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Adobe Stock / Re: What's going on there?
« on: Yesterday at 06:26 »
Several customers are reporting that after migrating their customer account from Fotolia to Adobe Stock, they can now download all Fotolia credit-licensed images in full resolution. No matter what license they had purchased xs, s, m, ... every licensed work is available in full resolution!

No idea how long it's been like this ...

I can't remember that I gave Adobe permission to give customers a license extension for free ...

Can you check it out at your place or with your customer accounts?

Does anyone have an explanation?

I could be wrong but it's possibly due to AS not giving the option of small, medium and large images etc. You pay the amount and you get the full size image. If they were to apply the same restrictions as FT (from previous sales) in terms of sizing, they'd have introduce those conditions at AS.... which, is unlikely to happen.

That said, if they started doing that, we might see the return of better value sales that we used to see at FT.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Worst month on shutterstock
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:07 »
Something other than summer is affecting my sales. Just making $3-5 a day. I am usually making $25-$50 a day. Only at $140 so far for August and July netted only $460, when my last few months before July have been $800-$900. Probably getting summer slump plus the recipient of a search change/test. Either way the last two months have been horrible, Aug worse than July, overall on track to be down 60% this month.

Could well be a tweak...of course it could tweak back so fingers crossed.

Myself.... July was a little lower than last year but not by much, only $20 or so (780 total). August has been a strong month, especially this week with days of 60-95 (480 so far). I'm sort of expecting this to suddenly stop... at which point it'll probably be your turn! June-Aug tend to be quieter months for me at SS.

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I think its a caching issue. When I click on the link to the images I can still see them but, if I then click on the contributors name, I get the, "that was unexpected" message and no port.

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A quick way to sort it out would be to inform Jack Nicholson's agent... I'd imagine that may yield a faster response from them ;D

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Hi Everyone,

In addition to the Creative Cloud bonus program announced earlier today, I have more good news to share. We have started accepting Illustrative Editorial submissions from individual contributors. As we are just getting started, we have limited this access to contributors ranked at Emerald or above (25,000 downloads or more). We will expand this access in the future. For now, if you are not ranked at Emerald or above though you feel you have a strong Illustrative Editorial collection already established you may write to us for consideration via the contact us link at the bottom of the contributor portal. Be sure to include a link to your existing work. 

To understand what Illustrative Editorial is and to learn about our guidelines, please review the information here: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/illustrative-editorial-content.html

I'm looking forward to seeing what you submit!

-Mat

Excellent news Mat... took a look at the link and it confirms no recognisable people. If you're shooting locations/city scenes etc and the people are small in the image i.e. not the main focus of the image and would require zooming in 100% at full Rez before they are recognisable... would they be accepted or, is that off limits as well.

Again, great to see this move as I'm sure AS will also benefit from this in the long run. Cheers

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Creative Cloud Bonus Program
« on: August 08, 2019, 11:31 »
I've got good news to share with you. The Adobe Creative Cloud subscription bonus program is back!

You can read all the details here: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/creative-cloud-bonus-FAQ.html

If you have 300 or more files approved that have been submitted in 2019 with at least a 50% approval ratio you will receive via email in the next 6 weeks a code for a complimentary year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (20GB).

If you have 300 or more video files approved in 2019 with at least a 50% approval ratio you will receive a code for a complimentary year of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan.

We are appreciative all of the amazing contributors at Adobe Stock. This bonus is our way of saying thank you for your effort. We look forward to seeing the work you create with Adobe software at Adobe Stock!

-Mat Hayward

Thanks Mat this is great news... is it like last year if you qualify for the video and the phots you get both or is it one or the other this time? Very nice perk... helps keeping expenses down which is always good 👍🏻

This is covered in the FAQ I linked in my original post. Here is a hypothetical scenario to answer your question. Let's say you have 300 approved 2019 images right now. You qualify for CCP bonus and will receive the code in the first wave of code emails. Then in 2 months you have your 300th video approved, you would receive a code for the full CC after.

If right now you have 300 videos from 2019 and 300 images you would only receive the CC code since it has all the programs offered in CCP already included. Does that make sense?

-Mat

Perfectly. I'd meet criteria for both so in that case would get the CC (full package). I see you have 12 months to use the code so when my existing ones run out Oct/Nov I can just redeem it then... if I've understood the terms correctly.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Creative Cloud Bonus Program
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:22 »
I've got good news to share with you. The Adobe Creative Cloud subscription bonus program is back!

You can read all the details here: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/creative-cloud-bonus-FAQ.html

If you have 300 or more files approved that have been submitted in 2019 with at least a 50% approval ratio you will receive via email in the next 6 weeks a code for a complimentary year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (20GB).

