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General Stock Discussion / Re: The race to the bottom
« on: Yesterday at 22:03 »
I think I might just move everything to Adobe Stock. Has anyone gone exclusive FT/AS? I haven't contributed work since ... well since whenever I realized that SS royalties were only 12.5 cents and I've got a hell of alot better things to do than sorting and uploading all of these for pennies. I like the quarters rolling in though ... and like the way that they're doing it (as a contributor AND a buyer). Even the subscription price seems more legitimate than the pricing model at other places.

I'm listening to this Seth Godin thing he said something like "The problem with the race to the bottom, is you might actually win"

I get like ... 2 payouts a year, like why . do I care. The self hosted site paid for itself and let me have at least the freedom of what to do ... I'm about sick of this crap.

Maybe I'm bitching about something irrelevant to SS specifically then. My point is I'm kinda sick of the circus and want it to be fun again. Sorry for the rant.


When did SS change to 12.5 cents? I still get 38 cents minimum. https://submit.shutterstock.com/payouts

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General Stock Discussion / The race to the bottom
« on: March 18, 2019, 21:07 »
I think I might just move everything to Adobe Stock. Has anyone gone exclusive FT/AS? I haven't contributed work since ... well since whenever I realized that SS royalties were only 12.5 cents and I've got a hell of alot better things to do than sorting and uploading all of these for pennies. I like the quarters rolling in though ... and like the way that they're doing it (as a contributor AND a buyer). Even the subscription price seems more legitimate than the pricing model at other places.

I'm listening to this Seth Godin thing he said something like "The problem with the race to the bottom, is you might actually win"

I get like ... 2 payouts a year, like why . do I care. The self hosted site paid for itself and let me have at least the freedom of what to do ... I'm about sick of this crap.

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Title says it all. I'm genuinely interested in figuring out how can I make $150/year from stock photos/videos?

It's fun to do - now I'd like to figure out how to reach those numbers. Figured I may as well ask in case anyone has some good ideas. Ideas/suggestions?

Perhaps - hypothetically - imagine you personally *were* currently making $150/year from microstock. What would you have to be doing to acheive that?

Thanks!


$150 a year is quite realistic. You'll need about 150-300 images spread out at at least a dozen agencies. Ideally they'll have excellent technical standards (focus, low noise, even lighting, plenty of copy space). The content should be in-demand and ideally model-released with young attractive people doing fun activities in an authentic manner. Then you'll want to keyword the images to an excellent level using relevant keywords so buyers can find those images.

$150 a year is very reasonable and I hope that answers your question. Good luck!  :P

lol. He want's $150k though (per the title). He just forgot the "k" in the description.

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Adobe Stock / Re: What is your position?
« on: March 01, 2019, 17:26 »
POSITION
49,500th

lol

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock took my money away
« on: February 19, 2019, 21:03 »
I cannot believe that a software sometimes calculates wrong and sometimes right ... why does this mistake affect only a few sales (and most of all the bigger ones!) ??? Please give us a conclusive explanation of this!

And since your software cannot be trusted (at the moment) ... please give us the names of the buyers of these incorrectly calculated downloads, so that we can double-check this ourselves.

This is the only way you can regain lost trust!

All of us know, it was not the first time, AS calculates wrong ...

I don't know if you've ever coded before or not but, when you start working with thousands of functions, thousands of people and millions of lines of code. Stuff has a way of doing things that you don't expect when building it. lol.

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Off Topic / Re: Global Warming is causing the Polar Vortex ???
« on: February 10, 2019, 17:32 »
Logic fails when one person, which is why I started this, claims that global warming, causes colder Winter events.

I tried to explain this with the ice and glass of water example. When the icebergs melt the ocean will become colder and cold oceans make for colder winters. When all the ice melts then the water will start getting hot.

Of course the earth is not a glass of water with ice and is much more unpredictable.


lol. I giggled at the first glass of water example too.

It's like a glass of ice water, that's set on a low burner ... and is covered in greenhouse glass ... and is spinning causing a coriolis effect and the burner is actually in the middle of the glass ... and the warm water/air causes currents, sometimes very turbulent ones ... and the ice is only at the top and bottom.

