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« on: February 10, 2009, 18:24 »
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I don't mean to beat a dead horse and I apologize if this question has been asked a thousand times. I got accepted to IS a long time ago. At that point, I was only on DT but had decided to try to venture out to other sites. IS was my first choice but when I started to upload absolutely everything was getting rejected. On top of that, it is just so much work to get any image up there because it has the absolute worst system of upload imho. I got three images (I think) accepted (no sales yet, but thats expected) and just got fed up with it. I have since been uploading at SS and StockXpert fairly regularly and FT once in a while since I have less acceptance there as well. I guess my question is: should I bother to try again at IS? I know that of the people who are on there, it is up there as their top seller. But I hear its even getting more difficult there lately for non exclusives. I don't make much money at this...I try to shoot for getting a few images up a week on each site. I am by no means making tons of cash at this, but I'd like to try to make a bit more. Should I stick with what I'm doing or make another go at IS?

PS I realize this might be hard to answer if you cannot see my current sites and what I'm doing there as far as photography goes. But I choose to remain anonymous here for my own reasons. So please do your best if you have suggestions for me. Thanks a lot in advance everybody!


RT


« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 18:34 »
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This may sound strange, but if I were you I would do my upmost to become an exclusive on iStock.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 18:36 »
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so, let me get this straight...you want people with experience to answer your question(s) with zero data, zero examples of your work, and without knowing who you are. given that approach, I wouldn't bother trying for IS again. stick with whatever is working for you and if none of them are working, I would reevaluate and probably modify your approach to stock photography in general....good luck

« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009, 18:45 »
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I would say try again over time you might have improved as a photographer and taken better images so you may get more acceptances. No harm giving it a try

« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009, 18:47 »
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Uhm. Yes?

I don't think its a big deal if people dont know "who" I am. Looking at my online portfolios wouldn't even really tell you how much money I take in. It would just satisfy peoples nosy side and really get them no where in regards to helping me out. I am looking to see what other peoples experiences are in this instance regarding IS. I'm looking for generic advice and experience, not so much personalized services...in other words, I dont need someone to look at my photos and make assumptions as to whether they would sell or not. With that said - heres more information that might make this post more relevant for some people.

At DT, I have a folio of about 360 something images and make around $15-$30 a month. Not much at all.
SS I just started with and have made about $50 with 90 some odd images in a few months. I make just about the same amount at SS as DT.
StockXpert was third and I've got about 40 images and have only really made around $7. Haha. Ive only been uploading a month or two. I guess compared to some people thats pretty pitiful, but its better than nothing.


yecatsdoherty

« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 18:55 »
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well, approaching IS as a non-exclusive doesn't cost you anything, nor will it require you to remove images elsewhere. I would try to upload some files again. if you continue to receive rejections, take them as constructive criticism and try to analyse what else you need to do in order to improve.

I DO think it would be helpful if you posted a few full sized images that typically represent your style. perhaps some istockers can comment on reasons for rejection and ways to improve. you should welcome that kind of critiquing. I did and it helped me immensely.

« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 18:59 »
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Well granted when I first started at IS, I uploaded a bunch of junk that deserved the rejections. But later on I tried to upload things that were accepted at 2-3 other sites before even bothering.

I honestly don't really have a style. I don't shoot many people shots which I think IS loves as well as most other sites. My best sellers seem to be grungy backgrounds and things like that even though I don't take them as seriously as photography. My work is really mismashed. I shoot a lot of random stuff, so I wouldn't even know which images to show here. Maybe someone could say what IS likes? Some sites prefer people, others abstracts. I have no idea what IS likes.

Thanks!

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 19:03 »
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iStock likes good images. grunge backgrounds seem to do very well. as do people shots, concepts, food, isolated objects. the full gamut of stock is represented on IS. things that will not get through:

- overfiltering
- artefacting
- noise
- compression
- overprocessing

as close as you can keep your file to RAW the better. files should only be saved as jpeg once. processing should not be excessive. lighting is a key factor in getting accepted. I personally had tons of trouble in lighting. I finally took advice, and learned everything I could about lighting. and I am still learning. I marvel at the lighting some of the best contributors achieve.

what do you shoot with? and what is your processing workflow?

« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 19:04 »
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Hey jmich,
We're in about the same boat.  I do the micro stock thing as much as possible but I much more enjoy shooting nice artistic pictures.  I do always keep stock in mind when shooting but rarely shoot with that as my sole reason.  Long story short, I have found IS to be rather productive but I as well gave up on uploading to them a little while ago as the process is a pain in the butt and they reject about 60% of what I send them (mostly for "bad" keywords).  The whole best match debacle also discouraged me as well.  Deep meta is a program that somewhat streamlines the upload process but in no way makes it a breeze.  Give it a try, it's an open source program.  If you're going to resume uploading make sure that keywords are 110% relevant to the photo and it's free of any chromatic aberration or noise, well composed and perfectly focused.  

Other than that keep on truckin'.  There are many on here who see photogs like us as a drain on their income and I certainly sympathize with them.  However this is a free and open market and competition only drives the overall quality upwards.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 19:10 »
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Deep Meta is a terrific tool and it streamlines uploading for me entirely. I do batch uploads regularly. as an exclusive my keywords cannot result in my files being rejected, but for non-exclusives this can result in a rejection. so be careful with your keywording.

I personally really like IS's stringent acceptance standards. this is one of the areas in which I feel they excel (despite all the areas in which I feel they suck lately). images on iStock (generally speaking) are very high quality. duds squeeze through, like anywhere else....but overall if you are getting accepted on IS, you can be somewhat confident that you are producing good work.

as for art vs. stock...this too was a lesson I learned the hard way. my rejection rate was 50% in the beginning. I also shot tons of landscapes, black and white, sepia and very artsy stuff. I learned that this was not going to work in stock. I still shoot the artsy stuff, because I just have to.....but I produce almost pure stock now for IS and when I started doing that, my sales took off.

and I am not nearly as good as many of the more established contributors.

the thing to remember is that like anything else, to do well takes work and patience. there is no quick road to success on IS.

« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009, 19:13 »
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I shoot with a d80 as of about a year ago - lots of my old images were taken with a d70 though. I dont have any real/professional lighting, so I dont usually do a lot of set up shots that would require it. But my little set up with natural lighting has worked well for me so far when it comes to still objects. If I do shoot people, I often do it outdoors and sometimes use a fill if needed.

I like to think I dont overprocess and I definitely do not have compression/overfiltering/artifacting issues. I'm kind of anal about quality and noise, which is probably one reason I dont upload a whole lot. If its not close to perfect, I dont bother anymore. (Most of the images I've tried to upload in the past were probably not close to perfect... ;) ) I shoot raw and process in PS - recently got CS4 - so Im just starting with that. if I shoot specifically for stock, I likely shoot at 100 or 200 iso only - 400 the highest.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009, 19:16 »
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I wouldn't shoot at anything over ISO 200 on the D80 for IS. I didn't think you could shoot at 100 on the D80. natural light is good, are you using reflectors? they can be a great stand in for more expensive lighting until you can get some.

my husband shoots with a D80, I shoot with a D300. he gets beautiful shots with the D80. more importantly, what kinds of lens(es) are you using?

what have you received as rejection notices?

« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2009, 19:39 »
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I wouldn't shoot at anything over ISO 200 on the D80 for IS. I didn't think you could shoot at 100 on the D80.

I agree about ISO 200 on the D80 for IS, but D80 can shoot ISO 100 for IS.

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2009, 20:18 »
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Without really seeing what specific rejections you're getting it's kind of hard to say. My suggestion would be to dump the D80 for something newer/better and give it another try.

I had a D80 and liked it but not for stock.Needed too much post processing.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2009, 20:58 »
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that's good, I didn't remember the D80 going as low as ISO 100.......in any case, Paulie I have to disagree...my husband is making quite  bit of money using his D80 for iStock. he is also exclusive to iStock. and I shot with the D80 for over a year before earning my way into a D300....but I do this full-time along with writing. my husband still has a 'real' job too.....lol

until you improve your income and figure out what is working for you, I wouldn't start buying new equipment. but that's just me. though arguably new equipment can improve your income.


PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2009, 21:12 »
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Stacy, I made quite a bit of money with my D80 too. I also spent a lot of time post processing out all of the things that Istock wouldn't accept. I still ended up with a 80% acceptance rate with the D80. I'm guessing this is part of the OP's problem.

I now have a D300 and while I haven't uploaded a ton of images with it yet I've had zero rejections and don't spend even a fraction the amount of time on post processing.

