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lagereek

« Reply #100 on: September 16, 2010, 10:36 »
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OMG.  My poor buyers.  Having to wade through this stuff... :(

And mine! 


mlwinphoto

« Reply #101 on: September 16, 2010, 10:39 »
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Istock site is down for me now. Maybe they're trying to re-set things after their little glitch?

Down for me too.  Probably server overload from all 30,000 contributors trying to get on at the same time to voice their objections.

« Reply #102 on: September 16, 2010, 10:39 »
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Istock site is down for me now. Maybe they're trying to re-set things after their little glitch?

Even the maintenance message looks like a glitch:

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iStockphoto is getting some upgrades
To improve iStockphoto's performance we're doing a little site maintenance.

The site will be down Saturday, June 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MST. and then again from approximately noon to 4:00 p.m. MST

To reward your patience, get 15% off your next purchase of 50 credits or more next time you visit by using promo code UPGRADE. But use it fast it's only good for a little while (offer expires July 10, 2010).

« Reply #103 on: September 16, 2010, 10:41 »
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Someone switched off the life support.

Microbius

« Reply #104 on: September 16, 2010, 10:42 »
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ding dong

« Reply #105 on: September 16, 2010, 10:43 »
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down....

« Reply #106 on: September 16, 2010, 10:45 »
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This is one area where I actually agree with the direction Getty is taking. I would think that the collection needs to be different than that of what is on iStock already. Micro has really narrowed the perception of what a good stock image is for a lot of photographers who participate in it. With it's never ending technical requirements. It's like making rules for writing that only allow for certain phrases or word combinations. Pretty soon everything reads the same. The same can be said for music. Think of music where only certain beats and chord combinations could be used. If you hear enough of it, that's all that sounds good to you. Then you hear something different and call it garbage. That's what micro has done for photographic style.  I don't mean to offend anyone here, it's just a general observation. The other thing that micro has really narrowed is photographer's perception of what a client is willing to pay for an image. There are lots of clients paying lots of money still. Let them pay. Quite trying to drag high paying clients down.

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #107 on: September 16, 2010, 10:49 »
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^ um, okay........those images are crap dude. don't even try to see a silver lining, there isn't one

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #108 on: September 16, 2010, 10:52 »
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Looks like Istock's been taken over by Zombies...  ;D

Yup, note the 404 message:
"iStockphoto is getting some upgrades
To improve iStockphoto's performance we're doing a little site maintenance.
The site will be down Saturday, June 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MST. and then again from approximately noon to 4:00 p.m. MST
To reward your patience, get 15% off your next purchase of 50 credits or more next time you visit by using promo code UPGRADE. But use it fast it's only good for a little while (offer expires July 10, 2010).
For up to the minute news, please visit: www.istockscoop.com, or follow us on Twitter"

Can't even get their 404 right.
 :'(

Pixel-Pizzazz

« Reply #109 on: September 16, 2010, 11:01 »
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This is one area where I actually agree with the direction Getty is taking. I would think that the collection needs to be different than that of what is on iStock already. Micro has really narrowed the perception of what a good stock image is for a lot of photographers who participate in it. With it's never ending technical requirements. It's like making rules for writing that only allow for certain phrases or word combinations. Pretty soon everything reads the same. The same can be said for music. Think of music where only certain beats and chord combinations could be used. If you hear enough of it, that's all that sounds good to you. Then you hear something different and call it garbage. That's what micro has done for photographic style.  I don't mean to offend anyone here, it's just a general observation. The other thing that micro has really narrowed is photographer's perception of what a client is willing to pay for an image. There are lots of clients paying lots of money still. Let them pay. Quite trying to drag high paying clients down.

A new idea...

Kitsch 'n' Sink Collection :D

« Reply #110 on: September 16, 2010, 11:02 »
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^ um, okay........those images are crap dude. don't even try to see a silver lining, there isn't one

The stock industry has gone through dozens of artistic phases over the years,

There was the everything silhouetted phase, the everything lit with soft box phase, the light painting phase, the motion phase, the everyone tilted phase, the Agfa 1000 with soft filter phase, the cross processing phase, on and on. Now we are in everything done to a super high ultra boring technical phase and everyone thinks it's the last one. The one phase that will endure. But it won't. It will pass, thankfully, and we can move on to being creative again.

« Reply #111 on: September 16, 2010, 11:04 »
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This is one area where I actually agree with the direction Getty is taking. I would think that the collection needs to be different than that of what is on iStock already. Micro has really narrowed the perception of what a good stock image is for a lot of photographers who participate in it. With it's never ending technical requirements. It's like making rules for writing that only allow for certain phrases or word combinations. Pretty soon everything reads the same. The same can be said for music. Think of music where only certain beats and chord combinations could be used. If you hear enough of it, that's all that sounds good to you. Then you hear something different and call it garbage. That's what micro has done for photographic style.  I don't mean to offend anyone here, it's just a general observation. The other thing that micro has really narrowed is photographer's perception of what a client is willing to pay for an image. There are lots of clients paying lots of money still. Let them pay. Quite trying to drag high paying clients down.

A new idea...

Kitsch 'n' Sink Collection :D

Is it the collection you don't like or the fact that the photographer gets way more money?

