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This is very disheartening, especially when the model and the photographer are the same.  So when using the same model for 50 different shoot dates, we have to fill out 50 different model release forms and attach it to the picture for that shoot date, otherwise it gets rejected.  This increases the workload on the contributor substantially to the point that I am almost in tears. I don't know how you guys are able to continue submitting.  Maybe you just use one model for one date and then never use the same model again.  Probably would make it easier.  Here is the comment from the Shutterstock reviewer:

Shutterstock has been becoming more strict on not using the same model release for multiple photo shoots. Many reviewers may still accept it, but you will likely see more rejections in the future.

It affects all of us contributors, and yes it definitely means a lot more work for everyone. There really is no workaround, they increase restrictions to prevent the possibility of lawsuits due to improper releases.

If you do not want to create another release, you can try to resubmit and hope for a more lenient reviewer.

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Canva / Top-selling contributor at Canva.....
« on: August 21, 2015, 16:53 »
is Elena Elisseeva according to Lee Torrens blog:


Congratulations for that honor Elena!

PhotoDune / No author fees today!
« on: August 21, 2015, 12:20 »
Photodune is kind of awesome today for giving us full 100% commission on their birthday!  It actually makes a pretty big difference in sales for me.

Adobe Stock / Changing extended license rates
« on: August 17, 2015, 11:39 »
Just got my first X (tended) license sale from Fotolia for a crummy $7.50 because my price was set to 30 credits.

Does anyone know if there is a way to go back to old images and select all and change X pricing to 100 credits?  Or do I have to do this for each individual item?  And what price do you guys usually set X to?

Shutterstock.com / Facebook SODs
« on: August 05, 2015, 19:04 »
Looks like Facebook SODs reporting began today...

General Stock Discussion / Stockuploader ends
« on: June 05, 2015, 22:06 »

Stockuploader was the best tool for uploading images and video to multiple websites.  And it's free.  Unfortunately, it ends its life Dec. 1st because  Sharky wants more time with his son.

That really sucks.  I for one really really really appreciate Sharky's efforts in creating this. 

What can we use after stockuploader is gone ?  There are no alternative free solutions. 

Igor's response below:

Hello everybody!

Stockuploader will not work when the site is down. it will be full of errors popping up and eventually crash. Since to upload you need internet access, i never really thought about the possibility that the webpage might not be reachable.
In the next days ill release a update that will give a error message and close the program if the site is not reachable. still better than a crash.. :D

The custom version for PC is already coded (Yesterday i was home alone for a few hours.. :D, that rarely happens..) and I might be starting to mail it out anytime soon.

It works with a name-tied-license and does not connect to the site in any way. Its completely disconnected from the webpage.

At first i wanted to give stockuploader to anybody who helped up to the moment i sent the email out. But given the HUGE amount of requests i got (over 100 emails in 2 days) and the huge amount of requests that landed in the trash (Such as "hey i think i should get a free full version because I used it every single day) I decided to give the people the possibility to donate until december 1st to get their copy. Any donation is fine.. even 1$ for a coffee. Also there are people who dont use it yet, and may start using it before december, and those would not have the opportunity to get the program after december. You may ask, why dont i give it just for free to everybody or release the source code? here are the answers:

1) I do belive strongly that giving is one of the most important things in life. And I appreciate who decided to give back to me without being forced to do so. There are people that donated 20 or more $ after about a week of usage, and there are Others that donated 0$ after 2 years of DAILY use. Well, I think that if stockuploader has to go, its mainly because there are too many people that take and dont give back. And once that this point is reached, I have the feeling that those who actually donated, and kept everybody afloat should be getting something for what they did. I speak of donation, but when I talk about donation i am also including everybody who did anything for stockuploader such as reviewers, translators, beta testers, and so on.. 

2) While i do belive in freeware, I do not belive in open source. There are countless hours of work behind the program, and I dont feel like putting it online and wait for the first guy to take it and start its own site profiting from my own work and maybe even selling the software. Moreover the program includes a license bought with the donations. (chilkat ftp2 library) and I cannot share the license online obviously.

Hope you all understand.. :)

I mean it with all the best intent.

Best regards


Adobe Stock / Crappy earnings on FT
« on: December 08, 2014, 20:59 »
I opted out DPC as soon as I uploaded my first image.  Most of my earnings are either $.17 or $.20.  Do they really punish contributors this much if we decide to opt out of DPC?  FT is the lowest  of all microstock websites at this rate.

Video Equipment / Sofware / Technique / Video equipment help
« on: October 19, 2014, 12:36 »
After doing photography for a few months, I am interested in getting into video.  The camera I have is a Canon 5D Mark iii with a 70-200, f 4.0 lens and a nifty fifty.  What would you guys recommend to shoot something like this:


I was thinking of getting a steadicam like this one--

Really not sure what other equipment I need or whether I should get a tripod or steadicam.  Help?

General Photography Discussion / Filters, plugins, etc.
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:16 »
Was wondering...anyone use plugins like the Google Nik Collection to make their photos pop?  Or do you just edit with your own artistic vision?

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