So back to the OP who is struggling with his/her D80 at Istock. I disagree with Stacy. Get a different camera.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2009, 21:35 by PaulieWalnuts »

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2009, 21:57 »
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Paulie, I don't really care to argue with you about it - I have but a meager 80% acceptance rate with my D300.....I doubt yours is 100. and before suggesting a $2,500 upgrade to someone who is making a couple hundred bucks a month on stock, I would suggest he/she figures out what the problem is first.

but to the OP - if you are willing to take the jump, I'd never say anything bad about the D300. if you're willing to spend that kind of money, go one further and get the D700 at this point. best of luck with your decisions. feel free to send a link to some images via sitemail. I'd be happy to have a look.




PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2009, 23:22 »
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As I mentioned I haven't uploaded a ton of images from the D300 but the couple dozen or so that I have uploaded have been accepted. I'd say that's a pretty good indicator of good progress. As far as you doubting this I really don't care.

This reminds me why I don't bother to post advice here much anymore. The newbies can take advice from the struggling ametuers if they choose to.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2009, 01:05 »
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Paulie, take a step back. no need to throw out insults. I'm not an amateur, far from, but I can see you want to pick a fight and I'm not sure why because I don't even know you. so, I suggest we just leave it since it doesn't really matter.

to the OP, the offer stands, feel free to sitemail a link. stick with your camera for now and work on technique. also, still curious what the rejection notices included...lighting, not suitable as stock? let us know.

nruboc

« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2009, 02:01 »
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Too funny, I could have made this exact post. I've started and stopped at IStock probably like 10 times. I think to myself, I'll give it another try, but then the upload process and senseless rejections based on a double standard of whether you are exclusive or not stops me dead in my tracks.....rinse and repeat. Needless to say I have about 100 on Istock and 7000 on the others.

shank_ali

« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2009, 02:29 »
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If any part of your photos are tack sharp and well exposed there is certainly no need to fear the inspection process at istockphoto.
It's your choice where you showcase your work but i would certainly want to be involved with istockphoto looking outwards rather than being on the outside looking in at contributors making cool amounts of money from their work!

« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2009, 02:31 »
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This reminds me why I don't bother to post advice here much anymore. The newbies can take advice from the struggling ametuers if they choose to.

Why? I liked your posts.

michealo

« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2009, 09:04 »
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I think it is important to pass IS acceptance. as in doing so it will improve your images for all sites you submit to.

And IS are a good earner for most people.

And a D80 if used correctly is perfectly capable of taking images that will get accepted and sell well on IS.

« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2009, 09:27 »
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I am non-exclusive...

January was excellent but this month is disaster for my portfolio on IS

Here is  percentage graph  of my agencies...

Blue is all time, red is this month...

« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2009, 09:42 »
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I can assure you that there are plenty of us making 'cool amounts of money' by the very fact that we aren't exclusive to IS, because we are making good money from IS along with several other agencies.  To me the only reason that I would ever go exclusive to any one agency is because I haven't got the time to upload to multiple sites and I can't see that ever happening.   People often say that the time spent uploading to multiple sites is time that could be used to take more photos but in my case the time of day that I do my uploading would never be used to take photos.

If any part of your photos are tack sharp and well exposed there is certainly no need to fear the inspection process at istockphoto.
It's your choice where you showcase your work but i would certainly want to be involved with istockphoto looking outwards rather than being on the outside looking in at contributors making cool amounts of money from their work!

« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2009, 10:25 »
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Hey jmich,
I used to feel the same about iStock but although I'm just a hobbyist photographer and first of all a designer/buyer, I managed to reach bronze and a few payments on IS with only 60 images. The upload process is a big turn off but that's only the cherry on the cake because my real problem is the amount of time spent on post-processing specifically for IS. My acceptance rate is around 60% and almost all the rejections are for artifacting with resubmit option. I never resubmit though, I prefer to upload again on a new slot if I ever decide to correct an image. For your encouragement, I have to mention that I shoot jpg with a 6MP ..bridge camera  ::) *blush*
So, nothing is impossible, it only depends on your dedication/motivation.
As for subjects, just try to have diversity in your portfolio and if you cannot shoot people for various reasons, try to shoot only body parts. It's still better than isolated red apples  ;)
I'm just a tiny little contributor but I hope you can find some use in what I wrote. Good luck!
 

lisafx

« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2009, 10:53 »
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My experience on istock is that more and more it is about whether you are uploading exclusive images, rather than the quality of the images you are uploading. 

