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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobestock SFTP not working?
« on: July 27, 2022, 14:27 »
Seems to be working now - at least as far as logging in.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobestock SFTP not working?
« on: July 27, 2022, 14:00 »
Came here to see if it is just me.

General - Top Sites / Re: Least Favorite Site to Upload to?
« on: December 21, 2019, 11:32 »
For me Pond5 - I have not taken my port down but the effort/return ration is higher than any other agency so I have stopped bothering uploading.

Shutterstock.com / Re: So, they changed the landing page... again
« on: December 12, 2019, 11:38 »
New Delhi is in Japan. And Japan is definitely not in Japan. :-\

General Stock Discussion / Re: Any sales at Picfair?
« on: November 28, 2019, 06:01 »
Like others I pulled out my port after a year or so of zero sales.


Do they know there are other countries than America, as their AI is assuming my English Lake District photos were located there.

I have just had a load of landscape photos, with no people or content across a range of locations rejected for non licensable content.

I asked for clarification, explaining I had checked their known restrictions page for Europe, cannot see what the issue was and could they explain what the issue was. I had a reply quoting my description for the example image I sent and that "comes under the Geographic locations which is a part of Non-Licensable Content" so I am none the wiser.

Decided to park the batch for a month or so and try again.

Software / Re: Any way to search your own drive by metadata?
« on: October 13, 2019, 13:59 »
Many thanks for your replies, especially philopenshaw.

I indexed the drive I store my port on, and then realised to search, you then need to put in the search box tag:<keyword> for example tag:railway.

This is going to save me a lot of time in the future.

Software / Any way to search your own drive by metadata?
« on: September 29, 2019, 15:20 »

my workflow means that I have for years bunged processed photos into folders by Year/Month.

It is a real pain to try and find a particular image when I nee to grab one. Then the other day it occurred to me that EVERY ONE HAS METADATA. Like what our potential clients use.

So it seems a no brainer to be able to use metadata search to locate ones I need.

However a Google seems to show that if your files are on Onedrive or similar, you can search by metadata, there seems to be no solution for ones saved locally.

Is anyone out there able to search local files by Metadata? And if so how do you do it?



Image Sleuth / Latest Image Thieves: The UK Conservative Party
« on: September 06, 2019, 15:01 »

Just found this thread on Twitter. Will be fun to see how things turn out.


I have a chum who has looked into this as he wants to start getting commercial work (adding value to his wedding photography. He told me (so this is second hand) that there is a qualification you need to get before you can start any commercial work. (This is in the UK). Hope that helps.

123RF / Re: 123 new license option - Simply Stunning
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:34 »
I'm amazed no one picked up on the Bullsh*t Bingo phrase: "vision to create a Creative Ecosystem". Drivel.

Shutterstock.com / SS Map Broken
« on: February 24, 2017, 13:16 »

my contributor map suddenly reverted to downloads of a couple of days ago.

Is it just me?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Balance Issue
« on: January 27, 2017, 05:06 »
Same here,

about 37.00 - could it be the balance is being transferred to Paypal.

Also I see DeepMeta is being updated for February. Is this to rule out the ability to check our money balance through that?

I know some of you guys are worried and angry, but I don't think SS is crazy or stupid enough to ban unintentional violators. They're not going to go after people with a couple repeated keywords, but they will go after the blatant violators.

The ban hammer will come down and it's going to to be brutal for hundreds of spammy contributors. Those type of spammers probably have tens of thousands of the images and they're all titled the same way. Despite the warming, I don't think many of you guys won't be affected. If you think you have some images that violates their policy, change it. I've already gone through all of my images and made changes to some of the titles.

Fine words but my problem is that you are asking us not to worry as SS will not be incompetent ... after they have clearly proven themselves to be incompetent.

I'm going to go through my images tonight to check all the titles. It won't be fun, but it's necessary.

The "Image Gallery Stats" page allow people to review 20 image titles at a time. I think I can go through it in an hour or 2.

I know I am pedantic, but I want to at least have a greater explanation/understanding of why I have fallen foul of their system before working on my portfolio. OK we suspect it is when two words are the same in the title but I feel I need confirmation before embarking on this review.

Also some system to check image details more easily would be to say the least useful.

This response from SS on their forum:

Hello All,
If you would like more information about which images in your portfolio were identified by our system as being potentially spammy, please write to us at [email protected]. We have a lot of e-mails to go through, but we will get back to you with examples of what our system found.

when you come to think of it, avoiding repeat words is at times impossible..
eg. how do you write in an editorial of something like this?

Boston, Massachusetts, New England, USA. 13 May 2016  Boston New Music Festival recreation of Boston Tea-Party at Massachusetts Avenue, during the performance of Tea Party, pop group from England .

sometimes it is impossible, no matter how you try to re-word it.

I believe this email is the first step. It's automated. They will review everything case by case when the time comes. Intentional spammers  will get banned. Unintentional ones will likely get spared.

I'm actually glad they're doing this. The spammers do this to reach the top of the relevent category. They're leveling the playing field.

Yup, but I am slightly worried that I am taken down by 'friendly fire'.


Bloody Shutterstock sending bloody spam

The problem with Fotolia is that they don't accept Editorial images. And their review team is a mess!!!

As opposed to SS' impartial consistency and accuracy in reviewing?

Whether it is good news or bad (and for myself, I think betting on the latter would make a far better return on cash than how my slim earnings might be affected) this is an entirely useless email.

Individually, I understand the meaning of every word in the email. But putting them together in that order they do not add up to anything useful at all.

'Try to start with shooting everything when the sun is setting'


i dont see a valid reason to exclude normal daylight images when done right

If you bother to read the rest of my post! "Easy" light is the keyword here!

There was a thread here a few months ago where general agreement was that Microstock sites preferred mid-day light to golden hour shots.

Does nobody else have a problem with folks pillorying someone who can't answer back while, at the same time, boasting that their own (invisible) material is so much better?

I have a name for what you described: 'The Internet'.

As I depend on its existence for both my day job and microstock, I am too much of a coward to have a problem with it.

Bigstock.com / Re: How Much I can Make with 500 images
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:20 »
With 1600 images I make around 130$ on SS every month all together the other agencies are about 130$ too but it really varies SS is stable

Inviato dal mio iPhone utilizzando Tapatalk

The problem is that if the OP has a mode of 500 images per site, with current acceptance levels that equates to about 30 images on SS.

Maybe not everybody realizes that mr Putin loves to divide and conquer.

if this was true the scenario would be very different especially in eastern europe.

sure, now they're ready to bail out greece but that's the only realistic exception i can remember in the last 20 yrs, russia hasn't been directly involved too much in EU politics apart for oil/gas contracts and other import/export deals.

in particular there's no widespread political support for russia among the major political parties in europe, only the european right wing is vaguely pro-russian but just out of desperation and anti-americanism.

historically it's always been the UK doing their best to divide and boycott the continental powers.


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