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General Stock Discussion / Re: 150 sales at 25c
« on: July 14, 2021, 16:49 »
Agree with you. I think they "partnered" with someone for small web clips, but my understanding is they have also partnered w/ppl that just give it away for free (as part of a membership package) - and you *dont* get anything from those sales...

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What made you want to try them again? Royalties have not improved, nor has their reviewing system. Save yourself the frustration.

Oh - I just wanted to get the $10/$15 I had there. I'll probably be deactivating it soon. But while I had it active - I had some content sitting on my harddrive I had initially scheduled for SS, and just wanted to see if I could get it uploaded.

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Yes, only reason I reactivated my account. Had $10-$15 or so - figured I might as well make the $35 threshold (which I did) - but wanted to try some uploads. And haha, nice spinwheel - I think they used it multiple times ;) Some items have 5-6 reasons (which of course made no sense).

so, what's the deal with shutterstock? decided I might try using them again, and the people (or algorithm) they have doing the "review" reject 100% of the items submitted? thought I'd get enough sales to cash out - so submitted a bunch of items - and 100% "rejection" rate with b.s. reasons... are they really just trying to p_ss off contributors?

Re-submit and see what happens.



How many dimes do you need to cash out. It's only $35? You should make that much easily, in a month?

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Yes, I do make sales on SS. It's just the last year or so they went from a 75-80% approval rate to now 0%-10%.

Interesting, I am reading here in the forums similar posts where people submit in bulk and get high rejections.
I am also noticing that those same people in the majority of the cases have a one or two post regarding no sales.
Could there be a correlation between the two?

Do your images have some commercial value or they are just images that you believe might have some commercial value?
I had a few images that I had sentimental value to me and when I submitted to SS I was heartbroken because the rejection, but even the message was vague it was clear, I was just sad do the rejection and could not see the reason. After analyzing the image, indeed while it's a great picture, it has NO commercial value whatsoever.

I don't have a huge portfolio, I don't submit in bulk, my approval rate is high, I have less than 25 downloads with only 12 images, and I been doing this for only a few months. I might not be the person to talk about bulk, I am just intrigued.

Thanks

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reading some of these replies, I'm rather shocked no one mentioned this...

The pendumlum swings back when you learn how to do your OWN marketing, and be EFFECTIVE at it.

Most artists (and I get this) don't like marketing, because it is "work". But once you figure out a formula that WORKS - so start seeing nice returns.
While "stock agencies" are nice (and I 100% admit I use them myself) - they aren't the only way of making $$$ from your work. Start seeing that, learn & apply, and you'll see increased $$$.

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so, what's the deal with shutterstock? decided I might try using them again, and the people (or algorithm) they have doing the "review" reject 100% of the items submitted? thought I'd get enough sales to cash out - so submitted a bunch of items - and 100% "rejection" rate with b.s. reasons... are they really just trying to p_ss off contributors?

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See, I actually disagree with this... (I have however enjoyed a couple of your other posts, so you are doing good work!) But in this case...

High search volume is actually a good thing - even with HIGH competition - providing there are lots of sales (which, most likely there are if the search volume is that high)...

As for low volume, low search - again, depends. Without corresponding sales data, hard to say whether or not it would be a good idea.

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General Stock Discussion / recommended video sites?
« on: May 22, 2021, 10:11 »
hi, I know of pond5/adobestock, & "used" to use shutterstock - but - what other video sites would you recommend that have at least some chance of making sales?
thx!

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Good article, thank-you for taking the time to put it together!

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who/what is "PA"?

While all the fire at the moment is understandably on the commission cut, some of the other clauses bear close scrutiny, especially when we remember how semi-innocent-sounding clauses ended up being used by Getty.

For example:
"4.1.5. except for any rights that have previously been licensed or granted in relation to the Content, there is not and will not be during the term of this Contract, be any limitation or restriction on Alamys ability to license the Content;"   which would grant them the right to sell images we designated RM as RF, which obviously conflicts with RF-exclusive contracts elsewhere.

