Brasilnut

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About Brasilnut

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    www.brutallyhonestmicrostock.com

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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={D9B6B2FA-6F1E-41B1-88EC-1EA1EC7764C6}&name=Alexandre+Rotenberg
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    Italy
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  1. Favourite photos uploaded January 2019

    Martini, shaken not stirred at "Spy Bar" in Hotel Palacio, Estoril, Portugal. Drinking hole of Ian Fleming and other WWII spies.
  2. Spotted mine and few others 15/01/2019 Why Brazilians Love Baby Talk - BBC Travel http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190114-why-brazilians-love-baby-talk?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter Alexandre Rotenberg above Yadid Levy Pulsar Imagens Filipe Frazao Fred Pinheiro
  3. Favourite photos uploaded January 2019

    NYE in Cascais, Portugal
  4. Seems like an extra headache (and cost) to police those who claim the content is exclusive when it's not. The extra 20% isn't enough for me to encourage exclusivity but I suppose it's better than nothing. At another agency I won't mention here the difference between non-exclusive (15%) and exclusive (40%) is considerable.
  5. Post your positive results in 2018 here! :)

    Reached 100 all-time sales
  6. So, stock photography...

    Perhaps. Difficult to say for sure. But we're going round in circles here since I mentioned earlier that those 7,000 duplicated images earn me on average 3-4x what they do here on any given month. So if they sell there, instead of here, it's still a sale nevertheless...could be lower priced on average but in the grand scheme of things it's still hugely ++ for me (probably because volumes make up for it)...although I would need data to work with which is pretty much impossible to obtain on buyers' habits/intentions. I do have some 2,000 RM exclusive images on here which mainly just take up some obscure server space with no benefit to me, sadly. Mainly Live News stuff that I never duplicated but also some interesting shots from Dubai and Israel. Experiment gone wrong. Frustrating. Also did a series on refugees in Milan, Italy of about 30 images about a year ago and put them all up as RM exclusive and not even zooms.
  7. So, stock photography...

    Early days for you with 300 images. If my 10k is a drop in the ocean, your 300 is a mere milliliter! Some nice shots in your port but seems like many of the travel angles have already been done to death...London, Barcelona. Also see you're shooting travel shots in heavy overcast skies and drizzly. Those, in my experience, are a waste of time...unless it's raining in Dubai, etc. Good news that Midstock agencies have decided to take you on. They must see potential in your work.
  8. So, stock photography...

    I think my relatively poor results have to do with my extremely low CTR caused by bad keywording in my early days. I also had quite a few similars which didn't do me any favours. I've cleaned up my act on the above and results have improved, both in CTR and $ earned. My port has grown a lot in the past year (some 5,000 images alone in 2018), so I'm expecting strong results next year as such images work their way up the rankings and they mature within their life cycles. Unlike MS, I think immediate sales on here right after uploads are rare (except for the Live News). See above post in regards to my opinion on MS duplication.
  9. So, stock photography...

    Yes, using StockSubmitter, which is a blessing. Half a dozen or a dozen is the same with this software. Generally, buyers don't shop around that much. I've looked extensively into the relationship between zooms here and subsequent sales there and saw almost no links (I'm well aware that not all zooms are recorded so I have to work with the data that is available). Others have looked at this and have come to the same conclusion. There are many many more complex factors involved than just simply pricing on whether a buyer purchases at one agency or another. In any case, a few months ago, I received some valuable insight from Alamy and published the following blog post: www.brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2018/02/06/do-alamy-buyers-search-elsewhere-answers-from-alamy/
  10. So, stock photography...

