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What was the first prize? 30, 50 $?
They vannot afford it anymore.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutter Stock Rejection
« on: March 26, 2020, 03:41 »
leaf........ maybe time to clean up the forum Posts ....2006 is a Looooong time ago man. Back when we were young.....LOL hope your good.

Disagree! This forum is the only actual worthy library on stock history.

People might get bored to search but the whole story and tips are "here".

Knowledge is here. Too bad if we don't dig enough except "how much" or "how long will it take"!
Agree 100%.
We can learn a lot from history. My memory is perfectible and sometimes I need a help to check when and why I started to hate iStock, who was LisaFx, who published amazing reviewer story which was actually not his.
And there is no risk that old topic "pollute" fresh subjects list until someone digs it out.

iStockPhoto.com / Coronavirus editorial rejections
« on: March 19, 2020, 09:33 »
Did they change editorial rules? For the first time I got random, seems to me, rejection related to street images in Covid-19 lockdown cities. Below given reasons:

++Please remove references to lockdowns or other current events. We cannot accept news/current events content in iStock's Creative Unreleased collection - such content will be rejected. Please edit your caption to simply describe literally what is seen in the image without reference to current events. Thank you.

++Uploads to the Creative or Creative Unreleased collection will be rejected if they are News, Sport, Entertainment or Event Coverage. If you wish to upload such images, you will first need to apply to Getty Images to become an Editorial contributor for that site. Please note that Editorial Photo contracts are generally only offered to working photo-journalists. More info here: https://contributors.gettyimages.com/workwithus/ArticleView.aspx?article_id=1105

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 sales
« on: February 27, 2020, 13:04 »
Pond5 have gone from one of the top two footage agencies, to quickly becoming a third rate agency. Whoever is running the show there has failed miserably over the past year. They need to act fast before their agency is destroyed beyond repair.
I have 2 accounts (exclusive et no-exc). Both are dead.
Before April 2019 I used to have 3 digits, exeptionally 2 digits,  monthly commissions. So far this year 0 (zero) downloads.
I was a big fan, it is not a case anymore...

General Stock Discussion / Re: Shutterstock vs Adobe Stock
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:51 »
I sell a lot more on AS than SS, both photos and videos. I also like AS more, they accept a lot more than SS.
AS is improving every week, SS with impressive consistency is going down.
Last month, for the first time, I earned more on AS. February is much better so far too. And I have 30% of images which are on SS and havent been uploaded to AS so far.

iStockPhoto.com / iStock download numbers don't match
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:37 »
Every year istock reset downloads number on first of January.

On 31st of January I checked # downloads. Once the earnings for January were published I compared both. They don't match.
The number of downloads in "Profile / Downloads Year to Date" is 18% higher compared to data in "Performance / Downloads" and numbers in Exports from "Royalties" page.
So I calculate numbers of my downloads in Deepmeta. They are diffrent of both above, somewhere in the middle...
Is a part of my dowloads lost in Bermuda triangle?

Pond5 / Re: Hyperstock
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:10 »
I got emails from

Acquisition Associate


Administrative & Customer Care

so I guess this is both support and content team.

But I just wrote to contributor support.
Same, I got 2 confirmations. It took 3 days.

As I saved a link to one of my files at Hyperstock I tried it yesterday, it doesnt work anymore.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Checking in - Adobe Stock Video
« on: January 22, 2020, 05:22 »
Issues? Opportunities?
Reading embedded metadata directly from video files, like Pond5 does, will be great.

Off Topic / Re: What is your dream car?
« on: January 04, 2020, 08:01 »
I was and still am a Car freak. I had 2 ferraris. a 72 Dino coupe and also a 74 Daytona. Both red. I paid $17,000 for the Dino and $24,000 for the Daytona. The Dino Now is worth $340,000 and the Daytona a Cool 600,000 also a Jaguar 1956 XKE 140 coupe I paid $6,000 for it in 1961 and Now?????? 500K at Least. and........4 Ex Wives........LOL  Live and Learn. The Dino was rented By the TV show "Hart to Hart" with Robert Wagner: 1979 to 1984.

Wow, I am impressed!
But I've always wondered how somebody like you who has made music for thousands of Movies and TV shows and get millions of royalties, somebody like you having houses in Beverly Hills and villas in Malibu, somebody like you having Ferraris and Jaguars has finished to sell photos for 38 on Shutterstock
It would be interesting to know...

Shutterstock.com / Re: 0.26 sales on Shutterstock??!!
« on: January 02, 2020, 05:59 »
Liars, they promised:
"As it grows, the SOD payout will vary, but should not fall below subscription rates - as promised in our original Facebook announcement."

Software / Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
« on: December 06, 2019, 04:31 »
Unfortunately it doesn't work anymore, at least on Windows10 x32. Have to use old version. :-\

Yes, 32-bit versions are not supported since Xpiks 1.5.3 (current version is 1.5.5). There's lots of work to create release for all these separate unpopular platforms (like old Windows versions, 32-bit Windows etc.) so in the end I gave up and only support type of systems that majority uses.
I fully understand and I am grateful for all your work.
But having clear information on download page about versions been supported (or not) could be useful and easy to do.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: December 05, 2019, 05:07 »
It would be interessting to know how much reviewers are paid. If they touch flat rate for each image they can be tempted to rejecte simply because it is much faster than  review at 100% all details.
So maybe not so idiots, simply unprofessional and greedy like other SS staff...

