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DJI Phantom 4, still getting great results and a good amount of sales. I process them in AirMagic. Future might be a Mavic 2 Pro for me.

And back to Level 1 on 12/31/2020 11:59 and 59 seconds  :-[

I have about $25 left in my Shutterstock account. If I disable my portfolio and leave Shutterstock will they pay out? Or will I have to wait until I hit $50? Thanks

Adobe Stock / Re: Good bye Adobe Stock from Venezuela.
« on: October 16, 2019, 18:04 »
It's sad this situation, "due to the recent Presidential Executive Order in the United States (Executive Order 13884) regarding activities with the government of Venezuela, Adobe is no longer permitted to provide you with access to software and services, or to make your Works available to customers."

I'm Very sad ! :'( :'( :'(

Hang tight and don't give up, the Dumper will be impeached soon and chaos will be brought back to order in about 13 months when we have a President again!

Adobe Stock / Re: Good bye Adobe Stock from Venezuela.
« on: October 16, 2019, 17:58 »
Who cares about healthcare in US!
No such thing as healthcare in the US only sick care and even that is 3rd world at best.

Photo Critique / Re: Are these photos good enough?
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:59 »
Your photos are not bad, however, they are not good either (for stock purposes) They are images and and having an image is better than not having an image at all. Something my photography instructor told me years ago.
Even photos that get accepted doesn't mean they will sell. I would highly recommend Tony Northrup's book Stunning Digital Photography, this book is a great help for beginners to advanced amateurs. There also some books to be found on Amazon really cheap that you can see what photographers are taking for stock which will help you develop your own style.
Don't give up, we all started somewhere and in no time you will see your acceptance rates move up and start seeing sales. Good Luck.

I highly doubt microstock will be gone in three years, however, that is just my opinion.

I have been a  real estate agent for almost 18 years and every year I hear the same things from real estate trainers, brokers and just about any pessimist in the business that the real estate market is changing and in a few years real estate agents will not exist as they do now. It will be only a hand full of agents working on salary and no commissions will be paid anymore. Well, that hasn't happened and I make more every year on commissions. So I have heard it, been there done that kinda thing, only time will tell. 

The problem is that there is no consistency with Shutterstock lately. I submitted 12 photos and they were all rejected due to focus issues, WTH! The focus could not be more dead on, the photos were taken in a studio with my 7D and used live view 10X to focus and shot with 100 iso, 250 shutter at f/8.
Istock, Canstock, Alamy and a few other companies accepted them within 2 days. So here is the secret for Shutterstock, wait 3-4 hours after the rejection then resubmit,  just don't forget to delete the rejected photos. I just resubmitted all 12 and all 12 got accepted, and I sold 9 photos within 8 hours of their acceptance, go figure.

Photo Critique / Re: Rejected at SS
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:30 »
Right.  She's shooting something, we can't see what.  Basically, it's a shot of the back of someone's head.

That does not make it a non salable photo! Maybe it won't make hundreds of dollars over the next year or so or maybe it will, however, even if it makes $10.00 that's cash in your pocket.
Not just SS but many stock companies employees put their head where the sun don't shine which in turns losses money for both sides. I have a mediocre photo of Stonehenge that was rejected by SS, but picked up by 4 other stock companies including IS, that photo has made over $800 in 2013, go figure!  My opinion is that the photo has potential to be a salable photo!

Pond5 / Re: Pond5: What should we improve?
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:41 »
1. Batch editing. If most people add photos like me, I will sometimes have 10 similar photos I need to use the same keywords, title and description. One of the worse is istock, no ftp that I know of, so no I don't love uploading to them. Shutterstock and Dreamstime have a pretty good system.
2. Advertising. Need to get the word out, Pond5 has so much potential to get to the top tier.
3. Who is in charge? Pond5 or Pixmac?

CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Canstock ftp upload
« on: July 04, 2013, 08:19 »
Sometimes it takes hours until she appear in "Unfinished".

Thanks so much estike! They just started to show up after about 2 hours.

CanStockPhoto.com / Canstock ftp upload
« on: July 04, 2013, 07:30 »
I just sent sent over 100 photos to Canstock using FileZilla and can't find my photos anywhere. I know they went through, I have used FileZilla on other sites without any problems. Does it usually take sometime for the photos to arrive on the ftp upload? Thanks for any help.

Adobe Stock / Re: My images always refused by fotolia
« on: July 04, 2013, 07:25 »
 :o Another one from the clowns at Fotolia  ::) No model release attached  :( it was attached, so I resubmitted the photo with the model release again  :) Rejected because they could not find a signature  :o Yup, I am done with them for sure!

