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Pond5 / So has anybody sold any images on Pond5?
« on: September 09, 2021, 10:42 »
I didn't send up THAT many but not a single sale. So just deleted account.

« on: April 22, 2021, 10:02 »
Anybody bumped into this site? NFT and blockchain. Minimal other info.

iStockPhoto.com / Istock acquires Unsplash
« on: March 31, 2021, 11:45 »
Does anybody think this could remotely be good news for us? From Unsplash:

Unsplash is being acquired by Getty Images

Im excited to share Unsplash is being acquired by Getty Images today.

The reason Im excited about this acquisition is because its not goodbye, its about acceleration.

This is not one of those tech acquisitions where the company is bought to be shut down. Unsplash will continue to operate as a standalone brand and division of Getty Images. The entire Unsplash team will be staying and building Unsplash in the direction we have been. The main difference now is we have access to the resources and experience of Getty Images to help accelerate our plans to create the worlds most useful visual asset library.

In 2016, we first met the Getty Images team. We werent sure they would see the world the same way we did given their business was largely built on licensing. Over years of conversations, however, we learned about the level of respect they had for the Unsplash community and the rights of creators to choose how and where their imagery is made available. Craig Peters, Getty Images CEO, told me, We have so much admiration for Unsplash. What youre doing for creativity and what youve built is incredible.

It also became clear we shared a similar view of the world. The impact of imagery has never been greater and will only become greater in the future. And we both aim to push that impact further than anyone has ever done before.

After interacting with the team at Getty Images more and better understanding their long-term vision, we realized we shared so much alignment that going at this together could be much more impactful than going at it separately.

Canva / Random payment generator?
« on: February 12, 2021, 05:09 »
So - does anybody know how the 'subs' part of our income is being calculated now? Clearly no longer double March. Seems a random number just....appears....
Did I miss any update?

Shutterstock.com / SS sales January
« on: January 27, 2021, 10:27 »
Unless there is a miracle, it looks like I will be almost 75% down on January 2020 (and 2019).
Obviously with the ripoff Levels change I expected a drop - but down to one quarter of last year?
Amazing. :(
And none of the other sites even begin to make up the the slack.
:( :( :(

CanStockPhoto.com / Payment history
« on: January 11, 2021, 06:34 »
Is there a way to see payment history on CS please?

123RF / No stats for Dec then
« on: January 01, 2021, 03:46 »
Just a message saying stats will be updated the first week of the month. :(

Adobe Stock / New Rank in Adobe community - but why?
« on: December 11, 2020, 10:17 »
I've not posted anything there since last May.
Obviously, it's a no-reply email so I can't just ask Adobe directly.
Anybody else?
Should I be suspicious?

General Midstock / Unable to get 500px to stop 'selling' my images
« on: November 17, 2020, 05:00 »
Another sale for 7cents today. It is at least MONTHS since I asked to disable all Marketplace sales.
Anybody know how I can actually get 500px to stop 'selling'?
I did think about completely disabling the port, but I guess it also exists - probably forever - in a Getty subfolder somewhere and/or China.


Dreamstime.com / 403 Forbidden error - can't upload
« on: November 11, 2020, 06:15 »
ok. Problem sorted.

VideoBlocks / Hacking in progress?
« on: October 10, 2020, 03:24 »
I closed my Videoblock/Storyblocks account some time back. But now keep getting Verification codes in my email to access 'my account'. I am not trying to access my account...

I have tried to contact the site but no reply....the Verification codes keep coming....

Just in case this info is useful to anybody else. Just doesn't seem normal to me.

Canva / Rejections
« on: September 16, 2020, 05:01 »
OK. Is it just me or are Canva not accepting hardly any images these days? Like 1%.
Barely worth sending them up as wasting everyboody's time....

General Stock Discussion / XPiks support
« on: July 21, 2020, 05:57 »
Is there any way please to contact these guys without setting up a Google email address? Seems everything I can find goes vi Google groups now..... Ta.

iStockPhoto.com / Rank? Brief Code? Collection?
« on: July 09, 2020, 06:41 »
Anybody found any guidance for these new boxes we have to tick on DeepMeta? Rank is compulsory it seems..... And collection links to 500px, Asia images, banana stock and a squillion others.....

