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Pond5 / Re: Letter to pond5 and quick Poll for contributors
« on: March 21, 2019, 14:46 »
pond5 is tricking us.

let's say you have $10,000,000 in payouts to everyone non-exclusive. and that goes down to 40% so it goes down to $8,000,000. that is $2,000,000 less.

but then you have all the people who are exclusive, and the payout is $100,000. and they are getting their full share. basically what pond5 is doing is saving huge amounts of cash from non-exclusive people but that money is not going to pay exclusive people, it is going into their profit margin. the only way it might equalize is if 50% of sellers are exclusive and 50% are not, which is very very unlikely. I doubt if even 1% go exclusive.


Pond5 / Re: Letter to pond5 and quick Poll for contributors
« on: March 21, 2019, 14:41 »
0 people are going to become exclusive with pond5. pond5 will pay everyone 10% less. this is what will happen.

according to that stats site with the bird logo (I forgot the name), I am above the 93 percentile in earnings of all stock contributors. So I make more than 93% of photographers and videographers.

I have 20,000 videos and about 50,000 photos (half online, rest are pending upload).

I make about $35,000 a year from stock.

good luck

I spent a lot of time retouching some of my best photos and the retouched images are popular in some cases.

I did some color changes as you suggest, but I did not do it on duplicates. If I have 20 photos of a person wearing a shirt, I changed it so that 5 have 1 shirt color, 5 have another, etc.

Pond5 / Re: Is it worth it to upload photographs to Pond5?
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:07 »
I have around 29,000 photos on pond5 and make $10 to $20 per month from them.

Pond5 / uploads not showing up
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:02 »
lately 15% to 50% of my uploads are not showing up.

when I upload I keep a record of the file size on the remote ftp server and I record whether it is successful or fails. my records show the files are being received in full by pond5's ftp servers. but they never appear on the site

probably a problem with disk space on a temp drive

Adobe Stock / SSL errors for 2 weeks or more
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:52 »
I have lots of problems with adobe.com for more than 2 weeks now.

Attackers might be trying to steal your information from contributor.stock.adobe.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more

contributor.stock.adobe.com normally uses encryption to protect your information. When Google Chrome tried to connect to contributor.stock.adobe.com this time, the website sent back unusual and incorrect credentials. This may happen when an attacker is trying to pretend to be contributor.stock.adobe.com, or a Wi-Fi sign-in screen has interrupted the connection. Your information is still secure because Google Chrome stopped the connection before any data was exchanged.

You cannot visit contributor.stock.adobe.com right now because the website uses HSTS. Network errors and attacks are usually temporary, so this page will probably work later.

The owner of contributor.stock.adobe.com has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.

contributor.stock.adobe.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names: marketing.zzppensioen.nl, t.marketing.zzppensioen.nl, m.marketing.zzppensioen.nl, res.marketing.zzppensioen.nl Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

the fonts are definitely not copy protected in the US. neither are short phrases.

"Works Not Protected by Copyright"

- Names, titles, and short phrases
- Typeface, fonts, and lettering

US Copyright Office

if you live in the US, select US Tax Resident. Otherwise you may be subject to a withholding tax (I think it is 28% but not sure). in the major non-western nations, you will have to pay the tax. if you live in a western nation like the UK you can avoid the tax because the US has tax treaties with those countries.


many western nations have tax treaties that allow one country, such as the US, to tax you even if you live in another country.

if your nation doesn't have such a tax treaty with the US, then you have to pay the tax. if your country does have a tax treaty, you have to present a certificate of residency to videoblocks to avoid the tax.

if you look at the list of nations that have such a tax treaty, it is going to cover just about every modern country, including most of europe, australia, etc.

You need to have a "certificate of residency" to prove which country you are paying taxes in, and present it to videoblocks, if you want to avoid having taxes withheld. for example if you look at IRS form 8802, you can see on the last page a list of countries which have a tax treaty with the US for withholding taxes.

VideoBlocks / videoblocks $149 video sale
« on: July 03, 2018, 03:20 »
anyone know what this is? $149 purchase price, $86.05 net payout?

Type   Preview   Title   Purchase Date    Purchase Price   Royalty   Discount   CC Trans. Fee   Tax Withheld   Net Payout
MP      Smiling Woman Wearing Hat   Jun 27, 2018   $149.00   $91.64   $0.00   $5.59   $0.00   $86.05

I think you are asking if you believe that a stock agency is limiting your sales based on how many sales you already have, in order perhaps to spread the wealth.

it is important for new users to have sales so they remain committed to contributing in the long run.

however I truly believe that the downturn in sales over time is due to standard supply and demand (vast increase in supply and lesser so increase in demand).

Adobe Stock / Re: adobe stock stats
« on: May 29, 2018, 15:29 »
when I worked full time as a computer programmer, I did statistical analysis for web sites. stats are always the last step in an software development, and often never started.

you said: "As always, what unnonimous is irrelevant."

everything I write in this discussion forum is relevant. thankyou

one trick you can use with a shakey frame is to just delete the frame.

123RF / Re: Do you make $100/month at 123RF?
« on: May 29, 2018, 15:18 »
I average $78 monthly for the year. my best month was $290 but it was 2 years ago.

General Stock Discussion / Re: My bigger sale on POND5!
« on: May 29, 2018, 12:29 »

you can make a lot of money, passive income, with stock video and stock photo. it does take a lot of work, and the sooner you do it, the sooner you see results. if you enjoy the work, then it will be a perfect job, especially if you are young and can get many years of future income out of it.

keep at it.

Off Topic / Re: "$60,000 for our stolen photo"
« on: May 29, 2018, 12:25 »
and be aware the $60,000 is Australian dollars, which I read was $45,000 US.

you said: "It was unclear for me, is there some "universal" criteria to judge photos you upload."

when I get a rejection that I do not understand, I contact customer support and ask them to explain why, and once I understand why they rejected it, I avoid filming it in future sessions. in general, if you comply with the strictest company then you will comply with most of them.

you said: "Why do you think that isn't working for you?"

backgrounds in the urban scene tend to be solid white walls which will appear grey in the shade, or brick walls, or pitch black if you film in a garage, etc, and some of the photos look amazing and some don't.

black backgrounds have problems with people who have black hair. brick walls sometimes look good, but sometimes it is too close to the color of a person's skin. grey backgrounds and white backgrounds might cause exposure problems in bright light.

if anyone has found an ideal background that you can readily find outdoors I would like to know what your opinion is. I prefer black other than the conflict with hair color.

I send my videos to about 10 different agencies.

you said: "Surely you don't mind?"

no I don't mind.

I was wondering what people's opinions are on using backdrops for portraits. do you have a color that you think is the best? or a texture that you think is best?

for example, solid black, solid white, grey, brick wall, natural setting, etc?

I would like to know what backdrop produces the best overall or best sellable photo.

I film outdoors so I am most interested with a backdrop I can replicate outdoors in many cities.


my belief is that the files are being lost when you submit them for review.

I have reduced the number of files I submit per batch and temporarily delayed submissions presuming that after a few days the  problem will go away.

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