Software / Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
« on: December 05, 2019, 04:54 »
Unfortunately it doesn't work anymore, at least on Windows10 x32. Have to use old version. :-\

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 sales
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:56 »
I was Pond5 fan, but now I am disappinted.
They changed since April. And it is not only about lowering commission rate and exclusivity. I had good and regular sales. Some months P5 earning were better than SS. Now I have two accounts (old one and exclusive), both are almost dead.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:44 »
Yes, they are.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia officially closed
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:40 »
I was hoping they would forget to close FT as I don't like using the AS site. It's the most frustrating site of them all, why under 'my statistics' does it default to top sellers!! A simple remember last settings would save me 9 clicks every time I refresh the page. Also, is there a way to see what files have sold on a particular day because I've given up searching for it!
Me too,I was using Fotolia site till last day.
AS is not intuitive at all, each time I am using it I have impression discovering for the first time and looking for options.

Many refunds too, all from Canva Australia. Some are comming from 2018 sales !
I sent a ticket.
Btw, sending tickets for a relevent reason is impossible, I had to use an aproximate category.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: I QUIT iSTOCK
« on: September 20, 2019, 05:15 »
Today, for the first time since I started microstock, I consider to quit Istock photo ( I stopped IS video few years before).  Slow sales, low percentage, fraction of cents deals and now this Australian refunds scandal. It's too much.

General Stock Discussion / Re: What's happening with Yuri Acrus?
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:29 »
If he were doing well he would share this info with the world, it's in his DNA.
Last time I have head from him his was talking:
- about a great Getty's project he was involved in
- mobile photo stock site he created
Both projets should change stock photography business. Still waiting...

Dreamstime.com / Re: Im sorry about Dreamstime
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:14 »
A very good site for Me and many Others. sales are so Bad Im in shock. I fear another One is gonna Bite the dust. I really Hope this Great Old site gets it back together.
I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.

What? Real name is visible on the web?

It was during few days or weeks. They decided without prior notice to contributors that "confidencial info" accounts would not be confidencial anymore and they simply displayed real names of authors. After contributors protests they are going back on their decision, but the damage is done.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Im sorry about Dreamstime
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:01 »
A very good site for Me and many Others. sales are so Bad Im in shock. I fear another One is gonna Bite the dust. I really Hope this Great Old site gets it back together.
I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.

Adobe Stock / Re: Sacre Coeur Paris trademark violation?
« on: September 11, 2019, 02:50 »
hem... see here :
https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/known-image-restrictions.html#historic (second line)
I think they are wrong, I have never heard about any restrictions. And the statement that Paul Abadie, who died in 1884, ist rights' holder seems confirm their mistake.

General Stock Discussion / Microstock vs. Unsplash
« on: June 02, 2019, 09:55 »
I have read here (https://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/december-earnings) a thread about earnings and bad influance of free photos stock sites.
As a phrase
"Those people who gave free photos in unsplash are probably the dumbest person ever appeared on the www. I cannot think of somebody more stupid"
 I took a look to Unsplash for the first time.
I found a lot of good images, relevent reserch results and curiously often better descriptions than at SS. For sure this kind of sites is serious competition for regular stock. My first thought was to agree with quotation above but after long reflexion, am I really smarter than they? I am selling for $0,38, it is not so far from free...
 With half day commissioned shooting I earn equivalent of 6 months of SS earnings. It seems easy for potential clients to contacts artists at unsplash so maybe with carefully selecting images it is not so bad idea to be there. I have seen a lot of profesionals there.
If microstock leaders continue to treat us as sh*t there is a risk that lot of contributors,earning close to nothing, turn to free sites to have pleasure to hurt microstock business , just for revenge.

As I wasn't sure if it was a good idea I kept my old account.
I uploaded few dozens of clips to tne new exclusive account to give them a try. So far, after one month no sales.
I have much more videos in non-exclusive account and haven't noticed changes in sale pattern.
Strange thing, excusive review time is much longer. Usually 2-3 days vs. few hours for non ex files.
Haven't seen any better placement in search.
Time will tell if there is any advantage to have excusive files. I will manage both accounts at least 6 months and see what happens.

Alamy.com / Re: Have sales plummeted for all or just me?
« on: May 15, 2019, 04:09 »
No sales this year, and I'd  like to close the account. Cleared balance is $48 and I'll be dead before it reaches $50.  If I close, will they pay me that balance?
I am in similar situation. My "cleared balance" slighty below $50 and doesn't move from weeks despite of sales! The "forwarded brought balance" is over 50 but the payment is "not due" .
I asked to close my account which they promised to close in 45 days. I will update here if or not they pay me, but I would not be surprised if they keep the money. All these sale which are not recorded directly and opaque "cleared" system doesn't inspire any confidence.

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