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I'll just leave it here since I'm really out of ideas to comment that in civil way... Maybe I just got it wrong, but I don't think so.

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PhotoDune / Upload button missing
« on: December 09, 2016, 07:08 »
Hi guys,

I feel kind of dumb asking for help, but I've asked Google and couldn't find an answer. 3 months ago I uploaded photos to Photodune and I have them in portfolio. I didn't use Photodune until now. I wanted to upload something but I simply don't see how. I understand the upload button should be in the dashboard section. Still my upload section looks like as in the screen attached. I uploaded a photo with ftp but nothing changed.
Am I doing something wrong? Do I need another approval since I didn't use Photodune for a few months or something?

DepositPhotos / DP got picky?
« on: November 25, 2016, 05:37 »
Is it just me or DP got REALLY picky over some time now? Firstly it was low commercial value, and now I get tones of rejections based on "too many / similar" reason. Even though these are quite different photos and SS / FT accepts the whole batch. I mean DP isn't that good to be this kind of picky, is it...? What do you think? Anyone still uploading there?

Pond5 / Files stuck in "processing"?
« on: November 23, 2016, 04:47 »
Hi guys, just started using P5 after some time again aaaaand...

Is it normal on P5 to files being stuck for 10+ hours in "processing"? I've uloaded them yesterday through ftp and I wake up to have them being processed.
Also is there a way to batch edit files? I see the ticks on the left that you can check but it's always only one file being edited. ;/

General Stock Discussion / Property release pain
« on: November 10, 2016, 04:15 »
Hi guys

recently (well maybe not that recently but still more than ever) all the agencies started to take property release very seriously. It's kind of pain in the ass since in many countries you can take photos of most of the building eg. public buildings, museums and so on. Also in most cases getting property release is simply impossible. Is there a way to deal with it or simply one can forget all the architectural photography as stock phtography?

Adobe Stock / Fotolia ftp password stopped working
« on: September 24, 2016, 04:39 »
Hi guys,

I just noticed my ftp stopped accepting my ftp fotolia password. Has something changed? Has anyone noticed same issue?

Halp? :)

7 / istock interface language setting
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:25 »
Guys, HALP please. I wasn't using istock for a while and now when I log in it keeps switching my inteface to my original language. I don't see the possibility to switch back to English anywhere. Also the keywords I'm trying to describe when uploading changes language - they're in all possible languages possible. It's madness to match when you have option in multiple languages. How to set this to English only? I never use any other language in keywording but English and I never will. :/

Just wondering. Recently woke up, drinking my coffee thinking about keywording my photos but it seems I'm not yet awaken. ;)
As for me I'm a project manager in "real life" - it doesn't leave much time for stock photography or anything at all to be honest. ;) But I started stocks when I was theatre photographer so they got a bit abandoned lately. Now I somehow went back but it doesn't look too bright.  ;) Still almost all the time I had some other job beside stocks.
How about you guys? 

Hi guys, and Happy New Year! :)

Does anyone have access do poll results data? I'd like to do some other analysis - especially mediana and value graph for each stock. I assume the data showing on the right is the average which is nice information but quite easily manipulated for deviation results.

Of course I don't want any names who submitted how much, only numbers for each stock. :) I can share the analysis when I do them to show on the forum for all of us.

Have you? How do you became one? I'm really curious of how this all works. What kind of tools reviewer use, and what are the specific guidelines for them. And how much are they paid (I bet not that much, but I might be surprised ;)).

I wonder - does anyone seen or read any kind of stats or analysis of how many stock photographers are there now? (Comparing how many were eg. year, two or three years ago.)

I mean rather the change in numbers not the numbers itself. I have a feeling quite a few years ago it was a photography trend - everyone thought it's really nice idea to earn money on photography via stock websites (rather then dealing with mood brides and their drunk guests during shooting weddings... ;)) but now it seems only the toughest survived.

Not many articles on the blogs and photography websites about microstock and so on.

I have a feeling this forum got a bit less active lately as well.

Maybe there are numbers somewhere on new / active users? I guess two or three top / middle tier stocks would be reliable data if they did show such numbers anywhere. But also just an analysis or anything written by anyone? :)

Yaymicro / Yaymicro - is it alive?
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:51 »

how are your sales on yaymicro? I did start here some time ago but the results were discouraging so I stopped using it but from time to time I check. Last buy was from April. How is it going here?

13 / What is the maximum amount of images per week?
« on: December 22, 2015, 17:38 »
I never actually understood DT limits and how they are being calculated, but lately after having about 99% of batch rejected I got and info that I can only upload 2,33 images. O.o I thought it will reset after the weekend but it didn't.

The help says:
"Users with an approval percentage of between 30-50% can upload the third part (1/3) of the maximum amount of images per week."

But it doesn't say anywhere (or I can't find it) - what is this maximum amount?

Newbie Discussion / Google analytics - which stocks
« on: December 16, 2015, 14:51 »

I'm using the Big 4 and most of Middle Tier stocks, but I can't see any option how to add google analytics to the stocks. Many sites have this option (for example deviantART and redbubble) but I don't see it anywhere on stock sites. Is it somehow hidden or does it work any different way? Or simply not yet there?


