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« on: August 12, 2006, 09:23 »
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This is the thread. Place your bets. WHO is the photographer on iStock that will win the 1,000,000th image race.

My bet goes to:

Hidesy or Abu


« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2006, 09:27 »
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I don't think so :) my bet is on a scandinavian photographer with small portfolio but all very stylised portraits on location.

« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2006, 09:32 »
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I don't think so :) my bet is on a scandinavian photographer with small portfolio but all very stylised portraits on location.

Hmm. Can't think of anyone fitting the description. Leaf's folio isn't that small. Now that I think about it, I'll add Aldra and Casarsa to the mix, so now I have top 4 ex-equo choices.

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2006, 09:57 »
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My money is on Lise Gagne.

« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2006, 11:57 »
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My money is on Lise Gagne.

Put me down on this one as well...

Quevaal

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2006, 18:43 »
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I don't think so :) my bet is on a scandinavian photographer with small portfolio but all very stylised portraits on location.

Thanks! :D
(Oh wait, I don't have portraits.)

« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2006, 13:36 »
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What is lisa G going to do with a Canon 30D?

I think it will be a 'newish' person with a nice portfolio. I think it will be the 'best' portfolio from the 1000 people that submit around the time that the 1,000,000 image is reviewed.

nruboc

« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2006, 14:27 »
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99.9% it will be an Exclusive

« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2006, 14:33 »
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agreed

« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2006, 14:53 »
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Yeah, I don't think Gagne will win. She's an official iStuck admin, so this would be favoritism in the extreme. I would like a newish person with a smallish portfolio win as well. Mainly ME :)

Quevaal

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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2006, 19:33 »
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What is lisa G going to do with a Canon 30D?

I think it will be a 'newish' person with a nice portfolio. I think it will be the 'best' portfolio from the 1000 people that submit around the time that the 1,000,000 image is reviewed.

Surely, it has to be the 1 000 000th image accepted?

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2006, 19:46 »
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I hadn't thought about the nepotism angle, although the announcement doesn't say Istock admins can't win.  I was just thinking on pure volume of submissions--she's pretty prolific (and talented).

Okay, then.  I won't speculate on a specific person.  I will say, however, that I think the image will be a vector.  Most of the popular recent images are vectors.


Yeah, I don't think Gagne will win. She's an official iStuck admin, so this would be favoritism in the extreme. I would like a newish person with a smallish portfolio win as well. Mainly ME :)

« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2006, 00:43 »
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What is lisa G going to do with a Canon 30D?

I think it will be a 'newish' person with a nice portfolio. I think it will be the 'best' portfolio from the 1000 people that submit around the time that the 1,000,000 image is reviewed.

Surely, it has to be the 1 000 000th image accepted?

yeah i think it will be the 1,000,000th image accepted but I think when they have accepted the 999,999th image, they will say STOP, and then look and make sure they choose the 'right' 1,000,000 image.

« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2006, 02:18 »
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We are all SO skeptical...but I think you are all right  ;D they are not gonna have a lame image for the 1000000th image - it will be something cool and an image they can use to promote the quality at iStock. Imagine if it was a mediocre flower shot...

« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2006, 02:25 »
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... or a brick wall

GWB

« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2006, 11:52 »
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Gosh, what a conspiratorial bunch!  :)   I kid...

With all of the conflicts of interest at IS, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the "stars" won the big prize.   Just look at the photo that was recognized at the 400k, goal.  One of those artsy monochrome shots.  Yep, submitted by an Exclusive.

G~

dbvirago

« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2006, 13:41 »
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Somebody let me know when the contest is over, so I can start uploading there again. It's painful enough uploading one file at a time and going through their tedious category process. I'm not willing to wait on an overloaded server on top of that.

« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2006, 14:02 »
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I uploaded two photos the other night and it didn't seem any slower than usual. Other aspects of the site seem slow but not the actual uploading.

« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2006, 09:38 »
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Well, it was chosen, and it's a ... honestly so so image. Head down shot of Miss Croatia on a catwalk. Have a look at the official 1 million thread on iStock how they're twisting trying to explain why a WEEK LATER the official count is still about 5 thousand images below a million.

Some admin said: front page doesn't update on time. Right... (imagine me with a thick Cockney accent here), but why is it when you look through the entire database (BROWSE NEWEST on the front page gives you ALL images on iStock), it still stands at 5 thousand images below a million?

Honestly, iStock is so full of crap on this. I understand the need for a marketable image to represent a million (although Dreamstime doesn't do it, every 10,000 photos wins something, and quite often it's a crappy shot). If they so needed a super shot to be the one millionth, they should have just picked an image submitted the DAY when the 1,000,000th image hits, and waited with the F5. Or just posted rigth off: "the best image within plus or minus a million will win a camera".  But to be so blatant about it: having picked the 1,000,000th image a week or two before there is a million images in the database?
« Last Edit: August 17, 2006, 09:40 by kacper »

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2006, 09:49 »
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Not to be argumentative here, but I really don't care about that millionth image.  It was fun to dream, even while I knew I had no chance and that the winner would be an exclusive.

My problems right now are that they are taking forever to review images and they have reduced file upload limits.  I want them to review my files so my pitiful portfolio will finally reach 100 files online.  I would also like them to focus less on their "exclusive" photographers.  Granted, there is some talent there, but a lot of the exclusives aren't that good--some people like Phil are much better, sell more quickly, and get no attention.

After all, sales are sales.  Right?

« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2006, 09:54 »
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Not to be argumentative here, but I really don't care about that millionth image.

I don't think that the millionth image is the real issue here, but rather that they don't seem to be on the up and up with this.  If they aren't telling the truth about this, then what else are they lying about???

They say that they don't treat exclusives differently.

They say that the admins and inspectors are not treated differently.

Hmmm.  Makes you wonder!

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2006, 10:14 »
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You nailed it.

Hmmm.  Makes you wonder!


« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2006, 10:25 »
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I don't think that the millionth image is the real issue here, but rather that they don't seem to be on the up and up with this.  If they aren't telling the truth about this, then what else are they lying about???

Everything? ;)


They say that they don't treat exclusives differently.


Sure they do. Exclusives go through the queue twice as fast (based on posts in the forums), they have higher upload limits and ridiculously higher share. I appreciate giving exclusives more dough. I like the way Fotolia does it. They get the extra 17%, but then as you sell more, EVERYONE'S share increases. iStock: you can be Phil or Logos or another great photog and you'll still only get 20%. For every $1000 you make iStock $4000! There's just something WAY wrong about this...


They say that the admins and inspectors are not treated differently.


Give me a break. First of all: ruling by fear. There are definitely some very talented photographers-cum-admin. No doubt about it. Then, there are some that aren't. But due to FEAR, do you ever see a less than 5 rating given to Bitter's images? Sirimo's? Other admins? No. Never or almost never. So let's not for one minute be fooled that all are treated equally. Don't take my word for it. Check out some of the admins' portfolios and see the crap that's in there. I, you, PhilDate, Leaf, no one else on here would get away with some of these photos.

« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2006, 18:33 »
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They say that they don't treat exclusives differently.

Oh, they do!  Once in a while I see an image on the newest exclusive uploads list that would have been rejected had I uploaded it - tilted horizons (not in a creative way, clearly a mistake), untuned colors, uneven lighting and such ready visible problems.  What about a country flag that's shown on reverse?  I've just seen that....

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2006, 01:42 »
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From 3,000 pictures of garage store finds and girls with laptops, to 1,000,000 of the best royalty-free images available anywhere, in just six years.
from iStock newsletters and it took FT less than a year. Though FT didn't have a dubious competition and dangle a fancy camera before us and some of FT images are not the best available anywhere.


 

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