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General - Stock Video / Re: Do you sell hyperlapses?
« on: May 12, 2016, 11:30 »
Guys and gals, please excuse me for the silly question but how do you add the horizontal movement? It can't be with a slider that long, right? :)

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Please do us and yourself a favor and cancel your membership. You are obviously not satisfied with your sales and the buyers are not satisfied by your images. Otherwise you wouldn't have complained in the first place. There may be a better place for them and they may even bring you more money elsewhere. Let someone who appreciates what Stocksy is take your place. Believe me, there's a long line of people ready to do that.

A true competitor to Stocksy in terms of content and prices are Offset and 500px. Jen wanted to say that for instance Offset has a million dollar company behind its back and we are on our own and still kicking ass.

More restrictive? I've seen all kinds of models on Stocksy. You can't call an agency restrictive just because they have rejected one series.

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I believe Stocksy's clients are getting what they want - (1) not drowning in a database of millions and millions of similar and plastic images where finding the right one is a very, very time consuming process and (2) images that are beautiful and moving. Enough with this pineapple affair. Stocksy is not an exhibition gallery with 100 select images where each one is a masterpiece. If I were a buyer who wants to illustrate that people are using their smartphones to take photos of pineapples I would buy that image. You should also provide some freedom to your contributors if you want them to develop as photographers and have richer imagination and original ideas in the future.

Did I say warm and relaxed? The competition among members is fierce. We also have the occasional copy cats or not getting your images curated all the time. However, these things are dealt with internally thanks to the good communication between members and the headquarters.

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I am appalled by the negativism some people are showing here. Yes, it has its flaws - the curation process and the whole agency has veered towards more bright and stocky images lately and they have relaxed the file acceptance process maybe a bit too much but it's still the best agency to be a contributor of and I am not talking only about the money. It sort of feels like a family. A place where your more artistic images can find their home and actually sell. A place where you do not worry about high ISOs or razor sharp focus. A place where you can experiment and actually focus on photography in its pure form. A VSCO filter will not make a bad image look better. A sharp image of a smiling girl eating a salad will not give that said image a soul. Forget this microstock mentality and just be happy that the industry has acquired places like Stocksy and Offset and that some of your fellow photographers have the opportunity to be part of this change. I believe that more similar agencies will come into existence. Places where the photographer receives a fair share of the pie (in the case of Offset it's not that big a slice but the higher prices are making it sweeter). If this industry continues on the same path we will soon see agencies offering images for free or as part of a freemium model (sort of like Spotify). Stop bashing at Stocksy and start demanding the same attitude it has towards its members from your agencies as well. Or we are all doomed.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock sales is sinking deeply...
« on: January 27, 2015, 13:12 »
"Soon Shutterstock will only have artists from poorer countries, as the rest of us can't live on the income we receive, and will be forced to use our talents elsewhere."

+1000

they have been Farming those countries for a few years.

I am from the poorer part of Europe and I can tell you that food/clothing prices are the same or higher than in the US. Yes, we have a crap but cheap healthcare system and housing/renting is much cheaper but the prices of the main commodities are getting more and more similar across the globe. The main difference is in wages.

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Stocksy / Re: Portfolio review
« on: May 14, 2014, 07:19 »
The images look great, but most of them are too staged for Stocksy. You should present a greater variety and be really picky with what you select.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: May 02, 2014, 00:50 »
Opted out. We should stay together or the next DPC will sell images for 25 cents.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: April 27, 2014, 06:02 »
looking forward to see top contributors signing the petition, its looks like most small fish have no problem and will remove or stop uploading new content but and as usual the top guys will stick with it, that is why this won't go anywhere, every time we try and pull something the big ones have great excuses like massive expenses, mortgages, kids, dogs, cats and parrots!

