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Thanks for the good read. My December was disappointing. First time since 2016 I didnt make payout on Shutterstock. My port is fairly small, about ~500 (primarily landscapes and architecture) and a typical SS month is $50-100, but its still disappointing. There are definitely far fewer Single sales than there used to be.

On the plus side, AS continues to improve. Now, if only I could crack the nut of videos  folks want to buy. Shooting video of the things I shoot stills of does not seem to be working.

Adobe Stock / Re: Keywords Changed
« on: September 07, 2019, 11:19 »
Yes, iPad/Phone. Thanks.

Adobe Stock / Re: Keywords Changed
« on: September 05, 2019, 22:08 »
Mat - I've had the auto keyword tool automatically replace titles and keywords on images. It happens on my phone and tablet. It does not occur on my desktop.

Unless something has changed with Adobe, you cant add/remove keywords after an image has been posted.

 Not taking things down unless youre the copyright holder requesting it doesnt make sense. I understand their concern about people making mistakes, but dont they also have a responsibility to the customer? If I want to purchase a photo and there are two identical photos on two different accounts, which one am I supposed to buy?

My top seller on SS. 


Taken with a Sony Mavica CD-300 in 2002.  Just sells and sells and sells.  Go figure.  ???

Woah, nice! Although I am a little disappointed its from a post floppy-disk Mavica, which would further enhance the story.

I can't get over how he'd admit in public that he didn't read the T&C.

However, if it's true that this sort of use at that price is legal SS 'premiere' clients, SS is even worse than I've always thought.

NB, often contracts are deliberately fuzzy and couched in legalistic terms which mean they are much more open to interpretation on the company's side than we could ever imagine (and not a mm on our side). Also there can often be information hidden on other places on a site.

Let's be honest here: who knew that you could get as little via SS on a merchandise deal like this?

NB: Nude Beach? New Brunswick? Not Binary? Naked Brunette? Numb Bum? New Basket? Nice Bucket? Never Blind? Natural Breasts?

mm: military maneuvers? masked marauder? munchkin massacre? midnight meal? made man? mystery meat?

Your short forms are hard to follow.

Sorry to non English speakers.
NB = Nota bene = note well
Mm = millimetre

I have only lived in English speaking places he have also wondered about N.B. before, but never thought to pull out my phone and look it up in the past. Thanks!

One relevant item - Adobe/Fotolia heavily weights your first seven keywords compared to the rest of them. I don't know how significant the difference is in sales, but I make sure what I think are the most important keywords are among the first seven.

Dissolve / Re: Dissolve lowering price on my footage
« on: March 07, 2018, 15:24 »
Old thread!

Believe it or not a nearly identical situation was the subject of a lawsuit a few years ago. A movie studio digitally edited all the billboards in Times Square in their film to show things other than what was really there and got sued by another company for depriving them of advertising. The lawsuit got thrown out.


Dreamstime.com / Re: Multiple EL Requests
« on: January 28, 2018, 23:55 »
Please see the earlier thread:


Agh! Apologies for the duplicate thread. Thats what I get for not reading the days posts before creating one myself.

Dreamstime.com / Multiple EL Requests
« on: January 28, 2018, 22:27 »
I've received a bunch of Web-EL approval requests from Dreamstime, but I don't really know what 50 credits translates to in English -- their website says an EL on a Level 1 file is $17. Is that the net for the seller, or is that total then split between the seller and Dreamstime?

I'm a bit confused by the requests as is. Most of them are similar images, which makes sense, but a few are completely random files that are unrelated and have never been downloaded before.

Bigstock.com / Re: Is it worth it?
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:56 »
I make about the same at Big Stock as Dreamstime, so not lots, but I do receive regular sales. Ive continued to upload to it, and its a pretty simple interface to submit images. Ive never managed to get videos submitted, but my portfolio is primarily images anyway.

Software / Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:04 »
Awesome, but when will there be a version in Esperanto?!

Note: I'm kidding.

Shutterstock.com / Re: New algorithm change on Shutterstock
« on: January 09, 2018, 14:56 »
It looks like things have been changed back.

General Stock Discussion / Delight and Annoyance
« on: October 14, 2017, 21:35 »
That exciting feeling when you discover one of your images in the wild... at your front door, in a local political campaign door stuffer that has probably made it into 10,000+ homes in the area, and then realize it's never sold for more than $2.48. I'm alternating between excited and annoyed. It's a bit strange.

Shutterstock.com / Re: 1,50$ video commission????
« on: September 18, 2017, 00:26 »
That's crazy.

Dreamstime.com / Cash Out?
« on: September 04, 2017, 21:37 »
After a little over two years, I've hit payout on Dreamstime, in large part thanks to what I think was a single person who boosted my typical daily sales count by about 1,000%. I suspect it will take a little less than two years to hit payout again.

My question is - how stable is Dreamstime? Do I want to maintain my account with the idea they'll still be a player in 2019, or is it time to close it down? The primary reason I'm asking is I don't know what would happen with balances if they were to shut down.

To be clear - I know nothing more about the company than everyone else here -- that they've been loosening license terms because sales haven't been what they wanted.

I feel you. The end of July was bad for me, but it ended up being my second best month ever thanks to a couple big sales earlier in the month. It's a crazy world...

Photoshop Discussion / Re: Soaring cost
« on: July 17, 2017, 15:02 »
At the beginning, they were trying to get their rental program off the ground by forcing people. Now the program has lots of subscribers, perhaps they will be concerned about the money they're leaving on the table by not selling licenses - or about putting Affinity Photo out of business.

I sure hope they don't try to go after AP. I really detested PSE when I was using it and I wouldn't go back to it even as a stand-alone program, much less a subscription. AP is much, much better.

I'll admit I do my work in Elements and am largely satisfied. It doesn't have CMYK or the basic vector tools full Photoshop has, but for regular photos it competes above its paygrade, at least for me. One thing that is a challenge is using both Elements and full Photoshop. For some strange reason some of the keyboard shortcuts and menus are in different places...

From the title, I was sure this thread was going to be about an airport security guard trying to confiscate your camera.

I've always sort of assumed as much. Granted, the header information would mostly just make clear the file was saved in Photoshop, and that could mean you just resized it.

I'm migrating from a PC and am looking for a good photo management program. I'm not big on the Adobe subscription model, so Lightroom is out.

On my PC, I'm still using date coded folders and manually sorting things, but thought I might try out something different on the Mac.

While I like the built in Photos app, that it hides the original photos in bizarrely organized subfolders makes it useless to process the initial Raw photos in Nikon's NX software or to use Xpiks to upload them to stock sites.

What are others using?

I closed my account within the last couple of weeks but still got one. I filled it out, and was honest about why I left. I suspect nothing will come of it, but I can help.

Software / Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
« on: June 10, 2017, 01:39 »
With the newest 32 bit version of Xpiks, when I open the Suggest window to search for keywords, I receive an 'SSL connect error' when I try to use iStock or Shutterstock's search functions. Oddly, it works fine if I select Fotolia. The error doesn't occur in the previous version I was using 1.3.3.

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