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Site Related / Re: Where is Everybody?
« on: December 18, 2020, 03:41 »
First time I've looked here for months. I used to ba addicted to this forum. I think it just got too depressing. I miss the Lucky Oliver days :)

+ being 15 years younger plays a bit of a role too  ;D

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Searching for a keywording tool ?
« on: November 22, 2020, 13:50 »
I basically need a simple tool with option to create something like my own keywords tree and add keywords by checking them.

Pretty much same process like in Adobe Bridge. The problem with bridge is that it is dividing keywords by semicolon instead of comma and adding an unnecessary step in my workflow.

So one more time, nothing fancy, nothing best, I don't need keyword suggestions etc. Just an option to create my small keyword library and add keywords by checking them.

Does anyone know some tool like that, preferably free?

Thanks

I hate to ask, because I don't use bridge. Are there sites that don't read the keywords right? I think I have some files using commas and some copy and pasted words use semicolons, I haven't had any problems importing or editing when I upload.

Why is semicolon a problem?

There are sites like FAA that use Character Limit instead of keywords numbers. Most keywording tools leave a space between keywords. On 50 keywords you lose 50 spaces. That's like 7-8 potential keywords. The tool I use to remove spaces doesn't recognize semicolons.

For my workflow i find Bridge style keywording with custom created keyword library is a perfect option so im looking something that works like that. I remember I used such tool years ago but i forgot what was it. I know it wasn't online tool and you had to install it.

I know there are tools and scripts to convert semicolons to commas but its an extra step in the process.   

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General Stock Discussion / Searching for a keywording tool ?
« on: November 21, 2020, 19:23 »
I basically need a simple tool with option to create something like my own keywords tree and add keywords by checking them.

Pretty much same process like in Adobe Bridge. The problem with bridge is that it is dividing keywords by semicolon instead of comma and adding an unnecessary step in my workflow.

So one more time, nothing fancy, nothing best, I don't need keyword suggestions etc. Just an option to create my small keyword library and add keywords by checking them.

Does anyone know some tool like that, preferably free?

Thanks

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"Public Domain" is public domain.  Not "traditional public domain" or "Creative Commons". 

https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/
The term public domain refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it.

"for example you can not sell them and claim you are the author which some would like to do for sure"

I mean, that's a separate issue.

Sure, but Public domain equivalent licenses exist just because some legal jurisdictions do not provide for authors to voluntarily place their work in the public domain and some of those licenses ( CC1.0) allow absolutely equal use as public domain, just it was obtained in different way so that it becomes legally possible. 

Those images are tagged as public domain by main internet archives.

Also if one is selling that on products like prints etc, he will be most probably obligated by user agreement on most of those platform to use "public domain" in tags or even in the description.

On most POD sites it says to tag CC license images as "public domain" not as creative commons or something else.

   

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It actually depends on the license itself , not all public domain photos have the same. Some require attribution and a link under the product etc.

Public domain is public domain.  If they have requirements for use, they aren't public domain.

No its not, CC license photos are generally marked as traditional public domain nowadays all over the internet.

What Im saying is that if you don't want to make your own research when you take those photos from sites like wikimedia etc you have to be extra careful under what license are they relised under.

Correct me if Im wrong but legally there is absolutely no difference between traditional public domain and CC1.0 except that CC allows images that would legally never be able to fall under traditional PD to be public domain.   

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It actually depends on the license itself , not all public domain photos have the same. Some require attribution and a link under the product etc.

I suggest that you read about creativecommons licenses here.

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

In general you want CC1.0 licence that requires no attribution. 

2,3 and 4 do have terms of use from linking back, describing changes, making changes share alike terms and so on.

The images that require attribution/ links etc. aren't public domain. Someone holds the rights and is granting broad rights to usage to other people (depending on the CC license they choose to offer the image under).

If an image is public domain who would chose what CC license to release it under (rhetorical)?

