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Illustration - General / Re: Are Vector Stock Crooks
« on: April 20, 2022, 17:43 »
WHAT A ARSE you are Pete.

Do you actually work, as you had enough time to trawl through some of my previous posts, I bet you are just a fat old guy, who watches Netflicks all day. LOL

hoist on your own petard!

Big deal, you call that a insult, YOU ARE A IDIOT.

"AN idiot". Not "a idiot".

Image Sleuth / Re: images stolen on shutterstock
« on: March 21, 2022, 06:06 »
You can see how initially they start out with "original" ideas like this:

And then they're like: "why doesn't this sell?" before resorting to stealing images and crudely stitching some images together in Photoshop.

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 New Agreement
« on: March 15, 2022, 14:24 »
So if I understand correctly, they basically want unlimited freedom and sole discretion to adjust prices to ensure sales are made, even if it comes at the cost of the contributor's share/bottom line revenue.

I wouldn't be surprised if at some point commissions are reduced once more across the board 'to adapt to an ever-changing market and provide big and smaller content creators with their expressed need to access our entire collection at discounted price points' i.e. subscription penny sales.

Adobe Stock / Re: Video Royalties To Drop
« on: March 09, 2022, 11:16 »
And as expected, Adobe Stock follows the race to the bottom like any other agency, once again devaluing video production.

Is there a bottom commission for an HD video sold via subscription, and if so how much?

HD - 25 credits per monthMonthly / Annual subscriber   $7.84 / $5.60
HD - 40 credits per monthMonthly / Annual subscriber   $5.25 / $4.20
HD - 350 credits per monthMonthly / Annual subscriber   $4.55 / $3.85
HD - 750 credits per monthMonthly / Annual subscriber   $3.50 / $2.80

Sigh. We can expect some $2.80 video sales soon then.

As if we hadn't yet reached rock bottom.

With gas and fuel prices going through the roof, inflation at an all-time high, interest on our savings at an all-time low, and the ongoing war in Ukraine causing stock markets to go crazy, we now also get shafted by nearly every agency. Gee, thanks.

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy restrict Russian sales on request
« on: March 07, 2022, 15:07 »
Awful to punish Russian people and businesses simply because of their nationality. Plenty of Russians disagree with the war, but cancel culture seems to be normal nowadays.

In the Netherlands there are stories of Russian supermarkets being harassed, Russian children bullied at school, people on the street being yelled at because they 'look or sound Russian'. In fact, a woman from Moldova was scolded for speaking Romanian (which sounded Russian to the Dutchman who yelled at her). In their misguided anger, people have lost their minds.

Off Topic / Re: Message to all Russians in these forums
« on: March 04, 2022, 08:39 »
Dear Russian friends, I know there is a significant stock photographers community, so I have an appeal to you.

Please do not believe in your Russian media propaganda saying that terrible war is some kind of "special action". It is regular war against Ukrainian civils. Putin is cannon firing kindergartens, hospitals and civilian areas. Your Russian dictator is not better that Hitler or Kim Jong-un. He started the worst kind of war in the middle of Europe so no one can feel safe now.

I am asking you to inform and spread the true information wherever you can in your country. Putin already cut you off from most foreign media, so all ways to reach you are good.


BTW, I am not Ukrainian, but I have so much sympathy to their people that I had to post it, hope it won't be removed. If is reaches even one unaware Russian, my message makes sense. The only way to bring peace back to Europe is to make Russian aware and ready to avert from their ruler.
The West is spreading lies, the same lies when they showing us pictures of dead bodies when coronavirus strike. Nobody is innocent in war. It's always two sides. But in this case, we can all see that West has gone too far.

Yesterday evening the Russians bombed a neighborhood in Chernihiv which left 33 civilians dead. But according to you 'nobody is innocent'. I suggest you take off your Kremlin-colored glasses and start to OBJECTIVELY observe what is happening here. Innocent civilians are being killed who had no part to play in this conflict.
I'm not saying the Western governments are all nice and righteous, including the Ukrainian government. EVERY government has blood on their hands, but that doesn't make Putin's current aggressiveness against the Ukrainian people any less evil.

