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  1. I believe buyers do too! And I say this as someone who is also tripped up from time to time by DOF issues (those photos I try not to submit, unless I think the issues are minor enough that they'd be of use to someone. Other people's mileage may vary).
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    For some reason the picture in the OP is not loading. I do recall the SS comments on what needs a PR making this same/similar point. Some buildings need a PR, though if not the subject of the photo, then they would take photos on a case by case basis.
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    Are buyers taking a break?

    I've been on for a couple of years, though I have been uploading photos, not vectors/illustrations/etc so things for me might not be totally comparable. My sales have been flat for a while, and vary from month to month. For the past few months I haven't uploaded much as I am trying to improve my stock photography skill.
  4. In addition to what has already been said: You do seem to have a fair number of editorial photos for a port your size. I am not sure what a 'normal' number should be, but these tend not to sell as well as ones for commercial use. Not that the don't sell, just not as well. Sometimes it might be unavoidable to submit as editorial (unless you have software that can remove objects/people etc, or remove things that have moved/are different between two otherwise identical images - eg, someone walking - and no MR, then you might have to go editorial). Make sure your images are 1) well composed. Some buyers will need space for copy so keep that in mind 2) well exposed/have good white balance/etc 3) Varied. Shutterstock frowns on having too many similars, though if you look at some ports, it seems they don't follow this 4) Either tell a common story uniquely or are unique images. I realize that some of this advice is already in this thread.
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    Learning not profits

    I know the feeling. I'm relatively new myself. Juggling work with learning can be tough! I think this and the OP show a better appreciation for how to approach stock &microstock more than the "I've been here 3 days, have two photos up and have had no sales" kind of questions.
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    A Sign of Life!!!!!!!

  7. I suspect a lot of the "old timers" here feel the same as well as many of the newer folks (I'm in the latter group - relatively new, I avoid having too many similars, do try to edit/improve those photos I do submit ...).
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    rejected for "title"

    True it's an american company. But it also sells stock photography in other countries (some of which speak British English). They have better things to do than worry about whether someone uses the American spelling of a word then the British one, at least where the British spelling is commonly known in the U.S. Not sure of some words though, like tyre.
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    If you have nothing to say please comment here ...

    I've been thinking and thinking of what not to comment on here. All I can say is "I got nothing".
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    rejected for "title"

    Gray is an acceptable spelling of grey (gray = spelling in the U.S., Grey= the U.K. and I suspect in other places where the dialect is closer to British English. Of course I don't know whether the algorithm SS uses will look for grey if "gray" is used (or gray if grey is used)
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    Newbie Post: Fixing Focus and Composition errors

    +1 on what other's have said. Watch a few videos on stock photography to get started. If you can, consider a photography course (be it online, in person, etc) if you can swing the time and money. Take your camera with you everywhere you go and practice, practice, practice (life being what it is, taking your photo everywhere might not be 100% practical if the options are leaving it in a car to be baked in the summer or frozen in winter and you don't have a place to store it indoors). When you're reading something, look at the advertisements that use photos and see what kinds of photos are used. Same with articles that have photos associated with them. Not so much to recreate them, but see how they compose the photos to leave space for text, use the rule of thirds, use the photo to tell a story, etc. I know I'm far from where I'd like to be when it comes to all of this - and I say this so I'm not accused of being the pot that calls the kettle black - but learning this stuff can be done! As Laurin would probably tell you at some point, take pictures that are unique to where you are.
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    When do you need a Property Release?

    That I think is trickier in the sense that you're still at the zoo and a Zoo's policy on that might change from zoo to zoo. I don't know what SS's policy is though you can always ask. I think it is something that was asked or talked about on another thread so you can always try searching the forum threads to find out. beyond that I'm not sure. Even if there's nothing to indicate it's in a zoo (other than something in the description indicating it's not a picture taken "in the wild"). I think you'd have to mention it somewhere it's a photo from a zoo.
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    When do you need a Property Release?

    It depends. Certain views and buildings need a property release. For example, the John Hancock Building in Boston, Falling Water (a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmans), the inside of the colloseum in Rome (but not the outside if I remember SS's list correctly) need Property Releases. You can start here: https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/protect-your-content-understanding-property-releases , and here: https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006642 and finally, here is a link that has several links to various places/events/etc that need releases: https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/Known-Image-Restrictions .
  14. I suspect what Oleschander meant was "of an inside a building" or that includes the inside a building: for example, a photo of someone's living area, the foyer of a building, etc. Even if the photo was taken looking in through a window.
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    Your Popular Images

    As has been stated, popular doesn't equal sold. It may be that the "most popular" images are those that have been viewed the most, clicked on the most, showed up in the most # of searches. It's possible how often (or recently) an image has sold is part of the algorithm that determines what "most popular" is. You'll see the list/order change from time to time, even if you don't add more photos to your port. As an aside, If you want to keep track of which of your photos has sold, the easiest way is to make a set of sold/downloaded/etc images and place them in that set whenever a previously unsold image gets sold. Unless of course, someone else has come up with an easier way.