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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Down?
« on: June 30, 2020, 07:34 »
Contributor site back up here now (UK.)

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Down?
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:17 »
Yeah... been down for a little while now. Started out as a 503 server error and now displays a blank white page (Safari).

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock release UI improvement
« on: June 24, 2020, 17:01 »
Excellent stuff...has AS been tweaking logo typefaces?... I'm sure the logo looks different on the Contributor page!

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It may or may not work... but I'd imagine Stockmarket News blogs, analysts would be interested to hear about the exodus due to the slashing of contributor income etc... if they feel this is to fund dividends, they'd know its not sustainable and the the future value of SS shares may not be a good investment.... that may hit them where it hurts... share price / wallet!

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Yes... they've stopped, since the 6th June. Mixed stills/footage port, majority stills but still normal make $200-$300 a month (from footage).

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This market cannot grow forever. There will always be demand for a steady supply of fresh content, but not in this quantity. Now supply exceeds demand many times over. The world just has more than enough photos and videos already, and you cant sell more, no matter how cheap. Up until two days ago my images sold for $0.25, today they are worth $0.10. In two years time they might have no monetary value whatsoever. But i never expected stock to pay my bills. This trend is not something you can fix. We can all gather in unions or whatever, but the thing is, nobody gives a *. Instead of self pity, it might be smarter to just move on to greener pastures.

Actually, your images are being sold for the same amount of $, it's just Shutterstock has decided to take an even bigger chunk to line their pockets.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 27, 2020, 02:04 »
This sounds like bad news, but we all need to keep our cool. Personally, I've been waiting for something like this since video subs were implemented, but that didn't cause such a reaction.  If there was ever a time for a coordinated effort by contributors, it's now. Just my portfolio is around 50k assets, and I'm sure that, if needed, we can create a coordinated strong strike. But we need to see how will this affect us, using data, not emotions.

First of all, in the last 4 months, the average earnings by subs was 27% of all monthly earnings (for my portfolio). So, percentage wise, the segment of sales that will be hit the hardest isn't as drastic as I imagined.
Secondly, the idea of resetting the contributor's progress to level 1 at the beginning of each year is absolutely bonkers.
Lastly - the idea of using levels for subs is unacceptable.

So, this is what I suggest our demands should be:

1. Apply the levels structure to on-demand content, but leave subs alone. 10 cents for an image is unacceptable.
2. End the video sub program, just like fotolia ended DollarPhotoClub back in the day. We can do it.
3. Levels must be calculated on a 12-month window, and not be reset at the beginning of each year.


Now, demands don't make sense if there is no threat of penalty.

Again, my suggestions in regards what to do if shutterstock doesn't agree with our demands:

1. Stop uploading for 30 days. Not a single piece of content.
2. If no change - start pulling our portfolios. This needs to be a coordinated effort, like it was with DPC.
3. Reach out - to buyers, people holding their stock. Tweet. Be loud on social media. Make their stock tank. Without contributors like us, they are nothing.


We can create a website (like in the DPC days) and organize ourselves quickly, we've shown strength and solidarity when it was needed. Are you ready to come together now? That's up to you. The response to this post will give us the answer.

Agree... I've a 100+ waiting to submit out of 200. I'll just make a record of the ones that haven't gone through yet and not submit them. I can easily focus on work for AS (which differs to SS for me) and not submit anything to SS. It also gives us a chance to see what damage the changes will do to our existing ports, while demonstrating to SS that the supply of new content will dry up and stop. No fresh new images for them, just their competitors. Then the nuke button.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: May sales drop dramatically?
« on: May 13, 2020, 04:59 »
Well, after a quieter March at SS, April was good and May has started strong. AS has been very good all year, 4 figure sales. Alamy has been slow... and very slow for them clearing funds. IS seemed ok last month, 30% down but they do fluctuate at times.

As Europe wakes from lockdown, it will be interesting to see if they have a summer break this year... normally a lot of places shut up for Jul & Aug. May well stay open this year to try and catch/make up for the 1st half of the year.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 08:52 »
For the last few weeks AS has become the slowest loading site for me - now this.

