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Messages - Clair Voyant

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No point in stressing over it and wasting any more time. Look how many assets are being uploaded weekly, no workforce can do that reviewing job remotely decent, it's probably just a software mostly.
It just doesn't matter anymore, resubmit if you think you have a strong seller, change title or whatever, it's a waste of time to discuss, a time that could be used for resubmitting or submitting another image.

it's a waste of time to re-submit perfectly acceptable images.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: March 30, 2020, 13:09 »
This almost rings the bell of "Redeemed Credits Redux".


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General Stock Discussion / Re: Shutterstock vs Adobe Stock
« on: February 08, 2020, 20:18 »
It's near impossible to see revenue growth with Shutterstock and their current review policy of rejecting the same image 5 times for 5 different reasons. That same image in particular has sold 3 times on Adobe Stock, even if it was out of focus, wrong orientation, overexposed, etc etc etc.

I value my time, so I no longer resubmit to an agency that rejects for reasons that defy logic.

My prediction based on this current environment is that Adobe Stock revenue will soon outpace Shutterstock revenue, mainly due to the fact that if Adobe does reject an image/video/illustration it most likely is a valid rejection.


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Newbie Discussion / Re: Shutter stock rejections arrgghh
« on: January 14, 2020, 16:38 »
34 interior images all property released...
14 accepted no problems
20 rejected for not using an acceptable release...

what a bunch of nonsense.


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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Login Issues?
« on: January 13, 2020, 20:24 »
DeepMeta........... Login Failed!!!
Istock/Getty is a waste of time in every way.

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2020 Edition of Getting Started in Stock Photography

Epilogue: Quit while you are ahead!
Prologue: I told you so!

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You can't keep screwing over the very people that makes your business thrive. As mentioned there is a chain reaction, first your contributors leave as many have throughout the years, then the chatter on social media about how poorly they treat the talent that is their main resource, then eventually this floods into the very people (the creatives) that purchase the content.
Except that as far back as 2006 when I joined iS, Getty already had a bad reputation among photographers that even I, who wasn't in the game, knew about.

I have been with Getty since almost day 1. I was in two very well known and respected agencies that got bought out by Getty and one regional well know and respected agency, and just like that all of my work was represented by Getty via three 'brands' as they used to call it. That was when Getty was respected and it was a badge of honor. True, Getty through their greed started turning this industry upside down and reducing commissions. I joined IS in 2007 with rejected images by none other than Getty Images cause I could see the writing on the wall back then, and was chastised heavily by all the cool kids who apparently thought stock was a closed door activity and/or thought they had invented stock and had new stock shooting idols. Speed up the truck to 2020 and the writing on the wall has come to full fruition.

It is what it is. But if I was a newbie at this in today's climate, and reading the writing on the wall for the next generation, I would not give anything to Getty Images at all. Knowing what I know now I also don't think I would have the dream of being a stock photographer for a sustainable career. I have been full time stock shooter long before IS and any of the micros, the business has been very good to me, and continues to be 'okay' albiet barely 'okay'. 

The industry has changed, so be it. There is no going back, and it it not going to get any better moving forward.

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This looks to me like another sign that Getty is up against the wall with their debt.

The sheer greed of Getty Images will be the collapse of a once decent company. Once upon a time being a part of the Getty family was a badge of honor. Now I don't see any value in contributing to Getty Images or Istock be it exclusive or non-exclusive. The numbers simply don't add up.

I think it is only a matter of time before contributors stop uploading fresh and new content there. Consider it the first domino, the rest is just chain reaction.

I have seen a person shoot themselves in the foot, but to shoot yourself in both feet is reckless to say the least. And Getty as an entity is doing just that.

Greed may have been a major factor at one time. Now it's probably more competitive desperation. Big licensing fees are drying up. Competition from Adobe growth. Falling prices. Increasing oversupply of images.

Great time to be a buyer. Buyers have been conditioned to expect unlimited everything for peanuts.

Competitive desperation is certainly a factor. But this in part is due to lack of solid management in every way.

