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I'm seeing my work in both existing a new regions at the moment. Less in the new ones though.

The volume of images in all the new regions seem to be the same so I'd imagine it's probably a case of loading so many images at a time and gauging the response both in terms of what customers are buying but also they maybe testing the infrastructure of the new sites before loading them properly. I don't know what's involved in bringing new regions online so I'm not really in a position to doubt their approach.

That said, it would be nice to have all my images available on all sites but I'm not entirely concerned at the moment given their current decisions have resulted in excellent performance for me to date.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: February 04, 2021, 05:02 »
21% increase in sales, 42% drop in $.

The first part of the month until I hit level 4 was painfully low $. That and a drop in footage sales did the real damage.

But, AS is doing very well... especially footage. Maybe a shift from SS - AS?!? Who knows. SS is probably 1/4 of AS... maybe less.

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It has to be said, Adobe Stock has demonstrated a very clear commitment to the relationship with, and welfare of, its content providers - something which is both refreshing and deeply heartening, especially during this horrendous year.

The rest of the microstock mega-marketplaces should take a good long look, in all honesty.

Personally, AS has provided some much needed light during these dark times and I'm especially grateful for the help and industry transparency Mat Hayward has given to these boards.

The artists on these forums are trying to make a living, dealing largely with impersonal corporate entities - many of which are taking our earnings and laughing all the way to the bank. Here's to direct and meaningful conversations with the people who ultimately make a difference to our livelihoods. This does not go unnoticed or unappreciated, Mat.

Exactly what he said... Cheers Mat, Adobe Stock for all the effort this year! Despite everything that has gone on, it's been a good one. Cheers and all the best for the future everyone!

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: December 16, 2020, 06:04 »
Hi Everyone,

A friendly reminder in case you have met the download requirement to qualify for the bonus program using old content, but you haven't submitted any new content in 2020, you will not be receiving a bonus code.

The bonus is only available for "active" contributors. To be considered active, you must have uploaded (and had approved) at least two files in 2020. You've got about a month left to make it happen so get busy!

In case you missed the link with details on the bonus program before, here you go: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/royalty-details.html

Cheers!

Mat Hayward

Hi Mat

I don't suppose you know what amount of cloud storage you get on the full package when you have 5000+ downloads. Is it 1TB?

I've been playing around with a combination of LR Cloud + LR classic as a replacement for C1 Pro but wondered how much space you get and whether it's possible to upgrade cloud storage.

The standard photography one I'm using (Adobe contributor bonus from 18 months ago) is 20gb, which is normal, but doesn't allow or provide the option to upgrade storage. Just wondered what the new ones will give and whether they're upgradable.

Just trying to plan ahead for the new year... cheers.

I don't know the answer to this question off the top of my head but I'll look into it and let you know. You are right, the Creative Cloud Photography plan includes 20GB of storage.

-Mat

I confirmed the storage that is included with the All Apps Creative Cloud bonus plan is 100GB.

-Mat

Thanks Mat... will there be an option to pay a for the 1tb? I don't mind paying extra to get this... just at the moment there are no options are showing for the 20gb package. Cheers

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: December 12, 2020, 09:17 »
Hi Everyone,

A friendly reminder in case you have met the download requirement to qualify for the bonus program using old content, but you haven't submitted any new content in 2020, you will not be receiving a bonus code.

The bonus is only available for "active" contributors. To be considered active, you must have uploaded (and had approved) at least two files in 2020. You've got about a month left to make it happen so get busy!

In case you missed the link with details on the bonus program before, here you go: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/royalty-details.html

Cheers!

Mat Hayward

Hi Mat

I don't suppose you know what amount of cloud storage you get on the full package when you have 5000+ downloads. Is it 1TB?

I've been playing around with a combination of LR Cloud + LR classic as a replacement for C1 Pro but wondered how much space you get and whether it's possible to upgrade cloud storage.

The standard photography one I'm using (Adobe contributor bonus from 18 months ago) is 20gb, which is normal, but doesn't allow or provide the option to upgrade storage. Just wondered what the new ones will give and whether they're upgradable.

Just trying to plan ahead for the new year... cheers.

