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It worked a few hours ago when I renewed my subscription. Hopefully, it will be back soon.

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StockSubmitter provides incredible support, to be honest, much more than I pay for. I use a low-level Lite plan and the support has been truly amazing. Dmytri is a great guy and I'm absolutely sure there is nothing in this announcement but pure business need.

I second this. I vary between Lite and Casual, with a Pro plan here and there during the many years I have used this service. Dmytri has always responded quickly and professionally. The product works great and it's well worth the price. Updates are made almost daily.

The price increase is for people that upload more than 1,000 images per month and is a penny per image.


Dmytri, if you need to charge me $12.50 for the Lite plan, I'd be happy to do so. Keep up the great work and thank you for a great product.

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Thanks, Mat. That was a long 9 days.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Made 7 sales on 500px
« on: January 27, 2022, 14:53 »
Same here, 5 sales for a total of .50. As soon as I can reach payout, I'll be deleting my entire port. I quit uploading there years ago.

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My income this year is 10 cents (Canadian) that's before expenses and taxes.  lol
Level 1 on SS for photos.  Could always be worse, could be Alamy.
Oh, I've had a 2022 sale on Alamy and it netted me a whole $1.20 (US)!

Five times here. Just made level 2, but almost irrelevant. It's sad to see an agency that was my #1 for 150 straight months fall so fast and so far.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: January 05, 2022, 17:43 »
For those who want permanent updates, the CC subscription is probably financially advantageous.

Anyone who bought a CS product back then and felt they didn't need every update would have been better off with the old model.

A Photoshop update was about $300 - I dont remember exactly. Anyone who didn't want new features every year, but felt that an update every 3 or 5 years was enough, would have saved a lot of money.

Even after less than 1.5 years, the old paid model would have been cheaper.

But I don't have the exact sums in my head anymore.

But to put it very roughly: if you wouldt update for 5 years, you would have saved just under $200 per year on the old Adobe CS model versus the CC.

I will still prefer the subscription model. You get continuous updates along with many more benefits from Adobe.

How can anyone prefer a subscription model? Sure, you get continuous updates and "benefits", but:
- you pay more per year than for a single-purchase Adobe software package
- you don't own the software anymore
- if you stop paying, you cannot access your project files anymore unless you re-subscribe
- not all updates and extras are useful for everyone yet you still have to pay for it

There's literally no benefit compared to the old model for most freelancers, the only one benefiting from the subscription model is Adobe; they now have a continuous revenue stream (like many other corporations nowadays) and more profit.

It could be they are making a preference based on today's reality, not what you could buy 8 years ago. And for the record, you have never 'owned' any software unless you wrote it yourself. You purchased a license to use it. A license that could be revoked at any time.

When I was 'buying' the software, I paid far more than $120 for Lightroom and Photoshop and 'bought' updates at least every other year. This is much cheaper.

All of my files are on my hard drive. Nothing is in the cloud. Personally, I complete files as I go, but if I had 'project' files laying about, I would handle that before letting my subscription lapse.

Not all updates and extras are desired by everyone for any software.

I've used pretty much every product listed on this forum. I could make any of them work. But at this point in time, I choose Adobe, and it's well worth $120 a year (less than my cheapest lens) to do professional work.

YRMV

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: January 05, 2022, 12:32 »
I've thought about that. I use enough other software that dropping it for a month wouldn't impact my workflow. And I frequently rebuild my library from scratch. If I do pay, it will be the Photo plan. The all apps plan has no extra value to me, and certainly isn't worth an extra $42 a month.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: January 05, 2022, 11:53 »
Yeah, it would be nice if I maintain my level if the plans didn't have a gap in them. A day or a month, it costs the same.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: January 05, 2022, 09:48 »
Yeah, I was thinking that. I'm actually considering dropping to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Last year was my first in the All Apps plan, I didn't make any use of it.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud bonus codes for 2021?
« on: January 05, 2022, 09:26 »
Looks like I just squeaked by.

Bad news is, I have to pay by Feb 4, so I may have to pony up for one month.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: does SS do not like anymore new photos???
« on: December 14, 2021, 15:53 »
My commercial stuff is getting 80-100% rejected. Editorial 80-100% accepted.
Same photographer, camera, lenses, lighting, and composition.

Different Reviewer.

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Shutterstock.com / SS working for anyone?
« on: December 07, 2021, 18:44 »
Can't get to my profile and search doesn't work on customer side.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: New Mirrorless Camera
« on: September 29, 2021, 16:09 »
In 2017, I switched to a Fuji (currently have the XT-3) as I wanted to cut the weight of what I was carrying around. I've been very happy with the image quality. I had previously used Canon for decades - wasn't unhappy with the quality, but sold all the gear and lenses and started afresh.

Exactly this for me, except it was 2019. Once I made the decision, I didn't want to deal with adapters. For much less the price of what was available then in Canon mirrorless and one piece of decent glass, I got the XT3 and 5 lenses I have been extremely happy with. As a bonus, it made photography fun again.

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I've been trying to turn those emails off for years with no luck. Have them marked to go straight to spam folder so I never see them.

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I can't speak to the volume of upcoming additions though I expect more to be approved. I've been informed that all payments have been added now. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks for all of your feedback and participation.

-Mat Hayward

No prob. I backed into the number a different way before the email. Looking forward to more.

Thanks, Mat
Mat, just an FYI an email went out after the payment that says, "Weve added an upfront payment of US$  to your overall earnings balance."

I assume, an amount was intended to be included. Thanks for this.

