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Adobe Stock / Statistical analysis of Adobe Stock portfolios
« on: June 05, 2019, 09:13 »

I have published an article with an in-depth statistical analysis of all Adobe Stock portfolios, you can read it here in my blog:

It's in German though, but the numbers speak for itself and Google Translate might help as well.

Best regards,

123RF / Unusual high downloads (520 USD) at 123rf
« on: February 24, 2016, 02:04 »

yesterday I received a single download (pay-as-you-go-licence, size S) for 520 USD.

Some other photographers reported similar high single downloads (480 USD, 540 USD, 271 USD).

It's a bit strange, because I opted out of all partner sales and ELs there.

Does anyone have more information about this?

I sent an email to 123rf, maybe they can provide more info...

Best regards,

General - Top Sites / Yuri Arcurs comments on Adobe Stock
« on: October 12, 2015, 06:27 »
After being quiet for quite a while, Yuri breaks his silence evaluating Adobe Stock:

My favorite part is in the conclusion where he complains about the "mediocre" quality of images at Fotolia and Shutterstock. :-)

What are your thoughts?


I was just made aware of a site called "Resimstock.com" which offers thousands of images.

It seems to be shady, because the photo author is not mentioned, instead it says "Owner: Resimstock" and they sell the images with an Extended Licence.

I found several of my images, for example:
http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/2392/Health,-Care,-Doctor,-People,-Hospital.html

from Kurhan:
http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/821/Business,-I%C5%9F,-Call-Center,-%C3%87a%C4%9Fr%C4%B1-Merkezi.html

from ArtFamily:
http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/1858/Others.html

Minerva Studio:
http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/540/Business,-I%C5%9F.html

http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/2464/Technic,-technology.html

Lev Dolgachov / Syda Productions:
http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/1406/smiling-couple-having-fun-in-park.html

http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/665/Business,-I%C5%9F.html

Monkey Business:
http:/ /resimstock.com/photo/17/Group-Of-Friends-Standing-By-Car-On-Coastal-Road-At-Sunset.html

and many many more. (links not clickable on purpose)

Does anybody know more about the site?

What would be the best way to find out or get the images removed?

Thanks in advance,
Robert Kneschke


I just saw that Stocksy offers a bunch of their images (about 77) in a bundle at CreativeMarket for 39$.

Does anyone know how much royalties goes to each photographer for each sale?

Best regards,


I collected information about 14 different services for uploading and submitting to microstock sites.

Maybe I have missed some, but I am sure that though you know most of them, you'll learn 1-2 new ones.

The blog post is in German, but Google Translate might help you understand it:

123RF / 123rf sharing commissions with parent company Inmagine
« on: October 30, 2014, 07:53 »

I did some research and found out that 123rf is also selling our images at their parent company Inmagine, even if "API partner sales" have been disabled.

After selling the image at Inmagine, first Inmagine takes a 40-50% royalty cut, before the "usual" royalty split at 123rf takes place.

For me it does not make sense, because both agencies belong to the same company.

The difference between the 40-50% comes from the currency exchange.

If a customer pays for example 10 USD for an image, the royalty split of Inmagine is 40%, but if a customer pays 10 Euro, Inmagine calculates with 10 USD, which in effect would lead to about 50% royalty cut.

I published more details in my blog in German:

Sorry, I don't have the time to translate the entire article.
if anyboday wants to add details from the article here, please feel free to do so.

Best regards,


I just stumbled across this guy who has more than 5.000 (!) stock images in his Flickr portfolio:

Just after some seconds I found at least 3 of mine. The images can be downloaded with a pixelsize up to 1600 Pixel.

I think it might be a good idea to send out some DMCA notices to Flickr to get that account closed?
DMCA formular: https://info.yahoo.com/copyright/us/details.html

Who wants to join? I just sent mine in.

General - Stock Video / Clipcanvas shutting down?
« on: October 06, 2013, 02:17 »
I uploaded several clips (about 70) via FTP to Clipcanvas over the last weeks, but none of them have appeared at the site to edit them for publishing.

I also sent a support mail on Wednesday, but got no answer yet.

Somehow I have the feeling that the site is preparing to shut down about six month after the royalty cut.

Do you experience similar problems?

Best regards,


I am currently looking for a way to buy or rent props and clothings that are typically used in movies, like garderobe sorted by era and the like.

When I am doing a google search, only websites that are popping up try to sell me way overpriced movie props that have been used in REAL hollywood movies (pair of glasses worn by John Malchovic for 599 $ and the like).

Do you have any suggestions?



I just saw that Josh Hodge (pixeldeluxe) only has 40 files left at iStockphoto:

Does anybody know more?

Shutterstock.com / The easiest way to destroy Shutterstock
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:14 »
The easiest way to destroy Shutterstock?

