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General Stock Discussion / Catooh.... Anyone Use Them?
« on: January 16, 2020, 13:30 »
Hi Guys!  8)

I have been working with Catooh for several years, but now they are going to become Producer Planet. 

(Why these stock agencies think changing their name is a good idea is beyond me, as anytime they change names, they typically lose customers and then go out of business.  Anyone remember 3D Studio and how they changed names and what a disaster that was?? That's a perfect example.)

Anyway it looks like Producer Planet will no longer offer stock images... so how do I get paid?

Does anyone have any contact info for Catooh?

I need to get a hold of someone over there so I can get paid for the images I sold on their website.



General Stock Discussion / Fotolia Closing
« on: November 06, 2018, 15:48 »
Hi All,

It's been a while since I last posted on here but I have a question.  I had a Fotolia contributor's account and received sales there... but now that Fotolia is closed how am I going to get paid?  I never received any notification until November 5 that Fotolia was closing.  I was aware that Adobe had acquired them but never received any info beyond that so never did anything about my sales or my account for that matter.

So what do I do?  I reached out to support... are they migrating all contributors over to Adobe Stock or just a select few contributors?


Newbie Discussion / Taxes
« on: March 11, 2016, 13:40 »
Hey All  8)

I am a photog based in the USA... and I got a question.  Some of the agencies don't report your stock earnings to the IRS... so do I need report these earnings to my accountant?  :o


New Sites - General / 3D Studio -- No longer selling Photos?
« on: December 15, 2014, 18:10 »
Hi All,

I visited 3D studio tonight and it looks like they are no longer selling photos.  The whole site looks completely different. 

It would have been nice if they had told their contributors of the upcoming changes.


5 / Stockphoto Media Closed?
« on: December 15, 2014, 18:06 »
Hi All,

Is stockphotomedia closed?  I visited them this evening and I got a notice that the domain name has expired.


Newbie Discussion / Need Help With Bulk Renaming Files
« on: November 18, 2014, 07:52 »
Hi All,  :D

Is there a good file renaming program out there that is free and easy to use?

I am just wondering because here is a problem I am encountering:

I can rename files with Windows but it names everything as photo (1), photo (2), photo (3) etc...

However.. when I want to rename these files... I tried using a program called "Bulk Rename Utility" and it sorts the files as photo (1), photo (10), photo (11), photo (2) photo (20) photo (21)... which throws everything out of order. I want the photos to be in numerical sequence as these are time lapse images.

Can anyone help?

I would really appreciate any advice you have.



Newbie Discussion / Question About Photo Usage
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:13 »
Hi All  :D

I have a question about Photo usage.  I came across a website that is using one my photos but it's attributing it to another photographer and not to me. :o

How do I rectify the situation so that it shows me as the photographer?  Should I contact the website or should I have the stock agency that sold the photograph contact the website?


Pond5 / Uh Oh! Pond Is At It Again... :-(
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:08 »
Hi Everyone,

I posted about this same topic here in the forum on July 15th... and it appears that Pond is at it again.   :(

Today all my photos got returned because the reviewer thinks the camera information needs to be completed. 

As I said in my earlier post of July 15th...

"A photo buyer is going to be buying a photo based on its subject matter... NOT on whether it was shot with such and such a camera or edited with a certain photo editing program." 

Anyway I am writing back to them AGAIN  >:( ... telling them that I don't provide this information due to propietary purposes.


General Stock Discussion / Microstock Expo 2013 Agency List
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:12 »
Hi Everyone  :D

Just curious... does anyone have a list of all the microstock agencies that are going to be at this meeting?  ;)


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10 / Panther Please Help!
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:00 »
Hi Guys,

I've always had trouble with Panther's contributor portal -- whether I am using Firefox 24 or Internet Explorer 10.  I don't know if there is a lot of scripts on that page or what,  but sometimes it's hard to select certain images to edit them, etc.  :o

Anyway... here's the problem.  Today... I attempted to delete some rejected images.  I thought I had just selected the 3 rejected images that were in my account. Those were the only images that were showing when I clicked the delete button anyway.

Well when I deleted them, I found that I had also deleted some of my accepted images too.  :-[
I don't know how this happened.... but it did.

