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« on: May 30, 2006, 10:11 »
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How does Fotolia's system handle image sizes?

I uploaded an image that was 2272 by 1704 (which is 3.87 megapixels), so that should allow the image to be sold as medium and as large. But how does the system handle this? Does Fotolia automatically reduce the large image to 1600 by 1200 when people want to pay for a medium size?

If it's not done automatically, how do I upload one image with multiple sizes?

Sorry if this is obvious. I find Fotolia's site quite quirky.


« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2006, 10:49 »
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Every site aprt from featurepics will automatically resize your pictures so if the customer is only paying $1 they only get a small image after all the hassle of keywording it would be rather unfair if we had to upload numerous sizes.

Bare in mind that if you are shooting at higher than 4 mp it is worth resizing for some sites

check out the size table on www.fintastique.com/guide.htm it shows the price structure for the major sites.

I hope you haven't signed up exclusive with Fotolia as some of the other sites have higher payouts.

Steve

« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2006, 11:06 »
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Ah, so I just upload the 3.87 megapixel image and Fotolia will reduce the size as necessary. Thanks for the rapid reply. No, I won't go exclusive with Fotolia, and thanks for the link to the fintastique.com page.

By the way, why do you say it is worth resizing images over 4Mp?

« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2006, 11:08 »
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I dont beleive it is worth resizing.  UPload at the max you can.  Reason:

1: Buyer might be put of by small size and not buy (even if not needed at full size, they might only want to use a small part of image).
2:sites may change their rules which make having large sizes worthwhile.  I think when I started, FT didn't do different sizes but now you get more for big sizes.

« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2006, 12:04 »
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My two reasons for resizing are

to save upload time

and if someone wants a 8 mp picture they can pay more than 25c or 22c on Shutterstock or 123rf respectively.

Though I suppose CJ Photo is right, sites do change their rules, FT and DT both changed their price structures

« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2006, 12:25 »
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Though I suppose CJ Photo is right, sites do change their rules, FT and DT both changed their price structures
I suggested in there forum that SS change there rules so it was different amount of credits depending on size and was informed by SS they have no plans to do so.  Simplicity is there key.

123rf has per picture DL so larger sizes are worthwhile depending on how you look at it.

« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2006, 12:57 »
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Did you also suggest that iStock start paying more than 20% to newbies?

« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2006, 13:05 »
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Did you also suggest that iStock start paying more than 20% to newbies?

IMO, the only way that SS or IS will raise their royalty is if the are forced to.  20 or 25 cents royalty for an image that can be used ad infinitum is just plain ridiculous.

I would love to see photographers hold a "strike" and not submit any more images until we get a raise.

« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2006, 13:23 »
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I have an idea for a stock photography site but I don't have the resources to do what I want to do.  It would be a much more photographer based site where it would be in the photographer's interest to work to make it better.  I don't want to divulge any more details just in case I do have an opportunity to make it work. 

As for striking, I think that they should.  Or at least form some sort of united front with the biggest players and that would push these sites to respect the photographers a bit more.  That being said, I haven't been able to see the financials for iStock so I can't say either way about their money making schemes.

« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2006, 17:35 »
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I would love to see photographers hold a "strike" and not submit any more images until we get a raise.
Was that possible, nobody would be selling images for 50 cents either.  :)

The "problem" is that there are too many people offering images, so if you really want to make money above all, you accept their rules.  This is the reason I'm not at SS.  IS may have a fixed commission but at least it's fair that price is according to the image size.

Regards,
Adelaide


 

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