"4.1.6. any use or exploitation of the Content by Alamy, a Customer or a Distributor will not be, or be deemed to be indecent, obscene, defamatory, insulting, racist, offensive, indecent, vulgar or violate publicity rights anywhere in the world."
I don't see how that can possibly be legal, but presumably PA have had their lawyers look over the new contract.

I have read 4.1.5. A few times. I am not sure what it is saying. Is it not matter how the content is licensed they can change it to suit themselves?
That's what I said.
It also means they could designate content to be 'free content' for any purpose which suited them.
We are dealing with PA now, not the old Alamy.

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a) Congrats on getting the e-mail. What are your yearly video sales, it mentions $100k as an "example" - are you up in that range?
b) Is that the complete agreement? Usually I'd review the fine print.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: Selling at Own Website
« on: May 16, 2021, 23:58 »
Last time I did googleads (I think about 6-7 years ago), it was very expensive and ineffective. A lot of (larger) companies use very sophisticated software that literally bids on 10's of thousands of keyword variations of ads, steals/monitors "success" of competitors, and adapts their ads to yours to try and steal your customers.

If you are a single person trying google ads and have no experience with backend sales/marketing, you'd have a better chance at winning $10,000 at the slot machines, than you would be profitable via google ads.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: adobe creative cloud subscription?
« on: February 03, 2021, 10:25 »
Yes, they do have a new program, for 2020 it's based on number of downloads (not uploads).

Details see here: https://www.microstockgroup.com/fotolia-com/2020-adobe-stock-artist-bonus-program/

thanks, good to know. Since I did meet that threshold - do you know when he'll be sending out the licenses?

Thanks!

A redemption link will be found at the top of the contributor portal in a blue banner sometime in February so watch for that. I'll post something in MSG when they go live as a heads up.

-Mat

Okay, thanks, appreciate that.

BTW - any chance we could get the "whole" suite if we had less than 5,000 "downloads"?
I didn't realize there were two separate thresholds (one being for a 'single' application license, and one for the entire suite).

While I didn't actually use the 'entire' suite - I would use AE & PR. "Thought" about using the other apps (last year was the first year I got this) - and then all this silly nonsense with a magical virus that can count the number of people in a group, knows if someone is sitting or standing in a restaurant (sitting = safe, standing/walking = uh oh), knows if it at a protest or party (and avoids the former), etc, etc, started... and became quite the distraction. I literally think I only used the suite for 1-2 months back last January 2020, and only because of my reminder e-mail remembered - oh yeah - I had all these cool things I wanted to do with AE/PR, and just hadn't yet...

Thanks!

Do you mean can you get a code for the All Apps Creative Cloud plan for free without meeting the qualification criteria of the 2020 bonus plan? If that is what you mean, then no, that is not an option. You can purchase the plan via adobe.com however.

Thanks,

-Mat

Yes, I did mean that. (Unfortunately due to what happened the last year, I didn't get to produce/promote/etc as much content as I was expecting, in fact, very little.)

Only getting some time now. I think a lot of other people would be in the same boat, so it would be nice if the bonus criteria could be reconsidered. At the very least, perhaps for the next upcoming year. Please let me know,

Thanks!

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General Stock Discussion / Re: adobe creative cloud subscription?
« on: February 03, 2021, 09:25 »
...and then all this silly nonsense with a magical virus that can count the number of people in a group, knows if someone is sitting or standing in a restaurant (sitting = safe, standing/walking = uh oh), knows if it at a protest or party (and avoids the former), etc, etc, started... and became quite the distraction....

What the heck has this got to do with Adobe software subscriptions. I mean W.T.F :o LOL

well, its got a whole lot. it got me distracted this year so I didn't get to enjoy the full benefits of the complete adobe suite... :P

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ty, are the statistics you have based on an aggregate of the users, or just 1 off cases? thanks.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: The Shutterstock customer search!
« on: February 01, 2021, 23:31 »
Just came in the eMail: Pond5

Start by downloading this weeks free clip of a nurse administering a vaccine.

To celebrate our 50% off photo discount, enjoy this bonus free photo of the London Eye, Europes tallest Ferris wheel.


lol do they offer any videos of people oozing puss/getting sick/falling over/keeling over/etc after getting injected with "the cure"?

