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Wilm Ihlenfeld

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  1. A few exceptions don't change the fact that the RPD has fallen sharply. Since the new revenue structure I have lost 40% in terms of RPD.
  2. Hello, Annie, it's frightening to see Corona causing such severe break-ins for you as well. It's frustrating to see that even a previously enthusiastic, committed and successful contributor like you is no longer uploading anything to shutterstock. If I had a say in the company, I would worry about whether my approach is the right one. Not just because of you, of course. But precisely because people like you have formed the foundation - the foundation for a strong, market-leading company - so far, at least. Of course it is a difficult time for all of us, including shutterstock. But the path shuttersock has taken will not have a good end for all concerned - that much is certain. Shutterstock chose this path because the upper management didn't care what happened at the contributors. But this is a one-way street through which the company must also pass. And the chosen path will take a bitter revenge. Unmotivated "employees" are the death of any company. Here are my figures. We are very close. It's a disaster. Concerning downloads and concerning income!
  3. I'm glad I don't have to share that frustration anymore. Since I'm not uploading anything (stopped at the end of May 2020), I don't have to be angry anymore. I don't want to sound or be arrogant in any way, but when I look at the new images, at least half of them make me wonder how they got past the artificial intelligence selection. Many absolutely unsaleable images. The artificial intelligence sifts through the images. Which is necessary, because the amounts uploaded at shutterstock daily - still, for whatever reason - are too large to be done by staff personnel. So the database grows daily - besides surely also very good material - by masses of bad images. And many good images do not make it through the selection process. Maybe the AI is simply not yet mature.
  4. The question that arises is a purely statistical one. How many downloads do you think are necessary to give a statistically relevant answer? 100? 1,000? 10,000? 100,000? If you like, I can calculate the numbers for you. However, I can only give you these figures based on four-digit downloads (I have already posted them here). If that is not enough from your point of view, I am the wrong person to talk to and we have to look for a level 6 provider who is willing to offer reliable statistics. If we find this contributor I am absolutely sure that he will tell you very clearly that things are going downhill. Because it is absolutely certain that shutterstock has calculated to his advantage.
  5. I am still waiting for the announced answer from support on how exactly the downloads of our files for the Microsoft-Ads deal will be compensated. And my feeling tells me that I will never get an answer to that.
  6. That reminds me of R. Kelly! ... If anybody asks you who I am, just stand up tall, look 'em in the face and say I'm that star up in the sky I'm that mountain peak up high Hey I made it, hmm I'm the worlds greatest ... And the world will notice a king (oh, yeah) When all is darkness, I'll shine a light (shine a light) And the mirrors of sucesss reflect in me (Me) I'm that star up in the sky I'm that mountain peak up high Hey I made it I'm the worlds greatest
  7. My Top 20 here at shutterstock: 6.632 2.393 1.763 1.353 1.146 948 911 869 844 790 763 748 711 707 666 625 565 558 544 541
  8. Yesterday I had my personal negative record. 50% of the downloads were those for $0.10 - despite level 5.
  9. Hello, Mirko, i just tried this and can't find your image - screenshot attached.
  10. Thank you for this information, Steve! It reassures me to know that they would like more uploads. So it hurts them after all that many contributors do not act in the way they want to.
  11. Thank you very much for your kind words, Jose! I will definitely try again there at a later date.
  12. Hmmm, that's interesting, Christina. It would also be interesting to know how many other providers have also received this message. I haven't received anything like this. However, I'm one of the low uploaders, so shutterstock probably doesn't think I'm interesting. Anyways: every line you write is absolutely correct.
  13. Attached the facts as an image. A few more remarks: My numbers are generally bad at the moment - not only at shutterstock. Maybe it's the virus. Even according to the old earnings structure July and August would be extremely bad. I haven't uploaded anything to shutterstock since the end of May. Maybe this is also noticeable. However, I have uploaded new images to other agencies, and still the income is bad there, too. I have deleted some images from shutterstock. July 2020 was my worst July since 2011. July at AS was not good either but I had 27% more income there. August is on it's way to my worst month ever at shutterstock. Maybe at AS as well. Only 13% more than here. Desaster!
  14. Hi Alexandre, once again, thank you very much for taking the time to bring this subject to my attention! Yes, the problem with the missing persons is certainly also a problem. On the other hand, when I look at book series, such as Charlotte Link, Dan Brown, Frank Sch├Ątzing, Henning Mankell, Gil Ribeiro and many more, they are usually free of people. But, sure, it would certainly be beneficial to add to the theme. And, yes, that's also true, my images are not unique enough and mostly too static or a bit boring.
  15. Thank you very much, Alexandre. That's interesting, because I wouldn't have thought of three of your examples. The image of the ship I had sent there. I had made a subjective selection of images that I thought might come into question - a few examples are given below.
  16. I would like to thank Alexandre Rotenberg for the information about Arcangel. And thank you, Deb, for bringing this up once more. I did not know this agency before. Since I found 10 books with covers that were made with my images, I decided to apply there. Unfortunately I was rejected. The reasons were detailed and extensive. And I admit that most of my images are certainly unsuitable for book covers. I am aware that the typical microstock style is not suitable there. In addition, I would have had a problem with the minimum width of 4,500 px anyway - but I didn't have the info until after I had sent the application.
  17. Hmmm, first of all, thank you for the compliment. But compared to others I know, I sell only old, used LandRovers. Because they have much less images and sell much more. But regardless of that, you are an exception in my opinion. Obviously you are at the top end of the scale. So from my point of view it's not necessarily a question whether you sell videos or stills. Money can be made with both. Especially if you work hard. Which unfortunately very rarely applies to me. However: I wish you continued good sales!
  18. The 300 dpi rule is actually outdated. It comes from a time when most printers printed in 60 screen (60 lines per inch). Today a 70 or 80 screen is the standard. What is actually needed are images with about 350 or 400 dpi. If a printing company can print in a 100 screen, even considerably more. So: An image has a resolution of 4,500 x 3,375 pixels, then it is sufficient for a printing company that - printed in a 60 screen, for a size of 38,1 x 28,1 cm - printed in a 70 screen, for a size of 32,1 x 24,1 cm - printed in an 80 raster, for a size of 28,5 x 21,4 cm
  19. Doug, You have seven times the amount of videos in your portfolio here - compared to my amount of stills, and you earn seven times the amount of money per month here. So I don't necessarily see the huge advantage of videos over stills, which you keep promoting here. I find the statement a bit generalistic. I'm quite sure that any contributor can earn as much money with stills as you do with videos - if he/she approaches it in an equally structured and professional way.
  20. A bit more than $400 in average here. 1250 images - no videos. But the new revenue structure is pushing the average down.
  21. You're not serious, are you, Alex? I have to say, though: If it continues like this, as it did in the first week of August, it will be my worst month ever at shutterstock concerning income.
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