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I have earned about 5000 dollars on istock, that was as a low ranking idiot, being paid less than 20 %. Maybe only 12. I cannot remember the numbers.

I found myself pissed off every time I looked at my stats, and I got arrogant answers in the forums and had to disambiguate keywords in a language only known to chearleaders in the Midwest of the USA, and unknown to the rest of mankind. I did a lot of work, and they pissed on me. Then I did the calculation and found out how much money they earned on me,  you know 80/ 20, and I got more angry, especially by the arrogancy and non communicative way they had, like floating in the air communication sort of way, dead end homepages: I love uploading with flags and all, and that sort of crap.. I earned enough to pay someones house and they still pissed on me!
So I left them one evening, when I was extra mad. Thats 3-4 years ago and Im still mad, with a vengeance. I have no regrets. Its nice to not be mad and not feel abused every evening, when you go to bed. Is there a loss? Yes, but it is 80% on them. Ha!

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Closing account
« on: June 13, 2017, 14:03 »
I closed my account on istock (deleting images) more than 3 years ago and left one telling image (Picture of a dead cockroach), and watched how royalties were dripping in after the images were deleted. Not much, not many, but still. That must mean that they still sold my images via afiliates or somewhere, God only knows.. That is a copyright violation!

So now today, after at least two years of not looking at my istock account, I retrieved a password and took a look.
And there was no nothing.
That means that they have not only sold my pictures after I deleted them, but they have also stolen what meagre earnings I had.

Not only do they violate my copyright, they also steal.

What a filthy and unworthy business, istock. Shame on you!

and yes, I will continue to spread the word.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: How consistent is your upload ?
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:50 »
I used to upload Pictures almost every day. Like 1000 per year.

Not so anymore.
it simply doesnt pay, I am better off growing cellery in my back garden.



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Shutterstock.com / Re: Contributor Page "502 Bad Gateway"
« on: April 14, 2017, 02:15 »
not working here

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Contributor Page "502 Bad Gateway"
« on: April 14, 2017, 00:06 »
yes, 2 min ago

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Is it possible?

Yes, just like it is possible to earn a living as a painter.
Still I wouldnt recommend it, because it will only work for a short period of time and only if you are very good.

There are some qualifications you need to have.
You need to have some kind of unique visual talent.
You need to have above average computing and technical skills. (global parameter)
You need to have above average language skills. ( It helps if you are a native English speaker, but you are better off being bilinqual and have a good knowledge of other languages)
You need to have above average business skills.
You must have a knowledge about legal issues and terms.
You need to have excellent photoshopping skills.
You need to have excellent communication skills.
You need to know about trends in the global market of photographty, and you need to be able to produce state of the art Photos, or above.
I will not recommend it, because no matter how good you fare, when all your time and talents are at work, after a short time (five years) you are being outcompeted and you will loose your position and your sales.
The nature of microstock is predatory, and when the agencies have sucked all the blood out of you, there will only be a skeleton left.
Been there done that, we are a few.....

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock worth uploading?
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:46 »
LoL, the question now is whether to stop uploading or close the port

That's the question I've been asking myself since I got the positive news email last night. Third option is stop uploading, do nothing and take the money. Only send new photos to good sites.

There is a time when a man must do what a man must do, even if it costs money.

Just leave them with a cockroach, like I did.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock worth uploading?
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:32 »
istock has a a strange business ethos of their own. I have never seen anything like it. I detest it.

They are like a predator and a parasite at the same time.
They have no limits to what they do.

If in periods of economical growth when they can sell pictures, they prey on the customers.
If they cant sell pictures they prey on the contributors.
When there is competition they do both and also  become parasitic. They redistribute content through obscure channels, and noone knows WHO get royalties or not.
They do not keep their shop clean of burglers and shoplifters but instead claw back money from their contributors.
They do not persue copyright issues for their contributors.

They misinform you about everything. They live in a cobweb of spin in an alternative world.

Istock is not a normal business that wants to make profit on the net, they are much worse. They compare to high school bullies, standing on boats, flexing muscles at spring break, and planning which innocent girl they can take on an exciting nightly ride.

DO not upload to them!

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Adobe Stock / Re: How are your Fotolia sales in October?
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:28 »
Rising.
As ss goes down fot goes up.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:22 »
I got that email as well.

A million dollars worth of cakes to the hungry people (Maria Antoinette) is not much, and 15 % for the artist is still an abusive share.

And as usual istock is very good at making simple things complicated and counterproductive.

Istock dont deserve more than 50%. They are not good, they are not fun, they are irritating, arrogant and abusive and not a good business partner.
My port there consists of a picture of an appropriate dead cockroach. The rest has been deleted, but still earns money, despite deleted, because of their copyright violations.