When you search for latest activity on contributor stats, they have stopped loading it as a set of pages with a 100 per page, they now load all images sold for the dates selected. This results in slow load times. If I set it to show activity for the month, it loads all 1400 images on the one page?!?! Not surprising it takes a while. It worked better when it loaded them onto pages of 100.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 08:45 »
Customer facing side of the site has just gone down for me. Error 503. That was just afterI was trying to workout why a batch of images from 23rd April aren't showing in the search at all?!? Something odd going on, not working properly at the moment anyway!

Edit.... back again... very yoyo like at the moment.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 07:18 »
Still up and running here but it is slow.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:12 »
Back up and running here (UK)

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 04:58 »
Just says internal error now. Good news though is the customer front end is working still!

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Adobe Stock / Re: 503 anyone?
« on: May 05, 2020, 04:05 »
Same here

"{"error":{"code":500,"application_code":"INTERNAL_SERVER_ERROR","x_request_id":"6106435a-fc60-4e4c-bf61-34edf2fb534b"}}"

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Shutterstock.com / Re: How I got from 400 sales a day to 130
« on: April 03, 2020, 06:13 »
With coronavirus, I'm seeing Shutterstock dropping fast but Adobe Stock is remaining very strong... it's almost as if SS has lost its clients to them.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: March 30, 2020, 16:31 »
I only submit videos footage and my first thought is thats a really high number, especially compared to the bonus programs of the past couple years.

I have a portfolio of 9000+ videos and Ive always though that I have a wide variety of high quality videos, but Ive never had 625 sales in a year.

It also doesnt help that my sales have been going down pretty significantly since last October.

I upload 90% videos and 10% images, but i'm in the same boat...after a bit of math i think that
i'll have about 4500 points at the end of the year. At this point i think that i'll invest more time on
affinity suite for vector and raster (or other alternatives) and i'll go with the bonus for After Effects.
'Thanks' to lockdown i have time to learn Bmd Fusion...my plan-B :)
I know that 60/month are nothing if you are in the business, but MS is a different beast...earnings
are like a rollercoaster, so i think that it's a wise choice to invest time on alternatives.
Said that, thanks Mat and thanks to Adobe for the offer!

If you have a Mac, try Motion 5... it's about $50 and very good alternative to After Effects.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: March 30, 2020, 16:20 »
Out of curiosity - does anyone mind sharing what their average yearly number of downloads are? Based on most of the comments, Is 5000 an easy goal for most?

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk

This month I've had 1319 so far... still a day to go though with 3100 this year so far. Last year total was 10k.

Edit. I wouldn't say it's an easy goal though. You have to work hard to get and stay there.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: March 30, 2020, 14:15 »
Let me understand if i get it right...
From 150to4999 credits i can choose 1 app between
1:photography creative plan
2:Illustrator
3:Premiere
4:After effects
5:Indesign
Over 5000 credits all apps creative clouds
??

To clarify, if you choose the Creative Cloud Photography plan you would get Photoshop and both versions of Lightroom in addition to all the other bells and whistles included in this subscription.

That being said, yes you are correct.

-Mat

Mat, did anything ever come of the possibility of Adobe allowing the order of keywords in LR (both versions) to be set manually rather than alphabetically. I did like using LR on the iPad etc but ended up sticking with C1 because I could rank keywords for Adobe Stock. Cheers.

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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: March 30, 2020, 13:02 »
Thanks Mat... great to see this become a regular thing.

Liking the new, "Full package" plan, seems a fair achievable scale.... the more you put in the more you get out. Also, illustrators will now be able to get both packages... Illustrator on it's own or via the full package. Always seemed harsh for those guys in the past.


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Adobe Stock / Re: 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: March 30, 2020, 12:32 »
Mat, one more question: it's likely that I will hit 5,000+ DLs for 2020 around July-August. I only have the Photography plan. Will I be able to upgrade to the full package earlier?

It doesn't look like it.

"Bonuses2 will be determined in January 2021, and codes issued in February 2021."

