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September 20, 2016
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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Lightroom 6.7 allows publishing to Adobe Stock/Fotolia

Exciting news: Today’s newest update to Adobe Lightroom – version 6.7 or if you are subscribed to the Creative Cloud version 2015.7 – fully (almost) integrates submission to Adobe Stock and Fotolia now!

The update screen for Lightroom 6.7 / CC 2015.7

The update screen for Lightroom 6.7 / CC 2015.7

As you can see from the screen above, the news is exciting for Adobe as well: Lightroom now allows direct publishing of images to Adobe Stock and – desptite not being mentioned here – Fotolia. For contributors, both selling platforms are connected and integrated in the background, so it is easy to use for both, existing and new suppliers.

Here is what you get from Adobe Stock in short:

  • Direct submission from Lightroom without FTP software or website uploads
  • (almost) Full integration with the Fotolia website and existing submissions
  • Automatic images recognition and keywording

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From Zero to Hundred Dollars a month with microstock images

August 19, 2016
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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From Zero to $100 a month with microstock in 2016

It’s been more than two years since I wrote How to make $200 from Shutterstock, iStockphoto or Fotolia?, my most read post up to date. A lot of little changes happened in those two years that add up. The libraries in all agencies have grown bigger, maybe even doubled in size. And my personal focus had shifted from microstock to premium agencies where images are being licensed for $20 or $50 or sometimes $500 each. And I picked up a lot of other tasks to make money here and there. Now I wanted to see how those changes impacted the statements I had made in that article above two years ago.

From Zero to Hundred Dollars a month with microstock images

From Zero to Hundred Dollars a month with microstock images

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New feature at StockPerformer: Ranking

August 15, 2016
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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How successful are you in the stock business?

Microstock analytics tool StockPerformer(*) has started a new tool: Rankings! As they explain in their blog post on this new feature, users can now see live and in real time how their portfolios perform in comparison to the other users that opted in to the anonymous system.

New feature at StockPerformer: Ranking

New feature at StockPerformer: Ranking

The new feature may be considered as fun to a certain extent but I think you can draw actual conclusions based on the data with some imagination. If it will help you improve your results is arguable but over time you might at least develop a sense on how your portfolio is improving (or not) compared to the market.

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Announcement by Getty about iStock changes

July 17, 2016
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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Getty demands unrevocable distribution rights for iStock

Announcement by Getty about iStock changes

Announcement by Getty about iStock changes

In an email sent out to contributors earlier this week, Getty has announced the next steps in what they call their Unification project, including a major change that might get lost in the series of messages on how the integration of iStock into the Getty IT platform proceeds:

Starting August 20th (or shortly thereafter), and after Unification, you will need to submit a request to deactivate a file. Please note that we will only consider deactivating files for legal or similar justifiable reasons as it provides a negative experience for customers when files are suddenly unavailable for license.

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Geld verdienen mit Fotolia, Shutterstock, iStock, Stockfotografie

July 13, 2016
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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Mit Fotolia, Shutterstock, iStock und Co Geld verdienen – Stockfotografie (Buch)

Geld verdienen mit Fotolia, Shutterstock, iStock, Stockfotografie

(English speaking friends will find some info at the bottom of this post 😉 )

Normalerweise schreibe ich diesen Blog in englisch. Heute ausnahmsweise ein deutscher Blogpost, denn diese Nachricht ist (zumindest vorerst) nur für Leser aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum interessant: In wenigen Wochen erscheint ein neues Buch auf dem Markt, und es wird meinen Namen auf dem Titel tragen. Continue Reading →