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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Sales are so slow this days
« on: October 06, 2021, 14:50 »
I havent sold a single pic for 8 days now.
That is very very unusual - I usually sell like 10 or 15 pics in 8 days....

One of my images was used for a postage stamp - didnt make more than pennies for that as well...

I also had a pic used for a book cover. I bought the book and gave it to my mum as a present... She was proud to see one of my pics beeing used on a book cover  ;D

Pond5 / Re: How has Pond5 been in 2021?
« on: June 19, 2021, 09:12 »
The only platform I never ever sold anything on.....
Even the smallest agency has more sales for me than pond5 does.

General Macrostock / Re: Any experience with Tetra Images?
« on: June 19, 2021, 09:08 »
Never heard of them before.
Read the rules for contributors.

Got a little confused by "finished files must be 50mb JPG files".  50 MB ?

Wow, thats a lot..... And exactly 50MB not more or less?


any change for last 3 weeks compared to previous ones?  ::)

Wow- that explains my sudden low sales on ADOBE...
I was wondering whats going on....

My sales went down to 1 or 2 sales a week!
I never had that before during the last two years.
And I was wondering whats going on.

I reactivated my account in autumn  but dont upload new stuff.
But I now only have 0.10 sales and I am thinking about completely shutting down my account now.

Its not the new level structure but those 10 cent sales which make me really angry. Probably time for real action and a complete shutdown of my acount.


I'll just hope that most others who might care are making more than that.

My regular sales usually make up for that ridicolous connected stuff....
Although January 2021 was quite low in regular sales compared to previous months.

Pond5 / Re: Unusual rejection reason
« on: February 06, 2021, 05:01 »
Theres a field where you can post explanations for the reviewer at the end of the submit page- have you tried to explain?

Got my payment on the 21st as well.

Shutterstock.com / Re: what happen to the sell 2$ and more
« on: January 26, 2021, 13:02 »
Every single sale is 0.10 on my side.
Not one sale higher than 0.10.

This started in june or july and was the reason for me to deactivate my account for two months.
I later activated it again but dont upload any new stuff just keep the old stuff .

So I still have sales but never higher than 0.10

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock exciting news : $0.00 royalties
« on: January 17, 2021, 09:23 »
Those connect sales are a real pain in the a*- for 19 connect sales I get 0.11 cent for december 2020 *wow*
But the regular sales are still good with iStock for me: 25 regular sales for 43,85 $

My december RPD is $2,99 with iStock.... Better than any other agency.
Thats why I always forgive them those stupid connect sales......

Off Topic / Re: stock photo reviewer job
« on: January 13, 2021, 05:07 »

  i've always considered LCV the worst reason for rejection - let the market decide

Yeah. I have several sets of pics which were refused as haveing no "commercial value" with one agency A and they do sell very good at another agency B.
I often think what a shame I could not place them with agency A since they do sell quite well, even good sales on demand for 50 and 60 Dollars.

So what made the reviewer of agency A think they are of no commercial value.....  ::)

Im still at the green level. Was .30 per image and will be 025 from now on.

I once had a hugh expensive sale with deposit, that made me stay with them  8)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stupid Question?
« on: January 03, 2021, 05:24 »
I put them on both. Not really sure it takes sales away from SS. Big Stock sales are low but I get a few sales most days.

If it would take sales from SS I would prefer BS anyway.
Every sale on BS is minimum 0.25 $, SS sales are nearly all just 0.10 $.
So BS pays 2,5 x as much as SS does.

But there are hardly any sales. Over the last three months I had 10 sales on BS. With a portfolio of 1700 pictures. Ridicolous.....

I probably will never reach payout with them  ::)

That is in number of sales about he same I had on Alamy ( 11 sales in 2020) - but that made 220 $ earnings for me. And its easy uploading to Alamy, no downsizing....

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stupid Question?
« on: January 03, 2021, 05:18 »
Dont bother with BigStock. Its not worth it. I had sales for 14 $ altogether for a period of more than two years now and I stopped uploading to them.

What do you make on SS though? If it's also $14 over two years, and the OP is making $1,400, or $14,000... then it might be worth it.

In 2020 I earned about 400 $ on SS although I stopped uploading in June and had my portfolio deactiveated for two months.
BS made 7 $ over the same period.

