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123RF advises to talk to plants while in confinement

Hello all. So only a few hours after Shutterstock’s letter to the community with regards to coronavirus, 123RF- Inmagine Group decided to speak up as well. It was about time, given that the group’s HQ is in Malaysia where lots of cases are spawning. 
Shutterstock and 123RF chose different approaches. While SSTK’s letter was signed by the COO, 123 had Stephanie Sitt sign their email. Stephanie is now the CEO but she’s also the wife of the company’s founder, Andy Sitt, and has always been extremely involved in high decisions. 123RF went for a less professional and more friendly style in its email to the contributors and clients. They also showed a very cute illustration of suggested activities we can do while we’re stuck at home. I particularly like the ‘talk to your plants’ recommendation as it is something I’ve been doing even before the epidemic. 

Here is the full letter:

Dear friends and customers,

In light of the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the past few months, INMAGINE Group has stepped up measures to safeguard our staff at our offices around the world, while simultaneously ensuring that our products and services continue to be delivered efficiently to you.

At 123RF, we prioritize the safety of both our employees and clients. With that said, we wish you, your colleagues, family, and friends well during this crisis, and ask that you take extra precautions to be safe and stay healthy. By doing so, we can help minimize the spread together!

If you’re practising social distancing and working from home (like us) here are some suggestions of what you can do at home from our colleagues at Designs.AI.

 

We’re still here when you need us!

As the virus continues to ravage economies and communities, all of us have to change the way we work and socialize, just to be safe and stave off the threat. Amidst these challenging times, please rest assured that we will continue to deliver the highest level of quality service to you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your relevant, dedicated Account Manager. You may also reach out to us on our support pages or Live Chat or email us at info@123rf.com. If you’d like to call instead, here’s our complete toll free and local number directory for your convenience.

As always, we value your presence and look forward to continuously supporting you in making your business successful.

Together we shall prevail, be safe out there!

Stephanie Sitt
Group Chief Executive Officer
Inmagine Group

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Shutterstock reassures contributors with this letter

Hello all,

I just wanted to share this email I just received from Shutterstock.

Seems like the cool attitude the U.S. had towards COVID-19 is changing drastically. Anyhow, I find it nice that Shutterstock thought of sending us this letter. So far, I haven’t received anything from Adobe Stock or 123RF….

(If you want to join Shutterstock, just click here )

Dear Shutterstock Community,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops, all of our lives will undoubtedly be affected. Families, communities, and businesses are navigating a truly unprecedented global event. In this time of crisis, we know our role is to not only help you continue to operate, but also to help you adapt to your changing reality.

I’m reaching out with an update from the Shutterstock team to reassure you that we are working tirelessly to keep our employee and contributor community safe while at the same time continuing to serve you.

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community, beginning with our employees. Following the recommendations of governments and public health experts, we have restricted travel and transitioned to fully remote work in every one of our global offices so that our staff can work safely from their homes and continue to support you without disruption.

We are also encouraging safe practices for our contributors. This community of over 1 million artists around the world remains the heartbeat of our organization. We want each and every one of them to stay safe, follow the latest guidance from global and national health organizations and remember that no content is worth putting themselves or others at risk.

Businesses all over the world will have to evolve to accommodate this fluid situation. We have already seen some industries grind to a halt, while others will be forever altered. We understand that budgets, timelines, and projects will be revised as you pivot strategy, and we want to reassure you that we will continue to support each of you as your needs change.

As people everywhere seek to understand this changing landscape, we are committed to providing tools and resources to help our customers and contributors navigate this challenge. Here are a few ways we are already doing that:
• For those who might be expanding their business online in these uncertain times, we’re offering this curated image collection free of charge
• For those who are telling the story of the outbreak as it unfolds, our Editorial collection is being updated constantly with high-quality images
• For anyone who is creating or licensing content from Shutterstock, we’re continuing to share helpful guidelines about how to best represent this unprecedented situation

We value your support as we all face these challenges together. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to support@shutterstock.com. Additionally, if you are aware of other ways in which we can help others with our technology, please let us know.

Stay healthy and safe,

Stan Pavlovsky
President and COO of Shutterstock

If you want to join Shutterstock, just click here 

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Let’s fight Coronavirus despair with creativity…indoors!

Hi everybody. As these difficult times overwhelm our days, let us try to stay positive. Negativity, fear and despair undermine our creative power but we must fight! 

