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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobestock-Pond5: did I miss something?
« on: August 27, 2019, 09:29 »
FYI:  Pond 5 has a "Global Partner Program".  The click box is located in account preferences.  You might be opted in by default.

Thanks, you are right!  ;)

Never really paid attention to it ...


Adobe Stock / Re: Adobestock-Pond5: did I miss something?
« on: August 26, 2019, 23:15 »
Thanks for your answer.

As this clips are not part of my adobe portfolio yet, I am gonna upload them and see what happens. Wondering if the clips will come up twice in search results.


Adobe Stock / Adobestock-Pond5: did I miss something?
« on: August 26, 2019, 19:39 »
Hi everyone,

Just wondering if I missed something ... I am about to upload some older footage to Adobestock. Out of curiosity I searched their content and found already the clips online! With me as the author and the source Adobestock/Pond5.

I can't remember of any partnership between these two. And I can't remember agreeing to share my files on both sites.

I didn't contact Adobestock yet, thought maybe someone here can give me a clue.

Thanks in advance,


Shutterstock.com / A new low: Video Sale for $0.60
« on: July 04, 2019, 19:35 »
Hi everyone,

So far I called myself a lucky Shutterstock Contributor as my Clip Sales gained in general reasonable royalties. I had a few of the $1.50 sales, though, but now even that got 'topped'.

$0.60 for an HD clip of 29 seconds!

I sent a complaint to Contributor Support ... to be answered by a "fellow" contributor ...

"Hi, My name is [xxxx] and Im a fellow Shutterstock contributor for over 9 years and also an expert user. Im happy to look into this issue for you.

Shutterstock offers promotional deals or bulk packages from time to time. This sale is part of that program. Unfortunately, there is no way to opt out of these sales, but at least this will help to raise that footage in the search engine placement.

If you need more information, please let me know and I will reroute your request to Shutterstock agents for providing possible help."

I don't take the microstock business serious anymore, take the royalties as a welcome pocket money on top of my income, but still, this hurts, feels like a prank.

Btw: this "fellow" contributor posted only once in the Shutterstock Forum, back in 2010, I can't find his portfolio, if there is one, but he managed in the meantime to answer 9,510 of our questions and complaints ...


iStockPhoto.com / ESP Royalty Statistics not Updated
« on: October 06, 2017, 00:40 »
Hi everyone,

I have noticed that my Royalty Statements haven't been updated since 01 August 2017. My attempt to contact the customer support failed, as I always get the annoying message:

'Oops! An unexpected error has occurred.
The error may be transient but has been logged. If you continue to encounter problems, you can contact customer support.' Yeah, very funny  >:(

Anyone else with the same problem or any idea, how to contactthe support?

Thx in advance


Shutterstock.com / Re: **BAM** NEW DASHBOARD ACTIVE
« on: February 09, 2017, 17:24 »
The new design doesn't worry me - I'll get used to it. What does worry me is, that I've 'lost' several hundred downloads for at least one of my Top Performers in the new DL Statistic. I hope, it's only that single one, but that one is quite obvious. I received my royalties overt the years, though, just wondering, if the lower incorrect amount will have any negative consequences in search results?!

Now they picked me: 150DL yesterday, just portraits, NO Asian women. Weird and supicious. Contacted support.

Pond5 / Re: New ID requirement - no sales unless you upload ID
« on: January 07, 2016, 20:07 »
Maybe that's the reason why some of my clips pending for 12 weeks now and explains that I had not one sale on more than 5 weeks... I've never received a mail about providing new ID in my private mail account, checked my account, too - nothing. But I guess, it won't do any harm to send them a copy of my current photo ID. Let's see if it is changing the things at Pond5 to a bit better than it is at the moment.

Thanks for posting, Jo Ann

Dreamstime.com / Re: 100% earnings from DT
« on: December 25, 2015, 05:18 »
I wish the offer would come from Shutterstock  ;)

I don't expect too much from DT. Still, a nice move, though.

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 review times
« on: December 25, 2015, 05:12 »
Unfortunately there are not many alternatives around when it comes to decent clip sales, actually only one. And again, for me Shutterstock is far ahead of the rest. Easy upload, reasonable review times and better sales than Pond5. I still hang on to P5, because customers there seem to look for different content.

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 review times
« on: December 24, 2015, 22:37 »
Amongst other files, I uploaded my clips Santa Claus relaxed at beach on 7 October 2015. I didn't expect them to be still pending on Christmas Day. Well, there is always gonna be another Christmas...  8) But for the future I try to upload my Xmas-files around Easter, Easter Bunnies on Halloween, Valentine Day on Independence Day...

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!


Shutterstock.com / Re: Anyone with the same problem?
« on: December 12, 2015, 01:33 »
Just change the language back to English (or whatever language you prefer - top centre).

