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123RF / Again late with 1099 this year?
« on: March 04, 2018, 19:16 »
It seems like they did not send the form again this year.

2 / Earning types breakdown
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:17 »
Is there a way to see counts per earning type? Breakdown by dollar amounts is meaningless, one enhanced sale is equivalent to hundreds of subscriptions.

3 / Dreamstime uses AI in review process
« on: March 17, 2017, 13:34 »

All other agencies simply tag image as editorial type and do not require special treatment.

Envato / Tool to help with US State Sales Tax
« on: August 10, 2016, 10:29 »

General Stock Discussion / SSTK: Not A Pretty Picture
« on: April 14, 2016, 09:22 »
Article discuss Shutterstock as investment. In short in long run it has not chance against Adobe.

For me interesting part was proposed strategies to fight back Adobe, especially one suggesting increasing percentage for contributors:
As I see it SSTK has two options, sacrifice profits or market share:

Option 1)

Increase payout to contributors. ~45% of revenue at an 8% lower margin (~4 to 5 points of margin but an 8ish% change relative to its current rate) = a ~4% hit to gross profit - Adobe pays roughly 33%, SSTK 28.5%. This still does not address Adobe's captive audience in Adobe creative suite.

Lower retail download price. ~50% lower price point * ~45% of revenues = 23% hit to revenue. This would not happen immediately, but likely over time as SSTK slowly steps down pricing.

Option 2)

Maintain pricing, sacrifice share and probably target a niche in which Adobe/Fotolia does not compete. Adobe's image library targets the middle & lower market (or at least Fotolia did historically). SSTK is reputed to have had a higher quality library and is solidly middle market in quality relative to Fotolia. Adobe hired away SSTK's head of content in fall of 2015 - likely to address that very issue. Targeting the higher priced enterprise market (currently ~28% of SSTK's business) might be a viable strategy over the longer term, but given 72% of SSTK's business is currently retail, it would likely be a painful and long transition to that model.

General - Stock Video /
« on: March 01, 2016, 12:57 »
HD footage for $10 with 50/50 split would be $5 for contributor. Anybody has experience with them?

123RF / JPG is missing in storage
« on: May 08, 2015, 13:28 »
I got a lot of these errors when I am trying to process my images uploaded by FTP. Also abnormally large number of "Not a valid JPG" errors.

9 / Is FTP upload broken again?
« on: March 21, 2015, 14:20 »
Files are sitting on the FTP server but I never show up on the web site so I cannot submit them.

10 / SS Keyword Suggestions messed up in Chrome
« on: January 13, 2015, 23:58 »
It has been not usable for couple days in Chrome (both Windows and Mac) while it is still working in Firefox.

So far they could not sell first prototype so they made another one, more expensive and fancier. It seem like the best they can achieve is to be acquired by Apple :-)

General Stock Discussion / Cutting off partner programs
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:30 »
Few weeks ago I went through most of the sites to see if I can turn off partner programs. Not everywhere it is possible so I did it when I found an option. After few weeks I can see results:
1. 123RF - no change
2. Dreamstime - it is half of what I got before so maybe in long run it would improve
3. Depositphotos - similar to above
4. YAY - it dried out totally, zero.

14 / Is there a limit on video size?
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:57 »
It seems like recently files over 400 MB cannot be uploaded because connection is closed by FTP server. On other sites I have no problems uploading these files.

15 / SOD $0.38
« on: April 01, 2014, 13:56 »
What's the point of handling it special if it is subscription price?

We photographers, camera manufactures not much:

General Stock Discussion / Are we getting outsourced?
« on: March 10, 2014, 14:55 »
It seems like all agencies think the next big thing is mobile photography. Are they saying good bye to DSLR photographers?

The Flickr Collection will form the basis of a new house collection called Moment. Instead of using Flickr, contributors will be using the same procedure as all other Getty and iStock contributors and submitting full-sized, captioned and released images for review and selection.

19 / New design for submission page
« on: March 07, 2014, 12:05 »
Why the always make it look pretty and not so much usable? Do they really test it before release?

So much crap at the top of the page but I cannot see submit button :-(

Is it $10 for royalties? Should then all agencies sent us this form? I got one today, is the deadline February 28th?

500px new project Prime, a commercial licensing marketplace for 500px photography:

"First: We are pricing all licenses in a way that brings dignity to the photographer, we are not joining the race to the bottom. Our licenses will start at $250.

Second: We are giving you, the photographer, 30% for every one of your images that we license. It doesnt matter how it is bought, who buys it, or under what license, your 30% comes off the top.

Third: We are using the power of the 500px community to give buyers insight into how photos will be received and perceived before licensing them. Imagine searching images by potential vitality, hero status and visceral reaction. This is revolutionary and something only 500px can do."

My Google alert on "microstock" brought me this link:

It would explain why my nightly FTP upload produced no result for DepositPhotos :-)

Off Topic / Dust magnets
« on: January 03, 2014, 14:53 »
Which cameras have worst dust cleaning system? Frankly when I switched to full frame with cleaning system I thought my problems would be over but I did not see much improvement. So here is my vote for Canon :-)

Off Topic / Best time of the year to buy new camera?
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:42 »
I was thinking that after Christmas prices should go down but i checked and many things are out of stock.

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