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  1. This coincides with my understanding of how Google's search engine algo works - it ignores all keywords/tags associated with image - at least on FAA - and only "sees" the image Description/Caption. Maybe it's been this way all along. Dunno if this also applies to other search engines like DuckDuckGo, Bing, etc. or if unique to Google.
  2. I've had a small portfolio on Fine Art America for the last few years. 3 sales so far. I have their premium plan which is $30 USD/yr and allows unlimited images whereas their freebie account will only host 25 images. Premium also provides a personal pixels.com website that can be customized to some degree. FAA has a huge number of member artists and art on it's web site. Unless you're an FAA sales superstar they essentially do no marketing of your portfolio - it's all up to you to market your own FAA stuff. FAA member's comments in their forums seem to indicate that external marketing via social media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter provide little if any meaningful results. I tried marketing my FAA portfolio images on Facebook and Instagram. I was able to entice some interested visitors from my FAA image/Facebook posts to my FAA image portfolio pages until FB changed something so that no longer works. IG and Twitter provided no noticeable results. FAA's search engine bubbles their sales superstars to the top of their internal search results for buyers - otherwise there is no ranking etc. similar to Alamy's search that I'm aware of. Difficult to claw one's way to higher FAA search results without big sales from what I've gathered. External search engines ie. Google do not look at keywords/tags in FAA's images - it looks at the image Descriptions. Maybe that's just Google's algorithm. For me it's worth $30/yr for the premium account and it's personal web site - and maybe an occasional print sale will show up.
  3. Apple's recent WWDC 2020 announcements including their new proprietary made-in-house ARM processors is likely to further enhance Apple's strategic efforts to tighten their integrated and closed hardware/software ecosystem being built inside the increasingly higher walled Apple garden. There will likely be some eventual benefits for customers and developers who choose to stay within the confines of Apple's walled-garden. But in an increasingly interconnected world there is a downside for both those who stay in the garden and those outside. A developers perspective: https://tinyurl.com/y8jz898q
  4. There is at least one fundamental difference. The processors each are designed and built around different instruction sets. Intel is CISC Complex Instruction Set whereas ARM is RISC Reduced Instruction Set Computing. https://www.maketecheasier.com/differences-between-arm-and-intel/ I seriously doubt that software written/compiled for either will run on both.
  5. If Apple's new systems use ARM processors instead of Intel that will preclude use of all MacOS software based on Intel processors on the new ARM hardware. Adobe and other MacOS s/w producers will need to produce new versions of their software that will run on the ARM processor based systems. How long will MacOS s/w producers support their old Intel based s/w? How long will Apple support their old Intel based hardware? Will future versions of MacOS s/w be made available for both the old Intel and new ARM processor systems? I've a soon to be delivered new Dell Windows 10 desktop system ordered to replace my old 2011 iMac and none too soon it seems.
  6. I don't purchase images but like most purchase lots of other "stuff". I compare prices when convenient but price comparison is only one factor in a purchasing decision - be it images or an automobile. But price alone is not the final and only factor in purchasing. And the old saying still applies.. "the cheapest price is not always the best value".
  7. Many visual creatives seem to favor Apple laptops and iMacs. Apple's hardware have used Intel processors for quite a while to run Adobe's and other software. That may all be about to change with strong rumors of Apple dumping Intel in favor of ARM processors: https://www.macrumors.com/guide/arm-macs/ This begs the question of how Adobe's imaging software (Lightroom, Photoshop, their video s/w, etc) will deal with such a change going forward. With a large installed user base of Apple hardware using Intel processors and running Adobe's s/w and a new generation of Apple ARM systems coming perhaps very soon it will be interesting to see how Adobe in particular reacts.
  8. ViewSonic has a line of "professional" monitors that promise "colour-accurate, true-to-life images with industry colour standards including sRGB, Adobe RGB, calibration and uniformity". https://www.viewsonic.com/uk/products/lcd/professional-vp.php
  9. With much "free" software It's pretty widely understood that - "when you don't pay for a product - you are the product". Under the covers data mining and selling is rampant. Our personal and internet data is a gold mine that's worth a lot of $$ in aggregate. Recently exposed example was Avast's free antivirus s/w: https://www.techworm.net/2020/01/avast-free-antivirus-track-sold-user-data.html
  10. One can only hope.... The monopolistic consolidation and buyouts of smaller stock agencies/libraries by the big/bigger ones over past years seems mostly to have ground to a halt. I suppose they've swallowed all they deemed worthy. This leaves the big guys to do as they pretty well please with no significant alternative opportunities for image suppliers. It's now mostly a choice of being an agency supplier with either low or lower image production investment returns.
  11. Frankly very little IMO except lowering your operating costs/time to produce images. Signing petitions, dreaming about stock contrib unions, disabling/removing portfolios, etc are feel-good actions that have little if any long term meaningful effect on public and privately owned stock platforms.. My take is if individuals desire to go forward being stock contributors in any meaningful fashion that returns the best from their efforts from most stock platforms you will need to be a low-cost image supplier. Lower your investment in capital and time needed to produce acceptable images for stock. Fewer new camera or computer hardware/software purchases/upgrades. Fewer or no more shooting RAW images with their post production hardware/software and processing time requirements. Shoot and submit the best OOC JPGs. More post processing is money spent that means lower return on investment. Find faster and more effective keywording tools/methods, etc.
  12. In this vein - there is an interesting comment in the ms group regarding SS new CEO's compensation package: https://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/stan-pavlovsky-ceo-shutterstock-and-why-this-is-all-happening/
  13. The SSD is fast storage media. The key is what type external case/dock is used to house the drive and what type interface is used between the SSD external case and the computer. Old USB 1 & 2 is slow and will waste the inherent speed of the SSD. Newer interface protocols like USB 3+ have considerably faster data transfer speeds: Then there is Thunderbolt 3 which has 40 gb/sec data transfer speed capacity. https://www.howtogeek.com/449991/thunderbolt-3-vs.-usb-c-whats-the-difference/ Putting your image editing s/w on the SSD will certainly speed it up - but only if the SSD is used with a fast connection protocol. Otherwise the SSD's speed is wasted. If you buy a new laptop it should have newer USB 3+ and maybe Thunderbolt 3 interface ports and perhaps it's own internal SSD with the computer's operating system installed on it. Choose an SSD external housing that supports the fast protocol ports of the new laptop.
  14. Read many comments on other forums and watched YouTube videos of SS contributors groaning about the recent planned changes. Many SS contribs apparently are "flipping the switch:" that turns off sales of their SS images but leaves their portfolios in place. Waiting to see how the shoes drop I suppose. I guess that's one way to not cut off their noses to spite their faces - at least not just yet.
  15. I suspect there is probably also an unmentioned desire to "thin the herd".
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