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Selling photos across agencies

We love patterns, so we find them...

December 5, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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The evil plans of agencies

Guys in business suits are constantly thinking how to make our life more miserable, right?

Guys in business suits are constantly thinking how to make our life more miserable, right?

 

Oh, how often do we hear those stories: “My agency has changed their search, so they show images of contributors they have to pay less.”

The most re-incarnation made me laugh: “Shutterstock is capping the number of downloads per day for contributors.”

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With the changes, you need to be prepared to lose at least half a month of your payouts

November 26, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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iStock changes payment schedules

iStock changes... once again...

iStock changes… once again…

In a forum post and email sent out to contributors, iStock/Getty have announced another major change for contributors. Actually there are two major changes: First of all iStock is now also formally be replaced by Getty Images as our contract partner.

While they say that the iStock HQ will remain in Calgary, it means that all business relations will now be transferred to the mother company. The second change is the payment schedule from a weekly on-request schedule to a monthly automatic payment.
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No Thumbnails showing for images from last week

November 12, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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iStock uploads – thumbnails not showing… no problem

No Thumbnails showing for images from last week

No Thumbnails showing for images from last week

Okay, once again iStock is ignoring a problem because it’s not so important. It only affects contributors and wastes their time, so they don’t even want to have it discussed. Forum posts are being deleted, so it doesn’t appear to be a big issue.

The problem: Since last week, on a lot of uploads the generation of thumbnails fails. It was delayed at first, thumbnails would appear on most downloads after a few hours. However, there are still images uploaded on November 6 that don’t have any thumbnails showing. Continue Reading →

Predict your own (stock photograhpy) future

November 11, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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The Microstock Business Calculator

As you might have already read on MicrostockGroup’s blog, the StockPerformer founders Luis and Oliver have published a business plan calculator for stock photographers.

Predict your own (stock photograhpy) future

Predict your own (stock photograhpy) future

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My upload graph at StockPerformer

November 5, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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How many files do you have in your portfolio?

My upload graph at StockPerformer

My upload graph at StockPerformer

The end of the year is getting closer and that would be a natural time to check “what did you achieve this year”. As a stock photographer part of that would be to put down the number of images you have produced and uploaded for distribution. While I know that I’m typically a number nerd, I have a hard time figuring out the number of images I have.

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