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It is certainly important to include relevant keywords, but a keyword is either relevant or not, and how often it's searched for by buyers doesn't make it any more relevant to an image.

I disagree completely on that point.  Assuming the keyword is relevant to my image, then I absolutely want the keywords that are most often used by buyers.
That's what she said.

If all my keywords are relevant, but no buyer uses them, then I have wasted my time even bothering to upload it. 
That's a totally different issue, but a relevant one at mini-micro prices.

Simplify your life and go exclusive at Getty / iStock.
For video? That's a very unusual suggestion!!!

Shutterstock.com / Re: "It's not stock, it's Shutterstock"
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:23 »
What makes me laugh is that Graeme Allister can't even tidy his collar up for a corporate head shot what a great presentation  ;D


This company is a joke  :'(

Looks like he combed his hair with a pillow
Channelling Benedict Cumberbatch.

Shutterstock.com / Re: "It's not stock, it's Shutterstock"
« on: January 10, 2019, 20:13 »
... paint stripes on a shaved kitty . . .
to look like a sphynx cat?!

I remember years ago seeing someone had taken an animal head cut out of one of my wildlife pics and stuck into a Victorian or prairie dress for an ad. I thought it looked stupid then, and that dog looks almost as daft.  ::)

DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos Is it the devil? ( tax form)
« on: January 10, 2019, 14:41 »
Is it the devil?
Check out earlier threads on this DP forum, and decide for yourself.

I am just interested as new stock uploader, when do photos start to sell after you upload them? I got some sells but i am talking about bigger numbers, i am also uploading daily and around 200 photos monthly :) Hopefully someone else shares his/hers experience
It was much easier in the 'good old days'!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: November download stats missing
« on: January 08, 2019, 08:45 »

Site Related / Re: Does anyone use tapatalk
« on: January 08, 2019, 07:40 »
I don't, but I've seen a tapatalk 'sig' from time to time; can't say whether these posters are still active.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock very bad results
« on: January 08, 2019, 07:14 »
You look to be doing extremely well this month, given that we're only on day 8 and the first day (or two) were holidays in much of the buying world.

He doesn't show January 2019 the one you probably say is Jan. 2018

Oh grief, if I only had a brain.  :-[

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock very bad results
« on: January 08, 2019, 04:30 »
You look to be doing extremely well this month, given that we're only on day 8 and the first day (or two) were holidays in much of the buying world.

Hello, i have started uploading to Istock i have few questions since i found this forum so active and helpful !
1. Where can i see which images have been downloaded so far i could only find monthly downloads at the end of the next month, but i couldn't see which photos sold
2. what video format istock accepts?
3. Can only exclusive users get their photos accepted to Getty images?

Thanks !!

1. After the downloads report, you can see what pictures sold by exporting the report, however via iS that only shows you the image numbers, from that you'd need to manually look up each file.

However, there are thums of the sold images via both DeepMeta when you synchronise your latest report, or TodayIs20, when you upload the csv text report. Both of these are extremely useful. I use both but personally prefer TodayIs20, but YYMV.

2. Is the info you need not covered in Submission Requirements: Video?

3. Only certain exclusive files go onto Getty to sell there directly: in theory all editorial files, which are however called 'unreleased creative', which sounds dodgy IMO, and any files which are deemed of a high enough commercial standard. The criteria don't seem to be clear and people report mixed acceptances/rejections from series, or even horizontal / vertical versions of an image.
However, all iStock images are available to a selection of Getty clients via their Premium Access scheme, the details of which are sketchy at best. These images if found, e.g. via Google, have the erroneous and also dodgy-looking message: "Sorry, we are not able to license media #XXXXXXXXX due to country, company and/or publication restrictions.", which is completely untrue. The message should read, "We are choosing not to sell this image via Getty except to our Premium Access customers". However, there is no link to iStock to where it can be bought.  ::) Insanity: but that's Getty.

Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:24 »
horizontal images tend to work in many more cases than verticals

They also display better on most of the sites.
Square tends to display best, but there doesn't seem to be as much demand for square format.
Anyway, you can now take close up, space included, horizontal and vertical of many subjects.

Site Related / Re: Spam attack
« on: January 06, 2019, 09:23 »
Thanks for sorting it out!

Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 04, 2019, 13:24 »
Re: the tight cropping, that is definitely something I am trying to improve on, adding 'copy space' and flexibility. Having spent most of my photography life being trained to 'get closer' it's a tricky one to un-learn!
Take and submit both tight-ish crops and files with copy space: different strokes!

