IStockPhoto ‘on fire’ – new royalties

Istock - competition and conflict

IStock ISchanging

That’s been an extremely hot information, caused a hughe discussion, disappointment, some call that outrage. There is so many words to describe that single news about new royalties on IStockPhoto, new  yearly contributor level changes, secret redeemed credits, changes to Vetta and new content in premium collections.
After the forum thread has been locked a new, more clear statement had to be published by IStockPhoto.

Because it was nearly the same as a previous one, no answers to contributors question after saying “we read each post and we gonna address it”, the next thread got on fire again. It’s really sad to see those reactions of both sides.
But more exciting is the future, what will hapen because of that big change.

This change will affect the whole market because many IStock contributors aren’t exclusive there (work for other agencies) and even those exclusive aren’t satissfied with this new policy.  So the discussions burn on Shutterstock forums, Microstockgroup forum, Twitter – almost everywhere a single IStock artist is present.

Personally I won’t do anything by now, just need to observe the situation and ongoing changes, will see the numbers and then I’ll decide. Besides, I am not the biggest contributor there. Also I’m not an exclusive IStock contributor and wonn’t ever be an exclusive in any microstock, got  my alternative agencies and prefer to stay freelance.

Asking questions
Act Three – The God of Pathos arrives – which means probably – it’s all over and new rules are on.

So the petition of contributors calling for changes is on the way.

Selling photos – last 5 months report

A summary of the last five months March to July 2010
( previous:  February 2010 )

Medieval KnightThis time there is no detailed description for each agency stats, because it would make a real mess.
I hope charts below will  show best what happens with my images at particular agency.

We are in the middle of vacation period and this probably has some influence on a decline in downloads (black progress line).
It can be just my kind of pictures as well but it’s an ordinary course of events.

Last months I’ve made a great progress with getting more high quality photos. Two things helped me with this.

A postprocessing workflow improvement is the first. All the time I practice  working with Photoshop and browse any websites having tips, tricks and tutorials.

See for example  TipSquirrel , Digital Photography School or  Marc Silber Show & SilberStudios.Tv ( there are hundreds great resources on the internet ).

Shooting thousands of photos and choosing the right one is a part of this process.
( I create graphics and photos for years but this kind of activity always needs improvements ).

Summary earnings change,
month by month since February 2009

The second improvement was made  thanks to two lenses I’ve upgraded my photo gear.  Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L  IS USM and Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. They give me a lot more light, speed and sharpness than my standard lenses, so there is a hughe difference with the same shots taken…

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Microstock earnings February 2010

Winter sun raysPhoto sales summary for February 2010 ( previous stats: January 2010 ).

After the December’s craze, February as the shortest month did not look promising.
Fortunately it turned out to my Best Month Ever 8-O. It was even more surprising since I just stopped to watch the stats.

This time I show You one chart less as I have already accidentaly summed up March results so it would be misleading.

Wykres sprzedaży zdjęć w Lutym

Monthly Income Chart
with averaged progress line ( February 2010 )

First lines – February to January

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