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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« Last post by Hildegarde on October 18, 2019, 13:37 »
It's not just similiars.  I submitted several landscapes and all were rejected for being out of focus.  They are not out of focus.  The images are sharp enough 1:1 that one can tell the plant species is this not that from the tiny leaves (tiny even at 1:1 but in focus).  All these images were accepted at other agencies-- many which tend to be MUCH stricter about focus.  Maybe the very front tiny section foreground is not as pristine focus as the actual subject.  Between lens used and aperature used, and focused on subject not elsewhere, even a computer should get it.  Or if it was done by computer, there is a glitch.

Frustrating but in the end it is their loss and gain for other agencies.

Sudden change-- typically 99-100% of my work accepted for some time at SS and elsewhere.  Then BAM, SS rejects all for out of focus (when not).
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iStockPhoto.com / Re: September numbers...
« Last post by Julied83 on October 18, 2019, 13:17 »
The rates are indeed an insult. However, like most of us, I do microstock for a profit, so I have a look at the numbers.

In terms of revenue, IS is the second highest earner. In terms of RPI, it's the first, ex-aequo with SS. In terms of RPD, it fluctuates, but it's usually the second or the third, after Alamy and SS.

So, yes, I have the feeling IS is taking a lot from me, and that the way they treat us is outrageous. However, there are some financial reasons explaining why I'm staying... more or less the same reasons that push me to have a main job where I'm not very well treated...

same for me
+1

This is very sad to read that you guys keep job that your are not very well treated... !  :'(  Those company won't stop to act like that if your stay, for financial reason only. You deserved better. Everybody deserved better.
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Pond5 / Re: Any ideas to suggest to them?
« Last post by StockDaebak on October 18, 2019, 13:03 »
Something I noticed this morning, on Pond5, HotelFoxtrot who is a rather high end video producer has her HD content priced at $59 now so one of two things, she like many others can't get sales at Pond5 this year and is trying out very low prices or the recession is taking more and more of a toll and prices are dropping.

Everything is down, all countries, all industries, it's not just stock. https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/gildan-plunges-most-since-2008-as-cash-machine-unit-slumps-1.1333630

It's literally everything and the "official" recession hasn't even technically started yet but as we know they don't start on specific dates but develop over a few months.

Hotelfoxtrot is listing content on Pond5 for less than what SS lists HD content for. 

So now I wonder, is it the economy or the race to the bottom feeding on itself?, but keep in mind BMW, Porsche, Mercedes and Telsa haven't dropped their prices to that of entry level Chevrolet so........
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Shutterstock.com / Re: Zero sales of new files
« Last post by pancaketom on October 18, 2019, 12:51 »
Uncle Pete that is awesome your new images go straight to page 1 after uploaded. Yes, I can only wish!

Seems like a lot of you are doing very well. We are all going to have different experiences that can be the result of many factors.

Keep up the great work and wishing everyone a great season ahead :)

Next upload see where yours go. I don't know why he gets special treatment?

Uncle Pete could provide more insight, but I am guessing that it isn't so much special treatment but it is down to subject matter. If you upload subjects that only a few are uploaded a week then your images can be on page one for a while. If you upload subjects that get hundreds of uploads per day or even hour, chances are your images won't be on page one for long, or even ever (depending on how often things get indexed).
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General Stock Discussion / Re: video clip edits
« Last post by Dennis Radeke on October 18, 2019, 12:19 »
Does anyone successfully use iMovie to edit clips?  Or is there another editor that's not as complicated as Premier or FCP?  Doesn't seem Ineed all those bells and whistles.

Thank you.

Premiere Pro can be simplified tremendously in the UI.  You can check this out if you wish. https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/workspaces.html

If you have a Creative Cloud subscription, another possible option is Premiere Rush, though it won't have some of the options and export capabilities of Premiere Pro.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: September numbers...
« Last post by MotionDesign on October 18, 2019, 12:08 »
The rates are indeed an insult. However, like most of us, I do microstock for a profit, so I have a look at the numbers.

In terms of revenue, IS is the second highest earner. In terms of RPI, it's the first, ex-aequo with SS. In terms of RPD, it fluctuates, but it's usually the second or the third, after Alamy and SS.

So, yes, I have the feeling IS is taking a lot from me, and that the way they treat us is outrageous. However, there are some financial reasons explaining why I'm staying... more or less the same reasons that push me to have a main job where I'm not very well treated...

same for me
+1
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General Stock Discussion / Re: video clip edits
« Last post by mj007 on October 18, 2019, 12:01 »
I use Movavi vide edit. Super easy to use. Maybe a three minute learning curve.  Very basic, but all you need for Stock. Will work will 4K.  Cheap. Did I say cheap. I think I paid 39 bucks.
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iStockPhoto.com / Re: September numbers...
« Last post by jonbull on October 18, 2019, 11:56 »
stop uploading to stock they are killing micro sock together with unspalsh....connect is a scum fraud...is make to just kill the sale of other site like adobe and ss....
a lot of small blog site pay nothing with connect and just ink the image in stock and avoid subs of ss or adobe or buy on demand....it's a fraud to kill other sites, nobody knows why they did this, it's for killing the competition giving free the content to small buyers while keeping strongly the enterprise side of business.
s personally i don't upload anymore nothing and i'm planning to cancel mu account...i will lost something but i'm sure i will gain from other sites. royalty of 2 4 cent are an insult to photography. giving thousand of connect image for 0,01 cent is even worst..
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iStockPhoto.com / Re: September numbers...
« Last post by ShadySue on October 18, 2019, 11:39 »
I have the feeling that after uploading they can do with my images whatever they want, selling them at any conditions, not caring that i'm still the copyright owner

So that would be like:
Shutterstock:
1c "Shutterstock shall have the right, but not the obligation, to license all Content through any of Shutterstocks brands and platforms to its customers for use in perpetuity in accordance with license agreements entered into by Shutterstock, including but not limited to Shutterstock, Inc. Terms of Service License Agreements "

Adobe
(won't let me copy and paste, but it's clause 5.1)

Alamy:
"8.1 Alamy offers Custom Pricing to some of its Customers in relation to Rights Managed Images with or without exclusivity and Royalty Free Images i.e. pricing contracts entered into with Customers where Images are licensed for set amounts, dependent upon usage or dependent upon volumes of Images purchased. These licence prices may vary from those of the Alamy licence calculator and you agree that your Images can be licensed at these rates without Alamy having to consult you.
8.2 Alamy offers its Customers the ability to price up all Images on its site by using a licence calculator. You agree that Alamy can sell Images at the prices from this calculator without Alamy having to consult you.
8.3 Promotion - Alamy shall have the right to offer Customers promotions on Images to promote the Alamy service without Alamy having to consult you, including, but not limited to acquiring new Customers or stimulating buying from existing Customers by offering discounts."


Please remind us where you submit which has lots of sales at better prices and no conditions like that.
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thanks god this coder didn't program photoshop :/

lol !!!!! :D
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