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I hope sooner than Later. someone will come along and Offer a 50/50 Split and they Better do it soon as Micro as we Know it is going away. Any company who Can't make a profit with 50% of others work Doesn't deserve to be In Business...........Period. Nuff said. Im done.

Companies can make a profit selling other peoples work with a 50/50 split.
The problem is, they all get greedy.
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Many of the best businesses are created by someone filling a need they had themselves.  Adobe got on board with the microstock game really late, and they will continue to try and claw at Shutterstock's client base.

Good for Jon.  I appreciate what he did because it gave me a full-time, home-based income over the years.  His vision and platform helped me to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in income for my family.  Show the guy some respect - it's totally his prerogative if he wants to do something else. 

I highly doubt Jon will be reading this thread.  If he does, please know that it's been a fun run while it lasted.
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Alamy.com / Re: 10 years in alamy, should I give up?
« Last post by stockastic on Today at 11:33 »
I quit doing microstock years ago and closed all my accounts - except Alamy, I left about 300 old images there, many are just 6mp.   And surprisingly I still get a sale once in a while.  I'm even thinking about uploading a few new ones for no real reason. 

But Alamy's tedious keywording hoo-ha was one reason I gave up.  I never even understood it.  And I'm done jumping through hoops for the chance to make $5 on some day in the far future.

Has anything changed there in the last few years?
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Sometimes my pictures go to AI. A few seconds and rejections. Sometimes go to humans. More time and almost no rejections, but they are helped by AI too.

Is that a fact? Then what happens when I get accepted in a few seconds, is that AI too?

Do you have an inside source at SS that gave you this information?


well in did get this from one of their insider


"If you have not a similar image in your own portfolio, It's probably because there's another approved image from another contributor that is very very similar to your photo to the extent that the image processing software has been fooled that it's the same photo! You can try again one more time and if it was rejected again for the same reason, then I'm afraid that there's no way to add this photo to the library."

Adobe has said the same when I had one rejected that was nothing like any of mine. I don't find the information controversial or a discovery?  ;D

I don't get that kind of reject, rarely for a series of shots, but apparently some people who upload gross of Lego People, find it upsetting. Or maybe someone with 50 poppy photos or how many marijuana bud shots, before the buyers have all they need? Yet on SS, the AI (yes I admit there's some software finding these to notify the reviewers) will find a blue and yellow boat, and start deciding all blue and yellow boats are similar. It's not very smart.

Here's an example of dumb AI similar detection



So no I don't disagree and yes you are right, similar can mean someone else uploaded something similar and the agency thinks they have too many already. FT before Adobe, rejected something I uploaded. I appealed and got this personal response from the reviewer. "too many like this and they don't sell well."  Nice that some individual's subjective opinion can decide what they accepted and what got rejected.
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I always figured that as it stands for Graphic Interface Format it was a hard G from Graphic.

It seems that the GIF originator and Jif peanut butter people, don't actually agree. I'd have to read the correction and the story again. Oh wait, yes they do. Sure is confusing.

" in the eyes of the creator of the GIF, Steve Wilhite. He declared in 2013 that the acronym GIF should be pronounced Jif."

To be honest I've pronounced them both the same, and I don't eat peanut butter, so no bias.  ;)


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Tracking and removing logos is a VFX.  Coming from the Adobe side, that's a job best served by After Effects, but Premiere Pro can do a lot of it as well.

DaVinci is a good free option. If you're a mac person, then try imovie (though I don't know if does tracking)

Dennis
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Alamy.com / Re: 10 years in alamy, should I give up?
« Last post by Uncle Pete on Today at 09:56 »
I have a strange decline in views since beginning of december.......
I usually had about 800 views per month and it suddenly dropped to something like 300...
Over the last 4 days there were only 15 views of my pictures.....

Has anybody else noticed something like that as well?

I mean I dont really sell much stuff on Alamy anyway but if nobody even views my pics I might opt out as well......

No, my views are stable, and for some reason my CTR is relatively high (for me). (I see it was high last Jan too, doesn't necesarily mean anything, though: I have no sales this year so far, which is my slowest-starting year since 2012).

This is terribly not related but I wanted you to see the post, since you do searches for... searches, views, All of Alamy and that kind of thing. I never knew how much we could sort and control the results.

https://www.regular-expressions.info/quickstart.html

| (that's the pipe symbol) can be used as OR in a search, % seems to be what we'd normally use as a wildcard like * in other searches. I bookmarked this and maybe some day I'll learn more. But mostly should be useful for Alamy searches?

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For fun a few months ago I sent SS a request that I was interested in becoming a photo reviewer.  They responded back to me in a couple of weeks . I didn't not save their email but it went something like this. It was a very nice and polite letter. Thank you for your interest in SS. At this time you just don't have the experience we are looking for as we have other applicants that fit our requirements better. Thank you from SS.  So I guess my dream job will be on hold. Now for my background. I have been doing stock photos since Mosses came down form the mountain. I have a small site on SS and most all the other top sites. I get small sales from most of the sites daily. I have sold/published over a million photos in my time on earth as a photographer ..again over a long time in the business. So maybe someday I can get my dream job as a reviewer. I can only hope and pray....W.Scott McGill

Trust me, you wouldn't have wanted the job even if they were interested in your application. I had to sign an NDA so I can't say much more ...

I was a reviewer for a different agency over a decade ago. I did it for a couple of years. There is nothing to it. You just look at photos and decided to accept or reject based upon the agency's standards. Back then you were paid 50cents per review, so some inspectors were making 6 figures. Of cause this was a long time ago. No doubt a great deal has changed since.

Ask Laurin he reviewed for 3 years and knows everyone important.


or so he tells us.
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Sometimes my pictures go to AI. A few seconds and rejections. Sometimes go to humans. More time and almost no rejections, but they are helped by AI too.

Is that a fact? Then what happens when I get accepted in a few seconds, is that AI too?

Do you have an inside source at SS that gave you this information?


well in did get this from one of their insider


"If you have not a similar image in your own portfolio, It's probably because there's another approved image from another contributor that is very very similar to your photo to the extent that the image processing software has been fooled that it's the same photo! You can try again one more time and if it was rejected again for the same reason, then I'm afraid that there's no way to add this photo to the library."
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Perhaps they could use AI on large existing approved library in order to learn with no side effects, also evaluate, spot copiers, perhaps even irrelevant tagging etc etc Guess it is logic to protest for AI errors but an improved AI would be a really useful tool to clear libraries in the future.?

In regards to search they have talked about their Machine Learning capabilities for many years, which gives you all you ask for and more, but which they choose not to use for those purposes. 
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