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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: October 18, 2019, 13:37 »
It's not just similiars.  I submitted several landscapes and all were rejected for being out of focus.  They are not out of focus.  The images are sharp enough 1:1 that one can tell the plant species is this not that from the tiny leaves (tiny even at 1:1 but in focus).  All these images were accepted at other agencies-- many which tend to be MUCH stricter about focus.  Maybe the very front tiny section foreground is not as pristine focus as the actual subject.  Between lens used and aperature used, and focused on subject not elsewhere, even a computer should get it.  Or if it was done by computer, there is a glitch.

Frustrating but in the end it is their loss and gain for other agencies.

Sudden change-- typically 99-100% of my work accepted for some time at SS and elsewhere.  Then BAM, SS rejects all for out of focus (when not).

Adobe Stock / Re: something's wrong (sales)
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:52 »
Very slow for me right now and past few months -- and getting less per sale. 

Also, I upload new material more interesting that sells elsewhere but seems like certain images sell over and over on AS, but new material not so much, even material selling elsewhere.  What sells on AS not necessarily what sells elsewhere.

Shutterstock.com / commas not separating keywords on web upload
« on: August 19, 2019, 15:08 »
I cut and paste keywords.  Now SS is not reading commas and makes whole group 1 keyword.  Now have to type in each word individually.  Anyone else having this problem who uploads on web? 

Would happen when trying to rest mouse hand and fingers.   :(  Time consuming.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Deceased model
« on: July 07, 2019, 21:01 »
Ask the family.

Only personal experience is this:

A couple of months ago,  my cat died.  Not an accident-- expected-- cancer.  I cannot look at my photos of him right now because I still miss him so much.  But I am glad I took them and they are there.  I have not taken them down.  I took one photo on his last day.  I adore the photo because it captures his fierce will to live.  The last month was all about balance -- honoring his determination to live while not letting him suffer.  I shared photo with the 2 vets who helped us at end and some friends. I will probably never put it on stock but some day, it will be included in my art portfolio.  I do not mind it if someone buys photos of him-- he was my heart and soul once in a lifetime cat.  The idea of others appreciating his photos, other than that very personal one, would make me happy.  I just would like maybe not to see them a lot as part of my personal life at this point in time.

Adobe Stock / How to tell what specific images sell per day?
« on: April 18, 2019, 17:21 »
Is there any way to check which image sales for one day.  The daily earnings report email only shows one photo but from $ amount sold I am assuming I had more than 1 image sold not just one shown. 

The insight tab provides no insight into my own sales, it only shows featured artists.  The title of that tab should be labeled something other than Insights.

I am a little frustrated.  What I sell on AS is very different than what I sell on SS and elsewhere so it is really helpful to know what sells so that I can shoot with different clientele in mind.

Adobe Stock / Re: Change to sales notification email
« on: March 29, 2019, 22:17 »
Disappointed.  I do not want to see my best sellers.  I want to see what is selling.  I have been getting one email with image of one photo only though sold more which I can tell through total $$ figure.  I like to see what particular images are selling.
I liked getting indovidual emails.  Sure would be nice to get that option back even if it is opt in.

Adobe Stock / Re: questions for mat/adobestock
« on: March 04, 2019, 19:27 »
I'd like to see ability to cut and paste button once approved.  A couple of mine got approved by accident because they already had automated category and keywords which were totally wrong.  Also occasionally use a period instead of comma between keywords and then it is a real pain to correct.

Adobe Stock / ~
« on: January 30, 2019, 21:08 »
Fotolia!  I have been trying to delete some photos uploaded but not submitted.  Deleted keywords etc like they said--- nothing.  Only thing I do like about AS presentation is bigger images.   The rest is not user friendly.

