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General Stock Discussion / Re: is this all our fault?
« on: Yesterday at 10:10 »
I know many people who have complained that at the same time they have unlimited downloads from their portfolio on Freepik. The answer is yes. As a collective there is no unity.

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Any exclusivge program with adobe i will join in

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Let's hit SS where it hurts
« on: June 01, 2020, 17:05 »
The way to hurt them is to contact design agencies and ask them to stop using shutterstock.
Tell every designer you know.

Also pressure companies that have partnerships with them.
These are a few that are listed on shutterstock website.

Great idea specially if you are a shareholder of one of these companies! It is a shame to work with Shitstock.

"Hi, I would like to unsubscribe from your Netflix channel while you continue to feed on shutterstock images and videos. This agency exploits and discriminates against us, abusing a situation of power that has damaged my economy."

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If you close your account, they can sell your photos, the photos will remain in this agency for one year...  for a year without pay you any download!

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I have been very unmotivated for a long time. I stopped investing in models and locations and I am retiring from premium agencies.

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Envato / Re: Envato's 2019 Public Impact Statement
« on: December 18, 2019, 08:02 »
If this an unlimited subs site??'

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Again is this for exclusive content only?

And again is this for exclusive content only?

Anyone knows? Mat?

Thanks
Once accepted, you can submit only exclusive content, I guess. At least that's how it works with almost anything outside microstock.

NO. Adobes premium is not exclusive. i,m in
Thank you for the info.
How is it premium then, based on what? And if you can sell the same pictures on other agencies maybe even much cheaper, how do they justify premium prices?

I really asked in up to three emails about the non exclusivity limitation, if there was a maximum or minimum price or any prohibited agency.... and they never answered me. Offset is exclusive to me (for other more fortunate contributors not) and getty is exclusive and abusive for me so those markets in my case were ruled out.
For a similar price you can send the photos to Alamy, upload them to Creative Market at the same price you adobe (and you will never sell any)

Contractually, in my case it was never clear.

I stopped uploading content because I make more money with microstock than with any kind of premium. Upload some family photos that i dont want in micro.
Thank you for the quick response.
For example, I contribute to a "macrostock" agency and they ask for content exclusivity. On the other hand, I send my microstock files to EyeEm and if accepted for their Getty portfolio these files are sold side by side with  the "macrostock" agency  files. And the "macrostock" agency sends their files to, like, 50 partners, Adobe, Offset and Getty being among them. So no exclusivity condition put on them. The whole stock market looks like a complete mess and most of the agencies are asking for premium prices for files that don't justify those prices at all. At the end, as weird as it sounds, microstock market seems to be the most honest and straigthforward  market out there.

For me it is a financial issue. I put a lot of effort into a macro distribution agency and with better photos my income was lower than my microstock portfolio. More quality demands with brutal screens of content, exclusivity and less money.
The only coherent exclusivity I see is that of Stocksy, but unfortunately I'm not there.
 

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Again is this for exclusive content only?

And again is this for exclusive content only?

Anyone knows? Mat?

Thanks
Once accepted, you can submit only exclusive content, I guess. At least that's how it works with almost anything outside microstock.

NO. Adobes premium is not exclusive. i,m in
Thank you for the info.
How is it premium then, based on what? And if you can sell the same pictures on other agencies maybe even much cheaper, how do they justify premium prices?

I really asked in up to three emails about the non exclusivity limitation, if there was a maximum or minimum price or any prohibited agency.... and they never answered me. Offset is exclusive to me (for other more fortunate contributors not) and getty is exclusive and abusive for me so those markets in my case were ruled out.
For a similar price you can send the photos to Alamy, upload them to Creative Market at the same price you adobe (and you will never sell any)

Contractually, in my case it was never clear.

I stopped uploading content because I make more money with microstock than with any kind of premium. Upload some family photos that i dont want in micro.

 

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Again is this for exclusive content only?

And again is this for exclusive content only?

Anyone knows? Mat?

Thanks
Once accepted, you can submit only exclusive content, I guess. At least that's how it works with almost anything outside microstock.

