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Adobe Stock / Re: Aldobe stock earnings. Woohoo!!!!
« on: July 18, 2020, 06:21 »
Sale seems to be frozen for now at AS. No sale since 25 June 2020 so far. July is absolutely dry so far. Not sure, if it is general trend now or just I am experiencing it.

Very slow for me as well. I have sales, but all just cheap sub sales. My RPD on AS was always around 1 $ and dropped significantly to somewhere around 0.40 $ lately.

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General - Stock Video / Re: Need advice in Buying Camera....
« on: July 13, 2020, 13:09 »
A quite well known austrian photographer always says- its in your head, not in the camera.

I defenately see a difference between my gorgeous Sony fullframe compared to my older Sony APSC.

But its also a matter of money.
Even more important are the lenses - some are more expensive than the body itself.

Im with Sony and the quality is great. But the price is high. Often more expensive than Canon or Nikon or Fuji. And I dont know if the qualiy is really better than those mentioned.

Maybe get a good 2nd hand camera? There are dudes out there (sure not stock photograpehrs - they cant afford it) who always buy the latest model camera and sell their old camera.




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This is actually a way to keep you from DELETING your images.

While your portfolio is disabled, you can't access your own images to delete them.  They still show up in Shutterstock's database, so Google sees them, and directs searchers to Shutterstock, using your image.  They still count toward Shuttertock's count of images.

So, rather than disable, delete.

But its good if buyers see those pics but cant actually buy them (because disabled).

I prefer disabled for that reason - pics might count on the total numbers, but it hurts more to see the image you want and not be able to buy it  ;D

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Im surprised this is allowed and not copyrighted to scan old paintings and sketches?
Every picture I take with just a small sculpture or grafitti somewhere in the background is rejected for not having a release (even editorial - just had a pic rejected with a wooden sculpture sawn from a dead tree trunk just at the side of a view over a valley and it was rejected three minutes ago as having no release).

And this kind of sketches and paintings needs no relaese??
Im astonished.

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 >:(

Would have been nice to turn ports on and off....
Buyers would put pics in their lightbox and the next day theyre gone......

I would only need 5 more $ to reach payout and then leave forever. But my port is off.

Do you get the same message when turning ports on? 30 days no return to off?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Average EPD so far for June
« on: July 09, 2020, 04:44 »
I don't want to be accused of trolling or anything like that, but as an istock contributor who sees a lot of hate directed at IS, and I'd be the last to claim they're fault free, I'm surprised at how much higher my RPD is compared to the ones reported here.

My RPD on IS is (and has always been) higher than RPD on SS.
And that was BEFORE the cut on SS.
The last sales I had on SS were all 0.10 cent, nothing else. So my RPD probably would have dropped to 0.10 cent since june 1st, hadnt I disabled my portfolio.
On IS its always around 0,55 cent.

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Yaymicro / Re: YAY closing
« on: July 05, 2020, 05:13 »
Only single sales on demand sounds good to me and I would give it a try (if all great content would only be on demand and not in sub packs we could get stock back to a decent pricing).

But looking at their website I only find this

"Buy quality stock images and vectors with a one time credit pack purchase or by monthly subscription."

Still subs.

Where is that on demand stuff theyre talking about?

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I dont understand those people who seem never to be reading anything on what platform soever- otherwise they would have read about the new price structure at SS and the boycott going on for a full month now.

And then they pop in like innocent children who cant read or inform themselves about what is going on completely astonished about "what is going on" and crying.

I thought every grown up is somehow informed about crucial things going on in this world.
But it seems some peeps are living on the moon with no interest in whtas going on around them.

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If you keep selling on SS you ask for beeing ripped.
Stop crying and take action!

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: June 10, 2020, 02:59 »
Just wanted to drop in and say how much I appreciate this vector image, which got approved. I especially love keywords like 0.10, 0.1c, fuck you, greed and insulting, lol...   :D

Link to Original work



Gorgeous!!!
I tweeted it......

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General Macrostock / Re: $28,000 for a single image
« on: June 07, 2020, 11:13 »
My best sale until now was a 197 $ sale on alamy two months ago.
Dont know what its used for.

Recently discovered pics of mine on a stamp and a bookcover - but only got peanuts for those.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Figuring out a way forwards
« on: June 07, 2020, 09:28 »
I started at iStock.  When that went bad a bunch of years ago I moved my pix to Shutterstock.  Now this went bad so I'm looking for another place to drop my stock pictures.  I moved my 6 videos(lol) to Pond5.

I'm thinking of moving my images to either Adobe stock or Alamy.
Anyone can tell me the difference between them?