But I guess trying to convince someone who doesn't even believe people have died of covid, is like trying to convince Putin to back off. It's useless.

I'm still getting downloads in Russia, this needs to be stopped.

I had two in Moscow today, they are breaking the sanctions on Putins Russia, this must stop.

Putin doesn't care. These sanctions are ineffective and only civilians and small/medium businesses are affected. It's a ridiculous instrument if the goal is to let the people stand up to the regime. Any protest against the regime is forcefully stopped by police and protesters are risking their own and their families lives for it. Yet the sanctions are not lifted the next day, and somehow western governments feel the need to keep punishing them?

Off Topic / Re: Russian photographers should be banned!
« on: February 27, 2022, 13:25 »
Terrible idea.

Putin's regime =/= Russian photographers

123RF / Re: Can't sign in to 123RF
« on: February 12, 2022, 13:36 »
Sorry for the late update, I know it must have given you all sleepless nights.

Anyway, it simply worked again after a thorough cookie cleaning. Fortunately there was no hacking involved.

Adobe Stock / Re: Selling 3D content on Adobe Stock
« on: January 31, 2022, 16:34 »
AFAIK Adobe Stock doesn't sell 3D files like Turbosquid for instance.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: January 27, 2022, 11:45 »
It could be they are making a preference based on today's reality, not what you could buy 8 years ago. And for the record, you have never 'owned' any software unless you wrote it yourself. You purchased a license to use it. A license that could be revoked at any time.

Owning the software as in, you could do a one-time purchase and own a physical copy on a CD, ready to install at any time.

When I was 'buying' the software, I paid far more than $120 for Lightroom and Photoshop and 'bought' updates at least every other year. This is much cheaper.

Maybe if you use only 2 products (in your case PS and Lightroom), it might be cheaper at $120/year. But for the record, I pay 600 EUR/year in my country for the All Apps plan.
Which is more expensive long term than any non-subscription Adobe CS package.

All of my files are on my hard drive. Nothing is in the cloud. Personally, I complete files as I go, but if I had 'project' files laying about, I would handle that before letting my subscription lapse.

I meant to say: if you can't use the software (because the subscription has ended), you cannot open your project files anymore. And if for some reason you had to cancel your subscription, but have to revisit an earlier project, you're screwed unless you restart your subscription.

123RF / Can't sign in to 123RF
« on: January 11, 2022, 18:19 »
Does anyone else have trouble signing in? It says:

Verification email resent.
If you don't see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam/Junk folder.
If you still can't locate the email, please contact customer support.
Didn't get your verification email? Resend email

Nothing appears in my inbox, but when I try the Resend Email option twice more, it says maximum number of requests reached.
Contacting Customer support seems pointless, been waiting for a few days now...


Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: January 05, 2022, 16:51 »
For those who want permanent updates, the CC subscription is probably financially advantageous.

Anyone who bought a CS product back then and felt they didn't need every update would have been better off with the old model.

A Photoshop update was about $300 - I dont remember exactly. Anyone who didn't want new features every year, but felt that an update every 3 or 5 years was enough, would have saved a lot of money.

Even after less than 1.5 years, the old paid model would have been cheaper.

But I don't have the exact sums in my head anymore.

But to put it very roughly: if you wouldt update for 5 years, you would have saved just under $200 per year on the old Adobe CS model versus the CC.

I will still prefer the subscription model. You get continuous updates along with many more benefits from Adobe.

How can anyone prefer a subscription model? Sure, you get continuous updates and "benefits", but:
- you pay more per year than for a single-purchase Adobe software package
- you don't own the software anymore
- if you stop paying, you cannot access your project files anymore unless you re-subscribe
- not all updates and extras are useful for everyone yet you still have to pay for it

There's literally no benefit compared to the old model for most freelancers, the only one benefiting from the subscription model is Adobe; they now have a continuous revenue stream (like many other corporations nowadays) and more profit.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Highest price for a photo on Shutterstock.
« on: December 26, 2021, 12:19 »
My highest this year: 72$, 66$, 64$, 48$ and plenty in the 15-25$ range (level 4)
My highest ever: 98$

Highest for video: 120$ (this month, level 2)

What a complete and totally useless topic and response. Share with us Dumc, how much would you have made pre-2018 before the SS slashed commissions? Are you an agent working for the SS? When you cuddle up to them do you thank them each time for being so generous? You have no idea how all of us collectively are delighted to learn your SS story and success. Just goes to show it doesn't matter how much the industry slashes commissions when you're a brilliant photographer and videographer. You'll still make 72$, 66$, 64$, 48$, 15-25$, 98$ and 120$.

