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Posting Days in 2014

January 12, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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The future of this blog

Last week, I have published my thoughts on the past year as well as the look out to 2015 in the stock photo business and my place within it. What I have not written about is how this blog fits into the picture. And actually there are some thoughts about this blog that I want to share.

Posting Days in 2014

The Days with new posts on my blog in 2014

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StockPerformer screenshot 2012 - 2014

January 7, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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Another year has passed – thanks for 2014

Last year, I have written my look back to the first year of “independence”¬†as well as an outlook to the second year at the end of January. As my exclusivity with iStock ran out at that time, it was logical. This year however, I want to make a cut at the more natural time, when the calendar ends and a new year starts.

StockPerformer screenshot 2012 - 2014

StockPerformer screenshot 2012 – 2014

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We love patterns, so we find them...

December 5, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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The evil plans of agencies

Guys in business suits are constantly thinking how to make our life more miserable, right?

Guys in business suits are constantly thinking how to make our life more miserable, right?

 

Oh, how often do we hear those stories: “My agency has changed their search, so they show images of contributors they have to pay less.”

The most re-incarnation made me laugh: “Shutterstock is capping the number of downloads per day for contributors.”

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With the changes, you need to be prepared to lose at least half a month of your payouts

November 26, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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iStock changes payment schedules

iStock changes... once again...

iStock changes… once again…

In a forum post and email sent out to contributors, iStock/Getty have announced another major change for contributors. Actually there are two major changes: First of all iStock is now also formally be replaced by Getty Images as our contract partner.

While they say that the iStock HQ will remain in Calgary, it means that all business relations will now be transferred to the mother company. The second change is the payment schedule from a weekly on-request schedule to a monthly automatic payment.
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No Thumbnails showing for images from last week

November 12, 2014
by Michael Jay Fotograf
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iStock uploads – thumbnails not showing… no problem

No Thumbnails showing for images from last week

No Thumbnails showing for images from last week

Okay, once again iStock is ignoring a problem because it’s not so important. It only affects contributors and wastes their time, so they don’t even want to have it discussed. Forum posts are being deleted, so it doesn’t appear to be a big issue.

The problem: Since last week, on a lot of uploads the generation of thumbnails fails. It was delayed at first, thumbnails would appear on most downloads after a few hours. However, there are still images uploaded on November 6 that don’t have any thumbnails showing. Continue Reading →