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« on: October 07, 2013, 13:55 »
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It looks like Fotolia, too, has gotten into the dedicated smartphone image sales business...

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/07/stock-photos-site-fotolia-launches-fotolia-instant-an-app-for-selling-your-smartphone-photos/

Opinions? I have one or two good sellers that were actually taken on a smartphone (and then stripped of their metadata to hide the fact), so that was never an absolute impediment to acceptance. What I don't like is the stunted pricing choices for this new "Instant" collection.


« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 15:57 »
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Interesting, thanks for posting.

No mention in the article whether you'd have to open a new 'mobile account' as a contributor or whether you could join with your existing ranking.

Keywording would be a real pain on a phone though! Can't say that it interests me to sell effectively 'exclusive' images for $1 a pop via that app. I doubt that sales volume will be enough to make it worthwhile.


OM

« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2013, 04:46 »
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Interesting from the link is that 'curated' now seems to have replaced 'reviewed'!

« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2013, 06:46 »
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Interesting from the link is that 'curated' now seems to have replaced 'reviewed'!

'Curated' is the new sexy word that has replaced 'inspected', 'reviewed' or basically 'choose'

I'm just off to curate what I'm having for lunch.

« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2013, 07:55 »
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I tried it, mostly out of curiosity. The interesting part is that the photo I uploaded was approved by reviewers within the hour, even though I have other images awaiting approval. Not sure if the photo I uploaded, which was shot with my iPhone, would have normally been approved. Frankly, I would never have thought to upload it.

« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2013, 08:05 »
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Interesting from the link is that 'curated' now seems to have replaced 'reviewed'!

'Curated' is the new sexy word that has replaced 'inspected', 'reviewed' or basically 'choose'

I'm just off to curate what I'm having for lunch.

I suggest a moody, introspective burger with smoked bacon and a fried egg on top.

OM

« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2013, 08:34 »
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Interesting from the link is that 'curated' now seems to have replaced 'reviewed'!

'Curated' is the new sexy word that has replaced 'inspected', 'reviewed' or basically 'choose'

I'm just off to curate what I'm having for lunch.

I suggest a moody, introspective burger with smoked bacon and a fried egg on top.

Just as long as it's 'not plain'. :D

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What we are looking for:
Inspired shots of life as it candidly unfolds around you: a childs laugh, friends enjoying summer, the person you love in the morning sunlight, an amazing landscape, etc.

What we are not looking for:
Plain shots of food, pets or flowers. These shots wont make it into Instant, unless they are unusually creative of course.

« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2013, 09:24 »
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I tried the app yesterday.

It is very crashy at this point, which especially sucks considering how much of a pain it is to keyword an image. Apart from that it seems pretty well thought-out and while being similar to the existing "sell your smartphone images" apps that I know (Foap and 123RF), I think from a user experience point of view it is the best.

I also think that Fotolia has a much higher chance of actually selling the images, as opposed to Foap (zero chance IMHO) and 123RF. Combine that with how notoriously hard it can be to get good image with slight technical imperfections accepted into Fotolia, this may be an interesting way around their anal reviewers.

I must also say that I like their concept of having a different "collection" for mobile uploads. From my few attempts they really do enforce the "look" that they are going for, refusing technically perfect images that don't suit and accepting more spontaneous-looking albeit imperfect work. This is far better than what 123RF is doing (just putting smartphone images into the main collection and branding them with a "this photo  was taken on a smartphone" label).

All in all more interesting than I would have initially thought.

gillian vann

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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2013, 05:37 »
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I installed it, tried my existing username/pw, didn't work, tried to create an account with 2 names, didn't work. *yawn* tired, off to bed.

« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2013, 16:34 »
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I installed it, tried my existing username/pw, didn't work, tried to create an account with 2 names, didn't work. *yawn* tired, off to bed.

That's strange -- it worked with my existing login for me.

OM

« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2013, 07:27 »
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Here's a link to some already accepted images:

http://en.fotolia.com/Info/Images/InstantCollection

I wonder whether that's it, so far?

« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2013, 08:14 »
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smartphone pictures? I can see a ton that aren't ;D

« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2013, 09:43 »
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smartphone pictures? I can see a ton that aren't ;D

That. And it happens everywhere that smartphone pictures are a thing (e.g. Instagram). Ridiculous if you ask me.

cuppacoffee

« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2013, 10:00 »
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DT has a mobile phone category. They even accept images that are taken with a camera and have a mobile phone type filter applied. That category is not easily found, but categories there have always been odd and I'm not sure if buyers use categories in their search. In this case though, it is not really a category but a genre. I think that they are missing the boat (whether you agree that these types of photos are desireable or not, they are selling).

OM

« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2013, 18:57 »
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Here's an idea. Get out your old 35mm projector and screen, put your old holiday snaps in the caroussel, hold your smartphone steady and get snapping....submit! LOL.

« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2013, 02:14 »
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I tried, uploaded then i saw a new image in the same queue as normal stock images. Will it appear in the same collection? For now i deleted this test image. The quality level is too much different for normally processed images and mobile snaps. I would't mix them in the same collection even with a special category - this not always will be noticed by a client, but they will notice the difference of full size images. Not speaking about small copies for web use.

« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2013, 15:24 »
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I uploaded an image. After 30 hours it is still "waiting for validation". This is kind of slow for "instant". 


 

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