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Yes Rahul,

this sort of graphs should definitely by part of the LookStat-Site.

Thanks a lot for sharing these numbers. I will need a while as well to think through your post.

Thanks, Robert

You can't.

If it is important, I guess, you could mail an administrator.

I think it is basically a good idea.

It is just a matter of the details, how much does the service cost, what is included and the like...

Keep us informed, I would be interested.

General Photography Discussion / Re: Best Color Backdrop?
« on: April 20, 2009, 10:17 »
As RT said: The secret is how to light the background. It needs more light than the subject to come out clear white...

Bye, Robert

General Photography Discussion / Re: Shameless Self Promotion
« on: April 20, 2009, 10:16 »
Just for the record: You don't need to enter your postal address, a valid email adress is enough - and there are plenty of temporary ones.

I've read your free report and it sounds true what you write. On the other hand: It sounds obvious as well.

"You need a business plan" and "be an entrepreneur"...

I've heard that so much, lost count a while ago...  ::)

General Stock Discussion / Re: F'in clueless IStock Posters
« on: April 19, 2009, 03:11 »
BTW - Genious I think Istock does it intentionally so that people only upload their best stuff..

I never quite grasped the concept of a picture agency that puts bricks in the way of people who want to give them pictures.

282 / Re: Keywords - I feel a rant coming on
« on: April 13, 2009, 09:01 »
Correct me if I am wriong, but if a buyer or another person corrects or disapproves of your keywords, you get a notification mail...

Bye, Robert

283 / Re: IS Upload Nightmare
« on: April 13, 2009, 08:58 »
I use Photoshop CS3 for editing and keywording as well.

When you don't see your IPTC-data after uploading an image to istockphoto, there is a strange way to get them back: Visit an entry in the forum, go back to your upload and your keywords re-appear.

Don't ask me HOW it works, but it does. I read it somewhere in the IS forum.



I have calculated, how much I earn on average with non-exclusive files at Fotolia compared to exclusive files and also compared, how the earnings split and price change an March 1st affected these earnings:

For all non-german readers, here is an automated english translation:

How have your earnings changed?

Bye, Robert

285 / Re: Istock TOP 1000 contributors
« on: April 05, 2009, 09:39 »
Seems like the page is already down?

It that a new trend to assembly content from other sites, get traffic and then live from the advertisings?

Deutsche Diskussion / Wie verschlagworte ich Fotos richtig?
« on: March 18, 2009, 02:47 »
Das werde ich des fteren von anderen Fotografen gefragt und habe deshalb mal ausfhrlich darauf geantwortet:

Viel Spa beim Lesen und ich bin gespannt, wie ihr Eure Fotos verschlagwortet.

Newbie Discussion / Re: Is there a universal model release?
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:22 »
Yes, I give my models a copy of the release, since it acts as a contract und usually both partys of a contract should have one.

Bye, Robert

General Stock Discussion / Re: My day with Yuri Arcurs
« on: December 11, 2008, 04:31 »
It also says in my article that his images sell especially well in countries like Greece, Norway or Germany, probably because of his blonde models...

General Stock Discussion / Re: My day with Yuri Arcurs
« on: December 10, 2008, 04:42 »
Dan Heller wrote some other reasons why it makes sense to help other photographers in his blog here:


General Stock Discussion / My day with Yuri Arcurs
« on: December 09, 2008, 06:36 »
On Saturday, Fotolia organized a workshop with Yuri Arcurs and invited me to blog about it.

So here it is, my blog-entry about the day with Yuri and some helpful tipps (in German though):

Here a translation in english with BabelFish:

Bye, Robert

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia changes Credit price in Europe
« on: December 02, 2008, 04:45 »

What was a credit worth before in the UK?

Thanks, Robert

Part 5 of my analysis is online now...

Bye, Robert

294 / Re: istock and keywords
« on: November 24, 2008, 05:25 »
Oh well, there are stories to tell.
I had a woman with boxing gloves some days ago and they refused to accecpt the keyword "boxing (women)"

I guess they want to have only the exclusives on istock and the rest on stockxpert.

Okay, thanks for the help

Hm, you think when they ask" please enter keywords in german" i still should enter them in english?


297 / Who uses german keywords with Shutterstock?
« on: October 30, 2008, 05:41 »

I have submitted images at Shutterstock from Germany and they asked to keyword the files in German.

Usually no probem since German keywords are already in the IPTC-Headers.

But Shutterstock messes them up, giving me for "Geschftsfrau" --> "Gesch?ftsfrau", so I have to correct every keyword with "Umlauten" in it.

Does it happen with other people too? If no, what browser etc. you use? (I use Firefox 2.0.17 on a PC)

I would like to find a way to avoid this work.

Thanks in advance,

General - Top Sites / Questions to photo agencies
« on: October 29, 2008, 11:13 »

I hopefully will have a small mail interview with one of the microstock-agencies and would like to ask if you have some questions you would like to ask that I didn't think of yet?

Here my suggestions:
- how many photographers you represent?
- how many exclusively?
- how many photographers contribute on a regular basis?
- how many pictures you receive per month in average?
- how many percent of these pictures get accepted?
- what is the most common rejection reason?
- how many pictures does a photographers has online in average?
- how much earns a photographer per sale as average? (for non-exclusives/excluives)
- how much do the top 20% of the photographers earn per month in average?
- what motives sell best?
- what pictures you would like to receive that you have not enough of?

If the interview gets published, I will let you know the results...

Thanks in advance,

299 / Re: iStock off for the day!
« on: October 23, 2008, 09:39 »
They also seem to have the editiing of images disabled...  ???

And it says at their site the disabled upload is only for "wednesday", now it is thursday and still nothing...

First, check their contract. Is there something like a minimum obligation time?

Check social networking sites (xing, linkedIn etc.) if there are contact persons listed...

Otherwise, you could notify some stock sites (like "Selling Stock", microstockdiaries etc.) if they watn to investigate that story.


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