To me that is a difference.

And its not that easy uploading to BS since they handle a max-size of 25 MB and most of my pics are around 45 MB in size. So that means I have to downscale pics for BS. And thats where the "its not worth the effort" comes in.

Too much hazzle (downsizing) for nearly no earnings.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stupid Question?
« on: January 02, 2021, 11:35 »
Dont bother with BigStock. Its not worth it. I had sales for 14 $ altogether for a period of more than two years now and I stopped uploading to them.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Change password Getty
« on: December 29, 2020, 05:18 »
I got that message as well.
And this is the second time in only two months already.

I ignored the one a few weeks ago but then the deep meta stuff didnt work anylonger. So I changed my password then.

And now again a request to change password.

What the heck is going on at Getty?

Microstock News / Re: Zoonar is launching Zoonar.Express
« on: September 08, 2020, 13:33 »
I took the time and Looked at the work. which I seldom do Nowdays. Im sorry and don't mean to offend anyone But being Honest......I see a whole bunch Of Low interest/Done to death so /so Boring Uninteresting work from folks who  Just take Pictures, Not make Photographs. And Most of all "stock" Pictures. My friends Stock has a certain Look and feel. It doesn't have to be art BUT.....It is a art unto itself If done correctly.........................

It really is.

So why do they then sell on Adobe and Deposit (and Shutterstock formerly), were used on stamps, bookcovers and authority flyers? Dont seem to be that useless with other agencies....

Microstock News / Re: Zoonar is launching Zoonar.Express
« on: August 29, 2020, 13:40 »
I have a portfolio of 1200 pics on zoonar for about 14 months now and havent sold a single pic yet.
Not worth the effort.

Please check:

Do you have set Model and Property Release Information? (we are not sell Photos with an "unknown" status). You can do that at "Manage images" as a batch process
Do you have activate our Distribution Channels? You can do that at "Distributor Management" (we use APIS/Picturemaxx with DPA and DDP for the german Publishing Houses)

All Release Informations are set.
I activated 7 partners but ddp images is the only agency that reviewed my pics and accepted them. DPA picture alliance reviewed a few, accepted a few and denied several.
All the other agencies like picturemaxx, fotofinder, getty images, universal images group, imagebroker all never reviewed my pics and keep them on the waiting list for 14 months now.
I have pictures with 68 views but not a single sale. The same pics do well with other agencies like Adobe and Alamy.
My user name is TeleMakro - maybe you can find out whats wrong with my portfolio......

Microstock News / Re: Zoonar is launching Zoonar.Express
« on: August 29, 2020, 04:24 »
I have a portfolio of 1200 pics on zoonar for about 14 months now and havent sold a single pic yet.
Not worth the effort.

Adobe Stock / Re: No sales in August
« on: August 26, 2020, 13:47 »
I had 15 sales on AS so far this month.
Before corona times it was about twice as much......

Shutterstock.com / Re: Just did my accounts for July...
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:23 »
This was the top performer for practically every non exclusive contributor out there no?

For me SS never was the top agency - Adobe always performed better for me.
The reason might be Im quite new, started only two years ago so I never had a high lifetime tier on SS (was only tier 2).

So from my perspective it might have even been fair and good that others would loose their lifetime tiers since I didnt benefit from those myself.
But what really pissed me off was introducing the 10 cent sub sales in june. Thats a no go.

Adobe was quite low for me during the last weeks but it now seems to start again.
But Im quite afraid other agencies will follow SS with ricicolous cheap sub sales soon.

Adobe Stock / Re: Aldobe stock earnings. Woohoo!!!!
« on: July 27, 2020, 13:34 »
Now it hit me - not one single sale on Adobe for the last two weeks.
Never ever had that before, not even in the beginning when I startetd uploading to AS.

What te heck is going on.

Was that AGE photostock agency? They uploaded pictures of mine into a wrong account and credited them to the other photographer.....

You could try "copytrack" to sue the user of the picture. I never did that but they say its free for the photographer, they keep their share if they are successful.

CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Insecured?
« on: July 25, 2020, 11:00 »
I just had an issue with Dreamstimes certificate. Seems that expired as well?

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