You can use a public domain image however you like as no one holds the rights. You have to worry about 1. the agencies' terms; they choose what to allow and a lot don't allow any PD images in their collections 2. where you source the image from, a lot of websites are giving stolen content away under the guise of public domain 3. rules of different countries as to when something falls into the public domain.

Wrong, images that are public domain may require attribution depending on license and how they became public domain.

Non rhetorical, for example, NASA can give photos that they hold rights to public domain library. Not only them, you can do it also with your photos.

And no,  you cant use them as you wish, for example you can not sell them and claim you are the author which some would like to do for sure. 


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It actually depends on the license itself , not all public domain photos have the same. Some require attribution and a link under the product etc.

I suggest that you read about creativecommons licenses here.

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

In general you want CC1.0 licence that requires no attribution. 

2,3 and 4 do have terms of use from linking back, describing changes, making changes share alike terms and so on.


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Off Topic / Re: Trump has the rona
« on: October 10, 2020, 21:13 »
But what does the world need right now? that's the question.
For sure, the rest of the world doesn't need an anti-science climate change denier.

not 'denier' - an ENTIRE party that not only denies climate change, but covid, evolution,...

You are talking about same people which offered whole world  clear proof Iraq is in possession of weapons of mass destruction that hasn't been found until today?

About a psychopath HRC laughing out on a lynch of a another leader being slaughtered on the streets without a trial that any thief is entailed by international law?

The world need few new little wars and invasions ASAP, and this current ass..le at least doesn't slaughter people around the word awarding himself Nobel peace award.   




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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 26, 2020, 20:15 »

I've just been again on my pixels site, and like last night, I can't seem to do anything there which brings up anyone's images other than my own. What are you doing to bring up a general search?

ok, i found the reason for diff results

there are 2 ways to access a site

 https://steve-estvanik.pixels.com  is the one y'all have been using and keeps you on the site


but there's another version from within FAA and which i found searching google for 'pixels estvanik' (i didnt remember the site name since i use the widget on my website)
https://pixels.com/art/estvanik   this one takes you away when you search

Right, because the second one is just your profile on main pixel.com site which is pretty much same as FAA main site and the top search includes art from all artists.

The firs link is your store and if you want to keep you customers around your art only you should promote just that one.   

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 25, 2020, 18:40 »
   
 
One of the things that makes FAA convenient is that you get your personal pixels.ccom site which is basically FAA store clone  which you can use as a store implemented in your personal website or by app on page, or via link to your pixels store where only your work is shown. 


EXCEPT for the little fact that when  someone does a search on 'your' pixel site, the results come from the entire FAA collection, so any users you may attract are soon lured away

No it doesn't. That happens only on your FAA profile page. On your personal pixels.com site only your work shows up and nothing else.

I was 100% sure in this but I just checked again. Only your work shows up and its a huge +

It's happened in the past. Then a bunch of users complained on the forum there, and eventually it was fixed.  I think this happened more than once.

I've been selling there for years, usually a few a month.

Really strange, Im there from 2013. and somehow it never happened to me, and Im on my account almost on daily basis so I would probably have noticed. That not happening is one of the main reasons i use FAA at first place because than the personal store would lose its purpose.

pixels does a nice display of your work, it's the search that lures people away

 i noticed this when  i first returned earlier this year & FAA acknowledged this was the case and went on to say pixels wasnt really meant for personal sites but to display the entire collection by all!

Once again we are not talking about pixels.com main site but personal pages you get to use as your own stores.

Here is a link to one random example store, anyone can try a top search and the only authors work  you can get is the page owner. Try it yourself. It absolutely impossible to get anyone elses work. Which more prove do you need ? 

https://guido-borelli.pixels.com

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 25, 2020, 13:08 »
   
 
One of the things that makes FAA convenient is that you get your personal pixels.ccom site which is basically FAA store clone  which you can use as a store implemented in your personal website or by app on page, or via link to your pixels store where only your work is shown. 

EXCEPT for the little fact that when  someone does a search on 'your' pixel site, the results come from the entire FAA collection, so any users you may attract are soon lured away

No it doesn't. That happens only on your FAA profile page. On your personal pixels.com site only your work shows up and nothing else.