Thanks for the report, we are aware. Sorry for the mistake. I'm not sure if we will be sending a revised email with the payment amount included. To determine the amount you received, take the number of approved photos and multiply by 5.

Thanks again,

Mat Hayward

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I can't speak to the volume of upcoming additions though I expect more to be approved. I've been informed that all payments have been added now. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks for all of your feedback and participation.

-Mat Hayward

Mat, just an FYI an email went out after the payment that says, "Weve added an upfront payment of US$  to your overall earnings balance."

I assume, an amount was intended to be included. Thanks for this.

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Computer Hardware / Need Advice on New Windows Laptop
« on: June 18, 2021, 15:49 »
TL;DR version, need a new Windows laptop. Want the best I can get for photo editing.


Looking for some help. I'm ready to buy a new laptop and want to get as much input as I can. The only firm spec I have right now is that it be a Windows laptop. I've been running laptops for 30 years and not interested in changing - also don't want to learn a new OS.

My current build is a Dell XPS 8th Ge i7 2.2Ghz with 32Gb Ram and a Nvidia GeoForce GT 1050 Ti and a 1Tb SSD

It has served me well, although it runs hot sometimes and bogs down occasionally. It's starting to show age in keyboard and usb ports so, it's time.  I've always done well with IBM and Dell, but I'm not overly partial to any brand of laptop, processor or video cards. Of course, I could always just go with the latest version of this model and call it done. Between clickbait, PPC, and affiliate marketing, trying to research anything on the web has become useless.

So, I want to ask you guys.

My highest use would be with my normal load of Chrome browser, Evernote, email and both Photoshop and Lightroom running.

I say this next part with caution, but money is no object. Having said that, looking at the core specs of the really expensive machines don't look a lot better than that of the mid-range. I am assuming I will pay somewhere between $2500 and $5,000. The Alientech gaming machines have great specs but, I don't really need the fancy keyboard or speaker system, but if that gets my specs up, I'm good with that.

I get a lot of conflicting advice on CPU vs GPU vs RAM and which I should invest in. Is 64Gb RAM going to buy me anything when I max out at 67% usage with my 32GB? At what point does one more generation of CPU help? Nvidia or AMD.

If you were speccing out the perfect machine what would it be?
Looking for any and all advice. Thanks

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How can I cancel my subscription so it doesn't renew after a year? When I paid my first annual subscription it said in the terms and conditions that you can cancel your yearly membership fee at any time, but now I can't find where to do that. Do I have to close my credit card because of this? I hate these kinds of fees, which are secretly renewed after a year.

https://fineartamerica.com/controlpanel/premiumfeatures.html

Remove your CC number, they won't renew.

There's a link on the main menu to close the account. Looks like two clicks. Why not just do that, the reopen a free account. Seems simple.

Ha Ha, reply from FAA support? It's like spotting Bigfoot. People have reported that, but mostly unconfirmed.

Once you have a valid credit card in FAA you cannot remove it. You are handcuffed. Since emailing support is useless, you need to call your credit card company to stop the charges.  They really are a scumbag company to set up their payment that way.  Why not just have a toggle to turn on and off your renewal? They do not give you that choice, rather they force you to jump through hoops to avoid or reverse a payment if you choose to skip the Premium membership.  By the way, Premium membership does not get you any kind of placement consideration. It merely lets you upload as many pics as you want, along with some other useless features they Market as "PREMIUM".

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MicrostockSubmitter / Re: Updates
« on: March 31, 2021, 19:53 »
What are the new icons with numbers in upper left of the thumbnails? Where can I find release notes.

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Mat, I have a similar problem except my award code was for All Apps and my paid sub is the Photography Plan. Now I have a free  All apps plan through next February and I'm still being charged for the Photography plan. I am able to go online and cancel the Photography plan, but got all the warnings about things getting crippled and my Adobe Portfolio getting deleted.

Is it safe to cancel the photo plan? My Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop app seems to know I have the All Apps plan, so that should be okay, but I don't Wany my online Portfolio to disappear.

I clicked on support but just got the bot and it didn't understand what I was trying to do.

Is there an email for support?

Thanks

If both subscriptions are in the same Adobe ID, I don't see the risk. That said, I'm not an expert with Creative Cloud subscriptions so you should probably contact customer service through adobe.com to double-check if you are concerned.

-Mat

I did get back on chat and asked for an agent. An excellent guy named Tarif was able to sort it out quickly. Thanks again.

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Thanks, Mat. I'm going to pull the trigger. Worst case, I have to rework the portfolio which needs a refresh anyway.

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Mat, I have a similar problem except my award code was for All Apps and my paid sub is the Photography Plan. Now I have a free  All apps plan through next February and I'm still being charged for the Photography plan. I am able to go online and cancel the Photography plan, but got all the warnings about things getting crippled and my Adobe Portfolio getting deleted.

Is it safe to cancel the photo plan? My Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop app seems to know I have the All Apps plan, so that should be okay, but I don't Wany my online Portfolio to disappear.

I clicked on support but just got the bot and it didn't understand what I was trying to do.

Is there an email for support?

Thanks

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Adobe Stock / Re: Opting in for electronic 1099
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:45 »
I never got the email and now on February 10, Adobe is the only 1099 I still don't have.

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So, Matt, if two-step verification is turned off, why would it ask Stocksubmitter for a verification code every time I use it?

Thanks

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123RF / Re: Security breach - change your password
« on: November 15, 2020, 10:44 »
I got it and changed my password. Now I get an endless parade of recaptcha crap and can never get to the site. As far as I'm concerned recaptha is the worst thing that ever happened to the web. Other than animated gifs

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