You can't keep screwing over the very people that makes your business thrive. As mentioned there is a chain reaction, first your contributors leave as many have throughout the years, then the chatter on social media about how poorly they treat the talent that is their main resource, then eventually this floods into the very people (the creatives) that purchase the content. It is the perfect storm for competitive desperations, you are losing the competitive edge with new content cause nobody supplies quality, and you lose a client base because your offerings are only the dregs of what is available elsewhere. Getty in many ways under estimated both contributors and buyers.

I find it odd that SS and AS actually pay out minimums and increase the royalty based on sales, yet IS is always reducing royalties by an impossible moving target. And you factor in Premium Access where contributors don't get a cut of the 'fee' charged to access our content for SFA.

Not that the Site Results on the left are accurate, but if you have been around long enough there was a time when IS Exclusive killed it and the first 5-7 other totals still did not add up to IS Exclusive. Now there are two agencies almost eclipsing IS. Getty did this to themselves and market conditions just fuelled it.


 

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This looks to me like another sign that Getty is up against the wall with their debt.

The sheer greed of Getty Images will be the collapse of a once decent company. Once upon a time being a part of the Getty family was a badge of honor. Now I don't see any value in contributing to Getty Images or Istock be it exclusive or non-exclusive. The numbers simply don't add up.

I think it is only a matter of time before contributors stop uploading fresh and new content there. Consider it the first domino, the rest is just chain reaction.

I have seen a person shoot themselves in the foot, but to shoot yourself in both feet is reckless to say the least. And Getty as an entity is doing just that.

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The royalty rates at Istock be it exclusive or non-exclusive (forget about the ever moving target nonsense) is at the very least misleading. 15% is 15%. 35% is 35%. Premium Access is what %? For example, I am exclusive and my video is 30%, my wife's is non-exclusive at 20%. I sold close to 40 videos last month for less than what she sold her videos for. The same goes with photos, at 35% royalty rate I sold hundreds/thousands more per month for less than her 15% royalty. 

The IS/GI images contract is totally misleading. In my world 15% or whatnot is just that 15%. Can you imagine having a mortgage rate that is as variable or acredit card rate that is as variable with no clear explanation. That's right, a credit card rate of 21.99% but you only pay in reality on average 11.32% interest and on some purchases you only pay 1.2% interest.

One thing for sure, I now believe it is not worth it to support IS and/or GI in any way moving forward.

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New Sites - General / Re: Wemark - Are they still alive?
« on: December 02, 2019, 18:23 »
still alive? question should be who is wemark and were they ever alive. talk about a scam. all show and no go. feel sorry for the folks who wasted time uploading anything to this site.


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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 27, 2019, 17:28 »
the rejections lately are so random and ridiculous it makes me wonder if it is even worth my time to submit anymore. there is literally no rhyme or reason to the rejections. it makes me wonder if the powers that be over at SS are even aware of how ridiculous this is.

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The end of an era... Check Mate.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Cyber security and stock
« on: October 28, 2019, 17:15 »
If you use any of these services you might want to change your passwords as it appears some of it has been exposed.

https://developers.slashdot.org/story/19/10/25/2153237/nearly-75-million-adobe-creative-cloud-users-exposed-to-hackers

Probably as good a time as any to go through all your passwords and security settings and make sure they are as high as possible and not re-used across various sites and apps.

"The Elasticsearch database could be tapped without a password or any other authentication; offering an attacker access to email addresses, account information and which Adobe products that users purchased. The data did not include payment information or passwords."

Odd enough, I just uninstalled Adobe CC this morning because it was trying to update and failed, time after time. I left it run for 12 hours, overnight, still stuck at 36% complete.

Bye Bye

When and if it does finally update and jam your computer while doing so, then you get the pleasure of waiting for the faulty program to "respond". Adobe please get your act together.

