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General Stock Discussion / Re: Time For A Veteran To Walk Away
« on: September 26, 2021, 17:58 »
i am right behind you. i moved to shooting homes for realtors, portrait, and other commercial projects. i have doubled my income (compared to stock) annually with 12K images online and 12 years of shooting. i still upload some but the passion is gone.

From Matt
b) Yes, that's the plan. The free only sites are attracting a lot of potential customers. Our goal is to showcase Adobe Stock content and educate them on the value of having a safe license on released content. The end goal is to attract them to the larger, paid collection to entice them to purchase licenses for content outside the free collection.

I understand the "strategy" to increase sales and traffic to AS by enticing Free-Searchers with a promise of better search results, higher quality and model/property released images. But free-searchers will NOT buy. And offering 70K+ quality images will surely satisfy their need. You have just become another browser bookmark in the free photos file.

You will NOT educate Free-Searchers on anything. NOTHING! They don't care about safe license. You are just providing a bigger, better trough for the pigs to feed in. And in doing so, helping to kill the market for contributors.

And free-searchers don't care about your license terms. LOL! They will use any image any way they want.

You are inviting the wretched, bottom-feeders to the house. "Welcome one and all! Enjoy the free photos! And while  you are here look around at the stuff you will have to pay for if you don't find what you like." Not gonna happen, Matt. As far back as I can remember, Adobe's marketing strategy meetings are ruthless - from abandoning Apple to subscription software.


Photography Equipment / Re: The Best Unlimited Cloud Storage?
« on: January 23, 2019, 20:04 »
i back up to three external HDs. two in the studio and one in the car. i used to keep the DNG, TIFF and PSD files but found that I never really used them so I only keep my processed, uploaded, high res jpegs

you should have asked:
"Do you think a self-hosted platform will be successful?"


We have seen a few of these roll through and die over the years. Hire Jo Anne as a consultant before you do anymore work on this project ;)

i tell them I will take professional photos for them to use for free if they sign a model and property release. give them a card with your website showing your best work and ask them to look at it. most agree.

6 / Re: How do you view your sales for iStock/Getty?
« on: September 25, 2017, 00:33 »

7 / How do you view your sales for iStock/Getty?
« on: September 23, 2017, 00:38 »
Since the iStock Getty Unification, viewing sales reports has changed a lot.  How do you view your sales? Deep Meta, Stock Performer?  ESP? All are kinda confusing and take a long time to show current sales information.


Um, how about the signed document stating that you are now the copyright owner provided by the original shooter as you said in the OP?  Why is this confusing?  You said in your OP that you had the document they are asking for - just send them that.

I never said I had any document. What I wanted to know is how other composite photographers source and obtain ownership of their images and what kind of experiences they run into. The OP is hypothetical.

Thanks Sean.

Here is a rejection statement from Getty:
The design elements in this file are likely subject to copyright protection for the original designer. Because the design is the predominant aspect of the file, the file is likely to infringe on the copyright of the designer. If you are the owner of the rights to the original work (i.e. the fabric design), or have other specific, verifiable reasons that suggest our initial assessment is inaccurate (such as if the copyright has expired in the original work) please resubmit and supply supporting documentation/releases.

I am unsure of what supporting documents they want.

Let's say I want to create a composite image of a person standing in front of the London Bridge and I own (shot) the isolated "person" image and now need to get a photo of the bridge. No, I cannot afford to fly to London and take the photo myself. :(

And suppose I find the perfect London Bridge photo on Flickr (or any source) and contact the photographer so I can buy the copyright to the photo, how do I convey to contributor sites like iStock that I own the copyright to the photo -- even though I did not take it -- but only paid for it and now have a signed document stating that I am now the copyright owner provided by the original shooter.

So the short question is; how do you composite image contributors source and acquire legal rights to images that you did not take? How do you convey your copyright ownership when submitting your work?

Thanks for your replies :)

General Stock Discussion / Re: SHUTTERSTOCK RUDE LANGUAGE?
« on: June 11, 2017, 11:09 »
just typical arrogant legalese. I agree... kinda harsh but they don't give a f.

Brutally honest? Ok...

Your shutterstock portfolio is 95% walk-around, point-and-shoot, editorial shots. No working with models. No studio table top. (strobes?) No concepts. Pretty much vacation snaps of cities. And some architectural interiors with verticals off. (?)

Kinda a narrow (and easy) niche.

This makes me question your knowledge and experience that would qualify you to write a guide to Microstock photography.

But  anyone who helps dissuade more competition in this industry is fine with me. ;)

General - Top Sites / Re: Thoughs On 4K Video For Stock
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:55 »
PhotoJPEG is the worst output format from my testing. All gradients are full of banding.

14 / Re: how delete photos on istock now ?
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:46 »
they want a really good reason or they will not delete them.

General - Top Sites / Re: Thoughs On 4K Video For Stock
« on: March 30, 2017, 22:09 »
many are shooting with a DSLR which outputs h.264 so you cannot up-sample it anyway. if you shoot with a flat color profile, often color grading can match a buyers project. I feel many stock buyers are fine with h.264.

good job yuri but your architectural photography needs work LOL

17 / How to view your ESP .txt file data
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:16 »
Here is a cool app/website that reads your istock .txt file data and makes it more user friendly.

I just found it on the iStock forum and have nothing to do with this app or the folks who made it. It works really well.

18 / Re: Deleting images form Istock in December2016?
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:39 »
I had a bunch of photos that I had exported from LR at a smaller resolution by mistake. I put them in a Lightbox and opened a ticket and asked to have them removed so I could upload the high res files.  They did. And I did.

20 / Re: iStock Unification Email
« on: October 31, 2016, 17:52 »
wow... so much hate and anger. maybe there is something good in this announcement.
Maybe indeed. What good do you see?

I have not deconstructed every statement and some benefits will only be realized in the future. But this lynch mob only wants blood.
We've been through a lot of iS/Getty announcements, and  we're (nearly) always worse off following whatever 'exciting' or 'positive' spin they put on them.

I have been through it as well and understand the anger but I retain my objectivity. I am not a Pollyanna fan-boy of Getty, but not everything they do has evil intentions.

21 / Re: iStock Unification Email
« on: October 31, 2016, 17:34 »
wow... so much hate and anger. maybe there is something good in this announcement.
Maybe indeed. What good do you see?

I have not deconstructed every statement and some benefits will only be realized in the future. But this lynch mob only wants blood.

22 / Re: iStock Unification Email
« on: October 31, 2016, 17:12 »
wow... so much hate and anger. maybe there is something good in this announcement.

23 / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: October 30, 2016, 21:42 »
Just wondering... Are these rate and redeemed credit changes the entirety of the Getty/iStock Unification? Or is there more to come?

Unification was not mentioned in the recent email.

24 / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: October 25, 2016, 14:33 »
once again they are telling non-exclusives that they don't want you.

What are the pros and cons to using your real first and last name for your stock photography contributor accounts?

I see bylines in magazines with odd contributor screen names and think they are missing opportunities to promote their true name and identity.

I am considering requesting my screen names be changed to my real first and last name.

Your thoughts?

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