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Received the mail with code today. Thanks Adobe, it's always good to save some money  ;D

I'm at 494 as of august 24th. Surely that's more than $500?

At first Adobe Stock support told me I didn't meet the criteria, that I was at $494. I replied that it was 494. Then they told me to wait for the next batch of codes.

Now I'm not convinced that the automated system takes into account the difference between and $.

If you don't have 300 files approved this year then you will need to earn 500 before you qualify. Sorry for any confusion.

In an earlier post you wrote that 1 Fotolia credit = $1 for the promotion. So it is 500 credits, and not 500?

BTW, I just passed the 300 approved files mark today.

Adobe Stock / Re: Question about your metadata workflow
« on: September 08, 2018, 02:01 »
I add title, description and keywords in Bridge. And then I copy/paste the description when submitting to Adobe/Fotolia.

BTW, Bridge keeps the keyword order that I have entered after importance, so I don't have to re-order the keywords at Adobe/Fotolia. It was a trick I read somewhere in this forum.

Thanks for the answers and thoughts about it. I had tried a search before asking, but probably didn't use the right words  :)

Conclusion must be that there is no measureable increase in income with bigger files, but in theory a buyer might skip the file, if the resolution isn't high enough.

Sharpness increases, and noise reduces due to the bigger sensor. Also because there is no aa filter on the 42MP sensor. And the pixel density will still be smaller than on my 24MP APS-C.

The FF camera will be more flexible and a different tool, but also more expensive and bigger. And I will be able to use the full capacity of my FF lenses.

I don't do stock for a living. Photography is a hobby, where I back in 2010 discovered that some of my images were sellable. So the cost of the 42PM camera will probably never be returned by increased income. But it would have been a good excuse if there was a significant increase  :D

Pricing on SS used to depend on size, but I can see that it is changed. I haven't uploaded to IS since some time in 2016, where I also deactivated my best selling images there, while I still could. So they won't get any high resolution images from me.

I'm considering getting a 42MP FF camera, instead of the 24MP APS-C camera I have been using till now.

With a 42MP FF camera I should be able to get sharper photos with higher resolution compared to what my 24MP APS-C can deliver. I already have a couple of sharp FF lenses.

But do higher resolution images sell better? Is it something that buyers look a lot at?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock not accepting new contributors ???
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:04 »
I have a bunch of Getty Connect "sales" with "Worldwide right to display and use the Metadata in connection with the Pinterest Platform and services."
License Fee USD 0.00502
Royalty Rate 0.15000
Gross Royalty in USD 0.00075.

General - Stock Video / Re: What does timelapse do to shutters
« on: September 09, 2017, 04:41 »
Some of the newer mirrorless cameras, as my Sony A6300, has a silent shutter option, where it's all electronic.
So I use the silent shutter when making timelapse.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: June statement is here
« on: July 22, 2017, 02:52 »
My june is more than doubled compared to june 2016.

And considering that I de-activated my best selling images while I still could, and stopped uploading, some time in the autumn last year, It's surprising.

When I look at the 2017 IS income till now, it's almost on par with the total IS income for 2016, so it has increased a lot, despite no new files, and the best selling de-activated. IS is now on second place for me, where it was FT last year.

That sometimes make me consider uploading to IS again, but I just won't accept royalties as low as 2 cents.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Portal Updates
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:59 »
I've just given up on uploading via the Adobe interface and gone back to Fotolia. Two issues arise from my workflow:

1. Only the first part of the filename is visible. Where clips are visually similar I need to see the whole filename to identify which clip is which.

2. I enter keywords by cutting and pasting from Lightroom, which arranges them alphabetically. This is not a problem for any other agency than FT/Adobe which requires them in priority order. In the Adobe upload interface I can only move one keyword at a time so reordering is difficult and time consuming. At least with the  FT upload interface I can select several separate keywords and move them all to the top in one operation.

For the moment at least I will stick with the FT upload interface.
I stick with FT too because of the keywording.

Lightroom put my keywords in alphabetical order which is fine with the other agencies.

