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« Reply #125 on: May 11, 2014, 04:32 »
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Being an early contributor means advantages and disadvantages. Crated is beta, you could not expect everything to work smoothly in the beginning. But I do hope they will add a watermark feature soon. If this site will generate sales, I guess it is an advantage to be an early contributor.

I think they might be smart when they only let you upload 5 at a time. Maybe they want people to upload their best work only, the images best suited for print.

I thought the Canva concept was very interesting, so I decided to become an early contributor there last year. I think it took more than 6 months before my portfolio finally got online in April. But so far they are my best earner in May. I think that is because parts of my portfolio is well suited for Canva, but also because I am an early contributor. I do not have large portfolios (200-400) so the statistics about my sales may vary a lot, except for SS, where they are quite stable. But so far in May, I have got twice as much sales on Canva than on SS. I know it is a very short time, but the trend is obvious. Therefore I think it might be a good idea to become an early contributor at Crated also. And take the disadvantages with being an early contributor.


Ron

« Reply #126 on: May 11, 2014, 04:38 »
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It could also be like Stockbo and invest an awful lot of time submitting images and never get a sale. And you dont make it into the search, you never get a sale either.

« Reply #127 on: May 11, 2014, 05:07 »
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It could also be like Stockbo and invest an awful lot of time submitting images and never get a sale. And you dont make it into the search, you never get a sale either.
Of course, we do not know yet if they will generate sales, therefore it might be a good idea to upload just a few images suitable for prints, to start with. If you do not get them into the search (it took 7 days in my case) it is probably not worth the effort to continue. And I do think they could offer rejection mails as well as acceptance mails.

Ron

« Reply #128 on: May 11, 2014, 05:35 »
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Ok, I'll give it a shot.

« Reply #129 on: May 11, 2014, 06:37 »
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I think it is a good thing they also have an office in Europe (Helsinki). If they will print and ship from there.

« Reply #130 on: May 12, 2014, 03:14 »
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I must admit I don't understand the image sizing.  I often crop my verticals to 5x7 then position accordingly, but some of them have ended up with the "small" being huge sizes (eg 32" x 23").  It's something to do with how they're standardising the sizing but I don't entirely understand how it works - I read that it's to do with the aspect ratio, yet most of my 5x7 images are fine, it's just a handful that aren't.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 03:16 by Silken Photography »

« Reply #131 on: May 12, 2014, 05:04 »
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About application: is a portfolio link mandatory?

Shelma1

« Reply #132 on: May 12, 2014, 06:23 »
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What does it mean when someone "collects" something?

« Reply #133 on: May 12, 2014, 06:57 »
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What does it mean when someone "collects" something?

from my research it looks like it has search relevancy, would be interesting to hear Stephen regarding this matter

noticed on the left a curated option with 4 pages only as well

« Reply #134 on: May 12, 2014, 10:05 »
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I had given up on Crated because (apparently) I haven't been approved and don't show up in search.  But I just logged in and noticed that I'm greeted by a message that begins with "You have been hand picked by our curators to join Crated".   Let me guess: this doesn't mean what it says. 
« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 10:19 by stockastic »

« Reply #135 on: May 12, 2014, 12:22 »
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Warning: When you decide to follow someone on Crated, that person gets a mail with copies of the top four images in your Crated gallery. And these images are larger than those on the homepage, but still not watermarked. I mailed their support about this, so I hope they will change that soon. These images are of course only given away to other artists that hopefully will not use them for free. But I do not like that!

Shelma1

« Reply #136 on: May 12, 2014, 13:19 »
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Yup, you're right. I got a bunch of people's images in my inbox and was able to right click and save images that are certainly large enough for a blog, for example. I'll be holding off uploading there.

Ron

« Reply #137 on: May 12, 2014, 13:25 »
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Yeah, I have seen enough, not going to try this.

« Reply #138 on: May 12, 2014, 14:20 »
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Yeah, I have seen enough, not going to try this.

Like you, I was ready . . . . . .  but am now backing away.

« Reply #139 on: May 12, 2014, 19:07 »
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You're in control though - don't follow anyone until that issue is fixed.  It's not like someone can trigger receiving that email to steal your images.

