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sold 64 videos yesterday for 84 cents each under 'clip packs'

123RF / 123rf no longer accepting video?
« on: April 03, 2020, 05:27 »
got a weird difficult to understand message from 123rf where they are saying they are no longer accepting video.

has anyone had any experience with a stock agency terminating your account or contract, and then allowing you to reapply so they can force you into starting over again at the lowest pay rate?



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iStockPhoto.com / strange istock policy
« on: January 30, 2020, 17:12 »
Istock is telling me via email that images that have the same person, doing the same pose, where one is a close up of the face and another is a full body shot is 'too similar', and that a full body vertical shot of a person vs a horizontal torso shot are 'too similar' and have limited  my uploads (to an unreasonably low number).

I have 50,000 photos. they want me to upload a max of 50 per week.

no advance warning.

I am going to lose out on all those 1 cent photo sales.

I am not complaining, I am just notifying the rest of you because they do not warn in advance, they just place the restriction and refuse to resolve it.

Software / keywording app for twenty20?
« on: January 21, 2020, 00:35 »
does anyone know a keywording app for twenty20?

General - Top Sites / any stock photo site have an RSS feed?
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:56 »
does anyone know of a stock photo site that has an RSS feed for live search results or portfolios?


now the "okay" hand gesture is being rejected by at least 1 stock agency

Shutterstock.com / 5 word minimum
« on: May 02, 2019, 23:47 »
shutterstock now requires 5 word minimum for all descriptions?

dumb idea

Pond5 / uploads not showing up
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:02 »
lately 15% to 50% of my uploads are not showing up.

when I upload I keep a record of the file size on the remote ftp server and I record whether it is successful or fails. my records show the files are being received in full by pond5's ftp servers. but they never appear on the site

probably a problem with disk space on a temp drive

Adobe Stock / SSL errors for 2 weeks or more
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:52 »
I have lots of problems with adobe.com for more than 2 weeks now.

Attackers might be trying to steal your information from contributor.stock.adobe.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more

contributor.stock.adobe.com normally uses encryption to protect your information. When Google Chrome tried to connect to contributor.stock.adobe.com this time, the website sent back unusual and incorrect credentials. This may happen when an attacker is trying to pretend to be contributor.stock.adobe.com, or a Wi-Fi sign-in screen has interrupted the connection. Your information is still secure because Google Chrome stopped the connection before any data was exchanged.

You cannot visit contributor.stock.adobe.com right now because the website uses HSTS. Network errors and attacks are usually temporary, so this page will probably work later.

The owner of contributor.stock.adobe.com has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.

contributor.stock.adobe.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names: marketing.zzppensioen.nl, t.marketing.zzppensioen.nl, m.marketing.zzppensioen.nl, res.marketing.zzppensioen.nl Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

VideoBlocks / videoblocks $149 video sale
« on: July 03, 2018, 03:20 »
anyone know what this is? $149 purchase price, $86.05 net payout?

Type   Preview   Title   Purchase Date    Purchase Price   Royalty   Discount   CC Trans. Fee   Tax Withheld   Net Payout
MP      Smiling Woman Wearing Hat   Jun 27, 2018   $149.00   $91.64   $0.00   $5.59   $0.00   $86.05

I was wondering what people's opinions are on using backdrops for portraits. do you have a color that you think is the best? or a texture that you think is best?

for example, solid black, solid white, grey, brick wall, natural setting, etc?

I would like to know what backdrop produces the best overall or best sellable photo.

I film outdoors so I am most interested with a backdrop I can replicate outdoors in many cities.


