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About a year or more ago, I asked for all my former Stockxpert photos to be deleted from Thinkstock, and as far as I can tell by searching, that has been done.

The odd thing is that every couple of months I continue to receive a payment from HAAP media into my PayPal account.   Usually, its about $5, but recently there was one for $40.    I guess I should be pleased that they are paying me money that I had not expected, but it makes me wonder what it is for, and how long ago those sales occurred.

Is anybody else in this situation, and do you know what its about?

Alamy.com / Re: Do you NU?
« on: November 02, 2010, 19:56 »
well, Alamy doesn't restrict submission of my micro portfolio, so I don't see anything unfair allowing Alamy to sell my pictures at low price if they are same pictures I already sell on micro anyway...

You should be aware that if you have posted a photo as RF elsewhere, Alamy's contact forbids you to post it as RM at Alamy.  You are supposed to make it RF there also.

The same image as RF and RM might end you up in a lawsuite

No. That depends on what exactly the RM licence says. Alamy's RM licence (at least their "L" licence) does not include any exclusivity terms and no need to provide any image usage history.

The Alamy contract states quite clearly that if you submitted a file as RF to another agency, you may not have it on Alamy as RM:

"2.2 You cannot submit identical or similar images to Alamy as both Royalty-Free and Rights Managed. The licence type on Alamy for an image must be the same as the licence type for that image and similar images which you have on other agency websites. "


iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock upload errors?
« on: May 26, 2010, 19:13 »
There's a new post from istock support.   I changed the DNS number in my computer, and I can upload again.


OK I have some answers. Rogers has discovered a DNS server issue on their end that is affecting your ability to connect to our upload servers. They are escalating it and will let me know when it's fixed. In the interm there is a temporary fix provided by them. You need to change your DNS server to use the follow IP address. It won't affect any of your browsing or anything, it's just directing you to a different IP that will work for you. Again this is temporary and once they let me know it's fixed, you can go back to your regular one.

The temporary one is

Hope this information helps. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock upload errors?
« on: May 25, 2010, 18:01 »
I found a thread on it in an istockphoto forum.   "This server not found" problem appears to affect mainly eastern Canada, which is where I am also.   To add to the weirdness of it, I discovered that the problem is limited to my desktop computer.   Using the same internet router, but using my laptop, I have no problem.  (Both are HP computers using Vista.)


istock support has responded:

Thank you very much for your message.

We do have some contributing Members in Easter Canada that are having problems with uploading.

Our development team is currently working on a fix for the problem.

We should have this problem corrected by tomorrow.

I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.


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iStockPhoto.com / "Server not found"
« on: May 24, 2010, 22:48 »
For the past couple of days, I get that error message whenever I attempt to upload to Istockphoto.  I presume it's just me, or others would have reported it as well.   I'm not having any trouble uploading to any other site, and it happens regardless of whether I use Firefox of IE.   Does anybody have an idea of what might be causing it?

A policy of failing everything that's pending from maybe a week of uploads, which could be dozens or even hundreds of good photos, because of one bad apple, is an incredibly stupid system. 

I know that rejection reason is in most right column but I never saw it in other row than first so I assume they inspect first image and reject all other images even if these images are in different batches. I got once 3 batches pending and they rejected everything with same date. I do not know why I am trying to submit there. I must be masochist.

I'm sorry to say but you seem really off on how alamy works... Check the help pages to get an idea.

If an image fails, no matter if it's the first or last, ALL other pending images fail. If you have 5 batches pending with different upload dates, they all fail. They don't even check more once you get an image rejected because they assume all other images present the same problem.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Is Dreamstime dying?
« on: April 30, 2010, 19:18 »
Income is stagnant or very-very slowly increasing year to year while I doubled my portfolio every year. I'll see what happens this year without  new uploads - I stopped uploading there.
By the way, in same parts of his comment I agree with PowerDroid: I dropped DT from my upload list and it instantly made me more happy and less frustrated.

I'm also pretty disappointed with DT.   My earnings in April 2010 are 30% lower than in April 2009, even thought my portfolio is 40% larger (now up to about 800).   Even before the latest dip, it has been pretty stagnant for the whole year, while other sites have been doing better.   Not only are there a larger proportion of sub sales at low prices, but the total number of pics sold is getting weaker.

