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Microstock turns to Quality not Quantity

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Afagundes
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 08:57:03 AM by Afagundes
I just found this excelent article with several quotations of Serban Enache, it has valuable information.

Quality not Quantity
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Bobbrooky
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 14:59:50 PM by Bobbrooky
Thanks very much for this link Afagundes, an excellent article, with further links to websites I hadnt heard of.
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 16:37:08 PM by Littlemacproductions
Thanks... nice article.
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Komar
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 16:37:43 PM by Komar
'Dreamstime’s strategy is to improve the quality of the images it offers at the expense of the quantity....But Dreamstime isn’t just being more selective about the images it accepts now that it has enough images to cover all its categories; it’s also being more careful about the photographs it offers...'

Dt can afford to be really choosy, without loss. This doesn't benefit individual contributors though. Yes, one can argue that it's up to us to step up to the mark, but those of us who aren't full-time photographers/artists are naturally going to find it more difficult, given the inability to devote as much time

I'm not complaining by way, just stating the obvious.


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Afagundes
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 17:09:27 PM by Afagundes

Originally posted by Komar:
Quoted Message: those of us who aren`t full-time photographers/artists are naturally going to find it more difficult, given the inability to devote as much time


If you dont have much time, you should focus on your best images, take the time you need to process them as best as you can, less is more, thats the message.
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Demonike
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 17:14:17 PM by Demonike - member is an admin
It is globally evident that the times of "easy money" have passed :)
Naturally now, instead of those "lucky snapshots", one actually has to make an effort. Beginning photographers might find dosens of sites where their pieces would be accepted, and then move forward to the more professional or "picky" ones. There is something for every need or skill set.
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 17:43:04 PM by Afagundes

Originally posted by Demonike:
Quoted Message: It is globally evident that the times of "easy money" have passed :)


This times of the easy money never existed Demonike, at the begining the bar level was lower, but the prices were smaller, so we didnt have much revenue unless the ones who had a terrific portfolio.

The bar is higher now, we are struggling to be up to the task, but in the end we will have less sales with higher RPD.

Hopefully, the math will mean more revenue in the end...
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Mike2focus
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 21:43:29 PM by Mike2focus
Thanks for the link. Very interesting info.
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Lostarts
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Message posted at 06/23/2012, 22:35:46 PM by Lostarts
Good but disappointing article information. Time to re-think .... everything.
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Progman2011
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Message posted at 06/24/2012, 10:03:15 AM by Progman2011
I also contribute to another microstock site, and I look back at the pictures I first submitted to the ones I am submitting now, and my quality has improved since then. I'm no where near the level that a lot of photographers are at in terms of quality and style of pictures, but with each set of pictures I take, I learn from the previous ones what worked, and what didn't. If microstock sites are getting more 'picky' in terms of quality over quantity, I see it as a benefit to both the site and the photographers. Yes, it probably means that my rejection rate will rapidly increase while I continue to work on my skills, but I enjoy the challenge presented by this new trend!

Thanks for the link to the article! :-)
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Message posted at 06/24/2012, 17:55:15 PM by Angelaostafichuk
Interesting article. WE should always be looking at quality though. I'd rather have a few pictures rejected here and there and still get stuff accepted then have any body being able to get stuff in.
THe better your pics are the better chances you have. The more unique they are, the more likely they are to sell!


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Lejoch
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Message posted at 06/25/2012, 01:12:51 AM by Lejoch
Thanks for sharing
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Positiveflash
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Message posted at 06/26/2012, 00:55:06 AM by Positiveflash
The question I have is if there is a end to the amount of images DT can accept. Even with the strict approval standards they are still accepting 300,000 uploads a month. In roughly 3 years they will have around 25 million images.

Is there a ceiling?

If there is what is going to happen when its reached?


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Demonike
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Message posted at 06/26/2012, 02:24:37 AM by Demonike - member is an admin
There is not a ceiling in this business. Keep in mind that old images, that do not sell, and otherwise, are disabled automatically or by users themselves. So the system is somewhat purged automatically and continuously.

Sure, there will always be more new images than old ones being purged, but as the userbase and photographer community is continuously growing it is only natural.

Google does not have a ceiling either, stating that once there will be a LAST page it will index, unless some old ones are deleted :)

The hardware is scalable and new software improvements to find what you need are made constantly.
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 06/26/2012, 04:51:33 AM by Afagundes
I dont know if the information is accurate, but the video is interesting.

How Many Images are on the Internet?
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