Sooooo...Christmas dinner wasn't too good I presume?


Highest this year was $59 for a digital raster image, highest ever was around $130 or so for a vector illustration and $174 for video.

Looks like a 3 year old got hold of a camera and pressed the shutter button multiple times.


Looks like my eyesight before I put my lenses in.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Still no payment from SS?
« on: December 10, 2021, 06:29 »
I received it via PayPal on the 6th as well.

Canva / Re: Melanie Perkins, the Billionaire Behind Canva
« on: December 03, 2021, 12:34 »
I'm going to play the devil's advocate here: although as a Canva contributor I'd be happy if she decided to give some of her wealth back to us (if she's willing to share), what I sense most from this thread is jealousy and resentment towards 'the rich people'.

Even though we CHOSE to supply Canva with our work, so in essence, we voluntarily helped her build her fortune and we accepted the terms and conditions (i.e. the royalty structure) of Canva (or any other agency).
If you wanted to be rich, then perhaps you should have chosen a different profession, or created a Canva-like business 8 years ago. Most of us would likely have failed at it, but still, anyone is free to pursue any business idea they deem successful. 

So ask yourself, are you really angry at their lack of sharing wealth, or are you angry at yourself for not being as successful financially?
Some people here even try to have a go at Africa, which sounds like pure entitlement ("I deserve her charity more than Africa because we've been feeding them for over 50 years and look how far they got!")

Is this notice written by Jack "All work and no play" Torrance?

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: November 19, 2021, 12:23 »
Sadly the criteria for receiving the All Apps Plan has become insanely high since last year. It's not even something we can control ourselves (as opposed to Number of approved assets), since it's the agency's responsibility to sell our assets.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Etsy petition - NOT signing this!
« on: November 17, 2021, 06:01 »
I really want to sign any counterpetition, supporting the DSA.

Etsy feels threatened because they don't want to waste resources on actively preventing copyright infringement and are trying to rally Etsy shop owners to support their lazy policies by instilling fear in their hearts: "fewer sales, more bureaucracy, your listings removed!" Fighting copyright infringment and actively verifiying who sells what is expensive and they can't be bothered because profit is everything.

Shutterstock.com / Re: How does this stuff get through?
« on: October 29, 2021, 07:49 »
Does anyone have a screenshot of what these images were? Or a description?

Edit: nvm, Google still has them indexed: Charlie Brown characters and Tazmanian Devil, the audacity.

Off Topic / Re: Photographer dies while filming
« on: October 22, 2021, 17:10 »
Tragic for all people involved.

General - Top Sites / Re: The paranoia question
« on: October 19, 2021, 05:12 »
My sales are very stable though between 10 to 20 a week

10 to 20 a week is NOT stable, it means +/- 100% fluctuation...

The word 'stable' is completely irrelevant with these low numbers.

General Stock Discussion / Re: MotionElements October payout
« on: October 19, 2021, 05:06 »
Received it as well.
The on-demand sales on the 15th and two days later the GCP: Marketplace Subscription earnings.

I haven't verified my photo, by the way. So that shouldn't be a problem for receiving your earnings.

I've considered changing my approach a few years back. I always created stock I liked to create (while taking into account certain trends) but I could have gone the route of creating loads of high-demand, generic stuff that buyers are always looking for.

But where's the fun in being an image factory? I mean, if I wanted to make loads of money, I would've become a lawyer or a banker or some boring but well-paid job. Not graphic design. And certainly not microstock. But I strive to have a balance between having a fun job with some freedom on one hand and making money on the other.
Then again, I don't rely on microstock, it's just side income for me.

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