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1 / shutterstock password reset
« on: September 21, 2016, 15:55 »
I just got an email from ss to reset my password - just trying to make sure it's not phishing.

Microstock News / Has Yuri shut down his site?
« on: December 17, 2015, 19:37 »
It's been down for a couple of days - (he had one calculator I liked to look at). Anyone know of any news there?

Adobe Stock / Newbie here and have rank question
« on: November 25, 2015, 17:09 »
I have received my first payout from Fotolia and my rank changed. I saw something in another thread that I have to go into my files and change my prices? How does that work?

I obviously have not read through all the fine print, but I am happy to see daily activity there as I slowly build my port. If there is a step I'm missing about increasing my sales amount, please let me know.

Thank you!

4 / Download statistics
« on: November 13, 2015, 14:17 »
Has Istock changed where to see what is being sold? My sales total is going up, but I can't find any information on downloads.

Adobe Stock / Can someone explain how Fotolia really works
« on: November 05, 2015, 19:04 »
I started uploading this year and my gallery is SSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWLY growing. I have sales, but I'm not sure how to interpret them.

What's the difference between sales in credits and sales with subscription?
What happens when you convert credits?
What is the payout level (sorry if I'm being lazy)?
And why has one specific image been almost the only one that is selling for almost a month now? What effect does your weekly position have?
Do photos have a weekly position or is that only applied to your portfolio in general?

I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go along, but I am moderately pleased with the results I'm getting there and am trying to determine if I should direct more of my efforts here.

Main thing is with all this differentiation between commissions and credits, I don't even know if my total credits amount is my income balance.

6 / Deep Meta indicates pending images
« on: October 06, 2015, 06:23 »
When I look at my stats in deep meta, it says I have something like 13 images that are pending.  But I can't figure out how to get to those images so that I can see which images they are? I assume pending means they are waiting on review, but I'm not sure. I upload to several sites and I'd like to know which images these are so I don't repeat the same images.

Any input?

123RF / Is 123 always buggy?
« on: June 23, 2015, 07:01 »
I've recently begun to try to build my galleries across various sites, but I seem to be running into problems here and elsewhere. I want to be productive with my time, so if this site is notoriously buggy, maybe I won't bother.

Bugs include: Accepted images not showing in my portfolio - finally got a reply to a support ticket that the missing images will be "re-batched" and will show up in a few days. Also, just tried to upload another few and after waiting for the upload for about 10 minutes, I got a screen that says I don't have any images q'd.

Do I have bad timing and have been trying to do this when they are having problems? Or, is it just a horrendously buggy site?

Off Topic / Viewbug
« on: June 18, 2015, 07:01 »
Does anyone actually sell anything there, or is it just a showme site with contests?

123RF / How long before images show up?
« on: June 06, 2015, 07:46 »
I'm trying to build my ports at various sites, so I'm not really familiar with the flow here. How long do reviews take and how long before they show up in your port?

I submitted a few on 5/30. I discovered by accident that they got accepted, but when I open my port, they aren't there.

Thanks in advance.

10 / site down?
« on: April 30, 2014, 17:59 »
I'm having trouble opening the site - is it me, or is the site down?

I've asked this at ss also, but thought I might get some additional input here.

I've got a series of editorial images that an advertising agency has contacted me about purchasing them for commercial use of the images.  They want unlimited use.

I'd like to try to make it work, but I've got some hoops to clear first.

The photos are from an equestrian competition.  I had permission from the OP to shoot there as long as I didn't solicit the competitors.  Should I go through her first about getting releases from the competitors for commercial use?  Would that be a professional courtesy, or not necessary at all?

Should I ask the agency to chase the competitors for releases, or do I need to do that myself?

I have asked if they want exclusivity- if they do, how do I price that?

12 / Shutterstock site down?
« on: October 23, 2013, 15:40 »
Or is it just me?

