes ago, Charles Lewis said:

From memory, the average port is pretty small - less than 500 …

I'm not sure if you had seen my post in another thread, Charles, so I'm copying this in here as well:

 

2012: 

  • 23 million images
  • 76 million ("paid") downloads
  • 40.000 contributors
  • 750,000 ("paying") customers

2020:

  • 360 million images
  • 190 million downloads
  • 1.6 million contributors
  • 2 million customers

That means:

  • In 2012, each image in the database achieved an average of 3.3 downloads. In 2020 it was only 0.52 downloads.
  • In 2012, an average portfolio contained 575 images. In 2020 it was only 225 images.
  • In 2012 each customer bought 100 images in average. In 2020 it was 180 images. (This would also explain the relatively high proportion of $0.10 subscriptions from my point of view.)
  • In 2012, there were nineteen times as many customers as there were contributors. In 2020, there are almost as many contributors as customers.

Interesting stats, aren't they?

 

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39 minutes ago, Wilm Ihlenfeld said:

 

I'm not sure if you had seen my post in another thread, Charles, so I'm copying this in here as well:

 

2012: 

  • 23 million images
  • 76 million ("paid") downloads
  • 40.000 contributors
  • 750,000 ("paying") customers

2020:

  • 360 million images
  • 190 million downloads
  • 1.6 million contributors
  • 2 million customers

That means:

  • In 2012, each image in the database achieved an average of 3.3 downloads. In 2020 it was only 0.52 downloads.
  • In 2012, an average portfolio contained 575 images. In 2020 it was only 225 images.
  • In 2012 each customer bought 100 images in average. In 2020 it was 180 images. (This would also explain the relatively high proportion of $0.10 subscriptions from my point of view.)
  • In 2012, there were nineteen times as many customers as there were contributors. In 2020, there are almost as many contributors as customers.

Interesting stats, aren't they?

 

Thanks Wilm ... very interesting.

Another interesting stat is to see how many contributors are on each level.

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3 minutes ago, Charles Lewis said:

Thanks Wilm ... very interesting.

Another interesting stat is to see how many contributors are on each level.

Yes, that would be really interesting. But I wouldn't know how to find out.

At AS I can at least see how many contributors have more downloads than I do (total and current) - but that's not available with shutterstock either.  

 

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6 hours ago, Charles Lewis said:

From memory, the average port is pretty small - less than 500 - and probably hasn't been touched in years. Maybe someone thinking they can make easy money from their snap shots which were never very good to start with. Then SS went through a period of accepting pretty much everything including vast numbers of similars. So SS ended up with a huge library of not very good and similar photos that nobody wants. 

I'm honest with myself; my early photos were not that good. But I've been getting better both technically and in composition (still a long way to go) and understanding the business better so my later photos have sold well and that is pushing my percentage up (33% as I stated earlier).

Those stats were a good few years ago - before they abandoned the QC and opened the floodgates.

At that time the port sizes were in the hundreds for most people and even then most never sold

But i suspect thats a factor of 10 or more now due to dilution with what is often, rubbish.

 

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Interesting question. As of today, 35% of my portfolio has sold, with 13% having sold only once. So, 38% of the images that have sold, have sold once. At the other end of the spectrum, I have one image that has sold over 200 times. Keep in mind that I have only been selling stock for 2 years. I have a small (under 800) and specialised portfolio. 

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7 minutes ago, Ernie Cooper said:

Interesting question. As of today, 35% of my portfolio has sold, with 13% having sold only once. So, 38% of the images that have sold, have sold once. At the other end of the spectrum, I have one image that has sold over 200 times. Keep in mind that I have only been selling stock for 2 years. I have a small (under 800) and specialised portfolio. 

Like your photos Ernie. My hobby too. 

So if the pictures of insects etc are good, they will sell. Although I still give away for free, because biologists have also helped me or because I know that it was done for a project by volunteers

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12 minutes ago, Thijs de Graaf said:

Like your photos Ernie. My hobby too. 

So if the pictures of insects etc are good, they will sell. Although I still give away for free, because biologists have also helped me or because I know that it was done for a project by volunteers

Thank you very much! I have the same policy...I provide photos at no charge for use in scientific publications. To be honest, I am a biologist first and photographer second. I work hard to accurately identify the subjects I photograph and in order to do so I routinely need to consult with experts. So, I am more than happy to support their work if I can.

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