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Shutterstock.com / Re: June so far
« on: June 01, 2020, 08:07 »
They haven't updated the "Earnings Breakdown" page either.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 29, 2020, 07:29 »
I wonder if this new arrangement will put SS into a firm second place in the Microstock poll results?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 27, 2020, 17:05 »
So at what point does Microstock collapse...when will income become so low that anyone generating quality saleable imagery cannot justify the costs to produce such imagery anymore and serious newcomers will be few and farther between?...existing libraries will age out?....maybe it will coincide with computer generated imagery becoming so good that there will be less of a need for stock photography? And what of the "Premium" collections...how will they be impacted?

Seems like we can't trust Shutterstock anymore..
Adobe still has fair commissions

Agreed here. Also, not just illustrative editorial but open up to editorial with people for both stills and video.

Adobe Stock / Re: Sad story
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:53 »
So why would Corona impact be agency specific?

Adobe Stock / Re: Sad story
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:17 »
Here is a sad story in one picture :)

That seems unusual, what do you think caused such a precipitous drop?

Pond5 / Re: More great news from Pond5
« on: May 20, 2020, 07:59 »


But wouldn't this hurt P5 as well because they will not be selling higher price licenses?

Tough crowd!

How about if the image was used in some sort of advertising usage where there was text over the blurred foreground. Seems it would work quite well for that.
Think about in image of a model holding a blank sign. Would you criticize that for having a blank area in the image?    This is stock.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Latest sales - down quite a bit
« on: May 19, 2020, 17:11 »
not good, but I haven't seen that in the other agencies

Shutterstock.com / Re: "Similar content" rejections
« on: May 17, 2020, 09:51 »
Is this consider similar?



by the way.. do you notice there are from different contributors...

Yes they are the same, as in identical, and each has 100 images. Yes, this is why similar rejection have become so tight. New rules, there would be one image?  :)

Well, just only...99!

Wow!!! This is a waste of storage, bandwidth and human effort. Wouldn't a blank one "cover" every possible use by the user adding simple text? Is it so difficult even in windows Painting to add a word in an image!?

People don't want to spend time to edit an image. They just want to quickly download and use it then move on.

Pond5 / Re: Missing money in PayPal from Pond5
« on: May 16, 2020, 11:40 »
Just checking to see if anyone else had this happen.  I had a payment from Pond5 today.  However the amount I can withdraw is exactly $45 less than the amount sent.

Note me, had payout from POND5 everything seems normal.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Creative Cloud Bonus Program
« on: May 07, 2020, 13:55 »
I recently had a notice about my 2019 code on my Adobe page, but it's disappeared. I gifted the 2018 code to a friend, but she only just redeemed it. Did it expire and have I lost a year somewhere?

Yes, I noticed mine has disappeared as well??? Any word on this?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Image Upload Limit due to Covid-19
« on: May 07, 2020, 08:12 »
Theres the problem.  A: theres no way anyone can make 300 -good- and -useful- videos a day.  Its just spamming the system.  To the detriment of all.
100% this. The limit forces people to be selective in what they shoot and only upload their best.

Stops everyone's work being swamped by a sea of same-ey rubbish from the same contributors, keeps the collection fresh and makes it possible to survive as a contributor. Win win.

Shame SS started pushing collection size as a metric at every shareholder meeting and announcement backing themselves into a corner and us off a cliff.

Top contributors have nearly 1 million files for each portfolio. It is not one two or three, there are many such ports on SS. Such numbers are not possible in one life-time without team. This is the market of volume. When you have a team with you, quality control is your key function to sustain your unique position. My policy is, not more than two variation of same shot to submit to agencies.  It has to be operated like any other business.

...and what does it cost to pay a full team?

I like Adobe a lot, but I would sure like to see them open up to:

 - editorial stills beyond "illustrative" (in other words editorial with people)
 - full editorial video (illustrative as well as editorial with people)

My favorite rejections are the arbitrary "invalid model release" where they don't tell you what is "invalid" about the release...they're just too busy to be helpful I guess.  >:(

Remember, a large percentage of those 300 million plus images are things that don't have much sales potential.

But unless something has changed drastically for some explicable reason, a large percentage of those 160 million images, or those 80 million images (so on and so forth) didn't have much sales potential either... i.e. 160 to 320 is still double, whichever way you look at it.

...but which is the more important factor in revenue decline...the number of images uploaded, or the revenue per sale...something tells me it's the latter. In the "good old days" we weren't getting $0.38 per download

How much are you getting now? What's the highest you got before? I only sell video. I'm guessing the download prices haven't changed as drastically as the number of images in the last 14 years? I would have thought the number of images was much more of a factor than the revenue per sale.

But yeah, 2008 for me. Only started taking it seriously in 2014, and just done stock since 2016.

Mostly stills here....used to be an iS exclusive in the "good old days".....way way more than $0.38 per download

...but which is the more important factor in revenue decline...the number of images uploaded, or the revenue per sale...something tells me it's the latter. In the "good old days" we weren't getting $0.38 per download (I know the average is higher, but it used to be much higher). Remember, a large percentage of those 300 million plus images are things that don't have much sales potential.

... I know and can quote the production houses which are doing it full time and have staff of 12 to 20 people to manage this as business...

In a scenario like this, it seems paying a salary to "12 to 20" people would be fairly costly?

I generally get the  most video sales/income from SS, so there's no way it makes sense to cut them off.

Pond5 / Re: POND5: How to see sale date
« on: April 17, 2020, 13:40 »
go to:
the date is at the left of the sold clip's thumbnail


Pond5 / POND5: How to see sale date
« on: April 17, 2020, 07:54 »
Is there a way to say when a sale occurred on POND5?

Print on Demand Forum / Re: POD Sites in 2020?
« on: April 14, 2020, 09:24 »
They are the store, they should be bringing in buyers/.

Shutterstock.com / Re: How I got from 400 sales a day to 130
« on: April 12, 2020, 13:21 »
Generally speaking in terms of ups and downs, it's as much about the direction as the quantities. Upward trends at any level are very encouraging, downward trends at any level are very discouraging

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock "Losing" Model Releases?
« on: April 07, 2020, 10:37 »
Mine was an old one but then I did an updated release and made sure everything was neat and legible and filled out to perfection, they accepted it on an image uploaded on Saturday and rejected it yesterday on another image! So apparently model releases are hit and miss ... They are good one day of the week, then not good (then probably good again).

Interesting. I was speculating that maybe they were not accepting older (whatever that my mean) releases. I guess it's not so simple.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock "Losing" Model Releases?
« on: April 06, 2020, 14:16 »
I haven't had that happen but they are saying all of a sudden a model release is "invalid" which is frustrating.

It happened to me several times.

Out of curiosity, are the model release rejections from older shoots?

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