NO. Adobes premium is not exclusive. i,m in

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Good news from Creative Market
« on: November 25, 2019, 02:39 »
It is still the agency with the best percentage paid to us. The fault of these things is ours for swallowing commissions of 15% such as istock or download all you want for 11.99 like canva... but crying for an agency to cut 70% to 60%

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try plainpicture

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General - Top Sites / Re: canva 11,95 unlimited
« on: November 06, 2019, 08:35 »
Shutterstock and Adobe should prohibit contributors from participating in subscribed unlimited uploading photos to their collection, but now that I think about it, istock must have banned its contributors many years ago from participating in subscription sites like shutter and adobe.

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123RF / Re: What is happening to 123rf site?
« on: November 06, 2019, 05:15 »
the site is abandoned

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Canva / Re: Canva Subscriptions
« on: November 04, 2019, 03:41 »
Closed my account, a Shutter customer pay 15$ for two of my photos. A canva customer pay 11.99 for all my port.

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Canva / Re: More ''Good news'' from Canva :-/
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:12 »
..... Lets do the same thing we all did to Depositphotos - They ended up having an outdated library within 48hours when a lot of us with expensive portfolios deleted our pictures.
......
Best
Stefan
What happened with Depositphotos? Was it discussed here or somewhere I could read about it? Could somebody drop a link or explain briefly?
Thanks



yes, I also requested that he be restored because i could not consult anything

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Canva / Re: More ''Good news'' from Canva :-/
« on: September 26, 2019, 10:19 »
I have more than 10K images there and I was in around top 30 in Canva before the drop last year. I don't see any of this subscription sales.

Hey Deyan, please see my last reply.

You will see subscription sales in the new interface, which is rolling out by next Monday. I can confirm you have subscription sales. Sorry that it's not showing up on the old dashboard.

I send e-mail to close my account because this will kill my other agencies income.

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Stocksy / Re: How are the video sales on Stocksy?
« on: September 11, 2019, 11:14 »
I know (rejected direct) people who sell video in stocksy through other contributors, but they are sporadic sales. Is a photo site.

That would be a violation of co-op rules.  Stocksy is not meant to be a agency for distributors.

Addictive for example

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Stocksy / Re: How are the video sales on Stocksy?
« on: September 11, 2019, 02:02 »
 

I know (rejected direct) people who sell video in stocksy through other contributors, but they are sporadic sales. Is a photo site.

I know is a great site,  but they have rejected me so many times that I will not waste any more time, and im in adobe premium, offset and other sites and i dscovered i prefer microstock sites and create video.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock search: excited Vs excitement
« on: September 04, 2019, 05:18 »
Exciting news!! ....thanks for share!!

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Thanks for share.

Second best August since 2011 (5000 images)

Wors august in macro since 2015 (2300 images)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Alamy - is it worth it?
« on: August 30, 2019, 11:12 »
Again, I hear you, however we get plenty of contributors asking us to allow more space for tags as they feel 50 is not enough. So for some, getting to 40 tags is really not a problem, even when adding highly relevant words - literal, descriptive and conceptual.

Of course, this amount of tags is not always required, depending on the type of image, so it's not a perfect system by any means.

We are committed to continually develop the system and we've already made a number of changes and improvements since the original release. Before making any changes to the number of tags needed to achieve "good" status (or removing the discoverability bar entirely) we would adopt an evidence based approach looking at data across the board. E.G average number of tags in the collection, looking at best performing collections and number of tags per image etc before making any decisions. It's worth noting that previously we had a character based system rather than individual tags, and when we analysed the collection at the time we found that 50 tags seemed to be the sweet spot in terms of an optimal number. Things change all the time though and we've had enough feedback to know it needs to be revisited and tweaked if required.

So I can't offer any timeframes for change, but just know that if you feel you have added all relevant information yet still don't have a "good" rating for the image discoverability, it's fine to leave it as "poor / amber". I think we all agree that labeling something "poor" from our side is no longer the best terminology, however at the time of release this was about encouraging contributors to provide more info as a lot of it was too sparse.

