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« on: July 17, 2018, 14:58 »
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It will come as a shock that iStock has stopped us from using the easiest tool to submit to them.

Per email....

Please use ESP, our mobile app, or one of our approved third‑party tools for future submissions
 
Keywording quality is essential to make it easy for customers to find and license
your imagery.

After careful review, weve concluded that the overall quality and accuracy of keywords we receive with imagery submitted using StockSubmitter does not meet the high standards we require.

Due to this, we are no longer supporting imagery submitted using StockSubmitter, effective end of day, July 20, 2018.

We value your content and hope that you will instead submit directly to us through our ESP upload tool or one of the third‑party direct upload tools that are available: DeepMeta or QHero.

We believe that by submitting directly to us, your keyword quality will improve, and it will be easier to find and license your imagery. This benefits our customers and  increases the potential of your content being licensed.

We have also made significant improvements to the speed and ease of keywording in ESP, both on the desktop and in our mobile app, which we encourage you to take a fresh look at.

Best wishes,

The Getty Images | iStock team


« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2018, 15:06 »
+3
Time to stop submiting to iStock >:(

nobody

« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2018, 15:13 »
+2
Just when I think things cannot get any lower for us  :-\


steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2018, 15:14 »
+6
My first reaction was that I would stop uploading to iStock. Images seem to get into Getty from all sorts of agency agreements anyway!

« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2018, 15:47 »
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I wonder if iStock will see a big reduction in uploaded images because of this. Personally, I don't want to upload images to each site individually...

ShadySue

« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2018, 16:16 »
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Keywording quality is essential to make it easy for customers to find and license
your imagery.
After careful review, weve concluded that the overall quality and accuracy of keywords we receive with imagery submitted using StockSubmitter does not meet the high standards we require.
Hmmm, so it's all StockSubmitter's fault that "Blue Whale" (my go-to keywording-quality search) sorted by newest is totally off the scale for inexplicability?! I can hardly imagine that to be the case! (a load of digitally designed interiors and a big set of a sick woman in bed. Some pics of pink petunias, (though I don't see 'blue whale' in the keywords, but sometimes keywords don't show on the page (don't ask, I don't know why)), many humpback whales ...

I can't imagine (admittedly without having used them) that their official tools will make that sort of egrecious keywording any better. And it can't be that people are adding "blue whale" after acceptance, as that can't be done nowadays.

« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2018, 16:28 »
+6
I was only submitting to IStock due to the convenience that it was possible through Stocksubmitter. This makes it an easy choice to drop them from the list. 

« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2018, 16:06 »
+1
I have used QHERO in the past. Its free, web and simple. It sucks because its an extra step in the workflow, though.

« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2018, 12:57 »
+8
We were working with them for a long while in regards to improve the keywords quality in the submissions coming through StockSubmitter to ESP.
We were open for a dialog and were implementing their every single requirement (you may have noticed those changes in the program).
Suddenly a month ago or so they had stopped communication with us on the matter. I guessed it's because they were satisfied with the keywords they're getting but... bah! out of the blue comes this decision to stop accepting submissions through StockSubmitter.
What can I say... that's a weird decision and it's completely illogical to cut the most convenient way to submit to them instead of keeping to work with us together to find a way to make it better for everyone...

ShadySue

« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2018, 13:28 »
+2
... it's completely illogical to cut the most convenient way to submit to them instead of keeping to work with us together to find a way to make it better for everyone...
Yup, it's the Getty Way or the Highway.

spacedrone808

  • spacedrone808


« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2018, 13:50 »
+1
We were working with them for a long while in regards to improve the keywords quality in the submissions coming through StockSubmitter to ESP.
We were open for a dialog and were implementing their every single requirement (you may have noticed those changes in the program).
Suddenly a month ago or so they had stopped communication with us on the matter. I guessed it's because they were satisfied with the keywords they're getting but... bah! out of the blue comes this decision to stop accepting submissions through StockSubmitter.
What can I say... that's a weird decision and it's completely illogical to cut the most convenient way to submit to them instead of keeping to work with us together to find a way to make it better for everyone...
Quite obvious that they want people to use their atrocious web-interface or incoherent deepmeta client.
Today is my last upload via stocksubmitter, big corporations can't do wise things, bye-bye istock.
   
