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In an email that is going out today, we are announcing that we will be updating the earnings structure that determines how much you get paid when customers license your work. We are making this adjust

This space will be updated to address frequently asked questions.  My email shows different counts for videos than are shown above. Which is correct? Apologies. The email to video contributo

Just when you think Shutterstock couldn't completely and utterly screw the contributors and more you've gone and done it. Effectively with a January reset everybody gets a cut of 20% or more of e

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If you put a lot effort in taking pictures. Spend money on camera's etc. And you dont get paid. Why should i continue uploading pictures. Because working here cost more than the payment. Wanted to add more video's. But if the pay bad and dont do that anemyore Videos cost more time to produce and upload. The Amount of pay was not much for me by uploading 19000+ photos and video's. So can u explain why i should continue. I am looking forward for answers. In general why should people continue uploading photos. Shutterstock has already has a nice collection so you get paid. And if people continue upload every month couple photos. You get paid. But only by fair payment people will continue at your site. And people who dont see profit stop. Shutterstock is the number one stocksite. Istock, once i got 2 dollar cents paid for a photo, so i stopped uploading. And probabally wil delete that account

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Sorry of course, very sorry!
The sadness a little relieves only one thing, that shutterstock has slipped from first place in income to third, compared to other stocks.
If the subject decided to commit suicide, no one will stop him. Sooner or later he will do it.
Although, maybe I'm wrong. Time will tell how it will continue.

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5 hours ago, RukiMedia said:

I stopped uploading here. Instead I am gonna take my time for the other agencies such as AS, IS or even Deposit... I will not erase my portfolio yet for a month or so, wait and see if they change their decisions. 

My portfolio was get an invite from DP (i have formal website and found me there) on January even i had not CVS of my images and they said they can do theirselves "titles,tags..etc" and they did in very short time.interesting photos are sold there and soon i will get my first payment.Plus i was start to other agencies earlier of year 2020 and i will give my time as you said @RukiMediafor my personal website and other agencies,too.I will not delete my port but I will not upload,eighter.Let see,how is going if negative,i will make "deactive" .I do not need "10 cent" per image.

Best wishes from Antalya

Gulsen

 

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22 minutes ago, PanicAttack said:

name one agency that commission change benefits contributors? 

you are not naive, aren't you?

This is business, they have the right to ban you, they have the right to restrict you, they have the right to not service you. This is the freedom of privatization. I am a libertarian and I support privatization. Socialism is government control. Try to run your own business and you need to make drastic changes and people get pissed at you. Deal with the hellfire and move on.   

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4 minutes ago, Polozov arts said:

Laws are higher than contracts. That's why it's a good idea to check with lawyers

but you already give full freedom for SS to licence your work as they wish... It was the same for many very well established pro contributor at Getty (not Istock) when they stop licencing as RM. Some would make 10'000 usd per month with a 1000 photo PF and they decided to stop the RM model, they lost 90% of their income. They couldn't do anything as you grant agency the right to do what they want, even to stop licencing your image and closing your account. Getty remove all my RM images there, up to them...

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2 minutes ago, Gulsen Ozcan said:

My portfolio was get an invite from DP (i have formal website and found me there) on January even i had not CVS of my images and they said they can do theirselves "titles,tags..etc" and they did in very short time.interesting photos are sold there and soon i will get my first payment.Plus i was start to other agencies earlier of year 2020 and i will give my time as you said @RukiMediafor my personal website and other agencies,too.I will not delete my port but I will not upload,eighter.Let see,how is going if negative,i will make "deactive" .I do not need "10 cent" per image.

Best wishes from Antalya

Gulsen

 

Use Adobe, DP, Dreamstime, and 123RF, - they sell less images, but together produce more income than Shutter. 5 years ago shutter got me 70% of income from stocks, now it is less than 40%. I don't use IS anymore because they sell images for low rate, so they even don't worse time spent on uploading files.

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The back to Level 1 thing every January is very unprofessional. Many have stock photography as part of their regular income, and reducing that income by 50% or more from December to January makes it impossible to do any forward planning. When "stuff happens" early in the year, like Covid-19, we get hit not only with lower sales, but also a lower commission on the sales that we do get, making income from stock photography even more unreliable.

Typical for the situation is that the information from SS so far has said little about the actual numbers that we can expect other than "never less than $0.10". Guess what. Until now with SS, my deal has been never less than $0.38. How this will reflect "changes in the market for creative content" other than possibly lower the income for photographers and increase the profits for the owners of SS is very hard to understand.

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2 minutes ago, Aaron of L.A. Photography said:

This is business, they have the right to ban you, they have the right to restrict you, they have the right to not service you. This is the freedom of privatization. I am a libertarian and I support privatization. Socialism is government control. Try to run your own business and you need to make drastic changes and people get pissed at you. Deal with the hellfire and move on.   

No, real socialsim in the communism (original) term is free association of worker (us) to control the production tools (SS website). In a soclialism society, they should be no governement. Soviet union or China today couldn't be further away from communism, it is just what the media want to make you believe as being free is quiet dangerous for any power, either the capitalism or the state dictature in so called "communism" countries...