I don't argue much with deniers. In the political arena I can only imagine that they have a vested interest in the use of oil and coal because I tend to believe these people to be educated and partially intelligent ... I often stand corrected.

Regardless of the timeline on global warming and whatever effect it's having on WEATHER patterns, the CLIMATE is changing at a rate that a majority of scientists believe is more rapid than it should be. Set that aside, and realize that we are in fact destroying our home ... anyone drink tap water lately? or visit the ocean? what's the air quality like where you live?

Weather/climate argument or not ... I think we can do better.

Edit: Oh, and the burner moves 23.5 degrees up from middle half the time, and 23.5 degrees below the middle half the time. And half the time the burner is closer than the other half.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock very bad results
« on: January 08, 2019, 13:46 »
Portfolios with spam are definitely a problem. The site is so infested with bad similars, what buyer would want to wade through all that. When you spam, you arent the only one who suffers...everyone does.

Agreed, when I go to buy an image and search something there are about 40,000 of the same exact thing at a slightly different angle. This is one of the main reasons why I don't have a shutterstock subscription. Adobe has just done better in this regard, even though there are some that are "grandfathered" in that do that ... it's less prevalent.

Today for instance, I need some fake eyelash photos for a full width image slider ... 4 pages in on SS and I've seen maybe one that's appealing. (I'll go buy it with the sub anyway.)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Frames per Second
« on: January 08, 2019, 13:21 »
There is no such thing as a free lunch. If your camera is limited in bit rate, which many are,

My old consumer grade Nikon isn't ... nor my phone ... It's literally just doubling the amount of stored frames.

I should add, 60 fps isn't very impressive. Really you need about 120fps before it starts to look all smooth and buttery. Software interpolation doesn't help much either if there aren't the extra frames to work with.

(edit:sorry for the double post again)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Frames per Second
« on: January 08, 2019, 13:13 »
I don't think higher fps sells the same or more as 30fps, same case as with 4k comparing to full HD. Reasonable file size is probably important thing to most buyers, and full HD 30fps provides good quality and not too big files. Higher quality than that is rarely needed.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

Right, but assuming that it doesn't limit the frame size, it's better to shoot for more than what you need.

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Microstock News / Re: Onepixel stock new agency????Help
« on: January 06, 2019, 23:07 »
Waiting for more Info before I do anything.We could use something fresh.....If it's real and actually fresh.For a Lot of us. this ain't our first Rodeo.

There were people - typically larger contributors - who went for the Dollar Photo Club too. They heard all the arguments against this approach - good for the agency and buyers; deeply unfair and destructive for contributors - but supplied them anyway.

I expect the same portfolios, probably for the same reasons, will supply OnePixel.

The good news - from the contributor point of view - is that this time there's no established agency behind the startup, so there's no strong-arming of unwilling portfolios into the dumpster fire of an bargain-basement agency.

That's about the only good news about a parasitic business like this. It adds no new buyers, no new features or business model; it's just predatory on price trying to poach business from other agencies where contributors can make more in royalties.

I wasn't against DPC at first either but, I thought it would just be a smallish jpg of my vectors and things. I deleted my portfolio when they paid me like 12 cents for a vector.

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Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 05, 2019, 15:04 »
horizontal images tend to work in many more cases than verticals

They also display better on most of the sites.

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Reported cloudflare about it.

My attempt failed. I was hit with a reply which basically said that as I wasn't the copyright holder I couldn't make a claim.

I hovered my hands over the keyboard ready to explain how my own images were potentially in jeopardy, but I felt it would fall on deaf ears...

I'm ignorant in these matters, but do I understand it right that Cloudflare are making their money by stopping sites involved with illegality (in this case stealing images from Shutterstock) from being taken down or interfered with?

