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Hi Mat, once approved, will my newly free images be sold under my name (that means will the customer see my contributor name?) and might these free ones help promote my paid portfolio somehow?

123RF / Re: What is wrong with 123RF
« on: March 01, 2021, 11:37 »
Exactly 1/2 of previous floating average. Very strange and bad...

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: January 30, 2021, 02:54 »
Down some 40-50%... Terrible

Adobe Stock / Re: Payout in Euros to Payoneer
« on: September 28, 2020, 06:36 »
Fair would be possibility to choose the currency. Or stop it and have just one like all the other sites - same rules for all

Adobe Stock / Re: Payout in Euros to Payoneer
« on: September 28, 2020, 05:50 »
I would love that. But it is still not possible. Some 12 years ago I created Pound account - being European photographer, there even was not euro possibility for me at that time. And since than I am suffering from unfavorable exchange rates and poor 0,75 credits/Pound ratio  :( They refuse to change it although I know it used to be possible. Only solution Adobe offerd me was creating new EUR-based account and start uploading there from scratch. From the first level (emerlald now) with 0 size port... Guys having euros have the most from their images... This from my point of view even surpasses advantages of Payoneer. Think of it - if you have Euro-based account, you receive 20% more than I in UK zone

Surge of 0,1 downloads. Absolute disaster for my stock bussiness. Sales are approx. 30% of what it was before and approx. 5-10% what it was in my peak in 2015. Time to leave. Shame after 12 years in the bussiness.

Thanks guys. It jus made me wonder "what if". Sales go to hell in new files so I'm looking for clues what to improve...

Hi everyone. To dilute heavy Shutterstock topic with one less serious. I am focused on travel photo but often come across one question - does putting capital letters in keywords limit sale potential when buyer spells the word just in lower case letters? Example: I have just been keywording some photos from Barcelona, explicitly Bishops Bridge. When I spell the name in capital letters in keyword field and buyer spells lower case does my picture pop up in search? I mentioned capitals are being shown as phrases among keywords in MS sites. I know I could use lower case in all situations but I simply do not like twisting grammar and sometimes like to copy long and complicated names of places around the world to avoid writing it from scratch.   

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Cant log in ESP istock and qhero
« on: March 31, 2020, 03:32 »
Same here, cannot log in...

General Stock Discussion / Re: the best month ever
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:55 »
Down. Worst month since 2012. Income reduced to some 30% of the best month in 2014 and some 50% of long average (2008-2016) But at that time my port was a less then half of todays size (some 8000 images).

Veer / Re: Veer closing
« on: March 25, 2016, 07:38 »
Yup, it came through yesterday as well...

Veer / Re: Veer closing
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:50 »
Anyone did not get their payment? Mine (44USD) was due to be paid on the 18th to my Paypal and still nothing... I see all of you have already received your pay. Is there any point in contacting them or they simply do dot react?

I am having slow uploads last 5 months - 20kbs :-( My internet speed is 20Mbit, so upload should be some 512kbs and it used to be much faster... So yes, there is a problem. Do you say it was corrected after request?

Shutterstock.com / Re: It is SS down right now??
« on: October 03, 2015, 09:57 »
Nope, its on and kicking... Perhaps connection issue?

Microstock Services / Re: Which is the best payment method ?
« on: August 10, 2015, 15:32 »
If you are successful in adding the account to your Paypal account you will not get your dollars without a conversion. The Paypal solution to this is the biggest rip-off possible. Double conversion :-) First Paypal converts your dollars to local currency (2,5% fee), than when your money comes to your USD bank account it is again converted by your bank to dollars. Double conversion and a huge conversion fee...

Microstock Services / Re: Which is the best payment method ?
« on: August 10, 2015, 11:08 »
It won't help you. Even with dollar account you will not be able to accept dollars from Paypal. As I said earlier, Paypal does not allow it. You would have to open account in the USA to do this... I have tried it, have dollar account with my local bank but Paypal allways converts the money I send to my local currency
I like the idea of opening a USD ("foreign currency") account at my local bank, and then withdraw from PayPal directly to my USD account, so I'd save on the Paypal conversion rates. However, my local bank charges me a monthly fee for having a USD account, so I wouldn't really profit from it.