I'm not the only one? I figured it was my really terrible "high speed" internet. We're rural, copper wire, miles from the source, which is also rural and being fed from some distance. The last repair guy, a human not support or chat, told me, that the amplifiers were going bad and only way he could get one to replace the one for our area, was find a working unit, somewhere else in the line.  :o They don't make them anymore.

Try calling customer service, they will tell you it's you, not them. Or your drivers, not them, or you you you... but never Adobe. They have you by the gonads.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Cyber security and stock
« on: October 27, 2019, 12:38 »
If you use any of these services you might want to change your passwords as it appears some of it has been exposed.

https://developers.slashdot.org/story/19/10/25/2153237/nearly-75-million-adobe-creative-cloud-users-exposed-to-hackers

Probably as good a time as any to go through all your passwords and security settings and make sure they are as high as possible and not re-used across various sites and apps.

"The Elasticsearch database could be tapped without a password or any other authentication; offering an attacker access to email addresses, account information and which Adobe products that users purchased. The data did not include payment information or passwords."

Odd enough, I just uninstalled Adobe CC this morning because it was trying to update and failed, time after time. I left it run for 12 hours, overnight, still stuck at 36% complete.

Bye Bye

When and if it does finally update and jam your computer while doing so, then you get the pleasure of waiting for the faulty program to "respond". Adobe please get your act together.

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OP... are you exclusive with IS?


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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:21 »
Idiots might be a bit harsh. But there certainly is something gone wrong over there. I/we have simply stopped uploading there as so much gets rejected lately in stills/video/illustration with ridiculous reasons. I can accept rejections if they are valid. Last few months SS has gone insane with the rejections, to the point it's simply not worth my/our time to upload.

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Check your password make sure none are the same on any sites that involve money.

Also anyone can check here.  https://haveibeenpwned.com/

See what sites you belong to that actually have been hacked?

I still can't understand how BS being hacked was because of SS or SS being hacked caused the BS account to be stolen? Same password?  ::)

Reading all of the replies above the only one that makes sense is the FTP thing. I use a password manager (LastPass) that has random passwords on each site that are rather complex like this one 1TTpobed3ZW6evc%[email protected]!Wd! , and I don't share a computer with anyone or network. Whoever got into my SS account changed it to a Skrill account which I don't have, and to an email address that was not mine. I also do not use a mobile device of any sort online.


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Looks like SS got hacked as well. I received an email notifying me of change of payment. Went from PP to Skrill and a .ru email address. Change your passwords.

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Lot of rejections not only for similarity, but also for noise, artifacts, pixelation, banding all together :) nice

It is a joke. 100% accepted video content or 100% rejected video content for the reasons above. And my wife has the same with her illustrations, but the excuse there is she needs to use English keywords??? what??? The keywords are all in English.

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Keep your donation thing there. You are providing a service for many readers and if some people feel the need to contribute a donation for your time then let them, and ignore the naysayers. One thing for sure on this forum... you will always find naysayers and pissed off people. Carry on.

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Pond5 / Re: Any ideas to suggest to them?
« on: September 27, 2019, 11:01 »
I'd like to see an easier bulk uploading interface. I personally find it to be confusing. AS, SS, and IS are much easier to bulk edit.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I QUIT iSTOCK
« on: September 26, 2019, 14:54 »
JAFO (is that your real name, or a lie? ;)   )

What has he lied about? Looks like a lot of talent to me.
https://www.discomusic.com/57-laurin-rinder
https://www.rinderart.com/about.html


Rinderart is one of the few that actually understands the decline of the industry and what a joke it has become.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I QUIT iSTOCK
« on: September 26, 2019, 13:12 »
Am I the only one that haven't received my august payment yet ?

Yes, you are the only one. What a silly question.

You have been answered by a Clair Voyant.  :D

Hardly a clairvoyant. If i was truly a clairvoyant I would recongnize the question as a rhetorical one. If you think about it though, she must be the only one, nobody else has brought it up. ;)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I QUIT iSTOCK
« on: September 26, 2019, 11:01 »
Am I the only one that haven't received my august payment yet ?

Yes, you are the only one. What a silly question.

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