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Currently, I don't see this being an issue in video.  I've only seen it applied to images.  But it's only a matter time before they have the same strict standards for video  :-[

This is very disheartening, especially when the model and the photographer are the same.  So when using the same model for 50 different shoot dates, we have to fill out 50 different model release forms and attach it to the picture for that shoot date, otherwise it gets rejected.  This increases the workload on the contributor substantially to the point that I am almost in tears. I don't know how you guys are able to continue submitting.  Maybe you just use one model for one date and then never use the same model again.  Probably would make it easier.  Here is the comment from the Shutterstock reviewer:

Shutterstock has been becoming more strict on not using the same model release for multiple photo shoots. Many reviewers may still accept it, but you will likely see more rejections in the future.

It affects all of us contributors, and yes it definitely means a lot more work for everyone. There really is no workaround, they increase restrictions to prevent the possibility of lawsuits due to improper releases.

If you do not want to create another release, you can try to resubmit and hope for a more lenient reviewer.

Shutterstock.com / Re: SSTK Q2 2017 poor results
« on: August 07, 2017, 14:44 »
just hope SS doesn't send us an email- "Dear Contributors in an effort to increase your sales we will need to reduce your commission rates to spend the additional savings on more marketing"  :(

I'm  pretty sure they already reduced commission rates as of June.  I used to see several $150 SODs a month.  This has now transformed to $1.50, $0.59, $0.75, $0.86 SODs. It's kind of sad, but I knew it would happen eventually.  I think everything started to change as soon as Adobe entered the market and pushed prices down.  It's hard to compete with a company that big.  My biggest fear of SS not paying as much per download has now come to fruition :(

Me too.  After about a month with 500 files.  Plus, the 100% return program was activated, which meant I got to keep the entire sale!   I love Stockiste!  I wish other stock agencies would follow suit.

Newbie Discussion / Re: First month in
« on: May 24, 2017, 08:38 »
They're just a really shady company. Use the search engine on this site and look up posts on Depositphotos. They contribute to the mantra of selling your work for pennies.
I also wouldn't submit to Istock. Have you seen how much they pay per image?  Sometime $0.04. It's ridiculous.

Interesting perspective!  Thanks for sharing.

Agree with all of Sean's point and...

terribly, painfully slow website.

Not a good site for contributors.

Not sure how this helps Shutterstock.  I see some of AndresR images on this site.


Microstock Services / Re: PixelUploader
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:31 »
There are two things I really love this program for.  One is adding metadata. It is hard to find programs for Mac (I don't like GraphicConverter or Lightroom for metadata) where you can add metadata.  PixelUploader makes it so easy to add and save metadata. Such a simple, simple, simple process.  And simple to me is key.

Secondly, I use it to send video to Shutterstock.  Again very simple to figure out how to use. 

I'm going to test uploading pictures to all my agencies and will give feedback on this later. The only program so far that I've liked to upload to multiple agencies is Stockuploader. Unfortunately, this isn't being updated by Igor now.  I think Pixeluploader will be a great replacement going forward.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Email About Contributor Survey
« on: May 09, 2017, 11:40 »
Looks legit to me. Plus, they don't ask for your password...only your email.

So here's the feedback for them: they need to do a better job keeping their contributor site open.  Already twice this past week, the site went down.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Unexpected bonus
« on: May 03, 2017, 17:13 »
Yea, I'm pretty sure it's an accounting mistake  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Number of downloads have dropped substantially from April 2016.  But my earnings have remained constant.

I think AdobeStock and Canva are poaching . out of Shutterstock this year.  It's a shame because Shutterstock is the only site I have where I can on occasion see large money sales > $100/image.

Bigstock.com / Re: Bigstock Video
« on: May 03, 2017, 13:08 »
I hope no one is submitting.

I only upload to Pond5 and Shutterstock.  All other sites pay crap.

Microstock Services / Re: PixelUploader
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:43 »
How much are you considering charging for this service in the future?

I successfully emailed Istock to remove my entire portfolio because I'm tired of their sh*tty contributor royalties.

I successfully applied and was accepted to Stockiste--a company that actually seems to care that contributors make money.

Deleted, sorry

Sean, you used to have a special deal with them for all credit sales...did they axe that contract?

I've been contacting DP for months trying to get them to remove my portfolio.  But so far it's fallen on deaf ears and I have to deactivate themselves individually.  A painful process. And a terrible company.  Don't upload there.

Canva / Top-selling contributor at Canva.....
« on: August 21, 2015, 16:53 »
is Elena Elisseeva according to Lee Torrens blog:


Congratulations for that honor Elena!

PhotoDune / No author fees today!
« on: August 21, 2015, 12:20 »
Photodune is kind of awesome today for giving us full 100% commission on their birthday!  It actually makes a pretty big difference in sales for me.

It's nice to have the list so thank you, OP, for that.

But in no way is it "surprising".  That was obviously a marketing ploy for the title.  Now if you were to tell me that foot fetishes was a trend, I would be surprised  ;D

Shutterstock.com / Re: Facebook SODs
« on: August 18, 2015, 20:33 »
I guess I was wrong with my original post on 8/5/15, but there are an unusually high number of Facebook SODs for me today--36 so far.  Are they real-time or lump sum?

Adobe Stock / Changing extended license rates
« on: August 17, 2015, 11:39 »
Just got my first X (tended) license sale from Fotolia for a crummy $7.50 because my price was set to 30 credits.

Does anyone know if there is a way to go back to old images and select all and change X pricing to 100 credits?  Or do I have to do this for each individual item?  And what price do you guys usually set X to?

Certainly, Fotolia has improved since Adobe took over with regards to compensation.  My RPD had gone up above $0.29/image.

Having said that, I'm not very excited about Adobe's pricing scheme, and I really don't understand how Jonathan Ross and Elizabeth are.  The reason I like SS the best is because I get frequent $90-$120 sales.  The max amount of money I've seen come in from AdobeStock is only $3.60.  I'm concerned that SS will have to change their pricing because of pressures from Adobe, and these high paying SOD from SS will disappear.  Does anyone else feel this way? 

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shares Plummet
« on: August 06, 2015, 16:37 »
I own SS stock, and am very surprised it dropped 30% in one day on what I think is actually a good earnings report.  Although, it was overvalued, they reported that they beat estimates so we should have seen an increase.  Unless there is something I'm missing, this will be a good opportunity in my opinion to buy more shares.  My only concern is that Adobestock could take more market share in the future, but based on my own revenues, I really don't see that happening.

Shutterstock.com / Facebook SODs
« on: August 05, 2015, 19:04 »
Looks like Facebook SODs reporting began today...

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