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Recently got a rejection for similar image I supposedly uploaded.  Huh????  The only similarity was that it was a food photo with a plate in it!!!  Different food from a different country.  Never ever uploaded a photo of this food before and there are 0 photos of this food with that site or any other major stock site.  What a joke.

General Stock Discussion / Does anyone ever review the reviewers
« on: February 26, 2021, 14:56 »
Do reviewers ever get reviewed at the agencies?

Mostly I just move on because if a crazy reviewer declines a photo, others do not (including ones with generally stricter standards) but I have to wonder if reviewers are ever reviewed.  One agency rejected a photo for focus or camera blur.  Shot on a tripod (and with no tripod movement) and focus was on item-- every grain of sugar was in crystal clear focus.  Sure there was some depth of field changes in the distance but not much because used small aperature -- the focus as on the main subject.

Part of me says fine, then agency does not deserve image-- because it will be accepted at bigger agencies with more sales.  But I really find the ignorance irritating as a photographer who has been doing photograph for many decades.

Alamy.com / where to upload midel releases on Alamy
« on: February 11, 2021, 12:06 »
I have my model release to upload on Alamy but cannot figure out where to upload it so that it becomes part of my releases to choose from when keywording each image.  I wrote Alamy but the response was not helpful.

General Stock Discussion / Improper use of photo by buyer
« on: October 14, 2020, 16:32 »
Have you ever had an editorial photo sell that was used for nefarious purposes/was likely to be used for such by their search or to imply something wrong that was not in any way implied by the photograph or in your keywords?

I know we have no control over how our images are used but is there ever a way to deal with this?  If a news source uses a photo to push some false news, is it kosher to write to that news source with the facts?

NYT (New York Times) wants to know if workers are paid fairly.  Might be a good chance to have NYT look at Shutterstock and what they just did.


Shutterstock.com / Guide to deactivate portfolio
« on: June 15, 2020, 10:14 »
Would someone please post guide to deactivate portfolio on SS?  No comments just an easy to find guide for those of us who want to deactivate today without having to comb through all the threads to find it again.  Thank you.

Adobe Stock / Do not understand illustrative editorial on AS
« on: March 02, 2020, 12:27 »
Would someone please explain to me why photos of ballot box (has logos etc from US county doing election, no recognizable person) etc are not illustrative editorial images? 

Rejection: File is not illustrative editorial

Shutterstock.com / commas not separating keywords on web upload
« on: August 19, 2019, 15:08 »
I cut and paste keywords.  Now SS is not reading commas and makes whole group 1 keyword.  Now have to type in each word individually.  Anyone else having this problem who uploads on web? 

Would happen when trying to rest mouse hand and fingers.   :(  Time consuming.

Adobe Stock / How to tell what specific images sell per day?
« on: April 18, 2019, 17:21 »
Is there any way to check which image sales for one day.  The daily earnings report email only shows one photo but from $ amount sold I am assuming I had more than 1 image sold not just one shown. 

The insight tab provides no insight into my own sales, it only shows featured artists.  The title of that tab should be labeled something other than Insights.

I am a little frustrated.  What I sell on AS is very different than what I sell on SS and elsewhere so it is really helpful to know what sells so that I can shoot with different clientele in mind.

Has anyone else had this issue.

I started using the Adobe Stock interface the past few days.  Previously I used Fotolia.
Once an image uploads, I am often getting thrown to this page which talks about submission guidelines.

The problem is that my images do not have the problems they identify on that page.  I do not get it.   
1. No identical files-- if the main subject matter same, I am careful to make sure they are different.  If an animal-- animal doing something different/different place.  If food, different food state or process.  Etc etc
2.  Not copied.  I never bother to look at other photographer's work.  I even went to check to see what other files were available on AS for a certain subject after getting this message-- none!
3.  Not public domain -- my own work.
4.  NOT  infringing, illegal, or pornographic content
No issues with keywording because site takes me to that page before I even keyword.  Image itself not grabbed at end.  Not a matter of size or image type either. No need for model or property release (again, not grabbed before I could attach one anyhow).

I notice that the automatic keywording often misidentifies the subject even if it gets category right so I am wondering if that is an issue.  Food photos often include similar things as in dishware or flatware even when different food itself/different composition.  Wondering if that triggers the move to this page.

Anyhow, is anyone else having this issue?  I am frustrated.  One new image I never got to upload-- SS sales immediately.  Would be nicer to get higher commission on AS.  If there is something wrong, I cannot figure it out.  Never had this issue with FT uploading.

Shutterstock.com / Uploading bug?
« on: November 17, 2018, 23:55 »
Anyone having issues tonight uploading images to SS?  I keep getting message that image did not load/transfer.  Nothing wrong from my side.

Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock contributor side down?
« on: October 13, 2018, 23:53 »
Anyone else unable to download Shutterstock contributor URL?  Buyer side seems to be working.

