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General Stock Discussion / Re: Dreamstime uploading not working?
« on: January 30, 2021, 15:57 »
Works in Chrome, does not work in Firefox.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Best keyword strategy in Adobe stock
« on: December 22, 2020, 15:30 »
I'll wait for Mat to give the answer to the first ten words question, if I'm wrong, but the way I understood it was, 1-10 are stronger and then all the rest 11-49 the same, but lower, - do not include 50 or all words are the same rank.

Why not use all 50 words? If there is an option for 50 then I'll write 50 of them.

Because you cannot give them priority in such a case. If you have 49 words or less, the first ones are more important than others (otherwise all of them are weighted equally) and I think ability to set priority is much more useful than one (usually) not very important 50th word. 

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General - Stock Video / Re: Best Video Stock Sites
« on: December 05, 2020, 13:54 »
You are right, you can upload to places they do not have agreements with, but from my standpoint, for practical purposes they are exclusive for the agencies they deliver to.

Taking yet another 15% of net royalties further diluting already pathetic royalty rates. In addition who really wants their work on Shutterstock?

Almost everybody does. As they submit extremely large amount of videos of many contributors and, therefore, achieve high sales, they are probably at high levels with high percentages very very very soon (they have 884 thousands videos there!). Something majority of people will never achieve by themselves (the success of other people at BBG account at SS is also improving your level even though you have not sold anything yet).

On the other hand, lack of control, lack of monitoring where the videos are, what was the reason of rejection, inability to resubmit or even delete the videos easily is the reason why I am not submitting to BB anymore (any they are probably not taking 15%, the truth is approx. 17% as there is 2% fee for procesing a payment). And I have also deleted all my video content from Shutterstock.

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How do those even get approved? Apparently they dont have out of focus rejections anymore. What a bunch of garbage. Im nippon freelancer journalist who loved to travelling around the world. in blurryness i found peace and the truth perspective.thanks for supports. Peace and truth ... and money off other peoples back! ... in blurriness? LOL

106 pages of that garbage.

They do have a lot of focus rejections. Especially if the image is sharp :-D Getting lot of rejection because of sharpness for full frame camera images but almost none for images from 1.0-inch compact camera.

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I have made an updated statistics after 3 month of commission drop in September (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfIZ45QUnXg). The average commission per image dropped significantly. In my case, it is around 30 % less per image sale. And that is a lot. Nevertheless, after three months of very low sales in year-to-year comparison (June-August) and also in comparison with the beginning of 2020, September and October sales are somewhat better and it is comparable with previous system (the average value per download is still much smaller but number of sales is higher). So it seems that the regularity of payouts will probably not change much. I have disabled my video portfolio completely though. Curious what will happen in January and what will I do with my portfolio, that can be disastrous.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Creative Cloud Bonus Program
« on: August 21, 2020, 10:18 »
Are bonus program for illustrator coming ?
+1
Vector artists get LR+Photoshop subscription, but they need Illustrator instead

Vector artist may choose to get Illustrator. https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/royalty-details.html

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I am not sure the analogy is precise but I do not see similarity neither. Epic is using the Google/Apple system and agreed that the Google/Apple system will be taking fees if something is sold through that system. Epic used their system but collected fees elsewhere, so there is clear violation of the policy. It is more like editing an already uploaded and approved image to Shutterstock with a link to alternative payment method. The image will be found with the help of SS system but paid somewhere else if a customer wishes to do so. That is basically not correct especially if Epic agreed not do so (as it is in the Play Store/App Store policies).

And even if Epic wins the lawsuit, it does not relate to our situation. It is about monopoly. SS is not monopoly at all. You have hundreds of microstock sites where you can sell your images and even though SS has a high market share, it is far far far away from monopoly. Really, no connection with SS case. Do not hope for any change at SS in relationship with Apple/Epic case.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: RPD in SS and AS
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:21 »
In my case, for the last five months

SS: 0.54 0.64 0.61 0.33 0.38
AS: 0.89 0.87 0.75 1.28 0.97

Total earnings difference for AS:
+35% +43% -11% +187% +132%

AS used to have 40% higher RPD, now it is +216% (approx. +160% if I subtract ELs at AS from June).