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General Stock Discussion / Re: adobe creative cloud subscription?
« on: February 01, 2021, 23:28 »
Yes, they do have a new program, for 2020 it's based on number of downloads (not uploads).

Details see here: https://www.microstockgroup.com/fotolia-com/2020-adobe-stock-artist-bonus-program/

thanks, good to know. Since I did meet that threshold - do you know when he'll be sending out the licenses?

Thanks!

A redemption link will be found at the top of the contributor portal in a blue banner sometime in February so watch for that. I'll post something in MSG when they go live as a heads up.

-Mat

Okay, thanks, appreciate that.

BTW - any chance we could get the "whole" suite if we had less than 5,000 "downloads"?
I didn't realize there were two separate thresholds (one being for a 'single' application license, and one for the entire suite).

While I didn't actually use the 'entire' suite - I would use AE & PR. "Thought" about using the other apps (last year was the first year I got this) - and then all this silly nonsense with a magical virus that can count the number of people in a group, knows if someone is sitting or standing in a restaurant (sitting = safe, standing/walking = uh oh), knows if it at a protest or party (and avoids the former), etc, etc, started... and became quite the distraction. I literally think I only used the suite for 1-2 months back last January 2020, and only because of my reminder e-mail remembered - oh yeah - I had all these cool things I wanted to do with AE/PR, and just hadn't yet...

Thanks!

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Yes, they do have a new program, for 2020 it's based on number of downloads (not uploads).

Details see here: https://www.microstockgroup.com/fotolia-com/2020-adobe-stock-artist-bonus-program/

thanks, good to know. Since I did meet that threshold - do you know when he'll be sending out the licenses?

Thanks!

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General Stock Discussion / adobe creative cloud subscription?
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:49 »
Hi,

It was nice Adobe offering a 1 year subscription to its service for people with approved video/photo portfolios (I forgot what the # was, but I think it was 250+ videos or something like that).

Is Adobe doing that again this year? I didn't hear anything from them, but am an active contributor and would be interested in getting an extension on my subscription. Thanks!

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You know... with  the convid and everything else that is going on... I wouldn't be surprised if you really did travel to the future and actually wrote that article from the perspective of 2031... :)

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what is the video API bug?

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Curious - is shutterstock now just 'punishing' contributors with $0.30 VIDEO downloads?

No idea how they could get it down that low, unless they are keeping the majority of the commission...

Obviously seems everyone is making a difference for them to decide to make it a super low comission...

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Hi all, I hope that you all are doing well and staying safe!

I'm currently working on a desktop app that can identify and cull potentially bad photos from a photoshoot and help in shortening the image culling process.
It has built-in integration with Adobe Lightroom and instead of deleting any of the images, it simply star rates and color codes them.
More information about the app and a video walkthrough can be seen here: https://www.aftershoot.co/coming-soon

I wanted to hear the community's thoughts on this and know if this is something that you might be willing to incorporate into your workflow.

The software is still in active development and we are planning on a beta release this July that would be free for all.
If anyone's interested you can let me know via a post here or by emailing me and I'll be happy to share the app with you.

Thanks!

a) I'd have to say it depends on the quality of the algorithm. I'd have to test it out myself to see how good it was.
b) While I focus mainly on video (I do some photos as well) - when I do photos - I tend to review the photos right on the spot (in the back viewfinder/zoom) - and delete ones I don't like, and/or retake shots I think retaking.
c) I'm not sure how much time it would really save me. (Might be good for some other photographers). But I have a very high end graphics system (actually very top tier/'lambourghini' system of computer systems) - so reviewing videos/graphics/etc is a fast process for me. It would literally take me about 1-5 seconds (with the current system I have set up) - to decide if I wanted to use an image or not. If I was taking 1000's of images on a weekly basis - maybe it would be something I'd find useful. As it is - I maybe only do 300-500/month, so I'm not sure how useful that would be to me.

Now - one thing that WOULD be useful - is software that identified WHAT kind of picture I have - titled it accordingly, & applied accurate keywords. Now I know (personally) it would be very difficult to write that kind of software - but that is actually something I would find useful. While I could (& should) outsource that - I haven't - so I know that is something that would definitely save me time.

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