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With new earning structure made by Shutterstock will you disable your portfolio?

Disable photo and video
129 (47.1%)
Disable only photo
15 (5.5%)
Disable only video
21 (7.7%)
Disable nothing
76 (27.7%)
Quit Shutterstock
33 (12%)

Total Members Voted: 270

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« Reply #125 on: June 01, 2020, 09:19 »
+6
I've answered that I won't be disabling/deleting my account, but I would have liked a 'stop uploading' option, as that is my current intention.

I will allow my current portfolio to be active through June, just to get an idea of how much much my RPD is affected, (currently Level 5), so that I can gauge the full impact of this move. If it is negative at Level 5 then come January it will be a disaster, so i will defer making any irreversible decisions until July 1st.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2020, 09:34 by KuriousKat »


« Reply #126 on: June 01, 2020, 09:39 »
+2


And Oringer approves all these changes. It could not happen without him.

Of course he's the majority shareholder as far as i can see.
Don't forget the decline started ages ago - the huge library expansion, more and cheaper video packages etc.  He's full aware and either agreed or didnt object to it.


« Reply #127 on: June 02, 2020, 02:27 »
+11
I guess nobody cares, but here is one more that has deactivated sales. I never thought I would do this.

« Reply #128 on: June 02, 2020, 04:33 »
+8
Done. Just under 3,000 videos disabled effective immediately and requested for deletion, plus an email to the head honcho so that he knows exactly how I feel. Moving everything to Pond5 Exclusive.

« Reply #129 on: June 02, 2020, 05:02 »
+1
I will do! >:(

« Reply #130 on: June 02, 2020, 05:49 »
+5
I also deactivated my sales on the last day of May, and I am really happy I didn't have to see my work being sold for 0.1$. It was a tough decision, after 11 years of SS being my top earner, I think my hair went gray because of this, but I don't regret it.

« Reply #131 on: June 02, 2020, 06:06 »
+3
I haven't deleted as I have invested so much time uploading content in SS. I am a wildlife photographer and my sales are pretty low compared to general stock contributors. My content has a more limited market.  Some of the content has cost me 700+ in trips to produce. I will not be adding any content to SS but will allow my portfolio to sell in the hope of covering some of my costs. I find in takes a few years to earn the cost of the trip back. I will be uploading new content elsewhere.

When I started uploading my photos some 8 years ago, I had 11 sites. This has reduced over the years. Some didn't sell well and some treated their contributors badly. I now have 3 sites I upload to. I don't see it improving.

I got my first 10c today on a 500+ trip. Stock in not an option for me to make money any more let alone cover my costs.

 :(

« Reply #132 on: June 02, 2020, 06:41 »
+5
It's a personal and difficult decission I don't like to be thinking about, but if I don't do anything, they win completely.

« Reply #133 on: June 02, 2020, 12:56 »
+4
Microstock agencies are one of the main reasons why making decent money by selling stock has become more and more difficult. You, as Shutterstock contributors, have a large part of responsibility for this situation and now you whine because Shutterstock is unfair with you ! BLAME YOURSELF for accepting contributing to these sites and selling photos for peanuts.

« Reply #134 on: June 02, 2020, 13:04 »
0
It's over.

At this point the only decission is to remain in the sh.i.t.t..y ones or not. That's it. We can't do anything against this new normality.

Companies are not humans, they don't have feelings.


« Reply #135 on: June 02, 2020, 13:05 »
+6
I think my hair went gray because of this, but I don't regret it.

LOL!

As one whose hair went gray long before SS made this stupid/greedy move and also as one who shut off my images over the weekend I can tell you this:

There's life after both GRAY HAIR and SHITTERSTOCK!

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D

« Reply #136 on: June 02, 2020, 13:10 »
+1
I guess nobody cares, but here is one more that has deactivated sales. I never thought I would do this.

me too

this is terrible

« Reply #137 on: June 02, 2020, 13:12 »
+5
Yes I will. I'm not going to sell my good photos for 0.10 USD, I am not an idiot!

« Reply #138 on: June 02, 2020, 13:38 »
+3
I think my hair went gray because of this, but I don't regret it.

LOL!

As one whose hair went gray long before SS made this stupid/greedy move and also as one who shut off my images over the weekend I can tell you this:

There's life after both GRAY HAIR and SHITTERSTOCK!

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D

Yes it was a greedy move. Noone should support something like this.
Thank you for the kind words, and for taking action.

« Reply #139 on: June 02, 2020, 13:49 »
0
I think my hair went gray because of this, but I don't regret it.

LOL!

As one whose hair went gray long before SS made this stupid/greedy move and also as one who shut off my images over the weekend I can tell you this:

There's life after both GRAY HAIR and SHITTERSTOCK!

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D

Yes it was a greedy move. Noone should support something like this.
Thank you for the kind words, and for taking action.

Unfortunately people continue to upload on the site.

