Articles by Robert Kneschke

Who Is Behind Wirestock.io? Founders, Funding and Places

By Robert Kneschke | 719 Words | Posted 12/21/2020 | Comments (2)
After my article a few days ago about Wirestock's questionable deal with Freepik, I got some comments and pointers that I want to summarize here.

Is Wirestock’s “Instant Pay Program” A Scam?

By Robert Kneschke | 1324 Words | Posted 12/15/2020 | Comments
If you use Wirestock to aid you in the process of filling out descriptions, titles, keywords and other required fields, and submitting images to stock agencies you need to read this story by Robert Kneschke (first published in German) and consider taking action before December 19, 2020 if you hope to earn much from your images in the future. Wirestock’s “Instant Pay Program” could be a way to help the middleman make more while the image creator earns less for the images he or she has produced.

Pixabay Knowingly Distributes Stolen Images For Free

By Robert Kneschke | 491 Words | Posted 11/4/2020 | Comments
This story first appeared in German on Robert Kneschke's website. Why photographers give away their pictures on platforms such as Pixabay remains mostly incomprehensible to me even after this article. Sometimes, however, the authors do not even know that someone else is illegally offering their images for free.

Analysis Of Adobe Stock Portfolios

By Robert Kneschke | 1249 Words | Posted 8/21/2020 | Comments (1)
In June German photographer Robert Kneschke did an indepth analysis of the portfolios on the Fotolia website. Adobe displays all the images it represents on both the Adobe Stock and Fotolia websites, but less information is displayed on Adobe. The following information should be an accurate picture of what can be found on Adobe Stock as well as Fotolia.

Getty’s RF “Market Freeze": Expensive Customer Mess?

By Robert Kneschke | 853 Words | Posted 8/7/2020 | Comments
Getty Images offers customers anything they want,  but their decisions don't  always seem well thought out. In November 2019, Getty Images ended the "right managed" license model, with which image buyers were able to buy, among other things, exclusive image rights for certain regions, industries, etc., which they called the "Market Freeze" feature.

Is The Unsplash Business Model For You

By Robert Kneschke | 1825 Words | Posted 6/20/2019 | Comments
A while ago, I tried here to understand the business model of Pixabay, who want to make money from free pictures. A similar company, but with greater international notoriety, is Unsplash. In 2013, as a simple Tumblr blog, this company took the stage where 10 free pictures were shared. There are currently over 1,000,000 free images online, which have received a total of over 1,006,650,155 free downloads. These and many other exciting figures can be found here on the statistics page of Unsplash.

Analysis Of Portfolios At Fotolia And Adobe Stock

By Robert Kneschke | 1288 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
A few months ago, I evaluated which countries most Shutterstock providers come from. Today, there should be some similar analysis of Adobe Stock's data, or Fotolia, because although the portfolios on both websites are identical, Adobe Stock will unfortunately see less information about it.

Which Countries Do Shutterstock's Pictures Come From?

By Robert Kneschke | 827 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
A few weeks ago, the publicly traded image agency Shutterstock had released its second-quarter 2018 business figures. Among those figures, there was also the remarkable 204.2 million images Shutterstock currently offers. 41% of these were added in the last year alone. On my Facebook page there was a lively discussion afterwards, regarding exactly where  these many millions of pictures come from.

EyeEm No Longer Subsidizing Getty Sales

By Robert Kneschke | 1153 Words | Posted 5/27/2019 | Comments
A few years ago EyeEm decided to guarantee its photographers a minimum compensation for each image licensed through the Getty website regardless of what they received from Getty. Over the years they have steadily lowered that minimum and with the last sales report they have finally dropped the idea of a guaranteed minimum royalty. This article explores what happened.

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