MicrostockSubmitter / Re: ESP key and secret
« on: January 04, 2019, 07:51 »
You cant sibmit to getty with stocksubmiter , there was problem regarding keywording  as getty is complicated and keep pushing deepmeta. What im doing ( becouse deepmeta is crahshing all the times on my laptop) is keywording in stock submiter like for all other agencies. After saving i upload on esp panel, correct keywords and submit there. Its ok if you have bach whit similar items but if you have lot of diferent things it can be pain in the ass as it take a lot of time. You dont need APIs (that is a way that developers use to access data in other apps)

The Stock submitter does seem to have a capability of editing these terms though? so in theory I could upload it with pre-corrected metadata, and THEN submit via ESP site.

And since there ARE those 2 fields in the config (Key / Secret ) it must be possible to obtain them from ESP - I just don't know how...

Without filling them in settings,  the ESP terms keywording won't work!

It doesn't work and Getty deliberately made it so.
Don't waste time trying to make it work.
Read previous threads here and on iS's forum.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: November download stats missing
« on: January 03, 2019, 14:17 »
Thanks, I didn't know there is still an istock forum...

In ISP go to Contributor Community (top right) then click on Forums.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: November download stats missing
« on: January 03, 2019, 11:48 »
A few people have posted this issue on the iS forums  (a much more sensible place IMO). They're "working on it". Don't know when they get back up to full strength after the hols.

Just a side note: I found a weird situation with a photo found three times: On Pixabay and TWICE on Adobe Stock under two different accounts. Not sure what is the origin, but seems that at least one of the Adobe accounts stole it from Pixabay.




Pixabay is a weird site. Below the image, there's a link which looks as though it will take you to Shutterstock ('sponsored images Shutterstock), but it actually takes you to Adobe.  ::)
Possibly the two Adobe vendors thought as it is attributed as CC0, they could post it as stock (You generally can't though some agencies allow it: but as one can't usually know for sure if something is CC0 for sure, it's a dangerous game). Or maybe one of the Adobe files is the original. Or some other possibility, who knows?
Whatever, it's interesting that both of the Adobe pics have the same keywords, including a lot of totally irrelevant keywords, and no-one has even gone to the mild trouble of identifying the bird (which isn't a hummingbird).

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS worst Spammed Portfolios
« on: December 30, 2018, 11:54 »
Because of the new year I wanted to add some humor to the topic. https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000012339 support article that explains similar and rule for this.


Alamy.com / Re: Portfolio link?
« on: December 30, 2018, 06:18 »
Thanks ShadySue.
The issue is that I don't have a website - think costs, time, technology to master - but also selling direct from here in Italy would be financially a non-starter due to upfront fees etc...
Just that on rare occasions people ask to see my images and it would be nice to point them somewhere...not too microstock!

You could try setting up My Portfolio, then. Actually, it works without you doing anything, it's just not personalised and clunky.
Hey, the last time I tried it, the 'useless' thing was that if I 'searched within', I got a searchwide search on the keyword/s, but I tried again just now and it returned only my files on the keyword I'd chosen.
You could test that for yourself to see if it's now consistent. If it is, you can tweak it to look a bit better and use that.

If you've already looked at that and don't like it, the only other way I know is to make a post on their forum, then click on your portfolio size number in your profile on the page. That takes you to your port, but you can't search within it. Also you need to shorten the URI thus generated via TinyURL or similar.

Alamy.com / Re: Portfolio link?
« on: December 30, 2018, 05:45 »
Am I right in thinking that there is no way to give a link to my portfolio on Alamy to a potential buyer?
I can see no way to do this....
They have the Alamy portfolio page, but it's absolutely not ideal for your purpose.
Still, if you have your own buyer/s, why not sell direct and pocket 100%?

It has to be because Getty dont want us to have this information, there can be no other reason, all the other sites provide up to date stats.

The question should be, Why does Getty not want this information to be available?

There could indeed be something nefarious.
Or they could just be technically incompetent. Or it would be too much of a hassle (cost money) to report sales live, but calculate the amount owed monthly.
Or it could just be what they say: Getty like many other macros always reported monthly, so they put iStock into line with that.
Or some combination of the above.
Why not contact their support for their cookie cutter answer? It's not as though posting here will make any difference.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Deepmeta date created not read from iptc
« on: December 28, 2018, 10:13 »
Every other site reports real time
Actually, there are other macro sites which report monthly, some even (AIUI) quarterly.
Getty reports monthly, and wanted to bring iS within that reporting schedule, no doubt to save money (why else?).
Of course, it's not motivating; but it's not like they have a scarcity of suppliers and wannabes.
Anyway, no point at all in complaining here where no-one can do anything about it (take it or leave it). You might as well p*ss in the wind on their forums (for all the good that would do).

Alamy.com / Re: Login Problems
« on: December 28, 2018, 04:55 »
Working here and was working here last night when the OP posted.
(Sorry, I realise that's NO help, but just saying the problem isn't universal.)

Off Topic / Re: Peace On Earth
« on: December 27, 2018, 14:12 »
Season's Greetings and Best Wishes to all for a happy, healthy 2019.

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