I have all file names, titles, descriptions and keywords in a spreadsheed, where the keywords are arranged after importance. So when I upload to FT, I replace the title with the description, and the keywords with keywords in importance order, simply by copy/pasting from the spreadsheet.

The keyword part of it I can't get to work with Adobe Stock. The comma separated keywords don't get separated.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock contributor home page
« on: April 29, 2017, 05:12 »
It's also broken from here, but upload seems to work OK, and I haven't noticed any decline on sales.
Of course I can't see the sales on the contributor page, but the phone app is working OK.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Contributor Page "502 Bad Gateway"
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:27 »
Don't forget that it's Good Friday today. In many countries it's a holiday.

Dreamstime.com / Re: New Tax Forms
« on: December 08, 2016, 10:06 »
....and submit a driver's license, passport, etc but don't include a photo???
Looks strange.
"Security measure for Tax Forms: please upload a copy of any ID document with photo (e.g: identity card, passport, driver's licence, etc). Note: this should not be a photo of yourself"

Should I upload an ID with a photo of some one else ??
rofl you both..  ;D You joking or?
Do not upload ONLY a photo of yourself.
No, it's the way I read it. I have to upload an ID with photo, but this photo should not be of me  :-\

Dreamstime.com / Re: New Tax Forms
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:53 »
....and submit a driver's license, passport, etc but don't include a photo???
Looks strange.
"Security measure for Tax Forms: please upload a copy of any ID document with photo (e.g: identity card, passport, driver's licence, etc). Note: this should not be a photo of yourself"

Should I upload an ID with a photo of some one else ??    

A couple of years back I was at the pharmacy, and there was one of my photos at the cover of their printed winter catalogue  :) I got a copy of the catalougue, but I'n not sure the clerk believed me when I told her that I had taken that photo  :)

I have also a couple of times seen my images used as illustration for articles in newspapers, and when google searching.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:40 »
Those are probably some Getty earnings, they're happening every month....0,01$-0,06$...
Then I suppose I should be happy, because I had $0.13 from G.I Connect in august  :-\

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: October 28, 2016, 10:20 »
I have deactivated my best selling images at iStock now, and stop uploading new files.
It's a pity, because my october is not bad at all, but I just wont accept the risk of getting only $0.02 for them.

123RF / Re: Total Earnings
« on: October 04, 2016, 05:51 »
Mine has returned too, and my balance is positive again :-)

123RF / Re: Total Earnings
« on: October 02, 2016, 03:16 »
... my balance is now negative.

When will you sent them their payout? ;D ;)
It's all automatic, and it hasn't reached 50 dollars yet  ;) :P

123RF / Re: Total Earnings
« on: October 02, 2016, 01:35 »
Same problem here.

I had a payout in september, and since my august was very good my balance is now negative. Probably something went wrong with the month shift yesterday.

The graph at the dashboard shows correct numbers.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Which camera do you use for footage
« on: September 30, 2016, 09:33 »
I don't do a lot of videos, but I have a Sony A6300, and the 4k looks great.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia ftp password stopped working
« on: September 24, 2016, 05:00 »
It seems to work OK from here.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Map is broken?
« on: September 01, 2016, 00:30 »
Well, if previews were shown, then they also affects popularity, because I also had a new file shown on the map without reported sale, and it has climbed in popularity.

Photography Equipment / Re: Sony A6000
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:58 »
Jens, do you touch the noise removal slider in Lightroom at all when you shoot with ISO 100 to 400 ?

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My default noise reduction setting is:
Luminance 25
Detail 50
Contrast 0

Color 25
Detail 50
Smoothness 50

Normally I leave the settings there.

Photography Equipment / Re: Sony A6000
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:30 »
A6300 handles noise very well.
I have a ISO3200 photo of a bird, that was approved by SS, and the other agencies I upload to.

One thing you can do to reduce noise, and make sharpness look better, is to resize. If a 6000 pixel wide photo is reduced to 3000 pixels, it looks a lot better.

This july is heading for the worst july for me since I started uploading to SS in 2010.

Subs look normal in numbers,- it's the OD's and SOD's that are missing.

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