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Stock Photo Research Tool Rebuilt

Update: Moved to a new host. Send me feedback if you want this tool to stay up and running. I’ve built a new research tool prototype with new tech, to help you find ideas/topics/subjects for your stock images, i.e. what to shoot. The old one was hitting the database too hard, and built on difficult […]
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Stock Performer: Best of the Best

Luis and Oliver from Stock Performer gave a fantastic presentation at Microstock Expo (if you couldn’t attend, the full conference videos should be online in the not too distant future, you should totally check them out, since I’m in there too ;)) and published their raw data and full analysis on a very thorough and […]
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Top 2000 Image-Buyer’s Searches vs Keyword Popularity

I’ve been playing around with some of my data the last few days (having a bit of an overhaul to get picWorkflow running faster) and before I archive off some of my data-tables I thought this one might be of interest to you 🙂 The list shows the top 2000(ish) short-form searches (no more than […]
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When do Microstock Photographers Upload Images?

For at least as long as I’ve been involved with microstock I’ve been running into forum posts and being sent emails asking when should microstock images be uploaded/submitted for two specific reasons: 1) The best time for reviewers to be ‘generous’ with acceptance. 2) The best time for accepted images to appear in front of […]
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Filesize and Resolution of Images Distributed for Microstock

Just a quick reference post to share some charts showing the most common file sizes and resolutions of images (photos and illustrations) distributed by Microstock contributors through picWorkflow. File sizes of JPEG images distributed to microstock agencies Interesting to see that 80% of files are 10meg or less, and on a steep curve. Whereas the […]
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Upload Speeds for 47 Microstock Agencies

I’ve been putting together a dataset to estimate wait times in the picWorkflow upload queues, and pulled out some data about the rates of agency’s FTP server receiving speeds. As expected, the agencies who accept footage have much faster connections than those who don’t, though a shameful showing from the networks of some of the […]
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How long does image keywording take on picWorkflow?

One of the most common questions I get about picWorkflow is how long keywording of images takes… since it’s a ‘natural system’ (because keyworders are crowd-sourced, subject to QA, and they choose which images they want to work on, and how much they wish to earn), it’s a difficult question to give a definitive answer […]
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Understanding Microstock in a Mature Industry

Everyone lately seems to be talking about dropping RPIs and the increased efforts to be a successful microstock photographer. Well I recently put together this presentation for StockInRussia microstock conference (It was a fantastic event, if you weren’t there, you really missed out), so I thought I’d screencast it (ended up with a full 90 […]
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