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Envato / Re: Changes coming to Elements bonus payments
« on: July 01, 2019, 19:46 »
Authors must meet the minimum activity requirements for at least one item type to be eligible.
But how can I have activity if the upload process for me, as a photographer, is off ?
 :o

Hows that? Are you a photo author on Elements at the moment?  If so, you should have photo submission access for sure.

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Envato / Re: Envato Elements New Earning Opportunity.
« on: May 01, 2019, 18:06 »
Hi Video1977! Hit me up if you have any questions at all. Elements might not be right for you, but I will certainly shoot you straight and give you as much info as I can to help you make an informed decision. - Josh
Are you considering applications from photographers who were booted a while back?

Hi Pauws99, Yes I am more than happy to pass on your portfolio for consideration. :) Here is a short guide as to what we are looking for to best help you decide what you want to send my way for consideration.
https://help.author.envato.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000534186-Commercial-Demand-Guide

email me directly at [email protected]

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Envato / Re: Envato Elements New Earning Opportunity.
« on: May 01, 2019, 02:49 »
Hi Video1977! Hit me up if you have any questions at all. Elements might not be right for you, but I will certainly shoot you straight and give you as much info as I can to help you make an informed decision. - Josh

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Envato / Re: account deleted ? Not yet
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:44 »
All my images on photodune were deleted except for around 400 (which are moslty from first batch (and they are not really good, they are 10 years old) and a few last batches). And these 400 are definitely not the best sellers. So it looks like they have just deleted 89% or portfolio without choosing which images to delete and which ones to retain.

Also I saw in my earnings that (surprise, surprise) Austrailian tax cut is 30%.

So I have to upload my portfolio again to elements, spend time, attach releases. And with my 10+ years experience in microstock (and macrostock) industry I have serious doubts that these efforts will be repaid.

I am sorry you have had a less than stellar experience with us so far. The 400 retained images really should have aligned with our new quality guidelines here: https://help.market.envato.com/hc/en-us/articles/217906203-Commercial-Demand-Guide

As for your efforts moving forward, an Elements author only needs to upload to PhotoDune once and your items will be automatically be ported to Elements. :)

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Envato / Re: account deleted ? Not yet
« on: August 08, 2017, 18:13 »
You didn't fancy giving it a try for a few months, see how much money it could generate?

Just to give a real-life example (which, I'll admit, may not be indicative of the norm), I subscribed this month, and have downloaded 16 items. Although I can't say for certain, at this point I can't see myself needing anything else from Elements this month. As a result, each author will get an average of 90 cents for each item I have downloaded. While not exactly something to write home about, that is a lot more than 25 cents per download.

This is true and should also be said that all authors receive an equal share of the subscription from customers who haven't downloaded anything that month in the form of a contributor bonus :)

consequence that right after a positive comment Envato jumps in? Somehow I feel like we are getting baited... :-\

If this were the case I would have a top poster badge by now! No bait from me, if we invited an author we want them and think we offer something different but good and the potential for an additional earning stream and want to make sure they are aware of important info where applicable.  Anyway, I don't think you have a lot to lose with a trial of Elements but I understand it's not for everyone.

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Envato / Re: account deleted ? Not yet
« on: August 08, 2017, 18:02 »
You didn't fancy giving it a try for a few months, see how much money it could generate?

Just to give a real-life example (which, I'll admit, may not be indicative of the norm), I subscribed this month, and have downloaded 16 items. Although I can't say for certain, at this point I can't see myself needing anything else from Elements this month. As a result, each author will get an average of 90 cents for each item I have downloaded. While not exactly something to write home about, that is a lot more than 25 cents per download.

This is true and should also be said that all authors receive an equal share of the subscription from customers who haven't downloaded anything that month in the form of a contributor bonus :)

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PhotoDune / Most Wanted: Unstock Photos $5,000
« on: November 04, 2015, 23:11 »

Hi everyone! As a follow-up to the launch of Unstock (Envatos Newest Photo Collection) we wanted to run a contest so all PhotoDune authors have a chance at being part of this new collection.

