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Semmick Photo

« on: February 11, 2015, 03:46 »
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Note to Leaf: Canva is here to stay, could you consider adding a specific forum for Canva?

Sales have been good on Canva, but for February is hasnt come to life yet. January was my BME, I had good hopes for growth in February, but sales seemed to have dropped off.

Anyone else?


« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 03:54 »
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Maybe that's because they have been working through their backlog of pending uploads?
The remainder of my pending files (uploaded months ago) was reviewed late January.
And now my sales are rising too, I already have four times the sales from the whole of January.

« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2015, 10:21 »
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I still have hundreds(?) dating back into November, although many of them look like there is some issue with the database - the image is half grey/corrupted or something.  I'm holding off on uploads until that all gets cleared out.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2015, 10:45 »
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I dont know what I submitted so I have stopped submitting as well. One of these days I just need to wade through the pages to see whats there already

« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2015, 11:25 »
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This month is a really good month on Canva for me, many times better than SS so far (but what happened to SS?). I uploaded early to Canva, in 2013, it sure was worth it. I also have some in the backlog, but those that are approved sell well. Canva is my new SS.

objowl

« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2015, 11:49 »
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I would expect sales to drop now they are licensing layouts https://about.canva.com/designers/ and promoting free images on their blog https://designschool.canva.com/blog/free-stock-photos/ .

« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2015, 12:03 »
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I can't respect Canva anymore!
Promoting free images is not what I expect from an agency where I try to sell my work!

« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2015, 13:57 »
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I can't respect Canva anymore!
Promoting free images is not what I expect from an agency where I try to sell my work!

I guess you can sell your work in Canva and to not offer your photos for free. It's up to you. Or I'm missing something?

« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2015, 14:41 »
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I can't respect Canva anymore!
Promoting free images is not what I expect from an agency where I try to sell my work!

I guess you can sell your work in Canva and to not offer your photos for free. It's up to you. Or I'm missing something?

They promote 74 sites with free images! Who will buy our content if they can get what they need for free???

« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2015, 14:55 »
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Although, most of them are just flickr creative commons interfaces.

« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2015, 16:40 »
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They promote 74 sites with free images! Who will buy our content if they can get what they need for free???

Canva itself has some free images, and I think that's a smart idea - people can try some things out without spending any money, but if they get into this for real, then they purchase images for many/most projects. Having some free images to do test designs removes a barrier to getting people started.

Clearly the free images aren't enough or those of us who sell there would not be getting paid (and we are).

I would have preferred it if the blog post made some brief mention of (a) the paid images on Canva being very reasonably priced and (b) when you might choose to pay for an image vs. use a free one. Leaving those topics out made it seem more like a promo for freebies than a useful article pointing out options.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2015, 17:14 by Jo Ann Snover »


Semmick Photo

« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2015, 01:59 »
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Sales have really fallen of a cliff. Not sure what is causing this drop. I had a BME in January. How does my port go from BME to WME without reason?

« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2015, 10:11 »
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I assume it is because they are getting through their backlog of submissions and we are seeing the usual dilution effect, but in a flood.  It was to be expected once it became popular with contributors, unfortunately.  I assume sales at the agency itself are doing fine.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2015, 10:48 »
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I assume it is because they are getting through their backlog of submissions and we are seeing the usual dilution effect, but in a flood.  It was to be expected once it became popular with contributors, unfortunately.  I assume sales at the agency itself are doing fine.
I was thinking the same

« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2015, 12:49 »
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I don't know where they are in the submissions backlog, but they haven't yet reached October 4th (my oldest pending file)!

I continue to see sales, although February is a bit Valentine's heavy and I have very few for that season on Canva, so I wouldn't expect anything like a BME. Don't forget the typical seasonal ups and downs will affect new agencies too.


« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2015, 13:37 »
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At least most of you have had some images reviewed, accepted, and making sales.  I submitted 600 of my best images on October 9th and have yet to have a single image reviewed. Very frustrating...
 :'(

« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2015, 18:13 »
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lol, this is what i mean about ss not having to do anything but not f***up on their IT these days.
i have not done anything to check up on canva or stocksy or offset sort of neo-types new kids off the block. they all have teething issues, and it's natural for a new agency.
but u have to let them and not whine and throw sh*t in their face while they r trying to get a lift-off.
what i mean is just this, look at how much whiners here. and u want a new direction and alternative to ss???
c'mon give them a chance to iron things out before you start crying like babies.
or just go back to fotolia dpc, dt dead , and ss as they are looking pretty screwy now with their latest issue.
canva is only what??? one year old???  stand back and look at it first, huh???

No Free Lunch

« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2015, 19:03 »
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what i mean is just this, look at how much whiners here.

OMG! Look who's calling the kettle black here! If there was a whiners wolf pack you would be an Alpha Male!

« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2015, 19:57 »
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what i mean is just this, look at how much whiners here.

OMG! Look who's calling the kettle black here! If there was a whiners wolf pack you would be an Alpha Male!

wo, how dya know i'm black, dude??? waka waka!!! ;D

« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2015, 05:00 »
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The admin page link from the portolio page has been missing for a few days so I can no longer see how many downloads I've had, anyone else with this problem?

« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2015, 07:38 »
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No, it still works fine for me.

« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2015, 11:32 »
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Go to this link while logged in and you'll see your sales:

https://www.canva.com/sales


Semmick Photo

« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2015, 11:38 »
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Go to this link while logged in and you'll see your sales:

https://www.canva.com/sales
Only if you are on the contributor section. If you are on the designer section, you wont get there. I had loads of issues with that before figuring that one out with the help of Lee.

« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2015, 12:21 »
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thanks Jo and Semmick but it always used to work like that for me but not anymore.

I just get Forbidden 403.
I'm logged in etc in my profile page, its most annoying

« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2015, 12:24 »
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Gahh! Scratch that, had to change to my user name not "personal", I swear I'd tried that already these last few days. Weird system glitching my brain.
Works now, thanks again!

Semmick Photo

« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2015, 16:59 »
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« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2015, 09:39 »
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I have been not accepted at Canva for the third time. As portfolio I have linked one of the portfolio with other agencies.
Is this the correct way? Tips and suggestions?
Thank you very much in advance.

If this is not the right place I please ask to delete my message, sorry I am new of this forum

« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2015, 10:51 »
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I have been not accepted at Canva for the third time. As portfolio I have linked one of the portfolio with other agencies.
Is this the correct way? Tips and suggestions?
Thank you very much in advance.

If this is not the right place I please ask to delete my message, sorry I am new of this forum

Without seeing your portfolio, it's hard to tell why you might be having difficulties. Care to share the link you shared with them?

« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2015, 16:17 »
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Thank you very much for your reply!!!!!!

That's me: http://www.shutterstock.com/g/Maurizio+Biso
Why you said care?

« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2015, 16:19 »
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I think my link is non active... I dont know why, maybe I am new here and it needs some more posts to see the link...
.shutterstock.com/g/Maurizio+Biso
this is the link without www

« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2015, 16:28 »
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Sorry Maurizio, but I don't think your portfolio will get accepted at Canva.  Canva is a design web site, and needs primarily backgrounds, textures and isolated objects.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #32 on: March 04, 2015, 17:18 »
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Sorry Maurizio, but I don't think your portfolio will get accepted at Canva.  Canva is a design web site, and needs primarily backgrounds, textures and isolated objects.
Well Canva they said they need all stock shots. Its not limited to backgrounds, textures and isolated objects. Their isolated objects queue is 10 miles long because they cut out all objects to PNG. They are mostly approving non isolated images.

« Reply #33 on: March 04, 2015, 17:20 »
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Sorry Maurizio, but I don't think your portfolio will get accepted at Canva.  Canva is a design web site, and needs primarily backgrounds, textures and isolated objects.
Well Canva they said they need all stock shots. Its not limited to backgrounds, textures and isolated objects. Their isolated objects queue is 10 miles long because they cut out all objects to PNG. They are mostly approving non isolated images.

