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DepositPhotos / W9 issues with Depositphoto
« on: December 27, 2022, 13:42 »
Anyone else having issues with them not accepting a W9 using a EIN? They are telling me that as an individual I am required to use my SSN on the w9, and the only way I can use an EIN as an individual/sole proprietor is if I have letters of incorporation.

I've never used a SSN for any of my business related tax documents, and not sure why they are requiring it all of a sudden now after processing previous payments under the EIN.

123RF / my balance is negative
« on: July 06, 2020, 16:34 »
so never seen this one before, but I'm in the hole $13 to 123rf. no refunds, or anything except for in 2016 yet I somehow now owe them money?

You all ever experience this?

So I just submitted a batch of images that included a bunch of self shot images. Every single one of them get denied with the reason of invalid model release. Ok cool, I figured reviewer was just having a dumb moment, maybe the automated system had a electrical fart, maybe I didn't fill something out. Well first time that was the case. I missed something on the release and I'll take credit for that one. Fixed it resubmitted and... WAM same rejection.

what? double check everything and this time it's all filled out. so I email [email protected]

Here is the explanation I got as to why the image was rejected.

I have reviewed your recent submission which got rejected under "Invalid Model Release" as we do not accept release in this format. We only accept release forms from the following agencies:
American Society of Media Photographers
Easy Release (default release)

Shutterstocks accepts foreign language releases only from:
Easy Release
Getty Images
Shutterstock's blank release forms are available through our Legal Center. You can attach the new release and resubmit the content for review.

If you have any other concerns, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Shutterstock Contributor Care Team

This is where I'm really confused though. attached is a copy of the release I sent them. Am I missing something here? Are they reading the rules to the letter and shutterstock releases are only mentioned under foreign releases that this is no longer valid lol. Did the support staff just not even look at the release and just flipped an answer at me?

Do you guys have any idea?

iStockPhoto.com / Video royalty's are worse then images
« on: August 21, 2019, 11:36 »
I'm not sure I understand this. Thought video was supposed to pay not only a higher percentage, but also that video clips paid higher in general as well.

so far in 15 sold clips my average royalty per sale is 16.7 cents. Of those 15 clips, 10 of them have sold for .005 cents per clip.

Less then half a cent for a video clip? WHAT?!?!?!

Alamy.com / Longest wait to get paid?
« on: March 05, 2019, 16:57 »
So far im waiting on some payments from back in october to clear. I know alamy tends to run a little slower then the other sites with getting funds to clear, but is this normal? Thought normally its only 30-90 days, not almost half a year.

Microstock Services / prostockmaster
« on: January 17, 2019, 00:05 »
Is it dead?
quit using my camera for a short time but was still subscribed, came back and now I notice it's not working but they are still willing to take my money.

any idea whats up or if it is planning to go back up?

General - Stock Video / portolio size vs sales
« on: August 26, 2018, 17:11 »
I know this is all variable depending upon quality, and demand for your clips. But around how large is your video portfolio and about how much does that earn you on average monthly?

Been doing stills for a while, but this video world is new and so I'm curious for those of you who have been doing it where do you start seeing consistant earnings?

Cutcaster / anyone still upload?
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:15 »
Just noticed I only have 90 out of almost 3000 images on cutcaster, but hey I've made 2 sales.

Just curious are people still uploading and making money though? If it's a couple bucks a month it still might be worth it for me to upload.

General Stock Discussion / Cost for models
« on: August 07, 2017, 14:31 »
Curious how much is a fair rate to pay a model? Not looking for top rate models or anything but have no idea what is considered fair. Even more so for a starting model or one with basic experience.

What do you all pay?

iStockPhoto.com / I stock not paying anymore?
« on: July 27, 2017, 22:18 »
So seems I stock is having an issueeither the July payment. Anyone else having issues? Also at this point are they responsible for any loss that happens due to their lack of payment?

OK so tried to submit some editorial images I have and get a new rejection reason.

The image appears to depict news, sports or entertainment events or subject matter that is deemed to be timely news and not editorial stock. All newsworthy imagery should be submitted to the proper channels through the Getty Images news desk. Thanks for your understanding.

I'm not setup with getty directly, don't know who this news desk is, or how to submit my images to them. Never had this rejection reason before and I'm not sure what to do at this point.

Shutterstock.com / Legality of editorial used as commercial.
« on: June 29, 2017, 20:37 »
If I took images at an event but wanted to use them commercial is it legal to blacken faces, use the backs of people,stuff like that to where us no identifiable person anymore?

iStockPhoto.com / daily sales stats?
« on: June 10, 2017, 11:19 »
any way to see what your daily sales stats are or sales per image? helps me figure out what's selling, and what's wasting my time and now I can't seem to figure it out.

