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MicrostockSubmitter / Re: Stocksubmitter and release forms
« on: March 18, 2019, 11:26 »
The steps you describe in the Edit releases to create a new release sound correct. Presumably you uploaded your release file as part of that step. At that stage, the newly created release should be shown in the Saved Releases section of that dialog. Then I close that dialog and highlight the thumbnails of the files that need the release. I type in the first few characters of the release name in the field under the categories and your release should appear as a choice. Click on that to select it and click save. You can also add releases when your file is selected in the Edit Releases dialog box itself.

Not sure where your steps differ to this? I'm on Windows if that makes a difference.

Steve

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MicrostockSubmitter / Re: Stocksubmitter and release forms
« on: March 18, 2019, 09:34 »
First you have to add the release (as a Jpeg) to Stock Submitter. You do that in the manage releases section over on the right. Once the release is in the system, you click to select the file (s) you want to add a release to, type part of its name in the release field and select the appropriate release, then click save, and that is it. You should see a small badge over the thumbnail saying MR or PR. When that file is uploaded to an agency, the release goes to the agency with the file.

I'm not sure you can reference releases that are already with the agency that StS knows nothing about. I believe you need to add it to StS first, but the app is intelligent enough to refer to that release once it is aware of it. I don't think it submits a new one every time.

Steve

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Wemark hows it going
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:43 »
I sold two earlier this month - not sure if I have earned Wemarks or real money to be honest... I'm going to be rich!!

Steve

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Newbie Discussion / Re: Workflow & Tools
« on: March 11, 2019, 10:01 »
I just export with the file name that the image has in my system - nothing special. I don't change that because I think Stock Submitter uses it own file names for uploading and submission, and also the stock agencies change the file name to something else as well. As far as I know, the file names we use don't make it through to the final agency file.

Steve

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MicrostockSubmitter / Re: bug report
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:54 »
This is a windows screen. If you right click on any file in your file explorer and click "properties", you will see something like this. With JPEG files, the details tab of this shows what information is being stored in the file itself  - the keywords etc.

Steve

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MicrostockSubmitter / Re: bug report
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:30 »
As an experiment, can you put some keywords, descriptions and the like into a JPEG and then modify the keywords in StS? When I look at one of my files that has been changed there (I alter the order of keywords when I get them into StS), and right click the file to look at properties and then details, I see all the information still in the JPEG itself. You can see the title and description are there  with the tags. I assume that the long set of characters in the comments field are what the StS system writes into the file to identify what has happened to that file in the application - ie has it been uploaded, submitted etc. Certainly I didn't put all those comment characters in there. I assume that each time you do something in the App, that information gets updated and that is why you are asked if you want to save changes.

Steve

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MicrostockSubmitter / Re: bug report
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:15 »
This never happens on my system. Yes, you do get the notice that the images have changed and do you want to save the changes, but that is because the status of the images has changed - ie they are now uploaded, submitted etc. I've never had the keywords removed or changed without me doing that directly.

Steve

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Newbie Discussion / Re: Workflow & Tools
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:13 »
I wrote in some detail about how I handle my images (and videos) on my blog. I don't think much has changed since I wrote it:

https://www.backyardsilver.com/2017/12/my-current-workflow/

Steve

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I'm a bit late this month, but here is my February report on earnings. Bottom line - similar to previous February's, although with a much greater volume of files for sale, that isn't a great message!

https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/03/making-money-from-stock-photos-feb-2019/



I did pass a major threshold over the weekend though - 100,000 downloads from Shutterstock. Just took me 11 years to do it!!



Steve

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I added several videos to Adobe this past week using Stock Submitter (and Microstock Plus) and all of them have been submitted to and accepted by Adobe. Not sure if the extra involvement of Microstock Plus made a difference, but I haven't had issues.

Steve

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123RF / US Tax form 1099 from 123RF
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:48 »
I asked 123RF when we will get our 1099 forms from their agency for the 2018 tax year. Helpful as always, they said:

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The 2018 tax statement will be made available via the Tax Center page at a later date in March.
Link: https://www.123rf.com/tax/index.php

Kindly check the page in the coming month for updates on your tax statement.

Hope this clarifies, have a nice day!

Best regards,
Your Submissions & Review Team

Great news for those that like to file their taxes early...

Steve

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Hi Jacob

I went to your newsletter and then to your own site. Very smart and modern looking. But I scrolled to the bottom of the page and was looking at the footer when the screen froze. My other Chrome tabs were fine. It started working again and I looked at a specific image and it froze again - I was trying to press "Extended" but nothing worked. After a while, it starts again. Don't know if this is a server issue, but worth looking at.

On the more general point, I still have my Symbiostock (Version 2) site and it works fine. I recently moved it to a new hosting company to give myself some more storage for new images, but sales are rubbish - one or two a year. I only keep it because I put so much effort into it (and I know that make zero business sense but I'm attached to it!)

Steve

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General Stock Discussion / Re: How was January?
« on: February 02, 2019, 11:43 »
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Cold and snowy? Tractor broke down twice.
  And February has started even colder and more snowy!

My January was a bit better than December and more in line with previous years. In fact, it matched my January 2017 earnings, which sounds good until I remember that I added 2500 files during the year! Talk about lots of effort for no immediate reward!

Here is my complex graph of earnings in each month for the past 5 years. Overall, I'm still showing growth and I had some good video sales in January which definitely helped the monthly results, but it is still a hard old business!