His portfolio is too Editorial and the rest is LCV.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #34 on: March 04, 2015, 17:22 »
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Sorry Maurizio, but I don't think your portfolio will get accepted at Canva.  Canva is a design web site, and needs primarily backgrounds, textures and isolated objects.
Well Canva they said they need all stock shots. Its not limited to backgrounds, textures and isolated objects. Their isolated objects queue is 10 miles long because they cut out all objects to PNG. They are mostly approving non isolated images.

His portfolio is too Editorial and the rest is LCV.
I wasnt commenting on that.

« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2015, 17:30 »
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sorry, I am new, what's  LCV?

Semmick Photo

« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2015, 17:31 »
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sorry, I am new, what's  LCV?

Low Commercial Value

« Reply #37 on: March 04, 2015, 18:51 »
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Thank you very much for your reply!!!!!!

That's me: http://www.shutterstock.com/g/Maurizio+Biso
Why you said care?


Sorry if I wasn't clear - it was very informal usage. What I meant was "As you don't have any portfolio links in your forum profile, would you mind posting a link to your portfolio".

Some of the images in your portfolio that I thought were potentially more appealing to Canva (some of the balloon shots, for example) are editorial use only, and Canva doesn't do editorial licensing.

I do sell landscape images at Canva (not just backgrounds and PNGs of isolated objects), but they're simple, uncluttered and typically colorful. If you can carefully select some non-editorial work that and make a gallery somewhere to show them, you might have better luck. So I'd suggest less of this sort of thing which isn't visually all that enticing:

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-141571036/stock-photo-hermit-crab-in-shell.html

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-149249036/stock-photo-brenta-dolomites.html



« Reply #38 on: March 05, 2015, 19:50 »
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Sorry Maurizio, but I don't think your portfolio will get accepted at Canva.  Canva is a design web site, and needs primarily backgrounds, textures and isolated objects.


Actually this is not accurate.  As Semmick pointed out, we need all types of images (except editorial, for now).  Backgrounds don't sell any better on Canva than they do elsewhere. 

Thank you very much for your reply!!!!!!

That's me: http://www.shutterstock.com/g/Maurizio+Biso
Why you said care?



Hi Maurizio, we look at an entire portfolio when we assess an application so sending through a limited sample won't help.  We're seeking contributors with consistently high quality and commercial sensibility (they produce images that sell).  We have a slight preference for less-stocky images, but we still take them if they're good.  The most helpful thing I can tell you is that you need to work hard on the quality of your images, not the quantity.  If there's one thing that's become crystal clear for me in looking at what sells in Canva it's that quality is crucial.  We have contributors with massive portfolios (high five-figures) who earn only $100 a month.  One of our top 10 earners who got close to $1000 last month has less than 100 images in her portfolio.  So if you're in microstock to make money, forget about taking shots you like to take, and invest as much energy as you can in taking great shots. 

I hope that helps and doesn't offend.  :)

« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2015, 04:17 »
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Thank you very much for all the suggestions.
I will try to work according to your tips

« Reply #40 on: March 06, 2015, 09:41 »
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How easy is the upload to this site?  I really can't be bothered to go through yet another complicated upload system for a site that may or may not take off. 
Thanks.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #41 on: March 06, 2015, 09:41 »
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Submit and forget (FTP). There is no quicker system.

« Reply #42 on: March 06, 2015, 09:55 »
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Excellent, thank you.  That's what I was hoping to hear :D

No Free Lunch

« Reply #43 on: March 06, 2015, 09:56 »
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How easy is the upload to this site?  I really can't be bothered to go through yet another complicated upload system for a site that may or may not take off. 
Thanks.

This site has taken off so upload  ;)



« Reply #44 on: March 06, 2015, 12:25 »
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Thanks, will do.  Nice to see a new site actually do well.

« Reply #45 on: April 17, 2015, 00:33 »
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Hi all
would also appreciate some feedback: i applied and got a rejection impressively fast...

I sent this link, a site where all my photos are online:
https://www.colourbox.com/supplier/anne-ms-358

I have a lot of people images, maybe that is not what Canva wants? Also thinking, maybe it would had been better to send link to shutterstock, where i have a lot less images, but maybe a 'better' selection:

http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?gallery_id=469564

Feedback greatly appreciated!


