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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 Zwahlen
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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 Zwahlen
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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 →

My upload graph at StockPerformer

November 5, 2014
by Michael Zwahlen
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How many files do you have in your portfolio?

My upload graph at StockPerformer

My upload graph at StockPerformer

The end of the year is getting closer and that would be a natural time to check “what did you achieve this year”. As a stock photographer part of that would be to put down the number of images you have produced and uploaded for distribution. While I know that I’m typically a number nerd, I have a hard time figuring out the number of images I have.

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October 8, 2014
by Michael Zwahlen
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The value of forums these days

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If you know me for more than a few days, you’ll know how I love online social exchange. I’ve been active in the iStock forums since I signed up in early 2007, I’ve been on Facebook since 2008 (I think) and signed up for Google Plus when it was in Beta (and now I do the same on ello).
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