General - Stock Video / new to video, couple questions
« on: June 10, 2017, 11:15 »
If using the h.264 is there a much of a difference on quality, and storage space between MP4, vs MOV. Also is there much of a difference in sales between the two formats? Do buyers prefer one or the other for stock?
Same with h.264 vs photoJPG when using MOV. Is there much of a difference in sales between the two?

I'm running low on storage. With istock's requirement of everything be mov using photoJPG it just eats up my hard drive space. for keeping hard drive space usage minimal would it be okay to render the twice, once as photoJPG (for istock) and a second copy as h.264 then delete the photoJPG version after I upload it to istock.
If there is a need for the photoJPG version again just rerender it from the h.264 copy I have, or would this cause a loss in quality as it's a rerender from a different format and it would just be best to keep both formats? It's just hard to justify a 1.5gb clip and an additional 120mb clip for the same file.

Also how do you keyword video? I know with images and it's easy but video I'm not sure how to do so. Instead I've been uploading to every site then keywording there which leads to keywording the same video over and over for every site.

Then last question for now at least. Where are the sales with video? do okay on photo so far, but have no idea what to do or where to go with video.

Thank you.

iStockPhoto.com / images stuck in queue?
« on: May 23, 2017, 00:35 »
I had a batch of 14 images, they reviewed and approved 4. since then nothing has happened. I have submitted images after this batch and they all get approved in the usual 10 min, but this one batch just sits there after only reviewing 4 of the 14 images.

this normal with istock?

iStockPhoto.com / deep meta error 422 regarding shot date
« on: May 21, 2017, 13:01 »
camera shot date: dates must fall within the range of Jan 1, 1754 to today. It was shot on 4/25/2017 and the file info says that as well so I'm not sure what is causing this. only seems to be happening with editorial images though.

anyone have any idea what is going on?

Shutterstock.com / deep meta error 422 regarding shot date
« on: May 21, 2017, 01:53 »
camera shot date: dates must fall within the range of Jan 1, 1754 to today. It was shot on 4/25/2017 and the file info says that as well so I'm not sure what is causing this. only seems to be happening with editorial images though.

anyone have any idea what is going on?

Bigstock.com / Bigstock and model releases
« on: April 12, 2017, 20:29 »
For the most part bigstock and I get along. When it comes to model releases though it's another story. I'll use one for 2 years no problem, then all of a sudden it's no goo. I have had them retroactively deactivate images using a model release that it have used for years. Anyone else have issues with them and random denials regarding releases?

As humor my last issue was on a self release. They had issues with not having a witness on my own release for me to use my own images. So I wrote up this little release and they took it. Woder how long this will last though

iStockPhoto.com / New ESP platform and editorial images
« on: April 08, 2017, 19:47 »
How . do I submit editorial images? I know there are some on my profile previous to the change to ESP, but now I can not seem to figure out how to submit editorial

Shutterstock.com / made 215 bucks on a single image?
« on: July 12, 2016, 13:32 »
What happened? I thought the highest SS paid out for an image was around 118 bucks or so on the highest tier but just woke up this morning and saw that I have a single enhanced image that sold for 215.46.
Trust me not complaining but what happened?

Off Topic / Competing with yourself?
« on: September 11, 2013, 16:43 »
I've heard some say that you can over populate a catagory but is it really so? I understand if you have 100000 photographers making an image of a dude in a business suit and each submits 100 images yeah you are not going to get your images to stand out easily. What I'm curious about though is if your images are not the same as others could you still cause that same over supply thing or if anything would be best at thta point to pump out as many of the images that you can?

Image I believe explains it all. I'm trying to get rid of all the extra license info that I just don't need showing under the image. I've looked and looked and while might be blind just can't find out where to remove it.

When I try to activate the plug it will not activate and instead I get an error message

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare ss_url_key() (previously declared in /home2/txkingst/public_html/wp-content/themes/symbiostock/functions.php:54) in /home2/txkingst/public_html/wp-content/plugins/ss-network-graph/ss-network-graph.php on line 28

Might be a weird question but I have some images that are shutterstock exclusive. Is there a way to make it so while you can view the image on symbiostock it lets you konw that it is a shutterstock exclusive image and in turn will route you to shutterstock if you want to get that image?

I know this might be slightly counter productive to the goal of symbiostock but I have some images that just are not able to be had through other means yet.

So I'm curious as I hear the term RPI quite often. I understand it's how much you made vs how many files you have up, but is this number on a per year basis that most people give or a per month?

Also what is considered a normal number for RPI.

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