« Reply #140 on: May 13, 2014, 13:05 »
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Warning: When you decide to follow someone on Crated, that person gets a mail with copies of the top four images in your Crated gallery. And these images are larger than those on the homepage, but still not watermarked. I mailed their support about this, so I hope they will change that soon. These images are of course only given away to other artists that hopefully will not use them for free. But I do not like that!
I just got an answer from Steve via their support, and they have fixed this issue now. It looks quite OK in the last "new-follower"-mail I got, almost only thumbnails.

« Reply #141 on: May 13, 2014, 13:54 »
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I uploaded one file and deleted two minutes later. it is dead easy to save a non watermarked image from any artist`s gallery. it comes 960 width which is enough for web usage. I know its beta at the moment and i will wait till they fix this

« Reply #142 on: May 13, 2014, 17:07 »
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Hello Stephen,

I was ready to join and sell my work with Crated but have my daubts after reading this thread  ::)
(Please, forgive my poor english).

I already sell my images successfully and I have few private and public sites/galleries so I'm definitely interested in selling work with your site, not interested in publicating for fun and friends... (I rather like taking photos than sitting in front of my screen clicking for "fun"). So, for the moment let's just forget about the gallery only. Lets focus on selling work.

You say:
"Artists whos work is not approved (ie curated-in) into search etc can certainly still link and share their galleries using our tools and their gallery url."

I wouldn't like to spend my (working) time on looking for friends and sharing work just to show them the same what they can see on my other few sites :) I'm looking for (pro) seller of my work rather than only sharing place. From reading in articles I understood you are the one (pro) :)

... and we think we can offer a really great product on a beautiful and functional platform that, not only will appeal to awesome artists but attract engaged visitors and more importantly create lots of sales.
 
So far the response has been great! We're really encouraged by the feedback and all the amazing art that's already been uploaded in our beta. We're listening to every suggestion and bit of feedback and using it to rapidly improve as we move forward.

Please, let me know if watermark is ready already :)  For example FAA has great option where I can choose if I want to put watermark or not. It's small but it is there. It's needed, it's wanted, it's expected...



I still don't get the curation idea. It just doesn't make big sense to me. I mean, at the beginning of reading about Crated it was great to read about curation - we need that, we need quality control surely! Wow, at least some quality level...
But then I read about no email when rejected ( ??? ). All this curations is some dark magic for me to be honest. Maybe I'm missing something. In a part way it seams like Alamy curation, where you pass batch if one or two images are ok in pending batch. However, we always get email with info yes or no (and it should be obvious).


Above are two most important questions before I (we?) start investigating the time:
1. when will I have option to set my watermark (that's determinating my joining) and
2. I need to get confirmation if images passed or rejected (and all this magic idea explained better).

Do you consider above and when can I expect results so I could join and start selling my work with you?

Thanks and good luck!

« Reply #143 on: May 21, 2014, 15:58 »
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I noticed that images over 25 MB aren't accepted. Would it be better to downsize these stitched panoramas or to degrade the quality to get them down to 25MB?

Anyone have any idea on what the time frame is for being "curated" or not?

« Reply #144 on: May 21, 2014, 16:36 »
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I noticed that images over 25 MB aren't accepted. Would it be better to downsize these stitched panoramas or to degrade the quality to get them down to 25MB?

Anyone have any idea on what the time frame is for being "curated" or not?
A week in my case.

« Reply #145 on: May 29, 2014, 14:25 »
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Two weeks ago I asked some questions to Crated here on the forum, but still waiting for reply... Not motivating.

« Reply #146 on: May 30, 2014, 06:04 »
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Two weeks ago I asked some questions to Crated here on the forum, but still waiting for reply... Not motivating.

just email them, Stephen have been replying to many of mine

https://crated.com/help/contact-us

« Reply #147 on: May 30, 2014, 06:11 »
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There's no watermarks and they promote sharing sites. Not a good sign.

« Reply #148 on: May 30, 2014, 06:23 »
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just email them, Stephen have been replying to many of mine

I thought maybe more people here would like to know... they were asking the same with no results. Do you think it's good to keep facts quiet? It's easy question (above) and I believe it's not a secret :)

« Reply #149 on: May 30, 2014, 06:25 »
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There's no watermarks and they promote sharing sites. Not a good sign.

elaborate the sharing sites please


 

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