I am not a big fish but microstock pays my loan (not big bug still 300 USD a month) and I even manage to tuck something away (I have a regular daytime job). Photographers should really come together or else the future does not look bright. Yes, I know -- crowdsourcing is doomed but we can still achieve something together.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: April 27, 2014, 05:35 »
What if one day Shutterstock decides to lower its prices/commission? What then?

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Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: April 27, 2014, 05:31 »
Another low for the industry. Shame on you, Fotolia! That's why agencies like Stocksy will experience growth in numbers and clients -- high value images and satisfied photographers is the way to go.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Login problems at IS (and StockXpert)?
« on: April 15, 2014, 23:42 »
I think it is OK now.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Login problems at IS (and StockXpert)?
« on: April 15, 2014, 23:30 »
Just resurrected an old thread. Same problem here.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Can't log in to istock
« on: April 15, 2014, 23:28 »
*bump*

Hi guys and gals :). Are you experiencing the same problem now? I can't login to my istock account and can't change the passoword.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: January results
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:25 »
Is it worth it to upload to those agencies then? If Sean makes just 130 USD in a month? I am still unable to reach a payout on 123rf after probably ten months there. I have around 130 USD on Dreamstime for a year now with over 1,000 images. Is this normal?

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock PP has started for November
« on: December 31, 2013, 00:03 »
I had a lot of images just sitting in Deepmeta and when I noticed that photos are being copied to the PP I started to upload them to IS. My PP portoflio increased by over 200 images during the three months to December to about 700 (those numbers are not very accurate but you get the picture). I was expecting a very strong November, but sadly it was much weaker then Oct with only 0.28 sales and a tiny amount of more expensive images. I am disappointed as well and want to know what is going on.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Yay unlimited images for only $4.95
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:07 »
And this is how you kill an industry?

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Stocksy / Re: Stocksy - where are they?
« on: September 20, 2013, 06:56 »
I really don't understand all this hate. Stocksy is a great place for photographers and images, a place where both receive the attention they deserve. For a collection this young Stocksy can offer a lot of choice. Do you think that buyers will be happy to browse 10,000 images of butterflies to find what they want? Who has the time nowadays.

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If ANY Company is losing revenue to Fotolia they are in deep Sh$!

I am sorry but Fotolia is one of the few companies that still has a somewhat decent review process and keeps a standard. The other agencies are accepting almost everything. This will pay in the long term.

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Symbiostock - General / Re: Permalinks and layout question
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:54 »
Thank you thank you thank you  :D

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Symbiostock - General / Re: Permalinks and layout question
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:41 »
Thank you again! It worked. One more thing - can I make the slideshow to take the whole width of the page? I want to remove those elements on the right -- for instance featured images -- to remove the whole right panel.

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Symbiostock - General / Re: Permalinks and layout question
« on: September 10, 2013, 06:44 »
I can't make it right  :-\. I want to place the slider where it says "nothing found" but just can't find the option in the customisation menus.

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Symbiostock - General / Re: Permalinks and layout question
« on: September 10, 2013, 05:41 »
Thank you Kerioak~Christine!  8)

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Symbiostock - General / Re: Permalinks and layout question
« on: September 10, 2013, 04:45 »
Anyone?  ::)

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Symbiostock - General / Permalinks and layout question
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:49 »
Hi guys! I've also made the jump with Symbiostock. I have two questions:

1. I have changed the permalinks to "post name". However, the URL of the images include "/image/stock-image-by-(my username)". How can I change it to display the name of the photo.

2. How can I change the layout of the first page? It says "Nothing Found" for posts. I want to remove the posts section and put a slideshow for instance.

Thank you in advance.  :)

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Hey everybody! I've finally decided to make my own symbiostock site. The frustration came when bluehost asked for USD 160 at once -- they are asking for the whole amount and I want to be able to make monthly payments for hosting as the sum is more than half of what I make from microstock per month. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.

I believe they offer one, two or three year plans. The one year plan is $71.40 ($5,95 monthly).

Thank you. They do offer a monthly payment option if you ask them. However, you can't pay with paypal.

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