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I subscribed in 2018 when nobody even dreamed of free codes.
It was great to get the programmes for free for 2 or 3 years (was it two or three years??) and now its simply back to normal.

Adobe started the stock business (and bought Fotolia  :-\ ) and was in need of stock. So you were rewarded when supplying stock. Now they have enough stock material and wont continue the program.

This is all understandable. I dont undesrtand why some people get so angry about it.....

General Stock Discussion / Re: About taxes and specially US forms
« on: December 18, 2022, 15:16 »

google IRS instructions {form name}  for many you need

Thanks for the link!

Man- is that difficult to understand.... I had it translated into german but that makes it even worse to understand  ::)
What the heck is a "Quellensteueragent"  ::)

Anyway- if I understand correctly 6a is only if one has bank account with a US bank and 7 is for ... well... I dont really understand... somebody helped with financial issues????

Well, I left both blank and hope that was correct.

Tanks again for your help!

General Stock Discussion / 8 BEN form
« on: December 17, 2022, 07:53 »
Adobe asked me to fill in a new W 8 BEN form.

I dont understand which numbers they want to know at - 6 a tax number and  -7 reference number.
In brackets it says "see instructions".
But I cant find those instructions.
Where are those instructions????????????

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: September 27, 2022, 11:46 »
Got that answer

"We're very sorry that due to a technical error on our part you are seeing image sales on your account via distribution sales.

We are aware of the issue that these sales shouldn't have happened for those opted-out of distribution in China, and we're investigating to establish what happened so we can resolve this as soon as possible."

as well and still wonder what this will mean or what will happen...

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 has joined Shutterstock
« on: May 11, 2022, 08:39 »
So I will close my pond5 account now as well.

Closed shutterstock when only 10 cent sales were coming in.
Now expecting pond5 videos will be sold for peanuts Im opting out there as well.

Luckily Adobe is doing very well for me. So hopfully Adobe sales will increase instead even more.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Cell Phone Pics Rejection
« on: April 30, 2022, 02:43 »
Using a Sony mobile my pics nearly all get rejected with Adobe and other agencies. No chance.
So I either have to carry the heavy Sony 7Rii with me all the time or no photos for selling can be taken....


In the past, Fotolia was very strongly focused on the Central European market.

For contributors whose images were recognizably from the German-speaking area and thus also appealed very strongly to German-speaking customers, it was important to use German keywords because the translation software from English to German did not work very well.

And Fotolia photos are still used a lot these days. Whenever I get a new book I look up where the pictures come from and even books published in 2022 still use "Fotolia" credits.....
And the translation is indeed often rubbish when I see my own pics translated from english to german. And place names with "", "", "" are nearly unstranslateble. I always look up the english name for a place like that but you can bet lots of german buyers (who dont speak english) will not find that place. So I also use "oe" and "ae" and "ue" but thats very uncommon in german to do.

Didn't this chap make $$$ millions back in the heyday of microstock? I would of figured he'd moved on to bigger and better investments than microstock long time now.

He wont anylonger since his pics will sell for peanuts as well:

"0.18 with subscription" for


Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: February 15, 2022, 12:49 »

For me: "Summary for 01 December 2021 to 14 February 2022 ( 11 item(s) totalling $57.57 )"

I also have 11 sales between Dec 1st 2021 and Februrary 14th and made stunning 76 cent (!!!) with those sales.

I really cant bear those 4 cent sales anylonger. They hurt. Every single sale hurts.

How long will the code be available in the portal? Can I wait to redeem the code until my current plan expires?
Thank you very much!

I was able to use mine straight away and the date changed from "plan ends feb 2nd 2023" to "plan ends feb 27" (which is the date my plan would have ended without code anyway).
Means I did not loose any time I had already paid for.

Thanks Mat !

I love Adobe  :-*

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: February 02, 2022, 04:51 »
Had another 8 cent sale yesterday.

Not one single sale for a decent price since october now - only 8 cent sales....

Guess I will leave Alamy soon and pull my portfolio.
Like I did with SS in 2020.

This is simply ridicolous.

I recently got a photo of two totally different mountains rejected as beeing "too similar" *sigh*
It wasnt on shutterstock since I closed my account with them in 2020 and I forgot which agency it was- but I submitted lately two pictures of two different mountains in the italian dolomites (and properly put the different names in the titles) and one got rejected for beeing "too similar" to the other....
Come on - sure a mountain is a mountain and they sometimes look alike, but those were two different mountains in two different places  ???  And I dont shoot them for plainly beeing a nice mountain but to be that specific mountain....