No, not at all. CloudFlare is a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Without doubt, at least one (likely all) of the major stock agencies will rely on a CDN. (AWS, CloudFlare, Rackspace, MAXCDN)

A CDN offers to deliver your website to customers from their nearest web server which reduces load times. For example, P5 is a NYC based agency and will likely have a customer from Australia. There is a significant lag for someone from Oz to request a video preview and have it delivered fast to Oz from NY. So what a CDN does is offer to deliver a copy of your website from their Oz datacenter and essentially deliver the video in the fastest possible way to the customer without them thinking there's an overseas delay.

The issue is that these websites are now being hosted by a third party company. Whilst they aren't directly responsible for what they're being asked to host, they do require their clients to sign terms to agree not to use their hosting services for illegal purposes (one would be the aforementioned website).

So CloudFlare and other CDNs don't stop anything illegal from being hosted, until it's reported, unless they pick up on it themselves. The illegal bit they DO stop is a DDOS attack - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack

The CDNs attempt to stop and hinder these DDOS attacks as a priority because it directly hinders their own servers. So it's very common for small websites with little to no traffic, but with great risk of attempted shutdowns to use a CDN as a means of protection. All that any stock agency has to do to shut a website like this down is to find a company who performs DDOS attacks and pay them to hammer the site. My guess to attack this site (without a CDN backing it) would be about $10-50 a day. As a comparison, with the CDN active, I couldn't put a price on it - these companies pride themselves on protecting your website from these attacks.

CDNs are all basically extra places for your data to live, so that it can be served up from the closest location and, in event of failure, maintain operation. Rackspace servers like ~$500/mo or something.

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You are definitely right about SEO. Before posting I looked around to give the links a nofollow tag in the forum format, but I couldn't find anything. Any ideas how I could do that?

Even nofollow builds backlinks and domain authority ...

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General - Stock Video / Re: Newbie to video...
« on: December 17, 2018, 15:08 »

Adobe After Effects, DaVinci Resolve or Final Cut Pro X (with Motion) would probably be the most common software choices.


They still make Final Cut? lol.

Adobe Premiere and After Effects should do all you need Charged. If you've already got the suite then they're right there ready to use. Good luck! I can't even get a video accepted.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Keyword Order in Lightroom
« on: December 17, 2018, 14:16 »
I believe keywording is all-around faster in bridge but, my LR is a mess. Finding stuff in there is getting to be impossible.

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Off Topic / Re: What to do with site www.microstock.top ?
« on: December 17, 2018, 14:12 »
why are you thinking, that this site was from russia?))

Because it is ...

ISP   TimeWeb Ltd.
Usage Type   Data Center/Web Hosting/Transit
Hostname(s)   moesha.timeweb.ru
Domain Name   Unknown
Country    Russian Federation
City   Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg

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Photography Equipment / Re: Video editing software Android
« on: December 04, 2018, 16:21 »
Would it not be a ton better to just use a camera and Adobe Premiere? Even a decent phone video is pretty poor.

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It could also be because of the way your assets are key-worded as AS uses the first keywords as most relevant.

...thanks for the note but it was before like that with FT, so AS is using the same principle? Because for SS keywords order is irrelevant... they all arranged alphabetically... this is how I upload them to AS as well, never spent a bit of time to rearrange them, too much efforts... they still sell... :) Do you think it makes big difference in selling? :)

Yes the first seven words make a big difference at AS and no difference at SS.

If you don't have the important words first at AS you are missing sales and will often not be found in the search.

...yes, thanks, sounds horrible, can't even imagine how many good sells I have missed so far at FT since I never do keyword rearrangements... :) but seriously, is there any proof with some calculations here in the Forum or anywhere else that: 7 most relevant keywords on the top of 50 keywords ... versus ... all keywords randomly arranged ->> do indeed make more sells??? Just to have some estimate how many sells I am loosing? If there is a good number, if so, it will motivate me better to spend more efforts to do so... :)

50 keywords is a load man. 10-20 relevant words is way better than a whole mess of irrelevant ones.

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Site Related / Re: Self-Hosted out of business?
« on: November 16, 2018, 18:11 »
Self hosted in the poll results is for people who have their own personal sites.  A few make money but I think most people will find it difficult to make much more than they spend on hosting and advertising.