I was 100% sure in this but I just checked again. Only your work shows up and its a huge +

It's happened in the past. Then a bunch of users complained on the forum there, and eventually it was fixed.  I think this happened more than once.

I've been selling there for years, usually a few a month.

Really strange, Im there from 2013. and somehow it never happened to me, and Im on my account almost on daily basis so I would probably have noticed. That not happening is one of the main reasons i use FAA at first place because than the personal store would lose its purpose.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 24, 2020, 21:49 »
   
 
One of the things that makes FAA convenient is that you get your personal pixels.ccom site which is basically FAA store clone  which you can use as a store implemented in your personal website or by app on page, or via link to your pixels store where only your work is shown. 

EXCEPT for the little fact that when  someone does a search on 'your' pixel site, the results come from the entire FAA collection, so any users you may attract are soon lured away

No it doesn't. That happens only on your FAA profile page. On your personal pixels.com site only your work shows up and nothing else.

I was 100% sure in this but I just checked again. Only your work shows up and its a huge +

correct - when someone comes to your page only your work is shown but , as i sad,  do a SEARCH from the top of your page and the user sees work from everyone

Again...as I said...no it doesn't  :D .  There is no way that someone using top search on MY pixels.com page get any art that is not mine and that I haven't uploaded there.
I dont know if it happens with free option or when your subscription expires,  but at this point there is no way that it happens.

You are probably talking about pixel.com main page profiles and not about personal pages which act as private stores. On any personal page you can just search trough that persons art, and any search on that private store cannot take you away besides two little links to FAA and pixels.com at the bottom of the footer.

You can even assign a custom domain yourname.com to it if you want.


Here is an example of a nice little pixels.com shop i just googled so feel free to test the search and you an see for yourself that you can browse just trough his artwork and nothing else.

https://guido-borelli.pixels.com/




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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 24, 2020, 15:13 »
   
 
One of the things that makes FAA convenient is that you get your personal pixels.ccom site which is basically FAA store clone  which you can use as a store implemented in your personal website or by app on page, or via link to your pixels store where only your work is shown. 

EXCEPT for the little fact that when  someone does a search on 'your' pixel site, the results come from the entire FAA collection, so any users you may attract are soon lured away

No it doesn't. That happens only on your FAA profile page. On your personal pixels.com site only your work shows up and nothing else.

I was 100% sure in this but I just checked again. Only your work shows up and its a huge + 

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 22, 2020, 14:14 »
OK...MSG account closed, Im done. be well.BTW. I don't get 10 cents.  got a raise today from SS.

Im sorry things got a bit hot and that you decided to leave and I can just wish you the best.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 22, 2020, 13:43 »
I sell Framed Prints.....For a Lot of Money. I want the best I can get.

So do I...and Im not complaining either.

If it works for your customers?....Great. I Custom mount and frame My Prints also.

It obviously does because they keep coming back.  FAA offers nice selection of 100+ pretty quality frames that buyers can select on the spot without need that I loose my time discussing that with them.

I tested many, many Printers. I rated FAA a 4. I use "NASH EDITIONS" Graham Nash from Crosby,Stills and Nash His company is #1. My clients and where I show. demands the Best I can get...Ya just want a fairly good Print. go to Costco.

As I focus on large prints where FAA can deliver 108" and as I see Nash Editions can do up to 60" that's a huge point for FAA which in my case nullifies slight difference in colors which most of the buyers wont even notice even if you point that out to them.

I need color matched Archival work and I need Proofing.I also do the signed archival matts and build My frames

I need a place with good quality products, low expenses in terms of material, printing, packing and shipping costs where I can showcase and sell my prints to buyers who are happy with my art to the level that they keep coming back and recommend my work to their friends. FAA does exactly that.

I've been Printing My work over 50 Years......


Good for you, I'm doing it for 20 and Im not planning to stop.   

And BTW.....I just got a Large raise at SS.
Why? Don't know......Don't Care.

