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123RF / 123RF PNG files
« on: January 31, 2024, 03:46 »
I don't often look at 123RF these days given the low volume of sales.  But I did check my account balance today and was surprised to see a message that 123RF now accepts PNG files.

I couldn't find any explanation on the web site, and using search filters I couldn't see any options for selecting PNG unlike Adobe which has transparent backgrounds as an option.

Is this something new and early days for 123RF?  Does anyone have any experience of PNG files there?

General - Top Sites / Microsoft Create
« on: December 07, 2022, 20:08 »
What is this new thing Microsoft Create?  It looks a lot like Canva.

I see SS also has a new Create thing.

Does Adobe have something similar?

3 / DeepMeta question
« on: September 20, 2022, 23:08 »
I've downloaded DeepMeta to a new computer, logged in etc.  Portfolio has been idetified and added to DeepMeta.  However there is no sales history or sales statements.  Do I have to do something special to download these to DeepMeta?

Canva / Canva acceptances, rejections etc
« on: September 01, 2022, 02:54 »
I'm uploading to Canva again after a break of a few months.  I used to be able to view all my uploads with details of acceptance, rejection etc but I can't find that facility now.  Has it gone, or am I missing something?

5 / BigStock ... stopped uploading there
« on: January 04, 2020, 05:26 »
When I first went non-exclusive a few years ago I could reliably make about $100 a month at BigStock.  However over the past couple of years sales have declined, declined, declined and I'll be lucky if I now reach $10 in a month instead of $100.

Clearly this isn't worth the time and effort, so I've decided to stop uploading.

Perhaps others here have a different experience, but for my portfolio I clearly have to take decisions.

Good luck to anyone still active there.

Canva / Canva Subscriptions
« on: November 03, 2019, 20:43 »
I see that the subs numbers have been added today.  An improvement, but unfortunately credit sales seem to be falling faster.  I imagine this trend will continue if they have a plan to covert credit customers to subs.  My subs numbers are disappointing and looks like this:

July   30   $5.84
Aug   53   $10.11
Sept  41   $9.10
Oct   64    $17.44

Stocksy / How are things going...?
« on: June 18, 2019, 04:43 »
How are things going at Stocksy?  I've heard they are becoming very successful.  Anyone have any experience there?

DepositPhotos / Crello - competitor to Canva
« on: March 28, 2019, 16:40 »
Whilst browsing the Deposit Photos web site today I came across an advertisement for Crello - proudly advertised as a new service by Deposit enabling online design etc.  I haven't looked in detail but the overall concept appears to be almost a direct copy of Canva.  Clearly Deposit has seen the tremendous success of Canva and decided to enter that market as a competitor (and Canva's recent private equity valuation of AUS$ 1 billion must have made deposit very attracted to the Canva style of market).

I'm surprised we don't appear to have seen any announcements from Deposit.  Also, they mention that designers have access to over 60 million files from the Deposit portfolio for use in Crello.  There's no mention anywhere about how we will be paid for Crello sales, nor what the rates are.

I wish Deposit success with Crello, but I'd like to be reassured that images used in the Crello service are going to pay royalties to us, and I'd like to see confirmation of rates and amounts.

9 / DeepMeta editorial batch default
« on: February 26, 2019, 19:19 »
Attn Franky please.  I've just had two or three batches rejected with the rejection reason "this subject isn't suitable as editorial - please resubmit for the creative essentials collection".  Strange because I rarely do editorial and certainly wouldn't have submitted those batches as such.  When I checked DeepMeta I found that those batches had been created as editorial by default (something I didn't notice at the time).  I don't remember DeepMeta having such a default in the past - it always defaulted to Creative.

Anyway, with resubmit permission I used the 'move' function to move those files to new batches.  Interestingly in the 'move' function I am given the option to create a new batch.  Fine.  But once again the editorial checkbox is checked by default.

It seems to me that this 'editorial by default' situation is rather strange; I imagine the vast majority of submissions to iStock are creative or illustration, with only a minority as editorial.

On the other hand perhaps I've accidentally clicked something somewhere that has told my copy of DeepMeta to default to editorial.  Unlikely, but possible.

Franky, perhaps you could have a look at this situation - perhaps the editorial default has appeared in one of the recent updates.