Cameras / Lenses / shutter life expectancy
« on: May 26, 2018, 21:25 »
I am shopping for a new camera and the issue of shutter life expectancy has come up. has anyone had an experience whereby the shutter stopped operating due to overuse and had to be repaired?

based on the numbers I saw, I will hit the shutter life expectancy in a short time so i am concerned about what to expect.

does anyone know of a web site where you can search for a landmark or location and get the GPS location with the photos?

for example, if I want to film the carrier dome, and I see a nice photo that i think would be a good background, I would need the GPS coordinates from the photo so i can go see the location in person to get the same landmark in the background.

if anyone knows a site that does this please post. thankyou

Alamy.com / all of my photos are being rejected
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:00 »
does anyone know if alamy accepts photos from a D3400 camera? after I bought this camera, alamy began rejecting all of my photos.

General Stock Discussion / about how to sharpen a photo
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:58 »
I do portrait photos with an APS-C around 200mm. I usually focus on the person's eyes.

however, I am not happy with how sharp many of the photos are. how do I improve  the sharpness? I understand that I might be able to improve the sharpness by buying a prime lens.

is it possible to improve the sharpness by switching to a 80mm lens? (the stock lens that comes with the D3400)

will I get better overall sharpness if I am close to the subject or far from the subject?

are there any other functions on the camera (other than the focus) that make the image sharper overall?

I am filming business people in bright daylight. it makes sense that they would wear a white business shirt and a dark grey jacket.

Any advice for dealing with exposure issues? any special camera settings to compensate for light metering on the person's clothing?
here is an example: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/happy-cute-person-1034063050?src=3NJblOZvOora7fKSkD1WEg-3-11

or should I just do editing in post? I prefer to shoot everything right and reduce computer work.

I have the same problem with old actors who have white hair. the photos sometimes come out blurry or they just look weird.
here is a sample: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/confused-retired-male-1011382726

any tricks to making the white hair look less goofy? should I film him with white shirts, or on a white background?

Photography Equipment / question about exposure adjustment
« on: May 22, 2018, 04:43 »
In a recent shoot, I just bought a new camera (Nikon D3400) and accidentally hit the button to adjust the exposure for one of the programmable modes. Also I just started out with photos and previously was doing video with a SONY. I look through the eyepiece, and it was a bright sunny day, so I did not notice that the exposure was being darkened quite a lot, until I did an image review, which I do after about 25 or 30 photos.

so my question is... if the exposure is adjusted by the camera using the manual function to adjust it, and it is quite dark, will there be any artifacting from software correction? the images have already been corrected. they look a little strange.

what does it mean for a person to be recognizable by his clothing?

This rule is widely misunderstood in the stock community but I am going to explain it to you.

First of all, when it comes to model releases and 'likeness', most federal governments do not have laws that stipulate a requirement for model release forms. In the US, at the federal level, this requirement would fall under case law. In most countries, you can film people in the general public view without their permission. In the US, each state will have different laws.

However, depending on how the photo is used, you might violate a law (editorial vs commercial). i

As an example, you have probably heard stories where someone takes a day off from work (to attend a concert or sporting event), and they get caught by their employer because they end up having their photo appear on the front page of a newspaper. the newspaper does not need a model release form because it is being used for editorial purposes.

For commercial purposes, you usually need the person's permission to appear in an ad.

However, sometimes you will have people in the photo or video whose face is not shown but are recognizable due to their clothing. What does this mean?

Some people can be recognized by their clothing, by the general public. Some examples are Michael Jackson, Larry Bird, Liberace, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Elvis, Punky Brewster, etc. meaning that if you completely obscure their face, you can still recognize the person because their clothing has become part of their identity.

Most people cannot be recognized by their clothing by the general public. Even if you can prove that you are the person in the photo, you would have to prove that the general public recognizes you. The general public is not your friends or family or people that know you intimately, the general public is everybody else. That means that complete strangers would have to be able to look at your clothing in the photo, not see your face, and say "that person is John Smith" and be right, solely based on viewing the photo. If they cannot do that, then the model cannot be recognized due to his clothing. since your model or actor is not known to the general public, you do not need model release forms simply because a portion of their clothing appears in a photo or video, as determined by federal case laws in the US in regards to likeness.