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3 minutes ago, Aaron of L.A. Photography said:

This is business, they have the right to ban you, they have the right to restrict you, they have the right to not service you. This is the freedom of privatization. I am a libertarian and I support privatization. Socialism is government control. Try to run your own business and you need to make drastic changes and people get pissed at you. Deal with the hellfire and move on.   

You are right, but what about minimal wages? is it part of a business? btw I run my own business. 

Working only for food is also a business isn't it? You know how working only for food was called and that was banned long time ago.

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After more than 150.000 downloads I am not very surprised for this changes, as in my experience, in micro every change always worsens the conditions of the contributors. For long time Shutter was my favourite agency. Nowadays it was getting worse and worse every year with search changes and less money. 

I used to have my port on Istock too, but a after thinking much about it i decided to delete all and reset my relation with them. Now i only upload there a few images from time to time just for the extra income but I reserve my best sales for agencies that do not underestimate my work.

For the moment i will not give priority to Shutter, as i used to do, and i will focus on Adobe instead. I have already opt out video sales, but probably ill delete some of my images too.

I hope Shutterstock reconsiders these changes and the type of agency it wants to be.

 

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..."your commission will not be lower than 10¢". Seriously, WHY NOT?!? It is also a possibility! All the contributors which remain on SS are very happy with that! All the contributors want to create "quality work that is fresh, relevant and in demand by our customers" - For 10¢, for sure! Also, Free - is highest option SS! Why not?! You are the winner, you takes all! As simple as that. All the contributors (which have bills to pay) can create for FREE also. Think about it, SS! You are very close to that! Hey, I support the free contribution!!

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This is a kick in the teeth for SS contributors, working hard to build a portfolio over months and years. When things are hard enough for most contributors SS effectively half there payouts for the new year. No matter what type of 'sugar coating' narrative you put on the text its basically says, thanks SS contributors starting next year your all at Level 1.

 

I would ask your management to reconsider this move before it goes live.

 

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This is an extremely unfair and illogical approach. What kind of a business model justifies selling everything at cut rates arbitrarily at the beginning of the calendar year, independent of the recent performance of a contributor?

If I follow your own logic and stated intention of rewarding contributors for currently popular content, then you should have implemented a rolling 12-month level assessment, i.e., a contributor level should be revised at the end each month by her download volume during the last rolling 12 months. This is not rocket science.

The idea of resetting everything arbitrarily on January 1st is either non-sensical or - I hope not - a dishonest way to cut contributor fees or -worse - an indication for disdain to your loyal contributors' hard work.

I hope you will reconsider this.

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7 minutes ago, Studio 37 said:

 Also, Free - is hi

 

7 minutes ago, Studio 37 said:

..."your commission will not be lower than 10¢"!  Nooo - WHY NOT?!? It is also a possibility! All the contributors which remain on SS are very happy with that! All the contributors want to create "quality work that is fresh, relevant and in demand by our customers". For 10¢, for sure! Also, Free - is highest option SS! Why not?! You are the winner, you takes all! As simple as that. All the contributors (which have bills to pay) can create for FREE also. Think about it, SS!

I am thinking about starting photograph  trashcans. Specially for shutterstock.

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so i've been doing this for 10 years now, i'm not a big earner but i get what i need and it was getting better every year. i like doing stock photography . i do food photography and now when i look at the photos restaurants or websites are putting up, it's just cell phones photos. And why wouldn't they..with all the tutorials online, you can produce a decent food photo with a little effort. And people don't expect much anymore. so to be honest, i have been and still am surprised when people download my pics.

so what i'm asking is, the way things are going, will stock photography die at some point? coz now they're just killing us slowly

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One quick thing, give SS and SS contributor app a 1 star review, lets send their rating to hell.

Do leave a review mentioning

On May 26th Shutterstock suddenly gave its contributors a 6 day notice that they would cut their earning by 60%. They sent an unclear, haphazard communication (with one correction mail hours later) on how they would screw over the very people who make the content you love.

Buyers : Please take your business to Adobestock, their fair payouts mean you'll always have beautiful up to date images

Contributors : Disable your portfolio on 1st Jun and send a mail to Adobe telling that you've done so. Ensure you spread the word. 

If SS relents, we can help them back up with tips on how to improve ranking quickly

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3 minutes ago, mpessaris said:

so i've been doing this for 10 years now, i'm not a big earner but i get what i need and it was getting better every year. i like doing stock photography . i do food photography and now when i look at the photos restaurants or websites are putting up, it's just cell phones photos. And why wouldn't they..with all the tutorials online, you can produce a decent food photo with a little effort. And people don't expect much anymore. so to be honest, i have been and still am surprised when people download my pics.

so what i'm asking is, the way things are going, will stock photography die at some point? coz now they're just killing us slowly

shutterstock became a trashstock. Nobody will work for nothing. If they will pay 4 cents, they'll get some mobile contents with 4 cents value. I stopped upload to IS when they start to sell images for nothing. IS became just not worse time for uploading images, even when I have those. I just upload to other platforms.

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