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  1. Email support and explain what is happening, and ask for a case number to use when submitting.
  2. Personally, I don't like lenses that don't offer a constant aperture throughout the zoom range. For the same price, you might be better off getting a 200-500mm, and then a 70-200mm f/4, (or a Tamron or Sigma 70-200 f/2.8). You could probably get one or both used.
  3. That is the smallest subscription plan. Companies that buy a lot of images get the 750 photos for $249 plan ($0.33/photo).
  4. The Nikon D7500 will work for some wildlife, but don't expect good results if you shoot fast moving subjects (animals running, birds in flight, sports, etc). The focus system on the D7500 isn't fast enough to keep up with action as well as other cameras. If you expect to shoot moving wildlife, you would be better off with a D500.
  5. No, the bird is definitely out of focus. Look at it full size.
  6. If it had sold before, they may have grabbed it from some web site that obtained it legally? This happens all the time. I would forget the takedown notice (it has already been used) and just send them an invoice.
  7. No. You cannot alter an editorial photo. Also, you cannot submit a document with someone name/address or other personal info as editorial. Your best bet is to create such a document yourself using fictitious info, print it, and use that.
  8. You get the percentage for your level. You need level 4 to get 30%. If you are at level 4, 30% is what you get. When you see the "minimum price" of $65 for your video, that is for a single download. Videos, like photos, can be purchased at a much lower cost if the buyer has a subscription. I doubt Shutterstock is going to reverse course and reinstate the old royalty scheme. Many people get frustrated with the lower rates and leave, but at the same time many new people arrive and upload content. And even with the lower rates on Shutterstock, I make more here than I do on sites th
  9. You need hundreds of good quality images to start making sales. Your images don't have much commercial utility. For each of your images, there are hundreds or thousands of the same topic that are much better quality than yours. For each of your images, do a search on Shutterstock of the same subject and see what you have to compete against. If you want to succeed, find subjects that haven't been covered yet, or subjects with little coverage and do them better. Then use good titles and relevant keywords. Using keywords that don't apply just frustrates the buyers and wi
  10. A lot of what is in Karl Taylor's video would apply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIm-SZHKOW4 It is for photos, but you would need to replace the flashes with strong continuous light if shooting video. Either way, it is very informative and helpful for any sort of studio work.
  11. Also the lamp looks like it might be a trademarked design (bit I don't know for sure).
  12. This sounds like a focus tuning issue, I have a Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.8, and it is very sharp. In all the reviews I have seen and in all the sample photos, the Nikon lens is far superior to the Yongnuo.
  13. It will work fine, as long as you understand it's limitations. The sensor in a D5300 is the same sensor as in the equivalent D7x00 series camera. The main difference is features and convenience, not image quality (with the exception of focus fine tune, see below). You will want good glass, primes will be the most cost effective and generally faster than good zooms. Avoid "super zoom" type lenses (18-200, 18-140, 28-300, etc) as they offer poor image quality, and they are also very slow. For zoom lenses, stick with those that offer a constant aperture throughout the zoom range (usuall
  14. Use LibreOffice Math, then export as an image, and then delete the background.
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