If you are, like I am, in a country where you are urged to stay home or, like my family and friends, in lock-down, get on with creative projects and fight depression and boredom with your talent. After all, you can do it safely indoors. 

This is a good time to catch up with stock photography, video, illustration and audio.

If you are not yet a contributor, quarantine is a good occasion to give it a shot. Prep up your work and upload it from the safety of your home. You will make some money too. Due to the confinements, internet entertainment is booming, as people need information, distraction, leisure and fun without going out. Hence, content is highly needed at this moment. Naturally, creations depicting everything revolving around the disease are selling like crazy but you don’t need to focus on corona if you don’t wish to. There’s plenty of material being published online right now that aims at ‘distracting’ people from our current plague. So go for it!

Join me on Shutterstock 

Perhaps you’ll be thinking that staying at home limits your creative possibilities. Wrong!

Let that creative juice out and you’ll see there are a lot of interesting shots to be made in your house. You can improve your table-top photography skills. Have plants on your balcony? Learn how to shoot them properly. Or get cooking and then photograph your dishes. If you are confined with your clan, set up a family home life shooting…. 

Time goes by slowly when you stay home for days. Take advantage and learn some new skills or software.

Get started with new types of art or learn new creative software. It’ll help with boredom, make time pass and very likely it’ll be useful in the future! This situation will appease eventually. Human history is full of diseases. Our ancestors have suffered from epidemics but humanity has survived. We will too. 

 

Stay safe, respect the quarantine rules, don’t over watch the news.

And keep creating! 

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Selected as a Leader in Contemporary Art 2020: an immense privilege!

Capsules Book, a known Australian publisher just issued its new art book: ‘Curatorial Volume 2: Leaders in Contemporary Art 2020’. The book is a captivating documentation of today’s leading contemporary artists showcasing current artwork…
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It's been a year... Let's not forget

It's been a year since that dreadful evening in Paris. On the 15th of April 2019, a symbol of Christianity and of France was about to succumb: Notre-Dame Cathedral was on fire. Despite the bad times we are currently experiencing, let us not…
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Let's fight Coronavirus despair with creativity...indoors!

Hi everybody. As these difficult times overwhelm our days, let us try to stay positive. Negativity, fear and despair undermine our creative power but we must fight!  If you are, like I am, in a country where you are urged to stay home…
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PhotoReportage: Luca Camuffo - Roman Dance (Eng&Ita)

La settimana scorsa sono stata a Roma per alcuni giorni dove ho incontrato il mio amico d'infanzia Luca Camuffo, che ora è un artista e un ballerino fresco di Accademia Nazionale. Mi ha lasciato fotografarlo mentre danzava sulla riva del Tevere…
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Creative Block? Try Hypnosis

Do you ever have a creative block? You know ... Those days when you feel completely uninspired... when you spent so many hours on a chair that your butt has become square shaped and all you produced is good enough to wipe off your desk the stains…
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Famous blogger Rachel Lerch interviews Victoria Schaal on stock photography industry

I had the privilege to be interviewed by Rachel Lerch, a now famous blogger and vlogger who fascinates every week her thousands of subscribers and viewers with her enriching videos about photography. Naturally Rachel has talked several times…
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123RF advises to talk to plants while in confinement

Hello all. So only a few hours after Shutterstock’s letter to the community with regards to coronavirus, 123RF- Inmagine Group decided to speak up as well. It was about time, given that the group’s HQ is in Malaysia where lots of cases are spawning. 
Shutterstock and 123RF chose different approaches. While SSTK’s letter was signed by the COO, 123 had Stephanie Sitt sign their email. Stephanie is now the CEO but she’s also the wife of the company’s founder, Andy Sitt, and has always been extremely involved in high decisions. 123RF went for a less professional and more friendly style in its email to the contributors and clients. They also showed a very cute illustration of suggested activities we can do while we’re stuck at home. I particularly like the ‘talk to your plants’ recommendation as it is something I’ve been doing even before the epidemic. 

Here is the full letter:

Dear friends and customers,

In light of the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the past few months, INMAGINE Group has stepped up measures to safeguard our staff at our offices around the world, while simultaneously ensuring that our products and services continue to be delivered efficiently to you.

At 123RF, we prioritize the safety of both our employees and clients. With that said, we wish you, your colleagues, family, and friends well during this crisis, and ask that you take extra precautions to be safe and stay healthy. By doing so, we can help minimize the spread together!