Anyway... is there some way to get these accepted files back?   


Pond5 / Photos Returned For Camera Information, why?
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:51 »
Hi Everyone,

In the past few months, the reviews over at Pond have gotten a little crazy.  :o

Today all my photos were returned to me because I didn't supply camera and software information to my photographs.

I was told that buyers need this information.... and yet I have NEVER supplied it to Pond so why are they making such a big deal about it now?

A photo buyer is going to be buying a photo based on its subject matter... NOT on whether it was shot with such and such a camera or edited with a certain photo editing program.  ::)

Grrrrrrrrr!  >:(
Anyway, I am writing them back saying that I don't provide this information due to proprietary purposes.


admin edit: changed subject title

Hi All,

Has anyone noticed Canstock's website being really, really, really slow?   :o

The main page ( loads fast, but when I want to view my portfolio or look at my unfinished files, it takes like forever (like several minutes) to load those particular pages.

Is anyone else experiencing this?  ???


Newbie Discussion / Question About Sales On Microstock Sites
« on: April 24, 2013, 12:16 »
Hi Guys  ;D

I got into a discussion the other day with a very teeny-tiny little microstock site that I am closing my account with and getting a pay-out from... and the discussion got me to thinking about microstock in general.

So here's the question for you all...

1. What percentage of your sales would you estimate... were probably used by the buyer for print projects -- e.g. brochures, posters, post cards, calendars, book illustrations, magazine illustrations, etc, etc.

And what percentage of your sales would you guess were probably used for web purposes?

I am just wondering because wasn't the whole purpose of microstock really to make photographs more affordable to those buyers out there who wanted to use photos for small projects -- especially projects that involved the web?

Also... even when I have sold a large file... I still get the feeling that the photo is probably being used for a web application somewhere, as there is just not that much stuff that is being printed anymore.

So what do you all think?  Has any microstock site done a survey to find out how the photos being sold are actually being used?


14 / Is Panther's Uploading System Down?
« on: February 10, 2013, 13:26 »
Hi All,

I FTPed 10 files to Panther yesterday (Saturday) and they are not getting imported into my account.  I tried uploading them again and the same problem.  I then tried uploading them via the browser method which can only upload 5 files at a time and those are not showing up either.

Anyone else experiencing any difficulties? 


Pond5 / Pond Website Changes -- Grrrrrr!
« on: January 30, 2013, 14:04 »
Hi Everyone,

What do all you think of the website changes at Pond?  I really don't like them!  It seems like they are making it more difficult for people to submit their work:

The things that annoy me when uploading pictures at Pond are:

1. Camera Model/Software Used is a required field. 
2. Date Created is a required field.

Anyone else find these to be a royal pain in the butt?

Also... does anyone have trouble with Pond reading the IPTC info of your photos?  For some reason Pond reads the keywords and descriptions just fine.. but it doesn't read the titles. This problem was in the old version too.


Photo Critique / This Is Not A Request For A Critique, But....
« on: January 08, 2013, 16:16 »
Hi All :D

This is not a request for a critique, but I do need some help understanding how to fix a pesky problem with fringe. 

Take a look at this photo. It's too bad Flickr will not allow you to download the full resolution because it is easier to see the problem.  However, I have also attached 2 thumbnails of the issue, which might be of help.[email protected]/8361591455/#sizes/k/in/photostream/

Anyway... when I am looking at this photo at its full resolution (not stupid flickrs), I am see purple fringing in the pine trees to the left and also fringing in the broad leafed tree that is off to the right.

Usually fringe can easily be removed by making selections and desaturating the offending color... or by creating a layer and using the gaussian blur tool... but neither technique seems to work too well, when there's a deep blue sky and the fringe is almost the same color as the sky.

Also trying to select foliage on a fir tree or a regular tree is a royal pain in the butt... so is there some other easier technique one can use??

And is there some way to avoid this problem in the future?

I'd be most appreciative for any answers you may have.



New Sites - General / Does Anyone Work With Image Gate?
« on: December 18, 2012, 17:41 »
Hi All,

Does anyone work with Image Gate?  I'm just wondering because I am a bit frustrated with them. 