I have been there over 4 years and maintained over a 90% acceptance rate.  Lately that has sunk to more like 50%.  In spite of having better gear (5D I & II, L lenses, full studio with strobes etc.)and turning out much better quality work they are rejecting images for things like "isolation too feathered or rough", "artifacting" and anything else they can throw in - including keywords male and man on a picture of a man from the neck down.  You aren't going to convince me that the head is essential to identifying a person as a man, LOL. 

I have had very good luck when I have bothered to submit to Scout, but unless it is something I REALLY want to be in my port there I rarely bother. 

No offense intended to the majority of exclusives - they are extremely talented and produce beautiful work - but judging from SOME of the images getting approved in the exclusive queue, there is a big difference in what will be accepted from exclusives vs. non. 

It is painfully obvious from both the ever shrinking UL limits and increasing rejections that istock is trying to weed independents out and increase the proportion of their exclusive collection.

I am one that still reports istock as my top selling site, but the bulk of my portfolio was uploaded when they still wanted non-exclusive images.  If I was just starting out I don't think I would waste too much time trying to upload to them. 

« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2009, 11:04 »
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I resubmit almost every photo that is allowed. Working as a graphic artist I will sometimes go through seven rounds of revisions on a project so IS asking to fix something on a photo and resubmit seems totally normal. In about a year on IS have 276 photos online. Probably about 1/2 of those were resubmitted.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2009, 12:24 »
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Lisa - that sucks. because I am exclusive, I rarely look at things from a non-exclusive perspective. I would guess that you are correct, because I know you well enough to know that you wouldn't suggest something simply as a conspiracy theory to stir things up. if they are going to treat non-exclusiives as inferior, they should clearly delineate those policies so that people can make educated decisions about their exclusivity.



« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2009, 12:32 »
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I am one that still reports istock as my top selling site, but the bulk of my portfolio was uploaded when they still wanted non-exclusive images.

Same here. All that gets downloaded is my old crap from 2-3 years ago. My recent stuff doesn't get any downloads at all.

lisafx

« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2009, 12:41 »
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Lisa - that sucks. because I am exclusive, I rarely look at things from a non-exclusive perspective. I would guess that you are correct, because I know you well enough to know that you wouldn't suggest something simply as a conspiracy theory to stir things up. if they are going to treat non-exclusiives as inferior, they should clearly delineate those policies so that people can make educated decisions about their exclusivity.


Thanks Stacey :).  I agree, it would be nice if the policies were more clearly stated. 

Funny thing is I tend to be one that discounts conspiracy theories in general. 

I will admit I am a bit PO'd at the moment about my latest slew of rejections.  But I really have noticed a striking increase in apparently random rejections from IS the past few months.  If it isn't a desire to thin the non-exclusive herd then it might be the result of large numbers of new inspectors who are still getting their "sea legs". 

Whatever the cause, it is discouraging, and I don't want relative newbs to think it is just them.  It's happening to us old-timers too.

« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2009, 14:01 »
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I will admit I am a bit PO'd at the moment about my latest slew of rejections.  But I really have noticed a striking increase in apparently random rejections from IS the past few months.  If it isn't a desire to thin the non-exclusive herd then it might be the result of large numbers of new inspectors who are still getting their "sea legs". 

Whatever the cause, it is discouraging, and I don't want relative newbs to think it is just them.  It's happening to us old-timers too.

Yep, happening to me too. It wasn't so long ago that IS inspections were extremely predictable and a credit to the training and consistency of the inspectors. Nowadays I think they must 'inspect' my images by flipping a coin and then inventing 'artifacts' out of nowhere if the coin comes up tails. I also get the impression there's a lot of anti-independent inspectors out there __ especially when you see some of the horrors that exclusives can get away with.

I get virtually no rejections from anywhere else. I've been doing this for more than long enough to know when an image may be 'borderline'. I shoot with a 1Ds MkIII so if there is any potential technical issues I 'll just shrink the image down to ensure the 'problem' disappears.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2009, 15:13 »
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well, if it alleviates any fears, a good friend of mine who is exclusive and one of the top earners regularly gets ridiculous rejections lately, all of which have been overturned by Scout.

and I had a whole slew of images rejected of the same model because the inspector claimed they could not read my 300dpi, 2K pixels by 3K pixels model release. it turned out to be their technical issue. the files have all been accepted now. I think they must have hired new inspectors or something, who knows.

