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Off Topic / Any techie camera-hacking folks out there?
« on: December 23, 2020, 21:03 »
My neighbors are harassing meto the point that I'm suing themand for months I've been sure they're disabling my Blink security cameras at night. They already broke into some wildlife cameras on my property, took out the SD cards, deleted the videos of themselves approaching the cameras and put the cards back in. Tonight I set up a cheap Panasonic video camera in a window in my house, and captured my neighbor driving down their driveway, turning off their car, and then pointing some sort of devicea laser? Infrared light? at the security camera on my front door. Whatever they're using is not handheld, because it moves smoothly up and down without any wobble whatsoever. They wait until dark, so my footage is awful. I lightened it in iMovie (can you tell I'm not a videographer?), but it's super grainy.

Does anyone have any idea what the heck they could be doing...and how I might get better video of them without using infrared light? I can't tell you how much this is creeping me out. If you want to see the bad video, PM me. Thanks!

Off Topic / Trump has the rona
« on: October 02, 2020, 05:48 »
Supposedly. I have so little trust in anything he says that Im not sure if its true or if its 1. A ploy to make him look invincible when he miraculously recovers just before the election 2. An excuse to hand the reins over to Pence, who pardons him for everything 3. A chance to secretly mass the troops, the Proud Boys, etc. to prepare for a takeover, or 4. His opportunity to escape to somewhere.

Shutterstock.com / Timing of the royalty cut
« on: August 06, 2020, 06:24 »
"On May 1, 2020, Mr. Oringer adopted a written sales plan with Charles Schwab in accordance Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Issuer's policies regarding stock transactions (the "2020 10b5-1 Plan"). Under the 2020 10b5-1 Plan, Mr. Oringer intends to sell up to 1,020,000 shares of Common Stock, subject to certain market conditions. Sales may commence on June 1, 2020 and would be completed by May 31, 2021, subject to earlier termination in accordance with the terms of the 2020 10b5-1 Plan and applicable law and regulation. The 2020 10b5-1 Plan is intended to permit the orderly disposition of a portion of Mr. Oringers holdings as part of his personal long-term financial plan for asset diversification and liquidity. All sales under the 2020 10b5-1 Plan are to be made in the discretion of Charles Schwab and in accordance with the terms, conditions, and restrictions of such plan. Mr. Oringer does not have any control, influence, or authority over sales made pursuant to the 2020 10b5-1 Plan."


Royalty cuts announced three weeks after he planned to sell more than a million shares of SSTK; deeper royalty cut to come January 1.

There seems to have been a sudden influx of new vector contributors in late May-early June who each uploaded thousands of vectors in one day. Heres one. http://m-rank.net/?search=240023765

Thats why vectors are holding steady despite so many people disabling their ports.

"Lightroom gives three colour-mode options for exporting the finished result - and the one he picked is the one that seems to confuse some Android handsets."

"There are different ways of defining the colour space. Some spaces have specialist uses in graphic design, so sometimes you'll see images that aren't in the usual 'Standard RGB' format. It's also possible to deliberately create images that have more colour information than some devices can handle.
"What's happened here is that the way some phones deal with these cases has gone wrong.
"The phone crashes because it doesn't know how to deal with it correctly, and the software developers probably hadn't considered this might happen."


Just so you know all the micro stock sites are members.

"The DMLA membership ranks, which currently includes industry leaders Shutterstock, Getty Image, Alamy, Pond5, Stocksy, Adobe Stock as well as many small and midsize companies, will now account for more than 90% of North American image, video and media licensing. We are delighted to be joining forces with DMLA from 2020 onward. ACSIL represents some of the largest and most respected names in moving imagery and with so many archives and agencies now offering stills and footage, it is the perfect time to come together to create one complete organization to promote and safeguard the interests of all content creators. said Ed Whitley, President of ACSIL & Bridgeman Images North America."


Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock was sued by image reviewer
« on: June 03, 2020, 09:55 »

July 20, 2018, Oakland A former Image Reviewer who worked for Shutterstock, Inc. has filed a class and representative action suit against Shutterstock on behalf of herself and others, seeking to recover significant unpaid wages and penalties. The lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court for the County of Sonoma, claims Shutterstock systematically misclassifies its Image Reviewers, Footage Reviewers, Vector/Illustration Reviewers, and similar content Reviewers as independent contractors, in violation of California state law.



I was surprised to see that my earnings hit a pretty big milestone at some point this year, despite my not uploading anything in months and months (though my monthly earnings are dropping).

General Stock Discussion / California AB 5 and NJ S4204
« on: November 22, 2019, 08:42 »
Anyone in NJ and California familiar with these bills? Any idea how they might affect working with the stock sites? I'm guessing stock companies' argument would be that they're technology companies and what we do is outside the scope of their regular work, and that they don't employ us but represent us. However, in NJ they're limiting freelancers to submitting 35 works of art or writing per year per business...