123RF / Re: Down!
« on: January 02, 2019, 14:26 »
Sales might be better if they actually reviewed submissions.  Been waiting about 3 months to have last batch reviewed.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: November stats in
« on: December 21, 2018, 00:06 »
Nov Sales are pathetic.
Getting increasing amount of super cheap $0.03-$0.18 sales
Not worth the effort.
Getting paid more from middle tier agencies.
Probably going to drop them Jan 1st.

I had same thing.  So far sales have stuck. 

Has anyone else had this issue.

I started using the Adobe Stock interface the past few days.  Previously I used Fotolia.
Once an image uploads, I am often getting thrown to this page which talks about submission guidelines.

The problem is that my images do not have the problems they identify on that page.  I do not get it.   
1. No identical files-- if the main subject matter same, I am careful to make sure they are different.  If an animal-- animal doing something different/different place.  If food, different food state or process.  Etc etc
2.  Not copied.  I never bother to look at other photographer's work.  I even went to check to see what other files were available on AS for a certain subject after getting this message-- none!
3.  Not public domain -- my own work.
4.  NOT  infringing, illegal, or pornographic content
No issues with keywording because site takes me to that page before I even keyword.  Image itself not grabbed at end.  Not a matter of size or image type either. No need for model or property release (again, not grabbed before I could attach one anyhow).

I notice that the automatic keywording often misidentifies the subject even if it gets category right so I am wondering if that is an issue.  Food photos often include similar things as in dishware or flatware even when different food itself/different composition.  Wondering if that triggers the move to this page.

Anyhow, is anyone else having this issue?  I am frustrated.  One new image I never got to upload-- SS sales immediately.  Would be nicer to get higher commission on AS.  If there is something wrong, I cannot figure it out.  Never had this issue with FT uploading.

Shutterstock.com / Uploading bug?
« on: November 17, 2018, 23:55 »
Anyone having issues tonight uploading images to SS?  I keep getting message that image did not load/transfer.  Nothing wrong from my side.

Newbie Discussion / Re: What do u think about FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER?
« on: November 17, 2018, 23:51 »
It is not something I have ever thought about.  Women photographers have been part of the history of photography from the very beginning-- Anna Atkins, Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark.....

Do women have a different "voice" or eye?  Maybe.  Sometimes.
Do women photograph different subjects?  Maybe.  Sometimes.

I am not aware of any specific challenges.  However, I do like contests and exhibits limited to women photographers.

Adobe Stock / Re: New design is confusing and awkward.
« on: November 14, 2018, 15:02 »
I prefer old Fotolia interface as well. 
Only thing I do like is images not tiny thumbnails I cannot see.  And being able to edit and correct typos.
I liked the subcategories on Fotolia as well as all else. 

I think it depends on your portfolio.  Each agency has a different clientele.  My best sellers on one sometimes are never sold with the other. 

At the moment, AS is doing better for me than SS but sometimes it is the other way around too.

Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock contributor side down?
« on: October 13, 2018, 23:53 »
Anyone else unable to download Shutterstock contributor URL?  Buyer side seems to be working.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Is image spamming much of a problem on DT?
« on: October 09, 2018, 23:41 »
Almost of them reject similars, even if differences--- depends on reviewers.  Sometimes FT reviewer chooses a different reason officially like exposure but since exposure same on accepted one, not the real reason. 

General - Top Sites / Re: inspection time on shutterstock
« on: September 27, 2018, 12:24 »
Very slow now.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: August Numbers
« on: September 21, 2018, 15:06 »
I do not have August statement but I just got paid.

Very slow. 

General Stock Discussion / Re: Bad july.. How was yours?
« on: August 01, 2018, 14:27 »
better than June.

 Photos on social media are stolen and copied.

I used to get lots of SODs.  Now, a few months ago there was a sudden drop to 0.
Just when I am so close to actually reaching a raise in commission.  Also a sudden drop in subscription sales though less drastic.

I have made more the last 3 months with agencies that others consider dead.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Dead dead and dead
« on: June 12, 2018, 18:18 »
My sales on DT on increase and keep getting better. 

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