I do think non-exclusives are getting pushed away gradually. I can't imagine why, though I do feel exclusivity should carry perks, I also believe that some of the best work on iStock is from non-exclusives who are big earners for the site.

whatever, I am too busy licking my wounds today from my unfortunate forage into the best match thread waters today. I have been avoiding IS forums, but made the mistake of going in again today. stupid stacey.

lisafx

« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2009, 18:15 »
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well, if it alleviates any fears, a good friend of mine who is exclusive and one of the top earners regularly gets ridiculous rejections lately, all of which have been overturned by Scout.


Actually, it does help to know it is not just independents getting the baffling increase in rejections. Glad your friend was able to get them overturned.  Wish me luck in my current Scout tickets...

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whatever, I am too busy licking my wounds today from my unfortunate forage into the best match thread waters today. I have been avoiding IS forums, but made the mistake of going in again today. stupid stacey.

I haven't checked their forums today, but I am sorry to hear you got slapped again.  If it makes you feel any better I am very happy you discovered this group.  I, for one, always appreciate your articulate, well thought out postings and outspoken manner.  I am sure I am not the only one :)

« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2009, 19:36 »
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Well, thanks for all the replies everybody...

I'm not about to dump my camera just yet. I just "upgraded" from a d70 to a d80 not too long ago. I realize thats not a huge leap, but a small step forward in my book. I like it much better than the d70. But I don't make nearly enough money to upgrade just yet. I'll keep truckin along with what I have - it's been doing me well more recently anyway. I don't mind  post work really...if it requires too much then its probably not very good to begin with. If I start making more money from my photography, not just from stock, but from other ways, Id love to upgrade. Its just not in the cards right now.

As for rejection reasons...this was months ago...could have been a slew of things from what I remember. I remember some lighting, noise, and limited value or something along those lines. Like I said before, I may have uploaded a lot of old junk...I think when I get some time I will definitely try again. I'll have to post how that works out for me - possibly with examples and rejection reasons if there are any - and then see what you all have to say.

I appreciate all the replies though. :)

« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2009, 19:43 »
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@ Jmich,
hi there, nice to meet you :)
I'm a newbie, just like yourself and started uploading to IS a few months ago. It only took me a few weeks to absolutely hate them.
1. Uploading process is painful and a complete failure.
Nothing works as it should, except for the-annoying-the-hell-out-of-me reminder page with : I truly am the only one owner, definitely there are no people in my image and no, I swear! I did not steal any parts of this work.
The darn thing comes back at you, again, and again, and again ...  
2. Rejections are so absurd it becomes clear what their real meaning is - we don't want you here, get out!
Please resubmit?
I've heard some horror stories about resubmitting. I have never done it and don't think I ever will.
3. Pending time can be over 2 weeks long. Longer than anywhere else I've submitted and yes, it goes on my nerves to have to wait that long.
4. Both sales and views are the lowest.
Please keep in mind that I'm a newbie with a portfolio of only about 160 images. This info may not be relevant, but the numbers are there. IS is the lowest.
5. Their search engine is heavily biased and it is not for the benefit of the buyer. The best image doesn't win. Instead, regardless of quality, relevance and beauty, the exclusive one does.
6. Their entire site, their forum, the community, has a feeling (to me) of anger. They're like a pack of wolves and there is nothing artistic, generous or friendly about them.
They're constantly at each other's throats, caustic and cinic.
Ugly.
Before you make up your mind I want to direct your attention to Lisa's post.
Read it again.
Upload to IS if you want to, but be aware of everything she said.
It happened to a diamond, it will happen to you too.
Best of luck!
Anna

« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2009, 20:00 »
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GAH! I just replied to you Anna and was logged out before I posted. Therefore, lost a long post. I guess I'll just make this one short.

I took everyones advice and decided to try a few more. I just uploaded 3 of my recent files that have been accepted at 3-4 other sites that I think may be more of what they are looking for. I'll try it out, see what happens and move on if it doesn't work out. I'm not going to make a big thing out of it. If they dont want me, they dont have to have me. Alls well. I hate their upload process anyway! So there! Haha. It's really a matter of my being lazy and not wanting to have to keep uploading through their awful process if I get no where.

I appreciate everyones posts. Maybe when I have more recent information (like, what happens with these files) I might be back for some feedback. ;)

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2009, 22:29 »
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Anna - I think you are making a whole lot of generalizations, based on little knowledge of the company, its policies or its processes. though I am certainly the wrong person to defend iStock right now, I will anyways because most of what you said is pretty far off. there are things they are doing wrong right now IMO...and I can see a newbie having the impression that there is anger. but there is also a huge community of people willing to help others, as long as you have a good tolerance for sarcasm and the odd a55hole chiming in...

you can think whatever you want about anything, but posting a list of problems with a site you know little about makes no sense.