If you’re practising social distancing and working from home (like us) here are some suggestions of what you can do at home from our colleagues at Designs.AI.

 

We’re still here when you need us!

As the virus continues to ravage economies and communities, all of us have to change the way we work and socialize, just to be safe and stave off the threat. Amidst these challenging times, please rest assured that we will continue to deliver the highest level of quality service to you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your relevant, dedicated Account Manager. You may also reach out to us on our support pages or Live Chat or email us at info@123rf.com. If you’d like to call instead, here’s our complete toll free and local number directory for your convenience.

As always, we value your presence and look forward to continuously supporting you in making your business successful.

Together we shall prevail, be safe out there!

Stephanie Sitt
Group Chief Executive Officer
Inmagine Group

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Shutterstock reassures contributors with this letter

Hello all,

I just wanted to share this email I just received from Shutterstock.

Seems like the cool attitude the U.S. had towards COVID-19 is changing drastically. Anyhow, I find it nice that Shutterstock thought of sending us this letter. So far, I haven’t received anything from Adobe Stock or 123RF….

(If you want to join Shutterstock, just click here )

Dear Shutterstock Community,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops, all of our lives will undoubtedly be affected. Families, communities, and businesses are navigating a truly unprecedented global event. In this time of crisis, we know our role is to not only help you continue to operate, but also to help you adapt to your changing reality.

I’m reaching out with an update from the Shutterstock team to reassure you that we are working tirelessly to keep our employee and contributor community safe while at the same time continuing to serve you.

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community, beginning with our employees. Following the recommendations of governments and public health experts, we have restricted travel and transitioned to fully remote work in every one of our global offices so that our staff can work safely from their homes and continue to support you without disruption.

We are also encouraging safe practices for our contributors. This community of over 1 million artists around the world remains the heartbeat of our organization. We want each and every one of them to stay safe, follow the latest guidance from global and national health organizations and remember that no content is worth putting themselves or others at risk.

Businesses all over the world will have to evolve to accommodate this fluid situation. We have already seen some industries grind to a halt, while others will be forever altered. We understand that budgets, timelines, and projects will be revised as you pivot strategy, and we want to reassure you that we will continue to support each of you as your needs change.

As people everywhere seek to understand this changing landscape, we are committed to providing tools and resources to help our customers and contributors navigate this challenge. Here are a few ways we are already doing that:
• For those who might be expanding their business online in these uncertain times, we’re offering this curated image collection free of charge
• For those who are telling the story of the outbreak as it unfolds, our Editorial collection is being updated constantly with high-quality images
• For anyone who is creating or licensing content from Shutterstock, we’re continuing to share helpful guidelines about how to best represent this unprecedented situation

We value your support as we all face these challenges together. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to support@shutterstock.com. Additionally, if you are aware of other ways in which we can help others with our technology, please let us know.

Stay healthy and safe,

Stan Pavlovsky
President and COO of Shutterstock

If you want to join Shutterstock, just click here 

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Let’s fight Coronavirus despair with creativity…indoors!

Hi everybody. As these difficult times overwhelm our days, let us try to stay positive. Negativity, fear and despair undermine our creative power but we must fight! 

If you are, like I am, in a country where you are urged to stay home or, like my family and friends, in lock-down, get on with creative projects and fight depression and boredom with your talent. After all, you can do it safely indoors. 

This is a good time to catch up with stock photography, video, illustration and audio.

If you are not yet a contributor, quarantine is a good occasion to give it a shot. Prep up your work and upload it from the safety of your home. You will make some money too. Due to the confinements, internet entertainment is booming, as people need information, distraction, leisure and fun without going out. Hence, content is highly needed at this moment. Naturally, creations depicting everything revolving around the disease are selling like crazy but you don’t need to focus on corona if you don’t wish to. There’s plenty of material being published online right now that aims at ‘distracting’ people from our current plague. So go for it!

Join me on Shutterstock 

Perhaps you’ll be thinking that staying at home limits your creative possibilities. Wrong!

Let that creative juice out and you’ll see there are a lot of interesting shots to be made in your house. You can improve your table-top photography skills. Have plants on your balcony? Learn how to shoot them properly. Or get cooking and then photograph your dishes. If you are confined with your clan, set up a family home life shooting…. 

Time goes by slowly when you stay home for days. Take advantage and learn some new skills or software.