If you have 300 or more video files approved in 2019 with at least a 50% approval ratio you will receive a code for a complimentary year of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan.

We are appreciative all of the amazing contributors at Adobe Stock. This bonus is our way of saying thank you for your effort. We look forward to seeing the work you create with Adobe software at Adobe Stock!

-Mat Hayward

Thanks Mat this is great news... is it like last year if you qualify for the video and the phots you get both or is it one or the other this time? Very nice perk... helps keeping expenses down which is always good 👍🏻

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Adobe Stock / Re: What's going on with Adobe Stock?
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:12 »
Yep down, and they have been extremely slow (server wise) for the last couple days for me as well.

I'm regularly seeing Server 500 errors on the contributor side of things and times where it just hangs for ages. Long spells of absolutely nothing at AS in terms of sales.

I also reported a problem whereby the $ amount under "Activity" was not matching the $ amount under "Earnings" the other day... something just feels wrong there at the moment. It's almost as if they've been hiring ex-SS software engineers  ;D ;D

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I do.

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Adobe Stock / Re: What's going on with Adobe Stock?
« on: August 07, 2019, 00:27 »
Yep, last month was about half of my peak, which was last November.
I sure hope you're doing well on Stocksy!

Oddly enough, I get a nice chunk of change from our partnership with Adobe.  I'm not hating on AS by any means.  I just wish every site would show some growth.

+1 AS/FT have been been a consistent and good earner for me... it's because of that consistency when things go bad like they have for the last 1-2 months, it makes it all the more obvious. They are/were my preferred agency and I do hope they turn things around. Yesterday, AS was one third of SS which was a rarity but is happening all to frequently now.

What I would say is that I do appreciate the likes of Dennis and Mat coming here and answering questions... it's a lot more than most/all agencies would do

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Photography Equipment / Re: Canon-EOS-M50 vs iPhone???
« on: August 06, 2019, 12:31 »
So, im artis illustrator and im looking for good camera for non-MS related project (video marketing project).

So, sadly; i dont know anything about taking photos or recording

The recomendation i get is to buy a Canon-EOS-M50 because it is the camera that brokes with the amateur quality of pics/video, and anything better that this one will be a high jump on price (as the one who recomend me this camera told me).

The problem is that i can see iPhone and other Hi-Tech mobiles taking amazing quality videos and pics.

It is worth buying this camera?

This is an endless topic where you will get 10 opinions from every 5 people   ;D

I agree that glass still makes the biggest difference, the other thing is your budget: Everybody has one.

In the absence of that, I'd recommend two ideas:
For camera - any mirrorless camera is great.  Canon is good.  I have Canon glass to this day but had to switch to a Sony body because Canon didn't innovate fast enough.  I would argue this sony is great for a modest budget: https://www.sony.com/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-6500-body-kit Many YouTubers are using this camera and making a ton of money with it.  Why not Stock people?

For iphone/android, I love Filmic Pro: https://www.filmicpro.com/

You'll get a ton more opinions.  Best advices is define your parameters and what you really hope to get out of any piece of gear.  Then do your research and shop for the best price.  You'll always be happy with what you get then.

Hope this helps,
Dennis

Agree with this. I use a variety of FF cameras by Sony and their AF system & Video is excellent.

If you want to keep things really compact and have fast AF, Eye AF in stills and video, the new Sony RX100 vii which is just being released is also a good option. At 1,199 it's a bit more than the A6500 body but, you don't have to buy any lenses... it has the 24-200 built in and fits into a jacket/trouser pocket as well!

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Adobe Stock / Re: What's going on with Adobe Stock?
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:19 »
not only as but i'd say all agency are falling down and is not the classic summer slowdown which i never had in the past years....ss after a great july for example show a completely sudden death

SS has been good for me... been a good July and excellent start to Aug... just AS that's tanked.

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Adobe Stock / Re: What's going on with Adobe Stock?
« on: August 06, 2019, 05:19 »

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.


This, and nothing more.  Adobe Stock is growing and doing well.  There will be seasonality and depending on what your content focuses on, you will have good and bad months.  We're working all of the time to improve sales and the experience for all contributors.  If I could even out the seasonality, I would.... ;-)

Hi Dennis, thanks for the feedback. I really hope this is true.

When I contacted AS about strange clumping of images in the search I was told that changes had been and still are taking place. Basically I had 83 images on the one page instead of being spread out... images that used to be on 1st page suddenly joined this clump a half dozen pages back. This issue went on for several pages. I also spotted that when viewing images in my portfolio at FT, sorted by "Relevance", it was basically all my new images, videos first and all my popular work pushed back out of sight. Could it be that some of the changes have had an unintended effect elsewhere... such as the FT "Relevance" positioning.

