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« on: April 16, 2006, 06:12 »
been out and about in the Scottish highlands increasing my mountain/winter/skiing portfolio and now back to upload it all.

Can stock seem to have lifted their 10 pictures/day limit at least for me. Though an 8 day queue for reviewing.

I was pleasantly surprised after not submitting anything to iStock for a week I could upload 30 photos which i did so then found I couldn't upload anything for another 168 hours (one week to the rest of us).

Is that their new rule? or just because I had stopped submitting for a week.

Fotolia seem to have pulled their finger out (after the endless wait for feedback) some of my photos were reviewed (rejected) within minutes of submitting.


« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2006, 08:11 »
I got this on the front page just now:  (My limit is 40/168hrs as per this note)

<------------Quote from istockphoto.com--------------->
After several days with no uploads, we realize you may have a backlog or a series dying to get up, and with current limits - a series can turn into several spread out days. iStock is going to meet you at the middle ground.

New uploads limits are now by the week (7 days) and not by the day:

Grey/Newbie: 30 per week
Bronze: 40 per week
Silver: 50 per week
Gold: 60 per week
Diamond: 100 per week

After 6,000 inspections yesterday, and still rolling strong today, the inspectors are getting a good taste of what is weighing down the queue. When the gates re-open, please use the new limits responsibly. The biggest thank you for the inspector's busted buns is: be your own editors.

Stock Checklist:

1) Does it have a subject?
2) Is there clutter in the composition that could be removed?
3) Is it optimal lighting? (This goes especially for outdoor photos)
4) Is it the most interesting angle?
5) Could it be more closely cropped to remove distraction?
<----------- End quote-------------->

« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2006, 08:15 »
Me again... 

So basically they're saying there's too much crap in the queue....

That's not hard to believe, as I know at least one person who sits at 60% rejection ratio on there, but keeps on uploading all sorts of junk.

Not that it worries me, I've never managed to upload 40 photos in one week. (I'm 'bronze' on IS)

Cheers, Me.

« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2006, 08:45 »
Its about time they did that.  That makes it much better than a daily limit.


« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2006, 10:42 »
i agree.   I like working in clumps way better.  This way as well, if you miss a day you can still upload those photos the next day.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2006, 03:08 by leaf »

« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2006, 17:59 »
I personally am wallowing at 35% acceptance with the almighty iStock though I am sure i am not alone in thinking that some of iStock's "Junk" is acceptable for other agencies who have smaller collections and less contributors.

I suppose ideally it would be nice to be able to choose between daily uploads and weekly upload limits as with their high rejection rates it would take a newbie longer to build up a portfolio as its dropped from 70/week to 30/week.

Though there is a distinct advantage after a big trip/photoshoot, submit what you consider to be the best shots to DT then after 4-5 days or less you will see their choices then you use this to tweek your upload to iStock   

« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2006, 03:08 »
oh what? it went down to 30 a week.  I guess i understood a little wrong.  yeah, that is not hardly any at all.  I think the week upload instead of the day upload is a big improvement, but it would have been much better if they had kept the same amounts as before

« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2006, 11:10 »
Yes, I'm disappointed that the total amount went down but I still think it is better than the daily upload limit.  The upload limit is different depending upon your level.  Leaf you have over a thousand images and I bet a significant amount of downloads.  So you might be in a higher bracket and can upload more images per week.


« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2006, 13:21 »
I am in two minds,  lower limit but it iw weekly rather than daily. 

Daily wasn't to much of an issue as I would upload each morning before I started work.

Dont think it will effect me as I only upload my more successfull photos which is less than 30 a week.

« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2006, 02:42 »
well today i thought i would try to upload some more images to istock as I think i have some that might do ok there.

I am not sure i am a big fan of the new limits.  I think mostly it was a way for them to reduce the # of uploads while not making it too obvious.  I am at 40/week, and i think before the limit was 20/day.  So they cut the amount down tons.  now it is in a way around 5.5 images/day which is almost nothing :S

I guess that is what the biggest player in the business can afford to do.

I look forward to when they are not the biggest player and are struggling to keep up.

« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2006, 02:46 »
As long as there cue is still long, they have no incentive to increase the limits - I think they have 30 reveiwers dont they??

I think this change was done after they stoped all uploads while they caught up.

« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2006, 02:56 »
yeah it is pretty crazy how long their cue is.

« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2006, 08:51 »
Either their reviewers take longer per picture or they work part time as there database isn't growing as fast as you would think given the size of the que.  Maybe it is because they reject so much.

« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2006, 14:02 »
My tactic this week was to submit to the other groups and then pick the best thirty for iStock though I only got feedback friomn FT, DT and SPM. Big Stock and Canstock are glacial at the moment.


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