Get started with new types of art or learn new creative software. It’ll help with boredom, make time pass and very likely it’ll be useful in the future! This situation will appease eventually. Human history is full of diseases. Our ancestors have suffered from epidemics but humanity has survived. We will too. 

 

Stay safe, respect the quarantine rules, don’t over watch the news.

And keep creating! 

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Selected as a Leader in Contemporary Art 2020: an immense privilege!

Capsules Book, a known Australian publisher just issued its new art book: ‘Curatorial Volume 2: Leaders in Contemporary Art 2020’. The book is a captivating documentation of today’s leading contemporary artists showcasing current artwork…
, ,

It's been a year... Let's not forget

It's been a year since that dreadful evening in Paris. On the 15th of April 2019, a symbol of Christianity and of France was about to succumb: Notre-Dame Cathedral was on fire. Despite the bad times we are currently experiencing, let us not…
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Let's fight Coronavirus despair with creativity...indoors!

Hi everybody. As these difficult times overwhelm our days, let us try to stay positive. Negativity, fear and despair undermine our creative power but we must fight!  If you are, like I am, in a country where you are urged to stay home…
, ,

PhotoReportage: Luca Camuffo - Roman Dance (Eng&Ita)

La settimana scorsa sono stata a Roma per alcuni giorni dove ho incontrato il mio amico d'infanzia Luca Camuffo, che ora è un artista e un ballerino fresco di Accademia Nazionale. Mi ha lasciato fotografarlo mentre danzava sulla riva del Tevere…
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Creative Block? Try Hypnosis

Do you ever have a creative block? You know ... Those days when you feel completely uninspired... when you spent so many hours on a chair that your butt has become square shaped and all you produced is good enough to wipe off your desk the stains…
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Famous blogger Rachel Lerch interviews Victoria Schaal on stock photography industry

I had the privilege to be interviewed by Rachel Lerch, a now famous blogger and vlogger who fascinates every week her thousands of subscribers and viewers with her enriching videos about photography. Naturally Rachel has talked several times…
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Me in brief

I am a Franco-Italian marketing professional and a visual concept creator living in Martinique (French Central American terrritories).

I was born in Paris, France, yet I grew up mostly in Venice, Italy and in England. Accustomed by my family and driven by my curiosity for the world, I have travelled extensively and lived in various countries across Europe, Asia and Central America.

Capsules Book selected me as one of the Leaders in Contemporary Art 2020.

The British Years

At 16, I moved to the UK where I settled for five years. At first, I stayed in Sussex living and studying at Worth School. Once the International Baccalaureate achieved, I spent a summer volunteering in Thailand.

The University of Exeter was my first choice, thus I moved to Devon. While achieving my degree in Management and Marketing with Advanced Proficiency in Spanish at Exeter University, I worked as a Marketing Researcher and Quality Analyst for the world leading marketing consultancy firm, BPA Quality, where I had the privilege to deal with accounts of the calibre of Emirates, Samsung, Honda and more.

It was also during my business studies at the University of Exeter that my creative adventure started. 

I was walking in the street when I saw in a pawn shop a Nikon. It was love at first sight. Within a few months I became a stock photographer.

Being extreme by nature, two of my greatest passions are backpacking around the world and climbing volcanoes, as my photography witnesses it. I also indulge in water sports such as diving and sailing which I combine with my love for photography. 

The Malaysian Years

Once I achieved my degree at 21 years old, I felt I could finally let my dream of leaving for far lands come true. I flew to Indonesia to chase its volcanoes and after a while I ended up in Malaysia. I got a volunteering job that gave me a place to sleep and an opportunity to get to know the country while I was looking for a permanent workplace and a residence visa. Eventually it happened.

From 2016 till 2019, I lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I worked as a marketing specialist for 123RF and its umbrella business Inmagine Group, one of the largest creative companies in the world. 

The opportunity enabled me to discover further the creative industry but also to observe closely the way business is handled in Asia and compare and contrast it to the West, as I  coordinated numerous people and several projects mainly across Europe and Asia.

It also provided me with the tools to develop extra skills, such as copywriting, publicity concept planning, EDM implementation, and to enrich my IT skills: on top of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, I am experienced with WordPress, CRM and Google Analytics.

It was in Malaysia that I further explored my artistic interests, going beyond photography and indulging into sketching, illustration and digital art together with graphic design and web design.

 

 

In 2018, I designed the books ‘Cosa fanno le mie piante quando non ci sono’, ‘Iceberg contro Iceberg’ and ‘Il Problema del Mese di Aprile’ by Francesca Schaal Zucchiatti, illlustrating their covers and editing the pagination.