Adobe Stock / Reached Emerald: should I increase prices?
« on: March 21, 2018, 23:47 »
Reached Emerald status a few weeks ago and wondering whether I should increases prices from the basic 1 credit to 2 credits.  I'm undecided - on the one hand I'd like to try for higher income, but on the other hand I don't want to destroy sales.

Do any other Emeralds have experience they'd like to share?

11 / Shutterstock keywords not changing order
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:48 »
Over the years I've noticed that when sales are made the keyword order of images gradually changes from alphabetical to 'most popular'.  That also has something to do with search placement for those most popular keywords.

However over the past two or three months I've noticed that the keyword order for new uploads isn't changing and remains alphabetical even for images that have sold a few times.  I've also found that instead of new images with sales gradually becoming more popular, they sell a few times then disappear.  I wonder if this is also something to do with the keyword order not changing.

Has anyone noticed something similar?

12 / Istock uploads - no views or sales
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:50 »
I started uploading a few batches of work to istock again a couple months ago.  I haven't really uploaded much since going non-exclusive two years ago.

I recall that the priority keyword system got broken a few years back and making views or sales from new uploads became very much a hit or miss affair (mostly miss).  Thing is - I'm still seeing very few views on newly uploaded files.  And I mean very VERY few views.  Some entire batches have zero views.

I remember they tried to remedy the problem by introducing the ability to put keywords into priority order in DeepMeta, but that didn't seem to work very well - the files still got jumbled keywords when they hit the site.  That function is no longer available.

Is anyone having success with new uploads to istock, or is the thing still broken from years back?

Adobe Stock / Adobe/Fotolia sales volatility
« on: November 30, 2017, 00:47 »
I've noticed a declining trend in sales and views over the past few months.  Others have commented about an apparent change in geographical exposure.  What I'm experiencing is a dramatic change in sales volume from one day to the next.  Fotolia used to be very reliable but nowadays I get very good days followed by very bad days, then another good day etc.  A good day might be in the 25-35 sales, a bad day will drop to perhaps just a dozen.  Today I got only a handful of sales, whereas yesterday was in the 'normal' range.

This change in sales pattern seems to be accelerating, with the variance between good and bad becoming more pronounced.

I did some searches to see if that might give some answers.  I was surprised to see a big emphasis on illustrations in my search results.  Then, a couple days later, I did the same searches and the results were dominated by photos.

I'll guess that Adobe/Fotolia has got some 'clever' tech people who have come up with all these ideas about how to provide variation for customers, how to give better search results based on geographical location etc etc.  I remember that istock tried all these things years ago - none of them 'worked' and all that happened was that contributors got lower sales and became more and frustrated and confused.  In the end the entire istock search got broken (and the keyword priority system still appears to be broken today all these years later.

I'm certainly frustrated and confused.  Adobe/Fotolia has been a very good agency for me from when I went non-exclusive a couple years ago, but now all these 'clever techy' things are going on it just reminds me of all those frustrating years at istock.  Shame.

As part of the integration with Getty's sales reporting, they are taking away real time reporting of credit sales.  Credit sales will now be reported monthly in arrears the same as subs.  Looks like we will lose an entire month's earnings when they switch to this in January - January's credit sales will be reported on February 20th, and if they follow Getty's payment system, the February statement will be paid in March.  Hope I'm wrong, but that's how I read it.

15 / Links black bar disappeared
« on: May 27, 2016, 18:58 »
A couple of days ago the quick links black bar disappeared and now I can't find any way to get to the 'my uploads' page.  Anyone else having this problem?

Adobe Stock / Adobe posts impressive 1st Q results
« on: March 23, 2016, 21:22 »
Adobe has posted an impressive set of financial results.  Amongst the numbers is an item called Digital Media, which has a sub section of Creative which I assume is mainly Fotolia.  Creative shows gross revenue of $733 million, up 44% from the same period last year.  Impressive!  I imagine Fotolia is showing strong growth.