Weve put up $5,000 in prize money for the best new photos selected for the Unstock Collection.

What You Can Win

Each photo selected for Unstock will win $5 per photo.

Were also running a Best Photo contest where all photos uploaded to the marketplace between November 5th and January 28th will have a chance to win awesome bonus prizes!

The best photos in the following 10 categories will win $500 each:

$500 Prize: Best Happy Holidays Photo
$500 Prize: Best Being human Photo
$500 Prize: Best A way of life Photo
$500 Prize: Best Busy & connected Photo
$500 Prize: Best Life is a journey Photo
$500 Prize: Best Its a wonderful world Photo
$500 Prize: Best Together Photo
$500 Prize: Best Unexpected Photo
$500 Prize: Best Building our world Photo
$500 Prize: Best Details & little things Photo

Read the full announcement here .
http://enva.to/unstock

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VideoHive / Greetings from Envato!
« on: July 21, 2014, 16:46 »
Hi everyone! Josh here from Envato. Many of you might know me from discussions we've had on the PhotoDune board. Im also quite involved with VideoHive and wanted to pop in for a quick introduction. VideoHive is an Envato Marketplace where you can buy and sell royalty-free footage and motion graphics as well as After Effects Project files.

With traffic in the millions, and loads of opportunity for new and quality items, many of our contributors are making 6 figures annually finding the freedom they desire to create and produce what they love and are passionate about.

If you are looking for new and exciting challenges, be sure to check out our Envatos Most Wanted contests where we offer great prizes and cash rewards for items in high demand. In fact, we are currently offering a $5,000 bounty for Trailers created for After Effects, Apple Motion, or Cinema 4D!

We are really excited to have a home here on MicrostockGroup and invite all motion graphics and stock footage junkies to check us out as we are growing fast and always looking for great new contributors!

Feel free to hit me up here, or via my Envato profile if you have any questions, I'm happy to help :)

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Envato / Re: closing account at PD - the fine print
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:52 »
Hi stockastic, I had a look at your ticket and it looks like we received your paypal address and I believe you should be getting your payout soon.  Please feel free to hit me up directly if you run into any snags along the way :)

Take care,
Josh

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Thanks so much for catching this!  We certainly do try to catch any and all issues concerning IP but this one has obviously slipped through. We have taken action straight away and have now replaced the link.

Thanks again,
Josh

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PhotoDune / Re: Model Releases on PhotoDune - what to do?
« on: May 09, 2013, 09:03 »
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Hi Smithore, to be clear in the scenario you mentioned you actually could simply upload all images at one time into the photos directory and any and all releases in the releases folder and that's it, all done
Thank you joshsprague, i will try it!

Good to hear Smithore!  You have some really great images and we would benefit from your portfolio for sure :)  Please hit me up if you run into any snags or are unclear on anything moving forward.

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PhotoDune / Re: Model Releases on PhotoDune - what to do?
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:58 »
It took me ages to work out how to upload the releases to photodune but now that I have worked it out I prefer the system to most sites way of doing it.   No having to go back in and attatch releases individually.  It can be a real pain when you have a group model session where they don't all appear in every photo and this system saves a lot of work in that type of session.

Agreed - actually of all the release systems out there I'd say PhotoDune's was the easiest and best.  It requires uploading in batches sorted by shoot but really, that isn't a big deal even when my images aren't sorted that way to begin with.

As frustrating as it's been in the early stages on PD, a little discipline to batch upload makes it pretty darn easy once you get the hang of it.  In fact, because of PD I now have new folders that separate my models and their model releases into their own directories.  Makes the whole management of my releases easy. I just wish their site, once you've uploaded, wouldn't twirl for hours on end while you wait to process your images for submission....if all I am doing is waiting for them to come up so I can manually click submit, why do we have to do that at all? Why can't PD just pull the images into review queue since you're not really doing anything to the images anyway?

Ahh yes... That is indeed no fun.  You raise a very good question and I will tell you what I know.  when you hit the process button, PD is grabbing the images from the ftp directory and reading the IPTC data from each.  If all is well, you then need to submit them for review and if there are items that require attention you can then correct them and submit.

