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Mick Harper

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  1. Yes thanks Helena. The highlights are of course burned out. The pic was taken the other day on the hottest brightest day on record in Northern Ireland. Strange thing is i resubmitted it without any changes and it was accepted. I have reached the stage that I am losing confidence in my ability to process my work now because there are so very many rejections. I had 2 pics rejected today of a wildlife photographer at work with a note saying "too similar to work already accepted etc" I haven't another pic that looks anything like either of them in my entire collection. Discouraging to say the leas
  2. I have noticed the incidence of submission rejections has increased very dramatically over recent months and these often include rejections of work that has been accepted by other agencies without any rejections. Without giving the reason for its rejection at this stage I am submitting one of three images rejected for the same reason and asking for a critique of it. Can you tell me why you would reject it. I make no claim to fame or skill. I just enjoy taking photos. My equipment is average. A canon EOS 600D or EOS 1200D with an EF 28-105 lens. So take it easy on me!!!
  3. Yes indeed. The whole atmosphere has changed dramatically as Shutterstock continues its systematic exploitation of genuinely faithful contributors and their work. Sadly this is the norm in this dog eat dog society today. Earnings in this place have gone down and strangely review times have gone up. Not that I submit much these days having lost heart and interest.
  4. For what its worth I have done a quick survey of my sales over the past year. On average (give or take) my OD Enhanced Single and other sales revenue makes up between 40-50 % of my monthly total sales but my sales revenue is down between 40-50% following the rate review. I am not uploading anything like the amount of stuff that I was so my port is not growing. I am finding photos in review are taking much longer to get through QC. I have 4 images awaiting approval as I write with a number of them at least 36 hours. Before Christmas QC was taking only a few hours max in most cases. I
  5. Congrats, i just sank a glass of de l'eau in your honour.👐
  6. I notice that one of the Bullet Points on the contributor guidelines for this forum is: Refrain from making defamatory remarks about Shutterstock, our contributors, our customers, or our competitors. Please report inappropriate comments using the Report feature. Now why would anyone want to make defamatory comments about an organisation as equitable and fair as Shutterstock?
  7. It actually makes a lot of sense. We are all making a lot of noise but still giving them our images to sell. Shutterstock is making more profit because we still support them and wont withdraw our portfolios. Simples
  8. I'm a pretty mediocre photographer with not too grand expectations but to date I have 52 downloads in January with a grand total of of $10.15 cents earnings. A total insult from a company that meets all the characteristics that merit a description of uncaring, exploitative, insulting, and shabby. Why am i still here? Because I haven't the confidence to go. I enjoy photography and I enjoy the feeling every time one of my images is downloaded. We have a saying, " Stay Alive old horse and you will get grass"
  9. 23 image downloads so far in Jan for the princely sum of $2.76. That's dollars and not REAL money like £ sterling.😃 Hopeless.
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