Does anyone know a good hacker?  :D


« Reply #140 on: June 02, 2020, 13:52 »
+1
I asked them how much time it takes to take down all the photos, and they said that 72h. Let's see what happend.

« Reply #141 on: June 02, 2020, 13:54 »
+1
How long does it take since last Licensing options change to be able to change them again? I changed them yesterday at 10 AM local time but disabled only video. Now when I'm trying to disable photos as well - it keep saying that I did it too many times today, try later.


« Reply #142 on: June 02, 2020, 13:56 »
+16
Microstock agencies are one of the main reasons why making decent money by selling stock has become more and more difficult. You, as Shutterstock contributors, have a large part of responsibility for this situation and now you whine because Shutterstock is unfair with you ! BLAME YOURSELF for accepting contributing to these sites and selling photos for peanuts.

For heavens sake! Give this old saw a rest.

The "old school" stock photographers took work away from assignment photographers. There was good money in that too, but that didn't stop any of you from raking in the cash selling badly isolated apples and oranges for $500+ a pop (along with some really good work).

Could you dredge up some angst about how digital cameras ruined things for darkroom professionals?

And how exactly would anything have been any better if Shutterstock weren't around? Getty was ripping off photographers before Shutterstock was a glint in anyone's eye.

For what it's worth, the microstock setup was initially entirely reasonable and as fair as having both Woolworth and Neiman Marcus in the retail sphere, or Timex and Rolex in the watch market. The fact that Shutterstock grew up to be a money-grabbing public company that has forgotten that 100% of its content is owned by others (with no contract requiring it to be there for any period of time) has nothing to do with its origins in creating a new market for stock images & video.

It has gone horribly wrong, but selling higher volumes of images & video to small and medium sized businesses at a lower price is an entirely reasonable business proposition. Your arguments that we're all whiners just don't comport with any facts.

« Reply #143 on: June 02, 2020, 13:59 »
+1
I thought this, but I preferred not to waste time. Totally agree Jo Ann. Are you going to continue selling on SS?

« Reply #144 on: June 02, 2020, 14:08 »
+5
I thought this, but I preferred not to waste time. Totally agree Jo Ann. Are you going to continue selling on SS?

I disabled my portfolio May 31 and by yesterday afternoon I was #goneJune1!

https://twitter.com/joannsnover/status/1265775972386668544

« Reply #145 on: June 02, 2020, 14:17 »
+1
Wow! you have it very clear.

I have doubted this morning, but my first 0,1 sale help me to give the step. But, Are you still collaborating with istock? I say this by your signature. They pay also cents, sure?

I only uploaded actively to SS, AS and Pond5. Now, I don't really know where else to go because the alternatives don't convince me. (I think I have tried them all already).

« Reply #146 on: June 02, 2020, 15:34 »
+2
...But, Are you still collaborating with istock? I say this by your signature. They pay also cents, sure?

Yes and no. I do have my account there still and I have 100 or so images that I shot at an iStockalypse when I was an iStock exclusive. The terms of the deal (they provided the settings, models etc.) were that you could only upload the work to iStock.

As I can't license those images anywhere else, the loss to me of leaving them there to receive the utterly pathetic royalties iStock now pays independents is nil. It also gives me a way to see what they're up to :) I haven't uploaded there since I shut down almost all of my portfolio over the Getty-Google fiasco in 2013.

« Reply #147 on: June 02, 2020, 15:52 »
+1

We provide the options below to deactivate/delete your contributor account:
 
Opting out of sales (recommended option)
Opting out of sales will remove your content from online display, but keeps your account active and ensures that your earnings payment will be made when you reach the minimum payout level. Your referral earnings will also continue to accumulate. Opting in or out of sales allows you to quickly reinstate your previously approved content if you decide to return to Shutterstock in the future.
 
To opt out of sales, log into your account and navigate to the Account Settings page from the drop-down menu under your name in the top right corner of the page. Scroll down to the section How can we license your work? and select No for the sales options.
 
 
Deactivating your account
Deactivating your account removes your content from online display and bars you from access to your account and participation in our forums. If you wish to return at a later time, the account can usually be reactivated with the help of our care team. We will pay any outstanding earnings above $1, but you will need to contact us in advance to process this payment.

Contact us if you wish to deactivate your account or if you wish to reactivate an old account. Please do not create another account without contacting us first, as this is not permitted per the Contributor Terms of Service.

Deleting your account
You have the right to access and correct, or delete your Personal Information and privacy preferences at any time. You can immediately change your profile here or request a deletion of your personal information from our privacy team - [email protected]. Deleting your account will permanently remove your content from online display, bar access to your account and participation in our forums. You can find detailed information on our Privacy Policy.
 

« Reply #148 on: June 02, 2020, 16:14 »
+3
i just disabled mine  :'(

« Reply #149 on: June 02, 2020, 16:15 »
+11
I deactivated my portfolio of 10K


 

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