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Shutterstock.com / Re: Sudden March drop sales
« on: March 20, 2012, 17:13 »
Hmm I have spoken too soon... 0 sales on last weekend... Then came up again... Anyway,few OD's so far.

Is there another site that accepts general editorial that's not late-breaking news?

BS ( not it depends how much You sell other types there ), Depositphotos ( good ), 123RF... and few some low earners.

In my case is irrelevant  by now ), because only SS make regular sales over my editorial port ( some times "daily" and 4~5 images each time ). DT could be a good seller if they forget about "series" things.

Only had rejections because "caption issue"... after change it, they all got accepted.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Sudden March drop sales
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:58 »
Sold 2 minutes ago one ELectric Power Station... it counts as "EL"  ;D ?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Sudden March drop sales
« on: March 14, 2012, 04:36 »
Thanks a lot guys for your answers and your time! I am an amateur photographer and trying to earn some extra money from selling at microstock. Wish I could do that for a living but I still need a lot of time to match the quality of thepros.
Thanks again.

We should have started years ago :D Nowadays competition is much larger and is more and more difficult to find a niche. I start out on Oct. 2010 and "still" working as "beta".  Try to shoot some different subjects and see if some work better than others and then rise portfolio over these best sellers.

With time You will see more consistent results.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Sudden March drop sales
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:31 »
Low earner here, but since begin of year I haven't  "0 sales days", including weekends. Min 2/3 day. I've notice that sell more editorials on weekends. ( BTW, March was my worst month in SS on 2011 ).

Anyway, too earlier to be worried about changes on sales ( Less 2 years of stock LOL )

Dreamstime.com / Re: Dreamstime rejections
« on: March 11, 2012, 15:43 »
I don't share your experience. My worst agency is FT by far, 26 approved of more then 130 images submitted, in the same time, more then 100 of same images approved on SS, about 90 on DT and 70 on 123rf (still 30 pending)

IMO Alamy is much easier then FT.

But Alamy don't evaluate "Commercial Value"...

Actually, as low earner, I'm not worried with rejection on FT, because I sale the old same files...

editorial reviews are quick

If.. You upload as Editorial :D

I've done that  mistake: Send with PSM and selected "Consider for Editorial.." after.

Dreamstime.com / Re: new feature at DT - Photographic Genres
« on: March 08, 2012, 17:09 »
Thanks :D

I haven't nothing to loose to give e try... but they should have something like "Depends on Photographer mood" :D

General Stock Discussion / Re: Two Questions about Editorial
« on: March 08, 2012, 16:45 »
I'll use this topic to report something.. funny ( or not ).

Strangely, after write about different criteria between agencies , receive a email from PM, about several Editorial shoots, including approved ones:

"we saw that you have many photos of cars on race tracks for which we need property releases.  If you dont have permissions, we have to decline your photos and this might affect your acceptance rate in a negative way. So please delete those photos until the 19th of March, that is Monday next week."

I tried explain that yes, I have authorization ( how . i could get the photos inside track without permission... pfff ), and images were supposed to be Editorial and never pass over my mind that I could need a PR.

They replied ( fast by the way ) that IF I was authorized to photograph the event, more easily I would get the PR signed... Oh yes, I'm seeing the movie:

"Ah, remember me? I was taking photos to "Agency X" last month.. can You sign me this document because i work with Micro Stock too and ONE agency need all type of authorizations, blah blah..."

I delete all photos with any vehicle with wheels over tarmac.

My big question: Why they have Editorial? No sense, since they want Mr and PR for everything.

Anyway, some of 2012 events I will do on same race track and will get PR for each event ( and probably from some pilots ) just in case ( not for PM sure )



Pixmac / Re: Is Pixmac Worth It?
« on: March 08, 2012, 09:50 »
As for the import of the images, THP and CoisaX, it's not super-fast and even that I'm pushing it here as much as I can, there are some technical issues or speed limitations from time to time. We're now importing and checking on duplicates all the files that came in and unfortunately it takes a lot of computing power and time. I can only say that we would have all the files on our site one day. It's my target to have/market/sell as much files as possible, so we're on the same boat.

I would be happy if had at least some files. Currently, excluding editorials, I have +600@YAYmicro and +400@DP and none on Pixmac.

But Ok. One day it could happen.

Veer / Re: Veer Problems
« on: March 07, 2012, 16:48 »
When you ping veer.com you get or another ip?

Veer / Re: Veer Problems
« on: March 07, 2012, 14:37 »
Now i'm at home ( Meo ) and tried with several browsers ( chrome, Ie, firefox ) and working ( using default DNS )

I suppose that You tried clean dns cache. I had some issues in past with specific sites ( when others users not ) and just do a ipconfig /flushdns and work like a charm.

PS: If You need something over IT you're free to pm me.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Two Questions about Editorial
« on: March 07, 2012, 13:50 »
In my case is a bit more complicated... That image is for sale on almost agencies... as RF Commercial and RF Editorial. Some time ago I contact several agencies about that "tiny detail", and I got the same answer from all: If client buy it on agency A as RF Editorial must use it as Editorial... If buy it somewhere else as "commercial" must use it as "commercial".

