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Bigstock.com / Will SS muck up Bigstock next?
« on: Yesterday at 07:59 »
Shutterstock has finally made themselves into the Wal-Mart of stock photography.  They will probably still make a profit from selling tons of totally crappy images at "low everyday prices".   But, I don't think that will satisfy their corporate greed.

My concern it that they'll turn to Bigstock next.

My sales there are pathetic, and have been for some time.  I'm wondering if I should bail out before things get weird.

Although, Shutterstock's most likely move may be to simply close Bigstock.

What do you all think?

I honestly thought there was some sort of conspiracy going on.  I figured there were bribed reviewers, or some sneaky arrangements between Unsplash and Shutterstock itself.
Nope.  It's just that it's absurdly easy to do.

A bot can be set up to download the images, and upload them to shutterstock.   Suggested keywords are automatically added, and a five or more word title generated from the detected subject matter.   It's not even a lot of work to do it by hand.

When you download an image from Unsplash, the image title contains the name of the person who uploaded it to unsplash, and the word unsplash, for example:


Even with the obvious file titles, and nonsensical keywords, the images are accepted.

I present to you, the easy peasy portfolio of Thiefy McThieferson!  (done by hand, no bot)


I will of course, be taking this down before anything has a chance to sell, but I thought the results of this little experiment should be shown. 

This was a fun day. 

Image Sleuth / freesh.org
« on: March 04, 2020, 08:56 »
I found of my my images being offered for free at this site.  Does anyone know anything about them?

Shutterstock.com / What an interesting Shutterstock portfolio
« on: October 12, 2019, 09:48 »
I thought they didn't want public domain images?



https://www dot pngdownload.id

Image Sleuth / Check for yours... portfolio of copies
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:48 »
This guy is confirmed to have straight up copied at least one person's photos.  It IS a copyright violation when the illustration is obviously traced from the photo.


Shutterstock.com / Was I hallucinating?
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:01 »
Wasn't there a discussion on Shutterstock's forum yesterday, about the great big security gap in their deal with Facebook?

I guess they don't want it discussed publicly.  Might affect stock prices, or something.

Off Topic / Keyword roulette
« on: October 31, 2017, 14:06 »

You take turns entering a keyword into search, and the winner is someone who can come up with a word for which every image on the first page actually applies.


Set search sort for "most recent"
Pick a noun, or some other word that is not ambiguous.
   Since some sites use words in the description for search, terms such as "set" are going to be difficult to prove a winner.

Allow for broken phrases.
   If you search for "kangaroo", and see a picture of a landscape with no kangaroo in it, check to see whether it may be a picture of "kangaroo island". 

Everyone takes a turn trying out a word.

If every photo on the first page of results is appropriate, you get a point, and move on to the next round.  If even one image does not actually apply to your keyword, you're out.

Some sites have good keywording, others do not.  The most challenging site is Dreamstime.

Helpful hint:  There are a lot of people who do not know the difference between a macaroon and a macaron.  You'll lose if you try that keyword.

General Stock Discussion / Funniest Rejection Ever
« on: July 05, 2017, 15:45 »

Can you guess the reason?  This was rejected by 123, but they accepted it without comment after I asked for clarification.

Image Sleuth / Thief on iStock
« on: May 17, 2017, 07:55 »

Alamy.com / Alamy hacked!
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:36 »
Can't get into your account?  It's because the hackers changed your email address, and stole your entire account and portfolio.

Image Sleuth / A DIFFERENT thief on colourbox
« on: February 24, 2017, 16:12 »

Lots of stuff from shutterstock, some of mine.

He just copied all my keywords, and I use my name in my keywords.  Easy to find him that way.

Image Sleuth / http://588ku.com/ How to report?
« on: February 14, 2017, 10:52 »
They're giving away png versions of many, many vectors (including my own), and there seems to be a way to report violations, but I can't figure out how to do it.

Anybody read Chinese?

