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General Stock Discussion / Crestock uploads suspended for months???
« on: September 05, 2018, 05:14 »
Just checked in with Crestock and found the following message:

"Uploads Unavailable
Please note that we are not accepting any new content for several months as we prepare for major changes to our IT infrastructure. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause."

SEVERAL MONTHS?!! Getting a really bad feeling about them. I'd just like to keep going long enough to get my FIRST payment from them, after many years, but I think in the long run I'm just going to end up losing what I've accrued and never get to a payoff amount.

New Sites - General / Trouble With Fotomind Site?
« on: May 26, 2009, 00:24 »
Has anyone else besides me been having trouble logging into the Fotomind site?  I haven't been able to log in for a while (it seems like weeks).  It just takes forever to load and never goes anywhere.  Same if I try the "Contact Us" link to contact them directly and get information.  Just stays on the home page and loads forever.  Nothing.


Press release issued by Canstock on 11-12-08 as follows:

Stock Photography Company Can Stock Photo Inc. Acquired
(Halifax, Canada November 12, 2008) As the result of an acquisition, microstock innovator Can Stock Photo Inc. is now an affiliate of stock photography pioneer Fotosearch. As part of the new relationship, Fotosearch will distribute Can Stock Photo imagery, allowing Can Stock Photos contributors access to the robust worldwide distribution network Fotosearch has built over the past 10 years. Can Stock Photo contributors will be able to present their stock photos to millions of Fotosearch visitors every week.
Contributors to Can Stock Photo will further benefit by having their images marketed as prints and their best content licensed in a professional brand. Its only been a few days and weve already had a tremendous amount of interest from photographers in adding new content to Can Stock Photo as a result of this relationship with Fotosearch, said Can Stock Photos founder, Duncan Enman.
Can Stock Photo will continue to operate as a separate company, and its already easy-to-use upload process has been improved to accept vector files. Further enhancements to the site will be made in the near future, including the acceptance of footage content. As a result of the new owners growth strategy, Can Stock Photo will be marketing its website more aggressively to attract even more stock photography buyers. Enman, who created Can Stock Photo while a university student in Nova Scotia, Canada, will remain involved with Can Stock Photo.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
About Fotosearch
Publitek, Inc., dba Fotosearch, is one of the largest stock image agencies in the world, representing more than 100 royalty free agencies and more than 4 million photos. Fotosearchs impressive client list includes international magazines, newspapers, and publishing companies, as well as thousands of major advertising firms in the U.S. and abroad. Visit Fotosearch Stock Photography at to Find the Perfect Photo Fast.
About Can Stock Photo Inc.
Can Stock Photo is a microstock agency founded by Duncan Enman in 2004. Can Stock Photo represents more than 800,000 stock images and has more than 30,000 members. Visit Can Stock Photo at

4 / Where Did Featurepics Go?
« on: September 23, 2008, 07:10 »
I've been trying to sign on to Featurepics, and I keep getting a message that the site I'm looking for doesn't exist .  Anybody know what's going on with them?   ???

5 / Can't Access Zymmetrical
« on: June 16, 2008, 23:05 »
I tried to get on Zymmetrical's site just now, and I'm getting an error message indicating that the site can't be if it's gone.  Does anybody know what's going on with them?

New Sites - General / USPhotostock gone too?
« on: January 05, 2008, 02:03 »
I haven't been active on USPhotostock for some time, but I check back every now and then, anyway.  Today I got the same message for them that I'm getting for can't be found.  Another one bites the dust?

Off Topic / Best Custom Lab?
« on: November 29, 2007, 09:47 »
Just curious as to what U.S. custom labs are being used out there, and which ones you think are the best.


New Sites - General / Info on Stock Photo Spot?
« on: August 05, 2007, 05:02 »
I just happened on this site, and wondered if anyone has had any experience with them.  It appears they pay $2 per upload, and .20 per download...

9 / What's Up With StockXPert Site?
« on: June 27, 2007, 19:13 »
 I just tried to access StockXPert site, and got a page with "jupiterimages" on the top border, and a plain blue page with the following written across it:

"Jupiterimages - Attention - Our site is temporarily down while undergoing a system upgrade and will return as soon as possible.  We thank you for your patience."

