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Site Related / Re: New MSG Logo !
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:06 »
It's OK, but it doesn't look like a corporate design professional did it.

I'm in the same boat, images pending since Sept 11th.
September was also my worst month ever at 123RF and October isn't shaping up to be much better.

General Stock Discussion / Re: more or less keywords
« on: October 10, 2013, 13:14 »
The "Buyer searched for" column in earnings on Dreamstime is revealing


Title: Burlap texture
Searched for: texture

Title: Bowlerl hat
Searched for: hat

Title: Maple leaf
Searched for: fall leaf

Title: Empty head
Searched for: memory

Title: Sunglasses
Searched for: sunglasses


Title: Rowing team
Searched for: care (care was not a keyword)

Title: Beach umbrella
Searched for: house for sale (no keyword here)

Title: Clef and star
Searched for: broadway sign (broadway was a keyword)

I've begun to think you don't need 50 keywords - 30 should be plenty.

Illustration - General / Re: How many images a day do you draw?
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:46 »
I spend more time thinking about what to draw than actually doing it.

For me the best of the low would be Dreamstime, 123RF, Canstock, Deposit Photos and Bigstock.
But aren't the best of the low actually middle tier earners? The lowest of the low are Graphic Leftovers and Stockfresh.

Vectorstock is just bad news for all vector artists.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Earnings in June
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:26 »

65.4 % Shutterstock
08.9 % Fotolia
08.4 % Dreamstime
06.2 % 123RF
03.2 % Veer
03.1 % DepositPhotos
02.4 % GLStockimages
01.2 % Bigstock
00.8 % Canstock
00.4 % Alamy
00.0 % Stockfresh

I ordered and got my CS6 a few weeks ago but it was like - I'm not sure it's still available, we'll call you if we can't locate one.

58 / Re: Change in SOD commissions?
« on: June 17, 2013, 23:52 »
This month my range has been from 0.80 to 62.50.

Dreamstime always comes on like they know what sells. I've got one image rejected image from DT that has been downloaded 200% more on SS than my all time total downloads on DT. 

60 / Re: new port, no sales...
« on: May 22, 2013, 06:12 »
Dreamstime makes me feel uncomfortable with their STOP & GO function and odd rejections.
They are still my 4th best and on the positive side - I've had five 0-level purchases in the past month.

123RF / Re: 123RF Now in Top Tier
« on: May 18, 2013, 00:53 »
Top tier?? For more sales I'm getting less income.
RF is lower middle tier for me.

62 / Re: Can Stock can't sell
« on: May 14, 2013, 15:14 »
   Member Since:January 14, 2011
   Approved Files:167
   Rejected Files:11
   Deleted Files:   40
   Approval Rating:94.6%
   Total Views:16,797
   Total Sales:164
   Total Earnings:$278.22

Adobe bought most of their competitors, discontinued applications, giving us less options to choose from. Relearning software to accomplish the same thing a different way has been such a waste of my time and money. Now, with the lack of competition, they think they've got us by the balls. I started with Photoshop 1.0 quite a few upgrades ago.

General Stock Discussion / Re: April Sales
« on: May 06, 2013, 03:42 »
After a slow start it turned out to be a good month. A sixty dollar OD on SS, an EL on Veer, Fotolia was slower than usual, Dreamstime was normal, a surprise sale on Alamy with the rest of the field full of hope for better times.

47.0% Shutterstock
16.1% Veer
15.5 % Fotolia
06.3 % Dreamstime
05.9 % Alamy
03.0 % 123RF
02.7 % Bigstock
02.2 % Canstock
01.3 % DepositPhotos
00.0 % GLStockimages
00.0 % Stockfresh

I believe the #200 from Up2date is by far the best!
I like how word "stock" is completely enclosed in the speech bubble, which greatly symbolizes purpose of this web site which is: Discussion about the stock! I think that is great logo with idea inside! :)

I agree. I think this is the boldest logo of the bunch due to the speech bubble in that red filled color next to the bold black font. you can read it really fast. I would like to see a version of this logo with a slightly different font as the "C" in the "MICRO" seems off somehow. Maybe if the designer would give more breathing room between the M I C so that you see a little more white space. That and a version of the speech bubble without a pointy tip and more smooth.

#200 is a fast read and the poor letter spacing can be fixed but I won't give the word "Group" such a secondary role.

The selection in Round 2 is a little unfair. You've got something like 6 logos that are variations of the same theme and two others that are distinctly different. What happens is that votes will be spread out over the 6 benefiting the the other two.

I don't quite understand. You can vote for as many as you like and give as many 5s or 1s as you like. The face that most are variations shouldn't play into it at all.

It shouldn't play into it but in situations a like this it usually does. In my opinion should have the best one of the 6 compared to the other two.

The selection in Round 2 is a little unfair. You've got something like 6 logos that are variations of the same theme and two others that are distinctly different. What happens is that votes will be spread out over the 6 benefiting the the other two.

123RF / Re: 100% rejetcions on 123rf now!?
« on: April 21, 2013, 10:09 »
I just got a 100% rejected there a new criteria, process or standard for vector art now?

They only accepting version 8 eps now. Could that be it?

If you've made it in the door as an illustrator you can also send them photos for approval.
I got in with 10 illustrations but also have a few photographs online.

Have a close look at the poll chart. Something is not right. Pond5 or Stockfresh?

GLStock / Re: Galleries
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:18 »
I've sent them messages with links to images to be considered for different Galleries.
Most have been included - nothing like a direct approach. They usually thank you for the suggestion. 

I do more illustrations but for photos I use a the first generation E-P1.
If you set the zoom lenses to their sweet spots you might get lucky.
I've invested in a couple of Lumix/Leica prime lenses and
I'm on the lookout for a higher quality M43 back for the right price.

Here's one kit lens shot I got lucky with:

DepositPhotos / Re: Newbie at a disadvantage....
« on: February 20, 2013, 12:28 »
As a newbie I know with this company I will be at a disadvantage over seasoned Pros....

I wouldn't waste any energy worrying about it.

74 / Re: Can't log in
« on: February 18, 2013, 01:16 »
It's not fixed yet.

123RF / Re: 123RF free images
« on: February 13, 2013, 14:58 »
Why give it away when it seems everyone is fighting for images to retain value.
I think you'll be sending the wrong message with that kind of behaviour.

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