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General Stock Discussion / Re: iStock is "stealing" my videos
« on: April 27, 2018, 01:28 »
 Final customer really does not care if product was made with hogh-end or lower-end equipment. The only criteria is "does this product fit my needs?" and "can i afford it?". It might sound cruel (and at some points - it is), however, that's how it works.
 I myself  bake bread for example. And when i go to store and buy flour, i really do not care if this wheat was grown, cut, and put on the shelf using most sophisticated John Deere agricultural machinery, and Mercedes trucks from fields to stores.
 I only care about quality. I guess i tried all of these, and have few favorites. - which fits my needs in quality-price relation.
 From the other hand, yes, of course, selling clips at less than a dollar for author is nothing but humiliation and heavy exploitation, and underpaying hard work. However, i'm always trying to see bigger picture - so, for example - these customers which buy clip for peanuts - might be the same customer which paid just one your clip at price point enough for buying one piece of equipment etc.. -so, i look at things from that point of view - total downloads/total $ rate - and i might be o.k. with it, or if in total i was not - i would delete account and save myself from frustration.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock - Where are we going?
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:15 »
If an image taken by anything (smartphone for example), in any form (heavily edited, or not edited at all) fits buyers need i can't see exact problem there?
 buyer does not look onto exif. when i go to photographic or art exhibit for example, i never ask which tool was used for creation -  i just look the final work.
 for example, i write article for my blog, and need pic 1000pix/longer side just to illustrate something. let's say... i'm writing something related with fishing. fishing lure impression.  and my options are: hundreds of images taken by medium format, showing fishing, or fish, or fishing gear, and just one taken by smartphone, showing exact model i need. - which one will i use? do i really need the very same image taken by medium format?
 it's the content that we sell, not background story.

 important thing is:

the fact, that some images are accepted at one, more, or all the agencies, except one - does not mean it should, and/or it will be accepted at that one agency. no matter which agency.

 if you had bunch of 300 images sent, and all 300 rejected, it might be your images are really really bad, or do not meet specific criteria at specific website.
 however, there are some other reasons which can be in place as well, but i would not write it at public forum, but, without seeing pics, i assume your images might be just random snaps. or you might need property releases. o.k. you don't need pr for stones and rocks however. but i hoep you got my point.
 you can ask agency for additional clarification, or you can just move on to your next project.

It can be also bought using card which is absolutelly o.k., than, ask for refund, saying "i'm good kid, i deleted the file from hard drive, and deleted from deleted files, and i'm not going to recover these deleted-deleted files from my hard drive using some file-saving software" - and they got their refound.
 and after that, put all the content online at pirate sites.
 *i have books at amazon kindle store. i remember when i published one - when it went online, i had one (and only one) purchase instantly, and refund after that.  i had no purchases for that specific book for another two weeks i guess, but second (actually less than one) day after publishing - when i typed "myname/mybookname/torrent" - i had it listed at few pirate sites.
 **i even wrote comment where it was possible - steal this book, it's great one - i know it's great -because i'm an author :) :) :)

same here - one after another.
i guess, it's going to be available at pirate sites later this evening, if not already :) :)

 If you did not reach even 35$ payout at ss, regarding all the problems related with microstock industry, most probably your portfolio is ether too old, too small, or low/poor quality, or combination of any of these.

every single story is unique ;)

use deep meta software.

Pond5 / Re: No sales at pond5: over 3 years now
« on: October 13, 2016, 12:05 »
 a) you have quite a few files actually, in comparison with all agency's database
 b) your images are not commercial.

 these two reasons are in my opinion main reasons for low traffic of your images.

 well, i guess someone will win, and someone will loose.
 and, maybe, someone will get some money...

 but don't bother yourself and be nervous - nor rich/vulture shareholders are going to loose their money. these people will be safe and well (in their expensive apartments/real estates/on their expensive yachts etc...) - somehow - common people will pay all the bills at the end, i am pretty sure about that :)

Pond5 / Re: Pond 5 review changes
« on: April 08, 2016, 16:14 »
yesterday i had last 7 clips reviewed - 100% rejected.
b.t.w. all of these were 100% accepted at competitive agencies. 2 dl's so far now.

previous batch (actually few batches) were  23/13 in. also 100% in at other agencies.

good thing regarding last batch: at least review time is shortened

*correction (i just checked messages): it's 23/13, 17/19 and 0/7 in. (with 100% at other sites).

i guess it would be fine to remove some of the old not-ever-selling content. - i would not have problem with that at all.
but, my self-artistic-professional-ego is somewhere close to zero :) (which i noticed is not so often).