Alamy is a platform, not an agency like SS or AS.
Once you got accepted you will hardly ever have any rejections - they accept everything.
They were just sold a few months ago to a british media group and my sales went up a little bit.
They pay 40 % share, went down from 50 % last year.
You wont have many sales on alamy (it took months for me before I had the first sale), but if you get a sale they can be hugh like 150 Euro or even more. ( I sold a pic for 200 Euro two months ago).
They dont have cheap abonnement sales. Only fair priced sales.
I like them. Theyre easy with no rejections and sales are fair priced.
They accept editorial but never check if your pics need a release. Their policy says the client needs to check himself if a release is necessary or not.

Adobe is like SS and the rest a stock agency with abonnement clients. But they pay better than SS. I think the minimum is 33 cent, but I often get on demand sales for much more. My RPD on AS ist 1.05 Dollar.
As a bonus you get a free PS/LR abonnement for one year if you sell more than 150 pics a year. Thats a nice gesture of Adobe I think.
Adobe accepts only some editorial stuff (I think its product editorial) and only if you are above a lifetime threshold (I think its 1000 sold pics).

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Figuring out a way forwards
« on: June 06, 2020, 08:53 »
Great thoughts.

I already applied to stocksy earlier this year but was rejected :(

I also think about going exclusive with Pond5 and already got advice from Pond5 support on how to do that (open a new account under exclusive rights and then move footage from the old account to the exclusive account).

I had quite a few good sales with Alamy over the last months - so thats an option for me as well.

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A few agencies who are committed to fair trade, like pond5 or alamy, don't sell sh*, so it doesn't matter that they give you 40 to 60% of nothing. SS remained the only big one that actually sells and now it's gone too.

Which is not true.
I earned three times as much money on alamy than I did on SS.
Thats why I left SS now.
Im far better off with alamy and Pond5. Im actually moving my pictures to Pond5 now, only did footage there until now.


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Shutterstock.com / Re: Database total :did you notice ?
« on: June 05, 2020, 12:10 »
Just noticed this on dreamstime:  "Due to the massive uploads, our pending area has been limited to 1000 submissions per user daily. Please continue the upload process after 24 hours have passed since your first submission."

Are contributors migrating from SS to DT?

Im already a DT contributor, but Im moving my SS portfolio to Pond5. Wondering if they too see an increase at the moment....

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If you stay on SS with your photos you will lose money, if you close your account you will lose money.

Im not sure about that, but if my picture is unique enough buyers might look for them at other agencies (like Adobe or Alamy) and buy them there- for a higher price and more profit for me.
As long as I sell the same pics for 10 cent on SS clever buyers will always choose the cheap option at SS.
If that option does not exist any longer they might (!- I dont know if they will or prefer buying peanust for peanuts at SS) pay more at a different agency.

I had quite a few very good sales at Alamy which shows some buyers do prefer quality.

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I disabled my videos and will go for exclusivity on pond5 as soon as shutterstock clears all my videos.

Thats precisely what I have in mind too.

Seeing that one sale for 10 cent (before I disabled both portfolios) hurts so much - I dont want to do this. Otherwise itll ruin my self-esteem.
And this also means an end to those ridiculous rejections over the last weeks. Content approved by Adobe with no problems all got rejected by SS which still made me quite angry every time.
So that problem will be solved as well when leaving SS for good.

If they pay crap, they get crap.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: June 02, 2020, 12:01 »
I don't understand people who disable their port at SS because they don't accept to get 10 for a sale while they have a port at IS where they can get as few as 2 for a sale :o

I had several hugh sales with IS nearly 100 per sale - that makes up for the low sales in IS.

But I never ever had just one big sale with SS - its always just those cheap subscription sales on SS.

I also had my "share" of 10 cent sales and disabled both vids and pics now.


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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 29, 2020, 14:43 »
Object to the decline in Shutterstock's Contributor earnings - Sign the Petition!
http://chng.it/BMGqx9bPdC  Change.org


signed ;)

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I already disabled my vids today and might disable pics june 1st.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:32 »
And not to forget the new video subscription plan they just announced....

That makes 15 % of 8,95 for a video.

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Alamy.com / Re: Payout Alamy - cleared balance
« on: May 15, 2020, 11:52 »
Well, I got my payment a few days ago. Didnt have to ask for it.

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Shutterstock.com / Color scheme in pictures
« on: May 13, 2020, 06:38 »
I just discovered that a buyer can chosse a color scheme in his search for a particular picture.
For example - searching for a yellow tulip I can click the yellow box in colour scheme.
And it gives me only yellow tulips. And just one single page with pics (not hundreds as usual).

How can I get my yellow tulip on that page beeing a photographer?
Using the word "yellow" or "color" in keywords or description does not make my yellow tulip appear on that page.
What do I have to do when uploading and tagging? Where does that color scheme take its information from?

If I would be a buyer I would much love that colour scheme thing.

Now I want to get my own pics to appear there.



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