Microstock Services / Re: Which is the best payment method ?
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:01 »
But Paypal won't allow you to withdraw USD to these accounts directly... They only allow withdrawing in the local currency of the state where you have your local address. So if I am from the Czech Republic I can only withdraw in the Czech crowns despite the fact I also may have dollar account in my local bank. But Paypal will not send me money there. This is their fabulous rip off strategy how to get more money as you have to convert from USD to the local currency with extra 2,5% fee. See conversation above... The only workaround is USD account in the USA, Visa credit card (but there is a fee and 500 USD daily limit), in past there was a Payoneer workaround as well but when Paypal found out they are losing money as people are able to send USDs to Payoneer and than cash them out for example when visiting the USA in the ATM and thus they forbid synch with Payoneer...
you can open bank account in Europe in currencies different from euro. I am sure.

Microstock Services / Re: Which is the best payment method ?
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:34 »
You can only withdraw from Paypal to USD account in the US Bank... And opening account in the USA for Europeans is quite difficult. If you have USD account in Europe, the money would be converted from USD to local currency and from local currency to USD :-) I would love to open an account in the USA - which is not impossible even for non residents without SSN but the effort and costs would be probably higher than gains.
The alternative is open an USD account.....trasfer USD from PayPal to this USD account....and convert USD in euro at the bank of the above mentioned USD account. If i am not wrong in this way you can avoid 2,5% loss by Paypal and avoid rate of PayPal.

Microstock Services / Re: Which is the best payment method ?
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:46 »
Thanks, so if you have USD account and Visa card you can get your dollars without conversion just for a small fee of 2,5-5USD?

Does this work just for Visa? Or credit cards instead of debit?
Only with VISA/VISA Electron but no matter if is credit or debit card.

Microstock Services / Re: Which is the best payment method ?
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:30 »
Hi guys... So you say you can avoid 2,5% loss by Paypal conversion rate if you withdrew to your mastercard/visa instead directly to your bank account? I started to accept old paper cheques just to avoid this stupid fee. I pay 1% from the cheque to the bank. But it is still better than Paypal conversion. Looking in my Paypal account I do not see any option to withdrow to my Mastercard, just to my bank account which is in my local currency... So is there any way how to work around this? Does this work just for Visa? Or credit cards instead of debit?


All I can say is that I'm British, and the sooner we are out of this silly, self serving, extra layer of unnecessary bureaucracy the happier I will be.
"Unsustainable" is a word that is often bandied around here.
That's what the EU is.
Yeh, on the other hand do not forget the primary purpose of the EU - which is peace among the member countries. What was unimanigable for hundreds of years was made possible by the establishing EU (or its predecessors). If one of the strongest EU countries leaves and the other follow, wouldn't there be a possibility of future wars again? I say lets reform and simplify this beast but keep it as tool which helps and not tries to rule us...

I read on a different site that there is a very strong French lobby of professional photographer association trying to push this through. Having no problem aquiring what is needed with the help of the association or as the freedom of panorama is already quite limited in France or Belgium, they want a weapon against competition in the other countries where the panorama freedom is implemented fully. Of course you the reason introduced by the EU is effort to unify rules of panorama freedom across the EU...

It is being discussed in EP and the change has a wide support... So, it is not included in the text yet. Well, I was looking for some information in English, for example here: http://www.communia-association.org/2015/04/15/reda-report-the-10-worst-and-the-5-best-amendments/
or here
it is number 4... Author of this amendemnt is Jean-Marie Cavada...

Hi, as a travel photographer I have just come across a terrible update of copyright law being amended by EU Parliament just now. Now law should be ready in July... Under this update, amendatory clause no 421 to EU directive 2001/29/ES it would be forbidden to publish and sell images taken on public property without a consent of all owners or copyright holders of the properties. This would totally remove freedom of panorama in the whole EU and forbid us selling and publishing photos of architecture, landmarks, cities in Europe... This would probably ruin my microstock business. Thanks EU. Thanks again... :P

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