Image Sleuth / Bigstock thief... looks familiar.
« on: January 30, 2017, 16:41 »
Stolen portfolio on Bigstock.  Looks like Josh-the-bear again.


Shutterstock.com / Reference image required.
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:49 »
Shutterstock has found a new way to annoy contributors.

Asking for a reference image on ALL vectors submitted.

I have no trouble with providing a reference for something derived from a photo, but geometric abstracts?

Apparently they don't see the absurdity of thinking that proves anything.  We're ARTISTS, duh! 

Image Sleuth / Ukrainart.com
« on: December 30, 2016, 09:30 »
Check for your stuff.  They had some of mine.


123RF / Any Signs of Life?
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:13 »
Has anyone detected a pulse there lately?

A response from support (besides the automated one), an image reviewed, an accepted image being added to the portfolio, a sale?

Apparently, you can only properly use the site's features from an iOS.  Which is weird, since you can open an account and upload images from a desktop computer.

Does anyone know if they plan to change that, or are they just being mean?

I mean, it seems like such a dirty trick to let people upload from a platform they don't support for any other features.

Dreamstime.com / Anyone else get dense responses from support?
« on: October 05, 2016, 18:22 »
I sent a message to Dreamstime support:

"From discussion in the forums, I understand that it is possible to change the minimum payout to something as low as $40. I would like to change my minimum payout (it is currently at $100, and I can't wait that long between payments) but can not figure out how to do that."

I did get a prompt response, which is better than most sites.  However, it was this:

"There must be at least $100 USD in the earnings for the payment system to accept a payment request through your account"

*sigh*  I knew that.  I said I knew that.  I want to CHANGE that.

Does anyone here know how to do that?

Envato / Envato in top 4... worth the hassle yet?
« on: August 31, 2016, 16:58 »
I have been struggling through the maze of Envato's sites, trying to figure out how to upload and submit something.   I finally got a vector submitted to Graphic River (I think) and it was rejected for "quality" with no clue as to whether they meant quality of the image, or quality of the file.  And, of course, I can't figure out how to ask for clarification.

Can anyone tell me WHAT is selling there that is making such a good earnings rating?

Is it worth the struggle to navigate their site*, and make all the little jpgs, to submit to Graphic River? 

Or are the earnings coming from templates, or videos, or audio, or something else I don't have to submit?

Envato is making me cry, literally.

*I gave up hope of finding my way back to a particular page, and just started bookmarking important pages as I found them.  Envato has its own folder in my bookmark folder.

CanStockPhoto.com / Well, I'm out.
« on: August 03, 2016, 10:30 »
I will generally stick with a site through periods of low or even no sales, because it's not really any effort to wait.  Eventually, most sites will get their act together, and sales will pick up again.

So, I have been uploading new work to CanStock along with my other sites.

Suddenly, I'm getting rejections for inappropriate keywords, and no satisfactory response from support about why.

I am not going expend energy on a dying site to get things accepted without the keywords they need to sell.  If I can't label an image about "bad attitude" with "bad attitude", what's the point?  That moves the possibility of sale from "unlikely" to "impossible".

It's sad, I have always liked CanStock for some reason.


No property release, not editorial, just up there like wildlife photos.

ha ha hahahahahahahahaha

Meanwhile, this door was rejected for intellectual property.

Shutterstock.com / YARPT (Yet Another Review Problem Thread)
« on: June 17, 2016, 14:02 »
Aargh!  I've been uploading a new set of vectors all week, all accepted...

today, all rejected

Edges--Paths are sloppy and/or poorly constructed.
Reference Image -- A reference image is required for this image.

All of them.

I'm uploading hundreds of vectors.  Shutterstock ain't getting a reference image with each and every one.  I get so frustrated with them sometimes, I think of dropping them even if they ARE my best seller.


I'm going to resubmit them without changes.

iStockPhoto.com / Wikipedia entry
« on: February 03, 2013, 18:20 »
Someone ought to update istock's wikipedia page, to include its recent history.

Anyone feel up to that?

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