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« Reply #100 on: September 18, 2013, 06:41 »
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It leaves me bewildered and worried.
Can that kind of pictures sell? Is it art on a level I do not comprehend?

I guess it isn't for you then.  We've already done the "I don't see a style" thing and all.
Maybe we have done it before, but I still cannot see it, and I hope someone can explain to me what I should put into my "Stocksy" folder.

And as for exclusive butterfly pictures, I have tens of thousands butterfly pictures, Im sure I can find some that have not been uploaded elsewhere.
IF I only knew which.


travelwitness

« Reply #101 on: September 18, 2013, 06:43 »
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And as for exclusive butterfly pictures, I have tens of thousands butterfly pictures, Im sure I can find some that have not been uploaded elsewhere.
IF I only knew which.

The ones that make you want to stroke the computer screen :-)

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #102 on: September 18, 2013, 06:55 »
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It leaves me bewildered and worried.
Can that kind of pictures sell? Is it art on a level I do not comprehend?

I guess it isn't for you then.  We've already done the "I don't see a style" thing and all.
Maybe we have done it before, but I still cannot see it, and I hope someone can explain to me what I should put into my "Stocksy" folder.
Nonononono.
Submitting to Stocksy is Photographic Manoeuvres in the Dark.
It's an esoteric initiation for the Chosen Few.
(BTW, before anyone bothers to comment, this is neither jealousy nor bitterness. I haven't submitted, far less been rejected. Like Jens searching 'butterfly', I searched 'Scotland' and didn't 'get it'.)

« Reply #103 on: September 18, 2013, 07:06 »
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For me, it is much less "Photographic Manoeuvres in the Dark" (love this 80s band reference hidden here). Gut feeling tells me a stocksy shot when i see it. (Of course, whether it sells later on is completely different matter).

« Reply #104 on: September 18, 2013, 07:28 »
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For me, it is much less "Photographic Manoeuvres in the Dark" (love this 80s band reference hidden here). Gut feeling tells me a stocksy shot when i see it. (Of course, whether it sells later on is completely different matter).

What's confusing is if you look at your port (quite nice, by the way) there is a ton of stock level, staged images with studio lighting. Much of your port using "similars logic" can be found on the micros.  That is why the "formula for stocksy acceptance" is always discussed because there is no logic.

« Reply #105 on: September 18, 2013, 07:38 »
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but it is how my port fits into the overall collection - and how the overall collection looks that sets stocksy's collection appart. you will have similar images on micros, but in the sea of images they will disappear, while the images pop out much more in the stocksy collection - and the stocksy collection overall is edited with a creative vision in mind. If i see the latest page, i am always amazed, how, in style, the images flow and work together.

Ron

« Reply #106 on: September 18, 2013, 11:54 »
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Whatever is being said, I find it confusing as well. There are typical clean stock images, staged, happy, smiley, people and there are very artistic instragram weird focus angle filter slap on images. Its a nice collection for sure, but its hard to figure out what you need to submit, what Stocksy wants to see.

Even the message slogan on the home page is confusion, its says stocksy is not for your typical staged stock image, yet they do have typical stock images.

Confusing.

Problem is, you cant show examples, because leaf will delete examples.

« Reply #107 on: September 18, 2013, 14:42 »
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I think that ShadySue is correct when she says that Stocksy is primarily a lifestyle site.  When I do a search for "Landscapes" or "Seascapes" what I mostly see are flat and washed-out images; kind of reminds me of depressing Soviet era architecture.

« Reply #108 on: September 18, 2013, 14:46 »
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I think that ShadySue is correct when she says that Stocksy is primarily a lifestyle site.  When I do a search for "Landscapes" or "Seascapes" what I mostly see are flat and washed-out images; kind of reminds me of depressing Soviet era architecture.

There are plenty of beautiful landscape, animal, insect, food and everything else images as much as there are people images.

« Reply #109 on: September 18, 2013, 14:48 »
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« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 09:57 by Audi 5000 »

« Reply #110 on: September 18, 2013, 14:54 »
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there are a lot of Stocksy contributors here that would probably be able to give you some direction.

I wouldn't dare any more ! ;)

« Reply #111 on: September 18, 2013, 14:56 »
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« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 09:57 by Audi 5000 »

EmberMike

« Reply #112 on: September 18, 2013, 15:25 »
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Why does anyone think there should be some sort of blueprint for how to get into Stocksy? Wouldn't that just defeat the purpose of a starting a new stock company under the premise of offering a more artistically diverse range of images?

« Reply #113 on: September 18, 2013, 15:35 »
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The contributor community is looking for a safe plattform to sell their content with a team of people that can be trusted longterm. It is perfectly understandable that people are looking for clear guidelines on how to get in.

It is not about joining a fancy not for profit art project. People are looking for a reliable way to sell their work to feed their families.

