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Adobe Stock / Re: Opting in for electronic 1099
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:45 »
I never got the email and now on February 10, Adobe is the only 1099 I still don't have.

So, Matt, if two-step verification is turned off, why would it ask Stocksubmitter for a verification code every time I use it?


123RF / Re: Security breach - change your password
« on: November 15, 2020, 10:44 »
I got it and changed my password. Now I get an endless parade of recaptcha crap and can never get to the site. As far as I'm concerned recaptha is the worst thing that ever happened to the web. Other than animated gifs

4 / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 27, 2020, 17:42 »
For 16 years, I made more on SS than other sites combined. Today, I earned $5 on SS and $65 on Adobe.

They will be no loss to me. They haven't been relevant since before Jon left.

5 / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 26, 2020, 13:51 »
I'm not entirely sure what kind of a bet Kate at Shutterstock lost to be the face of this fiasco.

I'm not even sure Kate is a person. But if she is, I think she'll go the way of Alex Shutterstock soon.

6 / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 26, 2020, 13:20 »
I have 27K images with them. I've been uploading 200+ a week for months. No more. I just deleted all pending images.
I will be shocked if this doesn't get reversed. I've never seen such a backlash in my 16 years doing this.

Adobe Stock / Mat Hayward - My new best friend
« on: May 26, 2020, 13:13 »
An agency that has gone from 66% of my sales to 30% just decided to screw its long time contributors.


Hello, Adobe. Long live the king.

8 / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 26, 2020, 13:02 »
So, 16 years and 72,000 sales are out the window, as of January 1. For the last year, Adobe has gotten to be more important, while SS less and less. 

For the last 6 months, sales at Adobe continue to rise while at SS continue to shrink. 
The agency that used to command 60% of my income, is barely clinging to 30% while I have done nothing different.

I stopped uploading to IS, but I never thought it would happen here. 

While putting everyone on an even playing field, you put yourself there also. 
I have been thinking about changing my whole strategy in photography since the first of the year and I think Shutterstock just kicked it off for me.

The low earners may be cheering until they realize it is the large libraries that attract the buyers. And they just gave us no reason to continue here.

Beyond stupid.

9 / Re: Is CanStockPhoto still alive?
« on: February 23, 2020, 19:10 »
Steady decline since 2015, while my totals continue to rise. But I spend absolutely no time on their uploads, so no reason to stop.

Also started in 2006. My income continues to rise. Not going anywhere while that lasts.

Adobe Stock / Re: 1099-MISC
« on: February 23, 2020, 19:05 »
fyi, I received mine before the end of January.

12 / Alamy Sold
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:37 »
Today PA Media Group, the UK-based news and information business, has announced the acquisition of Alamy.

"Please be assured that its business as usual at Alamy"

I've never heard that one before.

13 / Re: Sizes Most Commonly Sold on istock
« on: January 12, 2020, 10:36 »
Personally, I can't use "commonly sold" and "Istock" in the same sentence.  8)

Adobe Stock / Re: Loop between login page and dashboard?
« on: December 05, 2019, 19:21 »
Haven't been asked to change my password; just the Adobe Stock page stuck in an endless loop.

I don't mind requiring periodic password changes as part of a planned and communicated security program, but this is just sloppy programming. How are the thousands of users that don't visit this forum supposed to know how to stop or fix the looping program? I had no problem signing into with the same credentials.

15 / How to Find my Portfolio on Getty.
« on: November 07, 2019, 15:31 »
Making my semi-annual trek here to get reminded how to fond my Portfolio on Getty. I'll give you a clue. It's not under the tab that say's My Content. And nowhwere to be found is the link like on every other site called something handy like, My Portfolio.

Can anyone remind me the secret door and handshake to see my images on Getty?

Hi Everyone,

In addition to the Creative Cloud bonus program announced earlier today, I have more good news to share. We have started accepting Illustrative Editorial submissions from individual contributors. As we are just getting started, we have limited this access to contributors ranked at Emerald or above (25,000 downloads or more). We will expand this access in the future. For now, if you are not ranked at Emerald or above though you feel you have a strong Illustrative Editorial collection already established you may write to us for consideration via the contact us link at the bottom of the contributor portal. Be sure to include a link to your existing work. 

To understand what Illustrative Editorial is and to learn about our guidelines, please review the information here:

I'm looking forward to seeing what you submit!


Matt, did they quit tracking rank at the cutover from Fotolia? I have over 32K downloads, but my rank is Gold.

Adobe Stock / Re: something's wrong (sales)
« on: July 09, 2019, 20:01 »
My May in Adobe was very good. June was worst month in a year. July on track to be worst month since 2015.

When I do get them, it is long after I already know the status. They've been useless since they changed the format

19 / Re: Deep Meta dead?
« on: June 24, 2019, 18:20 »
Works for me. Same version

Still doing it for me every startup. Still saying no

I used spreadsheets early days and was going back to one for the types of images I use a lot, but it's still time-consuming to find, copy and paste. That's why I was hoping for something like Xpiks. I copied and pasted each of those saved set into a preset. Now, if I am keywording an image where I don't have a set, I do a normal search from within the program and it puts the keywords into the image. If I am working on, say, mountains, I click on a list and click on Mountains and all of those keywords pop in. Best of both worlds IMO

I'm sure a lot of good work went into creation of this site, but I have no idea what I would do with the information.

If only I was 1425 instead of 1427.

Off Topic / Re: Professional Photographer?
« on: June 05, 2019, 14:44 »
Probably just an easier version of their CPS certification in the past, which was solely based on how much gear you bought.

Yes, the tool combined with presets is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

Too bad it doesn't do raw files, but I'll work around that. Usually, I keyword before processing, but can just as easily do it the other way around.

It really goes well with my workflow, I never keyword raws in Lightroom, for me they are just a middle step to getting to final jpegs and eventually raws all get deleted once I've pulled all I wanted and I'm happy nowith jpegs. So with stock ready jpegs I go into Xpiks, work on metadata and save.

Yeah, there was no particular reason for doing it in the order I did, and actually, this makes more sense. In theory, Once I'm ready to process, I should have weeded out anything not worthy. But sometimes, once I get into the processing, I decide an image isn't worth the effort, so no point adding keywords and captions

Yeah, I'm in touch with the developer on another forum. I looked at it some time back and used up my trial period. Even if I stick with Xpiks and Lightroom, I probaby need an external DAM, such as iMatch. I tried Photo Mechanic and it's too clunky. The latest update didn't fix that.

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