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  1. Dls consistent @~160/month. Earnings consistent with worst months (worst yet). It's all about the ELs, ODs and SODs.......you don't gottem, you don't make much! Still, no effort made for 2 years now, so I don't complain! 🙃 Besides, for me, July is commission month.........Christmas comes early.
  2. One of the above plagiarists has 3 pages of footage....this spacey one actually has 6 copies turn up when you view theirs! Amazing. https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-1062489079-futuristic-space-station-looks-very-beautiful-multi Edit: Forgot to say that in the 'lamb' footage above the first one doesn't even seem to have an author. How does that work?
  3. Interesting how 'bleating' blatant those thieves/plagiarists have become with footage. At least with photos some thieves actually went to the trouble of flipping and/or blurring. SS installs software to stop contributors uploading similars but appears not to use software to detect blatant copies. Even the length of all those clips is the same! UFB.
  4. Interesting that that photo was on Page 1 of food (45million images) whilst the description is totally inaccurate (no bowl and not mixed nuts only pistachios). Even more crazy is his image a bit lower on that same 'food' page of a street pigeon with no food in sight (looking for food). https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/rock-pigeon-street-looking-foodrock-600w-1684487635.jpg You can't tell me there isn't something bent!
  5. Declining rewards lead to waning interest among contributor forum participants (aka stock is not so hot as it was!).
  6. Language change is at the bottom of page for me.
  7. Fortunately, in July I have commissioned work and I don't have to worry about the pathetic sales this month (and they are truly pathetic).
  8. I would suspect that the AI used to couple the final illustration with the components submitted is incapable of relating the two (as a human brain is capable of doing so) and should be called AUI (artificial unintelligence). As evidenced by all the thieves here, a simple flip of a photo does not show up in similar images in search....by which means many stolen images remain hidden from the original author.
  9. "Never mind the quality, feel the width." 😄 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Mind_the_Quality,_Feel_the_Width
  10. Selling nicked pics makes money. Caring costs and shareholders hate costs but love making money. 🙄
  11. It's funny but FT (where I was exclusive) was the reason I came to SS in 2012. Somehow, I never thought I was good enough for SS then but when I was with FT I was doing well with a couple of really good sellers...........until they suddenly (and I mean suddenly) stopped selling. I had a couple of images that sold really well and within 2 weeks, they never sold again. So, I deleted them from FT and came to SS where the one image had sold 500X on FT and suddenly stopped whereas it has sold here 4,000+ times which only tells me that it was a good commercial image and that whatever happened in 20
  12. Agree absolutely. I have similar cameras(D800 and D5200). They're both great for stock or almost anything else and the great thing about the D5200 series is the fully articulated monitor. D800s are big lumps especially with a grip but they are good with 36Mp full frame and really cheap used (I paid €600 for my D800 with only 20K shots on the shutter). My take everywhere camera is a Sony A6000 APS-C (24Mp) sensor with 16-50mm kit lens which you can buy new for less than €500 now. This camera fits in my pocket of a photo-jacket and delivers fantastic quality (far in excess of what's required fo
  13. Can't make any money on interest these days. In fact, if you have a million on the bank, they now charge you interest for leaving it there. Crazy world! Happily unaffected! 🤣
  14. Beware using aperture settings beyond f11 (f16, f22 etc) as diffraction causes the images to become softer rather than sharper. Resolution is not the same as depth of field and most modern lenses resolve best (best fine detail) between f4 and f8. Prime lenses usually have better resolution characteristics than zoom lenses and if the Sony/Zeiss prime lens is too expensive, there are plenty of good and cheaper alternatives from Sigma and Tamron. Your present zoom lens and camera combination is probably sufficient for your purposes considering that you don't have the Sony R camera which was used
  15. Trouble is that when reviewers interpret intellectual property rights correctly or incorrectly as they apply to images sent for review, the safest decision for them to make if they have any doubts is to reject. If they incorrectly rejected the image, there's no comeback to them whereas if they pass the image incorrectly, the comeback could be significant. Let someone else on a higher pay-grade take the decision. 🙂
  16. Fabulous videos, Annie. They must have taken so much work after the insights into making them and design of each one. Really pro work.......and for a one-woman-band, incredible. We've got our meaty-treats Christmas edition shooting coming up in July and hope that we're still able to deliver after what has become a very turbulent year in my in-law family (death and illness). Haven't had much time for or inkling to do photography. If I like the results of the Christmas edition, I'll send a link! All the best.
  17. All the things you can use a roof for! Taken Tuesday in Schoorl (NH) not a million miles from you! Seems like the parent birds weren't too fussy about providing shelter from the sun for their offspring but then again they probably didn't think they would have to when building the nest in the coldest spring for 40 years.
  18. And I thought I had an anonymous patron who was sending me free money! 🙂 Sales not registering on map whilst being registered on the detailed earnings summary.
  19. You have an excellent commercial PF and I'm sure that had you started when I did in 2012, you would have made (and still be making) a lot of money here. That is sort of the problem here between the 'newbies' who started after the really good times were coming to an end (2017 on) and the people like me who started 8 or 9 years ago. Those really were the easy days compared with now. I regularly earned $300-$400/every month with a PF of 500 images. And, although I've been a professional photographer for many years, I never approached stock with the degree of professionality and analysis as eg Ann
  20. I hate my smartphone for photography because it's a cheapo Oppo72A....but I have seen the results from an iPhone12 Pro max and they are very good indeed even at 100% screen. Still have a preference though for my DSLRs (at least you can see in bright sunlight unlike my phone screen) or Sony A6000 which now costs around 1/3rd of an iPhone12ProMax incl 16-50mm lens!
  21. Interestingly, in Alexandre Rotenberg's interview with Doug Jensen he said that one of his worst decisions ever was to let someone else (external agency subcontracted by Adobe) do the keywording on thousands of his videos. Those videos rarely sell on Adobe whilst they do well on SS (keyworded by Doug himself). Others are crap at keywording and it's very important to get it right.
  22. Perhaps it has to do with portfolios that have a large percentage of 'food'. Had a lucky $3.35 ODD today which helps bring up the monthly total but dl's are still down by around 20% this month.......and that's the one thing that has been pretty consistent for the last 12 months until now; downloads. I don't have any right to complain though, as I've uploaded nothing in the last12 months and 15 in the 12 months before that!
  23. Fairly normal up until this week but now it's desperate. Four subs yesterday before 11am but nothing in the last 24 hours! DLs down too on previous months unless there's a lot of sales in the next 5 days.
  24. Now I have to ask seriously....does that look like an image that sold 10,000 times? Nah.
  25. I count only 🤣 5 in the top 9 now out of 7.6 million images. He must be slipping as he doesn't have the no. 1 spot! Makes up for it in 'man' where the number of his pics at the top seems to be increasing. What I find quite amazing is that on Android where the images are rated (not on Firefox) his top image in 'man' gets this predicate............. No different really to when I last looked a couple of weeks ago.
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