I don't know the answer to this question off the top of my head but I'll look into it and let you know. You are right, the Creative Cloud Photography plan includes 20GB of storage.

-Mat

Thanks Mat... Also, if you could ask why no option to upgrade space is showing for the package... is it something to do with the fact it's a free contributor bonus package. If there are bigger packages than the 1tb options etc, I don't mind paying extra to move it up a notch. The info I've seen suggests you should be able to buy extra cloud space from your package but that option isn';t available to me. Cheers.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: December 11, 2020, 13:01 »
Hi Everyone,

A friendly reminder in case you have met the download requirement to qualify for the bonus program using old content, but you haven't submitted any new content in 2020, you will not be receiving a bonus code.

The bonus is only available for "active" contributors. To be considered active, you must have uploaded (and had approved) at least two files in 2020. You've got about a month left to make it happen so get busy!

In case you missed the link with details on the bonus program before, here you go: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/royalty-details.html

Cheers!

Mat Hayward

Hi Mat

I don't suppose you know what amount of cloud storage you get on the full package when you have 5000+ downloads. Is it 1TB?

I've been playing around with a combination of LR Cloud + LR classic as a replacement for C1 Pro but wondered how much space you get and whether it's possible to upgrade cloud storage.

The standard photography one I'm using (Adobe contributor bonus from 18 months ago) is 20gb, which is normal, but doesn't allow or provide the option to upgrade storage. Just wondered what the new ones will give and whether they're upgradable.

Just trying to plan ahead for the new year... cheers.

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123RF / Re: Security breach - change your password
« on: November 18, 2020, 03:35 »
Interesting... when I went to their website they advised of a "Security Policy Change" and I had to update my password!

Damage limitation in action?!? Truth or... lying to their contributors to cover up their failing systems?!?

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123RF / Re: Sudden decrease in sales mid-October
« on: November 02, 2020, 06:29 »
I would give it another week... their system is terrible at the beginning of the month without any "Sales Reporting Problems". It seems like it's bouncing around a bit and the graph is showing zero?!? How they're still operating I have no idea!

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123RF / Re: Sudden decrease in sales mid-October
« on: October 29, 2020, 12:59 »
Just for info... heard back from 123 when I enquired about this. This was there response.

"Thank you for contacting us.

We have been having some issues relating to the sales not syncing with the contributor accounts on time. Our IT Team has already been working on this ever since and it would take some time before the sales are all synced to the account's Earning details page.

Having said that, could you provide us with your account username please so we can have your account checked as well.

Looking forward to your response."

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123RF / Re: Sudden decrease in sales mid-October
« on: October 28, 2020, 05:50 »
123 are about a 25% of what they normally do... bad month for them.

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Adobe Stock / Re: No sales in August
« on: August 26, 2020, 03:03 »
From my experience, July and August tend to be the slower months at Adobe. I've still had over 900 sales in the last 30 days but this is down by a reasonable chunk compared to normal months. Overall this year, Adobe has improved for me compared to other agencies that have seen a reduction so sales are out there.

Give it till the 2nd week of September... things are normally on the up again by then.


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Alamy.com / Re: Is Alamy down?
« on: August 19, 2020, 02:31 »
Still down... must be nearly 24hrs now.

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123RF / Re: my balance is negative
« on: August 04, 2020, 16:38 »
May 2020 is showing as blank on the monthly figures but when you drill down into daily stats, the figures are all there confirming earnings. Their system seems to be really flaky.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Down?
« on: June 30, 2020, 07:34 »
Contributor site back up here now (UK.)

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Down?
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:17 »
Yeah... been down for a little while now. Started out as a 503 server error and now displays a blank white page (Safari).

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock release UI improvement
« on: June 24, 2020, 17:01 »
Excellent stuff...has AS been tweaking logo typefaces?... I'm sure the logo looks different on the Contributor page!

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It may or may not work... but I'd imagine Stockmarket News blogs, analysts would be interested to hear about the exodus due to the slashing of contributor income etc... if they feel this is to fund dividends, they'd know its not sustainable and the the future value of SS shares may not be a good investment.... that may hit them where it hurts... share price / wallet!

