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I'm a little confused over this so need clarification.
With Adobe Firefly officially released now,  is it now allowed to use Generative Fill in Photoshop for commercial use? Is it okay to upload retouched photos using Generative Fill to Adobe Stock and other agencies (unless they specifically forbid it like iStock)?

Dreamstime.com / Re: DT is a Nightmarestime
« on: August 06, 2023, 01:46 »
by the way didn't they raise the sub download from 0.35 to 0.38 briefly? what was that about?
I kind of like how they adjust the royalty for credit download according to the popularity of images. I wish other agencies consider something like that too

Rejected: Translation required

Is anyone getting more and more rejections because of this recently?

Used to have a few rejections over this in the past but now it seems that they're immediately rejecting anything that includes non-English sounding words in the description. For example, photos of mountains and beaches with no text get rejected if I include their names in the description, since they don't sound like familiar English words.

Had the same issue and had to re-submit with Month Day Year. They probably implemented some AI crap to auto-reject everything that doesn't follow the Month Day Year format?

All they've done for the past few years is to make everything more and more insufferable for contributors. This month's looking to be the worst in years for me with nothing but 10c downloads.

Honestly, if Adobe introduced an exclusive scheme, I'd go all in without hesitation at this point.

not directly addressing your concern but I tend to oversaturate my travel photos (including urban architecture) in general as buyers of travel photos seem to prefer that more, as opposed to de-saturated images that have been popular among designer folks.

Moreover, over-the-top sunset/sunrise sky replacements seem to make them even more popular, despite I feel they look, well, over-the-top and really kistch...

I used to be full-time, but not anymore. I used to make around $30,000+ per annum from stock photography & video. Now that's fallen to a little over $20K per annum and, based on the first 3 months of this year, possibly falling. My biggest losses have been caused by video subscriptions, and lately by SS's photo rates and reduction in DLs. AS is doing OK photo-wise, and with a couple of exceptions, the mid-tier agencies are holding their own. For the past year or two, I have been making up for losses in other related areas (PODs, Direct Selling, Designer Resources). Video has become almost worthless compared to the amount of work that goes into production.  With the exception of mainly AS, I have largely stop uploading to stock agencies. I live in Australia.

$20k (USD?) is still impressive though I can imagine it's not possible to live on that in Australia. That'll be more than enough for me to go full-time in South East Asia. Did you build up your portfolio all by yourself?

My earnings reports dating back to February 2019 can be found here:


In summary, 2019 was my best year and now I'm earning about half of what I did then, on average, despite having many more images/clips on sale. It's been tough going but always the optimistic that at least my investments in drone aerials and book cover will start paying off.

I've been following your blog and now I'm considering to get myself a drone too (of course not only for microstock). I hope I can get something out of it too.

I was making like $200/month in 2019 and my monthly sales have been growing steadily. Then COVID happened, SS changed the royalty structure, Alamy not performing as good as used to be. So I'm still averaging about $200/month despite my port being bigger now.
Obviously I don't do this full-time and I mostly upload stuff from my travels.

Does anyone here do stock photography full-time? Which country do you live in?

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: January 09, 2023, 18:48 »
I had about 50 downloads so far this month and my earning is barely above $5. all sub and 10 cents sales barring a few (12 cents, wow). I used to be at $0.33/download so this would've been $15 at least. this is just so demotivating

Alamy.com / your biggest sale on Alamy? and when was it?
« on: December 21, 2022, 15:14 »
Just curious about this. Has anyone ever made a >$1000 sale?

I had two $150 (net) sales last year and they're the biggest I made so far. But this year nothing was over $100.
Started in 2017

123RF / Re: If you have work on 123RF PLEASE READ
« on: September 01, 2022, 03:44 »
Forgot to opt out initially. I tried to switch them back to Premium manually but nothing is happening.
Did anyone successfully switch back to Premium?
Could we do a class action against this exploitive company really?

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