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I don't expect SS to return to the old earnings structure. But I hope they will at least drop the January reset, and also give us a share of the un-used subscription downloads.

That would be nice but quite problematic and even the contributors would probably not be totally OK with that. If the image is bought in the beginning of one-year plan, you would have to wait one year to get your money because nobody will know how much will be unused.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Average EPD so far for June
« on: July 01, 2020, 14:03 »
In my case, I had the worst earnings since July 2019 but the highest amount of sales ever at Shutterstock. Speaking about RPD (subs and on demand only), the drop was more than one third. More detailed analysis in the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qboJKNzxbQ

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Amount of sales increased because other people are disabling their ports, and now you're capitalising on that.

I am not so sure (not saying that there is zero corelation). The fact is that sales went up before the start of this boycott (the size of database almost have not changed). I have already disabled video port and stopped uploads now, but I am still keeping the image portfolio for a while. I do not rule out the possibility to disable image port soon as well.

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In my case, earning drops are not very severe, June will probably be below average month but it does not seem tragical so far. Average price per image dropped a lot but the amount of sales increased. Nevertheless, there is still small amount of data to do better conclusions. Have not disabled whole portfolio but will disable videos at first (considering images as well).

https://artmino.com/boycottshutterstock-more-than-2-of-images-disappeared/

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My previous RPD - Lifetime average:
$0.59

Current RPD (June 1-4 sample):
$0.47

Current RPD:
-20 %

Some comment here:
In my case, RPD si going down (-20 %) but the amount of downloads has increased. It even seems I may achieve one of my best results this month (hard to say after 4 days but it is relatively good so far). I am at Level 4 in the new system. Frustrated by a lot of $0.10-$0.14 sales but satisfied with increase of sales (so far). It is not so bad as I have got few sales with expensive subscriptions ($0.59, $0.87, $0.95 commissions from subscription are much better than previous $0.36 but you know, it does not happen very often).

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 31, 2020, 02:42 »
I have made an analysis of expected cuts at https://artmino.com/shutterstock-commission-cut-what-can-we-expect/

To sum it up, smaller and medium contributors may lose around 25-35 % according to my calculations, the larger ones will be probably hit less (around 10-15 %). Maybe... it will be possible to earn even more but that can only happen if there is a small amount od 350 and 750-images subscriptions which I do not expect. I would be wiser next month when I will se the distribution of subscriptions among buyers.

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Tough crowd!

How about if the image was used in some sort of advertising usage where there was text over the blurred foreground. Seems it would work quite well for that.
Think about in image of a model holding a blank sign. Would you criticize that for having a blank area in the image?    This is stock.

As it was already said. It is blurred a lot for a normal image of church in nature and it is not blurred enough for putting the text there. It should be blurred more or less but this is the great example of a shot when it basically does not suit anything. It the camera would be closer to the foreground and it would be shot from lower point of view, it could be blurred more and with better composition would be fine. But this is basically between two methods which would make sense and therefore, it does not make it. It is neither of them. Too much and not enough.

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To be honest, I would reject such an image as well. It is possible to get a nice landscape shot with blurred foregound but it is not so easy and it is very distracting here. It is blurred a lot and not enough at the same time. Lower and closer view (with smaller amount of the foreground) may serve better.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 07:56 »
Working for few minutes, then not working for hour... and so on...

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I have submitted more than 130 files to BB. Used to have almost one sale a month, but with such a small portfolio, it is more about luck. It is beneficial for European customers to get videos to P5 without dealing with VAT (P5 pays from Ireland, BB payment are not). Nevertheless, complete lack of control is convincing me to stop submitting there. So, no videos at P5 for me anymore as I really want to know where are my files, why they have been rejected...