123RF / When will editorial photos go on sale at 123RF?
« on: April 27, 2010, 22:52 »
I have had several editorial photos accepted, but I see that they have not gone live.   They don't show up as part of my portfolio, and they don't come up in a search.    Has anybody heard about when they are actually going to go on sale?

I've had reasonably good luck with selling editorial at Dreamstime and Bigstock, and I'm happy to give 123RF a chance as well.    I find that there is very little rhyme or reason as to which editorial submissions each site accepts.   Some of my best editorials (in my opinion) have been rejected at Dreamstime and/or Bigstock, but I'm pleased to see that they were accepted at 123RF.

StockXpert.com / Funny standards
« on: February 02, 2010, 22:22 »
Presumably, what Getty achieved was that it bought some customers (and photographers), and hopes to get synergies and economies of scale.

All my photos from StockXpert have been transported over to Thinkphoto, where quite a few of the photos from my iStockphoto portfolio can also be found.   (If I recall correctly, the deal is that iStock dumps slow sellers onto Thinkphoto.)

As we all know, different sites accept and reject photos for arbitrary reasons.  Every  site has their own odd standards of what is acceptable..   Some of my photos that weren't acceptable at iStock were acceptable at StockXpert, and vice versa, but now they all live happily together at Thinkphoto  :)

Alamy.com / Re: Recently joined!! how successful??
« on: November 18, 2009, 22:46 »
OK, it is now nearly a year that I have had my images on Alamy.  I have had 39 zooms, with CTR of 2.01, which is considerably higher than the Alamy average.  Still zero sales.   I haven't registered for RF with them.  Given that the minimum payout is $250, it would be pointless, since I would never get any money from them.   I might as well keep my RF photos at Istockphoto, where they actually sell (about 60 per week, at an average of a bit more than $1 each).   

@Danybot. Three month is not much on Alamy. Sometimes it takes quite a while until you are notified of sales.

Alamy.com / Re: Recently joined!! how successful??
« on: March 25, 2009, 19:42 »

 As far as sales there, it is slow but one sale from an image I took in Ireland made me $270 recently.. So one sale is much better than months of sales at certain micro agencies.. Also remember that quite a few people are uploading their micro images to alamy and that will in the future have an effect on the way the sites direction goes as well.. Buyers will eventually figure out that the images are in both places and get turned off..

This is the kind of statement I used to keep hearing.  I got sucked in by this faulty logic, and went to the trouble of uploading a couple of hundred images to Alamy (about three-quarters editorial and travel).   I haven't had a single sale yet, after 3 months.   I do regularly sell editorial photos at DT (at low prices, to be sure, but if you know your math, that's infinitely more than nothing).   Alamy recently published some sales figures, and it turns out that the average photographer's revenue per image is 80 cents per year.  If that's the case, it's not worth the effort to upload to Alamy, because I do much better than that on the  microstock sites  (where the best one is Istock, with $4000 in the past year on 1000 images, in spite of their low commission rate).   In fact, I have stopped uploading to Alamy, and would have to see some sales before I go to the trouble of adding more.    Alamy has some good images, but also a lot of junk, because they are the least selective of any stock agency I have seen.   At the prices they charge, buyers don't get very good value, so it's not surprising that sales are poor.    In spite of their high prices, Alamy's searching is pretty much cruder than any microstock, with no disambiguation, and that wastes the buyer's time.

Dreamstime.com / Dreamstime acceptance rates going up?
« on: March 19, 2009, 18:24 »
I've been with Dreamstime for over a year now.  My average acceptance rate has been 58%, and never more than 65% in any month.   All of a sudden, so far this month of March, with 21 submissions, my acceptance rate has jumped to 86%.   I don't think my photos have gotten any better.  Actually, I think my acceptance rate should have been this high all along :)   

I'm curious, is it just a fluke with my submissions, or are they getting easier for everybody?  Are they trying to rapidly increase the number of files they have on-line?


Frankly, I am amazed to learn that Getty wants to charge photographers such a steep fee for submitting.   It's not as if there is a big cost for them to store these photos.   There is no way I would upload anything to them if I had to pay for the privilege.   It seems totally unfair, since they are the ones in control of how the photos get exposed to customers, and how well they sell. 

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