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Messages - Mrblues101

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After longtime i decide to editing the metadata of my vector illustrations with Adobe Bridge and not anymore with the SS browser-traditional-system.

It is more confortable for me to use Bridge, but i still need to put the files category on the SS browser-traditional-system.

It is any way to put Categories directly in the file metadata of the .eps files??

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Shutterstock.com / It is possible to be a contributor from China??
« on: February 21, 2020, 17:44 »
Hello community

Even when the incoming in this business is less and less each month, for me this is still a profitable business, but this question is not about me.

China situation is getting harder and harder, my good friend is in Hunan province and due to quarantine she is not able to go out from her house. Few weeks ago she was able to go out for food, but now all the stores are closed and the only way to get food is to buy from internet to those government-enabled stores and wait for the delivery. Goverment dont allow them to go out and if police found you on street and you don't have a good reason to be there, you can have serious problems.

The issue is money and food... she have some rice reserve at home and she also have some extra money to keeping buying food online, but if the quarantine is extended things can get ugly.

She is not able to work in the traditional way so i was thinking for her to uploading some illustrations and vector illustrations to ShutterStock; her designer abilities are not at proffesional level but much better than the average of what is currently uploaded by contributors.

The only problem is that i dont know if it is possible to be SS contributor from China. Actually the only way to get access to "western" internet from China is by using VPN. I also dont know if it is possible for Chinese people to get the money by Paypal.

Do any of you have experience in this and could you give me some feedback?

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not only that, this user is using 2 worded keywords for all of his keywords on all of his work without any consequences, reported it long time ago.

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/fizkes

unfortunately, SS dont care anymore

Whats wrong with two worded keywords?? Did i lose something??

Based on my knowledge this will hurt your exposition on the site...

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Now they are really overdoing it. I made one image where the object is isolated on white and one image where the object is in snow and a snowball is next to it. Where is that similar? I had the image with snow and the snowball rejected for similar. I have never made similar images like others where I couldn't even see the difference in the photos unless I looked at it for 10 minutes.

I do mostly editorial video and I am sure it's an AI/software application that's screening their massive database of 600 million files for similar content and rejecting it or flagging it for the reviewer to reject, I don't even know if SS has human reviewers anymore, could all be AI for all we know.

All I know is if pretty much any part of the images in the video are similar to anything already on the site it now gets rejected, I went from about 10% rejection to 90% rejection.

They most definitely are conserving server space.

They totally use an IA algorithm, but i dont think the dont have any human working for the review process; maybe just a few for very specific tasks.

If the algorithm is a learning algorithm or it is updated based in new information, maybe the experience for us will be more friendly in the future...

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Im planning to start upload animations footage soon, but i want to know what is the best resolution and aspect ratio to upload videos?

It is horizontal and vertical uploads a good strategy or i may only upload horizontal ones?


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Dreamstime.com / Re: Im sorry about Dreamstime
« on: September 13, 2019, 21:24 »
I started with dt in 2012 and I am now at 85 usd, 2 more years for pay out

Wow, almost same here, i started at 2013 and now at 86 usd...

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: August 30, 2019, 15:05 »
This is bad new... SS was my first company for long time, i hope they can recovery soon

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Just wonder if any of you looks less image spam now they implement new "policity" about this...

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Photography Equipment / Canon-EOS-M50 vs iPhone???
« on: August 05, 2019, 12:12 »
So, im artis illustrator and im looking for good camera for non-MS related project (video marketing project).

So, sadly; i dont know anything about taking photos or recording

The recomendation i get is to buy a Canon-EOS-M50 because it is the camera that brokes with the amateur quality of pics/video, and anything better that this one will be a high jump on price (as the one who recomend me this camera told me).

The problem is that i can see iPhone and other Hi-Tech mobiles taking amazing quality videos and pics.

It is worth buying this camera?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS contributor being sued
« on: July 26, 2019, 15:23 »
The sued contributor maybe open thread first in SS forum and the thread was deleted, and the open post here... i think it is the same case...

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS contributor being sued
« on: July 26, 2019, 11:24 »
I think some of you are talking about SS fourm thread and others are talking about MS group forum thread.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock FTP login being declined
« on: July 06, 2019, 08:55 »
Same problem here...