Pixel-Pizzazz

« Reply #112 on: September 16, 2010, 11:07 »
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^ um, okay........those images are crap dude. don't even try to see a silver lining, there isn't one

The stock industry has gone through dozens of artistic phases over the years,

There was the everything silhouetted phase, the everything lit with soft box phase, the light painting phase, the motion phase, the everyone tilted phase, the Agfa 1000 with soft filter phase, the cross processing phase, on and on. Now we are in everything done to a super high ultra boring technical phase and everyone thinks it's the last one. The one phase that will endure. But it won't. It will pass, thankfully, and we can move on to being creative again.
We're talking about stock, not art photography.  What's next - tacky clip art becomes the norm again?...Amazing - the Cavier and Escargot of stock.

« Reply #113 on: September 16, 2010, 11:14 »
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^ um, okay........those images are crap dude. don't even try to see a silver lining, there isn't one

The stock industry has gone through dozens of artistic phases over the years,

There was the everything silhouetted phase, the everything lit with soft box phase, the light painting phase, the motion phase, the everyone tilted phase, the Agfa 1000 with soft filter phase, the cross processing phase, on and on. Now we are in everything done to a super high ultra boring technical phase and everyone thinks it's the last one. The one phase that will endure. But it won't. It will pass, thankfully, and we can move on to being creative again.


You're just talking nonsense. This is just about getty dumping their crap on Istock.

Nothing to do with new phases, creativity or anything else.

« Reply #114 on: September 16, 2010, 11:14 »
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I predict we are on the verge of the HDR era, especially since iPhones now do it automatically, and we can get cellphone images onto iStock by setting up our own Agency and cutting a deal with Getty.

« Reply #115 on: September 16, 2010, 11:31 »
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My mistake sorry!
« Last Edit: September 16, 2010, 11:55 by gbalex »

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #116 on: September 16, 2010, 11:32 »
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total fiasco. I'm still pretty surprised, this is the biggest snafu in terms of PR I've seen them commit. as for these files being an artistic phase, sorry, that's just ridiculous. despite my relationship with iStock, even I will say this is a royal f up. those images are crap and they've opened a can of worms.

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #117 on: September 16, 2010, 11:33 »
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^ um, okay........those images are crap dude. don't even try to see a silver lining, there isn't one

The stock industry has gone through dozens of artistic phases over the years,

There was the everything silhouetted phase, the everything lit with soft box phase, the light painting phase, the motion phase, the everyone tilted phase, the Agfa 1000 with soft filter phase, the cross processing phase, on and on. Now we are in everything done to a super high ultra boring technical phase and everyone thinks it's the last one. The one phase that will endure. But it won't. It will pass, thankfully, and we can move on to being creative again.
You're just talking nonsense. This is just about getty dumping their crap on Istock.

Nothing to do with new phases, creativity or anything else.
You will have to forgive hawk_eye, it is clear he drank the coolaide and is waiting for the space ship now.

um, that is not my post....look up, way up. my post is the one at the top. get off my back now please. if you're going to quote me, quote ME...please

Pixel-Pizzazz

« Reply #118 on: September 16, 2010, 11:46 »
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respectfully snipped...they've opened a can of worms.

A delicacy in some parts of the globe ;) 

The Agency - Niche images offering high production value, regional content and cultural diversity
 
::)

« Reply #119 on: September 16, 2010, 11:50 »
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The Agency - Niche images offering high production value, regional content and cultural diversity

Well they were very 'diverse' __ someone had gone all the way to Germany to capture that toilet sign.

« Reply #120 on: September 16, 2010, 11:58 »
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The Agency - Niche images offering high production value, regional content and cultural diversity


Well they were very 'diverse' __ someone had gone all the way to Germany to capture that toilet sign.


Nope. f-Stop is based in Germany. It's an agency itself, so I suppose the exclusive crown means that all those people who contribute to it are also exclusive at iStock, even if they don't know it.

Here are some Xmas images to feast your eyes on (look out iStock exclusives, you might be having to compete against this stuff) http://www.fstopimages.com/collections/showcoll.php?id=390

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #121 on: September 16, 2010, 12:17 »
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I have asked a number of times about whether or not Agency Collection contributors will have exclusivity required of them. no response. and looking at the sanfu hier soir, seems they won't. fstop in berlin is a huge factory. unbelievable.

« Reply #122 on: September 16, 2010, 12:20 »
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Wow! to this fstop xmas image :-X

« Reply #123 on: September 16, 2010, 12:21 »
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...Here are some Xmas images to feast your eyes on (look out iStock exclusives, you might be having to compete against this stuff) http://www.fstopimages.com/collections/showcoll.php?id=390

This set - and all the others I glanced at on the site - seem to me to highlight why microstock was able to be successful in the first place.

fStop's site has a pile of really run of the mill, unexciting, easy to produce images for $49 to $435. Old, tired-looking, over priced - and those are the good ones (i.e. not the toilet door).

I sincerely hope that the risk of massive public ridicule will keep this crap off IS - it belongs on Thinkstock (and I only say that because none of my work is on TS - apologies to those of you contributing there :))

« Reply #124 on: September 16, 2010, 13:25 »
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WOW!  One of the new "Agency" accounts in Ingram publishing, look what Camrocker just found:

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Posted By Camrocker:

Ok, so maybe Vetta files are so exclusive already? 


Vetta file Same file on IngramPublishing


 

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