And what . does this mean. Microstock is Only one Outlet man. and Im doing stock  a Lot longer than SS has been around and Longer than the Internet.


I agree, don't know....don't care. But if I have to guess, probably they don't want to get rid of the only living photographer who witnessed and is in possession of original negatives of the Big Bang or the moment Eve decided to take the apple from that snake.


"Same as on microstock sites and you still decided to sell there."
This Place is getting real Boring.

When you call out and insult other artist that they have to be embarrassed to sell among "idiots" on FAA and you should at least expect a remark on your SS work. I mean the man, the myth, the legend putting his work for sale at 10cents among amateur snapshots of smiley faces finger drawn in minced meat, something doesn't hold water. I mean I would expect such move from myself who don't care about color matched Archival work and and who doesn't  need Proofing or buildin my own frames...but from you, never.

The only thing boring here is when one reads your post about being there from stone age for the 3765234576889787. time as an argument in serious conversation.






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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 21, 2020, 18:26 »
Im sorry But after   25 years Plus selling Online I would never....."EVER" recommend FAA to sell anything Original I created. The Place is filled with IE...Idiots who see a Lennon Photo taken Before they were Born...Run it through a stupid filter and sell it as their "ART" Im sorry. That is not their art. I tried with my work when they started then bailed Out right away.
Sites Like this are nothing but an embarrassment. One of many guys.
Build your own site and do the promotion work. Thats what it takes.
WWW.Rinderart.com I sell a whole Lot of stuff to be used in TV shows ETC.....and I have contracts ready to be signed. Will Smiths daughter was My last Customer. She Paid $400.00 for the use of a Image.

Suggest Most of you get you heads out of Penny stock. It's over.Sorry.And been Over quite awhile if this is your Profession.
maybe, Just maybe there better at this now. Build a site and Promote it.Still the best way. but, It's a job.
https://www.microstockgroup.com/product-resale-forum/my-fine-art-america-account-is-closed/

Maybe FAA is better now. don't know.....Don't care.


Sure, there are idiots everywhere but there are also a lot of great artists there who don't have anything to be embarrassed from. Same as on microstock sites and you still decided to sell there.

One of the things that makes FAA convenient is that you get your personal pixels.ccom site which is basically FAA store clone  which you can use as a store implemented in your personal website or by app on page, or via link to your pixels store where only your work is shown. Extremely useful especially for reducing shipping costs because they have like 10 or so print facilities around the world and they ship from buyers nearest location. Not even to mention that everything is automated so you don't have to do anything. Some say that their base print price is high, but comparing to small place where I live I save a lot even on that + shipping costs + time not invested on printing packing and + occasional sales from FAA main page trough search engine. So It works well for me.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 21, 2020, 18:10 »
Just a tip for those who plan to sell based just on their search engine:

Lets say you are selling landscapes. If Im not mistaken their pages show 35 pages of results and about 70 or so images per page so only 2450 images altogether are shown in the search.
So, there are cca 2,5M images results for landscape of which 2 497 550 don't even show in the search.

Same goes even for long-tail keywords if the words are popular.

Basically if you want to sell there on constant basis you have to build your marketing system and actively promote your work or have a specialized niche with low competition. Sure, occasional sales are happening but most people who do really well there say that they spend way more time on promoting than on creating art.   






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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fine Arts America.
« on: September 17, 2020, 17:22 »
Is anyone having a problem uploading to Fine Arts America?  Also I am seeing missing letters all over the portfolio page.  Thanks.

I wasnt uploading there for a while but If you are using their batch uploader, that thing is pretty much always buggy so I stick with single image upload.

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I wonder If they could pull out paying 5 or even 1 cent per download in the future. Actually I even hope they will try. To charge hosting to contributors is also an idea worth considering. There is space for huge discounts plans for those who sell a lot.

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Envato / Re: Envato Certified as a B Corp
« on: August 06, 2020, 19:27 »
Congrats

My grandma also won a 1 million customer award once so I know how it feels. She got a little cooking book and 30% discount coupon, and they sent her the photo with the interview for their newsletter.  It's still in credenza.   