I think non-exclusives and exclusives are bonded more than ever right now, because so many of us are losing sales.....real experience and not anecdotal surmising should be the bulk of posts as far as I am concerned...
« Last Edit: February 11, 2009, 22:31 by yecatsdoherty »

bittersweet

« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2009, 23:25 »
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whatever, I am too busy licking my wounds today from my unfortunate forage into the best match thread waters today. I have been avoiding IS forums, but made the mistake of going in again today. stupid stacey.

Ouch. To be honest I have been purposely avoiding that thread. As is always the case, those on top will attempt to drown out the cries of those on bottom. I followed it for about the first 8 or 10 pages and then felt that it was pointless as the new best match is not in place and it was just stressing me out keeping up with all the drama. I checked back after reading your post, read from the last page back to your last post, and see that it's still a pointless thread.

My sales have been wildly fluctuating, like falling through the floor for 4 consecutive days with barely any to no sales at all and then the next day having a huge spike, only to have a huge drop the next day again. I've been too busy to really care and my plan is to just ride it out in obliviousness until they officially announce that the new best match is in place. That's when I can form a real opinion about what kind of affect it is going to have on me long-term. Vectors have been getting the royal shaft for months now and so I've grown sadly accustomed to lackluster numbers. Seasonal images have kept me from completely bottoming out but January was pretty bleak, and about 40% down from December. This wouldn't have been an unusual drop, except that December was also about 30% down from November. That was more than a seasonal issue at play. A big part of it was the vector slam, but I really think it was more than that.

Anyway, I figure we'll know more within the next couple of weeks, and then we can assess our situation and make the best decisions we can.

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2009, 23:36 »
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yup, for sure.....and then things will be okay until the next change and so on...feast or famine as they say

bittersweet

« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2009, 00:35 »
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yup, for sure.....and then things will be okay until the next change and so on...feast or famine as they say

Well they are touting this thing as the end of the catastrophic wild swing changes. We shall see.

« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2009, 01:12 »
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@Stacey,
generalizations? A whole lot of them?
No, I didn't.
I told the story from MY point of view and made it quite clear that on Istock I am a newbie.
Now take it or leave it, but this is the truth.  

1. Yes, their upload process is prone to all sorts of errors and is a painful experience.
2. Yes, their rejections are absurd. (Keywords? Clipping path not relevant to a file with a clipping path included?)
3. Yes, their pending time can be longer than 2 weeks, or more (the longest time I had to wait on any site)
4. Yes, their search engine is tweaked. It pushes foward exclusive images regardless of quality and showing no concern towards the buyers' needs. This may seem attractive to exclusives but it's shacky and in the long run it spells disaster
5. Yes, compared to all other sites, both my sales and my views on IS are the lowest.
6. Yes, I think their forum and community are hostile and seem somewhat desperate to me. I already made it clear that this is my personal opinion and others may not agree.
More over Stacey, no, Istock doesn't have the best image collection anymore. Those days are gone.
Vectors yes, they may still be the leading agency, but even that is changing by the second. You can be sure that I'm working hard and breaking Illustrator to pieces, to help it happen sooner.
When it comes to your personal misfortunes with the latest best match, remember one thing : as long as IS doesn't reward a file purely based on its qualities, you'll never have peace.
You depend on luck, up today, down tomorrow, head or tail.
You need to let quality shine. It is the only coin of truth and stands up against time.

@Jmich,
of course you don't have to believe me.
Just try IS for yourself and see how you feel about it.
Go ahead and upload, but be prepared for all sorts of nasty things coming your way :)
Phew, almot forgot!
The D80 is a fine little machine. No real need to upgrade and certainly don't do it just in the hope that you can beat IS reviewers.
They're a strange lot but I'm sure that given enough time you'll be able to beat them at their own game!
Best of,
Anna
« Last Edit: February 12, 2009, 01:24 by anaire »

« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2009, 02:01 »
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@Stacey,
generalizations? A whole lot of them?
No, I didn't.
I told the story from MY point of view and made it quite clear that on Istock I am a newbie.
Now take it or leave it, but this is the truth.  