That's the first time I've seen the Jupiterimages logo on there so prominently.  Wonder what's going on.     ??? 

123RF / Uploads Suspended Til After New Year's
« on: December 30, 2006, 06:56 »
This was posted on 123RF when I tried to upload a short time ago...

Notice: No Uploads till January 2, 2007 wishes all photogs a smashing Happy New Year! We would like to inform all 123RF photographers that the upload process will be restricted from December 29, 2006 and will resume on January 2, 2007.

I was considering shooting some pictures in a local supermarket, and I was wondering if I should ask permission of the manager beforehand, or just take my chances and take the pictures and see what happens.

Has anyone else come up against this dilemma?  :-\

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.


Off Topic / Creative Arts And Youth
« on: November 16, 2006, 23:42 »
The following was posted by Bryan in the Lucky Oliver blog, entitled "Creative Youth". I thought it might be of interest:

"I ran across some interesting statistics yesterday in a pamphlet put out by Project Cornerstone, and alliance of non profits in Santa Clara Valley (it's a county in California for all you Olivers- and yes Californians think the world revolves around them :). The group surveyed 14,000 young people in the county to find out how many had certain assets from 40 statements. These included topics such as support, empowerment, boundaries, values, learning, etc. The questions were given to two groups: 4th-6th graders and middle & high schoolers.

Two statements that struck me the most were:

1. Creative Activities- Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

2. Community Values Youth- Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.

23% of middle & high schoolers found Creative Activities to be true and 18% found Community Values Youth to be true. These were the two lowest scoring statements in the entire survey. These statements were also in the highest category of drop off from 4th-6th graders. The 4th-6th graders were at 63% for Creative Activities and 35% for Community Values Youth (still very low).

Wow. I couldn't help but think that LuckyOliver has a talented group of designers, illustrators and photographers with the potential to make a huge difference for our youth. We're a community that values sharing and creativity. As role models and parents, how are we getting this wrong? I grew up with a paint brush in one hand, a camera in the other and parents that gave me lots of opportunities to explore my creative identity. I was pretty lucky.

If you have a chance, go on a photo expedition with your child. Get finger paints and have a blast. If youre a pro, give a class to your community center. Got an old camera? Donate it to your local youth photography club. Small things like this can have a big just takes a little effort. Why? I've found that by opening up part of your creativity, you always tend to get back more...and who couldn't use more inspiration for their work?"

13 / Upload Process A Little Better...
« on: October 12, 2006, 05:50 »
They brought back the 'previous category' drop down list, so you don't have to do everything in categories all over again with similar photos! Hallelujah! Every little bit helps, I guess. :D

Also, I think someone mentioned in another thread that IS advises when you are over 50 keywords, but doesn't tell you exactly how many...if you check the list of tags that are generated by your keywords, at the top it tells you how many tags you have. That number will tell you how many keywords you have, and whether you are over the limit, before you even submit it. (I just figured that one out today...) :P

14 / Good News From Canstock!
« on: October 10, 2006, 20:55 »
The following was posted on Canstock by Admin Duncan today ;D:

I'm excited to announce that we have raised the photographer commissions on subscription purchases:

Small, medium, Large Images: $0.25 / download
Extra Large Images: $0.30 / download

Subscription purchases make up a large portion of our overall sales, so this increase will be directly responsible for putting more money in our photographer's pockets.

We have some exciting upgrades, promotions, and little goodies up our sleeves - so expect more news and upgrades over the next several months. Our site sales have been strongly increasing, and Im confident you will all continue to see more traffic growth over the coming months.

Also, it is worth noting that we have modified the prices for our "High Volume" subscriptions. Anyone with an existing subscription need-not worry - it will not be affected. You will receive an email notice if your billing terms are to be modified.

Onwards and upwards!