Their java uploader triples the size of the files... a 5 mb file turns into a 15 mb file and so uploading gets slowed significantly.  If I am submitting 5 files it takes like 30-45 minutes rather than 10 minutes.

Anyway... I have started sending files to them by FTP but Image Gate doesn't want to import them over if I am sending in only 5 or 10 files at a time-- which is typically how I like to work.

I have explained to the owner several times that there's a problem with the java uploader, but I don't think they understand English too well.

Does anyone else find them difficult to work with??


General Stock Discussion / Editorial Stock Question
« on: December 10, 2012, 05:48 »
Hi All,

I got a question about editorial stock.  I typically only submit regular stock where the logos and stuff have been cloned out and I have gotten model and property releases, but what about images where you don't have such releases?

For example, I have some shots of a street scene that I submitted to Canstock as Editorial stock but they were rejected for logos, not for the people that were in them in which I didn't have a model release. 

I was under the assumption that logos were acceptable if the stock is considered editorial, so what am I doing wrong here, or does Canstock not take editorial images? 


General Stock Discussion / FTP question
« on: December 08, 2012, 13:07 »
Hi Guys,

I have a question. I've been sending files by FTP to stock agencies using Internet Explorer for several years without problems.

However I am now working with a new agency where they want stuff sent by "sFTP" (I am assuming this means "secure" FTP??) via port 21.

Given the fact that this is out of the realm of Internet Explorer's capabilities, what's a good FREE and easy to use FTP client for Windows 7? 

Also, do any of the freebies have batch ability where you can upload to one agency and then when finished, the FTP program will start uploading to the next agency and the next agency after that?

Any assistance or advice you have on this would be greatly appreciated, thanks.


New Sites - General / Clip Dealer Question
« on: December 04, 2012, 22:01 »
Hi All,

Does anyone upload to Clip Dealer?  If so, how long does it take for the photos to show up in your account so you can edit them?  Today, I decided to try out the site and I FTPed 5 photos but I am still not seeing them in my acount.


21 / What's Up With Gimmestock?
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:25 »
Hey All,

Has anyone heard what is going on with Gimmestock?  I visited their website in mid October and it looked like they hadn't renewed their domain name as a "Go Daddy" page popped up.

Well according to it looks like the domain name got renewed... and I was able to see the site again... but lately when I visit the site, all I am seeing is a blank page.

Anyone happen to have an email address for gimmestock?

Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.



Yaymicro / Review time slowdown at Yay?
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:02 »
Hi Everyone  ;D

Has anyone else noticed a review time slowdown at Yay?  I am just wondering if it has something to do with all the upgrades they are doing to their site.

I submitted a total of 10 files to them on March 29 and they are still awaiting approval.

BTW... they changed their image requirements.  Images now have to be a minimum of 6 MP.


Newbie Discussion / Fringe Question
« on: March 28, 2012, 20:39 »
Hi All,

I am editing a batch of photos I took while on vacation this past year.  Anyway... I know what fringing is for the most part, but what about situations where you have deep blue sky... and even a deeper dark blue on the undersides of tree branches?

Would you consider that fringing or not?


Yaymicro / Anyone experiencing this on Yay?
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:50 »
Hi All,

I had 10 files yesterday that were listed as pending (e.g. they needed to reviewed).  This morning however when I logged into my account... they are not listed as rejected but they aren't in my portfolio either. So what happened to my files?

Has anyone else experienced this?


Newbie Discussion / File Format Question
« on: February 29, 2012, 14:25 »
Hi Guys,

I got a photo buyer that is wanting photos in Jpeg2000 format and I got some questions about that.

1.  I have all my .jpgs IPTCed.  If I convert over to Jpeg2000 will these IPTC tags get destroyed?

2. If the IPTC tags get destroyed, is there a way to re-encode this information back into the file?  If so, what software do you guys use for that?  I use Irfanview to IPTC jpgs, but is there software out there that can tag Jpeg2000 files?

3.  Considering how .jpg is a lossy format... should one convert from .jpg --> tiff --> jpeg2000?  Or is it OK to convert from .jpg --> jpeg2000?

Any assistance any of you can provide would be greatly appreciated, thanks.


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