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  1. is it just me or is stock photography dead?? last year, when I wasn't uploading for some time time..on any agency..I was still earning decent money..granted, SS was my main source of income so income plummeted with their new payments, but still, I was never expecting to earn this little lately...wtf is going on?? where are people buying their images these days? or are they just not buying anymore?? I have realised that people are satisfied with terrible pics..is this it? they shoot it themselves and don't pay anymore??
  2. earning what I used to 5 - 7 years ago...good times..
  3. I am not there yet..but yes..with ss we are beggars in our own homes..ridiculous
  4. so you're doing micro stock ..why? is that to get some extra cash at the end of the month? if that's the reason, what cash are you getting? that's my point. no matter why you're doing it, SS just killed everyone's "revenue"...I know you get it if you stop doing micro stock, what else can you do that is similar in terms of activity/pay?
  5. obviously this isn't going anywhere. It's like suing one of those huge companies..they have they money to make the trial last last years while you lose everything.. deleting accounts or not uploading as I did hasn't had any effect and now we are earning peanuts. it breaks my heart saying this but I am considering admitting defeat and uploading again...I'm doing the work anyway for the other agencies so.. I hate this...I'm always wondering how these guys sleep at night, but they probably sleep better than me..in their high quality sheets and pillows... and it's like Mick Harper s
  6. thank you all!! I think I'll try affinity..I know it works well for photography, I didn't know they did design too I was gonna go for Corel draw but they're much cheaper...will try !! thx
  7. don't know if this is the right place for this question... I am looking for a software to create vectors for stock..I used to use adobe illustrator but don't want to pay anymore...any other program that's similar?? I don't do big things, my vectors are simple thx!
  8. so i last month was the first without any enhanced or on demand sale..just subscription...it was the worst month i had in 5 years.... and i ve been reading what s being said about SS keeping pics and vids in google...what the hell is wrong with those guys?? who educated them??? and sadly they're not the only ones, this world has gone to shit !!! no respect for workers, no value, it's all about the money i wonder how bad it's gonna get in January...
  9. so after 2 months..i ve got more or less the same number of downloads, around 120, mostly subs obviously..so the math is easily done...without enhanced or on demand sales i'm screwed and august won't sell much... and sadly expecting them to change things is just stupid...changing things would mean they would have to apologise somehow and we all know that's not gonna happen pfff
  10. i've been away for some time...anything new happened or still the same?
  11. so my profile picture with the 0.10 crossed and my tagline saying to find my elsewhere just got deleted....exploitation, censorship...what else?
  12. https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/ultimate-stock-photography-business-tips TIP #3 made me laugh
  13. 60% less this month at leat... i haven't earned this little for at least 7 or 8 years and i've been at it for 10... i will deactivate at the end of the month...even though i need every PENNY what pisses me off is that SS hasn't said a f***ing word !! even though the number of images is slowly decreasing...i feel like one of those crowdsource workers, that get paid 0,10 or less for data entry and stuff...the difference is that i put money into my work and energy, i am not just sitting at my desk ticking boxes or clicking images...SS used to be the stock agency that paid me the most..
  14. so i just had a thought...what if we flooded the online marketing departments of big customers with messages, polite messages, telling them about the situation and to help us, those who produce the images, to get a fair pay..telling them that they can find the same picture with AS and to move their subscriptions there.. obviously the customers are aware of what's happening, but it couldn't hurt right?
  15. i'm having a hard time believing those saying they re having good sales despite the change. i mean if things are good or even better than before, what are you doing here?? if i was having better times, i'd come here to see what's going on coz obviously things are going on...but i wouldn't contribute to the forum if you've always sold mostly OD and still are then right now you're probably ok and that's good for you, on Jan 01, that won't be the case though. if you're selling mostly subs, then with the same number of sales you should be 1/3 lower, simple logic ( level 4 and above
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