Now it does make sense to me though that items not needing correction could be submitted for review immediately leaving only the items that have errors or are missing data.  This would indeed save a load of time especially when we can only submit 40 at one time :)

I will talk to my team about this and see what it would take to do something like that even if it was a check box upon hitting process that says something like "submit files immediately for review?"

Thanks to everyone who has stuck with us warts and all!

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PhotoDune / Re: Model Releases on PhotoDune - what to do?
« on: May 08, 2013, 21:14 »
I've just spent 40 mins on this site trying to sort out files I found in the mysterious "hidden" tab.

I'd have a giant rant but I've already wasted too much of life on PD today.
I've spent also many times for uploading there, especially with MR.
Actually, if you have one photo with 3 peoples, another photo with 2 of them and a new one who isn't in the first photo, you have to proceed to 2 different uploads with the files and the releases !!!  Medieval time strikes again!!!Many contributors ask them to do something for a while, but they don't care, they prefer passing time counting the bucks. And what about the extended license at a ridiculous price?? 
I've just sold again a 75$ single download on shutterstock, please uncheck extended licence on Photodune, or you're going to sink deeply in their sand.

Hi Smithore, to be clear in the scenario you mentioned you actually could simply upload all images at one time into the photos directory and any and all releases in the releases folder and that's it, all done :)

As to your assessment of Envato, you are certainly entitled to your opinion but I can assure you Envato is not the monster you make it out to be.  In fact, in all my years I have yet to find a company with the same commitment to it's community.  I am with you and have said this many times here that PhotoDune needs some improvements particularly with it's upload/release system and though it is on the list, our list is pretty big at the moment and because we are more than just PhotoDune, we must allocate resources where most needed.  That said, I am committed to anyone here who would like personal one on one help with any issues you might have with PhotoDune (or any of our marketplaces)

[email protected]

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PhotoDune / Re: Model Releases on PhotoDune - what to do?
« on: May 08, 2013, 16:46 »
I've just spent 40 mins on this site trying to sort out files I found in the mysterious "hidden" tab.

I'd have a giant rant but I've already wasted too much of life on PD today.

Hi Gillian! So sorry about the trouble you are experiencing... Please feel free to hit me up with any questions you might have and I will do my best to help you out :)
[email protected]

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Envato / Re: Graphicriver Photodune pricing discrepancy!
« on: April 30, 2013, 15:52 »
Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in real quick with and update on the issue of vector pricing at GraphicRiver.  Please take a look at the following post for more details.

http://graphicriver.net/forums/thread/vector-price-increase/96533

Thanks for your time! - Josh

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Envato / Introducing Microlancer! Get an Early Access Beta Invite
« on: February 19, 2013, 07:57 »

Hi everyone, not sure if you've heard, but Collis has just announced some exciting news concerning a new product from Envato. It's called Microlancer and it will be a new way for freelancers to connect with buyers who are interested in getting small-scale creative jobs done simply, transparently, safely and quickly. We have built a platform which allows buyers to easily explore a world of different services they can buy, such as logo customization, photo retouching and many more.

Here is a link to the whole post plus a video from Collis :)
http://enva.to/Vt3zgP

Thanks for your time! - Josh

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Envato / Re: Envato Marketplace License Updates
« on: January 22, 2013, 20:46 »
Nope still a no go for me ;)

Hi Blammo, any chance you can share what you are looking for that might help change your mind?  Your feedback is important to us :)  There are still more changes to come so maybe we'll win you over yet!

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Hey guys, please take a moment to read through the latest changes to the Envato Marketplace licensing

http://notes.envato.com/news/marketplace-license-upgrade/

Thanks - Josh

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Envato / Envato Marketplace License Updates
« on: January 22, 2013, 20:14 »
Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in real quick to give you all a heads up on some exciting new changes to our licenses.  There have been many a topic posted here discussing much of what is being addressed so please take a moment to read through this article when you have a moment.

http://notes.envato.com/news/marketplace-license-upgrade/

Thanks! - Josh

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Hi everyone!