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What is the final goal of the protest?
How realistic are all these energy and time consuming actions?

What is the final SS goal of fighting the protest with irrelevant trolls?
How realistic are all these energy and time consuming actions?

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Adobe Stock / Re: Aldobe stock earnings. Woohoo!!!!
« on: July 20, 2020, 06:28 »
All content should have a Covid-19 filter on it...meaning, life as usual but with the new reality we all see every day...people wearing masks, social distancing, etc.

https://www.crowdcast.io/mhayward2909

I wish you all the best of luck!

Mat Hayward

Isn't that faking reality  then ?

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If this is really happening ( my portfolio is deactivated so I dont have that experience) ther real problem can be something else.

What if someone has strategy that he sells rejected images at SS, at some other agency as exclusive content. That can get him in legal trouble and SS would be clearly responsible for that.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Why not accepting the 10 cent sales?
« on: July 03, 2020, 19:02 »
So far I am better off with the new price structure of SS, in spite of many 10 to 17 cent sales.

Why should I boycot SS or even close my account? Why not accepting the 10 cent sales? I do, and I dont care what will happen next year, because nobody can forsee the future.

If you are single I seriously recommend @stockphotofan1 on Twitter.

You can live happily ever after taking snapshots of lampposts, pigeons and crosswalks on the way to the store. 

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Everyone is in the same boat. Nobody can do without the money, but Shutterstock is pulling the whole industry down. It's imperative, especially for video, that we get our files onto Pond5 and off SS.

Pond5 is a major player in video licensing. If you go exclusive, they get your files back onto Adobe and onto Vimeo stock. You get 60% of revenue. If you do the maths, you realise that you don't lose much from an Adobe perspective. It's earnings comparable.

Quite simply no its not.  P5 does not sell as much full stop.

Most of us ALREADY have our all files on P5 and have done for many years.  non exclusive we get 40% not 60% but that in no way makes up for the low sales.
You don't have to believe me, look at the monthly survey graph on this very site - P5 is one of those tiny lines right down the bottom amongst such giants as DT and 123RF in terms of earnings.
The P5 forum isnt exactly full of people praising how well sales have taken off and how well exclusive is doing for them either.

If a site by volume sells only about 10% per month vs another site than a 60 to 40% difference in commission is negligible and makes almost zero difference to the final totals.

The maths for me (and looking at the graphs, others) is very simply.  Pulling videos off SS and AS to go P5 only will lose us many hundreds of dollars per month in lost revenue.  Thats the brutal reality here.

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So you're telling me it's much better to keep supporting SS and kill the whole industry because other agencies will have to follow, make a few hundred bucks the next couple of months until it gets

Im not convinced you reside in the real world.  You havent explained how if, having guaranteed $0.00 income from Shutterstock you're supposed to buy anything with that?  Are there landlords im unaware of that accept principle in lieu of rent money?  Do supermarkets have an option to pay with good will instead of money?

If you pull a portfolio you are guaranteeing an in come of 0.  Nothing.  No money.  No payout. Nothing goes into the bank.

If you're also deluded enough to think SS will care (or even notice) an absolutely miniscule number of contributors pulling an utterly insignificant amount of media off the site then by all means go ahead.  The problem is you think you matter or are somehow important to them.  You're not.  None of us are.  You can do all you want but it isnt going to change their policy which has been costed, planned and modelled.
So its your choice whether you want to accept a guarantee of no money and buy food with it or settle for a not-ideal but some money instead.
But to think anything will change due to actions is utterly deluded.


You can not be more wrong.

First, if mankind destroy all rain forests, nature will not destroy mankind. Mankind is going to destroy mankind.

Same goes for SS. Contributors wont destroy SS. SS is gonna destroy itself. Some contributors leaving is just a scene by the road you see on the side window speeding on the road to destruction.  You dont see happy contributors giving their best on that road for sure.



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