We know we're not perfect but we promise to learn from our failings - the perfect system probably does not exist when you're dealing with 150,000 contributors, all of which have different requirements and image types - but we'll keep evolving!

Thanks for sticking with us.

James A

 Hello, I see that the button to upload the model releaseo has disappeared for both Mac and Windows, take a look, I have not been able to upload a new authorization for two months!

In a bid to simplify the upload process we removed the requirement for you to upload releases. If you have a release available, just check the box to say you have one. If we have a client that needs a copy, then we'll get in touch with you.

Cheers

James A
Thanks!!!

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Alamy - is it worth it?
« on: August 29, 2019, 01:26 »
Again, I hear you, however we get plenty of contributors asking us to allow more space for tags as they feel 50 is not enough. So for some, getting to 40 tags is really not a problem, even when adding highly relevant words - literal, descriptive and conceptual.

Of course, this amount of tags is not always required, depending on the type of image, so it's not a perfect system by any means.

We are committed to continually develop the system and we've already made a number of changes and improvements since the original release. Before making any changes to the number of tags needed to achieve "good" status (or removing the discoverability bar entirely) we would adopt an evidence based approach looking at data across the board. E.G average number of tags in the collection, looking at best performing collections and number of tags per image etc before making any decisions. It's worth noting that previously we had a character based system rather than individual tags, and when we analysed the collection at the time we found that 50 tags seemed to be the sweet spot in terms of an optimal number. Things change all the time though and we've had enough feedback to know it needs to be revisited and tweaked if required.

So I can't offer any timeframes for change, but just know that if you feel you have added all relevant information yet still don't have a "good" rating for the image discoverability, it's fine to leave it as "poor / amber". I think we all agree that labeling something "poor" from our side is no longer the best terminology, however at the time of release this was about encouraging contributors to provide more info as a lot of it was too sparse.

We know we're not perfect but we promise to learn from our failings - the perfect system probably does not exist when you're dealing with 150,000 contributors, all of which have different requirements and image types - but we'll keep evolving!

Thanks for sticking with us.

James A

 Hello, I see that the button to upload the model releaseo has disappeared for both Mac and Windows, take a look, I have not been able to upload a new authorization for two months!

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General Midstock / Re: offset, image source, stoksy experience
« on: August 16, 2019, 11:59 »
in offset, there was a time that at the beginning and not being saturated, I made two dollars per image a month or more in offset with a medium quality lifestyle (couples in city, group of workers in factory, family shots...). Today it is saturated with distribution agencies and my income has fallen to the level of Alamy, so I lost interest and returned to microstock. Offset has sinned the same as shutter: saturating the agency. They have also made a terrible management of exclusive content. Another big problem is the infinite scroll that buries the photos forever with some time.

Stocksy, I don't know how it goes, I guess it stays. Im not a very cool photographer.

Distributors such as images source, Westend61, or cavan receive for example 7.5 -10% of the sale made in getty, 15-25% in offset and 20% in premium adobe, so unless you are a Great producer, I do not recommend it, macro is a 25% of market and they take 50% of your earnings and rejects 60% of your photos.....
Personally I make more money in microstock  with my images mirrowed in getty by eyeem, where I have refocused my business.

Im very happy that a lot of photographers want focus in macrostock and lifestyle in the street with 1.4 sigmas. This is the new market saturation.

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Adobe Stock / Re: What's going on with Adobe Stock?
« on: August 07, 2019, 02:30 »
Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.
Yep.  We call that "summer."

Happens every year. People take vacations. Companies decide what to for the coming Winter season.  Nothing unusual.

This is not a paycheck that remains the same whether you work or not, or whether the stuff you sell is wanted or not. It has seasonal variations, and the pipeline must be constantly fed to keep the material fresh.

Learn to live with it... or leave the hobby/business (getting harder and harder to really call it a business...)

Are you new in this business?

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Deceased model
« on: July 04, 2019, 02:04 »
in my case if the death had been tragic, it was a child .... I would erase it. I would also erase it if it were an amateur model that I did not pay for or paid little. If model is a professional or i paid like a pro,  not do it. We will all die, Arato Andras will die too.

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