Payoneer / Payoneer- Wirecard.
« on: June 27, 2020, 05:18 »
I gather there are problems with using Payoneer cards thanks to dodgy accounting, it seems, at Wirecard.

Does this matter to us?
Is it best to use Paypal for now, where possible?
Even just for Payoneer accounts where money gets sent directly into bank accounts?
Does anybody understand all this?

General Midstock / Sold on 500px!
« on: June 26, 2020, 12:01 »
Just got an email! Woohoo!!!
Then I read it....
Seem to be aiming to give SS a run for their money.
Think I'll disable sales there. They used to be good.

iStockPhoto.com / Contributors' survey
« on: June 25, 2020, 11:15 »
Anybody else got this?

The Contributor Relations team wants to get a better understanding of what drives our Contributor Community by learning more about your interests and background.

Whether youre a new or a long‑time contributor, we encourage you to give us your honest and candid feedback so that we can improve your experience.

For the purpose of this survey, "Getty Images" refers to both Getty Images and iStock.

Adobe Stock / Aldobe stock earnings. Woohoo!!!!
« on: June 10, 2020, 11:34 »
 Congratulations PZF!
Yesterday you made:

Few thousand images there and not all a c%&p.

Alamy.com / RM Exclusive
« on: May 29, 2020, 02:26 »
I have some RMExclusive images on Alamy. Mainly more arty stuff. It tends not to sell!
Can I also put these images on POD sites eg Fine Art America as well? Or not.

I would ask Alamy but they are closed for Covid. Sigh.....

iStockPhoto.com / Silly question but....
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:20 »
I have had a bit of hassle with my computer just lately!!! :(

But I think I may have got DeepMeta working again :) so have sent up a couple of test images. :)
However, they have not yet appeared anywhere that I can see them.... :(

Now, I never used to worry about this since the system worked brilliantly and I never needed to know! BUT...

Does it take days for uploaded images to appear on the AdobeStock site? And when they do first appear - can you tell me where this happens, please, so I can check what is happening?


MicrostockSubmitter / No longer and issue
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:09 »
OK - problem gone away. Nothing to see here....! :)

iStockPhoto.com / IStock want a TIN
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:53 »
in the tax form. What do you give for the UK please? NI number?

As a UK citizen I don't even seem to qualify for an ITIN or EIN or whatever the given options are....   :(

UPDATE - NI number. :)

I recently moved from Italy to UK and have been in touch with chat about:

updating the info (address etc) in my stock photo Contributor account with Adobe
changing info regarding my Creative Cloud deal (currently being received for free as a long term Contributor).

Chat tell me they have cancelled my previous Creative Cloud plan and sent me a quote to PAY for Photoshop Cloud. I do not yet know if they really have cancelled the free account.....! I have not yet paid for the new one. :(

BUT, ever worse

they tell me that my Contributor account cannot be updated in any way. The country can never be changed. I need to set up a new account and 'start fresh from there' (I quote).

Surely this cannot be right? I need a second Adobe/Fotolia account? Can I even do that? I am still getting income from the Italian one...

Please can somebody shed some light on all this.....

For now I am keeping the Italian options open, but clearly this cannot go on forever....


So many lately. Maybe their AI (Artificial Intelligence or Absolute Idiot) review system flags this up every time it meets a word it doesn't recognize eg a place or town name.
I'd be even more irritated if they were still selling as well as before. Now I tend to just sigh and move on....
But crazy.
PS If they don't reject for Title they reject for Editorial. A picture of a road bridge for heavens sake.....
Beyond the pale......

General Stock Discussion / 500px end of year 4 cents
« on: January 11, 2020, 02:09 »
Well, it seems that on the last day of 2019 4 sales come through. After nothing for months. Looks like somebody kicked the accounting machine and it finally went and did a reccy.
Two were half decent but two were via Getty. These latter 4 cents apiece.
So wish we could get out of that Getty deal.

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