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StockXpert.com / Re: Payment delays....what's up?
« on: July 18, 2008, 17:47 »
I don't know when I requested my last payment, that doesn't show on their site, but on their site, my account says the last payment was June 26 but my paypal account shows the deposit going in on July 1. So much for 3 days.

But then I've noticed slower payments from all the sites, off and on. They seem to take turns.

I agree with Lisa...one guy going on vacation so payments don't get made sounds lame to me. But then I see crap like this going on at a lot of companies (the one I work for full time included) and I just don't see how they stay in business.

Welcome to the USA, the new third world country.

Uh oh...you got me started on a rant.  :o

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Lisafx hits 100,000 downloads
« on: July 13, 2008, 09:17 »
Congratulations Lisa! I aspire to being as prolific at taking photos as you are.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: IS - sales slowing down?
« on: June 16, 2008, 17:15 »
Pretty big dip for me here as well, but then I knew when they changed the best match a few weeks back that it was most likely to happen.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Are you professional?
« on: June 06, 2008, 17:24 »
They can call me anything they like as long as my paycheck is never late!

Right on.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Are you professional?
« on: June 05, 2008, 20:12 »
I've never been sure what I was.


I'm a graphic designer who also does photography for the company I work for. And then I do photography for myself, of which I make money at. No, I don't do it full time, but I would still say I am a professional as I also go by the definition: professional = gets paid to do it. amateur = does it for fun and doesn't take any money.

General Stock Discussion / Re: May 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: June 02, 2008, 19:09 »
Here's my stats:
IS   Up 3.5%
SS   Up 3.5%
StockXpert   Up 27%
DT   Up 48%
BigStock  Down 10%

Bigstock.com / Re: New revievers
« on: May 29, 2008, 20:16 »
Guess it's time to back off on uploads at BigStock while the reviewers get broken in.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Make me want to be exclusive...
« on: May 20, 2008, 21:56 »
sean you're so funny   :D

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Make me want to be exclusive...
« on: May 20, 2008, 19:19 »
Like I said, every time I start to think exclusivity may be a viable option IS does something to remind me why I am happy to be independent....

I share exactly the same sentiment, Lisa. I have seen your isolations...you have been doing them forever and I'm fairly certain that you know how to do them by now.

I stopped uploading to a couple of the long-term commitment sites because I am very close to 10,000 downloads at istock and was pondering the exclusivity.

Two days ago this was rejected for:

We're sorry, but we did not find this file suitable as stock. With the rapid growth of the iStock
 collection, we give valuable consideration to each file but unfortunately cannot accept all

Here's the file:

in case the above doesn't work:


I, too, figured it came close to something the reviewer has in his/her port. I've tried the Scout route before and it takes forever, not worth my time.

Lisa, something to think about...your photography must be right on and has threatened somebody, hence the rejections. Doesn't help with sales, but you should be proud!

iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock audio
« on: May 18, 2008, 13:35 »
I was approved in about an hour as well.

General Stock Discussion / Re: what??? What should I do?
« on: May 18, 2008, 13:26 »
Proper action must have been taken because I have clicked on every one of the links in this topic and I get a 404 error.

in fact, 90% of rejections I get there are for "Overfiltered"

I find this particularly funny when I get one of these rejections. It's usually been for a photo that was posted pretty much straight from the camera...no flltering going on whatsoever.

This is where "letting it go" and keep on shooting comes into play.

I have the 100m f/2.8 and you are right, it does have a very narrow working distance. But I love it for macro work. I have on occasion used it for food photography and portraits as well. I don't have experience with the other two lenses, so I can't really give you any kind of comparison.


I got one of those unexplained rejections and I did email support. Have not heard anything from them, as yet.

The rejection said "Titles may not contain camera name, web address or other unnecessary info." This was a first for me. Oh, by the way, one photo was named "Pierogies for Dinner" and the other was named "Plate of Pierogies." For those who may not know, pierogies (or pirogies, depending on who is spelling it) are like ravioli...Polish pasta with potato, sour cream and chives inside). Is there a Pierogi Camera I don't know about? Unless there is, this was a bogus rejection.

I don't think taking this to the forum would do much good. Oh wait, I just did take it to a forum.

I'll go look for that thread you are talking about, JoAnn.

Off Topic / Re: Canon camera massacre----aaarghh!
« on: March 19, 2008, 17:42 »
photoshop hoax?

Off Topic / Re: Sloppy Joes and other interesting food...
« on: March 01, 2008, 13:35 »
Not my mum's homemade recipe but I think its the best. 1 lb. ground beef, 1 can Manwich sloppy joe mix, heap onto a bun or kaiser roll, add a slice of cheese.  MMmmmm!

(if you are outside the US, Manwich may not be available   :( )

Off Topic / Re: dont think I should be a food photographer
« on: March 01, 2008, 13:32 »
I can't wait for spring so I can go outside and shoot. I've been shooting food in studio all winter and I think I've gained 20 lbs....not from shooting it of course, but I was taught not to be wasteful...have to eat what I cook!

General Stock Discussion / Re: Potential Conflict of interests
« on: February 18, 2008, 18:35 »
The question is wether or not the stockphoto agencies are aware of this and have the mechinism in place to deal with it.

Yes, they are and yes they do.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: More evidence that IS favors Exclusives
« on: February 09, 2008, 14:22 »
Dirt photo...very useable as stock. Great background, great texture, could be used in many different ways. As far as exclusive/non-exclusive...I have seen bad photos accepted at istock from both kinds of contributors. I don't see any bias there.

General Stock Discussion / Re: iStock worth the bother?
« on: January 26, 2008, 11:33 »
Very interesting thread, as I have been pondering exclusivity at istock myself. I've resisted for a long time, and I'm not 100% committed to the idea yet. As I contribute presently to Dreamstime, too, six months from a couple of weeks ago would be the soonest for me to even seriously consider. I will also be coming up to 10,000 downloads right about then.

I do have a couple of friends who are exclusive there and one person was exclusive, then went non-exclusive, but then went back to exclusivity. That person says they noticed an increase in sales over and above the double commissions after going exclusive the second time, and it was just less time-consuming and easier to track photos being misused.

The other person went exclusive as soon as he was eligible. He hasn't been disappointed. Well, except for wishing for more sales, like the rest of us.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Considering Closing Account in 2008
« on: January 12, 2008, 18:40 »
Whenever I go to the istockphoto site, I watch the connecting bar at the bottom left of the Firefox screen. It goes to istock, then to google-analytics. Gee, I wonder why? By the way, istock isn't the only site that monitors you.

Site Related / Re: StockXpert nightmare
« on: January 06, 2008, 12:24 »
I posted this on the Microstock forum also.

I too have experienced rejections for noise when I know there is none.
Not only at StockXpert but at all the microstock sites.

I understand your frustration. Did you upload a whole bunch at one
time? In my experience, I have had better luck uploading smaller
batches at a time. 5 or 10 photos, maybe. I know it takes much longer,
but there have been nightmare tales from many contributors where
reviewers will find fault with one or two photos, get lazy and hit the
reject button for all of the batch.

Just a suggestion.

Powerful images are often accepted even when they contain many flaws. Weak images are often rejected even when they are technically perfect.

And sometimes they are just rejected for no good reason.   :)

Off Topic / Re: High Stress Model Shoot
« on: December 23, 2007, 10:04 »
Wow, that would be high stress. The photos were amazing. That Annie Leibowitz really knows her stuff. I can't even fathom taking a portrait like that and not using a tripod.

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