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Shutterstock.com / Re: Goodbye Shutterstock
« on: October 12, 2016, 12:05 »
double post
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Shutterstock.com / Re: Goodbye Shutterstock
« on: October 12, 2016, 11:59 »
I have been a shutterstock contributor sinde 2006.
I was not very good but I was challenged and did my best, so I managed to excell in a nische, but not generally.
but there was supercompetition, meaning ever more images of better quality.
I tried to compete. It lasted a couple of years.
My nische still sold, following the market.
but I was not able to expand or grow my downloads, despite whatever I came up with, more nische nische stuff or more general things.
Nothing worked. Not new files, not better files, so I gave up and left it to die in silence. It was hopeless and I lost motivation.

So now it  has died. It took more time than I expected for my shutterstock income to dry out....
5 years or something. My good earners lasted long, they went through a down load frenzy when they were new, back in the days when new content sold, and they kept giving me downloads.

Until recently, now they are fading. My income has been on a steady decline since a couple of years ago. Thats natural, when you dont upload anything new. But why should I upload new stuff that never sells, to just keep my sellers in shape. its not worth it, and it is a long time since I have found other sources of income, and stockphotograpy is not at all inspiering anymore.

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Its because the Chinese have found out how to make 3 D women out of pictures by rendering them through a computer program.
They render the pictures and then print it onto a rubber basis, and voila, you have a nice little wife or girlfriend.
Easy enough.
The program will soon be available outside of China, and thus the demand for images of other than asian types of women will grow.


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Newbie Discussion / Re: Long Exposure night photos
« on: July 13, 2016, 16:55 »
How long was the exposure time?

If its short about 1 or 2 seconds, the camera shakes from you pressing the button, use time release or a remote.

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bad things can happen with a picture with an offset quality of light and a camera induced WB.
In other  words  you loose wavelengths, meaning colour depth, when you  play too much with leds and camera wb.

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Dreamstime.com / Re: DT is Dead??? Not for me!!!
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:23 »
The most activity on Dreamstime are people that put their milestone of uploaded images. Milestone 100 images online. Milestone 150 images online.  :-X

 ::)
LOL

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Im not.

Sorry to hear that.  Are you adding new contents?
No, I have hit the wall many years ago.

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Hm.
The UK is going global instead of being bound to a continent in ressesion.
The UK has built 2 large aircraft carriers.
The UK has Stepping stones everywhere on the globe. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bombay being the most important.
The UK and USA is tightly connected, UK is such bringing USA into Europe.

and let us put simple and easy.
I often buy goods from the UK, via ebay... not because of the price, or the quality. But mostly because they are there and available. Led Light bulbs, and makita batteries.
UK is the global platform in Europe. A treashold. It has always been. It will not go away, because the continental French and Germans would like it to.

I fear the biggest impact of Brexit will be the loss of global influence by the EU.

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Off Topic / Re: Tips on how to FAIL in this business
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:56 »
If you do not produce a higher number of pictures than you did before.
If your pictures are not better than before.
Means, the wall.

Mixrostock is in a state of super competition, you are not competing among the tribesmen in your village ( like to see WHO can run fastest to the carcass of the cow), but against an ever rising part of the global population and an ever rising impact of digital technology.
Means the wall exponentially. You, no matter WHO you are, or how good you are (Yuri), you can only take part for a period, then you are swallowed up by the beast.
So there is only so much you can do, even if you are very good.

But you can take that hard earned knowledge, and make it profitable outside of the area of supercompetition.
Like... you as a (former) microstocker, will have a competitive edge in the local web designing environment.

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Dreamstime.com / Re: OMG DT does not need photos of BREXIT
« on: June 26, 2016, 08:09 »
Hurrah! Greetings from Denmark.

I vote no to anything EU-ish when I have the chance. More union, common currency, more EU. I vote NO!. of us here do that every time we can.
Because we dont like the laws that come from the  Ivory Tower Down there in Europe some place. They are not in touch with the people, they have a scary underlying agenda of crude capitalism and a really wierd human ethos of blind humanity with no practical and economic sence.

Im convinced that EU is there to make things easy and profitable for a few very rich people.

I do believe in, or find a trade union practical, but nothing more. Let us reduce the EU to a common market, and only that.

Good wind to our Brittish friends, and dont believe the doomsdays prophets.

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Yes,  I got that as well.
And  I wonder what it means?
basically instead of 28 for every El, the make it income dependable. So you can earn more or less dependant on your earnings tier.
Where 38 = 28 I suppose, the low earners being cut.

But I dont know, it could be opposite.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Anyone with the same problem?
« on: December 12, 2015, 02:13 »
Same problem here.

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I have had that lens, and I do not recommend it.
it has mustage distortion, and first and foremost the manual focus is annoying.
Here is a photo made with the bamboo wide angle:


I recommend a Sigma EX AF 14mm F/2.8 Aspherical instead. They have gone out of production, I think but there are used specimens floating around, i got mine from ebay, and i havent regretted.


here is a photo taken with the sigma

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