Is an f16 without any plate or flag...

But anyway, in future I will be more careful , no matter they say ( Agency's CR's). If no model release and newsworthy: goes as RF Editorial everywhere. For Alamy  I need more time and "numbers" ( mean regular sales and trends ), and based on that choose which images worth send as RM or "RM - Editorial likely". That RM images will go exclusive for Alamy.

But stills... knowing the legal issues that an agency can get for a misused license.. why still not "attractive" for some ( FT for instance ).

Thank to both

Veer / Re: Veer Problems
« on: March 07, 2012, 13:26 »
I'm in Portugal and they haven been online all past days.. I even got images reviewed yesterday.

Are we in same "Portugal"? :D

Edit: @luissantos84 : Working on Telepac and Meo... probably an DNS issue?

Pixmac / Re: Is Pixmac Worth It?
« on: March 06, 2012, 04:58 »
Let's get an update here: Is it worth uploading to Pixmac?

My images are there anyway through Yay's API program, but of course a direct upload would make images rank higher in searches and more royalties etc.

Is anyone actually seeing sales from direct uploads to Pixmac? Is it worth it?

And have You checked? None of my 760 files on YAY appear to be on Pixmac ( have opt-in since begin ) ... And as I see, they will not be there before 2020. It's true that I've changed some emails with pixmac/yaymicro CR and they said that would be a question of weeks ( last year )....

As I said in other topic somewhere , I notice an increase on the begin of the year ( more daily sales ), including weekends. But not yet enough to call my next daughter as "Fotolia Junior" :D

General Stock Discussion / Re: Two Questions about Editorial
« on: March 05, 2012, 19:49 »

But still curious why some agencies still not accepting Editorial... 8|

Too much risk maybe for the micros.
I've found some of my editorials being used in a commercial context, and have had to contact CR for each of them. It seems to be more hassle than you'd think to get them taken down: I've had a couple outstanding since last year, and they're still 'up'. Others have needed me to get back to CR to get them to contact the offenders again. I guess that's quite costly in staff time vs micro income.

When You talk about risk is about "legal issues" against us or a question of "fair" earnings?

I ask because, as "green guy on stock" business, my worries are with "legal use" first. For example, at least on EL over one of my editorial images as been used in commercial context. In that specific case should I do something? They have at least one "brand" ( no recognizable persons ) that could be seen as "brand/copyright" infringement ( on commercial context ), but so far as i know, when someone buy an Editorial image, is their responsibility over use and future authorization requests, right?

By other side we have earnings issue, but as far I understand they cost the same, at least more common uses.

Last I checked Alamy doesn't do RF editorial... if you don't have model releases, the images must be RM.

exactly, if they need property or model release they can only be RM, no other option

After CR explanations, some readiness and Your help, I understand that.. if i want sell my images of sports events, etc on Alamy , must be as RM with some exclusions. And i cant have it as RF ( Commercial or Editorial ) in any other micro/macro agency. This include a "local" sports events agency ( direct sale ).

Probably I will choose the best ones in some National events and keep those to send they as RM to Alamy ( and probably exclusive? ).. and the rest of the set goes to micros



General Stock Discussion / Re: Two Questions about Editorial
« on: March 05, 2012, 14:34 »
B) Editorial on Alamy: Can I have same image as RF Editorial on several agencies and at same time as RM with "restricitons" to permit "Editorial Only"?
No. Alamy don't want images RM which are on other agencies RF.

Sorry, I haven't see your reply!

Some hours after contact them, they confirm that too. Even for RF Editorial ( my doubt ).

But still curious why some agencies still not accepting Editorial... 8|

Just notice that almost all files from 123RF must be joined with others. It's just with me.. or?

Dreamstime.com / Re: Is DT alive ?
« on: March 02, 2012, 06:50 »
Still not "kicking in" for me... the few sales are editorial. Some agencies like FT, 123RF start rising this year ( in download numbers.. ) but DT stil dead.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia, harder than the others?
« on: March 02, 2012, 06:34 »
"Ironical", FT was first agency that I start with ( back to Oct 2010 ). Acceptance rate falls each month ( 50% by now ), but mostly because I still send similar images to previous refused ones...  ::)

But... only last month ( I mean Jan. ) the sales start appearing more regular... "weekly'O'Daily" ( far of daily ones on SS ). And yes, the best sellers go first, but the few others are old files ( back 2010 ).

Nature and Architecture need to be "specific" ( yet again same that sells good in all "tiers" )

But if sales keep going as jan/fev I hope it bronze soon and be rich...

Veer / Re: Dear Veer
« on: March 01, 2012, 15:11 »
If they take so long reviewing files with that limit... will be worst if they increase the upload limit. My guess.

123RF / Re: Referral program at 123rf not working?
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:02 »
Now I i can't even look at my earning stat's as it's saying i'm 'not authorized to view this page'
If not me then who?

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