    Yes, that's fine and have sensed the resistance since the beginning - red arrows don't bother me. I'm not some sort of tout standing in front of a MS fast-food restaurant with a menu trying to entice more sophisticated customers over. More of a journalist and report on my facts (hence the brutally honest label). We see Alamy drop commission rates and someone mentions that MS is "exploitative". You can make up your own mind...I just like receiving regular PayPal payments every month, regardless of the source. 1. are the same images selling here as on the micros? Usually not. My top 5 best sellers on MS land have never sold on here, interestingly. Clearly, Alamy is catered more to an editorial market so my commercial/creative images tend to struggle more on here. 2. Are the same images selling on every micro, or are there clear differences? Generally yes. Pareto applies throughout, with a few surprises. 3. Do you have many multiple sellers here and/or on the micros? Like 5x; 10x; 20x? or are they mostly 1x or 2x? My Alamy sales haven't been fantastic in terms of volumes but I was a late bloomer here and my keywording was pretty bad in the beginning...I'm very close to approaching 100 all-time sales on here, compared to 20,000+ elsewhere. Obviously average price there is considerably lower than on here. 4. We probably all have noticed that you have a blog and a book about how to succeed as a stock photographer, does that bring in any serious money compared to the income from stock photography itself? Yes, please check out my blog at www.brutallyhonestmicrostock.com . Depends on what you mean by "serious money". Continuing on with my brutally honest theme, I've sold about 700 copies of the e-book. It's more of a brand thing than actually looking for profit....and should help me pick up more lucrative private client work. Nevertheless, It's part of the giant stock photography/videography business puzzle I've developed for myself with every segment contributing in their small way: - Microstock (15 agencies or so) - Midstock (including Alamy) - Book covers (won't mention the agency but it's on my blog) - Stock footage (new to me and very few sales so far) - Print on Demand (not much going on there) - Book sales + contributing articles at other blogs/magazines - Affiliate commission via blog So when I see that Alamy reduced their rates 20%, I'm not really bothered because in the overall grand scheme of things, it won't make much of a difference. It's difference for those that rely 100% on Alamy...then you're kinda fked because, what's to say they won't reduce rates further in a few years or negotiate steeper discounts to buyers. GL
  11. So, stock photography...

    Exploitation? The same 7,000 or so images I have duplicated both here and on micros earn me 3-4x more there then they do here on any given month. Not taking a view what is best, just stating a fact. I'm trying to run a business, not a charity. Establish an efficient workflow that works for you and brings you the best return on your time/efforts. It's taken me a while to fine-tune mine but I can shoot/post-process/keyword/upload much much quicker than a few years ago!
  12. So, stock photography...

    Overthinking imo. Just focus on shooting quality in-demand content with excellent metadata.
  13. Define Alamy

    I believe that definition is incomplete. I would add that a microstock agency is one that offers a monthly/yearly subscription service. I believe Alamy rolled something out at certain regions but unless they do a complete implementation they won't strictly be a microstock agency. Also the fact they offer the option of RM leads me to conclude that they aren't MS....yet!
  14. How was your November?

    You missed out financially big time, perhaps because of your pride or just bad advice (hindsight is a beautiful thing). Your 60,000 images a drop in the ocean...how could it possibly ever have a substantial impact to "kill of your newly joined profession"? That's illusions of grandeur! The fact is that you could have made $10,000s/year just from micros since 2002 when there were still huge gaps in the market. Not that you would try it out now...even if you came around to the "dark side", it's probably too late. Not that you wouldn't make a little bit...I'd estimate that some 10,000 of your images are "microstocky" such as PK8KR4 (without the logos) and those may earn you an additional $8,000 net a year with little impact on your Alamy sales. It's tougher now than a few years ago with most veteran contributors are experience falling average fees. Yes, race to the bottom comes to mind. Many micro contributors blame free sites like Unsplash and thieves that can remove watermarks...or even as far as revenues being capped and algos favouring some accounts and others. I think none of those are huge factors...the market is just simply oversaturated and even though the industry is growing at 5% a year, supply is growing at 50%. That's unsustainable. I believe that the new frontier is stock footage. Would be nice if Alamy introduced a licensing scheme for footage, but doesn't seem like it's going to happen. I went on a tangent here but I think it was important. Perhaps not the best thread but seems like almost everybody has reported their Nov earnings so not necessarily hijacking the thread.