I fell hard down a flight of stairs or weekend. Fortunately nothing broken and rotator cuff ok according to dr.  Feet and leg better but my right arm and shoulder are in excruciating pain.  Cannot hold medium-heavy things. Range of motion not much though slowly improving. 

Any ideas how to hold and use camera?  Tripod head with camera too heavy to control now.  Having my husband play assistant would not be fun.   

Only need something temporary so do not want to spend a lot of money.  Need to photograph something Monday.

Adobe Stock / Suddenly cannot log into Fotolia side
« on: November 19, 2017, 12:35 »
I prefer to upload via Fotolia side. 
Today I am having to log into every website everywhere, I assume because of a browser update.
Using old links to indexing page on Fotolia, it still takes me to this Adobe pop up.  Grr.  Thee seems to be no way to get signed into the Fotolia side.  If anyone has ideas, I woyld appreciate it.  I prefer the Fotolia interface.

Alamy.com / RM versus RM Exclusive
« on: October 14, 2017, 18:32 »
If I choose RM exclusive on Alamy,
does this mean that I cannot make art prints for individuals?
Does it mean that I cannot sell it to 1 magazine from my own contact and not through stock?
Does it mean I cannot put it in gallery art shows or enter it into photo contests?

I have a couple of images that are unique.  So far there are no images of this on internet and none at microstock agencies.  I do not want to sell it though microstock. 

Should I just do RM non-exclusive?  I do not want to lock myself out of his one magazine using it.  Subject is close to my heart as is organization's magazine.  Niche but they have used some of my others for educational purposes. 

I asked Alamy the difference but the answer I got did not really clarify.

I am curious to know if anyone else in Western US has been having issues photographing non-fire photos outdoors with all the smoke and haze from the wildfires. 

Some photos are ok--  slight change in white balance etc corrects it.  Others I need to just reject because the smoke and haze make things look odd-- but not odd enough to be part of the image.  So weird to have good exposures etc but the subject looks off.

General Stock Discussion / Similar image-- not
« on: June 07, 2017, 15:39 »
Today I has an image rejected as being a similar image.  The image was not similar to my own in subject matter, composition or light submitted at same time or ever. Checked that they have too.  It is not similar to images by others with agency and the lighting on mine is nicer than most there. 

Annoyed. Oh, fine... that agency loses the image and others have it for sale instead.  Move on and work on other images.  What X rejects will sell on Y.   Typically I just move on but this time I knew I could actually check.

Are there any agencies that penalize you for resubmitting?  Normally I do not bother.. but this time might be worth it.

Adobe Stock / ID Request
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:05 »
I tried uploading some images directly to Adobe instead of through fotolia.

Now I am getting an email asking for a government ID- should not his have been done when I synched the accts?  Is this a scam/hack email?

General Stock Discussion / Wood grain
« on: February 14, 2017, 22:57 »
Wood grain is not the same thing as grain noise.

Grain was the tern used in BW film photo, generally from film shot at high ASA.
Digital photos shot with low ISO (200 ISO or below) in lower contrast light with no shadows or dark areas and no PS manipulation other than to remove dust spot -- not noisy.

At least it was a rejection that made me laugh.  Oh well.

I have reached a point where I am starting to see rejections for lack of commercial appeal of aesthetic appeal or whatever as a plus... because those rejections are almost a guarantee that the photo will sell with a different agency.  Seriously. 

Already sold one today before it was rejected elsewhere today for that reason.  Seems happen quite frequently.

iStockPhoto.com / How to find sales for specific image?
« on: October 13, 2016, 21:22 »
Does anyone know a fat way to see if sales number for a particular image?  I discovered one of my images on a website article.  It has a tiny Istock watermark at corner, not the watermark that is all over the image.  The usage editorial was correct.  I am trying to weave my way though all the sales data to see if paid for but a bit overwhelmed by all the categories.  Just want to know whether to be happy (sold) or report website.

I am having trouble after uploading images to SS via web (not ftp).  They upload, then when I go to press the next button, 0 images there.  It keeps happening and unable to get to keywording part so far.

Anyone else?

iStockPhoto.com / Uploading errors-- busted image icon
« on: September 15, 2016, 11:46 »
I am uploading image by individual image on Istock rather than FTP.  0% of the time it comes up with busted image icon and having to try to kep o uploading.  Anyone else?    Never had this issue before ut no it is happening with every image.

General Stock Discussion / Logos
« on: July 26, 2016, 15:42 »
Is it ok to sell images with a logo if the owner of company oks logo being used and signs property release?

Medical device company verbally oked me using and selling photos with device and I am gong to mail them property release forms before actually doing it.  Probably will remove logo anyhow to make the photo for more general usage but sometimes,  the photos look better with the logo than with it removed.

iStockPhoto.com / Payment for last month not arrived yet
« on: April 28, 2016, 12:21 »
I am due to be paid this month.  Made the cut off, money was withdrawn from balance at beginning of the month.  In one place they say payment on the 20th give or take and another place around the 25th.  Still no payment in Paypal.  I now it is automatic.  I did the tax info right.  So now what?

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