1. Yes, their upload process is prone to all sorts of errors and is a painful experience.
2. Yes, their rejections are absurd. (Keywords? Clipping path not relevant to a file with a clipping path included?)
3. Yes, their pending time can be longer than 2 weeks, or more (the longest time I had to wait on any site)
4. Yes, their search engine is tweaked. It pushes foward exclusive images regardless of quality and showing no concern towards the buyers' needs. This may seem attractive to exclusives but it's shacky and in the long run it spells disaster
5. Yes, compared to all other sites, both my sales and my views on IS are the lowest.
6. Yes, I think their forum and community are hostile and seem somewhat desperate to me. I already made it clear that this is my personal opinion and others may not agree.
More over Stacey, no, Istock doesn't have the best image collection anymore. Those days are gone.
Vectors yes, they may still be the leading agency, but even that is changing by the second. You can be sure that I'm working hard and breaking Illustrator to pieces, to help it happen sooner.
When it comes to your personal misfortunes with the latest best match, remember one thing : as long as IS doesn't reward a file purely based on its qualities, you'll never have peace.
You depend on luck, up today, down tomorrow, head or tail.
You need to let quality shine. It is the only coin of truth and stands up against time.


Hahahahaha

Love it!!!  This reminds me of the old In Living Color episodes "two snaps around the world"


« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2009, 12:51 »
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Stupid me just realized that I can resubmit some of the files that were rejected from ages ago. I'll try fixing and resubmitting those too.

PS- Also didn't know I could look up reject reasons. So fyi- the two I resubmitted needed to be sharpened. The others I dont even want to bother with because they are real old and I'm sure they wont sell anyway. The quality I'm sure is not up to standard - some rejections for artifacts, a couple for focus and noise also.

« Reply #44 on: February 21, 2009, 16:04 »
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As an "odd a55hole chiming in", i'm with yecatsdoherty on this one; anaire, I'm honestly sad to hear of your horrible experience on IS so far. Here are some of my suggestions:

1. Uploading process is painful and a complete failure.
Nothing works as it should, except for the-annoying-the-hell-out-of-me reminder page with : I truly am the only one owner, definitely there are no people in my image and no, I swear! I did not steal any parts of this work.
The darn thing comes back at you, again, and again, and again ... 

Try a third party application such as http://www.deepmeta.com/ [nofollow], its got some great features that will really make the task of uploading significantly easier. You can do batch uploading, and only have to click on "I agree" once for the entire batch to upload.

2. Rejections are so absurd it becomes clear what their real meaning is - we don't want you here, get out!
Please resubmit?
I've heard some horror stories about resubmitting. I have never done it and don't think I ever will.
 
When I considered myself a newbie, I took rejections as a way to learn from mistakes and to improve.  Besides from some human errors that may slip in from time-to-time, I have never received an unfair rejection while I was a non-exclusive.

3. Pending time can be over 2 weeks long. Longer than anywhere else I've submitted and yes, it goes on my nerves to have to wait that long.

Yes I agree that this aspect is frustrating, especially if you're new and want to move fast in the microstock industry and there is not much you can do as a non-exclusive. It does improve to up to 5 days when you are exclusive contributor.

4. Both sales and views are the lowest.
Please keep in mind that I'm a newbie with a portfolio of only about 160 images. This info may not be relevant, but the numbers are there. IS is the lowest. 

If you think logically about this you would agree that with a small portfolio your images are diluted out by millions of others, thus your visibility will be low in the beginning. On the other hand, there are contributors with the same portfolio size that are doing great with thousands of views/sales on some of their files. The old clich answer of "increase your porfolio size, to increases your visibility" should alleviate your situation over time. If you look at the statistics (although perhaps biased) for example from Alexa, you will see that IS still receives the highest traffic..

5. Their search engine is heavily biased and it is not for the benefit of the buyer. The best image doesn't win. Instead, regardless of quality, relevance and beauty, the exclusive one does.

This statement for me is probably the most severe generalization of them all. There are more than one way to search on IS, best match is not the only option. You can search by age, contributor, downloads etc. Yes the best match has been the topic of many debates and contributors are not always happy about the fluctuations is causes, but if you read the forums you would know that they are on the verge of implementing best match 2.0. IS is constantly working on improving the search engine, to the benefit of  the buyer, not necessarily for the contributor.And thats why correct keywording are so important, and why they will get rejected if you don't use them carefully.I also don't think that boosting exclusives in the search results are such a bad thing (shaky and spelling disaster as you put it), nothing wrong with that if the high level of quality is maintained. That being said, hundreds of non-exclusives have exceptionally profitable portfolios on IS, many times more so than myself.

