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1 / Dreamstime Files Lawsuit Against Google
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:11 »
We all know about the downturn in sales.
Dreamstime says Google is to blame.

Dreamstime Files Lawsuit Against Google Claiming the Search Giant Threatens its Survival

I don't get it.  ::)

Here are some of those stats.

"My overall income from all the agencies I submit to has dropped a huge amount over the last 8 years. In 2006 I earned $512,000 from shooting stock, now I earn around $100,000. A massive drop!"

"This time last year I had about 2000 less images on sale at DT, yet up to the point where DT dropped levels from sub sales, my average earnings where around $675 per month.
(so now, at $500per month, I get roughly $175 per month less from 2000 more images !!)"

The below was emailed to PM contributors. As far as I see you would have to opt out of Extended licenses on PM to exclude your images from the Social Media license.

"We get a lot of inquries for using images within social networks. Consequently, we are introducing our new "social media licence" as part of our extended licences. The additional licence fee will be 10 Euro per image.

With our new extended licence, customers can now post images within social networks like facebook, twitter, pinterest and google+:

"Social Media Licence: The content may be used and published within social networks (so called share functions, e.g. within facebook)."

If you do not agree to offer your images with an optional extended licence, you can deactivate your extended licences in the contributor portal -> "policy management". We will introduce the new social media licence not earlier than 14 days from today." (Email sent on May 31, 2013)

123RF / No right click on 123rf, any ideas why?
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:09 »
This is not a complaint, I'm just curious to know why a website would disable right clicks for links to other pages on its site.

I find it impractical, maybe some techies know the reasoning behind it.

Off Topic / The Scream is for sale, any takers?
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:21 »
'A Sotheby's spokesperson has suggested the artwork's price tag could exceed $80m.'

Off Topic / The Real Reason for Brains
« on: November 04, 2011, 11:45 »

This is very interesting. It's 20 minutes, but well worth watching.

8 / Shutterstock's 'Keyword Trends'
« on: July 12, 2011, 13:14 »
This is pretty neat. I like what they are doing with their 'Darkroom'.

"Keyword Trends is the first tool of its kind in our industry, and represents a big step forward in sharing information with our contributors. You can use it to help plan when to create content (be it vectors, video, or photos) and make decisions about when to upload seasonal content.

When you visit the tool for the first time, youll see five boxes at the top. Enter any search terms into those boxes. Or, click on the suggested keywords in the left-hand column, which are personalized based on your portfolio. The page will draw a line graph showing the relative popularity of those keywords over time."

I'm just curious to know how common extended license sales are for editorial images. I have only had 4 extended license sales, none of which were editorial. I would say at least half of my port are editorial images. Do any of you guys get regular of fairly regular editorial El sales?

Edit: title change.

New Sites - General / Clustershot is closing
« on: January 21, 2011, 11:59 »
The announcement is on their site.
I got a sale once because I used the iSyndica syndication to Flickr, the images then went to Clustershot. It was around $100, so not bad.

11 / Congratulations Canstockphoto
« on: August 30, 2010, 07:51 »
Canstockphoto reached 3 million photos and videos this month, which is a fairly decent sized stock library. This is one of those agencies which I don't make a lot of money with, but stick with them basically because I like them and they always seem to be moving (maybe a bit slow at times) in the right direction. Plus the $20+ FotoSearch sales that we can get is an added incentive.

Also their incredibly fast review times, less than 20 minutes these days, is very impressive.
Here's a short blog I wrote about Canstockphoto's achievements.

123RF / How to maximise your sales on 123rf
« on: August 28, 2010, 01:31 »
There are a few things that you can do to increase sales on 123rf. I knew about the features, but never paid too much attention to them until recently. I've written about what difference it can make to sales if you take advantage of these features. My own results have been pleasantly surprising..

Cutcaster / Encouraged to submit, but rejected when I do
« on: July 11, 2010, 06:07 »
I read recently, somewhere on Cutcaster about the images wanted. Something that they want is religious and diverse stuff. I have tons of images of Eastern religions. I thought I'd submit a few to cc, as I haven't  submitted in a while. I sent them just 6, 1 was accepted, the rest rejected for poor lighting. I just can't fathom how the one which was accepted had better lighting than the others. Is it a case of a lazy reviewer, hovering his cursor over the same rejection answer. Again, the old cliche, "these images were accepted in the top 6".

As much as I like Cutcaster, I don't think I have any motivation in sending anymore images. I haven't had a sale this year (a few last year), I don't mind that I'm all for giving a site time, it can take years for a site to become successful. But if they don't want my images, not much point really.

Microstock News /
« on: July 02, 2009, 06:08 »
Hi I hope it's ok to post this. It really won't have any affect on msg's ratings and popularity. A few weeks ago, the forum came online. I've commented in the forums a few times and it's actually quite a good set up. Very few members at the moment, I think 11. But It's nice that Indonesians are able to discuss Microstock issues in their own language. Fluent English in this country is still quite a rare thing. Ok very small news indeed, but I'd just thought I'd mention it.  :)

Nikon / Nikon D90 or D5000?
« on: May 28, 2009, 09:40 »
I want to change my camera. I know the saying a good worker doesn't blame his tools, but about 90% (an estimate) of my rejections are for image quality reasons. I have a Pentax ist DL, I quite like like using it, although probably don't realise it's inadequacies until I upgrade. I like what I've read about the D90. My first camera was an fm2, so have a soft spot for Nikons. The D5000's advantage is the tilt Lcd. I would actually use it to shoot. I often take crowd shots and it would be useful sticking the camera up in the air and then looking at the lcd to frame the image. However, I think I won't have too many choices on lenses compared to the D90, as there is no In body focus. Any of you able to offer any advice? I don't want to buy the D5000 only to feel I should have got the D90. Cheers.

If there is any at all. I was accepted on ss on April 17. I just have 22 images there, but 47 downloads. I've heard that newbies get preference. I think this is speculation, but it could be true as 47 downloads seems a lot. I can understand preference for new images but not for newbies. Do any of you know anything about this? Cheers.

General Stock Discussion / Why don't editorial photos sell?
« on: April 18, 2009, 11:14 »
For the last few weeks I've been shooting a lot of editorial stuff as there has been a lot going on in my area. The latest event being the Indonesian general elections. I realise that there are less businesses that can use editorial images, but there are still plenty of businesses worldwide with a need for them, well at least I would think so. I have put the images I have shot recently on Dreamstime, Bigstockphoto and Cutcaster and not a single sale. You can see some of the election images here and I've posed a few more questions in the post. Hope you might be able to answer a few of them.  

Edited:modified the url link

Photoshelter, recently claimed that 58% of photo buyers said they would decrease their use of microstock in 2009. Apparently it was a misprint and the figure should have been 22%. But i'm not sure if this figure too is plausible.

Corrected version.

Original version.

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