Bruce himself advertised stocksy as the "new hope" for the community. After all that happened this year and the last years with istock thousands of people are ready to support an artist friendly plattform.

« Reply #114 on: September 18, 2013, 20:43 »
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Why is it that some people assume that there is some sort of criteria or a look for stocksy? I think with photography, you really train your eye as well as other things... and that takes time. It's different with everyone on how fast they learn or get better with their trade. Might be that some cant see what is clearer to others.

As a young artist, i was never fully satisfied with my work. I knew something was off but couldn't really nail it down. Only when I got better with experience could i clearly see what the issues were. The same thing happened with type. The more designs i did, i started paying more attention to the font face or the kernings so it stuck out like a sore thumb if the kernings were too tight.

gillian

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« Reply #115 on: September 18, 2013, 21:34 »
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I like the bending of the rules at Stocksy. How many times have you groaned at the "poor composition/poor lighting" rejection and thought it was rubbish? I like that the food shots cover such a wide spectrum (although there's nothing on pure white you'll notice), and are in general, amazing.

yes, there is a whole world of crazy stuff there too, stuff I don't get at all, and stuff I am inspired and amazed by. that's life.

If you need a litmus look at "apple" and see the difference in results from iS to Stocksy, esp the exclusive content.  That should give you an idea into the style difference.


« Reply #116 on: September 19, 2013, 00:20 »
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there are a lot of Stocksy contributors here that would probably be able to give you some direction.

I wouldn't dare any more ! ;)
I'm sure someone would, I don't really think any of the people complaining would do it though.  I'm not so convinced they want to do anything more than what they already are doing.
Well I would! as I said, I am confused, and I do not know what fits in qualitywise and stylewise.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2013, 00:25 by JPSDK »

« Reply #117 on: September 19, 2013, 00:24 »
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You can see some of the content in my "stocksy" folder here: http://www.jensstolt.dk/stocksy.htm

The images are selected because they are MAYBE pictures, Maybe a bit different, maybe a bit artistic, maybe, maybe.

Please comment!

Ron

« Reply #118 on: September 19, 2013, 00:50 »
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Why is it that some people assume that there is some sort of criteria or a look for stocksy? I think with photography, you really train your eye as well as other things... and that takes time. It's different with everyone on how fast they learn or get better with their trade. Might be that some cant see what is clearer to others.

As a young artist, i was never fully satisfied with my work. I knew something was off but couldn't really nail it down. Only when I got better with experience could i clearly see what the issues were. The same thing happened with type. The more designs i did, i started paying more attention to the font face or the kernings so it stuck out like a sore thumb if the kernings were too tight.
People know what SS wants and what IS wants. Therefore when newbies come here or to the agency forums people can guide them to get accepted because they know what the agency would like to see. With stocksy established photographers cant get in because their work doesnt fit Stocksy. Yet the styles of these rejected  photographers all differ, so no one knows what they want to see. There was one guy with an amazing portfolio with a style everyone would expect to get into Stocksy got rejected because they thought his work wouldnt fit heir collection.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #119 on: September 19, 2013, 05:42 »
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Why does anyone think there should be some sort of blueprint for how to get into Stocksy? Wouldn't that just defeat the purpose of a starting a new stock company under the premise of offering a more artistically diverse range of images?

IIRC, people have been rejected with a general 'not what we're looking for' sort of message and invited to resubmit after a certain period.
If they 'don't know what they're looking for', and it isn't obvious by looking at the collection, what else can they do but ask for advice here from the community to see what needs to be changed, with reference to what's already there?

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #120 on: September 19, 2013, 05:44 »
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It sounds like a lot of people are focusing on the outlying images rather than on the majority. 
People are obviously going to focus on the type of images they produce. If Stocksy don't want that, they should just say. Easy.

« Reply #121 on: September 19, 2013, 06:13 »
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I think the general style of accepted images is quite clear.  They seem to accept top quality images that are in the more traditional stock style as well.  I'm still not sure if it will be worth me spending time working on just producing images for them but I'll probably apply in the next 6 months.

« Reply #122 on: September 19, 2013, 06:31 »
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Honestly, if you can't see the Stocksy aesthetic I think you might be wasting your time even thinking of applying to be a contributor there. Stocksy obviously require photographers that shoot - in volume and quality - a style that fits effortlessly into their collection. If you're struggling to distinguish the kind of images they need it's unlikely you'll be the right match for them.

« Reply #123 on: September 19, 2013, 06:40 »
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That would be me, I simply cannot see it.
Neither by browsing various searches nor by listening to what people say.

And noone seems to be able to educate me.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2013, 08:32 by JPSDK »

Ron

« Reply #124 on: September 19, 2013, 06:45 »
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I am with Jens on this one. But its no use discussing this any further. Stocksy shooters clearly have a better vision. I see a ton of styles, apparently there is only one.


 

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