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iStockPhoto.com / Different images were downloaded this month
« on: February 17, 2024, 19:29 »
Checking the images downloaded in January, I noticed lots of images that are not usually sold ... it's almost like there was a shake-up in the search functionality.

It has been corrected.

My Best Match & Most Popular are showing mostly my most recent uploads.

I suspect this is just temporary ... but it's WAY OFF.

"A temporary technical issue ..."

Something to worry about?

Adobe Stock / Re: This is highly unprofessional
« on: October 20, 2023, 14:34 »
The annoying part is the batch rejection, its not like just one of 2 images are rejected like the good days, now a whole batch of 25 will be rejected. It is as if the reviewer rejects one image so rejects all 25, no other logical reason.

The same thing happened to me a few years ago. 18 images - all different kinds - many of which have always been accepted over the years - all 18 were rejected. I had included a few in an entirely new style for me, that I suspect the reviewer didn't like them so rejected the whole batch.

Ever since then, I have uploaded one image per batch at a time. It is much more time-consuming, but it's something I have to do to prevent the arbitrary rejections you discuss above.


If they're not in the CV, they don't show up on the file page.
However, they are 'usually' searchable.

Just to be clear, Sue ... does this mean that keywords not in the Controlled Vocabulary but that you have included in your submission, are in fact still attached to the image, even though they are not visible?

Actually, Ive just thought of something. There could be a reason why the keyword 'animal' was added to my photo of a tree. Previously, I had made the mistake of adding 'fauna' to the metadata when I meant to add 'flora.' It's super rare when I make those kinds of mistakes though yea I was going to try and correct that after submission (with another support ticket.) So I wonder if the inclusion of the word 'fauna' triggered some automatic word generator to add 'animal' there as well.

I think you may have found the answer to why "animal" was added to your image. istock will from time to time substitute one keyword for another. Just today for example, on one of my accepted images, I had included the keywords "alien planet" and istock replaced it with "fictional planet" ... that kind of thing is pretty common, and is part of their Controlled Vocabulary.

Quite often, I will notice keywords added that I had not included, but they usually make sense. In fact, I pick up new keywords for my Lightroom Keyword List by studying these new keywords.

Also, istockphoto nearly always adds "no people", horizontal or vertical, and USA to my images, where appropriate.

But, again, the keyword additions they make to my images usually make sense. To add "animals" to an image that doesn't have animals in it  ... is a mistake. It may not make any difference to the popularity of your image, however.

But you can always contact istockphoto and ask them to remove it and see what they do.

Just my two cents.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Question about Exclusive at istockphoto
« on: October 12, 2023, 09:31 »
You have to apply for Exclusivity for each separate media - photography, illustration and video. You must have just applied for photography.

Thank you for enlightening me ...

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Question about Exclusive at istockphoto
« on: October 12, 2023, 09:26 »
I think you can go exclusive selectively for different categories.

If you didnt select illustrations you are probably only exclusive for photos.

Thank you!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Question about Exclusive at istockphoto
« on: October 11, 2023, 08:38 »
Did you apply for exclusivity for both photos and illustrations?

At that time, I just signed up for Exclusivity ... and it's likely that I wasn't uploading illustrations at that time.

I didn't realize you have to apply for both. So, can I apply for Illustrations now?

iStockPhoto.com / Question about Exclusive at istockphoto
« on: October 10, 2023, 17:06 »
I went Exclusive at istockphoto the moment it became an option.

However, they have never made my Illustrations exclusive ... Illustrations have remained non-exclusive all these years.

Does anyone have an explanation for this? Most of my portfolio is photos, but about 1,500 or so are Illustrations.

Yes,it is common practice for Istock to destroy people's years of work

That may very well be, but in my case, as I state above, the 200 missing images miraculously appeared yesterday. Likely, the problem was a glitch in the system. 

I'm sorry you have had such bad luck at istockphoto. And hope you have found a new home for your portfolio.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: July 2023 financial statements are in
« on: August 18, 2023, 16:30 »
I refuse to let them have my 4K videos though, so I downsize them to HD before uploading. Not sure if this strategy make sense,

Wow.  I do the same thing.  I generally only put 4K files on non-subscription agencies.  But granted, that list is shrinking.

Well, I just broke my own rule and uploaded 3 illustrations after noon on Friday. And sure enough, 2 were rejected. Why do I break my own rules .... why, why, why?

OK ... so this is really strange. I just checked my portfolio after the day's update, and my number is up to 4,952. The 200 seem to be added back. wow

Probably a glitch in the system.

However, it is sort of shocking and actually demoralizing to see your portfolio reduced by 200 overnight with no explanation. Guess I've gotta be grateful it's fixed

Thanks for the replies, guys.

iStockPhoto.com / How common is it for istock to delete files?
« on: August 18, 2023, 13:48 »
It seems that whenever I get close to 5,000 in my portfolio, istock swoops in and deletes a whole bunch of my images. How common is it for them to delete files ... this time I had about 4,910 images and overnight it changed to 4,710.

How common is it for them to do this?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: July 2023 financial statements are in
« on: August 16, 2023, 15:39 »
... however I am getting a high amount of image rejections on iStock and barely any rejections on other sites. I am mostly submitting digitally rendered abstract fractal backgrounds and the rejections tend to be for the reason that there isnt a clear concept or narrative element. These rejections seem to be very inconsistent and subjective depending on the reviewer. My abstract images that make it through iStock review are selling well, however the rate of rejections is one reason Im holding back from exclusivity at the moment.

This may just be me, but it seems that I have more problems on weekends with my uploaded illustrations. So much so that I now stop uploading images after Friday mornings and only start again on Monday mornings to avoid issues that weekend reviewers give me.

At Shutterstock, my RPD is 60 - 70 cents for an average of 800 image DLs per month. And yes, since it's a hobby for me, it's a nice side income for me together with other agencies.

I agree with Ralf --- "since it's a hobby for me, it's a nice side income" ... I have a lot of fun making images, it sparks creativity, and getting that little extra dinero each month is the cherry on top. Also, during Covid, it kept me motivated and busy.

Odd ... the quality of the "AI Generated Image" images, at least on istockphoto.com, is really not that good right now.

Thanks ... I went in and cleared my cache including cookies in both browsers and now, I'm allowed back into the site. Go figure.

Appreciate your suggestion.

Try this:  https://community.adobe.com/

Thanks. I tried the link and in both browsers, and I'm still getting the message you're not allowed to access this site, but then it flips to ...

An Unexpected Error has occurred

iStockPhoto.com / Recent Uploads - Algorithm
« on: May 03, 2023, 07:34 »
Years ago, many of us believed that recency of upload gave an image a slight advantage in the algorithm on istock. What are the current thoughts on this these days?

Whenever I try to access commuity.adobe.com with my Windows computer with the Chrome browser and the Microsoft Edge browsers, I receive this message.

"You are not allowed to access this site"

However, I have no problems accessing the site with my ipad or my galaxy phone.

I have rarely used the site over the many years I've been using Photoshop and never had any issues there like bad behavior.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how I might resolve this issue?

I have received a number of these messages over the years and have been able to successfully get my rejected images accepted by showing the reviewer a series of step-by-step images used to create the final product. Sometimes, I'll number each image and write a brief text explaining each of the steps. HTH

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