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Messages - William Perry

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: December 03, 2020, 18:48 »
Me too.  Today was the problem.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: December 03, 2020, 16:46 »
Uploading seems to not be working at Fine Art America

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 23, 2020, 15:29 »
All I know was when some were complaining about low earnings, Gagne said you need more and then said how about 75,000.  I suspect she has a lot up somewhere.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 23, 2020, 13:46 »
I am not sure if she is still exclusive.  She may be on multiple sites.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 22, 2020, 20:50 »
That is why Sean is a legend

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Off Topic / Re: The greatest woman ever Died today
« on: September 20, 2020, 18:09 »
But Ruth also stated that she probably could not be confirmed in this political environment these days.  The hyper partisanship means that great jurists cannot and will not want to go through the trauma of Senate trial.  Not good for the country.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 19, 2020, 23:18 »
Upload a lot more photos.  I remember Lisa Gagne, a well known stock photographer, who said on this site her portfolio was 75,000 photos.

My portfolio is over 10,000 photos and I have close to 122,000 online.   Now I make some real money, but it is not enough to make a living from it.

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Off Topic / Re: The greatest woman ever Died today
« on: September 19, 2020, 23:12 »
Nope.  People forget that 600,000 lives were lost in the Civil War.

Moreover, was just watching RBG on CNN and one point was made:  Ruth was seeking to build a consensus.  Ruth understood the vital issue to go along to get along.  Keep her friendships because although the conservative justices may oppose you on certain issues in other cases it may be possible to persuade them to come around to your side.  The Decision in the VMI case, her proudest case, was unanimous.

RBG, unlike many recently, did not demonize the opposition.  Trump said today that Ruth know how to disagree but not be disagreeable.  She understood that even though Justices like Scalia would oppose her in many cases, both she and Scalia had one thing in common a reverence for the Constitution.  When asked about his relationship with RBG, Scalia stated that some things are more important than votes.

Ruth would definitely oppose the extreme elements in the Dem party that want to tear the system down.  RBG revered the Constitution and understood the very important point do not make enemies because in some cases they could become your allies.

Respect the other side was her motto even though you could vigorously disagree with them.  Because in politics at the Supreme Court and elsewhere opinions can change.

Senator Orrin Hatch, no liberal, voted for RBJ at her confirmation because he firmly believe although a liberal, Ruth was appointed by a liberal President,  Bill Clinton, and she deserved to get the job.

Wish we could go back to that standard today.

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Off Topic / Re: The greatest woman ever Died today
« on: September 19, 2020, 18:43 »
RBJ and Conservative Justice Scalia were great friends.  They had one point in common a reverence for the Constitution.  Neither one of them would favor a Civil War or some of the extreme rhetoric tear this country/government down.  Maybe there is more that unites us than we realize.  The last Civil War cost more than 600,000 American lives.  So we have to be careful with those words.

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Off Topic / Re: The greatest woman ever Died today
« on: September 18, 2020, 21:35 »
She was my law professor and I knew her.  She got me into her Supreme Court argument in the Goldfarb case.  She was a truly brilliant person/woman.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 18, 2020, 16:30 »
I am there and so far so good.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 15, 2020, 14:52 »
I want to offer a contrary point of view.  Have been in the stock photo market for more than 10 years.  I make more than $6500 a year but nowhere near 100,000.

But the real issue is what is your objective.  If your objective is to make a living in stock photography, forget it.  Back in my college days, I was a Photo major for one quarter.  Thankfully I got out early and then went on to be a lawyer.  I used my law earnings to fuel my passion.

Now in my retirement stock photography is a good gig.  I make enough to pay for my equipment and some travel costs.

Also when Shutterstock dropped its commissions, I had to decide what to do.  I stayed in because back in March, I sold a photo through SS Premium and my commission for that one sale was $1,000.  First sale through SS Premium and no sales since.

But I checked with SS Premium and every photo on SS can also be sold through Premium so I stayed in.

Moreover, I talked with a friend who is a middle person bundled in the stock market and has been in the market since the 1980s.  Her reaction to the SS Commission drop was What can you do?

Also when I mentioned the boycott and the contributors pulling out, her response was good, in effect less competition in the market place.

Bottom line again is what is your objective.  If it is to make a living in Stock, forget it.  But if it is to provide extra income, then it may be an option.

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CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Insecured?
« on: July 25, 2020, 15:43 »
I cannot log in using Firefox, Chrome or Edge.  If they want to stay alive, they need to update their certificate.  So we will see.

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Will never put myself into an exclusive agreement with SS.  Can no longer trust them.

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You could be right.  Maybe trying to sell the company or go for a merger.  But any company doing their due diligence will not understand their business plan.

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What I cannot understand is reducing commissions to the point many large contributors will disappear.  At the same time rejecting 90% of the images uploaded.

In the long term SS database will decline when companies such as Alamy and DT will continue to increase in size.  In the long run, this does hurt SS because it will no longer be the Top Dog in the stock market.

Cannot understand their business plan??

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I have had a lot of review problems with SS too, but they do sell.

A week ago out of the blue I was contacted by SS Premium.  In the end one of my images sold for 2,000 to 3,000 and I made 1,000 for that one sale.

This is the first time it has happened to me, but it is another reason to persevere even with the ridiculous rejection reasons.

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Contact them directly and ask.  They have been paying me regularly.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 28, 2019, 20:01 »
Have been selling a number of photos that have been recently uploaded so my experience is different.   But. I am a travel photographer so by definition my
Images are different.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 27, 2019, 13:47 »
My images were eventually accepted and a recent upload went much smoother. So maybe they have gotten the message on the title issue.

By the way, I have sold a number of new images.  Get the SS app and as soon as an
Images makes its first sale shows up on the app.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 11, 2019, 17:24 »
I uploaded several times and because of the title issue rejected several times.

Then appealed and got the answer Juanita in Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland Washington was the reason.

So will try again and see what happens.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:16 »
On title and description made the same
Point earlier in the thread.  But even though SS has only descriptions when they reject SS says title problem.

On . this is my question, but the new title criteria mentions special characters.

If others have been able to upload with .s, will do the same.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 11, 2019, 00:57 »
With regard to property release, upload as editorial.  The real problem comes when SS wont accept the photo as editorial.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 11, 2019, 00:54 »
There is a 200 letter limit, but this is the new SS Title criteria, which is resulting in rejections.  I took pictures of ducks and birds in Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland Washington.  When asked what the problem is with the title, I was told that Juanita is a
Foreign word.

So are pictures rejected from Rome, Paris and Berlin because they are foreign words.  How about Los Angeles and San Francisco.  These are foreign words too.

Simply ridiculous.

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