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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

iStockPhoto.com / 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.

I haven't tried the online version yet. What are the advantages vs the standalone?

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.

Looks interesting. I use Stocksubmitter for uploading, but for keywording, it takes out the copy and paste step. Thanks

Not asking about keyword tools. I use the MSG one and SS. But how do you enter and store the keywords. I've used Lightroom for many years, but I don't have a good system for retrieving and entering repetitive data. I keep going back to the tools and searching once again for the same stuff. My LR keyword library is a mess after 10 years. I've used a spreadsheet in the past, but with tens of thousands of images, not sure that is practical.

How does everyone here get it done?

Do you want to upgrade now? No. It's one click.

Actually, I found it easier to just say no. It works fine.

I needed to take a 12mp shot from a point and shoot, which needed further cropping and turn it into a 30x30 inch print. I used a trial of Gigapixel as part of that workflow. The results were fantastic, but I did a lot of work on that image and I can't say how much affect the software had on the final image.

Stocksubmitter handles this type of thing. It's an option in the account section

Shutterstock.com / Re: Great News! from Shutterstock
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:59 »
Hopefully, it's a mistake. I haven't been paid later than the 7th in a year

Edit: Just got paid today, got me a pocket full of change. 
~Z Z Top

Shutterstock.com / Re: How rare are Enhanced sales?
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:52 »
They changed the number of uses allowed before you needed to buy an EL. Since then, almost non-existent. Good for the buyer. Good for Shutterstock. Bad for the Photographer.

Follow this simple formula:
Divide 150K by your current yearly earnings.
Multiply that by your current number of images.
Subtract your current number of images from that number.
The result is how many you have to upload.
But you have to that within the next couple of weeks or the formula will be obsolete.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Onepixel is now open for business!
« on: February 28, 2019, 14:23 »
Onepixel is now open for business!

and.... they're gone.

It's amazing to me how website 'designers' never actually try and use the page they have designed. Getting contributors to move the mouse and click all over the screen is just bad design.

Look at the new Adobe 'Insights' page. It's now 4 clicks just to see your Activity Statistics. It used to be one click.

Who at Adobe thought it best for us to see the 'Contributors of the Week' before our own statistics?

Bookmarks in your browser are your friend.


Mark it, now one click.

Is there a way to get to that from the normal Insights page?

Agree with all others here. I like Adobe stock, but the web page reminds me of Istock. Designed with no input or feedback from users.

If it was make extra cash or help other Shutterstock contributors, I might be interested.

Off Topic / Re: Global Warming is causing the Polar Vortex ???
« on: January 26, 2019, 18:11 »
After a hundred years of research, study, and experience, climatologists can tell us with absolute certainty that tomorrow it might rain and it might not.

MicrostockSubmitter / Re: Upload editorial image to Adobe Stock
« on: January 25, 2019, 16:37 »
Yeah, my free year would be ending in March, but I got another 2 months from buying a Seagate external drive.

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