Adobe Stock / Re: My images always refused by fotolia
« on: July 03, 2013, 06:22 »

I will give FT lots of credit for really fast turnaround!

LOL, they were rejecting photos as I was uploading them. That is a fast turnaround.

Adobe Stock / Re: My images always refused by fotolia
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:54 »
Just got the last few rejections back from Fotolia, I'm done with them!
Photos rejected for blur and out of focus reasons. They seriously need to get a clue. I checked my photos at 100% (Actual Pixels) and beyond.
You can see pores on my models skin and peach fuzz hair on her face in focus, their reviewers have some serious mental issues from playing stink finger, maybe it that throttled their brains and affected their eye site!
Maybe it's time to boycott them for a while!

Adobe Stock / Re: My images always refused by fotolia
« on: July 02, 2013, 13:09 »
That sort of image is better off at Alamy.

Alamy is my favorite, of course they accepted all 150 photos. I will also bet that the rejected photos that were accepted by Alamy will sell within a few weeks.

Adobe Stock / Re: My images always refused by fotolia
« on: July 02, 2013, 10:21 »
I usually have mixed feelings about Fotolia, but after my last submissions I am completely convinced the reviewers are playing stink finger while reviewing the photos.
I always submit to Fotolia last, I want to see what the other 18 companies I submit too do with my photos.  I submitted 150 photos to 18 other companies and had a 92% approval, except for istock and shutterstock which were at 87% for istock and 85% at shutterstock.
Now for Fotolia, 3 out of 150 got accepted what is that something like less than 2%, WTH is wrong with them? I think I am done with them now!
Just had to vent.

Not surprised they flatlined! Sorry to be so blunt, but GL just needs to shut down for good and make room for companies that get back to their photographers within 6 months (going on 7 months with no response to a few emails) no matter how bad the market gets. If they can't it's time to shut down!

Alamy! Sold a photo that was rejected on the Big Four but accepted and sold on Alamy for $196.00. However, I have sold photos on Alamy for a few hundred one time and sold them on Dreamstime for example multiple times which exceeded that few hundred. My advice would be to sell on Alamy and the micro sites.

123RF / Re: 123RF on rise in earnings
« on: June 01, 2013, 06:06 »
I'll say it again... 123RF is top tier.   They'll officially be one of the "Big 4" in four to six months.

I completely agree! They will bump Dreamstime down and move into their position within months. My sales have gone up on 123RF, simply because they accept more good photos unlike Dreamstime.
My last upload on 123RF was 97% accepted and Dreamstime was 49% The ones on 123RF have already started to sell as they might have also on Dreamstime had they accepted them and not given me lame excuses of why my photos lacked this or that, my favorite was "Poor lighting due to lighting conditions (wrong time of day, dull skies, harsh shadows etc.)" this on a studio shot with proper lighting etc  :-\
Hope 123RF continues to do what they are doing because it's working!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: the END of microstock !!!
« on: May 19, 2013, 13:10 »
I really have to agree with Sharpshot completely! I am a real estate agent, about 15 years ago my office recruited the top agent in the area. She was making about 400K-500K a year with 5 assistants, the top agent in our office was making about 200K-250K a year with 3 assistants and I was making about 125K sometimes a little more sometimes a little less with no assistants.
When word got out that this top agent from another company was coming to our office, a few agents threatened to leave, because this was the end of our income.
The broker of the office said to them nothing was going to change, but they insisted it would. He said, fine leave the office, business will go on just fine without them.
Long story short, Nothing changed!
If Yuri is making a million a year, I hope he makes 2 million next year! That would mean microstock is growing and so will our incomes. Yuri is not the microstock god, he is not my hero, he is a hard working person who found his nitch!

Shutterstock.com / Re: Rejected for Potentially Offensive
« on: May 17, 2013, 12:55 »
What's next an Italian guy eating a pizza? Offensive to Italians for stereo typing  :P
I don't find it offensive, hope you get it worked out with the SS and MP, your work is very good!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock sales for new contributors
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:35 »
I think it just takes time to sell on istock. I joined istock 6 months ago and just sold two photos last week and I only have 8 photos uploaded to istock. I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay with them, so that's why the small amount of uploads.
I have a few hundred uploaded on other sites, for example on Pocketstock close to 200, no sales.
I would say keep with it and upload to istock, even though there upload system is crap. You will get sales, just give it time.

Adobe Stock / Re: My images always refused by fotolia
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:22 »
 :o I usually complain about Fotolia, however, today I am shocked. Submitted 15 photo the other day and 13 out of 15 where accepted  ??? Go figure!

GLStock / GL?
« on: May 03, 2013, 04:56 »
The lights are on......But nobody is home!

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