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Yes... they've stopped, since the 6th June. Mixed stills/footage port, majority stills but still normal make $200-$300 a month (from footage).

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This market cannot grow forever. There will always be demand for a steady supply of fresh content, but not in this quantity. Now supply exceeds demand many times over. The world just has more than enough photos and videos already, and you cant sell more, no matter how cheap. Up until two days ago my images sold for $0.25, today they are worth $0.10. In two years time they might have no monetary value whatsoever. But i never expected stock to pay my bills. This trend is not something you can fix. We can all gather in unions or whatever, but the thing is, nobody gives a *. Instead of self pity, it might be smarter to just move on to greener pastures.

Actually, your images are being sold for the same amount of $, it's just Shutterstock has decided to take an even bigger chunk to line their pockets.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 27, 2020, 02:04 »
This sounds like bad news, but we all need to keep our cool. Personally, I've been waiting for something like this since video subs were implemented, but that didn't cause such a reaction.  If there was ever a time for a coordinated effort by contributors, it's now. Just my portfolio is around 50k assets, and I'm sure that, if needed, we can create a coordinated strong strike. But we need to see how will this affect us, using data, not emotions.

First of all, in the last 4 months, the average earnings by subs was 27% of all monthly earnings (for my portfolio). So, percentage wise, the segment of sales that will be hit the hardest isn't as drastic as I imagined.
Secondly, the idea of resetting the contributor's progress to level 1 at the beginning of each year is absolutely bonkers.
Lastly - the idea of using levels for subs is unacceptable.

So, this is what I suggest our demands should be:

1. Apply the levels structure to on-demand content, but leave subs alone. 10 cents for an image is unacceptable.
2. End the video sub program, just like fotolia ended DollarPhotoClub back in the day. We can do it.
3. Levels must be calculated on a 12-month window, and not be reset at the beginning of each year.


Now, demands don't make sense if there is no threat of penalty.

Again, my suggestions in regards what to do if shutterstock doesn't agree with our demands:

1. Stop uploading for 30 days. Not a single piece of content.
2. If no change - start pulling our portfolios. This needs to be a coordinated effort, like it was with DPC.
3. Reach out - to buyers, people holding their stock. Tweet. Be loud on social media. Make their stock tank. Without contributors like us, they are nothing.


We can create a website (like in the DPC days) and organize ourselves quickly, we've shown strength and solidarity when it was needed. Are you ready to come together now? That's up to you. The response to this post will give us the answer.

Agree... I've a 100+ waiting to submit out of 200. I'll just make a record of the ones that haven't gone through yet and not submit them. I can easily focus on work for AS (which differs to SS for me) and not submit anything to SS. It also gives us a chance to see what damage the changes will do to our existing ports, while demonstrating to SS that the supply of new content will dry up and stop. No fresh new images for them, just their competitors. Then the nuke button.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: May sales drop dramatically?
« on: May 13, 2020, 04:59 »
Well, after a quieter March at SS, April was good and May has started strong. AS has been very good all year, 4 figure sales. Alamy has been slow... and very slow for them clearing funds. IS seemed ok last month, 30% down but they do fluctuate at times.

As Europe wakes from lockdown, it will be interesting to see if they have a summer break this year... normally a lot of places shut up for Jul & Aug. May well stay open this year to try and catch/make up for the 1st half of the year.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 08:52 »
For the last few weeks AS has become the slowest loading site for me - now this.

When you search for latest activity on contributor stats, they have stopped loading it as a set of pages with a 100 per page, they now load all images sold for the dates selected. This results in slow load times. If I set it to show activity for the month, it loads all 1400 images on the one page?!?! Not surprising it takes a while. It worked better when it loaded them onto pages of 100.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 08:45 »
Customer facing side of the site has just gone down for me. Error 503. That was just afterI was trying to workout why a batch of images from 23rd April aren't showing in the search at all?!? Something odd going on, not working properly at the moment anyway!

Edit.... back again... very yoyo like at the moment.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 07:18 »
Still up and running here but it is slow.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:12 »
Back up and running here (UK)

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