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The algorithm may take your inactivity into account. At least that's my experience but i might be totally wrong. When i take a longer break from uploading (weeks, months) all sales dry up, but when i upload stuff again, my images start selling too. Since i have a tiny portfolio the difference is not significant but noticeable.

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The problem with Shutterstock is that you have to use your password to send over insecure FTP. Open invitation for hackers.

As a matter of fact theres such thing as secure ftp (SFTP). It uses SSH. Try winscp, its free and reliable. Plain FTP was considered garbage 15 years ago.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Alamy - is it worth it?
« on: August 27, 2019, 20:03 »
You don't have to do the keywording in Alamy, embedded IPTC data is taken over. I think the supertag method is way superior to AS, where you have to manually move your top 10 keywords to the top of the list. If you have thousands of images, this is a nearly impossible task and i have yet to find a DAM that doesn't sort keywords in alphabetic order, whether you want it or not.

I upload almost exclusively editorial (newsworthy events) to Alamy but it's been always very slow for me, it's not worth my time. However they are one of the very few fair agencies, portfolio management is convenient, rejection rate is very low (in fact i never had any, as opposed to AS or SS), so i'll just keep uploading. If sales were somewhat better over there, i'd say they are the best agency hands down.

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Then there's something going on beyond summer slump and all industry trouble. As it seems, some people see an unexpected bump-up in their sales, while for the majority of us it's the opposite: we've become invisible. I haven't sold a single image in 15 days now, which is totally unprecedented. There's hardly any explanation other than some drastic changes in the algorithm, and i have no idea to whose benefit. Maybe some users are being penalized for reasons unknown.

On the other hand, on AS i've sold twice as much in August as in the previous three months combined. It's still diminutive though.

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No evidence just a gut feeling. I might even be wrong, since my port is admittedly too small to be considered as representative sample. It's just that the low but steady sales dried up all of a sudden, and i've been totally invisible for over 10 days now on SS. Doesn't make a difference though, i'm lightyears away from making a buck off of micro anyway.

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This thread is not about falling sales. Its about all sales suddenly coming to a complete halt. Im pretty sure they tweaked their system.

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Same thing is happening to me, although my port is very small, only 300+ images. But i usually have a download or two almost every day. Past week is the absolute low so far.

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@charged any chance you share a link to your portfolio?

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For vector and illustration its certainly very useful. There are absolutely awesome apps out there. Photo editing is limited, your best bet for RAW processing is Affinity Photo, a great little app, but sadly its nowhere near desktop PS. Video is almost hopeless, only very basic editing can be done. The recent video apps are a joke, all of them, cant even be compared to premiere or davinci resolve. They were meant to cut little clips, shot on the phone for social media.

However i find the bottleneck to be something else: the total lack of file management on IOS. Until theres a new operating system, the ipad has no chance to be considered as laptop replacement.

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I'm pretty sure 123RF is dead in the water. I also signed up last year and uploaded a handful of images through their pathetic admin page that won't let you edit meta unless you install a Flash plugin. This alone should put them out of business. After no feedback for a month i decided to cancel my account with them but even that is almost impossible. So i just removed all my images and then let it fade into oblivion. I wish i'd read the forums before signing up.


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@Timbrke> good stuff. I see you put a lot of effort in creating those photos. Is this specific subgenre wanted by the buyers? I'm just asking because i have in mind to build a portfolio in a very similar niche, terror in urban area and law enforcement. It's not that overdone yet, at least not with quality material, compared to e.g. food or travel. And it's on the news constantly, so i'd assume there's some demand.

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@Timbrke: although a bit irrelevant question, may i ask how you shoot your military images? Do you hire an entire crew, actors and props? Does it sell on micros?

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