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jsnover

« on: May 01, 2008, 12:32 »
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I was looking at something else entirely (checking on some search problems) when I noticed this image of a very old laptop in the Infinite collection - this one starting at $50 for an XS. It looked like a rather poor quality shot as well as old, but when I used the zoom to see the details it looked like a pointillist painting.

http://us.fotolia.com/id/6762493

I'm not eligible to submit to the Infinite collection yet, and I know there'd been some talk when this started up about the truly horrible clunkers that had found their way in, but it seems to me that it's not good for Fotolia as a site to have this kind of rubbish there. Sales there have been strong, and perhaps there's an argument to be made that these overpriced relics from some purchased collection will just help sell the regular priced stuff.

I think that having Fotolia's overall reputation as a site you go to for quality product at fair prices necessitates that they just get rid of this sub-standard stuff. Andres Rodriquez has said in another thread that he intends to submit only to the higher priced collections - if I were him, I wouldn't want my quality work sullied by buyer's reactions to the old rejects that Fotolia acquired externally.

Was this taken with an un-diffused on-camera flash?

http://us.fotolia.com/id/5258920

Overfiltered?

http://us.fotolia.com/id/6732197

Chat feature circa 1999?

http://us.fotolia.com/id/6732383

I could go on, but the point is that I think Fotolia needs to clean this collection up before buyers get too good a look at it.


jsnover

« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2008, 22:12 »
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It's a character flaw, but I couldn't resist a couple more gems that for $500 could be yours :)

Someone discovered Photoshop filters...
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6730689

Hey, let's slap some text on this button - why bother to match the texture or angle or typeface of the original
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6732341

Don't I get a discount for all the extra white space?
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6795940

I bet a picture of salt in a drinking glass will sell well...
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6566464

It's not underexposed - this is an antique
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6579308

I have to stop...

« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2008, 22:53 »
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Don't stop! its good entertainment  :)

That site is a little messed up right now. If you search "beach woman" the number 3 picture under relevance is a girls butt cheeks spread wide open. Something like 14,000 views and very few downloads. I think they have some software issues.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2008, 23:00 by cdwheatley »

« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2008, 23:00 »
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*supports* jsnover :) ;D

digiology

« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2008, 23:00 »
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they should be paying you jsnover  ;D

you have pointed out many dated and/or dud images they need to reassess

« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2008, 03:48 »
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If this wasn't so laughable I'd be disgusted .... almost as disgusted as I am with some of the crap that gets passed review for IS exclusives   ::) .... but then none of this stuff can be selling, right ?? So its not hurting any one here? Or is it  ???

« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2008, 11:06 »
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I haven't read about what it takes to get to the Infinite collection, but isn't there any inspection?  I would understand if these examples were old images "promoted" to a new status (though they would still be unwanted in a collection that should be the crme de la crme of the site), but given their ID numbers, they're recent.

Regards,
Adelaide

vonkara

« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2008, 11:12 »
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I have better lightboxes on IS ;D

jsnover

« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2008, 12:51 »
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I really should be somewhere else right now, but the fingers just want to do one more search...

e-commerce is hot right now, right?
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6621343

easy money - quick map, little outer glow and we're golden...
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6733896

Nah, don't want to remove the logo - who's ever heard of Kitchen Aid?
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6735438

That old shuttered window looks cool - bet no one's got a shot like this
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6717657

Catch a few reflections
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6743459

What do a pen and a plastic fork have in common - they're both red, aren't they?
http://us.fotolia.com/id/6722766

Just remember, for $500 apiece, any one of these gems is yours.

vonkara

« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2008, 13:33 »
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And I don't take pictures because I don't think to have something good to shoot.  ::) Then the pen and the plastic fork inspire me a lot
« Last Edit: May 03, 2008, 13:37 by Vonkara »

« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2008, 16:19 »
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The shame is that potential clients can come to the site see this cr*p selling for 500$ and not bother to look further.

« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2008, 19:14 »
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Why are the names of the Infinite Collection photographers being kept a secret? 


« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2008, 23:06 »
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Why are the names of the Infinite Collection photographers being kept a secret? 

If one of those links up there had been mine, I wouldn't want my name on it either.

« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2008, 01:40 »
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Maybe its just the latest bug in the search engine where if you search for the infinite collection it brings up all the rejected photos in the free section instead?

ACS

« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2008, 07:01 »
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Maybe its just the latest bug in the search engine where if you search for the infinite collection it brings up all the rejected photos in the free section instead?

Probably.

« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2008, 14:14 »
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The infinite collection, at least in its beginnings, are/ were a so called TPRF-collection from some macro site. If a collection like this arrives at the end of its contract it just gets handed down to the next site. Some of this images are stone-old and completely out-dated. Fotolia would have spend their money better by building up an own premium collection from the images of its best submitters instead of acquiring this crap! Just like 123rf does at the moment with its EVO-collection. Just my 2cents, SY

« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2008, 16:17 »
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Why are the names of the Infinite Collection photographers being kept a secret? 

If one of those links up there had been mine, I wouldn't want my name on it either.

Yes, I thought that too.  Contributors are ashamed of showing those images, so they rather remain incognito.  :)

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2008, 19:31 »
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Can a photo buyer get a complimentary download of one of these $500 photos and see how it looks in print?  Or see how it works with their design? 

Would they respond to email from a buyer requesting something like this?  They don't respond to any other emails.


« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2008, 21:01 »
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i find customer service with fotolia to be suspect at best.  its just me though, i'm having issues with them rejecting everything under the sun because they have an 'overabundant photo category'


 

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