For me, the sudden disappearance of higher value sales has been very noticeable. This for me is the main cause of concern, especially when I hear of "Changes" taking place. I can see a gentle reduction in volume that would be the summer slowdown (although it appears to be a little worse this year) and this I would expect.

Thanks again

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Adobe Stock / Re: What's going on with Adobe Stock?
« on: August 06, 2019, 01:02 »
Experiencing the same harsh fall in earnings at AS. More than the usual summer slowdown.

A similar thing happened when they closed DPC... while it had its bad points it did generate a lot of income (for me anyway). As soon as they closed it they tried to convert the buyers to AS subs/credit packs and a lot of them left. I remember there were a lot of complaints at the time from clients. I wouldn't be surprised if they've just tried to migrate clients or shut off another revenue stream with the same results as DPC.

If they've closed off access to FT or other credit sales, then this will probably amplify the effects of the summer slowdown as all that will be left is AS subs. The larger value corporate sales (I'd imagine) will also slowdown a lot over the summer. I used to wake up in the morning with a healthy amount of sales... now, I'm lucky if I have half a dozen. Europe is dead, very little sales action each day between 8am-2pm (UK).

I've heard the, "You'll lose higher value sales but you'll get higher volume" mantra but I don't believe it. Certainly seen no evidence of it. When I look at downloads over time, I see the normal pattern from January through to Aug... a gentle reduction from mid June... earnings however are cliff edge. Just collapsed after mid/end of June. Higher value sales have gone.

I get the feeling they want to close off every revenue other than AS and it's connection to Adobe Creative Cloud. Effectively turning it into a large clipart/photo library for their software.

In either event, they must have realised that cutting options to clients on how they can buy images will likely lead to them looking elsewhere... I guess losing clients that buy through the website don't matter as much as those that do buy through their software. Not everyone wants to sign up to subs packs via Photoshop. Hopefully they've got a cunning plan that helps contributors earn more money...but I'm not holding my breath for that. Losing faith in them now.

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General - Stock Video / Re: Sales down last few months.
« on: August 02, 2019, 16:38 »
Fotolia was great for me over many years - AS is moving in a wrong direction, well they already did, because the credit buyers are almost gone...
... and the subscription model doesn't fit for everyone.
And it`s just peanuts for the contributors is well.

So the result for me after all, it would be better if Adobe wouldn't have bought Fotolia!
Just like i thought at the beginning.

Agree, I think they've killed off a decent agency.

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General - Stock Video / Re: Sales down last few months.
« on: August 02, 2019, 16:36 »
AS is not looking good.  Down a consistent slide to 30% off from January.  And that wasnt so hot to start.

fotolia is the worst performing of the three...summer is falling down compared to is and ss....the problem is they not accept editorial and in my opinion sell mostly stuff where i'm not strong , lifestyle illustration, landmark and classic travel photography.


anyway doom time in front. august started so slow.

I agree, AS/FT have been the worst performing agency since end of June for me... terrible. Surprisingly, SS and others have been doing well for me so far this summer... just AS/FT that have plummeted... not sure yet on how to handle them yet. Might work on content that I know sells better elsewhere and wait to see if things change at FT/AS. 

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Same here... UK

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Adobe Stock / Strange Search Results
« on: July 25, 2019, 05:27 »
After a rather quite week at AS, long periods of nothing which wasn't the norm I decided to do a check of the usual search phrases for which I know where my images would appear... just to see how they're ranking. I do this behind a masked VPN network to avoid any influencing of image position.

Anyway, where I'd normally see quite a few of my images on the 1st and second pages there were only 1-2. However, when I got to the bottom of page 3 all my images started to appear... like all of them and this continued through to page 6. Between the bottom of page 3 to the end of page 4 I had some 74 images in one go. It continued on afterwards easing after page 5/6. It sort of looked like my own website  :D

So, has anyone else seem this happening to them. I've let support know as it is likely the result of a tweak to the algorithm that hasn't worked out as intended. Can't imagine they'd intentionally do that but how knows.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Worst month on shutterstock
« on: July 24, 2019, 06:32 »
Horrible month. I had to cancel my "affordable" health care coverage (bronze @$400 a month).

The economy is going so well but this year has been just awful for me. I never thought I would have to cancel my health insurance.

Makes me feel lucky to be in the UK.

For me, SS has been good this month but AS/FT have been poor. They seem to have a bad 1-2 weeks followed by a good week. Compared to the rest of the year, it's been harsh this month.

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Computer Hardware / Re: 2k or 4k monitor for photo editing?
« on: July 10, 2019, 15:54 »
Hi All,

Do you use a 4k monitor for photo editing?

currently using a HD monitor and thinking to get additional monitor so can work on two monitors. 2k(WQHD) and 4k price seems double, for your experience the 4k really worth for the double price?

