iStock Data: 5 Days Left

Posted on 1/26/2017 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

iStock contributors who want to retain their detailed historical royalty data up to and including December 31st 2016 have 5 days left before that data disappears from the iStock site. After January 31, 2017 Account Management will only offer 23 months of summary historical royalty data. It’s critical that contributors download all the data they require from the iStock site as soon as possible.

In this business it is difficult to know what to shoot and what not to waste your time on, even when you’ve got data. When all data disappears its as one photographer says, “like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.”

If earning a portion of your living from the time invested in producing stock pictures is important to you then you need your sales data. Would anyone producing a product in any other industry consider increasing production without some information about historic sales? As one reader said, “Increasingly, our industry seems to be aimed at non-professionals who take pictures without an expectation of remuneration.”


Copyright © 2017 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-251-0720, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  

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