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When I do get them, it is long after I already know the status. They've been useless since they changed the format

Yes, you are right, i just like to check this mails and i just realize they dont send it anymore...

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I'm the only one who stopped receiving the "Submission status" emails??

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Worst month on shutterstock
« on: June 25, 2019, 21:06 »
Normal month for me  ???

Today i reach 80% of last month incoming, so i think i will reach about same ammount.

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I am beginning to believe that this maybe a deliberate policy to restrict the number of EPS uploads to Shutterstock, maybe they are not interested in anything but photography.

It is a change that really is so out of the ball park and utterly nonsensical, that maybe the owner and his team have taken what they think is a strategic decision to do away with Vector Illustrations and this is just the first phase in stopping illustrators from uploading.

If you look on the Shutterstock Forum there is no one answering any of the questions.

Maybe they want to reduce the numer of vector uploads, true; but not to eradicate it, no reason to lose part of the cake.

Today the total numer of images uploaded to SS per week is: 1,366,429; i remember to see this numer above 2.000.000 before the 4MP rule...

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I can't upload vector anymore, I always got error message - there was problem with some of your content : We can't read what's in your file. Please re-save or re-export your file, and try uploading it again. I resaved and same problem  >:(

What software you use?? (Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw...?)

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Shutterstock.com / Re: How rare are Enhanced sales?
« on: May 07, 2019, 20:31 »
I had only one in 2019.

Enhanced sales represents 1.9% of my whole incoming  :o

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Shutterstock.com / Re: 5 word minimum
« on: May 03, 2019, 14:57 »
shutterstock now requires 5 word minimum for all descriptions?

dumb idea

Minor update... you like it or not, even 5 is short description...

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Metadato on Jpg files and on CSV??
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:34 »
Is there anyway to also put categries in jpg metadata??

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Shutterstock.com / Re: April 2019 earnings on SS
« on: April 17, 2019, 16:20 »
Normal incoming for me...

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Sigh. I listened to them and their last email:
Quote
   On April 15th 2019, all EPS files will need to be at least 4 MP with a new maximum MB size. We are currently working to determine the optimal limit, but it will be greater than 50MB. Our goal is to ensure contributors can continue uploading vectors of various complexity.

   On April 17th 2019, a JPG will automatically be created for your vectors when you upload.

I prepared a full batch of a thousand vector like they wanted. Then I upload the EPS only.

Guess what...:
Quote
    Batch8-Christmas_Angel_01.eps
    All vector images must be accompanied by JPG images with the same name. You uploaded the vector image but did not upload a corresponding JPG file named .jpg.

Maybe Shutterstock living on another dimension but ain't we the 17th? Why do they take the time to send us and email with specific dates so we can adapt and they do not stick to it :-/

You are outdated, after this claims they give new information about this changes are postponed to unknow date...

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LOL. I guess they postponed the changes again.  ::)

I really spend a lot of time those days looking for the way to properly reach the 4MP request without increase significantly the size of the file  :-\ :-\ :-\

I almost stop to produce designs to fit new requests for about one week... wasted time :( :(

Hard to say how much time to waste on something that seems destined for failure. Judging from the SS forums, it seems like the wide variety of contributors have a variety of reasons why they can't or won't bother with this current proposal.

I agree, this is unpractical implementation by them, but as they give a time limit i just start to work to being able to keep uploading my designs

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LOL. I guess they postponed the changes again.  ::)

I really spend a lot of time those days looking for the way to properly reach the 4MP request without increase significantly the size of the file  :-\ :-\ :-\

I almost stop to produce designs to fit new requests for about one week... wasted time :( :(

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Discusin en Espaol / Re: palabras clave complejas?
« on: April 13, 2019, 11:09 »
Depende mucho de la agencia ya que cada una tiene un motor diferente de bsqueda acorde a las palabras claves y al termino de la bsqueda en si.

El tema se ha tratado algunas veces en el foro y se han mencionado algunas cosas interesantes...

Por ejemplo en SS si una de tus keywords es [Eiffel Tower] esto no tiene impacto para quienes escriban en el buscador [Eiffel Tower] pero si para quienes escriban ["Eiffel Tower"]... (quienes coloquen el termino entre comillas)

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