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Crowing Hen

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. Mine reset. Does a happy dance! (double checks the paypal is correct - yes! continues happy dance) I haven't been doing much stock photography because I was worried I wouldn't get paid. If it works out, then I want to do some experiments to see if the new pricing structure works for me or if it's not a good fit.
  2. Yes, I think I reached the min in May, but I didn't keep a record. I know I reached it in June. Everyone else seems to have no problem being paid, so I suspect it's not a problem with SS. It's probably user error. But I don't know enough about American paperwork to understand where my error is. It says my tax form is accepted. But then again, it said it was accepted back when I put my PO box as my address, which on re-reading the instructions, I can see won't work. I got more reply from SS help so I'm going to try to figure out what it means so I can follow their instructions. If I figure out what I did wrong, I'll share here for the next Canadian having the same issue.
  3. um, wow! fastest help reply ever. improving my opinion of SS. Apparently it hasn't reset yet and the email hasn't gone out. Fingers crossed!
  4. Doesn't seem to have reset. I sent them a query to find out what I've done wrong.
  5. Thanks. if it didn't work, I'll be back here next month.
  6. I'm in Canada. We're a very troublesome country. 😄 I left the payment set to 35 and the place where it's going is correct. I think it was the wrong address on the tax form that might have done it. I hope that is what it was. I didn't think it would be this difficult to get paid. I wish there was some obvious sign that said "Well Done, you reached the minimum amount. We want to give you money so you can keep submitting more photos - but you forgot to do Z U and X. Do these things and money will arrive next month." Sigh. But I'm hopeless with computers.
  7. Thank you. I reviewed the tax form and it looks like I had a PO box and it wanted a house address. So I'm guessing I won't get paid this month either because I made a mistake. I'll wait till next month. But I don't want to upload more until I can see the money in my account.
  8. The email and payment type are correct. I'm just wondering if it's something to do with not being a US resident/citizen? Do I have to do some special step?
  9. Still no reset. The thing is, I'm certain I got past the minimum before the start of June. Which means I would have been paid last month? How can I tell if there's something wrong with the way I've set things up?
  10. I'm trying to understand better how to get the money from my account here. I think I reached the limit before the end of two months ago, but I wasn't sure. But in June, I definitely exceeded the minimum amount for payment. Am I supposed to be doing something to get the money? I've set up the tax thing and the payment details. It says it should reset the counter to zero and pay me in about 2 weeks... but do I get any clue now that I'm going to get paid. I'm hesitant to upload more if I'm not going to get paid.
  11. There are a lot of choices here. SS is one option. They bring the web hosting, the customers, the search engine, enforcement against customers breaking the rules, etc. We bring our photos. Because it's their playground, they get to set the rules, but it is always our choice to opt in or go play somewhere else. For me, what SS brings to the transaction outweighs what I'm bringing, so I am content with the 25cents I've been getting. But I'm not yet sure if I'll be content with the new price structure. The price increase seems much easier for me to meet that I could get more than 25cents per image if I put some effort into it is attractive. But the annual reset seems a bit daunting. I've got other irons in the fire so I'm not going to be uploading or leaving SS until I see where this change leads. But I have been looking into selling stock photos on etsy where I can choose my own price. Etsy also takes fees, but they provide a nice search engine and payment processing which I like. But they don't have the advantages of a stock agency. So I don't know yet if it's worth the bother.
  12. Wow, that's a big change. Not sure how I feel about this. As a low level contributor, I kind of like the annual reset. But I suspect 15% is a lot less than the 25 cents I'm getting now. Time will tell if it's worth my bother uploading more. I'm in the wait and see camp. Question: is this change retroactive to Jan 1st this year? That would really suck!
  13. With review times so long and rejections getting a bit silly, I've stopped uploading images to SS until they can catch up. Which is working out well for me as I can take all the things I learned from the SS reviews and improve my product photography for my etsy shop. I'm really happy with how my technical skills are improving.
  14. Cute images. keywording looks good. The only thing I can see with your titles is they might be longer to gently stuff more keywords in there. One trick I learned is before uploading or doing a photo shoot, I have a quick search on Shutter Stock to see how many images there are. I see you have an image of a plaster, so I looked up "plaster vector" and found 65,302 results. That's a lot of competition! Your image has to be better than the 65 thousand people who were here first! But when I look up "ripped plaster vector" there's less than 200 results and many of them of electricians tape. That's a tiny niche. It may have more specialized buyers, but it does mean you're images will show up higher in the search. There are a lot of near-empty niches on SS if you look. On the whole I think it would be worth uploading more. Most blogs/articles these days say that it takes 700 images to start selling on SS, but I started selling at about 100. I notice a direct correlation between the number of images and the amount of sales. I'm trying to get to 1000 by the end of the year but real life keeps getting in the way of photography.