Semmick Photo

« Reply #46 on: April 17, 2015, 00:52 »
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Hi all
would also appreciate some feedback: i applied and got a rejection impressively fast...

I sent this link, a site where all my photos are online:
https://www.colourbox.com/supplier/anne-ms-358

I have a lot of people images, maybe that is not what Canva wants? Also thinking, maybe it would had been better to send link to shutterstock, where i have a lot less images, but maybe a 'better' selection:

http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?gallery_id=469564

Feedback greatly appreciated!


Fantastic portfolio, I would try out for Stocksy for sure. You seem to have a style compared to what they offer.

Just a few comments, a few photos seem a bit odd, with crooked horizons (intentional or not) and the kid with a thermometer against a blue background. Its not a pose you normally see with sick kids ;)

Overall great portfolio and doesnt deserve a rejection from Canva.  I would send an email to Lee @ Canva and ask for a second opinion.

Good luck.

« Reply #47 on: April 17, 2015, 02:10 »
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Hi all
would also appreciate some feedback: i applied and got a rejection impressively fast...

I sent this link, a site where all my photos are online:
https://www.colourbox.com/supplier/anne-ms-358

I have a lot of people images, maybe that is not what Canva wants? Also thinking, maybe it would had been better to send link to shutterstock, where i have a lot less images, but maybe a 'better' selection:

http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?gallery_id=469564

Feedback greatly appreciated!


Fantastic portfolio, I would try out for Stocksy for sure. You seem to have a style compared to what they offer.

Just a few comments, a few photos seem a bit odd, with crooked horizons (intentional or not) and the kid with a thermometer against a blue background. Its not a pose you normally see with sick kids ;)

Overall great portfolio and doesnt deserve a rejection from Canva.  I would send an email to Lee @ Canva and ask for a second opinion.

Good luck.


My thought exactly! You have really great gallery, beautiful and strong work done.
And I'm not sure you should bother with any micro site with your work. It's just to good.

« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2015, 16:43 »
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...lso thinking, maybe it would had been better to send link to shutterstock, where i have a lot less images, but maybe a 'better' selection:

http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?gallery_id=469564...


I don't think there's any material difference between your SS gallery and the Colorbox one. I honestly can't say why Canva would not want this type of work - I'd be curious to know though. Did Lee send the rejection, and if not, perhaps you might want to write and ask why they felt your work wasn't applicable to them.

I don't really understand Stocksy's criteria, but I'd definitely apply there next time they're looking. The only issue is that what they accept has to be exclusive to them, so you'd have to separate your Stocksy work from other microstock stuff.

Your work is lovely BTW :)

« Reply #49 on: April 18, 2015, 21:43 »
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Hi all
would also appreciate some feedback: i applied and got a rejection impressively fast...

I sent this link, a site where all my photos are online:
https://www.colourbox.com/supplier/anne-ms-358

I have a lot of people images, maybe that is not what Canva wants? Also thinking, maybe it would had been better to send link to shutterstock, where i have a lot less images, but maybe a 'better' selection:

http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?gallery_id=469564

Feedback greatly appreciated!


Your work is quite good.  What we'd like to see from our own perspective is more photos of people interacting with each other or things, in place of so many portraits looking at camera.  Also more people in an environment that relates to the theme of the image, and fewer people on a plain / flat background.  Those are the primary reasons we didn't take you on at Canva.  They're also why the response was quick - they're the sort of things one can tell from looking at the first screen of your portfolio when sorted by popularity. 

I hope that helps.  Feel free to email me again if you have other questions.  :)

« Reply #50 on: April 19, 2015, 11:16 »
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Hi guys!
Been away for the weekend and came back to read your encouraging emails - means a lot to hear feedback like that from seasoned pros!  Made my day!

I will keep on trying along Lee's comments. And yes will try Stocksy as well - although i already got rejected there as well once! Need to change something, that's for sure...

« Reply #51 on: June 23, 2015, 03:21 »
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Can you aply for Canva even if you are new in stock photography and you have just a few photos so far...?


 

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