 

In February 2019 I published my book ‘HOW DO YOU LIKE IT? Customer services: Personalisation or Standardisation’ which is now available on all Amazon market places.

 

Today: Central America

 

Today I live in Fort-de-France, Martinique, French Central American Dept.

I work independently with photography, video, marketing and design. My clientele lists businesses and artists, which I assist with the creation of advertising campaigns, video trailers, photography, corporate identity graphic elements, book covers design and self-publishing plans.

Capsules Book, a known Australian publisher issued its new art book where I am featured amongst the leading artists of the year: ‘Curatorial Volume 2: Leaders in Contemporary Art 2020’.

I am a fierce opponent of today’s business models which separate graphic design and marketing planning into different departments, teams and workers.

I present myself as a bridge between marketing and visual creativity to stress the importance of approaching commercial graphics with one single mindset which can both conceive marketing material and create it concretely.

Marketing and graphics should be done together by a unique team or person.

I also continue to produce stock images as well as participate in online discussions about stock photography online with the valuable insights I have gained by working at 123RF.

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Famous blogger Rachel Lerch interviews Victoria Schaal on stock photography industry

I had the privilege to be interviewed by Rachel Lerch, a now famous blogger and vlogger who fascinates every week her thousands of subscribers and viewers with her enriching videos about photography. Naturally Rachel has talked several times about stock photography as well.

Thus, it was a pleasure for me to participate in her latest video and answer all her questions about the industry with my knowledge and insights from when I was Marketing Exec at 123RF.   

You may see the video below.

I also strongly recommend Rachel Lerch’s other videos, which I find extremely useful to improve photography skills and highly engaging. Rachel also has a beautiful website where you can see her work and read her blog.

You can visit it here: https://rachellerch.com/2019/08/10/stock-photography-employee-shares-inside-scoop-how-to-be-successful/

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Stock photography agency employee: Best Ways to Make Money

If you, like me, have enthusiasm for digital photography burning in you, a profession in digital photography would certainly be a fantastic suggestion!

Yet, making money with photography is easier said than done!

Stock Photography is definitely a way to make money.  There are numerous companies that require images that are substantial to their jobs yet do not have much time to take these images as a result of their busy routines. They decide to buy stock images as opposed to employing a specialist digital photographer, not just to conserve cash, however time too due to the fact that these images prepare to make use of.

I’ve been contributing for years and I learnt a couple of things about stock photography.

Moreover, I worked as a Marketer for one of the largest agencies too. So let me transfer to you some of my knowledge. Learn more about me here

Exactly what is stock photography?

Stock pictures are not photographed for a certain customer or usage yet portray a much more basic idea. Purchasers obtain wanted image, stock digital photography agents obtain a portion of every image offered on their site, and also professional photographer obtains continuing to be percent.

How to sell stock digital photography?

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You require your pictures to be of its finest. You should ensure that there are no noticeable sounds or grains in your stock pictures. They have to be free from spots, as well as unneeded background products. There are stringent standards you require to comply with. In order for your images to be thought about stock picture top quality, they have to be small, effectively taken, skilfully revealed as well as with high resolution.

Stock photography is the highest quality requiring photography. 

As such, see it as a gym to learn and practice photography at its toughest level. When in the future you decide to move towards more artistic creations or perhaps photojournalism, your standards will be amongst the highest. Learn more about this on this other article I wrote here

You will certainly additionally require software to edit your stock pictures.

You needn’t purchase the extremely expensive Adobe license to use Photoshop. You can download an older version of Photoshop for free, which is great if you want to start out without investment.

There are a whole lot of electronic cameras in market with fantastic attributes. Personally I like my Nikon D3200. It’s the best in terms of price/quality ratio and the easiest for beginners in the range of pro cameras. Nikon produced later versions like the D3400 which is a great DSLR and amongst the cheapest. DSLRs can be expensive to start out and the cheapest with a lens included goes between 250 to 380 Dollars. However you can also go for a second hand one. I always advise to buy used electronics either via Ebay because they protect you from scams or via Facebook if you can meet the seller, thus try the camera. However, it is always safer and better to purchase a new one. Amazon has interesting prices and options. Remember that you should always invest more on lenses rather than cameras.

I recommend this little book to practice all kinds of photography. I love it cause it tells you in bullet points exactly what settings to use in each situation and it’s small enough to be carried around and on the field. 

