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Found a photo I took on Ocean Beach in San Francisco while looking for, of all things, information on Ocean Beach.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: What head for a monopod
« on: August 05, 2007, 01:05 »
when i want the camera off the monopod, i want it now! I don't want to fool with unscrewing and re-screwing etc.

I have a super cheap ball head that I picked up when I first bought my monopod. Screws directly into the lens. Having used it for many years now I can wholeheartedly throw my vote behind buying a cheap ball head with a quick release. Numerous times I've lost shots when I was set up to take photos of say sea lions and the perfect shot of a near flying pelican comes up and I'm hitting myself with the monopod trying to get the camera aimed at them. One bit of advise, get a cheap ball head that uses the same quick release plate as your tripod. Then you can leave the plate on all the time no matter which platform you're using.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Sigma 100-300 f4
« on: August 05, 2007, 00:55 »
I have this lens and enjoy it very much. I usually use it with a Sigma 1.4 which brings down IQ somewhat but even with it, IQ is on a very high level. I've used the 70-200 f2.8L IS only once (rented it for a wedding). The results were comparable for those photos. I didn't get a chance to test it out on the type of photos I normally use the 100-300 for.

Both are well built. Very heavy and solid. Both have IF which is good. I really hate lenses that extend when you zoom. I prefer the longer reach of the 100-300 (actually I'd like even more reach) but the 70-200's IS is something I would very much like to have. Right now I pretty much only use the 100-300 with a tripod or monopod. Midday I could hand hold it quite easily but I'm not usually after fast twitching animals so a tripod or monopod suites me just fine.

For good reviews of lenses go here.

Microstock News / Re: Big H*cking News
« on: July 21, 2007, 07:12 »
Do these levels have any benefit or is it just about getting a different icon next to your name?

StockXpert.com / Re: Any EL's?
« on: July 18, 2007, 05:54 »
None on StockXpert, only one on IS, but about one a month or every other month on Shutterstock.

Wow, I'm an idiot. StockXpert ELs weren't even enabled on my account. Not even a chance of getting one.

StockXpert.com / Re: Any EL's?
« on: July 17, 2007, 22:06 »
None on StockXpert, only one on IS, but about one a month or every other month on Shutterstock.

123RF / Re: Images reviewed out of order?
« on: July 13, 2007, 02:51 »
Well, I've waited around thinking that they may actually have been approved and just not moved or some other oddity like you experienced but they're still sitting there with a pending status. Time to contact them about this.

General - Top Sites / Re: Lee Torrens acceptance rate survey
« on: July 07, 2007, 23:20 »
Interesting. People must submit any ol' image they take.

123RF / Images reviewed out of order?
« on: July 06, 2007, 12:58 »
I uploaded some photos last month. A little over week went by and I uploaded some more. Right as I uploaded the last photo the entire second batch was approved. The first batch is still waiting for review. I've never seen this before with 123RF. Anyone else seeing this?

I appreciate the tutorials, but the i cannot use the movies. Would love it if they were PDF.

QUESTION: Is there anyway in Photoshop to create a straight line lock when doing things like cloning. What I mean is: Take a picket fence. I select an area of a picket and want to duplicate an area of the picket from above it so that the line stays straight on the edges of the picket.

Hold the shift key just like with other tools.

I have the original Graphire in 4x5. It must be 10 years old now. Using a pen for fine editing is so much better than a mouse there really is no comparison. I've tried the larger tablets and for photo editing I don't like them. If you come from a painting background then the long sweeping strokes that move your entire arm may feel more natural to you but for everyone else shorter strokes with limited arm movement (if any) is much more natural.

I've never used their mouse, it's just a cheap basic two button mouse that can't be used off the tablet and I prefer 5-8 button mice without mouse pads. If all you ever used a mouse for was web surfing or Word documents then it would probably be fine for you.

The only thing that's really better in the Intuos line is the pen but it's not $200 better the other added features are kinda fluff features. I'd save the money and buy the Graphire.

123RF / Re: How to Payout?
« on: May 04, 2007, 02:03 »
From the FAQ

"My account has surpassed the minimum payout limit. How do I request for payment?"

"No request is necessary. if you are eligible, we will pay you according to the payment method you have selected in your profile. We normally process payments by the 3rd working day of every month. Payments should reach you latest in 2 weeks time for Paypal and MoneyBookers. For photographers who have opted to receive payments cia check, please allow up to a month for the check to reach you."

However, if you look at your "My Earnings" page you may see a notice like this....

Note: Click here to submit your ID/Passport for payment verification. The ID/Passport requirement only serves as a verification purpose in order to establish the authenticity of each account holder. All personal details will remain undisclosed.

Apparently if you haven't submitted your identification they won't pay.

