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1 / Re: December earnings statement are in
« on: January 23, 2023, 14:28 »
December 2023 RPD was $1.21 with 127 image sales........

I had a look at the Mini 3 and Air 2S to replace my aging Mavic Pro 2 but decided on keeping the older tech but bigger sensor. Even the Mavic Pro 2 raw files have a fair amount of noise in the shadows - I find processing the raw files using DXO 6 and its noise reduction Deep Prime XD does an excellent job to make files look great free of noise (takes around 15mins to process per file on a 2020 macbook pro).

3 / Re: Race to level 2
« on: January 17, 2023, 07:40 »
Reached level 02 today with 101 x $0.10 sales  :D

4 / Race to level 2
« on: January 11, 2023, 10:01 »
Anyone reached level 2 yet?  :D
Im at 51 so far......

You don't have to stop once a sky is changed, you can then add some birds, aeroplane.......

You can also double your uploads by uploading an image with the original sky and an edited version with a different sky. Never had an issue nit having both accepted. Changing a sky takes seconds on Luminar. You can use their stock skies or just use your own sky, handy to have a collections of your own skies for this.

Who would actually go out their way to shoot something specific they are told to for stock money? I think its far more productive to shoot 100 road signs in a shorter time and make more money from that, than to follow a lead given by iStock or any micro stock company

8 / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: October 31, 2022, 16:11 »
Shutterstock made me more money this month than Adobe, doesn't happen often, usually only when you get a $30 photo sale....SS $130 Adobe 121 and iStock $85, Alamy 40, all the rest were pennies......ref SS rejections I try to avoid uploading at weekends, AI rejections seem to be at full force on a sat or sun, so upload on a Monday and seems much better....

Adobe Stock / Re: Any option to change payment to $US from GB?
« on: September 27, 2022, 06:59 »
Im in uk and been with Adobe for 4 years and always paid in 's as per the dashboard currency, ive never heard or seen any monies in dollars......

10 / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: September 21, 2022, 15:43 »
Its contagious, today I had a sale for $0.02, $0.06 & $0.07, all on Alamy......though the laughter this gave me was priceless

11 / Re: May statements are in
« on: June 19, 2022, 01:14 »
April $160 and May $80.....I don't think you can compare months as buyers are not looking for the same type or number of images each month

12 / Re: March Statements are in
« on: April 19, 2022, 02:22 »
My iStock earning is 3 x SS and Adobe in March, most the money is from subscription based sales.

13 / Re: Drop in sales - is it only me?...
« on: February 17, 2022, 15:11 »
My SS is down 65% this year and iStock usually my best earner is down 30% while Adobe has doubled.

General Stock Discussion / Re: PayPal 1099Ks Incoming
« on: January 12, 2022, 16:34 »
Just ensure your expenses outweigh any earnings and therefore pay no tax

15 / Re: Highest price for a photo on Shutterstock.
« on: December 27, 2021, 09:59 »
I actually made more money on level 1 on first couples months of the year than I have on level 4 at later part of the year. It is just luck of the draw who buys what, levels don't really help to a big extent at all, I certainly still have as many 10 cent sales on level 4.

Started getting this issue again asking for the new api key. Using the old one just gives an error "Parse error, unable to find authentication form" . How do I solve this?

This is the new key, deactivate and add this and re-verify and it will work.....


I still find istock brings in the most money then Shutterstock, followed by Adobe. I just look at the end of month earnings not individual sale values. You will still get loads of 10 cent sales on Shutterstock at Level 6.
Don't see the point of stopping to upload to any agency myself as I use Microstock Plus uploader, my weekly uploading takes 20mins whether I upload to one agency or 50 agencies. Never create new keywords etc as just copy paste from previous photos.

General Stock Discussion / Re: This month's sales
« on: October 24, 2021, 12:55 »
My sales are almost 200 more than last month so far, last month was my worst month of the year to date.......

Will go for the Adobe deal next time!

I used to spend a weekend uploading, keyboarding etc but with Stocksubmitter it takes an hour max! Mainly as you can copy your keywords from any previously uploaded photo.....

As I only started 4 years ago I haven't suffered like most, my monthly earning grow $100 a month each year, currently around $450 a month and I only spend 3 hrs a week doing this, uploading 25 photos a week, no more and never any less. 3hrs work for over $100 isn't too bad.

23 / Re: "exciting" News from Getty
« on: March 12, 2021, 12:01 »
The most interesting part of the post is a new simpler look to their website

Software / Re: Software to use instead of Photoshop
« on: March 10, 2021, 09:56 »
Ive used Affinity Photo ever since Adobe started the subscription plan for photoshop and I find it does everything photoshop does for what I require and much much more. I don't like it for RAW, for that I used Iridient Developer.

Shutterstock just failed miserably. All the cool people left, leaving an army of bored Ukrainian housewives, taking snaps of their fluffy pets for a $0.1 reward.

'Housewives' don't exist any more.  That term died in the 1970s.  Respect women. Respect female photographers. Respect generally.

Does that mean Wonderwoman doesnt exist?

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