People that can be recognized by their clothing are always going to be celebrities or otherwise famous people, and must be known by the general public. The average model does not fall under this category.

99.9% of people in stock photos cannot be identified by their clothing.

self-identifying yourself in a photo does not grant you any rights.
these people can be identified by their clothes. if we do not see their face, we still need their permission because their clothing has become part of their identity:

this group of people are dressing like Kiss, but they cannot be identified by their clothes because their clothing has not become part of their identity:

elvis presley can be recognized by his clothes, even without his face we know who it is:

this is an elvis impersonator. if his face is removed, we do not know who he is simply based on his clothes:

Can be recognized by his clothes, as they have become part of his identity, we still recognize him even without his face:

Cannot be recognized by his clothes. he isn't famous or well known. his clothing is not part of his identity, even if he can self-identify himself. no model release form necessary by the laws of most countries:

this person's clothes do not identify him:

can be recognized by his clothes as they have become part of his identity:

cannot be recognized by his clothes, no model release form is required by law. his clothing might be the same as Larry Bird, but clearly it is not larry bird. his ability to self-identify himself does not grant him any legal rights. the general public does not recognize him based on his clothes:

can be identified by his clothing as it has become part of his identity:

cannot be identified by his clothing:

can be identified by his clothing (Gabriel Iglasies) because his clothing has become part of his identity. if we remove his face we still know who it is:

cannot be identified by his clothing. if we remove the face we do not know who the person is:


can be identified by his clothing (flava flav):

michael jackson can be identified by his clothes, as his clothes have become part of his identity:

jamie foxx cannot be identified by his clothes even if he wears the same glove. if we remove the face, we do not know who the person is:


liberace can be identified by his clothes:

this person (barack obama) cannot be identified by his clothes. if we remove the face, we do not know who the person is based on his clothes:

this person cannot be identified by his clothes. he could be any of millions of people. being able to self-identify himself is not a right protected by law. even if the person could be identified somehow, the image does not require a model release form because the general public cannot identify the person simply by viewing the photo according to the laws of most/all countries:

this person's clothes are not a part of his identity. no model release form is necessary by the laws of most countries. even if he can self-identify himself, it does not grant him any rights, because the general public cannot identify the person simply by viewing the clothes in the photo:

stock agencies that are rejected images based on someone's ability to self-identify himself are doing so wrongfully, and are not based on any federal or state laws.

Cameras / Lenses / which lens do I buy?
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:30 »
I have an APS-C camera, and I shoot using a 200mm lens.

if I buy a full frame camera, or a medium format camera, do I still buy a 200mm lens, or do I buy a different lens? if different, which lens size would I buy for each sensor?


Cameras / Lenses / Pentax 645z opinions?
« on: May 20, 2018, 23:10 »
Anyone have any opinions on the Pentax 645z for portrait photography? or if there is a similarly priced camera that is an alternative option?

I am currently shooting with an APS-C camera. I am going to buy a new camera, full frame or medium format.

does anyone have any experience or knowledge as to whether medium format images earn more money on stock photo web sites as compared to APS-C or full frame?

keep in mind my best selling images right now are on a 1" sensor at 8mp, and I just started doing photography 1.5 years ago. does anyone have any longer term sales numbers to compare sensor sizes?

iStockPhoto.com / exif image date not matching release form date
« on: February 04, 2018, 06:00 »
I am having a problem with rejections on istock whereby the exif data date does not match the date the form was signed.

the problem is that there are 4 date fields in the exif data, and 3 of them are correct and match the date the form was signed, but 1 date is different and shows a later date, presumably the day I recreated the file or edited it with software. istock is only reading the 1 wrong exif field, and ignores all the correct exif fields.

is anyone else having this problem, and how did you solve it?

I had 50 to 100 images approved and only 1 showed up in the catalog manager, and the one that showed up was submitted after the others were approved, and I am seeing intermittent results the past 24 hours. 99% of approved images are not showing up in the catalog manager, or under Active Images.

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