Shutterstock.com / SS continues to deteriorate
« on: August 29, 2019, 10:14 »
My apologies if this article has been posted previously.

The company reported anemic revenue growth figures, and revenue growth deceleration is becoming a major problem.
Enterprise revenue growth has fallen off a cliff and actually shrunk this quarter after being a prior source of optimism.
The $1.2B company has $260M in cash, but the business is struggling.


Shutterstock.com / SS allowing reselling of images
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:32 »
"Self-serve API features include:

the ability to preview, license, and resell images, providing a new revenue stream to developers and businesses"


Off Topic / Weird question...dcr files?
« on: April 09, 2019, 15:26 »
I was given some audio files that are .dcr, which I've never heard of before. Had anyone here ever used a .dcr file, and hopefully knows how the heck I can open it and listen to it? I get an Adobe box popping up when I click on it, but I only have Illustrator, so apparently they want me to buy something else.

Off Topic / Mercedes sues mural artists
« on: April 04, 2019, 16:45 »
Well, heres a new one...Mercedes has sued four mural artists after photographing their cars with the murals in the background. Theyre asking the court to decide that the artists have no copyright claims. In other words, theyre suing the artists to keep the artists from suing them. Which means the artists have to pay an attorney to represent them after their work was used without compensation. https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-mercedes-benz-sued-four-artists-murals-appeared-instagram-posts

General Stock Discussion / Best reverse image search?
« on: January 19, 2019, 11:01 »
Where do you go to do reverse image search? I usually use tineye, but it misses a lot of stuff.

Shutterstock.com / .38 SODs
« on: January 08, 2019, 07:13 »
My royalty per SOD has been dropping steadily for a while now, but yesterday was the first time it dropped to the same as a sub. So Shutterstock now has to be selling single images for close to a dollar each. How is this different than DPC or Onepixel? Asking for a friend.

Shutterstock.com / Slllloooooowwwww Shutterstock
« on: December 16, 2018, 08:41 »
Is anyone else experiencing very slow loading of pages on SS? I noticed it on the contributor side starting on Friday, and today it's taking forever for the buyer's side to load.

Adobe Stock / Technical question for illustrators
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:08 »
Can someone please tell me what size Adobe now requires for artboards? Since the maintenance they will no longer accept any of my eps files because the artboard is too small, according to their site. I've quadrupled the artboard size and still no go. (I've been uploading files to Fotolia with these artboard sizes since 2009.)

I've been back and forth with their support people for a couple of weeks now and they will not answer this question for some reason. I'm tired of talking to them and getting nowhere.


Shutterstock.com / Why Shutterstock is accepting everything
« on: October 13, 2018, 07:15 »
To please investors, as you've probably surmised.

"Margins have contracted in recent years, but the company continues to address with cost reductions.

The company has aggressively built out its stock photo content, dwarfing rival Adobe....

Based on publicly available info from both companies, it appears Shutterstock has actually outpaced Adobe in the buildout of its stock photo offering. Shutterstock had a larger library in 2015, but since that time, its content growth rate has far outpaced that of Adobe:...

In short, I'm getting access to a larger library of content for my dollar with Shutterstock than I am through Adobe. Over the last 12 months, Shutterstock has drawn 1.9 million customers, which is up 7.5% yoy."


Today I got a Facebook message from some @sshat (oops, I mean "Growth Hacker") from Freepik asking for free work for their disgusting free site. Just a reminder that they stole vectors from me and others and gave them away on their site for years until I caught them. Apparently they now have recruiters getting in touch with people trying to drum up more free work. Keep an eye out.

Shutterstock.com / Anyone have sales today?
« on: March 10, 2018, 07:59 »
I'm hoping there's just a reporting lag. Saturdays are slow, but not THIS slow...zero sales so far today. Anyone?

General Stock Discussion / Creative Market starts subscriptions
« on: February 22, 2018, 10:08 »
"Meet Creative Market Pro
Were excited to announce Creative Market Pro, a brand new design asset subscription to elevate your creative work. Access up to unlimited downloads of more than 260,000+ curated products from top Creative Market shops."

$199/month for unlimited DLs.


Shutterstock.com / SS editor down?
« on: January 29, 2018, 13:06 »
My images aren't visible in their editor; newly uploaded images aren't showing up at all.

Microstock News / Disturbing new stock image app
« on: December 08, 2017, 15:27 »
"The aim of the service is to help prevent companies from being sued by photographers for using unlicensed imagery a serious issue considering an estimated 85% of images online are stolen, and many people dont know where to go for legally-cleared photos."

It's $1.99/month.


I tried pickit.com, but it looks like you have to download an app for Windows to make it work. (I'm on a Mac.) I'm wondering if our stolen images are there.

Shutterstock.com / Big plunge in sales today
« on: December 06, 2017, 18:29 »
Shutterstock is (once again) having issues with customers downloading, according to FB.

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