I guess it will be an automated response / delivery system for the codes etc that will happen in the above time frame.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: $1.50 for a video clip???
« on: March 21, 2020, 16:08 »
Seeing lots of $1.50 - $1.80 footage sales this month... seems like they are hell bent on killing off that side of the business. Not worth the effort when I can get more for a stills image.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 17, 2020, 12:08 »
We had that big problem. People from infected areas, Madrid, moving free around the country (like Spring holidays) and spreading the virus everywhere, like the italian tourists before them.

In my region we had a few cases until that, until the holidays from Madrid and the returned students from that area. Some deads here are linked to that.

These people should be jailed.

Agreed. If they knowingly do it it's a form of manslaughter in my books. It most cases, we're our own worst enemies. If people stick to the rules, which will be short term in the greater scheme of things, then we can get through this quicker! My fear is to begin with there will be a lot of people with the, "It's all nonsense!" attitude. It's these people that will do the most damage.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 17, 2020, 11:22 »
And the people that work in the nursing homes they have children too. The children use to spread the diseases.

Anyway, you can see what happens in several countries before. In Spain we din't learn from the italian mistakes and either in France. Now we are at home for a long time.

I know what your saying but if the kids are not at school, then the parents are no longer at the nursing home as they have to look after the children. In other words, you are damed if you do and damed if you don't. It's a balancing act, whats more beneficial at this moment in time? Once infection rates increase they will close schools as the risk will become too great.

At this moment in time, our region has 1 confirmed case, why close all schools at this point, which would result in Care Homes and hospitals loosing staff when they need them most. Give it a week or so when cases increase then, then the schools will close as the risk becomes too great.

One of the biggest risks are the people who ignore the self-isolation and go out anyway. People who've been to high risk areas or have signs of a cold etc. We've seen plenty of stories, including people that have died because they caught the virus from people who came back from high risk zones and didn't self-isolate as instructed. The people who think they know better and ignore the rules are our biggest risk.

If we all stick to what is being asked of us and let the experts make the decisions as best they can based on the current data they have then hopefully we'll get through this with as minimal loss of life as possible. I think it would be wrong to think this can be avoided, they know it can't... it's all about slowing it down so the NHS is not overrun by a large spike of cases.


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General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 17, 2020, 10:43 »
Maybe Boris and others like him should think twice some things:

https://elpais.com/espana/madrid/2020-03-17/al-menos-19-muertos-en-una-residencia-de-ancianos-de-madrid-por-el-brote-de-coronavirus.html

Coronavirus kills 19 in ONE nursing home. More expected to die.

That's why the elderly have to be protected, they're the most at risk. It's why the UK have stated no unnecessary Nursing Home visits and elderly (over 70) to self isolated after the weekend. We all love our parents and grandparents and wold love to see them but that love could kill them.

I've already made sure they know how to use FaceTime on the iPad so we can see and talk to them. It's not the same as going their but, we all have a responsibility. Not see them for 2-3 months is not as bad as never seeng them again!

You can't protect them if you don't isolate the virus and stop the propagation. Elderly people don't live inside a waterproof chamber. With the schools, shops, cinemas... open they are dead.

I mean, try to realize that Spain or France are not China, we have strong and expensive health systems, both much better than the NHS I think. And they are in a overflowing risk as we see in Madrid, our main city.

I love the UK, I use to travel to London twice a year, don't misunderstand my opinions. But I can't understand what happens there.

Closing schools while parents are working = staying with grandparents = increased risk. Until more parents are no longer going into work schools will remain open.

Also, some 30-40% of nurses are also parents, if they have to return home to look after children who are no longer at school then that will all impact on treating the ill / infected.

They've already said schools will have to close but it is a case of managing / balancing the risks rather than trying to avoid it, which is impossible

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:52 »
be sure trump putin and boris mother won't die....ahaha...politicians should be hanged on a bridge...especially these one

There are a lot of politicians I dislike, but I've never stooped as low as wishing someone dead... The hate that radiates from you reflects more on you than the people you dislike.

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