Thanks.

Anything under 32" is best at 2k as the PPI (pixel density) is about right to determine image sharpness. Things like Retina screens make you images look great as they condense the pixels into a smaller area but, makes it harder to spot images that are SoLD.... basically not sharp, oof.

Using a good 4k screen that is less than 32" is ok provided you do have a monitor that offers a PPI of around 109ppi so you can carry out adequate quality control... which in turn saves you time from not polishing a turd  ;D

I personally use a 27cintiq for working/drawing etc and then a 27 2k with wide color gamut.

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Nobody is perfect, nobody will ever be!
But there is always the competition and comparisons.

Dennis it is kind of hard to assume that one contributor have to become an MSG member and post to grab Adobe's attention. Perhaps I misunderstood your saying. If i can make a rough but friendly comment the communication channels must be first direct with the company and secondary in related forums or whatever. Even if your previous post had to be in a monthly Adobe newsletter to all contributors.
I have menntioned e.g. an Adobe rejection on intellectual property violation on a cherry blossom close up and still laugh on it, searching the Adobe forum to just read similar stories never answered (ok, frustration passed). In contrast, i have uploaded clips of money bills, got rejected, email asked and got my answers and guidance all those in the same working day in other agency.

EDIT correction, not same working day but within 20-24 hours.

Communication perhaps must be direct, personal and fast.

Yup, we're not perfect that's for sure!

To answer briefly, we are communicating on a variety of methods and will continue to build and expand upon those. 

As for your past or current issues - please feel free to message Mat or I directly with your account information and we're happy to try and address concerns.

For money, we've recently loosened restrictions but essentially there is a IP problem on currency that is 100% readable.  You can find the specifics under the general section of our known image restrictions page: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/known-image-restrictions.html  If your image/clip wasn't that, then again contact me directly.

At the end of the day, Adobe is likely to be the most conservative with regards to intellectual property and I'm 100% okay with that as it protects customer, contributor and Adobe alike.

Best,
Dennis

Being able to contact the likes of yourself and Mat is great... whenever I've been in contact with Mat it has always been quick and easy process.

I do think Adobe are missing out on a proper forum. I can understand the desire to have everyone post in one place in their own language but, for me anyway, it just feels a bit of a mess. The translation of the posts is not very good and in the end, you end up copying and pasting into google for a slightly more accurate result. Just makes it a drawn out process when often you just want to quickly read through what's been happening, post or whatever and get back to work. In the end I just stopped visiting... I might use it once every 6 months or so... if that.

"Adobe is likely to be the most conservative with regards to intellectual property"

I've always found Adobe to have the right balance and, more importantly, they're consistent with in their approach. Makes it easy to know what to send.

I agree with the warning email before banning/blocking... with all the small print for each agency being different (and plenty of it) it can be very easy to miss something or, fail to spot a change to policy. Most of us are here to make a living and wouldn't intentionally jeopardise it.

Anyway, good to hear from you about this... especially on holiday! with a beer by the pool 😉

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Adobe Stock / Re: something's wrong (sales)
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:18 »
My download *numbers* are steady the last few weeks.  But my download revenue is way way down below 50% of average.  2-3 weeks ago something happened and my steady revenue per download over many months dropped massively.

I find it comes in waves... you either get a load of better value sales or nothing at all. I'm on the latter at the moment and feels like every sale is begrudged. Even more bizarre is that my 30 day rolling income this year is only 0.143% different to the same 30 days last year... consistent.

Edit... just to be fair, Adobe has consistently been better each month this year when compared to the same month last year. It has been a good year so far.

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Adobe Stock / Re: something's wrong (sales)
« on: July 09, 2019, 04:14 »
no sales since 8 days... Usually, I have sales every day ... a trend or it's just me?

Not just you.

Same here, extremely slow this month, even after taking into account the 4th July etc. Hopefully there'll be an upturn soo.

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Adobe Stock / Re: something's wrong (sales)
« on: June 21, 2019, 09:20 »
friday is an holiday?

Not in the US. I can't speak for other places.

Didn't think it was... although sales today would say it is... everywhere! Best part way through the day here and I normally wake up to more earnings than I have now. About as busy as a quiet Sunday. It's almost like a switch has been flicked somewhere. Most odd.

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Adobe Stock / Re: something's wrong (sales)
« on: June 21, 2019, 06:10 »
Spoke too soon... volume and value seem to have gone off the edge of a cliff this week. Looks like I'm heading deep into that trough of the wave that was mentioned. Excellent start of the month though, but that looks like it is soon to be balanced out a bit.

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