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Dices made from wood with natural imperfections.

August 13, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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The one sentence that scares me in Shutterstock’s quarterly results

As a company listed on the public stock market, Shutterstock Inc. is the only microstock agency that allows us some insights into the market based on the numbers they have to publish in their quarterly results statement. In the most recent one for the second quarter of 2015, there is a sentence that scares me quite a bit.

Concept of dices with letters forming word: Stock. On generic newspaper background with stock market numbers and some blurred charts.  Dices made from wood with natural imperfections.

Thanks to the (financial) stock market we can learn more about the (image) stock market

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August 5, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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Facebook ads and why there is nothing sad about it

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I happened to stumble across a post by fashion and portrait photographer Dani Diamond on Fstoppers about his experiences, opinion on (or actually disappointment with) interaction rates on Facebook vs Instagram . His complains are something I hear almost every day. Not only by photographers but also from other people I follow or in groups. Most of those complains or theories, however, are coming from self employed people or owner run businesses. Sorry to say but to me it just sounds like being a famous photographer doesn’t stop you from losing perspective of the business aspect of the internet. Continue Reading →

Create Virtual Copies to test different looks

May 22, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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Using Replichrome by Totally Rad for stock

If you are shooting for stock photography, following visual trends in advertising and online use is a crucial part. As is managing your image workflows, and Lightroom is an essential part of me and many other stock photographers in this workflow. Using Presets to quickly create certain looks for your images can help gain speed in creating more images quicker. I tried many available presets, free and paid ones. Continue Reading →

May 13, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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ShutterTalk, ShutterWalk and Pixel.Power

I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging recently. The main reason is that I keep getting work requests from different agencies and I can’t say I’m too unhappy about that. :)

The most exciting news is this: Continue Reading →

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April 7, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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Status report – Q1 2015

Business man with beard, sitting on wooden floor.

It’s been a while. It’s been pretty long actually. I haven’t found time to update this blog for almost three months. There have been plenty of news which I typically would have used to write an article. But as mentioned in my last post, writing is just a thing I do on the side and productive, paid work always comes first.

How is the market doing?

During the break I took from writing, Shutterstock surpassed the 50 million file mark – wow, that’s a huge number. I was too late to join the party when iStock reached one million images online back in 2006 but I was around when it hit 2 million in fall of 2007. It doesn’t feel all that long. Well, I take that back, a looooot happened in those years. Continue Reading →