What are the top selling portfolios?

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Difficulty in offering your stock images is its originality as well as adaptability. In order to increase your possibilities of selling you can either try to build a portfolio with a large variety of categories (i.e. travel, business, food, nature…etc.) or select a certain particular niche market. if you choose this approach, you generally need less photos in your portfolio but these pictures have to be exactly what your consumers are trying to find. You have to have the ability to have an extensive understanding of the niche market and also make sure there is enough demand for that niche. 

Quantity in your portfolio is also relevant. Most bloggers only give you tips about how YOU can improve your pictures. Reality is that the IT algorithms used by stock photo agencies determine heavily who and what is going to sell. If your portfolio is large, it’ll be shown more, thus you’ll have better chances of selling. The more you sell, the more the algorithm will show you. 

There are a bunch of stock digital photography recruitment agencies where your images can be offered. These websites have standards on what you ought to get in order to make an effective image entry. Generally, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, Dreamstime and Istock require at least 4mp but 123RF will ask for 6mp.

I advise you to put your keywords directly in your files metadata rather than pasting them as you upload your pics on every site. It’ll save you a lot of time!

Last but not least

Remember, there are people who manage to live out of stock photography. They are only a few but you can be one of them. It just takes time and patience. You’ll likely need years to create a 10 000 photo portfolio but if you stay put, you’ll achieve it.

Start with small objectives. Reaching 100 pictures is a milestone. When you get to 500, you’ll start seeing a real progress in your earnings. 1000 photos truly changes your earnings report so work on that for now. 

I’m out for now, drop a comment or email if you want more info. Please do not use this article in your blog unless you ask me first.

Learn more about the World Stock Photography Market 2019 by viewing the new report on the industry here.

 

 

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Extreme Dance on the rooves of Fort-de-France (Martinique, French Caribbean)

I am happy to show the new video of Mouv'ment Dancer'z, a famous group from Martinique, French Caribbean. Everyone did a great job and a special 'well done' to Original Vision Agency. PLAY IT!
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Selected as a Leader in Contemporary Art 2020: an immense privilege!

Capsules Book, a known Australian publisher just issued its new art book: ‘Curatorial Volume 2: Leaders in Contemporary Art 2020’. The book is a captivating documentation of today’s leading contemporary artists showcasing current artwork…
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Turning 25 in confinement

Yesterday, 29th of April, I turned 25 years old.  It was a bit bugging to spend the day alone working at home but hey... it's quarantine time. So, I could not find a cake here on Martinique island where supply as easy to acquire as…
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It's been a year... Let's not forget

It's been a year since that dreadful evening in Paris. On the 15th of April 2019, a symbol of Christianity and of France was about to succumb: Notre-Dame Cathedral was on fire. Despite the bad times we are currently experiencing, let us not…
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My latest work

Hello all! Thanks for all the comments and emails you sent me. I really appreciate it, especially in these hard times. If you would like to see my most recent work, just follow me on Instagram! My profile is victoria_schaal and your…
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123RF advises to talk to plants while in confinement

Hello all. So only a few hours after Shutterstock's letter to the community with regards to coronavirus, 123RF- Inmagine Group decided to speak up as well. It was about time, given that the group's HQ is in Malaysia where lots of cases are spawning.  Shutterstock…
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Stock Photography Agency Employee: “It’s a gym for beginners!”

Hi, I am a stock photographer. Actually, that is how my passion for photography started all together and  throughout the years lead me to become a visual artist and a stock photography agency employee. In fact, I am a marketing specialist for 123RF.

Stock photography is often criticised by the so called ‘real photographers’. Yet, I find such criticisms rather snobbish. Before becoming an artistic photographer, everyone needs practice. There are lots of things to learn: technical abilities, artistic skills, the creative market’ functioning and so on.

Money is also relevant. We don’t all know since the start that we want to take photography seriously or if we are able to. You can make some passive income by uploading your digital pictures to stock photography websites. Every time an image of yours is downloaded you earn a commission.

As a visual artist and a marketing expert for a stock photography agency, I strongly believe stock photography is a gym for beginners.

It enables you to draw some income to purchase your first gear, understand what the market is looking for, analyse what are the subjects you shoot best, keep high quality and technical standards and more.

It is also an excellent way to master technical abilities. Stock photography requires perfection. Contrasting the fine art world where rules are made to broken, if your picture is a little bit noisy or slightly out of focus, it will not be sellable as stock. This a good discipline for beginners who still have to learn how to respect rules before going onto the next level and learn how to break the rules.