6. Their entire site, their forum, the community, has a feeling (to me) of anger. They're like a pack of wolves and there is nothing artistic, generous or friendly about them. They're constantly at each other's throats, caustic and cinic.

I beg to differ, I've had several experiences on the forums that were really very helpful and friendly. One should not generalize the "entire site" according to one or two threads in the forum where things got a little heated. For example, what I gathered so far from reading the forums, IS reviewer comments are often considered much more helpful, compared to the other microstock agencies.

So to sum up: I hope that your experience on IS improves and that you would make some great friends in the IS community.


« Last Edit: February 21, 2009, 16:32 by volschenkh »

yecatsdoherty

« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2009, 16:18 »
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whatalife, lol, you're not one of the odd a55holes....as far as I can tell  ;D I sure hope the wild swings are going to change. if so, would it kill them to tell us so? concretely, clearly state that the next change will be the last wild change.....so far everything has been so ambiguous and reeks of covering their bases...

« Reply #46 on: February 22, 2009, 02:37 »
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« Last Edit: February 22, 2009, 02:38 by caspixel »

bittersweet

« Reply #47 on: February 22, 2009, 13:01 »
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whatalife, lol, you're not one of the odd a55holes....as far as I can tell  ;D I sure hope the wild swings are going to change. if so, would it kill them to tell us so? concretely, clearly state that the next change will be the last wild change.....so far everything has been so ambiguous and reeks of covering their bases...

Well since, as I said, I haven't been following the thread for a while, I guess I'm basing this conclusion on clarifications following the original announcement:

Quote
Posted By kkthompson:
On 2008-12-09 15:09:33, bitter wrote:
For artists it means a massive shift. The results for everyone, are going to be very, very different.
Quote
Posted By kelvinjay:
Given that massive changes to the best match are one of the main complaints in any best match thread, it will certainly be interesting to see how this one pans out. I guess we'll just have to wait & see...
Quote
Posted By rogermexico:
Yeah, I know it's kind of a contradictory sounding message, but the goal is to have one last big shake so that we can move to something more stable. By blending this ranked keyword data into the algorithm, it should make it on the whole more stable. In the past we've been seeing really wild swings whenever the guys have gone into tweak the mix - this is aimed at alleviating those swings and giving us something more reliable.



yecatsdoherty

« Reply #48 on: February 22, 2009, 13:47 »
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I hope so, assuming it all works....I've read those passages many times, but they are so carefully worded that who knows what to expect. the fact that they've been setting things up while adversely affecting the live database scares me. knocking back new files, how will anything uploaded in the last couple of months recover? that's a rhetorical question.

Gti861

  • Photographer & Motocyclist
« Reply #49 on: February 27, 2012, 01:33 »
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I think it is good to be in Istock. DT and FT are ok. But it is a value to be in Istock.

« Reply #50 on: February 27, 2012, 01:35 »
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Old - VERY VERY OLD - thread alert

« Reply #51 on: February 27, 2012, 01:55 »
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OOOOOppppS!!!

lagereek

« Reply #52 on: February 27, 2012, 02:14 »
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Same here!  and same as Lisa, I also had a 90% acceptance rate with a port of some 2000 images,  I stopped uploading 5 months back,  no point. Also I agree, who you are is far more important then quality, if youre an exclusive you can upload almost any old rubbish and its accepted. Take 5 minutes and look at whats coming through as new images, just generics and tons of irrelevant material.
The quality will be held by Getty, the dustbin material by IS/TS.

« Reply #53 on: February 27, 2012, 04:29 »
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is that a record 3 years old ?

RacePhoto

« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2012, 13:22 »
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is that a record 3 years old ?

Not that I can see. Someone brought back one from four years ago recently, if they had only waited a week it would have been a full four years.  ;D Best was it was started by someone who hasn't been here for at least two years. Here's the number for TWIST = Last Active: February 06, 2011, 10:32 (fair enough over a year)

Should that be the Easter Egg Hunt? Find the oldest moldy thread that was brought back to life in 2011? LOL
« Last Edit: February 28, 2012, 13:23 by RacePhoto »

grp_photo

« Reply #55 on: February 28, 2012, 13:42 »
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This may sound strange, but if I were you I would do my upmost to become an exclusive on iStock.
I like this quote :-)

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