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« on: August 25, 2009, 07:13 »
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rant...rant....rant...

Now I'm getting really annoyed with Dreamstime. I had just a small batch rejected most likely because I had earlier been uploading images of the same subjects. Of one subject I had uploaded one image and got it approved. Now I was going to upload  two more and the both were rejected with a "Too many photos/illustrations on the same subject or from the same series. " message.

And believe me, all the three shots were different and included both vertical and horizontal versions, and the both horizontal ones had a very different composition and different copy space.

Second subject was an object containing text, I had a horizontal version and two vertical versions shot from different directions (left/right). I only got only vertical accepted. Don't they know that an image with text cannot be flipped during the layout?

I wish the reviewers had even some clue about graphic design / layout work...

Of my Big5 Fotolia and Dreamstime seem to piss me off with their stupid rejection reasons. iStock seems to be very consistent, SS comes as a good second. Can't say too much about SX because they accept almost everything.


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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2009, 08:01 »
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Of my Big5 Fotolia and Dreamstime seem to piss me off with their stupid rejection reasons. iStock seems to be very consistent, SS comes as a good second. Can't say too much about SX because they accept almost everything.

Thats exactly my experience too!

« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009, 08:15 »
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Totally agree. DT's weird rejections have made me stop uploading recently.

As if FT's Attila has been moonlighting in DT.  ::)

« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 09:42 »
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I think they are just trying to address the issue of some contributors who have been uploading 30-40 images of the same series. It does seem to be very random in terms of what they will accept and when though.

I'd much prefer them to give us all upload limits, based on sales, acceptance ratio or downloads per image, to ensure that contributors edit their submissions more tightly.

The mistaken belief of some that stock photography is just a 'volume thing' I find quite irritating. It seems crazy to me that some folk are allowed to upload hundreds of images every month when they have a very poor sales record. It would help everyone if they were encouraged to expend their energy improving their work and learning their craft rather than just generating tons of stuff that nobody wants.

« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 11:30 »
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Yeah, that's my big one there too. It's not so much that they reject the images for me. It's that it disrupts my workflow. I used to be able to immediately upload everything to Shutterstock and Dreamstime and then upload things to iStock as my uploads became available. Now if a series is more than 2 or 3 images, I have to break it up for Dreamstime.

« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2009, 15:18 »
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You have to think about it from the buyers' perspective.  If you search "older couple walking on beach" and see 30 images from one photographer's shoot, then 40 images from another photographers' shoot, than 30 from yet another photographer's shoot, etc., etc., you'd get annoyed at the lack of variety and go to a competing site. 

Space for copy and horizontal vs. vertical are just a few factors a buyer considers... and I bet they are secondary to finding the ideal subject matter in the buyer's minds.  If the buyer has to go through 30 pages of shots of the same people at different angles before finding the people with just the right look the buyer had in mind, that's poor content selection on the agency's part and it deserves to lose a buyer.

« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009, 13:20 »
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sounds more like something for the AGENCY to address -- once a designer finds the couple they like, they would probably appreciate a wide choice - bits are cheap, so why not offer both

  using image analysis software you could probably show only 1 or 2 from any series, with a link to 'more f the same'.   this would be a way for a newer MS agency to really distinguish themselves

steve


 

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