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: January 22, 2022, 07:31 »
Also, knowing that China does not see copyright as we in Europe and the US see it, why on earth do Alamy even want to disseminate our images there, far less in bulk at tiny prices.

Which will - in the long run - also mean less income for Alamy since nobody will then have to buy a licence from Alamy anylonger as pics are floating for free on the chinese market alreay....

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: January 22, 2022, 07:28 »
So maybe we are expecting too much - to get paid for our "passion". [ironic mode off]

On twitter Alamy claims the goal of a contributor on Alamy is "to bee seen" . Not paid.

  Alamy Content Team
The place for inspiration, tips & trends. Join our contributor hub and give your passion a platform. Why? Because all photographers deserve to be seen. 

Shutterstock.com / Re: 0.25$ footage sales
« on: January 22, 2022, 07:15 »
Talking about Shitterstock - what happened to our StockCoalition?

No updates for ages.

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: January 15, 2022, 14:36 »
unlike Adobe and Shutter, I have never had anything rejected.

But thats also a very dangerous side of the Alamy business- they dont care at all if you upload stuff with no permission or release and get in trouble later on.

Esp Shutterstock looks very closely to what is allowed and what not (and might better work as editorial). I always hated SS rejections and closed my account last year due to the .10 sales. But I did learn alot about laws and releases from them.

Alamy does not care at all about restrictions. If you get in trouble later on - its gonna be you to fight and pay the lawyer.....

I see an unbelieveable amount of pics on Alamy showing either people they have no release for, buildings I know which are strictly forbidden to capture and sale or taken in public areas with entrance fees which usually also deny taking pics for commercial use.

And we all have heard of those advocats searching the internet for "wrong" pics with no relase to sue the photographer...

Thats the weak side of Alamy.

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: January 15, 2022, 14:27 »
Sales of license value has declined, so income has declined.

Yepp- same over here.
In 2021 nearly twice as many sales as in 2020 but only 3/4 income of the 2020 figures....

More sales, less income.

Spending more time on my stockbusiness- means more travelling, taking more pictures and uploading more pictures. Back to my 2019 level would be great. I was way too busy doing other stuff in 2021.

Getting back to more macro pictures as I did in the beginning. Might mean finally buying that macro lens for my sony 7Rii. I now only have a macro for my old 77i.

And finally taking more pics of "usual" stuff, not only the very special and beautiful things I come across. When surfing other people portfolios I often come across those "normal" subjects I also see but always forget taking a shot of.....

Looking for new markets is also a plan. Applied for stocksy yesterday a second time after beeing turned down in 2019.

And if I need a new mobile in 2022 I want to buy one with a real good camera. Although my Sony Experia should take good pics at 19 MB it does not fulfill this at all and I keep missing good scenes while not carrying my Sony 7Rii with me all the time...

Lets go for it!

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: December 31, 2021, 04:08 »
Seems to be the "new Alamy"...
My last four sales : Summary for 01 December 2021 to 31 December 2021 ( 4 item(s) totalling $0.96 )

Three sales for 0.15 and one sale 0.51

I left Shutterstock when they started the 0.10 sales and now Alamy is following them....

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Sales are so slow this days
« on: October 06, 2021, 14:50 »
I havent sold a single pic for 8 days now.
That is very very unusual - I usually sell like 10 or 15 pics in 8 days....

One of my images was used for a postage stamp - didnt make more than pennies for that as well...

I also had a pic used for a book cover. I bought the book and gave it to my mum as a present... She was proud to see one of my pics beeing used on a book cover  ;D

Pond5 / Re: How has Pond5 been in 2021?
« on: June 19, 2021, 09:12 »
The only platform I never ever sold anything on.....
Even the smallest agency has more sales for me than pond5 does.

General Macrostock / Re: Any experience with Tetra Images?
« on: June 19, 2021, 09:08 »
Never heard of them before.
Read the rules for contributors.

Got a little confused by "finished files must be 50mb JPG files".  50 MB ?

Wow, thats a lot..... And exactly 50MB not more or less?


any change for last 3 weeks compared to previous ones?  ::)

Wow- that explains my sudden low sales on ADOBE...
I was wondering whats going on....

My sales went down to 1 or 2 sales a week!
I never had that before during the last two years.
And I was wondering whats going on.

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