There are numerous stock photography sites that need your photos. Numerous people, organizations, associations, sites and print distributions are in consistent need of a wide assortment of value photos for their sites, direct mail advertisements, handouts, magazines, recordings and daily papers. These substances consistently swing to stock photography sites to purchase the photos that they require.

Stock photography agencies will pay you a rate for each one of your photos that gets downloaded, each time it is downloaded. Your photos can be downloaded a boundless number of times.

You can present your computerized photos to sites Shutterstock and the agency for whom i work, 123RF. You don’t need to be an expert picture taker. You simply require a computerized camera (with additional memory cards) and web get to. Agreeing to accept these sites is free. Each time one of your photos is downloaded you’ll get paid a level of the cost of the photo, which for the most part comes to twenty-five pennies to a few dollars.

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Pretty much any sort of computerized picture is acknowledged as long as it is of high caliber. Your photos should be in JPG/JPEG and for most stock sites they ought to be 1600 x 1200 pixels or bigger. New picture takers for Shutterstock need to submit photos that are 4.0 Megapixels or Million Pixels (MP). You can ascertain the quantity of pixels in a photo by increasing the width by the stature. A photo that is 1600×1200 is 1.92 million pixels.

In photos that portray a minor, or where an identifiable human face is unmistakable, you should send a model discharge with the photo to the site. You have to submit unique work and ensure that you do exclude copyrighted material or logos in your pictures. Try not to submit photos that have been expanded in estimate from their unique document measure. You should read the accommodation rules from every site before you begin posting your photos.

When you have transferred a photo to a stock photography site, it remains there for whatever length of time that you like (notwithstanding for quite a long time). Each time it gets downloaded you win cash. You can transfer your photos to a few unique sites as long as the sites permit the accommodation of non-restrictive photos.

You can take ten pictures every day and transfer every one to ten diverse stock photography sites. In only three months you’ll have around 900 photos transferred 9,000 times. What is extremely cool about this is before your photos are transferred they keep on making cash for you with no extra work on your part. In the event that you constantly transfer pictures to the stock sites you can win considerably more.

TIP: As a stock photography agency employee, I know that the first real milestone income-wise is having 1000 photos on sale. From that turning point, you will see a major change in your revenue. 

Yet, you don’t need to reach that amount to have some good surprises. When I had around 500 images on Shutterstock, I sold one for 44$ of commission in one sale… I was astounded! But this sort of unexpected surprises happens often and the more pics you have online, the more frequently you’ll get surprised.

The majority of the stock sites pay you once every month through PayPal, MoneyBookers, paper check or direct store.

Start by taking pictures in your general vicinity, or travel anyplace and bring home the bacon by taking stock photos. The more pictures you upload the all the more procuring potential you have. You can profit from this “employment” from pretty much anyplace on the planet.

Want me to refer you as a contributor and increase your chances to sell? Just follow this link: https://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=3756818

Learn more about the World Stock Photography Market 2019 by viewing the new report on the industry here.

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Extreme Dance on the rooves of Fort-de-France (Martinique, French Caribbean)

I am happy to show the new video of Mouv'ment Dancer'z, a famous group from Martinique, French Caribbean. Everyone did a great job and a special 'well done' to Original Vision Agency. PLAY IT!
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Selected as a Leader in Contemporary Art 2020: an immense privilege!

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Turning 25 in confinement

Yesterday, 29th of April, I turned 25 years old.  It was a bit bugging to spend the day alone working at home but hey... it's quarantine time. So, I could not find a cake here on Martinique island where supply as easy to acquire as…
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It's been a year... Let's not forget

It's been a year since that dreadful evening in Paris. On the 15th of April 2019, a symbol of Christianity and of France was about to succumb: Notre-Dame Cathedral was on fire. Despite the bad times we are currently experiencing, let us not…
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My latest work

Hello all! Thanks for all the comments and emails you sent me. I really appreciate it, especially in these hard times. If you would like to see my most recent work, just follow me on Instagram! My profile is victoria_schaal and your…
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123RF advises to talk to plants while in confinement

Hello all. So only a few hours after Shutterstock's letter to the community with regards to coronavirus, 123RF- Inmagine Group decided to speak up as well. It was about time, given that the group's HQ is in Malaysia where lots of cases are spawning.  Shutterstock…