Also, if you haven't already, you should make sure the "Preferred payment limit" is set below your current earnings.

I didn't think I was doing well on that site but apparently my 1 to 131 ratio isn't that bad.

Yeah, that could get annoying for certain images. Especially, as you said, when they break up keyphrases into keywords. "Golden Gate Bridge" and "San Francisco" should be treated as 2 not 5 and shouldn't suck up 1/3 of one's available keywords.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: What is your all-time $/DL at IS?
« on: April 25, 2007, 15:28 »
IS: .55$/DL
and SS: .25$/DL (of course!)

Why would SS be "of course!"?

IS: $0.55
SS: $0.31

Site Related / How to "just show me the thread"?
« on: April 20, 2007, 22:38 »
Currently when you click on a thread it takes you to the bottom of the thread. Very annoying when you haven't read any of the thread but there have been lots of posts. Is there a setting I can change so the default behavior would be to just show me the thread?

Not really a find as of yet but I found out that one of my images what purchased by the German Reader's Digest. Anyone happen to read that?

General - Top Sites / Re: IPTC errors and uploading problems
« on: April 09, 2007, 03:55 »
If pixvue isn't getting the job done correctly try doing it in Adobe Bridge or Photoshop. I've never had a problem with any site losing IPTC data using those products.

SS requires the upload of two files at the same time both named the same except for the extension. They don't allow zip as far as I've seen.

Featurepics.com / Re: Anyone selling at Featurepics?
« on: March 23, 2007, 22:11 »
I've priced mine mostly at $8 with resize option. It's been averaging out to a little more than one sale a month. On the upside, zero rejections and painless uploads means slow sales don't bother me.

Off Topic / Re: Microstockgroup Guestmap - where are you from
« on: January 26, 2007, 19:56 »
Doesn't seem to be working for me. Alternates between invalid entry and nothing showing.

Off Topic / Re: Web Site or Blog???
« on: January 26, 2007, 19:52 »
From what I can gather, a web site needs more technical skills to update and if updated on a frequent basis could become very work intensive.  A blog, on the other hand can be updated by me whenever I can without a lot of effort.
Am I wrong?


Which format (site or blog) do you more experienced technical people suggest.  Something that I can update from rather remote locations although with internet connections, show some pictures, and make a log of the trip for friends, family, and interested persons?

Suggestions and experience with these formats is appreciated

I suggest using whichever offers you the features you want. If your needs are very simple then I would use a blog. If you need more features now or may want more features in the future like the ability to sell photos, other options on galleries, private sections for clients, etc then I would suggest starting with a decent content management system. Something along the lines of Drupal or Joomla will offer a great deal of flexibility and power. They are more involved to set up in the beginning but they are just as easy to use as a blog once they are set up.

General Stock Discussion / Re: What do you think about this?
« on: January 15, 2007, 16:36 »
Both are prostitutes, but with a very different clientelle, and people will seldom call the second one a whore.  :)

I disagree, many if not everyone will call both whores.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Dilemma
« on: January 14, 2007, 18:54 »
I would lean towards it being an unfinished product using comp images but I also know that many people just don't have the first clue how all this works.

Case in point, a person very close to me asked for one of my images for a brochure that would have a circulation of several hundred thousand. After the layout was done they showed me a copy. There were quite a few other images in the brochure so I asked where they had gotten them. (I was more interested in if they were donations like mine or paid for) I was told they were all free images from Yahoo and Google.

Turns out they thought that all images found via Yahoo and Google image search were free to use for whatever they wanted. After much freaking out and scrambling to buy appropriate images (which resulted in a few sales for me) before the print deadline, they had replaced all of the misappropriated images.

So, I would ask them about it even if it seems inconceivable that they would use watermarked images.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Initial Submission, SECOND REJECTION
« on: January 12, 2007, 19:04 »
Also keep in mind that JPG files degrade and will leave artifacts EVERY TIME YOU OPEN THEM..

It doesn't work that way.

StockXpert.com / Re: Payments
« on: January 08, 2007, 14:11 »
Just to add closure to this... I did receive the payment via check though not without some irregularities. The check I received didn't come from Hungary, it came from the East Coast of the US from the parent company Jupiter Images. The envelope was postmarked more than a month after they said it was sent. The postmark was also after I had told them to consider the check lost, cancel it, and issue a new one which they said they would.

Still uneasy about the situation I contacted them to make sure this was the new check because I didn't want any charges from my bank for attempting to deposit a canceled check. They told me they didn't cancel the check, as they agreed to, and this was the original check.

So, on the up side I have the check. On the down side, It took over 2 months to get, they didn't tell the truth about when it was sent, they didn't tell the truth about canceling/reissuing, and they answered less than half of my attempts to contact them.

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