I'm wondering what you guys think about mobile stock photography - is it worth time and effort? Has anyone try it? Does anyone buy it? For me it's kind of strange that people might actually buy a cell phone photo when they have a full subject coverage in high quality photos. Not sure about the prices though - maybe it's simply cheaper?
And overally there's this kind of feeling that you "cheat" - no need for expensive equipment, using heavy tripod while taking outside photos, not much need for software and software skills while developing.

What do you think about this branch of stock photograhy?

Hi guys,

I just sold my good old Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens and I'd like to buy something with better optic quality.
I'm using Canon 50D.
I use the lens mostly for the landscape photography, some architecture just what you get when you go for a vacation.
Since I got a lot of blurry / out of focus rejections I'd like something sharp.

I tested canon 10-22 f3.5-4.5 - not bad but I have a feeling not much upgrade as well. (Though I love the extra wide angle and how it behaves while against the sun.)
I'm thinking about sigma ART 18 - 35 f1.8 - I absolutely love the light here and it has some encouraging reviews. (Still, it has a kind of narrow angle.)

From what I see it seems the best for my purpose would be something that starts at 15 and closes about 40 - 50.

On the other hand 16 - 35 f2.8 looks just stunning, but I'm not that sure if it's worth the outrageous amount of money canon want for it...

I was thinking about spending about $1000 but it looks like it's kind of hard to find a good improvement from the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 I used.

Any thoughts on this? Been reading so much I think I have my brain washed out. ;)


I was wondering if it's possible to create a graph based on this site polls sites ratings results. I'm wondering how the scores of each sites changes in time.
I assume it's kind of strange question. :D Nevertheless I'm interested how this looks like.
Any way to obtain poll results in separated time intervals? Or maybe some site admin would be kind to create such a graph if these kind of data is sensitive? :)


Adobe Stock / How to submit editorial to fotolia?
« on: May 08, 2012, 04:15 »

I lately started submitting files to 'editorial' area. Can't find a way to upload such a file to fotolia though. I don't see a field editorial, ftp editorial catalogue or anything similar.
Could anyone give me a newbie guide how to do it or a link where they say how to do it?


19 / Doesn't dreamstime pisses you off lately?
« on: August 20, 2011, 06:48 »
This is going to be a simple rant post. I'm wondering is it just me or is it the dreamstime exaggerate with their crazy behavior... Does anyone knows what is going on there? Or have similar feelings?

Not so long ago they did cut submission limits to some ridiculous numbers. Later they rejected absolutely everything that might be similar (and I don't mean almost identical photos, but just two different photos of the same subject).

Now I got rejection because photos have THE SAME TITLE. It's like omg, what do I have to write in the tittle to satisfy them? The old Swiss train on the green background, The old Swiss train on the different background? And what about lets say a flower? A pink flower on the tree the fist take, the pink flower on the tree the second take? Argh. ARGH. Honestly I think they're going nuts. Soon they will reach the istock level of nuisance.

I was wondering is it allowed to post photos of paper money and coins? I mean they have someone else visual elements (design, drawings etc)  that are surely copyrighted, yet there are lots of photos of money and coins, any ideas how is it with these copyrights?

21 / How to un-exclusive a photo on Dreamstime?
« on: July 01, 2011, 06:04 »
Does anyone knows how to change a photo from exclusive to non exclusive on Dreamstime? For some reason I have one photo accepted as exclusive (probably my mistake) but when I try to untick the exclusive marker it's grey (unchangeable)!
When I go to edit I can only disable that photo, no option here too.

I noticed the thread from 2007 that you have to call them or mail them (though mails hardly ever works). Is there there any 'normal' way to un-exclusive that photo?

This is kind of frustrating they disable that 'exclusive' tick. :/

123RF / Where to find which files have been sold?
« on: June 20, 2011, 07:40 »
Can someone navigate me where in 123rf can I see which files have been sold? I can't find it anywhere. O.o

23 / No rejection reason?
« on: April 19, 2011, 14:49 »
Hm after some ;) time I got few of my photos reviewed and one thing surprised me. I got one photo without any rejection reason. To be more precise this one: .
Of course I'm not ranting about the rejection itself (though obviously it's PM lost because this one sells quite nice at shutterstock), but I'm rather wondering if it's a website bug, the reviewer err... bug? ;) or simply it just as it is at PM and sometimes you just don't get rejection reason?
Any experience anyone? Or maybe someone from PM (btw I love to write PM because these are also my initials :D) could answer that? :)

Ok, iStock is definitely going down these days... Just out of curiosity, anyone knows what is happening this time? I just got this kind of message when trying upload:

"File uploads have temporarily been deactivated for all users. Please try again later"

Woot? O.o

25 / 0 level purchase...?
« on: April 13, 2011, 06:58 »
I got a sale today that is '0 level purchase'. I thought the lowest level is level 1? I never had 0 level purchase, has something changed? Lol I wonder if they will think of -x level purchase. :D

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