There is one more very interesting thing. Basically all my files (95%?) were accepted through BB to P5 but almost none (5%?) were accepted at SS, the last one maybe... a year ago. When I am submitting videos to SS using my personal account, my acceptace ratio is much much much much bigger. How it can be possible with similar quality of videos? So, for me, it is question of having videos at P5 and nothing at SS with 15% cut or at SS (but not on P5) without a cut but not on both platforms.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: How I got from 400 sales a day to 130
« on: April 12, 2020, 11:17 »
Not sure I understand what you are trying to say?..I reached Emerald about six month's before the Adobe takeover and was earning very well indeed. Adobe came along and after two month my income was down by 50%  and I wasn't alone I spoke to at least a dozen members in my position and it was all the same down by 50%  the sales started to go to lower members with a lower royalty percentage....Adobe treats Fotolia as a side-kick thats all.

Once again. Because YOU are getting less money on Adobe does not mean that EVERYBODY does and that the agency was ruined and it is a side-kick (it has been integrated to Photoshop and other Creative Cloud apps,...). It is true that for some people, the direction of Adobe Stock is not great, but for many people it is opposite. The polls here are also showing the fact that Shutterstock which was way higher than Fotolia, is nowadays comparable. So, it does not seem that you are true. If Adobe is failing than all others are failing much faster.

For example, for me, Adobe Stock extremely improved in recent times and is far better than SS. But I am not saying that Adobe is better than SS only because it is true in MY case.

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I do not experience rejections is such an amount. In fact, it seems that they are less strict than they used to be few weeks ago. Nevertheless, there are still very strange rejections sometimes (the sharpest images from batch are rejected as not in focus).

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Shutterstock.com / Re: How I got from 400 sales a day to 130
« on: April 08, 2020, 12:03 »
In a sense Adobe is worse then SS. Fotolia was great for me then came Adobe and wrecked a good agency. I had reached Emerald at Fotolia but that meant nothing when Adobe took over.

No, they have not wrecked it. It is just not better for you but that does not mean that it is worse for everybody. Many other contributors are happy with the performance of Adobe Stock (including me).

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 11, 2020, 09:59 »

The flu has been around for thousands of years and has spread to every corner of the world... this strain of Coronavirus hasn't. Yet. It's estimate that 700m to 1.4bn people got infected with swine flu in 2009. If the same amount of people get infected with Covid-19, and the mortality rate is 3.4%, then that means 24m to 48m are going to die before this is over... and it's still in the millions if it is 1%. Although panic isn't the best approach, I think it's a good idea to be concerned.

We have done a small research with my students and created a chart in Excel comparing infections, deaths and mortality rate of bird flu, MERS, SARS, COVID-19 and swine flu. COVID-19 is (so far) absolutely nothing special and nicely fits to mathematical and statistical properties of these diseases. Higher the mortality rate, smaller the number of infections and total deaths. But the number of deaths is increasing with the decreasing the mortality rate (the number of infections is rising faster than the mortality is decreasing - if the mortality is 1000x smaller, the number of infections can be for example 100000x higher totally causing more deaths - swine flu was a very mild one which killed hundreds of thousands people whereas bird flu was almost sentence of death but it has totally killed less than 500 people). COVID-19 is one of the less severe diseases.

In the terms of revenue at microstock, I can see mild drop at AS, brutal at 123RF. Otherwise, it is pretty stable.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Creative Cloud Bonus Program
« on: March 09, 2020, 05:42 »
Sorry if this was discussed before, I have this note on my dashboard to redeem my creative cloud code.
Is this for last year and automated for everyone? I haven't asked for it, so I don't know how it works?

It is the last year code, at least in my case. When I tried to use it, it has alerted me that it was already activated in the past.

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I was increasing the size of my portfolio in recent months significantly and SS is just at the same level for the whole year. On the other hand, all other agencies were rising up thanks to the increased size of my portfolio... so, there is something wrong with SS in my case as well. But it is a long term problem, it is just stagnating. Nothing weird has happened in few last days.

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123RF / Re: Negative earnings
« on: January 24, 2020, 17:18 »
I have these strange "refunds" as well. Not very pleasant surprise.

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