  15. Strange text on the first post so I couldn't read it. But guessing it's a "I'm new, how can I improve" kind of post. Neat picture. The keywords include things that aren't in the image like "farmer" which will hurt your status in the search. Also the title "banana on a strange brown background" could be changed to describe it better and take advantage of the keywords that people will use to search. ie, "top down photo of one banana and one peal on a textured brown and red background"
  16. In a way that makes sense. They know what their customers buy and can curate their content to both match the customers and influence future customers. For what I'm looking for is some more communication so I can submit content that is more aligned with what SS wants. I like the strict review process and reviewing each individual image - it's helped me learn a lot about photography - but the similar content rejection is where I get stuck the most. To me, the images are very different - yes, there are sissors and cloth in both, but they have very different composition and show distinctly different aspects of the process. So I'm confused why they would be rejected and what SS wants from me as a contrubitor. I think I'm going to start looking at some of the other microstock sites. SS has been great, but I understand that there are different customer bases in the different sites so maybe I can find one that I am a better match for.
  17. Here's another one. I found a dead skate (like a flat shark) on the beach and took a few shots. I submitted four. 1. from a distance with lots of copy space 2. close up of head from a different angle 3. closeup of tail to show spikes 4. turned over and showing the underside - with details of teeth With a background in natural history, I figured these are the four images I would need to accurately show the different features of a skate (although I culled the fin spikes because I didn't think the quality of that picture turned out well) 1 and 4 were rejected for similar content. Are the SS customers not interested in detail shots like these? I would like to know so I would stop uploading the technical shots here and just do the "from a distance with lots of copy space" kind of thing here. If they are interested in technical shots, I would like to know how best to describe the images so they don't get rejected.
  18. Here's what I mean by technical images This is the first of eight in a tutorial series showing how the knit stitch is made when the left wrist is injured (and yes, I know the highlights are blown - it was before I knew how to post process). Only being able to post the one image limits the audience to more general readers. But I think being able to share the series would increase the amount of people who find it useful I've had magazine editors complain to me that they can't find good technical stock photography for tutorial series.
  19. From what I've discovered the microstock sites seem much the same but with different customer focuses. Some have a larger customer base like the adobe one, getty, and SS. The news people seem to use Getty more often so that's a good place if you shoot current events. For microstock I've stuck with SS because they have a reputation for having the strictest review process and I'm still getting to learn the technical details of photography - I get free feedback on how to improve my photography. Nice. For mid-stock, I've been using Alamy. Again, good reputation for having strict reviews (but not as strict as SS). The customer base is different and I don't often cross post my photos between SS and A. When I do cross post photos, they sell better on SS, so I suspect people find them on A and then do a reverse image search. The images of mine that sell well over there have more beauty or technical feel whereas the ones that sell here on SS, are more ugly like someone just snapped a quick pic of something they were doing. I did a lot of renos over the holidays and those photos are selling well here even though they are way too ugly and badly composed. Same, same, but with different customer needs.
  20. I like that there are fewer similar contents when searching for the images. It's annoying to have 27 different versions of the same image with slightly different colour or filters added to it. I do find it a bit hard when uploading images that are technical. For example, I want to show the 6 or 7 very specific stages of a technique that to an untrained eye look similar but for the placement of the tool or hand, but to a professional are drastically different. For my day job, I often need to make technical tutorials and for these, the company wants the camera angle to be stationary. When I do this for SS, I find I can only get one approved. I suspect the problem is that most people who review photos don't have highly technical knowledge on every single subject in the universe (which is fair enough), so I want to find a way to show that these photos are actually different. Since I know people do use (and more importantly spend money on) a series like this, how can I best enter keywords or title to show the reviewer these photos are relevant?
  21. Two days seem a bit long. Mine usually show up in about 12 hours. Have you tried clearing browser history or looking in incognito mode? Sometimes I have to look at my profile in a different browser to see the new content - probably a sticky cookie. Also, I've been away for two months and I come back and boy things are slower here. Even the keyword generator is laggy (my internet usually operates at about 400mbps and I keep my browser clean so it's probably not on my end.). These are unusual times, so I think everyone is struggling with the changes. But it is the first time that I've had the other stock site I submit to be faster on the approval than SS. When I look at your pictures, I see 817 images for sale. Is that what you're seeing?
  22. Not sure what "good money" means as this depends on a lot of different things. There are people who make a living with stock photography, but most of them are out taking photographs and don't hang out on the forums much. For me, it's a source of passive income and hopefully by the time I retire, I'll be making some nice pin money from stock photography. It's just one of many passive income streams I'm setting up these days. It seems to be two ways to go for making amazing money at this. 1. Make absolutely amazing photos - better than any of the millions of contributors out there. 2. find empty niche and fill them - the niche can be style or subject. Either path, you need to be aware of your key wording so buyers can find your photos. I find Nicole Glass's YouTube channel to be a good starting point. For the most part, be like the Turtle and keep on uploading. Be steady, and focus on quality.
  23. I'm wondering if it's the way her shirt is hanging open. She does have undergarments on, so it's not revealing, but in some cultures that's taboo. Or it could very easily be a keyword was flagged. They aren't very clear with the feedback, so we have to try different things and learn by trial and error.
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