13 / Yet another question about most popular
« on: July 08, 2013, 17:41 »
Over at shutterstock, I'm seeing comments that you get better replies here, so I thought I'd give it a try...and please excuse me, as I am sure this has been discussed to death, so perhaps if someone wants to just point me to the correct thread, that would even be helpful.

How is it that relatively new images that have not sold once are showing on my first page of most popular?  Honestly, I just don't get it.

14 / Can't Log on to Istock
« on: December 10, 2008, 08:37 »
Is anyone else having this problem?  When I try to log in, all I get is the login page coming back up.  I wonder if it's because I am insignificant there, (to say the very least). 

....I am sometimes very curious about the featured images on shutterstock's front page.  I have asked in the past and received the explanation that if you know the rules you can break the rules.  But this one I just don't get as a featured image:

Obviously, I'm off base, because there is so much I don't understand, so how does this image break the rules in a good way?  I've tried to shoot something similar time and time again just because I think water drops are striking images, and they never come out looking like what I'd want to submit like this:

Is it because the splash is kind of in the shape of a crown, maybe?

Am I being an ass?

I have been retained to do a shoot and my camera will not quite meet the minimum size requirements of the final image.  So, thanks to the enormous kindness of a friend, I have been loaned a Canon EOS 6.3MP Digital Rebel.  I have to take a crash course on this camera and am looking for any tips that may help me get going.  Also, if anyone knows where I can get a copy of the manual on-line, please put a link up.

I'll be shooting the lighting system at a small stadium at dusk, as well as some detaiil of the event being lit.

No DSLR experience, but I do have a grasp of the basics.  I am mostly wondering if anyone knows of a "sweet spot" to set this camera to under those conditions, as I will not have the opportunity to pre-try or to learn alot about this camera.

I appreciate any input!

Off Topic / Looking to rent a camera
« on: November 18, 2008, 12:43 »
Someone has offered me a real gig.  Trouble for me is that they want finished results at 300 dpi - minimum size print 8" x 10".  Well, my li'l ole Panasonic only shoots in 72dpi and when I convert it to 300dpi after the fact, 100% prinit is only about 6" x 8".  I am quite sure it wouldn't work to upsize the resolution (my max is 2560 x 1920) before resetting the dpi to 300 during postprocessing. 

Therefore, I am considering doing a camera rental for this shoot.  Where is the most cost effective camera rental place?

Site Related / I KNOW this is a dumb question
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:54 »
I haven't been here very long, and I'm not super active here - so please excuse me if this has been asked and answered....

I don't get how the site poll works.  If I scroll down this page, the right hand column has a place that says "You may cast a new vote in..." and seems to default to the next month, whatever that is.  I don't fully understand that.  And what do I put in the boxes next to each site?  Then, the poll that lists each site and you give it a number representing excellent to poor doesn't make alot of sense either.  Is that a measure of one site compared to another?  Of one month/site compared to another? 

What about the poll results?  Is that based on whatever is down this page on the right, or on the poll you get to by clicking the polls tab above?

Sorry for not getting what is probably obvious, but I've not been able to figure this out.

General Stock Discussion / What's causing more anxiety?
« on: August 07, 2008, 09:28 »
Waiting for that first sale at YAY, or waiting for that first OD sale at SS?

General Stock Discussion / What about USPhotoStock
« on: June 19, 2008, 13:23 »
I was just checking them out, and it almost appears that you don't have to keyword or categorize images until after they are reviewed.  Am I right about that?

Has anyone checked them out? 

General Stock Discussion / Alexa
« on: June 13, 2008, 10:34 »
Don't like sounding 'tupid, but I'm really not that familiar with Alexa and am not sure how to get the reports. 

Can someone post a link to the current stats for the big 6?

I am very curious about the advent of new sites in light of recent speculation that the microstock industry is saturated, or old news, or in some way less attractive to buyers.  Is it really worthwhile to even consider jumping on-board with some of the new sites - especially since we're all pretty much elsewhere as well?

I'd love to know everyone's thoughts on that.

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