1. Lift upload limit at iStockphoto [check]
2. Transfer the images to Thinkstock [processing]
3. Lower subscription prices at Thinkstock.


Adobe Stock / New relevancy search at Fotolia
« on: April 29, 2013, 10:49 »
Fotolia introduced a new standard relevancy search on Wednesday. That led to a massive fall of income to many German top contributors (including myself). Fotolia decided to temporarily switch back to the old relevance search in Germany.

But since there seems no sign of such an income drop for contributors from other countries, I want to ask:

Have you experienced a change at your Fotolia earnings and downloads since Wednesday?

If you, in what direction?



I just got a news release from the IPTC council who conducted a small study to test how Social Media sites handle metadata (IPTC/EXIF) in uploaded and downloaded photos.

You can see the results here:

or read their full news release here:http://www.iptc.org/site/Home/Media_Releases/IPTC_study_shows_some_social_media_networks_remove_rights_information_from_photos

It's a pity that almost no social media site meets all the requirements.

Looks to me like the winner is Google*, followed by Dropbox and 500px.

What do you think?

DepositPhotos / False advertising on Depositphotos?
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:36 »
I noticed that Depositphotos claims to have the photographer Konrad Bak as an exklusive artist:

However, I know for sure that he has his portfolio also on Fotolia, Dreamstime, Shutterstock and other stock agencies.

Just one image to prove, you could do that with hundreds:
is the same as

Who is fooling who?


I have published on my blog a small tool that lets you estimate you long it will take you to reach the next ranking level at Fotolia.

Check out my free Fotolia Ranking Calculator here:

You can switch the interface language too, if you prefer German or French.

How long will it take you to reach the next level?

Best regards, Robert

Adobe Stock / Free iPad app for Fotolia contributor
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:26 »

there is a new free iPad app for Fotolia contributors with a nice presentation mode and many statistical info:

Best regards,

Lee Torrens posted a blog article on why he should removed all his Dreamstime affiliate links and why we all should do the same:

Long story short: The commissions for the affiliate spreader will be taken from the photographers share, not from the agency share now.

Based on that I removed all my Dreamstime affiliate links, because it seems unfair that a photographer earns less if I referred him instead of him signing up without my help.

What do you think?

Update: I postet a short article on my blog about removing my affiliate links as well:

General - Stock Video / Bestselling videos at Pond5 in 2011
« on: March 26, 2012, 15:25 »

I have asked Tom Bennett, the CEO of Pond5 to tell me what videos sold most in 2011 at Pond5.

Here ist the list, plus my own bestseller there:
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alltageinesfotoproduzenten.de%2F2012%2F03%2F26%2Fdie-top-10-der-meistverkauften-videos-bei-pond5-in-2011%2F (automated Google translation)

Or if you understand German, read my original post here:

Best regards,

Since about a week I am missing the "Status of your submitted images" emails from Shutterstock, though image batched have been processed as I can see on their website.

Anybody else is missing these emails?

I already asked Shutterstock via contact form and Twitter, no reply yet.

Thanks in advance,

123RF / 123rf video prices and commissions
« on: December 17, 2011, 10:03 »

for a while now has 123rf announced that they start to sell videos now.

BUT: I was not able to find the PRICES they want to sell the videos for and the commissions they want to pay the videographers.

I sent them a mail weeks ago, but did not get a response.

Does anybody know more?

I do not want to upload my videos only to find out that they will severely undercut the prices of my other video agencies.

Thanks in advance,

General - Stock Video / What fps sells best?
« on: May 10, 2011, 03:31 »

usually I save my footage clips for agencies from my Canon 5D Mark II as

1920 x 1080 pixel (Full HD)
no sound
MotionJPEG B
.mov Container

Now I've read at some blogs that they recommend either PhotoJPG instead of Motion JPG for footage and another frame rate, usually 29,97fps.

So I am wondering:
What frame rate sells best? And why?

Thanks in advance,


I whished long for this, now it happened:

Shutterstock implemented a function that shows the keywords that led to a download for each image.

You find the function in the new "Image Gallery Stats" in their "Shutterstock Darkroom".

I wrote a blog post about it in German:

Here is the automated english Google translation:

What do you think of the function? Any helpful observations made?


I would love to know what are the best Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android etc.?
I mean ONLY stock photography related ones.

I know of "Easy Release" and some similar ones. But which ones help you doing your stock photography work?

Thanks in advance,


I have posted my earnings, my portfolio size and other numbers from my last year in microstock at the big agencies istockphoto, Fotolia, Dreamstime, Shutterstock and 123rf.

The post is in German, here is the Google Translation:

The original German version can be found here:

Do these numbers compare to yours?

Have fun reading.

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