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« Reply #75 on: March 28, 2007, 19:21 »
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4 downloads today on istock for a grand total of 86 cents!  I ll be laughing all the way to the bank.
I had two sales today for a total of $2.52.  For some reason most of my sales on iStock are for Large size (72%) and the rest are evenly split between medium and small.


« Reply #76 on: March 29, 2007, 02:29 »
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A few days ago I had 4 sales on IS with totalling ~ 40,00$ That was nice 4 ELs in one day  ;D

« Reply #77 on: March 29, 2007, 05:30 »
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My sales have fallen a lot since they changed the Best Match search.  I wonder if the increase in price might have reduced sales as well?

This is still my best month with istock but the last 10 days have been disappointing.  I am having a best month on other sites, so it isn't a general slow down.

« Reply #78 on: March 29, 2007, 09:15 »
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My sales have fallen a lot since they changed the Best Match search...This is still my best month with istock but the last 10 days have been disappointing.
Do you know how crazy this sounds. "Sales have fallen, but this is my best month ever". They changed the Best Match months ago so it seems your statements contradict each other.

« Reply #79 on: March 29, 2007, 09:47 »
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They changed the best match again this month.  I had lots of sales before the change, so this is my best month so far but sales have fallen off in the last 10 days.

Had an EL today, so this is now by far my best month, even though my sales have fallen ;D
« Last Edit: March 29, 2007, 09:49 by sharpshot »

« Reply #80 on: March 29, 2007, 09:59 »
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The best match changed again this month.  it appears that ratings no longer form such an important part, if at all.

« Reply #81 on: March 29, 2007, 17:38 »
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The best match changed again this month.  it appears that ratings no longer form such an important part, if at all.
Darn, and after we had all gotten together with the CN thing. I guess people will have to focus on quality over getting other people to rate their images.

« Reply #82 on: March 29, 2007, 17:42 »
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I just got accepted at IS.  Just now ready to do my 2nd upload. I'm limited to 15 a week or something like that.
    I have to say.  They impressed the heck out of me!!  I uploaded a pic that I have on 8 other sites, a pic that sells.  Not a million dollar pic, but, it sells on just about all of them. It's an autumn shot of Mount Washington in NH with the cog railway train going up the side belching dark smoke.
      IS rejected it. Reason,  photoshop brush marks in the smoke.
My immediate reaction...  that's baloney, I never worked on the smoke in that shot.  I took out a couple of 55 gallon drums in the foreground, but never touched anything else in the shot. It was a great shot!

      First thing to impress me... they sent a crop of the area in question that had to be blown up to 200% or more...  nobody else does that.
      Second thing to impress me...  sure enough, there was a photoshop brush mark in the smoke!!   Must have done it by accident...
    None the less, I never caught it when I blew up to 100 and none of the other 8 sites caught it either.  That  impressed me. Am I too easily impressed?
    They rejected 3 of my first batch, but the one above and one other, they showed me in their cropped attachments what to fix and then said,   
 resubmit for acceptance.  I am quite pleased with that.  If I can keep up that pace,  1 out of 15,  I'd be a happy guy at IS.
    Of course, that is, if I sell.

« Reply #83 on: March 30, 2007, 03:17 »
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Yep, they are fussy, perfectionists and efficient Tom; but my God they can sell photos........

The reason why?  The designers trust them......

« Reply #84 on: March 31, 2007, 23:39 »
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Yep, they are fussy, perfectionists and efficient Tom; but my God they can sell photos........

The reason why?  The designers trust them......

I honestly wasn't complaining, I really was impressed!
 
And...  I'm  happy to say that my first batch is selling already.  What's the deal on the 5 camera review thing?  What is it, why is it and who does it? 8)  -tom

« Reply #85 on: April 01, 2007, 03:03 »
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The review thing is for others to give a rating on images if they wish to.  Not sure if its important.

Tom, you'll find that the biggest selling images on IS are completely different to SS etc.  Have a look at the top selling list and then browse through the 'designers' section.

IS appears to be the only agency who pay as much attention to designers as they do to photographers.

« Reply #86 on: April 01, 2007, 08:43 »
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Tom, you'll find that the biggest selling images on IS are completely different to SS etc.  Have a look at the top selling list and then browse through the 'designers' section.
IS appears to be the only agency who pay as much attention to designers as they do to photographers.

Thanks for the advice and direction!!  very much appreciated!   8) -tom

« Reply #87 on: April 01, 2007, 18:23 »
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hi

Just want to add this:

IS is the only micro where I still submit XXL sizes from scanner just because they accept them as all the others should do.
They are picky just where they should do. I don't see this histerical thing about noise or grain so typical in other micros.

I wonder why IS is so "advanced" to be able to recognise that film scans must have grain just because film is about grain. Smaller or bigger the grain must be there.

« Reply #88 on: April 01, 2007, 19:38 »
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And...  I'm  happy to say that my first batch is selling already.  What's the deal on the 5 camera review thing?  What is it, why is it and who does it? 8)  -tom
The camera thing is for rating other people's photos. The rating use to be considered as part of the best match algorithm so it was important for other people to rate your photos. Currently the Best Match search doesn't depend on the ratings so it is not important, however who knows if it will tommorow. After all, they seem to make a major change to the algorithm once a month.

« Reply #89 on: April 02, 2007, 11:16 »
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I looked at Istock today, trying to find a photo that was just accepted.  I typed in @old [email protected] in search engine.  I don't understand the concept of best match.  The relevence is all messed up.  You have photos isolated cowboy shoes, tractors, and pastures before photos of old farmers.  Hmmm.... something strange here.

« Reply #90 on: April 02, 2007, 15:32 »
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The camera thing is for rating other people's photos. The rating use to be considered as part of the best match algorithm so it was important for other people to rate your photos. Currently the Best Match search doesn't depend on the ratings so it is not important, however who knows if it will tommorow. After all, they seem to make a major change to the algorithm once a month.

Thanks, yingyang0!!    8) -tom


 

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