Who's the guy who shared his experience below?
Ruggero Piccoli (read his story) is a stock images and stock footage producer who shoots aircrafts.
Despite having another job, he has been producing content for microstocks for years and has founded a YouTube channel with thousands of subscribers.
This is Ruggero Piccoli's experience (by the way, thanks for sharing it).
A freelance for keywording stock images
The advice I can give to all those who want to hire freelancers is to test them first, initially giving them small jobs, and then:
- evaluating the results
- asking for reviews
Only after understanding that the freelancer is professional should you assign them more important tasks. It's easy to do such a thing on Fiverr as you can contact people without the need to publish a public project.
Some time ago, I looked for someone who could help me with the writing of titles and keywords to be associated with my stock images and stock footage. I wanted to see how different other people would do my job to understand if, by changing my method, sales would also change.
I prepared a batch of 150 videos of animals created with the photo-traps, asking the freelancer to create a .csv file with:
- short description of 80 characters
- long description of 200 characters
There aren't many freelancers who offer a keywording service on Fiverr.
I eventually spotted three of them:
- http://bit.ly/starcevicmarija Very professional, but unfortunately at the time of my request she was busy and could not accept the job.
- http://bit.ly/enricocaschetta Initially he accepted. So I sent him the videos with the name of the animal portrayed in English and in Latin, but after three days he replied that he was going to give up the job because he was not skilled in describing animals. However, he gave me the impression of being a qualified professional. Had this not been, he would have taken the job by delivering something imperfect.
- http://bit.ly/moisexvii In the end, he was the one who accepted and completed the job and at an affordable price.
The quality of the delivery was very good, but I had to intervene in the .csv that he provided, fixing some missing capital letters. So I think I will contact him in the future.
The freelancer to post-produce time-lapse sequences
My customer satisfaction changes when it comes to talking about someone who helped me save time in the post production of time-lapses.
When I have to transform a sequence of photos into a speeded up video, the operation that takes me the most time is removing the birds from the images, since there is no effective software to do this automatically and, if you don't, the final video will have dots that randomly move and spoil the image quality.
I used Fiverr again to find the right person. The goal, as always when looking for a freelancer, was:
- save time
- pay a reasonable cost
Compared to looking for someone who helped me with the keywording, in this case everything was more difficult. I have tested several people, but always with very disappointing results.
For this reason I recommend that you recruit people by going step by step. In other words:
If you have ten time-lapses to edit, you should pass one to each potential freelancer, choosing the most complicated ones to process to immediately understand who is actually doing the best job and pass the rest of the work on to that person.
In the first phase, despite having explained what had to be done, I found myself with:
- images that still had birds
- halos in the area of the frame where the bird was erased
Even by soliciting the freelancer and giving very detailed instructions, the quality of the results was not enough and forced me to personally double check all the photos and take action on many of them. So, I might as well do it all by myself.
The only freelancer I can recommend, if you need someone to carry out the preliminary operations on the photos of your time-lapse, is the only one who has proved to be above average, sending me ready-to-use files:
This is the result:
The opinion of another microstock contributor of freelancers job
I want to share the experience of another producer, Alessandro Grandini, who used freelancers to outsource part of the work with his stock images and stock footage.
This is what he wrote to me:
When I produced a lot of content for microstocks I delegated titles and keywords.
The following analysis refers only to:
I bought Gigs of many freelancers on Fiverr. With them I had both positive and negative experiences which, in the end, allowed me to select the best ones.
I have kept all the data of the jobs they made and currently the situation is this:
- 2464 stock images indexed and accepted by Shutterstock
- €1353 spent (about 50 cents per image)
- $6382 earned (almost 5 dollars per image)
I also bought post-production photo services to lighten my work, but I was never 100% satisfied.
However, I didn't lose money: I spent 100 euros for 34 images (so about 3 euros per image), and from these photos I earned 400 dollars.
I also hired friends to help me with the shooting: 280 euros spent, with 320 approved images and a profit of 308 dollars. So for now I have made a draw, but the thing is more recent and I have excluded from the calculation the earnings I got from AdobeStock.