Ive just added a new Beautiful Wedding Photos collection to the featured items area on the PhotoDune home page.

http://photodune.net/collections/2645413-beautiful-wedding-photos?WT.mc_id=GT-PD-0113-beautiful-wedding-photos

With so many to choose from I wanted to open it up to you fine contributors to have your best Beautiful Wedding Photos added.
If you will send me a link (via my profile) http://themeforest.net/user/JoshuaSprague to one or two of your best wedding related items then I will definitely add them to this collection.

  • Please dont send more than 2 items
  • Dont send me a link to your portfolio for me to choose
  • Please rate the collection

If you dont already have wedding related items in your PhotoDune portfolio, now is a great time to start!

Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/spragueX to be notified of future collection opportunities.
Happy new year! Josh

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PhotoDune / Re: Model Releases on PhotoDune - what to do?
« on: January 10, 2013, 14:37 »
You are welcome. Ow, a little addition, it also took ages to process the 48 files, not hours, but almost half an evening and night. Right now its processing one image, and its taking like 10 minutes already, chewing on the file  :)

Hi Poncke, thanks again, I have seen this happen before myself and think what actually might be happening is not so much that it is still working on the files but rather something is sticking and the message that they are complete is not being displayed until the server refreshes.  If you will check the ftp, you will see that your files are likely cleared off which tells me the images have been successfully moved over.  This is frustrating though because you are unable to submit the files until it reports back...

I will submit a ticket for this and see if the devs can track down the issue.

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PhotoDune / Re: Model Releases on PhotoDune - what to do?
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:52 »
Hi guys, I completely understand your frustration and wish I had some better news for you.  But at this point, the only real option is to upload to PhotoDune under the current conditions or to hold off until a better system is in place.  I do know that PhotoDune improvements are being discussed but since PhotoDune is not our only marketplace, it must share developer resources. 

I have put together a short and simple demo of how photos should be added to PhotoDune and hope it will help out for those who choose to do so :)

So to recap the process, simply add all photos at once (no folders) to the /bulk_import/photos directory via FTP then add any and all associated release for those photos to the /bulk_import/photos/model_releases/ directory.

All releases will be associated to the images and you will need to do nothing more on your end for that. After this is complete, head over to your dashboard on PhotoDune and process theme from there.

Please let me know if you need any further assistance. [email protected]

Demo Link:
http://enva.to/VRE465


Hi Josh, thanks for chiming in. I saw the new tut on the site and it looks good.

Just one thing, it seems FTP has some issues. When I uploaded 48 images, only 40 showed up on the site. And then I uploaded 8 again, and only 6 of them showed up. It seems your FTP is not processing all images correctly. FYI.


Hmmm that's not good.  I am submitting a ticket now for this.  I'm wondering if it is related to some of the other issues we have been experiencing... http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/update-on-payment-search-and-support-ticket-issues/84512

Thanks for the heads up :)

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PhotoDune / Re: Model Releases on PhotoDune - what to do?
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:29 »
Hi guys, I completely understand your frustration and wish I had some better news for you.  But at this point, the only real option is to upload to PhotoDune under the current conditions or to hold off until a better system is in place.  I do know that PhotoDune improvements are being discussed but since PhotoDune is not our only marketplace, it must share developer resources. 

I have put together a short and simple demo of how photos should be added to PhotoDune and hope it will help out for those who choose to do so :)

So to recap the process, simply add all photos at once (no folders) to the /bulk_import/photos directory via FTP then add any and all associated release for those photos to the /bulk_import/photos/model_releases/ directory.

All releases will be associated to the images and you will need to do nothing more on your end for that. After this is complete, head over to your dashboard on PhotoDune and process theme from there.

Please let me know if you need any further assistance. [email protected]

Demo Link:
http://enva.to/VRE465

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Envato / Re: Graphicriver Photodune pricing discrepancy!
« on: January 09, 2013, 12:21 »
Hi guys :) We are still working on this.  Will let you know as soon as I have something solid to share.

Thanks! - Josh

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