You have to be happy where you live. That was always my maxim and that's why I am where I am now. And on top of it, Perth in Western Australia - and the rest of the continent, is not short of cool and classy locations for a photographer  ;) But I bet, if you love your home, if you love your life, then you've found the right place and creativity shouldn't be the problem anymore - and that can be (almost) anywhere in the world!

Pond5 / Re: Ways they review
« on: October 06, 2015, 04:01 »
I hadnt bothered with Pond5 for a couple of months as nothing had sold but, after a sale last week, I uploaded a batch and could see from the post-review message that they have the reviewing had been done by the Indian company V2 Solutions http://www.v2solutions.com/media/images.html

Based on what had been accepted and sold at other agencies the review was, shall we say, erratic and all the possible rejection reasons were lumped together for all rejected images with a one or more of these apply generic message.

Now I know why.... although it says they are from California, nevertheless...

I started only two months ago uploading footage to Pond5 and SS. Before someone even reviewed my clips at Pond5 I had already the first sale at SS. SS acceptance 90%. Pond5 only 60%, with always the same (silly) reason (shaky footage) from the same curator. As anyone knows who is contributing to Pond5, it takes a lot of work to upload and prepare your clips before sending them to review. But with obviously amateur reviewers it is not worth the effort, in my opinion. So I dumped Pond5 and concentrate on uploading to SS - so far pretty happy with the results.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Spam Attack on SS Forum
« on: October 02, 2015, 22:09 »
To get back to the initial topic: the next wave of spam attacks is hitting the forum. I wouldn't go to bed or even enjoy the weekend off if I were SS. WAKE UP! Tomorrow there might even more affected than just the forum...

Shutterstock.com / Spam Attack on SS Forum
« on: October 02, 2015, 02:01 »
I noticed this morning (Australian Time) that more than a hundred new entries in some Asian language appeared over night in the Discussion Forum. And it becomes more widespread while writing here.  I have contacted Vince, but he might be still asleep. I noticed already yesterday, that my Footage Gallery was switched to Chinese or Korean or whatever, although I didn't touch that option. And furthermore, 2.5GB uploaded footage clips disappeared (but there might be another reason for it), not showing up in my Submission Folder. Something is going on in the background - and that is not good. Hope, Admin is waking up soon and sort it out quickly!

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstcok not working
« on: September 02, 2015, 03:53 »
Same problem for some hours now! And I am sitting on the other side of the world  ::)

I know about the thread, thanks. Just checked and saw, there are more with the same issue. So I guess, the problem is not at my end. Let's wait and see and produce some more in the meantime  :D

I have to bring up this topic again, as I have no clue what's going on. Everything was fine until Monday. Now I am unable to set up a proper connection to the ss server.

I always receive the following messages:

Status: Insecure server, it does not support FTP over TLS (in black)
Command: my username (in blue)
Response: 331 Password required for my username (in green)
Command: PASS ***************** (in blue)
Response: 530 Login incorrect (in green)
Error: Critical error: Could not connect to server (in red)

I didn't touch the settings. Sent a message to SS support, so far no response, maybe, hopefully someone here has an idea to help me out.

Thanks in advance,


CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Pleasant Surprise
« on: July 10, 2015, 02:23 »
I am usually with Jo Ann when it comes to CanStock. But I had, too, a nice surprise just last week. $51 for one DL, woman on a playground sitting on a swing. Nothing extraordinary - and still a success. Who'd have thought!

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stockbo for Sale
« on: October 31, 2014, 00:16 »
Being from Perth (Stockbo is based here), I met two of the "directors' just once. Nice young guys, full of enthusiasm and positive attitudes. But I had my doubts regarding their business strategy, which I told them. We couldn't agree on that. Fair enough. Nevertheless, I offered them my support, even as a reviewer. Never got back to me. But I guess, that our understanding of what is acceptable or not would have been too far apart, anyway.

Instead, my images were left in the queue for ages, some of the few accepted ones received a postponed NO and had been removed from the portfolio after all. Confusing, annoying, disappointing. That was the last time I logged in back again. Maybe I should there might be some sales I don't know off

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: May 04, 2014, 21:11 »
Did my bit. Opted out all of my +1600 images.

In our 'class action' some time ago I deleted out of protest almost my entire (small) portfolio from IStock, with 10 images left. I hardly earned a thing, especially not around September and October. However, IStock is deducting $11.70 over the next six months - which is MORE than I actually made with them during the "overpaid" period  ::)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stockbo
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:48 »
Good news after all.

Thanks for the reply. I received your mail. Catcha  ;)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stockbo
« on: December 17, 2013, 22:40 »
I am waiting for a reply for about six weeks now.

The account for the site is disabled (http://stockbo.com/).

And the mobile phone is not available at the moment...

Looks like Stockbo is finished before it even started. I might go around the next days and check, if the office is still there (I am living just 10kms away). Let you know.

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