Looks like I was speaking too soon! In this post My Microstock Experience During the Coronavirus Pandemic I was outlining that microstock seemed to be largely business as usual. That seems to be changing with delays with microstock image inspection during pandemic. Shutterstock and Adobe Stock have been communicating likely future delays, and my most recent submission at iStock has taken longer than normal for inspection.
What Are We Seeing?
On three of the major microstock sites I contribute to we are seeing image inspection delays and communication to expect slower inspections.
My most recent submission to iStock has taken 10 days to pass through the image inspection process. That’s nearly double the usual time frame. I don’t expect that was anything to do with the images – they were simple wildlife shots like the ones shown here – and more likely reflects quantities and operational challenges during the pandemic.
What about the Immediate Future?
Both Shutterstock and Adobe Stock have issued communication that contributors can expect to see delays in image inspection. To date, my own submissions have been reviewed relatively quickly by both sites. I am impressed that their image inspections have been so prompt up until now. It seems that may change in the near future.
Shutterstock today have put limits on uploads so that all contributors files can be pass through inspection in a timely manner.
I’m not sure there really is a so what here! Be patient. Inspections are continuing. Try to shoot stock content which is relevant and not too time sensitive.
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I am making the most of the current lock down situation to add to my microstock portfolios. The three microstock sites I upload to are iStock, Shutterstock, and Adobe Stock. Here is my microstock experience during the coronavirus pandemic.
Image Inspection Times
All three microstock sites continue to operate ‘business as usual’ with both uploading and downloading available. It is impressive that there isn’t any real business interruption, though both Shutterstock and Adobe Stock are indicating there may be an impact on inspection times.
I am uploading daily to each site and to date my experience is:
Shutterstock – inspection is taking 24-48 hours with files available in the database very soon afterwards
Adobe Stock – inspection is taking 3-4 days
iStock – inspection is taking 6-8 days (note, I am an ‘independent’ contributor to iStock. I am expecting that exclusive contributors file inspection is faster).
My experience with newly uploaded files is similar to my usual microstock experience:
Shutterstock – new files are selling well, particularly those with a pandemic theme
Adobe Stock – new files are selling well, and slightly better than my usual experience
iStock – unfortunately iStock only reports once per month so at this stage I don’t know how well new images are selling. iStock is well behind the other two agencies in the information it provides to contributors
It is still early days in the new ‘pandemic world’. Without full data yet available it seems my overall microstock sales are down on usual sales numbers. I am expecting this to be the case as the overall business activity in the economy is below the normal level.
What is your microstock experience at this time?
Thanks for reading about my microstock experience during the coronavirus pandemic. Happy shooting.