Hosting is cheap, and with a tiny bit of technical knowledge it's easy. Advertising is expensive. The only really successful ones are like Chromaco and a few others with a highly developed craft in a specific niche.

Is "Self-Hosted" out of business?
Just wondering since the link does not work here and I kind of wanted to explore it.
Thanks.  :)

Take those poll numbers as a grain of salt. Self hosted for example might have some revenues but, profits are going to be difficult to calculate on a monthly basis ... and I don't think people are reporting accurately anyways because, AdobeStock should be almost overtaking Shutterstock. lol.

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Comers?
Being ironic?

Show on road.
Text a lot?

I like your comers ... even if they aren't correct Engrish.

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I think "greatest number" sounds more elegant "most" would be the most economical. "single" is also redundant. "Who has the most files at an Agency?" I would suggest is optimal.

Very efficient indeed, but I wouldn't capitalize "agency".
Yes I thought about that one I think you are right which goes to show it's never a good idea to correct someone's English on line unless its a grammar forum ;-).
Yes. I thought about that one. I think you are right. Which goes to show it's never a good idea to correct someone's English online, unless its a grammar forum. ;-)
lawls.


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Off Topic / Re: Stop The Hate - VOTE!
« on: November 09, 2018, 21:27 »
If I was American I certainly wouldn't vote Republican, but I also have doubts about the Democratic party. Luckily in the Netherlands we don't have a two-party system, but various political parties to choose from.


In the Netherlands you are ruled by Jean Claude Juncker and his unelected technocrats  :(


In the USA you are ruled by your unelected POTUS. Remember, you don't vote for the President, you elect your Electors.

Just like we Europeans don't vote for the President of the EU, but we elect the EU Parliament which elects the President (who - by the way - has way less power that the POTUS, unfortunately).

This is how democracy works on both sides of the pond.


You skimmed over the details while nit picking electors, we voted popular vote for what the electors are supposed to vote.

We are not ruled by the President in the USA. With checks and balances, each of the three branches of government can limit the powers of the others. Legislative, Legal - the Supreme Court and The President. POTUS has much less power than some people imagine and can be overruled by the Legislative or the Legal branches. The President does NOT make laws, Legislative does, of course the President can issue Executive Orders. Which can be ruled illegal or improper by the legal branch.

We are ruled by the three branches of the government.


Just a note: my message was in reply to someone (not you) who said that we Europeans are "ruled by Jean Claude Juncker and his unelected technocrats".

This is clearly untrue, and Juncker has certainly no more power than POTUS.

Mine is not an attack on America. I truly believe that both Europe and America are true democracies. Even when I disagree with electoral results.


No No, I was only referring to the "In the USA you are ruled by your unelected POTUS." We aren't ruled by the POTUS, we do in effect vote for him/her = nothing more. I know nothing of Juncker. Now for nit picking, USA is not a democracy it's a Representative Republic. But then again it is run in a democratic fashion and a democracy.

http://factmyth.com/factoids/the-united-states-of-america-is-a-democracy/

I still think we live in a democracy, but all that technical political jargon gets in the way.  ;D


You're both wrong, it's a bureaucracy.

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Off Topic / Re: Stop The Hate - VOTE!
« on: November 09, 2018, 21:22 »
I voted but still feel the hate  :-[



In Utah they were up late celebrating in the streets for the Med MJ turnout. Now we can let the theocracy ruin pot too. lol.

Being rude is not his job the others seem to get it!!

He wasn't rude, he was asking legitimate questions that needed answers. The other reporters ask the same questions. Trump is just biased against CNN anything not fox, and acts like an * to them. Really wouldn't expect that kind of behavior from anyone in public ... let alone the POTUS.

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Off Topic / Re: Stop The Hate - VOTE!
« on: November 08, 2018, 23:13 »
Voter suppression continues, I see.  >:(

You believe the lies

Voter suppression laws are very real and very observable. It's hard to tell how much they affect the outcome of any election, but there are definitely targeted laws that affect specific groups of voters.

gerrymandering is just the start of this one.

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