General Stock Discussion / Minimum Payout Amounts For Microstock
« on: September 06, 2006, 21:16 »
Does anyone know if any of the microstock sites they are with plan on changing the minimum payout amounts anytime in the near future (most of which are $100)?  Even if they made you accept payment by PayPal rather than a check, if the cost is less that way for the sites, a $50 minimum would be a bit better.  As far as I can see, only two of the sites I'm on, Shutterstock ($75) and StockXPert ($50) give you lower minimum payouts.  It's a little frustrating when you are getting maximum 50 cents per pix earnings to know it all remains virtual earnings until you reach $100.  Seems so far away sometimes...

16 / Major Database Failure at CanStock on 9/3
« on: September 04, 2006, 05:10 »
Anybody who uploads to CanStock might be interested in this post from Admin Duncan, dated 9/3/06:

"At around 1:00am local time we had a major database failure, affecting our photo information section. This was an unrecoverable fault, in which our database software could not recover. In laymens terms all of the photo information (keywords, titles, photographers, etc) was wiped out.

I was online at the time, and immediately shut down the site, to avoid any further damage. I also immediately put on a diaper. I was able to quickly determine the source of the problem, but the damage was already done.

Working together with our hosting technicians, we were able to painstakingly recover most of the data from our current backup, taken at 8am Sunday morning. Our database is 3GB in size, and has almost 40million records, so this was a fairly slow process.

The failure was totally unpredictable, and impossible to predict. This of course is why we have backups, which luckily run every morning.

If you uploaded photos on Sunday, after 8am Atlantic Time:
- All of your uploads will appear in your Unfinished Uploads section. Even if you submitted them for approval, they will now be sent back for re-submission. You will have to re-enter your keyword information.
- Xpress Photographers who had photos uploaded and approved on Sunday will also have to re-submit the files. You will also have to re-enter your keyword information.

Everyone else can take it easy, as nothing else should be affected.

My apologies to everyone who has to re-fill out their keyword information. I know its a pain in the butt. But on the bright side, only 700 of out 260,000 images were affected.

If you have any problems, please contact Support.


I was doing some research one day with a supplement that came with PDN magazine a couple of months ago, and I came up with some stock agencies I hadn't heard about before. Anyone belong to any of these, or know anything about them? I'm a little hesitant now to jump into them without any second opinion, after the fiasco that is USPhotoStock. :'(

Here are the sites I came across:

The Stock Solution

I know a couple of them, such as Gimmestock, ImageVortex and StockPhotoMedia, are already listed in the links on this forum, but I'd just like some information that anybody has that presently belong to these, and the others above, before I dive into any further uploading. :-\

Any input would be appreciated.

New Sites - General / Any experience with
« on: July 26, 2006, 19:32 »
This exchange was on another forum, and I wondered if anyone here had any information that might be of help...

Message from dbvirago real?

"This site has been accepting everything, until a few days ago when the uploads would bomb out. No one answers online support and email to support bounces. Wouldn't be concerned, but it appears that the function that accepts money still works. Not sure if there is a problem or it's a scam. Anyone use them?"

Reply from Stockman

"Never received a payment.  I have submitted here before. I have about $20 in payments. I am not sure that there is anyone actively there. I think it was a weekend project and then it sits without a captain.

I have noticed that the interface is very primitive and never seems to change. I stopped submitted to them, but have yet to pull my images from the site. Not sure yet what I think...."

I'm with them myself, and it seems that the ratio of views (quite a few) compared to the number of downloads (not many) is kind of out of sync, compared to other sites that I'm on.

Can anybody give me an idea of how to find models for stock shoots, without spending a fortune?  I've used up available family members, and at this point I'm a little sick of seeing pictures of my children over and over, and probably so is everyone else!  I would like to branch out a little, but don't really know where to begin...  ??? ???

Thanks for any suggestions.   :) :)

Adobe Stock / Nice to Know Where the Download is Going!
« on: May 12, 2006, 15:07 »
I've been with Fotolia now for about a month, and one of the things that I really love above this site is that they let you know who downloaded your photos, by name and sometimes company.  This doesn't always tell you exactly what your photo is being used for, but it at least gives you an idea of where it's going.  It would be nice if some of the other microstock sites took their lead on this and did the same.  It can be done!   ;D

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