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1 / Strange surge in $2.00 royalty subscriptions
« on: February 20, 2015, 15:22 »
Has anyone else seen a large number (relative to your normal volume) of $2.00 subscription sales at Dreamstime today? I've got about 5-10 times my normal volume today and the royalty for each was $2.00. I'm just worried that those downloads might be fraudulent.

I ran across the article linked below and wondered what you guys thought of it...

I thought that it would be fun to see what other people received for Christmas that they absolutely LOVED! While I'm thankful for my health and the love of my family, I'm particularly excited to have received a CineMoco Dolly!

What's your favorite present?


Image Sleuth /
« on: October 29, 2013, 22:12 »
Heard of this site?

Wondering if anyone has any experience with it and what benefit (if any) you feel it could provide to us as content producers.

5 / $2.00 subscription sale?
« on: September 13, 2013, 18:32 »
Today I had a $2.00 subscription sale on a level 4 image. I've never seen a subscription sale for anything other than $0.35. Anyone else seeing this or is it a fluke/glitch?

General Photography Discussion / Canon CPS changes
« on: September 10, 2013, 13:46 »
Is anyone else here a member of the Canon CPS program? I just received an email from them and though that maybe it had been written by one of our "favorite" microstock sites. It was along the lines of, "We're making some changes," which translated to, "You're getting the shaft again."

They're no longer allowing the 60D to be counted towards membership points. I have 2 of them!

The only good news is that they've reduced Platinum membership from $500 to $300, but I doubt that I'll ever own enough Canon gear to qualify.

Thanks for reading my rant.  ;D

Image Sleuth / Not sure if this is allowed
« on: July 30, 2013, 08:39 »
The model in the image used in the article linked below contacted me this morning. In your opinion, is this an accepted use of the image? It seems like the usage makes it look like the photo is of "Tom Logan," the chef mentioned/quoted in the article.

The model wasn't upset, just amused at seeing another photo of him in use.

A license was sold this morning on DT. What are your thoughts? This is more from curiosity than any desire to pursue the matter.

Image Sleuth /
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:23 »
I though that it would be a good idea to start a new thread for this topic to see if there is any real interest. So far we have 2 possible domain names:

We had discussed allowing members to post infringement finds and some sort of DMCA assistance.

There was discussion of including other useful resources (e.g. model releases, property releases, etc)

Please post any other ideas on this thread.


9 / Your account has been Banned.
« on: March 07, 2013, 12:12 »
I just thought that the wording that iStock uses when I try to access my account after it was closed by my request was fairly humorous.

"Your account has been Banned."


I want to close my StockXpert account so that none of my images will appear on Thinkstock. I've already deactivated all but 1 image on iStock. I have about $37 in my StockXpert account at the moment. If I close my account, will I get that money, or will it disappear?

11 / Can't log in
« on: January 17, 2013, 22:45 »
Anyone else having trouble logging into BS?

OK, let's have it...

What would you like to see in a "Sell on your own website" software package? If there's enough interest, I'm going to be working with another coder to put something together that will be:
  • Rich in features (based upon your input)
  • Easy to install

Please list your wants/needs in this thread and we'll see what we can come up with for you!

Off Topic / Asking for a bit of help
« on: January 13, 2012, 16:57 »
I've been doing a lot less stock since I've been busy with a new project.

Back in November, I started a local weekly cooking show called CNY Flavor. I'm filming with my 5DMKII, a 60D and a t2i.

I was wondering if any of you with Facebook accounts could be persuaded to "Like" the page for the show?

It will only take a minute of your time and will help me sell advertising.

Who knows, you might even come across a recipe that you love...

Thanks in advance!

eta camera info

Off Topic / This may be of interest...
« on: September 09, 2011, 20:27 »
I haven't checked the TOS (couldn't find them), but some of you may want to check this site out. 9GB free, unlimited storage for $2/month USD.

I don't know if anyone else saw this today, but I feel that it's pretty darn important.

The US Appeals Court for the 1st Circuit ruled that it is a First Amendment right to film/record police officer doing their job in a public space.


Read the article here

18 / Survey
« on: July 06, 2011, 13:32 »
Did anyone else have to log in when they got to iStock and then have to fill out a buyer survey or is it just me?

19 / $0.00 download?
« on: June 03, 2011, 11:02 »
Today, I noticed that I had an image downloaded twice on BigstockPhoto. Once for $1.00 and once for $0.00. Anyone else seeing anything like this or have any ideas?

Off Topic / What does this remind you of?
« on: April 29, 2011, 06:16 »
I saw this on MSNBC and it reminded me of some situation that I read about here... Anyone remember what it was?

On Wednesday Kristopher Johns of Alabama filed a suit in U.S. District Court accusing Sony of "negligence in data security" and of not taking "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users" as well as for taking too long to notify him and other customers that their data had been pilfered.

Johns and his attorneys are seeking class action status for the case as well as monetary compensation and free credit card monitoring for everyone affected.

I read this article earlier today and immediately thought of all the talk here regarding a class-action suit against iStock. It sounds like the contributors have been cut off at the knees. Please correct me if my interpretation is incorrect.

Off Topic / Funniest April Fool's story you've read so far
« on: April 01, 2011, 12:32 »
What's the funniest thing you've seen online or received in your inbox for April Fool's Day? I got this great tip from PhotoRadar today!

23 / Payout for January 17th
« on: January 18, 2011, 10:10 »
Am I the only one that didn't get notice of a payout this week? I submitted the request on January 14th but have not received any email stating that they are doing anything about it. Is this the next phase of their plan, they just ignore payout requests?  >:(

General Stock Discussion / What to charge?
« on: January 11, 2011, 13:20 »
I know that this has been discussed here before, but I just received a request for usage of one of my images with the following criteria:

(1) year,  unlimited USA use in the following: trade ads, trade and consumer collateral, convention panels, posters, premiums and all electronic media.

The image in question is already being sold as micro and the buyer is aware of this. How much is reasonable to charge? BTW, I would rather come in a bit low and make some cash than price myself out of the game.


Off Topic / How do you think this will affect piracy of images?
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:16 »
I saw this today and wondered what you all thought. Will this cut down on piracy of our work or will thieves just find work-arounds?

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