SAN JOSE, Calif. Mar. 17, 2016 Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2016 ended Mar. 4, 2016.
First Quarter Financial Highlights
Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.38 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 25 percent.
Diluted earnings per share were $0.50 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.66 on a non-GAAP basis.
Digital Media segment revenue grew by 33 percent year-over-year to a record $932 million, with Creative revenue growing 44 percent year-over-year to a record $733 million.
Strong Creative Cloud adoption drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) to $3.13 billion exiting the quarter, an increase of $246 million.
Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved strong bookings growth, and record revenue of $377 million that represents year-over-year growth of 21 percent.
Year-over-year operating income grew 78 percent and net income grew 200 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income and net income both grew 48 percent on a non-GAAP basis.
Cash flow from operations was $498 million, and deferred revenue grew to $1.61 billion.
The company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares during the quarter, returning $133 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobes website.

18 / Canstockphoto - is it worth it?
« on: November 21, 2015, 20:36 »
I see from the Poll on the right that CanStock is showing results similar to BigStock.  Does this reflect reality for most people?  Is CanStock worth uploading to, or are the numbers misleading like Deposit?  Has there been any improvement and/or progress at CanStock since they were integrated into Fotosearch?

Has iStock implemented a 'stacked images' policy similar to the one used by Getty, where only one image from a series is actually shown in search results?  Has there been any announcement about this?

Today I looked at my portfolio sorted by 'newest' and was rather surprised to find that more than half of files uploaded in recent months are not visible.  More specifically all the similars are missing.  If I'd uploaded a small series of four or five, only one of those is actually shown in my portfolio.  When I click on that image I can see all the others in that series shown in the similars carousel.  But they don't appear in my portfolio and I cannot find them if I search.

This appears to be similar to Getty's 'stacked images' system where only one image from a series is shown in the search results, and the others are only visible as similars.

Has anyone else noticed this?  If implemented across the board, this could eliminate millions of images from the search results and have significant implications for sales.

Adobe Stock / Adobe new extended licences $79
« on: October 10, 2015, 22:18 »
According to this article by Lee, Adobe is launching extended licences priced at $79.99.  The terms will be the same as for Fotolia extended licences:

There was recently some discussion about the 'correct' price for extended licences at Fotolia, with many people arguing for $100 and Mat suggesting $60 based on his long term experience there.  Clearly Adobe's research suggests $79.99 to be the optimum price.

I imagine that in due course there will be pricing changes at Fotolia, perhaps introducing the EL at a standard price, but for the time being I'm going to price all my files at the same $79.99 for ELs.

General - Stock Video / Equipment for 4K
« on: September 19, 2015, 15:43 »
I plan to start to make stock videos from the beginning of next year, and feel that I should go straight to 4K.

My 5Dii only does HD I believe, so for 4K I'll have to invest in new equipment.

What equipment do people here use to produce high quality 4K?  What's the best to buy in terms of the best balance of budget and results?

22 / Shutterstock - new uploads not selling
« on: September 14, 2015, 16:55 »
I've noticed that over the past month or two my new uploads to Shutterstock aren't selling particularly well.  The sales action seems to be in older files at the moment.  Has there been a search shift towards older files?  Is this something that happens from time to time?

23 / iStock non-exclusive subs growth?
« on: August 27, 2015, 01:17 »
Are non-exclusives seeing any solid growth in subs sales at istock?

24 / Slow today - is it a holiday?
« on: May 14, 2015, 16:37 »
Sales surprisingly slow at Shutterstock today, and low everywhere else too.  Is it some sort of Holiday in America and Europe?

Canva / Canva - new licences, services etc
« on: April 29, 2015, 21:07 »
I thought I'd start a new thread on this, as I think it's a subject that's important.

For those involved with Canva, presumably you've all seen the announcement email giving details of new RF licencing, subscription services, on-demand sales etc.

Personally I'm very pleased with the progress at Canva, and I suspect they'll continue to grow.  According to Lee's email they are adding about 300,000 new potential paying customers every month, which is quite some growth rate.

I hope that over the next few months we'll start to see on-demand sales.  At $3.50 a sale, those will be worth having and could make a huge difference to the money earning potential.

I have a doubt about the new RF subscription, which might cannibalize the current multiple sales, but Canva seems to have done everything right so far so presumably they've got this one thought through.

It's not clear whether RF sales can be 'taken away' for use in other projects, or whether all sales remain just for use in the Canva platform.  Perhaps Lee can clarify this point.

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