Full discussion on the results are here: https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/02/making-money-from-photography-january-2019/

By the way, I only mention the earnings posts on this forum normally. You can subscribe to my blog with your email address to get notifications of new posts - I do nothing at all with those email addresses!

Steve

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I've been playing with it and while I may not understand everything about your color codes, I'm finding it helpful to get me started on my keywords. What I found would be helpful is that when you click the arrow to show more images, at the moment you just show one more. It would be better if you showed a new row of images to choose from - ie replace the current set by a new set.

I plan to do a blog post at some point comparing these different keywording systems - it would be interesting to see how they all compare.

Steve

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New Sites - General / Re: Zoonar earnings?
« on: January 11, 2019, 10:40 »
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I use Filezilla because in StotskSubmitter free plan

I believe that the StockSubmitter plans restrict the number of submissions, not the number of uploads. So if you have a plan for 33 submissions a month, you can still use the system to upload 100 images, say, but it will only submit 33 of them. You can still visit the sites to do the submission manually. But that would not solve your Alamy problem - it is the submission process that marks the supertags and so you need to have enough submissions in your account to be able to do that.

Steve

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New Sites - General / Re: Zoonar earnings?
« on: January 10, 2019, 15:25 »
I think Stock Submitter needs to be aware of the status of the file - so it must be involved in the upload and then it knows to go to the site to finish the submission. I'm not sure why you would want to use Filezilla in the middle of that process?

Steve

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New Sites - General / Re: Zoonar earnings?
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:21 »
I use Stock Submitter. You sort the keywords into some sort of priority order (just the first 8 or 10), which you need to do anyway for Adobe. Then, when it uploads and later submits to Alamy after the QC check, the App automatically marks the first 10 keywords as being supertags.

I wrote about it on my blog when I first found the feature:
https://www.backyardsilver.com/2017/02/stock-submitter-istock-esp-new-alamy-supertags/

Steve

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New Sites - General / Re: Zoonar earnings?
« on: January 09, 2019, 16:11 »
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Steve, please tell me how you automated the selection of the best 10 words on Alamy?
Thanks

Is this aimed at me?

Steve

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New Sites - General / Re: Zoonar earnings?
« on: January 05, 2019, 10:00 »
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I am not seeing any down trend in my earnings. Those rise with each image I upload. Present is always better than past for me

That's great! And thanks for your kind comments!

Steve

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Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 04, 2019, 13:30 »
I never take down any photos - partly because it is work and partly because there is a small chance someone will buy it one day. As far as I know, no agencies penalize you for having poorly selling images in your collection.

steve

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New Sites - General / Re: Zoonar earnings?
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:32 »
That is true - I do earn reasonable amounts from Zoonar. However, I think it is because of historical things to be honest. Back in the past, uploading to Alamy was a real pain in the neck. You had to work on each image in their system to separate out some important keywords from the rest and although individual sales were good when they occurred, they were not happening very frequently. As a result, I tried different ways to get my images on Alamy - mainly using "agents" to get them there. Zoonar was interesting because they took all my uploads and submitted them to Alamy and, presumably, worked through the uploading and submission issues and got them for sale. I have several thousand images on Alamy now that are under the Zoonar agency and those represent most of my earnings from Zoonar. I do get some from AGE and DDP from time to time, but most are from Alamy.

Then, of course, Alamy changed their ways and made uploading easier, especially if you use apps like Stock Submitter. It is now a no brainer for me to submit all my images to Alamy via that, and get their priority keywords automatically selected. I still upload to Zoonar because it is so easy, but I no longer use them to submit to Alamy - just the smaller sites that I would never get to in the normal way.

So be careful with your expectations - and sorry if I have misled you in any way. I've probably talked about the above in one blog post in the past, but maybe not made it as clear as I could.

Steve

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Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:28 »
And, of course, with the story in your mind, you need to describe and keyword it so that someone finds it to illustrate that story!

Steve

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Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:27 »
Sorry!  By all means shoot for yourself and your enjoyment but even when you are doing that, try to think about the story you could illustrate. You have some pictures of long grass in a London park - maybe there could be a story in the future (after Brexit when the country is really poor...) about how park maintenance is cut back in some major London parks - so how could you illustrate that? More focus on the long grass, unkempt look - that sort of thing. So you have moved from taking an artistic picture of the grass to one where you deliberately think of how the picture could be used and take some like that.

Steve

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Photo Critique / Re: Portfolio critique requested, thank you :)
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:03 »
I think the most important question you should ask yourself is "what is the use case for this image?". Before you press the shutter ask - what story am I trying to tell, and then think about how someone (the buyer) will use this image to tell their own story.

Many of your images are just photos of things or places that are OK in themselves (many a little bland), but it is hard to think of many ways that they could be used to illustrate an article - let alone be used to promote some sort of product or service. Can you see them as the lead image on a company website? Why not? Think about those questions and you will make big strides.

Steve

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General Stock Discussion / Re: December Earnings
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:28 »
Here is some good news then!


I added some agency specific charts to my blog last night to see if all agencies were behaving the same. Thank goodness one of them was different! The intense variability in the past few months is partly because this is a monthly chart (the other was a quarterly average) and also that I uploaded a lot of files in the past 2 months that will be depressing the results a bit.

https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/01/earnings-per-ounce-of-effort/

Steve


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