Pond5 / Re: Pond 5 review changes
« on: April 08, 2016, 01:57 »
yesterday i had last 7 clips reviewed - 100% rejected.
b.t.w. all of these were 100% accepted at competitive agencies. 2 dl's so far now.

previous batch (actually few batches) were  23/13 in. also 100% in at other agencies.

good thing regarding last batch: at least review time is shortened

if you carry any offensive weapon (which knife is) - you have increased possibility that you will actually use it some day.
 which you DO NOT want.
 o.k. i live in country where carrying guns and knifes is illegal, and people are not really aggressive in general - so almost no one is stabbed or killed by guns at the streets.
 so, from my point of view (i said my - it has not to be someone else's) - it is better for you even to sustain even injuries  rather than to actually kill someone.  but as i said - people do not kill each other at the streets here where i live. fights after sport events, or at late weekend hours - here and there - yes, but stabbing/shooting/gang shooting/firearm victims -no. (it happens, but so rarely that i can say "no")

 for one comment above (supermarket parallel):

 if there is no supermarket (which "only" sells farmers product) - yes, you'll have to drive/walk/whatever 100miles to the nearest farm, and trade with farmer directly.

 if there is no farmer - anywhere/nowhere - you can go and try to find one in first-class private jet - but, having in mind there is no farmer - you won't eat. - no farmer-no food supply. food/farmer is "older" than supermarket.

 i was selling my images before microstock, and i'll sell them after microstock as well - if there is demand for content. somehow, there will be the way from customer  to producer. but, you guess - if there is no images - there is no images.

Photo Critique / Re: Photo rejected multiple times at SS
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:02 »
*for me this image looks as bad executed composite of Cologne dome, Rhine river promenade, lighting equipment for ice skating, with disproportions.
 i'm not saying that is the case, image is too small, but i'm saying my impression.

Photo Critique / Re: Photo rejected multiple times at SS
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:48 »
when i was submiting images onto ss, rarely, i sent images twice - with corrections. because, even if really rear for me, their rejection reasons most of the time had sense. except "focus is not ..... where..." (they feel it fits best). actually, that was main reason i stopped upload and sell images at ss.
 nowadays i submit clips onto ss. i guess i re-submitted rejected clips (with corrections) only few times (editorial vs regular caption/description). i do not know if their standards regarding stills changed/evaluated, but if they rejected the same image twice, or even three times - it is most likely that something is really wrong with your image.

Dreamstime.com / Re: 100% earnings from DT
« on: December 31, 2015, 11:11 »
for me it's  100% x 0 = 0  :) :)

however - nice move.

Off Topic / Re: antivirus reccomendations
« on: December 17, 2015, 12:11 »
i do not use antivirus program fof pc / win since 1994. 
just reasonable usage of your computer, and you actually do not need any.

Off Topic / Re: 10 dead 20 wounded in school shooting
« on: October 08, 2015, 11:21 »
if every single person has firearms, there would be lesser fire arms incidents around globe, i am pretty sure about that.
 but who would carry 1-2kg of danerous iron - i always rather prefer to carry 2 or 3 beer cans.
 :) :)

 there is no simple answer regarding this matter.

Photo Critique / Re: what do you think of this photo?
« on: August 27, 2015, 14:47 »
bad photo. my first impression is "snapshotish" with no clear context and  concept.
 should not earn you a lot of (if any) money, but don't be surprised if you get some high-priced extended download. (i'm speaking from my personal experience, i had number of photos that really were crap - and got extended licenes downloads for these ones).

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS now at 60 million images!
« on: August 27, 2015, 14:44 »
6 million of good stuff would be much better option (for everyone in business), than 60 million with most of it being crap.
 but things are as they are, and not as it would be good to be...

Dissolve / Re: Dissolve price update
« on: July 30, 2015, 08:28 »
 I was contacted by your agency some year and half ago. Communication was not really at the level i do expect, so, i did not upload any of my content. Frankly speaking, i forgot about your agency.
 Some month ago, i contacted you - i still had no answer from you.
 Anyhow, i considered that i might upload some content at your site as well.
 in simple words - with this policy, (and 30% commission for me), i would NOT upload content at your site, having in mind that i have for example 33$ commision from videoblocks, or 24.5 on pond5.
 and as i can see your intention is NOT to match for example ss's 79$ price, but - vb. 49, or pond5's price.
 from the other hand - pond5 is doing all the business strategy / payments etc... as any other agency - and they are somehow sustainable with 50%, and you are trying to ripoff contributors (with 70% for you). from my point of view - you are doing something wrong. -if agency a) can work with fair 50/50 strategy - than any other agency can do it as well. but, that, as we know depends of greedy-index of agency.
 so i see it as a greed-driven business move, without healthy (own) business strategy.

Newbie Discussion / Re: iStock Exclusive Loophole
« on: June 12, 2015, 05:16 »
as i remember it IS allowed to have different contributor accounts - as an author, and as corporate-account holder.
 also, if i remember correctly - if you do so - you are NOT allowed to be author of any single file on your corporate account. so, if you have small company, with hired people working for the company - it is allowed that company to have it's own account. at least - it was few years ago.

 is it etical/moral e.t.c.? - for me - it is.

 BUT - i think you should ask contributor relations, and explain yur question.
 i can speak for myself of course - but whenever i asked contributor support any kind of question, that i was not sure about - i always had helpful answer, and in reasonable time. with no exception.

 so - ask support, i think it is the best way to go.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock | 15 Year Anniversary
« on: April 24, 2015, 01:16 »
Why do you think they haven't been talking to contributors?

 contributor is not = contributors

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