« Last Edit: July 20, 2018, 12:54 by spacedrone808 »

« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2018, 13:55 »
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I noticed Stock Submitter became free for SS and BS a few months ago. It may be seen by iStock as an advantage for its competitors: low budget contributors (like me) will probably submit more images to SS/BS (no Stock Sumitter monthly limitation) than to IS (Stock Submitter limited to 35 images per month).

This might explain why iStock dont like Stock Submitter anymore.

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2018, 17:56 »
+3
Time to stop submiting to iStock >:(

That moment was years ago.

Their keywording system is so ridiculous that they cannot blame StockSubmitter for the bad keywording quality. People who put some effort into it, will do the same thing when uploading via StockSubmitter and those who are too lazy won't be uploading quality keywords with DeepMeta or QHero.

Such arrogance from Getty/iStock.

« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2018, 07:01 »
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After careful review, weve concluded that the overall quality and accuracy of keywords we receive with imagery submitted using StockSubmitter does not meet the high standards we require.


Wait, this is great news. iStock mentions high standards for keywording, it means they finally stopped with their efficiency-arguable and  time consuming "keyword disambiguation", I guess it means as well all the keywords will be taken in account on a file, technically implying there are no more "invisible keywords"...

oh... wait...

nicksimages

  • contact : nicksimages.com
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2018, 07:52 »
+2
That is just sad  >:(

Soon we will receive another poll about how to improve for contributors.... while they constantly do everything to make it worse for us

« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2018, 09:56 »
+1
We were working with them for a long while in regards to improve the keywords quality in the submissions coming through StockSubmitter to ESP.
We were open for a dialog and were implementing their every single requirement (you may have noticed those changes in the program).
Suddenly a month ago or so they had stopped communication with us on the matter. I guessed it's because they were satisfied with the keywords they're getting but... bah! out of the blue comes this decision to stop accepting submissions through StockSubmitter.
What can I say... that's a weird decision and it's completely illogical to cut the most convenient way to submit to them instead of keeping to work with us together to find a way to make it better for everyone...
You guys have been doing really well in this. Guess getty does not like people who don't give it a convinient excuse to pull out

« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2018, 14:13 »
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In the meantime, Istock collection size and scope is diminishing every day against their competitors.

https://www.selling-stock.com/Article/getty-istock-shutterstock-comparisons

The comparison in the video department would be even much worse.

"you reap what you sow" never more appropiate ..........

In any case it still surprises me that non exclusives supply to an agency that gives a 15% (photo) 20%(video) back to contributors when there are much better alternatives. Definitely many creative people are not the smartest and some agencies just take advantage of it......

 
« Last Edit: July 23, 2018, 14:17 by everest »

« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2018, 05:41 »
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I uploaded loads of images over the last few days, using SS, and had no problems !?  am I missing something ??

ESP/Getty shows :  Accepted/Published

iStock shows :   Stock photo ID:1005353488 - Upload date:July 22, 2018

Images are on sale !   8)

« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2018, 06:05 »
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Same for me today. Did they change their decision ?

« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2018, 01:26 »
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They didn't.

« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2018, 03:56 »
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???

still Uploading and Submitting for me just now !

 ;D

« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2018, 03:02 »
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???

still Uploading and Submitting for me just now !

 ;D

So, are they still accepting Stocksubmitter submissions?

« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2018, 01:08 »
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Tried it today, stocksubmitter will not even upload to istock now. It lets me choose the ESP keywords though, so i might be doing something wrong

« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2018, 02:11 »
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I just submited images and videos to iStock with stocksubmitter. Everything is going fine.

« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2018, 10:07 »
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I just submited images and videos to iStock with stocksubmitter. Everything is going fine.
I think i goofed, seems to be working again.


 

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